Small dry erase boards & markers
- My favorite favorites! Use black EXPO ULTRA-FINE tip dry erase markers.
- Magnet the dry erase board to the back of a metal door or fridge for storage.
- Use for spelling, for math facts, for contests between kids
- Keep one on the fridge to keep track of any “consequences” your kids earn during the day or things you need to do later so you don’t forget
- Enables you to reuse worksheets for multiple kids or for practice
- Put mazes and preschool workbooks in page protectors
- Keep chore lists in page protectors & post them
“Eye Lighter” or reading guides
- Love these for the struggling reader to help them keep their place.
- These are see-through to encourage them to look on to the next line for better fluency, rather than blocking that.
Reusable sticky index tabs
- Use these in big textbooks or teacher’s guides
Reinforced notebook paper in 3-ring binders
- Each child has one 3-ring binder for the year with tabs for their non-workbook paperwork, such as writing, history, science, etc.
- Put their schoolwork checklist in the cover
- Label the front of identical workbooks; Label drawers so kids know where to put away their stuff
Audio Dramas & Books on CD
- Our culture has become extremely VISUAL. This is a way to train our AUDITORY skills. An excellent way to make use of time in the car
Focus on the Family Radio Theater
- Narnia, Anne of Green Gables, Secret Garden, Les Miserables, The Hiding Place, Ben Hur and many, many more!
- Dramatic retellings – NOT unabridged readings of the books
- Radio Theater taken from old books. Very well done with a great message.
- Like “Adventures in Odyssey” – audio drama series with a creation focus
- Similar to “Jonathan Park” – but stories have a missionary focus
- Math Antics – the best videos we’ve found for teaching math concepts in a step-by-step easy-to-comprehend way
- Exercise videos – either watch “real” exercise videos or put on a worship song with a fast beat and march around the room with hand motions. Great to start the day, or break it up when there’s too much brain work.
- Science or History videos – on those days when we’re not doing a hands on science or History activity – we do a quick search for a video
- Worship song lyrics – great any time you need to refocus. You can make a “playlist” and have them playing in the background while you’re doing your chores, etc. Low energy when you need that, or high energy when you need that.
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