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Currclick Freebies

You know those “Easter Eggs” on dvd’s and stuff?  Where they hide little “extras”?  Well, I just found out this morning that Currclick has done that on their site ,I don’t know for how long so hurry over.  Their are 18 freebies hidden on the site, in about 15 minutes this morning I found 4 or 5.  It’s not just lapbooks either, I got math games and other things as well.  Click on the button below, open an account if you don’t already have one, and then start looking for the eggs.  I will give you one hint, go down the left hand sidebar and just start clicking on the different links.  When it takes you to the page, make sure you go all the way down to the bottom.  Come back and let me know how many you found!

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St. Patrick’s Day

Well it is a little last minute so maybe these will be some ideas you can use next year! These are the things that I have pulled together, some of this I won’t even use until next year, or perhaps later this month since our lapbook is taking all of March. a>
These are the books that I chose to use:
St Patrick’s Day Shamrocks by Mary Berendes (Science/History)
Patrick Patron Saint of Ireland by Tomie dePaola
St.Patrick’s Day in the Morning by Eve Bunting Illustrated by Jan Brett
Shamrocks,Harps, and Shillelaghs by Edna Barth
A Voyage from Ireland in 1849 (Journey to America, Fiona McGilray’s Story) by Clare Pastore
Kathleen, The Celtic Knot by Siobhan (pronounce sha-vonne) Parkinson (Girls of Many Lands)

Most of these are read alouds if your children are on the younger end.
Some other neat things I have found include recipes and crafts, coloring and activity pages, St Patrick’s Confession English translation, info about Ireland,and even a quiz!

One final cool site , where you can listen to native gaelic speakers from different areas of Ireland. Scroll all the way down and you can choose St Patrick’s Day sayings among others. CAUTION: check this out ahead of time as their are certain things you may not want to accidentally play for the kiddos such as “kiss my %$#” or other things referring to drunkenness and alcohol.
Hope you can use some of these things!
Eirinn Go Brach!

Lapbooking

We have been working on our very first lapbook. This one is on St. Patrick and Ireland. I was quite overwhelmed at the idea of lapbooking when I first saw pictures. At first I couldn’t seem to find any good descriptions of how exactly it was done but recently found a couple good explanations. I will put some links on the sidebar. Maddie and I have been working on this one for about a week and it has been fun. The one we are doing is actually a 3 folder lapbook but they vary in size so if that sounds like too much, just do one folder. We are using just plain old manila file folders but I have seen alot people use patterned or colored folders. The basic idea is that you refold the file folder, make mini-booklets on the subject you are learning about and glue them into the folder. Some people do it totally on their own and some people use a prepared ebook that has the information and booklets to cut out and answer questions about the reading. Check out http://www.flickr.com and type “lapbooks” and look at all the different projects kids have done. Currclick is a great resource for free and cheap lapbooks and other homeschool resources. Also http://www.theoldschoolhousestore.com. Check my sidebar for more specific sites.

EDIT I had to remove all my affiliate links so I could have my blog back, unfortunely I am not computer literate enough to switch to wordpress.org, if anyone knows an easy blogsite I can switch to where I can have affiliate links, let me know.

Handwriting curriculum

When I was in school handwriting was torture.  The teachers were always telling me how awful my writing was and forced me to use those awful grips and told me I had to hold the pencil above the grip.  I have never even been able to use chopsticks properly because I was always told to hold them like you hold a pencil but I can’t hold a pencil right!!

So a good handwriting curriculum was important to me.  There are several religious options out there but I wanted something that would really give Maddie a good foundation.  I think I first heard of Handwriting Without Tears (www.hwtears.com) through Old Schoolhouse Magazine(www.thehomeschoolmagazine.com).  Almost everything I know comes from them!  Anyway, HWT was developed by an occupational therapist and it just makes sense!  The Teachers guide is a must, it explains how to teach their method of “building” the letters and the why’s also.  HWT works well with lefties too! 

Another great thing is that HWT has teaching ideas and products for visual, kinesthetic and auditory learners.  The wet, dry, try method works well with Maddie and TT.  They each have a small slate that they can write a letter on, trace over it with a wet sponge cube, trace with a dry sponge cube and write it again with their little chalk.  TT likes to dip her finger in warm water to trace the letter.  HWT does sell sponge cubes and small chalk.  The chalk, IMO, is worth the small price of about 2.50…but I think next time I will just buy some cheap sponges and cut them up myself.  I also saved $ by using the template in the teacher’s guide and making my own lines and curves out of old cereal boxes!  This is another element of the curriculum where the child “builds”  the capital letters with big lines, small lines, big curves and small curves.  

For school teachers out there, this company offers discount on larger orders and is used in public and private schools nationwide.  Even Sidwell Friends (where Obama’s girls attend) endorses it!