Monday, September 20, 2010

What do we LOVE to use? (Pre-K, 5th, and Middle School)

This is the first time that I am joining in on the TOS Crew Blog Cruise, where various crewmates take the time to answer a variety of questions on their blogs, one each week. I have often thought of joining in, but time has gotten away from me most times. Others, I didn't have much to say on the topic... (I am BLESSED to be surrounded by supportive family, and neighbors!) However, this week's topic, "What are your favorite resources for the ages and grades that you are teaching?" was something that I figured I might be able to take a stab at.

Currently~ to go "up" in age~
The Pre-K "Littlest"~
As with the other two, we are starting our "learning" with the gentle approach of Before Five In A Row*. I have to say that I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE all things FIAR, and Jane and Steve (And Becky!) Lambert. What a sweet heart they have for homeschoolers, their children, their marriages, and all. Be sure to check out the Five In A Row Message Boards!
Preschool Activity in a Bag sets are great~ He likes "Getting out a Game" from his box.
Counting Bears and sorting activities (Along with Busy Bugs Activities* and cards)
Books! (Curious George books are favorites at the moment, and I love to read a variety of ABC books (Here's one of my favorites if you have a child that loves flowers*,  and one of my very favorites for ANY kid is Dr. Seuss's ABC* (Be sure not to get the board book... it leaves stuff out!)
Clipboard with paper and crayons or pencils
Preschool "games" on my itouch

5th Grade Middlest~
Once again~ Five In A Row is my first mention!
Currently, Saxon Math* seems to work well for us, starting in 5th Grade
Still like MathScore (See the banner on the top right of my blog)
Both my kids love their Spelling workbooks (We use Spelling Workout*)... In lieu of a workbook, I'm impressed with Spelling City, and ABC Teach for the options included for making and/or printing up activities.
Lots of books~ current reads are the "Viking Raiders"series (The first book is Raiders from the Sea* ) and the Tintin books (Here's one of the 1st ones I remember reading from my childhood Tintin in Tibet*)

There is a cool website for various "Activities" that I like to utilize every now and again~ FreeRice

8th Grade Oldest~
Video Text Algebra (currently working in  Module "B"*)
Spelling Workout*
Apologia General Science* (With Lapbook additions. There are a few out there, I think...)
Books(Lots of 'em!)~ Currently she's into "Historical" Fantasy, having read all of Brian Jacques' Redwall books, and now getting into The Lord of the Rings Triology. :)

For some "Extras", we loved using "ROAR", a companion Guide to the Chronicles of Narnia.
We're using Neta Jackson's "Hero Tales"*  as our Devotional in the mornings... Like it!

For "Free Play" time, we love Legos, Playmobil, and one of our favorites... Kapla Blocks* or Keva Planks*... Both are great, and keep kids AND mom entertained for hours! These are amazing building blocks!

So, there you have it... These ARE a few of our favorite things! :)

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1 comment:

  1. We are big Saxon Math fans too. Using it for 4th grade and up. Well, if they are ready for the 54 come then.

    Great post!


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