Fil-Am Teacher Mommy

Evan-Moor Skill Sharpeners Spell & Write (Grade 3) Review Write this 10 times each … When the word “spelling” is mentioned in a classroom or during a homeschool lesson, more times than none, the students are not necessarily jumping up and down for joy. As a student, my memories of spelling activities were to receive a list of words on Monday morning, copy our spelling words somewhere between five to 10 times each throughout the week, memorize them, and culminate our week with a Friday spelling test. Copy. Memorize. Test. Repeat. Then the process repeats each week with a new set of words. Although manyRead More →

http://filamteachermommy.filamlearners.com/disclosure Our social studies focus in our homeschool this year is ancient civilizations. Personally, as a student, history was not the top of my favorite subject list. So, finding engaging history lesson activities for kids is something I’m on the hunt for, not just for my kids, but for myself as well. Ancient Civilizations: History Pockets Fortunately, I have found several educational resources and curriculum on ancient civilizations. One really neat resource I came across is the History Pockets: Ancient Civilizations, Grades 1-3   It is a 96-page workbook filled with lots of projects and activities to teach about six ancient civilizations. The civilizations covered are:Read More →

Birthday Box The Birthday Box from Get Ready 4 Kindergarten is a special present to give any preschooler! The Birthday Box is filled with lots of surprises, educational activities, games, a beautiful picture book, crafts, and manipulatives. The learning theme of this Birthday Box is about shapes, so it includes a wide array of learning activities to teach young children vocabulary for shapes, ways to connect with shapes through hands-on activities, and to build connections with shapes in our daily environment. All of the materials were neatly packaged and organized. Upon opening the box, I saw a parent guide listing the contents of the box and anRead More →

Need some ideas on how to introduce science concepts to your little ones in an enjoyable, yet light way? We highly recommend the Kumon Science Sticker Activity Book. This activity book is suggested for Pre-K and older. My children who are 6 and 8 years old loved using this book! It is filled with lots of fun activities including coloring pages, sticker pages, mazes, matching, and other types of activities. It covers various types of sciences including life science, Earth science, physical science, and space science. We liked that it was well-rounded to cover the different areas because science is quite broad and it gave themRead More →

A few weeks ago, my six-year-old had asked me, “What makes the different seasons?” Lucky for us, I found the perfect opportunity to help address her questions through Homeschool Complete. If you are not yet familiar, Homeschool Complete offers an all-inclusive curriculum covering all subjects and centered around thematic units.  And one of the many units they have is on seasons!  Using the Complete Unit Study: Seasons (Grade 1) from Homeschool Complete I was able to help my children discover more about Earth’s seasons with a well-rounded experience.  Homeschool Complete’s Unit Study on Seasons was very thorough, and detailed, with clearly written steps. This particular unit has 32 pagesRead More →

It’s summertime. You know what that means … curriculum shopping! (For me, it can sometimes be a year-round process when I come across great finds!). I don’t know about you, but I LOVE looking at curriculum and browsing the wonderful choices out there. I honestly feel like a kid in a candy store when it comes to curriculum shopping and school material shopping. I know that my intentions should focus more on what the kids will most likely be most engaged in. But, it also doesn’t hurt to peruse and learn more about options that also excite me. After all, I am their homeschooling teacherRead More →

I remember as a teacher many years ago, giving my students a list of the vocabulary words for the week for homework. And they were required to look up the definition of each in the dictionary and write a sentence using the word correctly. It is a pretty straightforward vocabulary assignment teaching the use of dictionary skills. However, looking back on it, how engaged were my students in learning the words? Introducing Mrs. Wordsmith My own children have recently started using Mrs. Wordsmith, a monthly vocabulary subscription program for kids ages 2 to 13. It is a very different experience than what my students had yearsRead More →

We love educational subscription boxes in our household! One of our favorite subscription boxes for kids is Ivy Kids. Ivy Kids is a monthly subscription box geared for ages 3 to 8. It is jam-packed with fun and engaging thematic activities centered around a picture book. The box includes everything you will need, including the book, the materials for all of the crafts, games, and detailed instructions. Everything is neatly packaged and organized as well, making it very easy to pull out and begin the activities right away! That is a major bonus as it saves lots of time from lengthy reading and prep work. SheRead More →

camp kindness

Camp Kindness: Teaching Kindness Through Summer Activities It’s that time of year when school lets out, and there is “down time.” If you haven’t quite figured out all of your summer plans, Camp Kindness is the perfect way to keep your children engaged! In Camp Kindness,  The Kindness Elves  present fun, multisensory, and multidisciplinary activities while encouraging kind-heartedness. Camp Kindness includes 6 weeks of activities and projects based on a weekly theme and type of Kindness Elf. Weekly Themes Each weekly theme includes activities and suggested acts of kindness that are easy to implement and ready to go with a few common items. The Camp Kindness eBook isRead More →

I felt it surfacing. The bubbling frustration underneath that I had so long tried to push beneath the surface and prevent from lashing out on my children. Finally, one last squabble among two of my children broke the last straw, and the yelling began. I have been so good at applying positive parenting techniques and was so proud of how patient I was. However, every now and then, I get worn out. There comes a point when I can no longer focus all of my energy on trying to help keep the peace in the household, making sure we are all fed, the house is clean, andRead More →