10 Favourite Kids Books

10 favourite kids booksI’m blessed that my children love books. It doesn’t matter if I’m reading to them, my eldest daughter is reading to me or my youngest is flipping through pages and pretending to read. Either way books play an extremely important part in our lives. For this reason I’ve put together a list of our 10 Favourite Kids Books. Please note, these books are in no particular order of favouritism. Continue reading

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How do I start home schooling?

Home schooling is something that many people talk about, but few people have any idea just where to start.  It may seem like home schooling is just too difficult or complicated, or takes too much time.  It can also seem overwhelming – you may often ask the question, “How do I start home schooling my children?”

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If you want to home school but are not sure where to begin, here are some tips that may help.

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Help Your Child to Read & Write

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help your child to readActivities for Smart Kids is pleased to announce our online reading course through our sister site – Help Your Child to Read .  If you are interested in making sure your child masters the fundamental reading skills, then read on.

“Help Your Child to Read Better” covers all you need to know about developing your child’s ability to read and write in a systematic and step by step way.

With our online course “Help Your Child to Read Better”, you’ll discover how to:

  • Use your skills to prepare activities that will develop your child’s reading and writing.
  • Check your child’s sound awareness and knowledge and show how to blend three letter words and build on them.
  • Teach your child the different spelling of vowels in words.
  • Show how words can have similar spelling patterns.
  • Choose the type of books that support fluent reading.
  • Introduce comprehension skills.

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Importance of self-directed play

girl_fairy self-directed playAside from the fact that it gives me time to do my own work, the benefits of my children undertaking self-directed play are enormous. As I home school my children, we spend nearly all day, every day together and whilst I love spending time with them, I would struggle if I had to keep them constantly occupied each day. It is in this regard that I am thankful that my two girls have the ability, imagination, inspiration and motivation to occupy themselves and play together.

As we come into winter their ability to undertake self-directed play will become more important. We live in an area where winters are long, wet and very cold. Outdoor play is often short-lived or not achievable at all for days on end. Indoor play is often our only choice to keep our kids active and thankfully electronic devices are not high on their entertainment list.

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Math Activities for Kids

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The subject my daughter least enjoys in our home schooling curriculum is math. Whilst she is quite competent for her age, math is the subject that holds her attention the least. As a way of ensuring that her home schooling days remain interesting, I’ve had to look at a variety of math activities to help with her math curriculum.

As a home schooling parent I prefer to find activities that utilise items that are available in our home. The following math activities are just some of the ones we enjoy playing.

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