Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Big Announcement from Apologia

Apologia just announced that it will be expanding it's Exploring Creation elementary science series! Now included is anatomy and physiology, one of my favorite subjects of all time!

Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology

This is human anatomy for elementary school! This text covers everything from head to toe plus a history of medicine, nutrition, and health. Notebooking assignments and awesome labs (blood typing anyone?) accompany the text for a well-rounded, multi-sensory approach to learning about the body.

I am now more excited than ever about using Apologia's products!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Lapbook Giveaway

I just wanted to let my readers know about a giveaway on a blog I follow...http://confessionsofahomeschooler.blogspot.com/. Check it out!!

Here's the direct link to the giveaway:

Curriculum Review - Bendon Books

Let me preface this by saying that these books were actually meant to be supplement materials, not a full curriculum.

The Bendon Pusblishing activity boks made a wonderful advanced preschool option for us! Plus, since they are available in a variety of characters, the motivation for school is built in. Characters available include:
 - Sesame Street
 - Disney: Princess, Fairies, Little Einsteins, Cars, Tigger and Pooh
 - Mickey Mouse Club
 - Handy Manny
 - Hello Kitty
 - Word World
 - Littlest Pet Shop
 - Marvel Heroes
 - Veggietales

This is no where near a complete list of what they have!

The particular book I used was the Disney Princess Alphabet. By the time we got to this book, we had worked our way through 4 Step Ahead books (see previous entry). This is NOT a book you want to start with, as it just jumps right in with the writing of letters on actual lines.

The book actually starts out with blank lined pages. The first thing I did was skip those and came back to them once she learned all the letters. The rest of the pages look a little something like this one.

I had her practice the uppercase and lowercase simultaneously. I know most curriculums and teachers prefer to do them separately starting with lowercase, but I find doing them together helps with letter recognition and lessens confusion when it's time to use the uppercase letters. Plus, I love that each page gives the student a word with that letter they've just practiced. The main thing I loved was that my daughter ask for "Princess School" every morning!