As you know, we have decided not to homeschool this year, but I did say I would still review products (I will never stop teaching my children at home). So, before your homeschool year gets into full swing, I thought that I would share my top picks from what we reviewed over the summer! This list is not just comprised of products, but also ideas. I would love for you to share your favorite products and ideas for the 2010 school year as well!
** Journals – Writing in a journal on a daily basis is good for so many reasons! Not only will your child learn how to express themselves, but they will also learn how to communicate. We feel and think too many things to keep them bottled inside, and a journal is a perfect outlet! I don’t have any kidlets in high school, but if I did I would consider having them create a private blog! The age of your child and the type of journal they keep will depend on what your goals are. Do you want them to have a private place to share all of their thoughts, fears, and feelings, or are you looking to build their creative writing skills?
** Secret Code Time (Sky McNeill) – This book has changed the way I parent! I have always told my children that we don’t keep secrets in our house, but that all changed after I read this book! This book was easy to read and very enjoyable! It made me realize that I could take my relationship with my boys to another level, one where I am not just their mom, but a trusted friend! Each of my boys now has their own secret code, and when they need to tell me something they whisper their secret code and I drop everything to hear what they have to say! I highly recommend this book to any mom (or dad) who wants to begin building a life-long friendship with their child now!
This DVD should have been titled teach your 2-year-old the alphabet in 10 easy viewings lol :). My daughter adores this DVD. She loves it so much I had to move it out to the van so the other kids could get some TV time. She already loved Elmo before watching this, but now she loves Elmo and Professor Grover. There are lots of adorable shorts and songs in this DVD that reinforce the alphabet! I have already recommended it to many of my friends with preschoolers, and now I want to share it with you!
Have you ever noticed your child repeatedly saying a word the wrong way? My boys (yes, both of them) would use an “f” sound for “th.” EVERY. TIME. I would make them practice in the car. Ok, boys let’s try this again. Say thumb…”thumb”, say Thumbalina “Fumbalina.” It took some time and lots of practice but eventually they got it! Now, I’m working on Alexis, but I have Super Star Speech to help me, and she is having lots of fun learning correct sounds! I have learned a lot from this book! Did you know that many children do not have perfect articulation until seven years old? While your child may be a long way off from that, there are many steps you can take to make sure your child is where they should be, based on their age. If they are nowhere you want them; this book offers tests, lessons, games, and cards that will help your child learn to speak at the appropriate level. I will also be giving one of these books away this week, so stay tuned!
**Starfall.com – This has to be my favorite website for children! As you know, I am a huge fan of reading, and that’s what this site is all about. From ABC’s to Greek Myths this site is bound to get your child excited. I love to give all three of the kiddos time on this site each week. Lexi is learning what letters look like and the sounds they make, while Jordan and John read. This site is nice because if I am busy cooking and the boys need help with a word they can just click the word to hear it, instead of having to call me into the office. I also love that is site is 100% FREE!
~I received Super Star Speech, Secret Code Time, and ABC’s with Elmo free of charge for the purpose of this review!
~ This post contains affiliate links to help you find the products we use.
Well, there you have it! Those are my top 5 picks for 2010! I can’t wait to see what you’re using!