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 I guess they feel it’s outdated.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.

 

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

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.

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.

World Map 2012 – includes time zones and borders – Free

 

If you’re looking for an updated world map app, here it is! It includes 2 large world maps – time zones and political boundaries. And it’s free.

App Store – World Map 2012 Free.

Monster List of Apps for People with Autism #homeschool #edtech

At Apps In Education they have a fabulously huge list of apps, nicely sorted, for people with autism. It includes a brief summary and where it might help develop certain skills. The price is also listed for convenience.

That being said this is a great list of educational apps for children without autism too. Especially if there’s a specific skill you’d like to work on.

Check it out:

Apps in Education: Monster List of Apps for People with Autism.

Did you know YouTube has a Teacher channel w/tips? #homeschool #edtech

 

 

Teachers Channel – YouTube.

 

 

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