core subjects – Time4Learning https://www.time4learning.com Homeschool, Afterschool, Skill Building Mon, 15 Jan 2018 16:31:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 Homeschool Unit Study: Martin Luther King, Jr. Facts https://www.time4learning.com/blog/tips-worksheets/homeschool-unit-study-martin-luther-king-jr-facts/ https://www.time4learning.com/blog/tips-worksheets/homeschool-unit-study-martin-luther-king-jr-facts/#respond Mon, 08 Jan 2018 13:30:51 +0000 https://www.time4learning.com/?p=12052 Learning about important people in history helps students learn about the past and how things used to be, as well as discover how so many brave individuals helped improve and bring about positive change in the world we live in. This week, we celebrate the birthday of one such person. Martin Luther King Jr. became […]]]>

Learning about important people in history helps students learn about the past and how things used to be, as well as discover how so many brave individuals helped improve and bring about positive change in the world we live in.

This week, we celebrate the birthday of one such person. Martin Luther King Jr. became one of the most well known leaders of the Civil Rights Movements in the 1950s and 60s. This unit study covers various aspects of his life’s work, how he inspired others, and how he has and continues to be recognized today. If you are incorporating Martin Luther King Jr. lesson plans into your curriculum this week, your homeschoolers will benefit from these additional learning opportunities.

Martin Luther King Jr. Timeline

1929

King was born on January 15 in Atlanta, GA.

1948

Graduates from Morehouse College, a historically African American college in Atlanta.

1951

Graduates from Crozer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania.

1953

Marries Coretta Scott.

1955

Receives a Ph.D. from Boston University. The bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama begins.

1956

Montgomery bus system ends segregation.

1957

King is named president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, which focuses on advancing the rights of African Americans.

1958

King’s first book is published, “Stride Toward Freedom.”

1963

King delivers his “I Have a Dream” speech during the March on Washington at the Lincoln Memorial.

1964

King is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

1968

King is assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.

1986

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is celebrated for the first time in the U.S.

2011

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial opens in Washington, D.C.

Martin Luther King Jr. Fast Facts

  • Martin Luther King Jr. was born January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. His birth name was Michael, but he was later renamed Martin.
  • He studied theology and received his Ph.D. in 1955 from Boston University.
  • The holiday celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. was first observed in 1986. It is celebrated the third Monday in January. For the first time in the year 2000, it was celebrated in all 50 states.
  • In the U.S., there are approximately 900 streets named after Martin Luther King Jr. in 39 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. Eleven cities have freeways named after him.
  • Outside the U.S., Brazil, Israel, and Senegal have streets named after him.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. gave over 2,500 speeches during his lifetime and wrote 5 books.
  • King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963 at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington.
  • He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 at the age of 35.
  • He was assassinated April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee.

Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement

The Civil Rights Movement took place in the U.S. from 1954-1968. Because African Americans didn’t have the same rights as white citizens, the goal was to gain equality by ending segregation and discrimination. Civil rights activists fought and protested for equal opportunities in education, employment, housing, and the right to vote.

Martin Luther King, Jr’s involvement in the Civil Rights Movement began in 1955 with the Montgomery bus boycott in Alabama. On what would be a catalyst moment, Rosa Parks, a black woman, refused to give up her seat for a white passenger. This event prompted the head of the local National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) to reach out to King to help lead the boycott of the bus system in Montgomery. The boycott lasted over a year, but finally, in December of 1956, after legal action against the city ordinance, Montgomery desegregated their bus system.

Learn more about the Civil Rights Movement with these Elementary Social Studies Lesson Plans 

In the years that followed, King continued to peacefully deliver thousands of speeches and lectures, organize events, and urge the public to use nonviolent methods when protesting. Activists took part in boycotts, marches, and sit-ins, a form of protest in which African-Americans would sit in all-white areas at lunch counters and other facilities to protest racial segregation.

During this time period, King and thousands of other activists were attacked and subjected to harassment, violence and intimidation. But they persisted despite the hate and ignorance they were met with.

A momentous event took place in August of 1963 when King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech in front of over 200,000 Americans of all races at the Lincoln Memorial. Even today, excerpts of his speech continue to move people all over the world. One of the most notable is, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

Cross-Curricular Activities for Martin Luther King Jr. Unit Study

The Martin Luther King Jr. story is much more than just dates and facts, of course. The message Dr. King shared and embodied has shaped the very culture of 20th and 21st century America and is as significant today as it ever was. Students will be much more engaged in the history of MLK, Jr, though, if they are able to connect his story with their own. Below you will find some multisensory learning activities, organized by grade level, to help your homeschoolers get even more out of this unit study.

Elementary Martin Luther King Jr. Activities

  • Do you have a small box, a few plastic eggs, or even a cup with a lid in the house? Collect the letters from an old scrabble board, or make your own with small pieces of paper to spell out some of the following MLK, Jr. vocabulary words:  civil, rights, freedom, equality, protest, speech. Place the letters of the words, one word at a time, into your container. Have your student shake them up and pour them out and then unscramble them to spell out the vocabulary word.
  • Every picture tells a story. Browse pictures on the web of Dr. King’s life, and pick one or two that could be used as a story starter for your elementary age homeschooler. They could write (or tell) about what they think happened just after the picture was taken.

Middle School Martin Luther King Jr. Activities

  • The “What If” game is a popular way to help students build problem solving skills. To apply the “What If” game to your MLK, Jr. study, ask your homeschooler questions such as, “What if Martin Luther King had not been a minister. Would that have changed how people received his message?”  Another example of a question might be, “What if Dr. King had been born in the northern U.S? Would he have had the same passion about civil rights?”
  • Using some of the facts they’ve learned about Dr. King, have your middle schooler create an acrostic of the word FREEDOM. Each letter of the word would start a sentence that states a fact about the life and times of MLK, Jr.

High School Martin Luther King Jr. Activities

  • Has your high schooler ever studied genealogy? Set them on a research project to see how many generations of Martin Luther King Jr.’s ancestors they can track down. You might even turn it into an art activity by creating an MLK, Jr. family tree! Discuss how his ancestry and geographical history may have contributed to his life’s path.
  • Analogies are ways to compare two different things. Martin Luther King, Jr. uses many of them in his “I Have a Dream” speech. For example, he compares our civil rights as citizens to a check. Download a copy of the speech and have your high schooler see how many analogies he or she can discover in it.

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Quick Martin Luther King Jr. Spelling Words

Equality Justice
Fairness Movement
Harmony Perseverance
Hero Tolerance
Idealistic Unification

Martin Luther King Jr. Learning Activities & Games for Children

When teaching about Martin Luther King Jr., it’s always a great idea to incorporate learning games and activities that will help students retain the information. The following resources offer even more interactive opportunities to learn about the leader and the history of the Civil Rights movement.
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This Day in History – January 4 https://www.time4learning.com/blog/tips-worksheets/did-you-know-this-day-in-history-january-4/ https://www.time4learning.com/blog/tips-worksheets/did-you-know-this-day-in-history-january-4/#respond Thu, 04 Jan 2018 13:30:27 +0000 https://www.time4learning.com/?p=11972 What’s so special about today, January 4th? If you’re scratching your head in wonder, follow along below to learn why this day stands out in history. Fun Facts About January 4th 2010 – The Dubai Tower was inaugurated as the world’s largest tower 1966 – Ronald Reagan runs for Governor of California 1954 – Rock […]]]>

What’s so special about today, January 4th? If you’re scratching your head in wonder, follow along below to learn why this day stands out in history.

Fun Facts About January 4th

  • 2010 – The Dubai Tower was inaugurated as the world’s largest tower
  • 1966 – Ronald Reagan runs for Governor of California
  • 1954 – Rock ‘n’ Roll King Elvis Presley recorded his first demo
  • 1948 – Burma gained its independence from the United Kingdom
  • 1930 – Birth of Super Bowl coach Don Shula
  • 1896 – Utah became the 45th state to join the United States of America
  • 1809 – Louis Braille was born

The History of January 4 in the 2000s

Did you know, that on this day in 2010 Dubai held the title for having the world’s tallest tower at 2,717 feet? While this is no longer the case, architecture sure reached new heights with this project. Here are some things the builders boasted about when the tower opened: World’s tallest freestanding structure, world’s highest occupied floor, world’s highest outdoor observation deck, and world’s longest-traveling elevator (1,640 feet, traveled in two minutes).

The tower has a combination of nightclubs, mosques, luxury suites and boardrooms and the world’s first Armani hotel, the world’s highest swimming pool, on the 76th floor, the highest observation deck on the 124th floor, and the highest mosque, on the 158th floor. The opening celebration featured parachute jumps, fireworks, and streams of water from the world’s tallest water fountain. The estimated cost is $1.5 billion dollars.

The History of January 4 in the 1900s

Did you know that the 40th president of the USA Ronald Reagan decided to abandon his acting career to run for office? On January 4th, 1966 he announced his candidacy for Governor of California. Reagan said,  “I am not a politician in the traditional sense of ever having held a public office, but I think I can lay claim to being a citizen politician.”

Did you know that on January 4, 1954, the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll Elvis Presley recorded his first demo record? He sure did, at Sun Records Memphis Recording Service in Nashville, Tennessee. The recording lasted 10 minutes and included two songs, “Casual Love Affair”, and a country song, “I’ll Never Stand in Your Way”.  While neither song became a hit for Elvis, they were the beginning of a long and sometimes difficult road for him as he tried to make it big in the music business.

Increase your student’s excitement about U.S. History with this interactive online course for high schoolers. 

Did you know that Burma once was controlled by the United Kingdom? For a while, Burma was part of British India, but it became a separate colony in 1937. Japan invaded Burma during World War II. The British fought many battles with the Japanese but when the war ended the Burmese government was poised to take over British control. In January 1947, General Aung Sang signed an agreement with the British Prime Minister that gave Burma full independence within a year.

Many football fans are thankful for this day because Don Shula, Super Bowl winning and Hall of Fame coach of the Miami Dolphins was born. He started his head coaching career with the Baltimore Colts but is best known as the head coach for the Miami Dolphins. There, Shula won two Super Bowls and helped his team to an undefeated season, something never accomplished in the NFL before or after that season. He currently holds the NFL record for most career wins as a head coach, with 347, and in 1997, Shula was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The History of January 4 in the 1800s

Did you know that January 4 marks the day when another star was added to the U S flag when Utah joined the Union? Well, Utahns tried several times for about 50 years to no avail. Utah finally became part of the USA on Jan 4, 1896, making it the 45th state of the nation.

Dive deeper into U.S. Geography with our series of FREE state unit studies!

Louis Braille was born on January 4, 1809, in Coupvray, France. Though he wasn’t born blind, he lost his sight at a very young age. This didn’t stop him from being an excellent student and then creating a simple system using dots. Today he is widely known for creating the tactile writing system for the visually impaired.

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Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination https://www.time4learning.com/blog/afterschoolskill-building/star-wars-where-science-meets-imagination/ https://www.time4learning.com/blog/afterschoolskill-building/star-wars-where-science-meets-imagination/#respond Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:00:31 +0000 https://www.time4learning.com/?p=11743 Almost every child remembers the first time Luke Skywalker activated his lightsaber: the brilliant, fluorescent glow and the powerful humming noise. It was Star Wars tech and science fiction rolled up into one cool weapon. The audience’s collective imagination went wild. And it was fun! With the newest Star Wars movie premiering in the next […]]]>

Almost every child remembers the first time Luke Skywalker activated his lightsaber: the brilliant, fluorescent glow and the powerful humming noise. It was Star Wars tech and science fiction rolled up into one cool weapon. The audience’s collective imagination went wild. And it was fun!

With the newest Star Wars movie premiering in the next few days, everyone is talking about it. Now, teachers across the country are integrating Star Wars science into their science classes — they even help children build their own lightsabers! And why wouldn’t they? Children love the creatures, the other-worldly planets, and the amazing technology. More importantly, children are interested in learning about how they can create their own star wars universe. And that’s great because jobs in science and technology are booming and children should become aware of their benefits and the opportunities they offer.

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Star Wars Science Experiments

Homeschooling parents are always looking for creative ways to challenge their children and make learning exciting. Star Wars science experiments provide an amazing opportunity to blend technology with everyday homeschooling.

For example, Amazon.com offers a Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit. It comes with easy step-by-step directions — and children can work on their own or with their parents. The kit also offers an “Inventor app” that challenges children to teach their droids new skills. What an amazing way for parents to introduce their homeschoolers to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) programs.

Holograms are another way families can experiment with the effects seen in Star Wars. Holograms are a three-dimensional image formed by the interference of light beams from a laser or other coherent light source. A simple Google search will provide directions for making a hologram.

Benefits of the Science of Star Wars

As noted earlier, STEM programs and job opportunities have risen over the past decade. But the workforce experience that employers are looking for can’t match the jobs available. The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology stated in 2012:

Economic projections point to a need for approximately 1 million more STEM professionals than the U.S. will produce at the current rate over the next decade if the country is to retain its historical preeminence in science and technology.

You may think studying STEM lessons is a bit crazy to focus on science in the early years. But any science or math, especially utilizing programs and themes that interest them, helps children become more prepared and confident in their abilities. Instilling that confidence motivates them — and also encourages learning on their own.

The Star Wars theme certainly interests most children and acts as an alternative to basic science lessons. They are visually and physically interacting with characters they have a connection with and a love for because they’ve experienced them at the movies. Take advantage and watch your children enjoy themselves as they learn.

Impact of Star Wars on Society

The characters in star wars impacted people of all ages. Their wacky names (Obi Wan Kenobi), and endearing habits, such as the worried C-3PO, piqued the interest of the young and not so young alike. But what really made the movies memorable have been the incredible weapons, spaceships, and technology. Who could forget hyperdrive?

Hyperdrives allow starships to travel faster than the speed of light, crossing space through the alternate dimension of hyperspace.

But the impact also reached the education world. While they don’t let you travel faster than the speed of light, technology such as tablets, hand-held devices, and smartphones have opened up a new world of learning for children.

Star Wars made an indelible mark on society and it continues with the new episodes. If your child has shown interest in star wars technology, tune in every week on the Star Wars YouTube page for exciting educational episodes featuring all things Star Wars science. May the force be with you!

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Creative Math Help for the Atypical Student https://www.time4learning.com/blog/afterschoolskill-building/creative-math-help-for-the-atypical-student/ https://www.time4learning.com/blog/afterschoolskill-building/creative-math-help-for-the-atypical-student/#respond Mon, 24 Apr 2017 21:26:32 +0000 https://www.time4learning.com/?p=10053 “Average” is only for numbers. Some students need a more customized and creative math approach. Traditional math instruction is designed for “traditional” students. But, what if your student has learning differences and needs remedial math guidance. Or, what about kids especially savvy with numbers who need gifted math intervention? Out-of-the-box learners need a more custom-made […]]]>

“Average” is only for numbers. Some students need a more customized and creative math approach.

Traditional math instruction is designed for “traditional” students. But, what if your student has learning differences and needs remedial math guidance. Or, what about kids especially savvy with numbers who need gifted math intervention? Out-of-the-box learners need a more custom-made approach to building number sense. This could include:

  • using visual math approaches such as manipulatives (concrete or virtual objects) to represent numbers and symbols
  • providing accommodations for specific weaknesses such as letting children with spatial deficits use graph paper to line up subtraction problems
  • accelerating a student to more advanced math if he or she shows signs of boredom
  • modeling problem-solving strategies for difficult tasks
  • giving children opportunities to connect math concepts to real-life situations
  • avoiding criticism and instead building on known strengths
  • using game-based review and remediation tools

Math is More Than Sums and Products

Gifted math students are often naturals when it comes to memorizing their multiplication tables, dividing fractions, or determining percentages. Arithmetic (manipulation of numbers), though, is only one aspect of mathematics (theory of numbers). Remedial math students who struggle with number sense may show incredible strengths in other math areas such as geometry, algebra, or probability. You may feel much better about your particular student’s struggles in math when you see that they may simply have strengths in one area of math and weaknesses in others.

Putting the “Fun” in Fundamentals

When working with your children on the math areas they are weakest in, don’t hesitate to use out-of-the-box strategies that incorporate the things they already love. Games like Monopoly™, Candyland™, and even video games such as Madden NFL™ and Lego Dimensions™ help students practice number sense. Putting your child in charge of the meal planning and grocery shopping one week a month requires an enormous amount of intuitive math skills. Time4Learning’s interactive math lessons and the wide array of math games on Learning Games for Kids are another way to blend education with fun.

Honoring Your Child’s Uniqueness

Because every child falls into a different place on the math learning spectrum, it’s important not to lean on a one-size-fits-all approach. Every student deserves a math program that is customized to their specific needs. Time4Learning’s math curriculum can help. We offer access to up to three grade levels of instruction, the ability to pick and choose lessons based on concepts needing review, and a multimedia style that keeps kids motivated to learn. Try one of the many math demo lessons to see if Time4Learning’s unique approach is a good fit for your one-of-a-kind student.

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Learning Throughout the Summer https://www.time4learning.com/blog/tips-worksheets/learning-throughout-the-summer/ https://www.time4learning.com/blog/tips-worksheets/learning-throughout-the-summer/#respond Thu, 20 Apr 2017 14:55:57 +0000 https://www.time4learning.com/?p=9946 Time certainly does fly. I can’t believe summer is almost here. But before it does arrive, I always like to share some ideas for homeschooling during the summer. I don’t know about you, but my children tend to get a little lazy during the hot summer months. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind giving […]]]>

Time certainly does fly. I can’t believe summer is almost here. But before it does arrive, I always like to share some ideas for homeschooling during the summer. I don’t know about you, but my children tend to get a little lazy during the hot summer months. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind giving them a break and toning down the intensity of our homeschooling, but I also want to keep them sharp.

Too many children get what many of us homeschoolers call “summer brain drain.” The children work so hard all year long and then they nearly forget everything they learned. Then, in my case, I have to spend almost the whole first month of the new school year getting them back up to speed. It’s frustrating. Now I keep them learning but we change our schedule up a bit and have more fun. So even if you’re a traditional September through June homeschooler, an all-year long homeschooler, or somewhere in between, you can still use these exciting tips and boost your children’s summer learning experience.

Take Learning Outside This Summer

We all associate summertime with outdoor activities. Now apply that association with summertime homeschooling. There are a ton of things you and your children or whole family can enjoy. And while you’re enjoying, spend some time teaching your kids about nature, biology, history and so many other things. Here’s what our family enjoys:

  • Fishing: Our children learn about the different bait and their habitat. We also study the game fish and their habitat. My youngest son knows everything about largemouth bass! They also learn about knot tying.
  • Camping: We prepare an open fire and teach our children the importance of fire safely. We cook over the open fire and set up our own tents.
  • Time at the ocean and bay: We collect shells, name and record the types of birds we see, and even get a little muddy as we explore the bay. It’s like having your own outdoor lab.
  • Swimming: This is not only great exercise but our kids also learn CPR and water safety.
  • Tennis: We play tennis as a family and the exercise and exertion helps our children burn off steam.

Build your own list of fun teachable moments and your children certainly won’t mind learning about the great outdoor world through sports, recreation, and exploration.

Take Summer Learning on the Road

Every trip to a new town or city offers wonderful teachable moments. There are museums, nature centers, historic sites, parks, and unique aspects of a town or city that makes it special.

We traveled to a small island off the west coast of Florida one year. I was worried that there’d be nothing for the children to do except swim and fish. I was wrong. Once I researched the place, I found out there are sacred Native American sites we could visit. We even took a tour and learned all about the Native Americans who made that tiny island their home. The island also had its own art community where local artists gave painting and sculpting lessons. The children absolutely loved it — and it was inexpensive.

So go ahead, take a long weekend vacation or more, but don’t forget to research the area and find the unique aspects that make it a special place. I bet you’ll find some crazy fun and educational things to do.

Create a Summertime Themed Unit Study

A summertime themed unit study is the perfect way to tackle homeschooling during the sunshine season. Below is a solid list of activities and lessons to add into your unit study. First up is our handpicked lessons from Time4Learning’s award-winning curriculum. If you haven’t subscribed to become a member of Time4Learning, summer is the perfect time to take advantage of their 14-day money back guarantee. One of the advantages of Time4Learning is that it travels easily because it’s an online curriculum. Simply login at your convenience, whether you are at home or away on vacation. Here’s a great video to explain how it works.

Also included below are games, videos, worksheets, writing prompts, and much more from a few friendly homeschooling sites. Aren’t we so lucky to be homeschooling in the summertime? Now’s the time to get ready for the season and hopefully with these ideas and resources you’re already one step ahead.

Language Arts

Reading/Writing

Science

Activities & More

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What About Math? https://www.time4learning.com/blog/afterschoolskill-building/what-about-math/ https://www.time4learning.com/blog/afterschoolskill-building/what-about-math/#respond Fri, 22 Apr 2016 14:20:59 +0000 https://www.time4learning.com/blog/?p=95 Time4Learning strongly feels that a solid math foundation is vital for children to succeed. Without these skills, chances are they will have a lot of trouble in school and beyond. It’s no wonder that students with weak math skills have a difficult time with the subject. As a result, they get poor grades and you […]]]>

Time4Learning strongly feels that a solid math foundation is vital for children to succeed. Without these skills, chances are they will have a lot of trouble in school and beyond.

It’s no wonder that students with weak math skills have a difficult time with the subject. As a result, they get poor grades and you may even notice that they begin to develop math anxiety. But when a child develops a solid math foundation, you’ll be amazed at how that stress and anxiety disappears. You might even hear your child say that math is fun!

Building a solid foundation in math requires a systematic approach. Too many children do not get the broad introduction and ongoing practice that builds confidence and deep understanding. The primary mistakes that parents make in teaching math are having too narrow a focus and reviewing math concepts out of sequence. This blog post will discuss broadening focus; a future blog post will cover proper sequence.

Parents tend to overemphasize arithmetic and overlook other math areas. The Time4Learning math lesson plans are available for you to review. They teach these five math strands:

  • Number Sense and Operations – Knowing how to represent numbers and recognizing “how many” in a group paves the way for grasping number theory.
  • Algebra – Even at the preschool level, learning to recognize patterns and sets (“pick the small red fish”) creates the groundwork for working with unknowns and algebraic variables and prepares students for algebra in middle school.
  • Geometry and Spatial Sense – When children build on their knowledge of basic shapes, they increase their ability to reason spatially, read maps, visualize objects in space and eventually use geometry to solve problems.
  • Measurement – Learning how to measure and compare is an important life skill that encompasses the concepts of length, weight, temperature, capacity, time and money.
  • Data Analysis and Probability – Using charts, tables and graphs will help children learn to share and organize information about the world.

The Time4Learning online system allows children in pre-k to high school to progress through the math curriculum with a self-paced, comprehensive, fun approach. The fundamentals of math are taught in such an engaging way that your children will enjoy learning their math. Try our interactive demos or sign up now and receive a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Time4Learning’s math program continues through high school. This includes Pre-Algebra, Algebra I and II, Geometry, Trigonometry and Pre-Calculus. Learn more about our pre-algebra and algebra online course.

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Is Time4Learning a Complete Curriculum? https://www.time4learning.com/blog/experienced-homeschooler/is-time4learning-a-complete-curriculum/ https://www.time4learning.com/blog/experienced-homeschooler/is-time4learning-a-complete-curriculum/#respond Fri, 22 Apr 2016 14:11:08 +0000 https://www.time4learning.com/blog/?p=90 I get this question all the time. I’ve asked Kelly, a homeschool mother of six to share her views. Take it away Kelly: I would be cautious about a curriculum that promised to be all that your child will ever need. My children are each very different so I treat each one appropriately. As an […]]]>

I get this question all the time. I’ve asked Kelly, a homeschool mother of six to share her views.

Take it away Kelly:

I would be cautious about a curriculum that promised to be all that your child will ever need. My children are each very different so I treat each one appropriately. As an example, here is the starting point that I took for my second grader.

Starting with the language arts program, reading is very important to us so our schedule includes a weekly library visit to pick up new books. There is an hour of daily reading. Beginning readers read aloud to mom.

My children write in their journals each day. We focus on creative writing from Monday through Thursday, sometimes writing up lessons from science or social studies. On Friday, they choose their favorite journal entry from the week, correct any spelling, punctuation, or grammar errors and write the edited version in their best penmanship. This provides practical application of some of the language skills they’ve learned.

I have a handwriting program to develop fine motor skills and learn penmanship.

Our family uses Time4Learning for the rest of our language arts curriculum. The language arts curriculum is thorough in its coverage of phonics, grammar, vocabulary, verbal comprehension and reading comprehension. If I feel my child needs additional practice on a certain language concept, I can usually find it in the Time4Learning language arts extensions. I use their scope and sequence to help me choose enrichment activities and to schedule them.

I have children with a range of math abilities and Time4Learning has been a good choice for all of them. I add math drills for the kids who need it.

I supplement the Time4Learning Science and Social Studies with “read alouds” from the library. I locate books on a subject that is currently being studied and read these aloud to my children in the evening. This often generates some interesting discussion, which helps build conversational and verbal expression skills.

Our family takes advantage of sports activities, music lessons and community art classes to provide a more rounded education.

For me, homeschooling is more than choosing the right curriculum, it’s a life style and an approach to family. Any curriculum can be enhanced by a lifestyle conducive to learning. The actual time involved in completing the Time4Learning lessons isn’t as important as the sound basis it provides for application and reinforcement throughout the day. To help our children effectively apply the things they are learning, we limit television viewing, provide educational toys and encourage creative playing (blocks, sandbox, play dough).

We’ve chosen Time4Learning for its solid lessons, its appeal to the children (they don’t fight the curriculum the way they have with others), and because I no longer have to grade papers.  -Kelly.

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Reading Skills: Phonics https://www.time4learning.com/blog/grades-ages/reading-skills-phonics/ https://www.time4learning.com/blog/grades-ages/reading-skills-phonics/#respond Fri, 01 Apr 2016 19:02:34 +0000 https://www.time4learning.com/blog/?p=49 Learning to read is an exciting time for children and their families. However, many parents can’t realize that these emerging literacy skills don’t come as second nature and that learning to read is not automatic. Regardless of family background, many children need help. The Reading Skills Pyramid is a helpful resource for parents. It illustrates […]]]> Learning to read is an exciting time for children and their families. However, many parents can’t realize that these emerging literacy skills don’t come as second nature and that learning to read is not automatic. Regardless of family background, many children need help. The Reading Skills Pyramid is a helpful resource for parents. It illustrates the five key areas in becoming a reader: phonemic awareness, phonics, comprehension, vocabulary, and fluency.
  • Phonemic awareness* is a child’s awareness that words are made up of sounds that can be assembled in different ways to make different words. Children build this pre-reading skill by practicing nursery rhymes and playing rhyming word games.
  • Phonics* is the understanding of how letters combine to make sounds and words. Learning phonics starts with knowing the alphabet. Children then learn the sound of each letter by associating it with words that start with that sound. Phonics skills grow as students distinguish between vowels and consonants and understand letter combinations. Try our phonics lessons.
Tutoring, workbooks, games or structured computer programs can help teach or reinforce these skills. Parents can help by providing high-quality educational materials, establishing a pattern of daily reading, creating a rich language environment, discussing a child’s progress with teachers and following up on their recommendations. Learning to read successfully is the culmination of many steps. You can help your children learn to read by familiarizing yourself with the process using the Reading Skills Pyramid. You can even order a printed wall copy of the Reading Skills Pyramid. If you have questions or comments about the Reading Skills Pyramid, join our online forum discussion about early reading skills. It’s a great place to ask other parents questions about their experiences building their children’s reading skills. You can also take advantage of educational websites like Vocabulary Learning Fun. They offer word games like Hig Pig, which develop reading and phonics skills. ]]>
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