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 I guess they feel it’s outdated.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.

 

FREE Graphic Timeline of Natural and Human History #homeschool

Timeline Eons FREE for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store.

If you’ve been avoiding building your own classroom timeline or centuries book you might want to consider having a look at this app.

This app is an extensive and wide-ranging timeline where you can drill down in time to a fraction of a second! Rated for ages 9 and up, I think older kids will enjoy browsing the graphics and the fun facts with links to other resources.

This app includes Natural History, World History, US History, Science and Technology, Art and Architecture and Sports.

Hope you enjoy it!

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.

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.

SpellingCity.com 50% of Premium Membership until June 22

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If you’ve been using the free features of SpellingCity.com and enjoying them then you’ll love this deal.

Use the code ’50offFB’ when checking out to get 50% off ($15 for up to 5 users). Check out their website to see the benefits of premium membership.

The Scale of the Universe – awesome perspective and fun

Here’s a really interesting website that gives you an idea of the scale of the universe. Use the slider at the bottom of the page to zoom either in, to see microscopic details, or to zoom out to see the universe. It’s a great conversation starter with the kids!

The Scale of the Universe 2.

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