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February 8, 2010

CurrClick Free & Featured Products ~ Valentine’s Day Activities for Early Learners, St Aiden’s Homeschool

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Presidents’ Day Holiday Helper
From Living Books Curriculum

Presidents’ Day Holiday Helper is a short collections of high-quality literature, artwork and quotations which are easy to use during busy holidays; each one is designed to provide your children with uplifting and inspiring ideas and images. Read aloud and enjoy the stories. Encourage the practice of copywork and enjoy the study of great art of both Lincoln and Washington.

Picture Study:

Portrait of George Washington
George Washington Crossing the Delaware
Abraham Lincoln Reading to His Son Tad
Abe Reading
Abe the Rail Splitter
Copywork:

Famous Quotes of George Washington
Famous Quotes of Abraham Lincoln
Stories:

The Cherry Tree
Abe Lincoln Gets His Chance
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Other Featured Titles

The Winter Olympics 2010 Lapbook with Study Guide
by A Journey Through Learning

Get ready for the 2010 Winter Olympics with this educational, hands-on 3-folder lapbook by A Journey Through Learning!

Folder 1 covers the history of the Olympics.

Folder 2 covers the dates of this year’s Olympics, symbols and mascots, the Torch Relay (with map), an explanation of some of the winter games and a Winter Olympics word search.

Folder 3 includes a booklet for every event in the Olympics. Within each book, your child will write which country wins the Gold Medal! How fun and interactive!

This lapbook is for every child who would love to learn more about the Winter Olympics! Get yours now!

Retail Price: $15.00 Our Price: $3.75

Valentine’s Day Activities for Early Learners
by St Aiden’s Homeschool, South Africa

This fun and colourful book has been compiled with early childhood learning in mind, but can be adapted for older students. It is compiled in UK English and A4 format. Due to the size of the file there are separate download links for some of the sections.

Included are:

* The Origins and History of Valentine’s Day
* About Valentine’s Day
* Valentine’s Day Q & A
* Symbols of Valentine’s Day
* Fact, myth & superstition
* Poems & Action Rhymes
* Poetry Copywork
* Colour pages
* Dot to dot
* Mazes
* Wordsearches
* Crossword Puzzle
* How many words…? Activity
* Match the words with the pictures
* Valentine’s Addition
* Heart Alphabet Jigsaw Puzzle
* Upper Case Valentine Letters Flash Cards (Concentration)
* Lower Case Valentine Letters Flash Cards (Concentration)
* Heart Numbers
* Valentine’s Day Sight Words
* Valentine’s Arts & Crafts
* Chocolate Clay Recipe
* Valentine Love Bug Craft and Lesson Idea (Science)
* And more… Our Price: $4.95

Is My Child a Visual-Spatial Learner?

As a homeschooling parent, you want to provide the best learning experience for your child. Youve doubtless heard a lot about the needs of visual learners. If your child is struggling to learn basic skills, taking a closer look at how visual-spatial children learn might be critical. Visual-spatial learners tend have a difficult time because traditional curricula are designed for a different type of learner. Here are some questions to help you determine whether or not your child is a visual-spatial learner.*

  1. Does your child seem to intuit and care about the feelings of others?
  2. Does your child tend to forget what you tell him?
  3. Does he seem to recall well what he sees?
  4. Does she frequently lose track of time?
  5. Does he seem talented in art, music, dance, or drama?
  6. Does she seem disorganized?
  7. Does he have trouble with spelling?
  8. Does she have trouble remembering phonics and math rules?
  9. Does he seem to remember how to get places hes only been to one time?
  10. Does your child like to construct things?
  11. Does she like to figure out how things work (taking them apart?)
  12. Does your child frequently visualize things? Example: does he frequently see one thing and say Oh, that looks like a _____________ ?
  13. Does he start laughing during a conversation because a combination of words reminded him of a funny picture in his head?
  14. Can she solve a problem without being able to tell the steps she took to get to the solution?
  15. Is your child good at puzzles or mazes?
  16. Does your child solve problems in unusual ways? In other words, once you tell him what the goal is, does he arrive at that goal in unexpected ways?
  17. Does she have a vivid imagination?
  18. Does your child prefer to draw you a picture or diagram of what hes thinking than try and tell you using words?
  19. Does your child have at least one parent that would answer yes to most of the questions above?

If this sounds like your child, it is likely he or she is a visual-spatial learner.

*Questions based on a quiz from Golon, A. S. (2004). Raising Topsy-Turvy Kids: Successfully Parenting Your Visual-Spatial Child. Denver: DeLeon Publishing.

Research About Visual-Spatial Learners

Dr. Silverman, licensed psychologist and noted author, has researched in depth what it means to be a visual learner. In her own words:

When we developed the Visual-Spatial Identifier… we still thought that a small percentage of the population would be visual-spatial learners. The results of the second validation study of our Identifier, in 2001, astounded us. Approximately one-third of the 750 students we had assessed in two schools were strongly visual-spatial and another 30% were moderately visual-spatial. That represented the majority of the school population!

The Dissonance Between Traditional Materials and Visual Learners

Ive experienced first-hand the difficulties visual learners have using traditional curricula. I am strongly visual-spatial myself, and have worked in depth with visual-spatial and kinesthetic learners. A lot of emotional pain results from these learners being taught using traditional material. Dr. Silverman shows us graphically why this dissonance occurs and, I might add, why so many visual-spatial children are believed to be disabled and in need of special education.

Success in school depends largely on a students ability to:

  • Hear and follow directions
  • Complete work on time
  • Memorize facts
  • Remember quickly
  • Follow steps or rules as in phonics or math
  • Write neatly
  • Spell correctly
  • Be on time and prepared
  • Be organized

Dr. Silverman goes on to state that in our world, adults are most successful when they can:

  • See the big picture
  • Predict or intuit what might happen
  • Create new products or new solutions
  • Take risks
  • Problem-solve
  • Team build, identifying the strengths of others on the team
  • Be computer literate
  • Deal with complex issues, seeing the parts to the whole all at one time
  • Read people well

If You Decide Your Child is Likely a Visual-Spatial Learner, Then What?

The bottom line? If you have a visual-spatial learner, enjoy! As long as you dont try and make them conform to standards they cannot hope to achieve, what you will have is a happy, creative, amazing child!

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.

Pick of the Week

Pick of the Week

SnapWords Teaching Cards [BUNDLE]
by Child 1st Publications

SnapWords Cards are essentials for teaching sight word recognition to a wide variety of learners, including visual learners, children labeled with ADD or ADHD, autism, dyslexia, or right brained learners. The images embedded into each word ensure that children gain a rich sight word vocabulary as easily as a camera snapping a picture and storing it in memory. But that’s not all. Beyond just recognizing the words, the tools on the reverse of the card move children beyond calling out words to really understanding what they mean and how to use them in sentences. The reverse of each card displays the word without a visual and describes a hand motion for the word – a necessary tool for many kinesthetic learners and dyslexic children. In addition, a sentence using the word and coordinating with the visual on the front of the card focuses children’s attentions to the meaning of the word and how it is used in everyday communication. These images have proven to be the turning point for children who had not made progress through any other means. Each card is 5.5″ wide by 4.25″ tall.

Bundle Contains the following SnapWords Card Sets
SnapWords List A Teaching Cards
SnapWords List B Teaching Cards
SnapWords List C Teaching Cards
SnapWords List D Teaching Cards
SnapWords List E Teaching Cards
SnapWords Numbers & Colors Teaching Cards Retail Price: $129.70 Our Price: $125.95

New at CurrClick.com

We are pleased to announce we now carry titles from Kirby Publishing

My Side of the Mountain Notebook
by Kirby Publishing

Explore the classic book My Side of the Mountain in a new way. This Notebook/Study Guide goes through each chapter and explores many aspects of nature and survival. This is also a great study guide to expand your knowledge on trees, plants and animals found in the Catskill Mountains. Retail Price: $15.00 Our Price: $13.95

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