• Curriculum

    Thanksgiving Curriculum

    I love learning the history behind the holidays with my kids. Learning about the history of Thanksgiving has shaped the way that we choose to celebrate it in our home. Here are some of my favorite resources that we use and love. Some of these books and videos we read and watch year after year during Thanksgiving week as part of our family tradition. I hope you find this list helpful and inspiring too!   This post contains affiliate links   Liza’s List Of Resources For Learning About The History Of Thanksgiving   BOOKS Pilgrims – Magic Tree House Research Guide Written by Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce…

  • Teaching Methods

    Teaching Your Child To Read Step 5: Easy Readers

    Step 5: Reading Easy Readers Together In Step 1 your child learned the letters of the alphabet. Then in Step 2 they learned the sounds the letters make. Next your child learned how to sound out small words in Step 3 . Then in Step 4 they memorized sight words. Now in Step 5 you finally get to open a book, HURRAY! What Are Easy Readers? Easy Readers is a term I use for beginner books. It’s a book that is easy for new readers to read. There are many different kinds of easy readers available at your local library or department store. Find some easy readers that you and your child enjoy. Our favorite brands…

  • Teaching Methods

    Teaching Your Child To Read Step 4: Sight Words

    Step 4: Memorizing Sight Words Your child learned the names of the alphabet letters in Step 1. In Step 2 you helped your child learn the sounds the letters make. Then in Step 3 you showed your child how to build and sound out 3 letter words.  Now in Step 4 you will help your child memorize sight words.   What Are Sight Words? Sight words are words that commonly appear on any given page of text.  They are words like, the I is by one …and so on. Reading Kingdom has a list of the Top 100 Sight Words, click here to print off their free list (PDF format). These Words are meant to be memorized…

  • Teaching Methods

    Teaching Your Child To Read Step 2: Letter Sounds

    Step 2: Learning the Letter Sounds In Step 1 of teaching your child how to read, you helped your child learn to identify the capital and lowercase letters of the alphabet by name. Now that they know what each of the letters are and that they all have a name, your child is ready to learn that each letter of the alphabet also makes a sound. Step 2 of teaching your child how to read is helping them learn the letter sounds.   Consonant Letter Sounds First, tell your child what the consonant letters “say”.   Hint: It is helpful to start with consonants  first before introducing the various vowel sounds. Just like in Step…

  • Teaching Principles

    9 Factors That Affect Your Child’s Motivation

    In my post How To Influence Your Child’s Motivation For Learning I explained the cycle of motivation and how understanding some simple steps can help you help your child get motivated and stay motivated. There are times when our homeschooled children get frustrated, discouraged, and lose interest in learning. When this happens it usually results in a power struggle between parent and child. A battle ensues resulting in either one or both of us giving up. The good news is that this battle doesn’t even have to happen! There is something you can do to save your child’s motivation before they get discouraged and want to quit. There are 9 influential factors that determine whether your…

  • Start Homeschooling

    3 Steps to Making Homeschool Work For You

    How Can I Fit Homeschool Into My Life? Do you work full time? Live in a small space? Do you have lots of children? Are you a single parent? Do you have a special needs child? Are you living on one income? Do you struggle with organization? Are you afraid you won’t know enough to teach your kids? Are you concerned about the social stigma of homeschool? Do you want to make homeschool work but don’t know where to start? We all face these questions and fears in some way or another when we try to make homeschool work for us. No matter what your circumstances or limitations in life,…

  • Uncategorized

    Product Review: Scholastic Workbooks

    What Liza Says About Scholastic Workbooks… SUBJECT CONTENT:  Good STUDENT APPEAL:  Good I like Scholastic workbooks.  They are a good basic resource for early childhood literacy and education. Subject Content Scholastic has a plethora of workbooks.  Some are comprehensive workbooks by grade, others are single subject workbooks also by grade.  Basically Scholastic has a workbook for almost every educational subject.  This product review is based solely on their comprehensive workbooks by grade.   All the Scholastic workbooks by grade include 5 subjects: Math, Reading, Writing, Grammar, and Maps.  There are 400 total pages including a table of contents in the front and an answer key in the back.  The content…

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    What Did My First Year of Homeschool Look Like?

    Looking Back on My First Year of Homeschool Was I organized?  Nope.  Was I a great teacher?  Nope.  Was I patient?  Nope.  Did I have all the right educational tools?  Nope.  Did I spend a lot of focused time on lessons and homework?  Nope.  Did I feel confident in my ability to homeschool?  Nope.  Did I rely on a great co-op for support?  Nope.   Was my first year of homeschool successful?  ABSOLUTELY! When I started… In 2008 my oldest child turned 3 and all of a sudden the word “preschool” started popping up in every conversation we had with other people.  Relatives, friends, neighbors, almost everyone we talked to…

  • Teaching Methods

    4 Ways to Make Flashcards Fun

    I Love Flashcards!   Flashcards are awesome! They are a cheap tool that can be used in a variety of different ways and for a variety of different subjects, all you need is imagination. Without imagination flashcards can be B-O-R-I-N-G. Flashcards are a staple homeschool tool that I have used for all of my children. The way that I use them for each child is a little bit different depending on their individual learning style. But seriously, I have used the same set of alphabet flashcards, that I bought at Walmart for $3, for every child. The cool thing about flashcards is that they can appeal to all different learning modalities (If…

  • Teaching Principles

    “How” is My Child Smart?

    There Are Many Ways to Learn and Be Smart There is an important difference between the question “Is my child smart?” and “How is my child smart?”. The question, “Is my child smart?” is really asking, “Is my child capable of learning?“. If the answer to this question is “yes” than the question we should be asking is “How does my child learn?”. There are many ways to learn and be smart. How a child learns is a combination of their learning modality, learning personality, and intelligences. Their motivation for learning stems from their personal interests, talents, and skills. All these things make up who they are and how they learn. A Learning Modality…