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Monday, August 30, 2010

Homeschooling Labor of Love

I'm so excited!
My favorite homeschool magazine is having a SALE!!

For just $7.95 you get a one-year subscription to The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. Your subscription will start with the Winter issue. If you would like to start your subscription right away you can get the current fall issue plus a one-year subscription for just $12.95. Already a subscriber, you can still take advantage of this offer. They will just add it on the end of your current subscription.

There are only 5000 copies available at this special price!! The sale starts today and ends September 15. Hurry! Hurry! Hurry! I'm sure they will be gone before midnight September 15.

This is the only magazine that I actually like looking at the ads. Even after 15 years of homeschooling I still like to find new resources to add to our library. I love the articles in The Old Schoolhouse magazine, they cover a wide range of topics & it's always fun to get a glimpse into how other families homeschool.

When the newest issue arrives in my mailbox it's time for recess!

As part of the Schoolhouse Crew I am receiving free Expo-To-Go tickets in exchange for posting an add.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Petereson Directed Handwriting

Peterson Directed Handwriting is unlike any penmanship curriculum we have ever used in our school. Their method uses movement based strategy instead of just tracing and drawing each letter of the alphabet. I used the We Write to Read Series step 3 and step 4 E-workbooks with my 8 & 9 year old daughters. They both already know how to write in cursive, but it doesn't flow well. After looking at the Peterson website I was excited to give it a try. We really concentrated on the pencil grip to make sure that we had it right. The first couple of days the girls were not very impressed, but once they got the hang of it they started making a big improvement.

The Peterson Directed Handwriting focuses on form, slant, size, spacing, smooth rhythm, and control. For each lesson there are 4 steps to go through and it takes 15-20 minutes. The Four steps are:
  1. Illustrate & Describe
  2. Air Writing
  3. Finger Tracing
  4. Write & Say
Each stroke is taught with a phrase to go with it. So the child should say the phrase as they are practicing the stroke. This should be done in a rhythmic manner so that they are finished speaking and writing at the same time. After Illustrating & Describing the stroke or letter then the child is taught to over exaggerate the movement with their arms while saying the phrase. This helps to develop muscle memory so the child knows the stroke and can draw it even with their eyes closed.

The worksheets are wonderful. The letters are colored, so that each stroke is visible at a glance. The first stroke of a letter is green, the second stroke is brown, and the third one is red. This makes it easier for the child to see all the strokes in each letter & it is very helpful to me as the teacher to see which strokes they have mastered or which ones they need to work on. The directions that are included in each level have a lot of information, but there isn't anything about what should be done each day, but this can be found on their website.

The Peterson Directed Penmanship website has so much information on it. You can learn to use the Peterson Method in a twenty minute presentation. There is information on how to help your left-hand children and many more articles & helps on the information directory and resource library.

The online support from Peterson Directed Handwriting is great. Rand Nelson was very informative in our live web meeting, he seems to truly believe in this product and has a passion for teaching penmanship. You may contact Rand or their company with any questions you may have.

Peterson Directed Handwriting is available for use in schools or homeschools at their webstore. You can purchase the curriculum for homeschool use here. They are available in kits or E-workbook form with individual and school licence agreements. The E-workbooks we used can be found here. Step 3 is available for $19.95 and Step 4 is $29.95. If you would like to look through the E-workbooks they have them all available to view here. They also sell special pencils, wall charts, position guides, and computer tools.

My daughters are doing so well with this curriculum that I will use it for my 5 year old daughter as well.
If you would like to read other TOS Crew member reviews visit here.
As part of The Homeschool Crew I received this item free of charge in exchange for my honest review.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The Schoolhouse Expo

Celebrate Homeschooling

The theme for the Schoolhouse Expo is

"Celebrate Homeschooling"!

Five days of top homeschool speaker, fellowship, and fun door prizes.
  • Celebrate the Unique Blessing of Homeschooling
  • Celebrate the Beginning of another School Year
  • Celebrate Our Families
  • Celebrate the Freedom to tailor our children's education to best meet their needs

The Expo is Oct. 4-8, 2010, that gives you 5 days of top homeschool speakers, fellowship, and fun door prizes.

Save $5 per ticket!!

Register between August 16 and midnight August 22, and you'll pay only $19.99. Plus you'll receive over $200 in free E-Books.

Two special preconference shows on August 24 and September 21 with Dr. Jay Wile, Jeannie Fulbright, and Kim Kautzer!

A special teen track is planned, a topic on writing, and many more to inform and inspire you throughout your homeschooling years.
Some of the speakers you will hear include: Zan Tyler, Dr. Jay Wile, Jeannie Fulbright, Carol Barnier, Diana Waring, Todd Wilson, Davis Carman, Kim Kautzer, Lee Binz, and many more.

If you cannot make the live event, then the October Expo To Go is just your ticket!

You'll reserve MP3s from all of the workshops.
This week only, pay just $14.95.
As part of the Schoolhouse Crew I am receiving free Expo-To-Go tickets in exchange for posting an add.

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