Archives for July 2012

Long Vowels Worksheets

“When two vowels go walking, the first one does the talking and says its own name and the second one goes to sleep.”

Learn the two-vowel rule and practice the long vowel sounds with these printable worksheets.

Long Vowels Printables, 6 pages

Homeschooling Physical Education: Let’s Get Moving Challenge

Meeting the physical education requirements for some kids can be a challenge if they’re not naturally active. Here’s a printable “Let’s Get Moving” weekly challenge form to encourage physical activity and to help kids set goals for themselves and keep track of their successes. I’ve also included one for the moms to challenge themselves to get moving and set a good example for the kids.

The 3-page Let’s Get Moving packet includes:

  • Let’s Get Moving – Boys
  • Let’s Get Moving – Girls
  • Let’s Get Moving – Moms

So, print your forms, set your physical fitness goals and let’s get moving!

Let’s Get Moving Printables, 3 pages

More Physical Fitness:

Choosing a Phonics Curriculum

Reading Eggs vs. All About Reading

In trying to decide on a phonics curriculum for my children, I’ve looked at many phonics programs and narrowed it down to two: Reading Eggs and All About Reading. To make my final decision, I’m looking at the pros and cons of each program. So, let’s have a look…

Reading Eggs

Teach Your Child to Read OnlineWe’ve used Reading Eggs for a year, although not consistently. It is a very fun program. Children are introduced to one letter and sound each lesson. They are also introduced to some sight words, such as I, at, am, etc. At the end of ten lessons, there is a quiz to see how they’re progressing. There is also a world where the children can play. There is no outside interaction in the world, which is a plus for me. Children can buy clothes for an egg creature that they design. They are also able to buy games to play. They earn money by playing lessons and are encouraged to repeat lessons. The money is easily earned, so the children are encouraged to earn things. If they find something they want, it’s fairly easy to earn the money for it. They even have lessons for older children that already know how to read.

In addition to the online program, Reading Eggs also gives the option of buying flash cards, activity books and beginning readers that match the readers in the program so your child can have the book in their hand.


  • If the program gets too challenging, I can help her through it, but it won’t be me fighting her, it’ll be the program.
  • If I purchase a subscription for my 3 year old, he can also play it and begin to learn a few letters.
  • This is something we could continue to use for many more years.
  • My children love playing on the computer, so it might as well be educational.
  • She will want to work on this even when we are not doing school.
  • There’s no prep work, you just sit at the computer and get to it.


  • She’s able to complete lessons without fully learning the letters. There is not a ton of repetition, if you just go lesson by lesson. This can be fixed by me sitting down with her during lessons and by using the flash cards more often
  • Most of the early readers are not books they can read, but more like Alphabet books: A book – apple, alligator, etc
  • It is subscription based, so you’ll have to pay monthly or yearly for subscription

All About Reading

Unfortunately, we haven’t used All About Reading yet, so I can only tell you what I’ve found out through their website and samples. This program consists of a teachers manual, student activity book, 3 readers, letter flash cards, word flash cards, and letter tiles. It is a hands-on curriculum.

Each lesson consists of 5 parts:

  1. Before you begin – This takes a few minutes and it includes learning the letter sounds, getting everything out, etc
  2. Review – You review with flash cards, the letters that the child hasn’t mastered yet
  3. New Teaching – the child will learn new letters using flash cards, use the tiles to read words and make new words, do activity sheets which sometimes include cutting & gluing, read fluency sheets or read from their readers
  4. Read aloud time – You are asked to read aloud to your child for 20 minutes everyday
  5. Track your progress on your chart


  • Lessons are hands-on, which is good for the hands-on learners
  • Lessons start with review, there’s lots of repetition
  • We can use this program with each of my children, with no yearly subscription fee
  • The readers look like they’ll be interesting and hold the interest of the child
  • Setup is fairly quick and lessons are straight forward
  • There’s a lot of flexibility with the letter tiles, you can make and read any words you want


  • I’m the one teaching the lessons, so if she struggles, I’ll be the one fighting her.
  • A little prep work is required.
  • Lessons will take a little longer than Reading Eggs lessons.

My Conclusion

I’m going to go with All About Reading Level 1, although it was very close. I’m pretty sure either curriculum would teach my daughter to read. The reason I’m going with All About Reading is because Alissa needs the repetition. I also think the hands-on learning will be helpful for her.

Things I Learned at CHEA

I attended the CHEA Convention this past weekend in Pasadena, California. Here are a few things I learned:

  1. CHEA stands for Christian Home Educators Association.
  2. Conventions are helpful, even if they seem silly. 🙂
  3. Some workshops are life-changing and some are life-wasting, choose wisely.
  4. The Exhibit Hall is my favorite part of the convention.
  5. Heidi St. John is really cool. 🙂 She is down to earth and practical. If you have a chance to hear her speak, take advantage of it.
  6. The best nugget I found in the exhibit hall was a Spanish Curriculum that has a program geared towards preschoolers. We’ll be using it this year for my 3 year old and 5 year old.
  7. Last but not least!! When attending a homeschool convention, if you can turn it into a girls day, do it!! You won’t regret it 🙂

Attending the CHEA Convention has kick-started my school planning. Next I will be showing you the two reading programs I’m trying to choose between. I’m also trying to decide between using workboxes or just a schedule. I’m looking into The Well-Planned Day to schedule our lessons, but I’m trying to decide between the print copy and the software. Lots and lots of decisions in the month of July!! I hope you’re enjoying your summer.

Did you attend CHEA or another homeschool convention? What is something you learned?

London 2012 Summer Olympics Printables

As the Olympic Flame makes it’s journey to the Olympic Stadium, the world waits in anticipation of the opening of the London 2012 Olympic Games! The 2012 Olympics will begin on July 27, 2012 with an exciting Opening Ceremony. Here’s a set of Summer Olympic themed printable activities for your kids. They’ll learn terms related to the Olympics, make a puzzle, play a game of Tic-Tac-Toe and more.

The 11-page Summer Olympics Printable Packet includes:

  • Olympics Puzzle
  • Summer Olympics Wordsearch
  • Summer Olympics Crossword Puzzle
  • Summer Olympics Matching Worksheet
  • Summer Olympics Multiple Choice Worksheet
  • Summer Olympics Vocabulary Sheet
  • Olympics Tic-Tac-Toe Game
  • Olympic Medal Stand Activity
  • Gymnastics Coloring Page
  • Summer Olympic Sports Coloring Page
  • Summer Olympic Sports Coloring Page 2
  • Answer Key for Worksheets

What is your favorite sport to watch during the Olympic Games? Who is your favorite athlete?

Research question: Who are Wenlock and Mandeville?

Summer Olympics Printables, 11 pages

More Summer Fun:

Olympics Resources Available: (from Teacher Created Resources)

Slide 1
Journey to London Grd 1-3
Slide 2
Journey to London Grd 4-6
Slide 3
Medals Wear 'Em Badges
Slide 4
Olympics Stickers
Slide 5
US Olympic Gold Medal Stickers
Slide 6
Olympic Dream Banner

Homeschool Support Group Lists

Homeschool support groups exist to provide encouragement and support for homeschool parents as well as provide activities and field trips for the children.  The Homeschool Support Group Lists are ready to be populated with your support groups. You can submit the information on the Homeschool Support Group Form and I’ll take care of the rest. There are two groups in the database you can take a look at, one in Florida and one in North Carolina. I will be making lists for other countries in the future.

Fun at the Beach Printables

There’s nothing like a fun day at the beach in the summertime! Living in Southern California, we’ve even gone to the beach in the wintertime. Here’s a set of beach-themed printable activities for your kids. They’ll learn terms related to the beach, make a sun visor, color a picture, play a game of Tic-Tac-Toe and more.

The 12-page Fun at the Beach Printable Packet includes:

  • Beach Puzzle
  • At the Beach Wordsearch
  • At the Beach Crossword Puzzle
  • At the Beach Matching Worksheet
  • At the Beach Multiple Choice Worksheet
  • Vocabulary Sheet
  • Tic-Tac-Toe Game
  • Door Hanger, Pencil Topper and Bookmark (Girl)
  • Door Hanger, Pencil Topper and Bookmark (Boy)
  • Fun at the Beach Sun Visor (Girl)
  • Fun at the Beach Sun Visor (Boy)
  • Coloring Page

If you make it to the beach this summer or even a river or lake, have fun, stay safe and wear sunscreen!

Fun at the Beach Printables, 12 pages

More Summer Fun: