Free McGuffey’s Primer Copybook + $160 Write from History Curriculum

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It’s week 31! We love bringing you these giveaways each and every week here on Homeschool Survival. If you have Freebies you’d like to share, be sure to link up and we will be Pinning and Sharing through the week. We’d like to encourage you to like us and interact with us on Facebook. Visit us there to find and share more fantastic posts. We are a community where you can ask questions, get mom to mom answers and be encouraged. In fact, if you happen to have any questions about homeschooling, feel free to leave us a comment here…and we’ll be happy to post them on the page, or even write a blog post about it. We are here to help you in your journey and can’t wait to hear more from you! Be sure to read all the way to the end, where the fabulous giveaways will be posted.

Write From History

This weeks sponsor: Brookdale House- Write from History series

In the Charlotte Mason style – children will learn to write by studying some of the “greats” – collections from famous and talented authors of the past. Who best to learn from – than the Masters themselves?

In this way – you are teaching an elementary student to write, and you’re also teaching history and handwriting  –  you can definitely save time with this homeschool writing curriculum and method of teaching.

It is an elementary program – intended to prepare children for middle school writing.

This writing program teaches grammar, spelling, penmanship, and history—all at once.

 

See more about the curriculum and get the details here. 

FREE McGuffey’s Primer Copy Book

McGuffey's Primer Copy Book

All of you will get a free McGuffey’s Primer Copybook from Brookdale House.  Just enter your email address below and we will send one your way.

 

Win a complete email set of the Write from History series–$160 value.

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A bit more about the Write from History series:
Based on the Charlotte Mason style of learning, students will study writings by famous and talented authors from history. They will then complete age appropriate assignments using oral dictation, writing summaries or additional writing.
In this manner – your history, spelling, reading, grammar and handwriting is combined – saving you time and money on curriculum and with terrific results!
From Brookdale House: 

All Level 1 books contain historically relevant reading selections divided into four chapters: short stories, time period tales, poetry, and cultural tales. There are two writing models following each reading selection. One or both can be used for copywork. If the student is ready, the second model can be used for dictation.

In the Level 1 books, the two different writing models are presented differently for each reading selection. For the first model, children write in an area that has ruled lines below each word they copy. The second writing model is written at the top of the net page, and is followed by ruled lines in the lower half of the page. The second model requires students to write from memory.

All Level 2 books contain historically relevant reading selections divided into four chapters: short historical narratives, excerpt from primary source documents, poetry and cultural tales. In the Level 2 books, students in grades 3 to 5 are introduced in a gentle manner to interesting excerpts from primary source documents. These older students are encouraged to copy paragraph sized models written in either print or cursive. In the appendix are additional models which may be used for studied dictation.

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Have you tried using the Charlotte Mason Method for writing?

Which of these periods in history interests you most? 

 

 Giveaway: $160 – Write From History Series

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Bible Handwriting and Cursive Sheets: FREE for Homeschool

FREE Bible Handwriting Sheets

Do you use Bible handwriting in your family homeschool?

I find that starting our day with Bible verses is the best way to survive and thrive through our homeschool day. Often, while I read our family devotion and verses, our 3 boys will sit and work on their handwriting with sheets like the ones below. It serves a dual purpose with memory work and teaches both print and cursive.

Samples:

Bible handwriting

DOWNLOAD HERE

Romans 5:8 is one of my favorite verses. Along with the handwriting and cursive sheets, you’ll find a break-down of the Greek words and definitions as we take a deeper look at the words the bible uses in the scriptures. Commended, His love, and For Us are looked at closely in this passage and are used to show that God not only paid for our sins, but that it was indeed He (in the flesh) who died for us.

This verse is one of many which shows that Jesus was not only the Son of God, and not just a prophet, but was Himself – God – come to fulfill the Word, manifest as a man, demonstrating His love to its fullest extent. For us.

Get additional FREE bible verse handwriting and cursive sheets from John 8:12 HERE. 

I hope they will bless your family and that you consider starting your day off with Jesus – and FREE handwriting sheets!

Do you include Bible handwriting and memory work  in your homeschool?

Minecraft with SKrafty Homeschool: Weekly Giveaway

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It’s week 23 for Homeschool Survival Weekly Group Giveaways. We love bringing you Freebies, Giveaways and Encouragement for your family homeschool.  If you have Freebies you’d like to share, be sure to link up and we will be Pinning and Sharing through the week.

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Homeschool Survival is community where you can ask questions, get mom to mom answers and be encouraged.  In fact, if you happen to have any questions about homeschooling, feel free to leave us a comment here…and we’ll be happy to post them on the page, or even write a blog post about it.

We are here to help you in your journey and can’t wait to hear more from you!  Be sure to read all the way to the end, where the fabulous giveaways will be posted.

This Weeks Featured Giveaway- SKrafty Homeschool Minecraft

2 Homeschool Classes for the winner! 

SKrafty HS Classes

SKrafty is a Christian Homeschool company providing a FREE – parent monitored Minecraft server, but that’s not all . . .  they have homeschool classes designed to educate and inspire the homeschool family.

  •  Bible
  • Math
  • Science
  • History
  • Language Arts
  • Geography & MORE

Classes are extremely affordable – from $4.99 – $32.00 and include live classes and do at your own pace classes. Check out the FALL Line up to see what SKrafty has in store next! Go HERE to see available classes. 

Let your kiddos learn and explore the world of Minecraft on this Christian Homeschool – Parent Monitored – Safe Server! The rules are designed to protect kids from foul language, and rude behavior.

Playing by the Motto of “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” – Read the SKrafty Server Rules HERE

 

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StartWrite 6 (Software for Handwriting Worksheets) Giveaway + Freebies Link Up

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Homeschool Moms Giveaways and Freebies Linky Party – Week 21

It’s week 21 here on the Homeschool Survival Group Blog Giveaways 4 Homeschoolers.   I wanted to take a moment real fast to encourage you to like us and interact with us on Facebook.

We want to become a community where you can ask your questions, get mom to mom answers and be encouraged.  In fact, if you happen to have any questions about homeschooling, feel free to leave us a comment here…and I’ll be happy to post them on the page, or even write a blog post about it.

We are here to help you in your journey and can’t wait to hear more from you!  Be sure to read all the way to the end, where the fabulous giveaways will be posted.

 

This Weeks Sponsored Giveaway – StartWrite 6

Start Write is the easiest way to create customized handwriting practice sheets for your homeschool student.

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Customized Sheets to Inspire

Handwriting is an art and a physical skill that is essential to communication, even in our electronic age. But it requires practice, and just like grown-ups, kids get bored with busy work. Custom worksheets keep your students interested, with words and sentences they relate to. Now they will love to write (at least until they learn to send text messages).

Fun Designs to Work With

Make your worksheets pop! StartWrite 6 includes easy to use yet robust design tools, so you can control colors and a variety of letter attributes. Add cute Border Art to highlight the word your students are learning. Insert Dotted Shapes so they can practice drawing squares, circles and triangles while they learn to write the words. Add Clip Art, Area Shading, Start Dots, and lots more. The only real problem we see with StartWrite Version 6 is that with all the new options and features you’ll enjoy creating worksheets so much that you’ll forget you’re supposed to be making them for the kids!

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Endless Possibilities

With all the various choices in font, color, style, art and graphics – there are virtually never-ending possibilities to encourage your young writers and to enhance your homeschool experience.

Visit StartWrite here to learn more about this exciting product.

 

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Giveaway 

2 downloadable copies of StartWrite 6.0 for Windows. 
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Be sure to head over to HomeschoolSurvival.com to see what other Homeschooling Giveaways you can enter to win or Freebies you can get!  The giveaways & freebies link up is every Monday!Are you a homeschooling company who would like to sponsor the weekly Giveaways for Homeschoolers?  Email Sarah of Homeschool Survival at sidetrackedsarah (at) gmail.com

Other Giveaways & Freebies:  Lets Link Up!

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Handwriting ~ Pre-writing Readiness

Fine motor skills are obviously related to writing, but sensory, gross motor, cognitive, perceptual, and even visual components are equally important to a child’s developmental progression.

Before you begin to teach handwriting to your child, before you even place a pencil in their hand, ask yourself the following questions.
Can they:
• imitate movement patterns such as nursery rhyme motions with their hands?
• successfully use a variety of grasp patterns?
• understand a progression on paper from left to right?
• recognize the letters of the alphabet?
• understand directions such as up and down?
• follow one step instructions consistently? Two step? Three step?

Children can begin learning to write without total mastery of everything that I listed, but if you are aware of their needs you will be better equipped to help them progress more easily.

Recommendations:
• Let your child scribble. Provide an inexpensive coloring book, print some free color sheets, or even blank paper and crayons. Sit beside them and color with them. Coloring within the lines can come later. At first let them enjoy the experience of marking on paper and seeing that their action produces a visible result. From scribbling you can help them progress to lines and circles. 
• Try other mediums. Pudding is a fun finger-paint and is both washable and edible. If the mess bothers you too much, let them try finger painting with pudding in the bathtub. The mess will be contained.
• Explore a variety of sensory manipulatives. Play dough, rice buckets, fabric, the possibilities are limited only by your environment. Many household items can be used in different ways to provide developmental experiences. Play games that require them to move small pieces.

• Read to your child. Let them see the words on the paper as you read. This will help them recognize words and letters, see a natural left-right progression, and build their vocabulary.
• Let them get dirty. Writing with a stick in the sand, fingers in mud, and colored water in the snow are all delightful experiences that most children will interpret as play.

Do you know yet if your child is right or left handed? That fact should have an impact on how you teach writing. We have all heard stories of left handed adults who were forced by teachers to write with their right hand. But less realized is left handed children who are taught to write with a right- handed style using their left hand. Being aware from the start that your child is left handed can help you know to present tasks in such a way that they will perform them correctly instead of with their wrist abnormally bent.

Once they start writing, continue to provide opportunities other than just pencil on paper. I already mentioned window markers, but they are such a useful tool it is worth repeating. Writing on vertical surfaces helps a child’s gross motor development and the large movements help train their brain to remember what they are doing. Another useful method is air writing. Using a foam sword, a large plastic pencil, or even an empty paper towel tube, have them imitate the motions you make in the air.

If you are on Pinterest, follow any of these relevant boards that interest you: handwriting, fine motor funsensory exploration, visual cues and perception, and gross motor development.
This is by no means a comprehensive list of handwriting readiness, but should give you a starting point.  If you think visual problems could be affecting your child’s progress, please have that tested by a professional. Proper eye glasses can make an immediate difference in their functional performance.

Disclaimer: This is an informational article and is not a substitute for medical advice. If you think that your child is in need of Occupational Therapy services, discuss it with their pediatrician. 

 

Jennifer is an occupational therapist and a homeschooling mom of three children. She and her husband have been married for 17 years. Ten years ago they left their home in the city, to move to Jennifer’s family homestead, on her Granddad’s land.   They have three children, two girls and one boy, ages 16, 14, and 9.   You can read more about Jennifer and her family on her blog, A Glimpse of Our Life.

Handwriting – First Things First

Handwriting from the Feet UpToday, in honor of National Handwriting Day, we are sharing a post about handwriting from Jennifer who blogs at A Glimpse of Our Life.

 

As an Occupational Therapist, before working on handwriting, it is important to be sure that a child has the skills needed to set the right foundation for writing. As a parent, being sure your child has these skills is equally important. Posture, grasp, strength, range of motion, and visual skills are all components that can affect the final outcome of pencil on paper. Today, I’ll share how a homeschool parent can be aware of needs their child may have for proper posture as well as how to improve it.

Is Their Posture Right?

Unless you do “school at home” it is likely that your child is not completing most of their homeschool lessons seated in a child sized desk. Assuming you follow the trend of school at the dining room table, take a step back and really look at your child sitting in that big dining room chair. Can their feet touch the floor? If not, that may not be the only thing that does not fit, and either modifications or a change of location could make a big difference in their written work.

An ideal sitting posture allows the hips and knees to be bent at 90 degrees with feet flat on the floor. Most adult chairs are too big for small children to do this easily. If they can reach the table comfortably, just adding a footstool to give them a bit more stability may be all that is needed. Now take another peek at how they are sitting. Is there room for them to comfortably reach their paper, or do they have to stretch? A booster seat in their chair may be necessary to lift them up to a comfortable height at your table. Another option is finding a child sized table and chair that fits them now. If they are overcompensating to support themselves in a chair that is too large, they are not able to relax and concentrate on the actual written task.

Age Appropriate Exercises Can Promote Strong Core Muscles

Beyond their position in the chair, age appropriate exercises can promote strong core muscles which will also help their balance and posture. For a change of pace to your written tasks, drawing with window markers on a mirror or window at their shoulder level and higher can work on several of these skills at once while they are enjoying the novelty of the task.

I hope these ideas help to get you thinking in the right direction.  Each month, I plan to share more Handwriting tips!

Disclaimer: This is an informational article and is not a substitute for medical advice. If you think your child is in need of OT services, discuss it with their pediatrician.

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Jennifer is an occupational therapist and a homeschooling mom of three children. She and her husband have been married for 17 years. Ten years ago they left their home in the city, to move to Jennifer’s family homestead, on her Granddad’s land.   They have three children, two girls and one boy, ages 16, 14, and 9.   You can read more about Jennifer and her family on her blog, A Glimpse of Our Life.