Create your own cursive handwriting worksheets for practice #homeschool

From what I understand some schools are no longer teaching cursive handwriting. I guess they feel it’s outdated.

I think it’s a bit short-sighted – often cursive it the perfect handwriting style for children who struggle with manuscript. Especially if dysgraphia or dyslexia is something you’re working with.

In cursive it’s difficult to reverse ‘b’ and ‘d’ or flip ‘m’ and ‘w’ without realizing it.

Also having the ability to write in cursive allows children the ability to READ cursive. There is still a lot of print out there that uses cursive … and so does Grandma in her birthday cards.

So to practice on your own outside of school or to teach it in your homeschool, you might want to try creating your own cursive handwriting worksheets.

On this free website, Handwritingworksheets.com you can practice single words or whole paragraphs. It also includes the ability to create traceable letters and words. There is also the chose of creating manuscript worksheets as well.

I’ve found this a great treasure for creating my own handwriting curriculum and while you cannot save any of your creations it is still a super useful tool.

 

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Kids Need Us More Than Friends – Gordon Neufeld talk #homeschool

Let’s be honest – when I’m on the treadmill I need something to watch or read to completely distract me otherwise I’m will flit off and do something less useful.

I also figure that while I’m ‘captive’ I should probably grow my brain as well as my leg muscles. So I was quite happy when a fellow homeschooler recommended this live talk of Gordon Neufeld, a development psychologist, talk about why our children need us more than they need their friends (peers).

It’s worth the time investment to hear about how we can fortify our children’s resilience. Great stuff.

It’s on TVO Parent’s website but may be accessible from other websites.

Kids Need Us More Than Friends

Google Trek (with Streetview) through amazing places!

We’ve been spending a few rainy hours walking through the Galapagos and are itching to get to some of the other Google Trek sites, like the Eiffel Tower, Mt. Fuji, Iqaluit, Kennedy Space Center, Mt. Everest, Burj Khalifa, Grand Canyon and the Amazon Basin.

There’s also behind the scenes footage, underwater ‘streetview’ and additional photos.

http://www.google.com/maps/about/behind-the-scenes/streetview/treks/

Reading Bear: free phonics & vocabulary…learn to read for free! #homeschool

 

Reading Bear: free phonics & vocabulary…learn to read for free!.

 Reading Bear is a great free website for learning to read.

It’s 50 free video lessons based on phonics rules and phonograms. I’m a Spalding phonogram fan and while the phonics does not match up perfectly they are similar enough that we’re still getting great value from the lessons.

Some features I really like is the ability to turn on a video each word being pronounced. This is awesome for the ESL learner or the special needs learner. You can also turn on ‘breaks’ to give tired minds a wee rest too.

This is an excellent program for helping establish that each letter/phonogram represents a sound. Spelling should also be enhanced with usage too.

Please go and check it out!

Freebook Sifter – A Resource for Free eBooks

Oh, I know what I’m doing today when I catch some free time! I’m camping out at Freebook Sifter.

Freebook Sifter is a compilation site of, you guessed it, free ebooks. It has the books sifted into categories and subcategories, including breaking the Children’s eBooks category into age groups and other relevant subjects.

Another advantage is users have rated the ebooks as well. Be aware though that not all books listed are for young eyes!

Check out Freebook Sifter and see what interesting reads you can find. And don’t forget I have a list of ‘reputable ebooks sites’ too.

Freebook Sifter – A Resource for Free eBooks.

XtraMath – awesome math drill site – free!

 

 

Maybe some of us are finding our kids are a little rusty in the math facts department after the summer break? This website will help you!

Sign up for free and XtraMath visually charts your child’s progress with quizzes. It is expected that your child will login every day and practice. It’s an awesome site that encourages self-competition. There’s nothing better than beating your previous score!

You can set yourself up as a teacher/parent and have any number of children ‘report’ to you. You can be notified of quiz results and how each student is doing. Your child can also be reminded to login and practice too.

Be sure and take a look – you won’t regret it.

XtraMath.

Solar Walk – 3D Solar System model app – sure beats styrofoam balls!

Now that it’s back to school time, it’s time to start thinking ahead to all those cool projects where you’ll be dreaming of whipping out your paste and glitter. Well hold on there a minute, hotshot! This year you can keep your styrofoam balls and broken wire hangers for someting else because you won’t be using it for a solar system. Not after seeing this app.

Check out Solar Walk – 3D Solar System model. It’s an unbelievable and fascinating walk through our universe. You’ll learn about the planets, their history, points of interest and more.

This highly rated app has been featured by Apple as Best Apps of 201o and 2011.

My favorite part is the price – it’s currently $0.99 – that’s 70% for back to school time.

Solar Walk – 3D Solar System model for iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad on the iTunes App Store.

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