Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum Picks for 2018-2019

Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum Picks for 2018-2019

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A lot of people don’t choose kindergarten homeschool curriculum because really, you don’t need it. I, however, prefer a little something to guide our efforts.

I’m not looking to do school at home, but I do need help in seeing what’s possible to challenge my little guy with.

With our current routine involving my older, grade 2 child and my younger, kindergarten child, the advantage of all that my kindergartener gets to learn just by nature of being around my older one is a beautiful thing!

My 5-year old son is a kindergartener whose active, is at times strong-willed, and a solution-minded kinda guy. He likes a challenge and loves it when you reward his efforts.

So to have his older sister sit in a desk across from him brings on his eagerness to have something of his own. And why not?!

Our Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum Picks for 2018-2019

Teach Your Child To Read in 100 Easy Lessons (Second Time Around) + FREE sticker chart, letter sound flashcards & word flashcards!

And just by nature of my son being with my daughter whose in grade 2, he’s also participating in our Brave Writer Lifestyle (explained here), which includes:

Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons Printables

(includes: sticker chart, letter sound flashcards & word flashcards)

Teach Your Child To Read in 100 Easy Lessons (Second Time Around) + FREE sticker chart, letter sound flashcards & word flashcards!

I’d love to hear if you include any of these elements in your kindergarten homeschool curriculum. Share in the comments below!

Anchored in Jesus,
Melanie

Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons (Second Time Around) + *NEW* FREE PRINTABLES

Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons (Second Time Around) + *NEW* FREE PRINTABLES

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We’re using Teach Your Child To Read in 100 Easy Lessons differently the second time around. My almost 5-year son has been hungry to learn and shows his readiness by what he’s retaining, so we’ve pulled the book out again.
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(includes sticker chart, letter flashcards & word flashcards)
I was so nervous teaching my first child to read. To me, reading is THE most crucial subject and I didn’t want to mess this up with my daughter. In my mind, to avoid a disaster meant seeking out a highy recommended book to teach reading. Based on my teaching style, I knew I needed a scripted teaching book to help me! So, Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons became THE book that was recommended. Here is my detailed review when I used it with my first child.
Teach Your Child To Read in 100 Easy Lessons (Second Time Around) + FREE sticker chart, letter sound flashcards & word flashcards!

How We’re Using Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons:

My son has begun to start reading 1/2 a year earlier than when my daughter started. This has everything to do with where he’s at, his desire to learn and how naturally it’s coming to him. My son took to learning his uppercase and lowercase letters quite quickly, so now that he’s mastered that, I’ve decided to incorporate reading so I don’t hinder his progress.

What I’m doing differently this time with the book

SLOWER PACE

I’ve already decided that the pace we’re going to go at is much slower, and so far it’s working. This book might be easy in the sense of the format (the layout, the review, the script, how soon your child will read, etc.), but it’s not necessarily easy for the one who’s learning to read. My desire is for my kids to read AND like it! That’s said, we’re not doing a lesson a day. In fact, we’re doing a lesson a day sometimes, and mostly doing a lesson over two days. I’m trusting that this will help build confidence and an enjoyment to read my son.

LOTS OF REVIEW

At such a young age, the ability to sit down for more than the 20 minutes as suggested by the book, is just too much for a wiggler. We write letters on the blackboard and whiteboard, review letter sounds and words using flashcards (see my free printable below), and we talk about letter sounds as we go about our day. I’ll find that my son just starts recognizing the letter sounds by looking at a word and will begin to sound them out loud. I love this because it becomes the connection between learning and living! When this happens, I’m reminded of what amazing benefits to homeschooling there are.

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Since we bought a used and older copy of Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons, it didn’t seem to have what I needed. So I created what I needed and I’m offering it FREE for you below when you sign-up to be on my email list. These printables are new and updated since my printables offered here.

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Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons

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Have you taught your child to read successfully using the book Teach Your Child To Read in 100 Easy Lessons? If so, what were your strategies? If you’re new to using the book, was this helpful? Please share with me in the comments below.

Anchored in Jesus,
Melanie

5 Ways To Prevent Hard Homeschooling Days

5 Ways To Prevent Hard Homeschooling Days

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We’ve had our share of “off” homeschooling days. Sometimes you just can’t figure out what the issue is, but there are ways to prevent hard homeschooling days by going through a checklist of your child’s general needs and meeting them.

“Happy baby, happy mommy.” Did others say this to you, too?

What list of things would you check to make sure your little one was feeling their best? Were they feed, diaper changed, lots of sleep, tummy clear of gas, and had play time?

Although your children are not babies any longer, they still have needs that are important to be met. When we give what they need, they feel cared for and loved with an ability to operate at their best.

5 ways to prevent hard homeschooling days

5 Ways to Prevent Hard Homeschooling Days

1. Has your child had enough sleep?

Late nights can show up the next morning in anyone. It’s not fun to feel sluggish, tired, lacking energy.

If your child hasn’t had enough sleep, you may find them disengaged and their attention span lost. If you dare to put pressure on your child, you may find that they react with tears or anger. They may also feel withdrawn and want to do something that they feel they can handle.

Review how your child slept the night before. Did they go to bed late? Did they wake up several times throughout the night? And because we get to homeschool, one of the benefits we have is allowing them some space, declaring that it’s nap time or quiet time, and just resetting the day with what your child needs.

2. Has your child had food to eat?

Eating in the morning after you awake sets a good tone for the day. Bodily nourishment reflects in mental and emotional capacity.

It’s important to teach our children that breakfast is a very important meal to start the day with. Eating breakfast helps with clarity of thoughts and the ability to emotionally handle ourselves until the next time we’re hungry. Some children don’t enjoy breakfast, but helping them to realize its importance as fuel for the day is necessary.

3. Has your child wiggled?

If your child is feeling refreshed after a great sleep, has had breakfast and feeling ready for the day, they may feel ready to move.

Allowing your child some freedom to move and wiggle will help when they need to sit down and engage with their lesson.

4. Does your child feel good physically?

Most of the time, we assume that our children feel well. But, there are those occasions when they aren’t quite themselves and something seems off about them. Often it’s our mother’s instincts to start asking our children questions about their health.

When a child has a slight fever, a tummy ache, or feel sore, pushing through to focus on learning is out of the question. One of the ways to prevent hard homeschooling days is to let go of the homeschooling plans and care for your children being sensitive to them.

5. Are you prepared?

There are lots of things to do as a homeschool mom, and being ready for a homeschool lesson or activity might not be the first priority on our list.

But kids can smell it when you’re unprepared and they just might take full advantage of suddenly immersing themselves in another activity.

As you reign in their attention, there’s a hope that there will be no issues coming back, but that’s not always the guarantee when their attitude shows up.

What about when it’s none of these things?

Meeting the needs of your child is a simple checklist to make sure everyone is feeling their best.

That said, if you’ve done everything you know to do and you just don’t know what’s going on, surrender your homeschool to the Lord. When you take your homeschool before the Lord in prayer, you are asking and seeking Him for help and guidance. It’s important to know what’s going on with your children and being sensitive to the Lord and what He’s saying to you is the ultimate way to know what to do.

FREE 5-Day Homeschool Prayer Printable

 

30 Days of Praying for Your Homeschool + FREE Prayer Journal Printables

What are some ways to prevent hard homeschooling days in your household? Share them with me in the comments below.

Anchored in Jesus,
Melanie

“Give Thanks” Banner {FREE PRINTABLE}

“Give Thanks” Banner {FREE PRINTABLE}

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I love autumn and the season of thanksgiving, and I’d love to help you celebrate with a”Give Thanks” banner free printable!

We are all sowers and reapers

“The sower sows the word.” Mark 4:14 NKJV

One of THE most important seeds any one of us could ever sow is the Word of God. The Word of God is transformative and powerful in its nature, designed to bring life and love, correction and discipline. Cultivating the soil of your heart is important so that the Word of God can grow out of you, more and more!

“And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts. These likewise are the ones sown on stony ground who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness; and they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time. Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word’s sake, immediately they stumble. Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word, and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.” Mark 4:15-20 NKJV

Download your FREE PRINTABLE "Give Thanks" banner to celebrate the season of Thanksgiving!

Your heart condition matters

To a farmer or gardener, soil conditions matter, along with the exposure to all the other elements (air, water and heat). Each of us is a farmer and the same thing applies to us; our heart-soil conditions matter.

Examining your heart is a priority because we are all affected by what goes on around us and to us. The Word of God is a seed which is designed to be deposited in our hearts, mixed with faith. Believing God at His Word and trusting in Him, makes what He says a higher reality than what we are seeing with our natural eyes.

So then, YOU are a farmer, too, planting the Word of God in your heart. As you feed and water your heart with God’s Word protetcing the seed with prayer, and praise and worship, there will be a harvest!

As we rejoice in the season we’re entering into, cultivating a heart of thankfulness to God is important. So I’ve put together a “Give Thanks” banner as a reminder to keep our gaze set on the Lord as we give Him thanks in all things.

“GIVE THANKS” BANNER {FREE PRINTABLE}

I love to share the things I create for our family with you! So I have a FREE “Give Thanks” banner that’s printable and available to download below.

How to print and display your “Give Thanks” Banner

  1. Print the banner single-sided using white cardstock paper.
  2. Cut along the faint grey lines on each paper.
  3. If you prefer a matte finish, the letters are ready for the hole-punch. But, if you prefer a glossy finish or durability, putting the printed sheets through a laminating machine like this using these laminating sheets will do just that!
  4. Take a hand-held hole-punch to create two holes – one at the top left and one at the top right corner of each letter.
  5. Use jute twine pushing it down under at the left top hole and pushing it up and through the right top hole.
  6. String the rest of the letters in this same pattern.
  7. You can choose to have the letters on one long jute string with the leaf in the middle as your spacing (included in the printable), or form it on two lines like I did below.

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I’d love to hear the ways you give thanks to God during this season. Share with me in the comments below.

Anchored in Jesus,
Melanie

Cultivating a Heart of Thankfulness + FREE 30-Day Thankfulness Challenge

Cultivating a Heart of Thankfulness + FREE 30-Day Thankfulness Challenge

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Cultivating a heart of thankfulness and being a thankful person doesn’t come naturally; it’s a learned behaviour.

As a child grows up, a parent teaches basic manners to their baby (through sign language) and/or their toddler even when they can’t fully understand the words yet. A child doesn’t naturally know to show thankfulness; it is taught and learned. And over time, you begin to expect to hear and see thankfulness naturally from your child without having to remind them.

What about in how we treat others as we grow up into adults? Do we show our gratitude? How about in our thankfulness toward God?

Because cultivating a heart of thankfulness is a learned behaviour, it means, this is a lesson we learn over and over again.

Cultivating a Heart of Thankfulness + 30-Day Thankfulness Scripture Challenge Printable

Thankfulness Isn’t Always Easy

A heart of thankfulness to God is certainly easier when things are going well. Such as a new job you’ve been hoping for, or a house or car you’ve been praying about. Perhaps a breakthrough in your health or with a struggling child.

But what about when you’re going through a tough time? Can you still be thankful?

Ephesians 5:20 says, “giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ…”

Thankfulness isn’t easy when you’re encountering a hardship.

Hardship is painful.

You can cry out to God in the hardest of times, find something to be thankful about and continue on in pain.

It’s important that when we experience trials in our life, that we keep ourselves looking to the Lord as our hope. No matter what we don’t understand, God does. He’s always with us, never leaves us and makes all things will work together for good. These things in themselves are reasons to be thankful to God even through the pain of a hardship.

Cultivating a Heart of Thankfulness + 30-Day Thankfulness Scripture Challenge Printable

Why Be Thankful to God?

Thankfulness helps us to focus on God, and not ourselves

Ever see others around you and wonder if you’re experiencing all that life has to offer?

Maybe you feel like you’re missing out on a full and exciting life looking at others and what they have, or what you think they have. But, what we don’t know, is that while we’re busy looking at others, comparing what we don’t have to what we think they have, we’re telling the Lord (and ourselves) that what He’s given us and who He is, is not enough.

Thankfulness for who God is helps keep our focus on Him, instead of ourselves or others.

Thankfulness can help replace the spirit of fear

Anxious thoughts and worried feelings can run wild in our minds. While often these thoughts are not reality, they are so powerful that they can create reality. It’s important to know that these thoughts and feelings are not from God.

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1:7

One way to combat and replace the spirit of fear is by meditating on God’s promises, trusting in the Lord and cultivating a heart of thankfulness.

Thankfulness reminds us that we are not God

We need God; without Him, we are nothing. In fact, we’re only here on this earth living and breathing because of Him.

Being the god of our lives means we live without involving the Holy Spirit. If we’re not seeking direction from the Lord and increasing our intimacy with Him through prayer, we will live by our own ways and our own strength, instead of the Lord’s ways and His strength.

Thank God for His guidance, love and plan for your life.

Thankfulness energizes us

When you think of being thanked by your toddler, spouse, friend or co-worker, it feels warming to have someone acknowledge what you’ve done to help them. In the same way, the one who’s saying, “Thank you”, shows appreciation and recognition for another person’s involvement.

As we learn again and again to be grateful and thankful to others and to God, it energizes us and is life-giving.

Cultivating a Heart of Thankfulness

Thankfulness to our great God can have many forms of expression – such as prayer, praise and worship, journaling, offerings, and obeying His Word.

To encourage you and cultivate a thankful heart, download this FREE 30-day Thanksgiving Scripture Challenge. Immerse yourself in thanksgiving to God by speaking out these scriptures and declaring life over you and your family.

 

FREE 30-Day Thankfulness Challenge

Gratitude Bible Study for Kids Ages 5-11, including 21 gratitude prompts & more!

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Here is a FREE Gratitude Bible Study for Kids that I’ve put together!

What are some ways you like to show thanksgiving to God and to others? Share them with me below!

Anchored in Jesus,
Melanie

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Trusting God When He Calls You To Homeschool + FREE Printable Challenge

Trusting God When He Calls You To Homeschool + FREE Printable Challenge

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Trusting God when He calls you to homeschool will take every fibre of your being to fix your eyes on Jesus and not yourself!

All of us have different experiences to share when it comes to our homeschooling journey and our faith-walk.

No experience is right or wrong, but be led by the Lord.

Some of us have chosen to homeschool out of a challenge that we experienced. Others have chosen to homeschool based on the academics of our child/ren. Some parents have known from the beginning that they would be homeschooling their children (this is my experience). And others feel thrown into the fire with no options and are trying to keep their head above water.

Whatever your reason(s) to homeschool your children, being led by the Lord in this decision is key. And what comes out of being led to homeschool, is that homeschooling doesn’t just become about your children, but about the work God wants to do in you, too.

Trusting God When He Calls You To Homeschool + FREE Trust in God Scripture Challenge Printable

Just as we involve Holy Spirit in all our daily decisions, He too, wants to be involved in your child’s education, learning and development. Really, He wants to be involved in your entire family’s homeschooling lifestyle.

Trusting God with His call on your life to homeschool means that you’ll be surrendering your will and outcome for His.

We all have ideas and preconceived notions about how homeschooling will look. Whether you’re in your first year, fourth year or tenth year, you might be left wondering if you’re really cut out to teach and lead your children’s lives (not just their education).

Your children’s character ESPECIALLY changes as they grow, and you come across new behaviours that didn’t exist before. Everything in you will want to question God.

It’s so important to keep your why to homeschooling in front of you, especially when homeschooling isn’t looking like you pictured, or you have really hard days.

If you’re like me, I feel unqualified to teach my kids.

I’m not a fun “teacher”. I’ve never felt that I had a gift to teach and never classified myself as a teacher. But here’s the thing – if I was good at it, would I even need God?! Would I rely on Him like I should? So as much as I feel unqualified to homeschool my kids, the Lord often reminds me…

He didn’t call me to homeschool because I’m qualified; He qualifies me which is why He called me to homeschool.

Trusting God When He Calls You To Homeschool + FREE 30 Day Trust Challenge Printable

Often the barrier to “feeling” qualified has to do with our trust in God.

If you’re feeling like you need to find your way again, trusting the Lord with this call to homeschool, I’d suggest downloading the FREE 30-day Trust Challenge Printable below, and renew your trust in the Lord by fixing your eyes on the Word of God.

God has such good plans for you and your family. Sometimes, it’s hard to see when you feel unqualified and ill-equipped to do something like being responsible for not only your children’s education, but their character.

30-Day Trust Challenge + FREE Printable

Trust in the Lord + 30 Day Bible Scripture Trust Challenge FREE Printable

Trusting God when He calls you to homeschool is life changing for everyone. This becomes an opportunity to talk to your children about what trusting God looks like for you and it’s impact on your family whether you chose to trust Him or not.

What have you found a challenge when it comes to trusting God with His call for you to homeschool?

Anchored in Jesus,
Melanie

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