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December 21, 2009

CurrClick Free Downloads and New Products #Education #Homeschooling

Filed under: Uncategorized — Donnette E Davis @ 7:20 pm

A lways a pleasure visiting Currclick – enormousy Proud to have The Little Match Girl Mega Activity Gift Box
by St Aiden’s Homeschool, South Africa as a featured Product – Thank you to Currclick. This is really a Beautifully presented Gift Box of Educational Goodies sure to delight any child. ~ Thank you, Donnette 🙂

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The Little Match Girl Mega Activity Gift Box
by St Aiden’s Homeschool, South Africa

This Beautifully presented Educational Activity Pack consists of not one, but FIVE of Hans Christian Anderson’s Well-Loved Tales.

Included within the pack:

* MP3 Audio File for the Little Match Girl
* Lesson Plans for all 5 of the stories
* Mini-booklets for each story
* Lesson Plans and Resources for Each Story
* 7 Self-extracting The Little Match Girl Jigsaw Puzzles
* A Comprehensive 142 Pg Curriculum-Based eBook including Teaching Plans, Resources, Activities
* Reading Comprehension Worksheets reproducible for Each of the 5 Stories
* Hans Christian Anderson Biography and Lesson Plan
* Christmas Themed Colouring In and Activity Book for Very Little People.
* Complete 12 Days of Christmas Activity Book including Sheet music Lyrics and notepaper.

This is an exceptional Gift for any child or educator since it includes reading comprehension and evaluation, grammar exercises, vocabulary, critical thinking skills, handwriting exercises, creative writing, phonics and more…. Can be adapted for very young to the much older learner.

For younger learners I have included a colouring and activity book to keep them occupied during the periods between lessons.

The initial Download will be the 142 Page Activity Book. There will be a separate link for the download of the Bonus Boxed Gift Pack which includes additional activity books, puzzles, and the audio book.
This book is compiled in A4 format and UK English. Extensive Comprehension Activities and Teaching Ideas and Lesson Plans are located toward the end of this book.

Retail Price: $10.00 Our Price: $7.50

Teaching Kindergarten Through Visuals and Play

I read an article the other day that really tugged at my heart. The author mourned the fact that kindergarten as it should be seems to be a thing of the past. Gone is the free play, the crayons and paint, the housekeeping center, the emphasis on learning social interactions and skills. She painted such a poignant picture of sunlit rooms and happy children thriving and creating. She decried todays widespread, headlong dash towards increasing academics in kindergarten.

No matter how much I agree with the authors viewpoint regarding the true work of kindergarten, I am not sure there is much we can do about the push toward more learning for beginners. Because I am totally aware of those who frown on teaching young children anything smacking of school, I always squirm a bit when customers write me that their preschoolers are devouring our stylized SnapWords. I think my guilty conscience is rooted in a book I read by David Elkind called Miseducation. The premise of the book is that we are going to create a whole generation of at risk children if we push academics onto preschoolers. Elkind followers apply a blanket rule towards teaching preschoolers. You cannot do it, apparently, without mistreating them. Elkind makes an impassioned point, but still I raise a timid hand to ask, Might this only be one part of the story?

Do I believe kindergartners should play? Yes I do. Do I also believe in teaching very young children? Yes I do. So what I believe lies somewhere in the middle of the argument for and against teaching young children. I do not believe that you prevent learning problems by starting to teach children when they are younger. You can only prevent learning problems by changing the method of teaching.

Ive heard from several parents recently who said they were distressed because their kindergartners were beginning to cease to love books. The children were not responding to drills and flashcards, and they began turning away from an earlier love of books and reading. In cases like this, stop what is being done. I think the decision about whether or not to teach young children can be made by answering the following questions. Is the child playing? Is he having fun? Is she engaged? Does he want to do this? If the answers are no, the only option we have is to immediately stop what we are doing or we will cause harm.

What we can do is change how our children learn the basics. If we use visuals and play, kids will gain the knowledge they need, but will not feel the stress of doing school too early. Best of all, using visuals and play has the effect of cutting school time greatly. When I taught kindergarten in my home, the children far surpassed grade level expectation, but we did all our learning through creative play and visuals and in less than two hours a day. What we were doing was working inside a system, but not using the regular systems methodology. I went where the kids went and to what drew them. Out of this experience came the Easy-for-Me Reading Program, a sequence of multisensory lessons to teach reading.

I think in the debate about academics and kindergarten, the point might have been totally missed. The point is not whether we should teach the very young, but rather how we should teach them. At Child1st, we believe that if you have an engaged child, that child will learn and will love learning. Take advantage of your young child’s natural bent to learn and teach through visuals and play!

Sarah Major, CEO of Child1st Publications, grew up on the mission field with her four siblings, all of whom her mother homeschooled. As an adult, Sarah homeschooled a small group of children in collaboration with their parents, and has taught from preschool age to adult. Sarah has been the Title 1 director & program developer for grades K-7, an ESOL teacher, and a classroom teacher. As an undergraduate student, Sarah attended Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill. where she received a B.A. in art. Sarah then received her M.Ed. from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, MI. In 2006 Sarah resigned from full-time teaching in order to devote more of her time to Child1st. In her spare time Sarah enjoys gardening, cooking, pottery, quilting, and spending time with her family.

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Easy-for-Me A Books Setby Child 1st Publications

The Easy-for-Me series of readers is unique because of the carefully designed combination of phonics concepts and sight words that ensures every reader will be reached. Use the teaching tips on the inside covers of each book to prepare your students for success before even opening the books. The teaching tips detail specific sight words used in the book as well as phonics concepts children will need to know. Nothing is left for the teacher to do past following the directions to ensure that all the gaps are filled that might cause a child to stumble and fail. Great for initial teaching of reading and wonderful for working with kids who have dyslexia, are visual learners, autistic, right brained learners, picture learners, or have ADD or ADHD. Easy-for-Me Books are designed to be read in sequence as they build on each other and gradually increase in difficulty. Each set of books has 22 titles. Set A covers all letter sounds and 83 Sna pWords. The books are perfect for providing reading practice after children learn sight word vocabulary using SnapWords and sounds using SnapLetters. Our Price: $34.95

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Snow and Ice NaturExplorers Unit
by Shining Dawn Books

Not everyone thinks of nature study when the temperatures dip below freezing, but God has some amazing discoveries in store for you when you venture out during the winter months!

In this unit, you will train yourself to see the beauty and delicate intricacies of snow, ice and frost, as well as understand the science behind each. Outdoor activity ideas will encourage you to explore properties of snow, ice & frost, make measurements, determine directionality, experiment with temperatures and wind chill, experiment with friction, notice plant and animal reactions, and much, much more!

Indoors, you can continue the learning while staying toasty and warm! Experiments, demonstrations and hands-on projects will focus on such things as the properties of snow, ice, frost & crystals, why roads are salted and insulation materials. This unit is also packed with several ideas for arts, crafts and cooking to go along with the wintery theme.

The topi cs don’t stop coming! Explore snow terms, historical blizzards, winter sports, famous snowy mountains, mapping skills, snow safety and plenty more as you are prompted to complete several fun and practical projects. All this plus 14 notebooking pages make a jam-packed 64 page unit!

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