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New Freebies

Here is a list of some great new freebies I recently found:

 

Enjoy!

 

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Fun Free Game Site

I found a fun site today called ABCya! The creator is a public school teacher. Her games are geared for children in K-5th grade.

Here is what the site says:

ABCya.com was designed with a focus on parents, teachers and children.  The services and features on the website reflect our focus.

The navigation features of the website are simple and straightforward.  The homepage provides links to six main grade level categories: Kindergarten, First Grade, Second Grade, Third Grade, Fourth Grade and Fifth Grade.  The grade level categories are broken down by content categories: Letters, Numbers, More (shapes, social studies, art) and Holidays.

With the guidance of an adult, children will be able to successfully navigate the website..

Grade level lessons incorporate areas such as math and language arts while introducing basic computer skills. Many of the kindergarten and first grade activities are equipped with sound to enhance understanding. Fun children’s Holiday activities are available in grade level sections!
 
 
 

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Importance of Spelling

Do you teach spelling in your homeschool? Spelling instruction has fallen out of favor in many classrooms in the last several years. I was never a great speller. I vividly remember being held in during recess to write my missed spelling words over and over. What a waste that was for me. Spelling is very visual for me. Simply writing the words over and over did nothing for me. If my teacher had known about learning styles, she would have encouraged me to write the spelling word in colors (consonants in one color and vowels in another) on one side of a blank card, and then have me draw a picture of how I visualize that word on the other side of the card. My daughter and I are both right-brained visual learners and that is the way I helped her learn spelling words. It works very well. I eventually conquered my spelling demons, no thanks to my fourth grade teacher.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Have you ever spent time wondering about the importance of spelling?

Over the past decade when spelling education seemed to fall out of favor, teachers, administrators, and parents all across the nation learned just how important spelling is for literacy education. The proof was in the classroom! In places where teachers stopped paying attention to spelling, test scores dropped and schools began to experience failure with literacy education (Colvin, 1995).

I hate seeing misspelled words in print. Have you ever found mistakes in newspaper articles or magazines? What does it make you think about their editorial department? Have you ever looked at ads on Craigslist? My husband and I read ads on Craigslist for laughs. You will not believe the poor spelling and grammar. It is a great tool to use to help your child learn to spot and correct mistakes. If you use Facebook, read posts from your friends a little more carefully. I bet you will find small spelling mistakes. I see them all the time. You might not see them because your mind will correct many of them for you. Are you thinking those folks are just not using spell check? The truth is that spell checkers only catch between 30 and 80% of reasonable spelling mistakes. If you are a very poor speller, spell check is not going to be able to decipher what you are trying to spell. Spell checkers only catch about 53% of misspellings of students with learning disabilities.

Here is an excellent article from LD Online about how spelling supports reading. Bookmark this one for future reference.

 

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Jumble, Tumble, All Scrambled Up

                      

un·scram·ble

tr.v. un·scram·bledun·scram·blingun·scram·bles   1. To straighten out or disentangle (a jumble or tangle); resolve   2. To restore (a scrambled message) to intelligible form.

Do you like playing word games? Have you ever heard of text twist, Boggle™, Scrabble™ …? Unscramble is similar. It is a fun game all by itself, but it is also a neat way to practice spelling words and vocabulary words. Players rearrange groups of letters to form their spelling and vocabulary words. Some of you might have a bit of trouble getting your kids to practice learning spelling or vocabulary words. The suggestion here is to keep all learning fresh and fun since it is part of our everyday life. Nobody enjoys learning the dull, boring way. Not all learning is fun, but we should at least attempt to make it as interesting as possible. Playing fun, yet challenging games is a sure-fire way to chase the humdrum, boring daily drill work out of learning new spelling words.

Try these:  ycrlseac      ashncwdi     eubnslamcr

Well, how did you do? Was it hard, easy, fun, challenging? The answers are at the very bottom of this page. So how about playing a brain boosting game of unscramble today…are you up to the challenge?

scarcely   sandwich   unscramble

 

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What’s That You Say?

Lesson plans usually contain vocabulary practice. Vocabulary is so very important for kids. My daughter has a rather large vocabulary because my husband and I always used a large vocabulary around her as a little girl, and we never spoke baby talk to her. We had her tested at age four and the facilitator was amazed. When she worked with Dad in the garden, my husband was careful to explain things like compost, seedlings, transplant… to her as they had fun and planted or weeded. I always tried to use uncommon words in the kitchen and while we were out and about. As she was growing up, she usually seemed much older, as far as her conversations were concerned, than other kids her age. Another benefit to having a rich vocabulary is better story writing. Playing online vocabulary games is a fun way to get in that extra practice. So, get cracking on increasing your vocabulary today.

 

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