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15 Great Book Series for New Readers

With summer reading programs in full swing, it is a great time to make a book list for your new reader. These book series for new readers are fantastic resources to help your new reader gain confidence.

As parents, we want to encourage our kids to be readers. We know the benefits of reading, and how important it is to lay a foundation of reading in our homes. But, sometimes it is hard to get our kids into good books. A quality book series is a great way to garner interest in books and continue the love of reading.  A child can become invested in the characters and storylines and will want to continue with the series to find out what happens.

These book series for new readers are great for those kids who are still sounding words out, or not quite independent readers.

  1. Clifford the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell
  2. Frog and Toad, Book #1 by Arnold Lobel
  3. Max and Ruby By Rosemary Wells
  4. Little Bear By Else Homelund Minarik
  5. Henry and Mudge By Cynthia Rylant
  6. The Pigeon Books by Mo Willems
  7. Elephant and Piggie series by Mo Willems
  8. Pinkalicous early readers by Victoria Kann
  9. Pinky and Rex By James Howe
  10. Biscuit byAlyssa Satin Capucilli
  11. Pete the Cat byJames Dean
  12. Read with Dick and Jane
  13. Mittens byLola M. Schaefer and Susan Kathleen Hartung
  14. Bob Books byBobby Lynn Maslen and John R. Maslen
  15. Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold

 

These books are all part of a series of books. Encouraging young readers to read series keeps them interested in the storylines, and helps them to build a relationship with the character. It also encourages them to recognize familiar words and phrases that are connected from book to book.

These book series for new readers are fantastic resources to help your new reader gain confidence. So, print out this list, head to the library and listen to your new reader!

With summer reading programs in full swing, it is a great time to make a book list for your new reader. These book series for new readers are fantastic resources to help your new reader gain confidence.


Author Bio: Misty Bailey is the blogger behind Joy in the Journey and the podcaster behind Joyfully Homeschooling.  Her goal in this online space is to encourage and inspire you on your homeschool journey by providing practical tips for real life homeschooling. Through real stories, real struggles, and real life, Misty encourages her blog readers and podcast listeners to embrace imperfection and strive for a more joyful homeschool.

What do I NEED to Teach?

When parents decide to homeschool, one of the first things many wonder is what do I need to teach? The teaching is one of the things parents are most afraid of when it comes to homeschooling.

When parents decide to homeschool, one of the first things many wonder is what do I need to teach? Or am I qualified to teach?  The teaching is one of the things parents are most afraid of when it comes to homeschooling. Don’t let fear rule your life! You are the most capable person on Earth to teach your child. You have been teaching your child since birth. You have already taught your child to walk, talk love, get along with others, pray, feed themselves and many other things I’m sure. Nothing changes when your child reaches school age. You are still more than capable.

You Need to Teach The Basics

In today’s society, the “rush” to put kids in school is starting earlier and earlier, but studies show that many children aren’t ready for the rigors of formal schooling until age eight to ten. At this point, they are better able to handle the physical, mental and social demands. Until this age, the only thing a homeschool parent really needs to teach are the basics. The basics include things like the alphabet, how to count, shapes, colors, how to tie their shoes, ride a bike, how to write numbers and their names, how to read. There are also some foundational skills in addition to Reading and Early Math Skills that a child will need to know. These are:

  • How to find and organize reliable information
  • How to think and communicate clearly
  • How to discern worldview
  • How to make thoughtful, reasoned decisions

These are all things a parent can teach in the safety and comfort of their own home, or while they are out and about in their community. The bonus is the parent can teach these things with little to no “extra” curriculum or money. Most of these things can be learned through play and daily life experiences

Is Curriculum Necessary? 

As a child gets older parents may invest in a curriculum or purchase learning tools. Again, these are all things that add to a child’s education. They aren’t always necessary. For me, having a teacher’s guide in math was essential, as I am NOT the best at teaching math…. For another parent, they may not need a manual because they are a math whiz. Some parents may be great at creating their own curriculum and unit studies. Some (like me!) may need a curriculum to help guide their child’s learning.

Homeschool parents, be encouraged, you actually NEED very little to homeschool. But, sometimes having extras is a great bonus!

When parents decide to homeschool, one of the first things many wonder is what do I need to teach? The teaching is one of the things parents are most afraid of when it comes to homeschooling.


Author Bio: Misty Bailey is the blogger behind Joy in the Journey and the podcaster behind Joyfully Homeschooling.  Her goal in this online space is to encourage and inspire you on your homeschool journey by providing practical tips for real life homeschooling. Through real stories, real struggles, and real life, Misty encourages her blog readers and podcast listeners to embrace imperfection and strive for a more joyful homeschool.

How to Choose the Best College for Your Homeschooler

Choosing the right college for your homeschooling kid could be challenging. In order to get the best college for homeschoolers, there are some factors you need to consider and this article details what these factors are.

Going to college is a significant undertaking for any child because this is where they form meaningful relationships and gain knowledge that propels them to the next phase of their lives. Choosing the best college for your kid is therefore very important and homeschoolers find it more challenging at this than parents who send their kids to public school. To be able to choose the best college for your kid as a homeschooling parent, there are a number of factors that you need to take into consideration as highlighted in the following article.

Understand your child’s interests

It should all start with what your kids love doing most. One of the major advantages of homeschooling is that it makes it easy to learn and work around your child’s interests. Find a college that is well known to provide excellent training in such areas of interest. For instance, if your child is into computers, look for a college that has a history of producing great computer engineers. You should always consider their input and opinion when it comes to this decision. After all, it is their future we are talking about here.

Find out about the requirements of the college

College requirements differ and as a homeschooler, you need to know what this requirements are in advance. This makes it easy for you as you homeschool high school as it will allow you to work with the target college in mind. You can be able to portray your child in the best possible light and have the transcripts in good order to increase the chances of acceptance into the college of choice.

Know about the costs involved

Although many colleges offer scholarships and financial aid, you will need to understand the costs involved if your child gets accepted into the college. Assess your financial capability and figure out whether you can afford to pay for the college comfortably. You do not want to be stuck with huge financial burdens for a number of years.

Is the college close to home?

Another distinct advantage that homeschoolers have over students who attend public school is the level of closeness they have with their parents and other siblings. This is mainly due to the fact that they spend a lot of time together at home and have become close-knit. Finding a college that is closer to home would work best for both parties. However, do not let this be a major limiting factor in the choice of your child’s college.

Ask for help

If you are feeling really challenged about this or confused in some way, do not hesitate to ask for help. There are so many avenues you could receive support and help. Find homeschooling parents in your community, particularly those who have already put their children through college. Ask for tips and advice. You can also turn to homeschooling communities online and highlight your plight. Many people will be willing to offer their advice and assistance as most of them were faced with the same dilemma when choosing the best college for their kids.

Choosing the right college for your homeschooling kid could be challenging. In order to get the best college for homeschoolers, there are some factors you need to consider and this article details what these factors are.

All About Unit Studies

Interested in learning all about unit studies? Rather short or long term, unit studies can offer a great variety in your homeschool!

As you know, there are many methods of homeschooling. We have already discussed classical, and Charlotte Mason. Today, I want to share with you all about Unit Studies.

What are Unit Studies?

Unit studies allow a homeschooler to focus on one topic for a set period of time. During this time the students will learn many subjects together. This could include History, Science, Literature, Art and more. For example, a unit study on horses may involve the history of horses, the anatomy of horses, and learning to draw a horse. The students would read books on horses, and maybe even visit a horse farm. All learning will center on that one topic but will incorporate many different subjects.

Will Unit Studies Work for My Family?

Probably! Each families needs are different. However, Unit Studies can work in most situations. Unit Studies are particularly beneficial for large families because parents can keep a wide variety of ages together.

Unit studies can be used for short term projects; we have completed unit studies on Thanksgiving, Dolphins, and Pioneers. These were all topics my children were interested in, so we took a break from our normal book work and studied these subjects. Unit studies are great for learning more about a subject your children are particularly interested in for the short term.

Unit studies are also great for long-term learning. Many parents plan out a school year in advance on a wide variety of topics. They may spend winter learning about the Arctic or Fall learning about astronomy. The sky is the limit when it comes to unit studies.

 Where Can I Get More Information?        

There are a wide variety of sites out there that offer more information on Unit Studies.

Amanda Bennett’s Unit Studies offers a great collection of prepackaged unit studies. These are downloadable in PDF format and are fairly reasonably priced.  These unit studies are available in wide age ranges and can include the whole family.

Currclick also offers a great variety of prepackaged unit studies. Currclick also offers unit studies that focus on set age ranges (High School, Jr. High, etc) as well as unit studies for the whole family.

Homeschool Share offers unit studies that are literature based.

Great Peace Academy made a great roundup of FREE Unit Study options.

Schoolhouse Teachers offers a large variety of unit study options as well as other classes for the whole family.

Now that you know all about unit studies, I recommend that you give them a shot! Rather short or long term, unit studies can offer a great variety in your homeschool!

Interested in learning all about unit studies? Rather short or long term, unit studies can offer a great variety in your homeschool!


Author Bio: Misty Bailey is the blogger behind Joy in the Journey and the podcaster behind Joyfully Homeschooling.  Her goal in this online space is to encourage and inspire you on your homeschool journey by providing practical tips for real life homeschooling. Through real stories, real struggles, and real life, Misty encourages her blog readers and podcast listeners to embrace imperfection and strive for a more joyful homeschool.

Top 5 Practical Tips to Bust Homeschool Boredom

When boredom comes into homeschooling, learning stalls. Do not worry, we have all been there. Use these tips to learn how to bust homeschooling boredom and enjoy the homeschooling session with your kids.

Homeschooling is fun most times. Other times it could be so challenging and frustrating. This is more so for the newbie homeschoolers who are yet to find their rhythm in homeschooling. At some point, we have all experienced boredom or the feeling that nothing is working according to plan. It can be pretty frustrating really and to get rid of such, here are some of the top tips and tricks.

1.      Take movement breaks

Perhaps you have been teaching for a considerable time and your kids are tired and getting easily distracted? You need to consider having a movement break. The movement break will allow the brain to relax and become refreshed and ready for the next phase of learning. Take some time off and join your kids in a dance or play hide and seek. Do not work with a schedule here. Take multiple, short movement breaks within the day and you will find it becomes easier for both parties to enjoy the homeschooling process.

2.      Take the learning outdoors

The outdoors could be really refreshing for both parties. When boredom begins to creep into the classroom, you can always take the learning outside. Carry a book and some snacks and take a walk in the park. Learn as you enjoy the serenity of the outdoors. Where possible, organize an educational trip for your kids. You can take them to the fire station, museum or a zoo and let them learn something as they enjoy themselves in the process.

 

3.      Join a homeschooling co-op

Homeschooling cooperatives are a great way to bust homeschooling boredom and prevent homeschooling burn out. The kids get to hear from other teachers and you get to take a break and assume a spectator role. You could learn a thing or two. The monotony is also broken. If you are poor in teaching a specific subject, you could benefit massively from teachers who are competent in this area. The kids also get the chance to interact and play with other kids and possibly form great life-long bonds.

4.      Let the kids teach

Sometimes the best way to learn is through teaching. Let the kids teach you something about their subjects. Sit down and prompt them only when they are stuck. As they try to impress you, they give you the chance to rest and they also keep the ideas fresh in their mind from repetitive learning.

5.      Bring fun and games to the classroom

Being positive and enthusiastic all the time might not work for you. When boredom creeps in, it’s time to bring some fun through introducing games to the learning sessions. Kids love games and this is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of this interest to help them learn some more. Have fun, educational games around that will distract them for a while.

When you feel that you are not totally invested in these activities, you can always let them watch the fun and interesting age-appropriate material online on YouTube, TED talks or on TV. Let them know that you will ask them questions afterward about what they have learned from these shows.

When boredom comes into homeschooling, learning stalls. Do not worry, we have all been there. Use these tips to learn how to bust homeschooling boredom and enjoy the homeschooling session with your kids.

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