Next to our workboxes is a bookshelf filled with books and resources to rotate through the workboxes. Here are a few of our favorites this year.
Draw. Write. Now. I love these books. Having a boy who doesn't love to write but is fascinated with all things native American, this one in particular has been great. He pulls it out, we read together the copywork, he copies it into his journal and then draws the photo. CBD and Amazon sell these but I got a few great deals off of half.com.
We've been working with these Music in Me piano lesson books. There are several for each level. I love that my daughter can play a simple worship song and sing along. These I bought through CBD.
A friend turned me on to Mad Libs as an grammar tool and I found they come in the math version too. This is everyone's favorite math supplement. Hear a funny story and then solve the problem.
Kumon resources are great for occupying Ella while her older siblings need one on one. These were purchased at Barnes and Noble.
Grammar this year for Annaliese is Wordly Wise, also purchased off of CBD. She is a girl who loves words so it seems this has been a good choice for her.
Aiden's copy of Wordly Wise is brilliant. I absolutely love it. There are story words and cute drawings. I tell the story and he identifies the words in the pictures, which requires some great abstract thinking. Some of the words have been: steep, clear, load, nation, shallow, and wild.
Annaliese has been reading the Elsie Dinsmore books for the last few months. When I saw this online, I did a little happy dance on the inside. Elsie's Life Lessons was purchased on half.com and Annaliese is enjoying going through it. I appreciate that it re-affirms our faith and encourages character growth.
The best spelling resource I have come across for all the grade levels I've taught so far are these green books sold at Barnes and Noble. Even though they are workbooks, my kids like them too. Andrew is doing spelling one which is strengthening his reading skills.
Annaliese has also had baking as an activity and the boys are learning how to knit. Andrew with bamboo needles and wool and Aiden
with the niftiest little hat loom ever. He's been working away on making Andrew a hat for Christmas.
I try to keep the workboxes a blend of necessary learning (reading, writing, arithmetic) and a fun activities that encourage learning without the kids necessarily being aware.
These landmark flashcards were a Target find for $1.
Hating math without practical application growing up has made me search out some visual math for our children. Flip Over Math is great! And inexpensive compared to a lot of other visual math educational resources. We also do things like bean sorting and counting. I think I'll save math visual ideas for another post :)