Our homeschool curriculum choices (for a 1st and 2nd grader)

Our homeschool curriculum choices || Gift of Curiosity

We've been homeschooling for two years now, and are about to begin our third year. My son, QBoy, will be going into second grade and my daughter, XGirl, will be going into first grade. Over the last two years I've experimented with a variety of curriculum and ways of learning. In this post I'm sharing the curriculum choices I have made for our homeschool this coming year. Language arts There are a lot of components to what we do in language arts. For example, we do activities that work on reading, fiction writing, non-fiction writing, spelling, and grammar. XGirl (going into first … [Read more...]

Save 92% on a fantastic back-to-school bundle!

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I am thrilled to share with you a fantastic back-to-school deal you won't want to miss: The Back to School: Early Years Bundle! I've teamed up with more than 50 kid-friendly bloggers to put together an early years bundle that is jam packed with 54 printable resources for kids ages 2 to 7. If you were to purchase each of these items separately, the cost would come out to more than $400. But for a limited time you can grab the entire bundle for just $29.95. That's a savings of more than $375! So what is in the Back to School: Early Years Bundle? For starters, you'll get two of my … [Read more...]

Vertebrates vs. Invertebrates Picture Sorting Cards {Montessori printables}

Vertebrates vs. Invertebrates || Gift of Curiosity

I'm thrilled to share a new printable resource with you today to help with children's understanding of vertebrates vs. invertebrates. Check out my Vertebrates vs. Invertebrates Montessori Picture Sorting Cards below! In Montessori education, there are zoology activities that involve understanding the difference between vertebrate animals - those with a backbone (aka, spine) - and invertebrate animal - those with no backbone. My Vertebrates vs. Invertebrates Picture Sorting Cards feature 2 category label cards and the following 22 animal picture cards: vertebrates rabbit … [Read more...]

Cotton in the Cups Letter Game {101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet}

Cotton in the cups letter game || Gift of Curiosity

In this week's installment of my 101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet Series I am sharing a game that lets kids throw things inside the home. :-)  I call this the Cotton in the Cups Letter Game. It is super simple to set up, provides kids with a fun and motivating physical challenge, and can be played in a number of different ways that all support letter knowledge. All you need for this activity are some cups, a marker, and a handful of cotton balls. At the time we did this, I was working on vowel sounds with my kids. They were both struggling to correctly identify the difference between … [Read more...]

13 reasons why homeschooling works for our family

13 reasons why homeschooling works for our family || Gift of Curiosity

We have been homeschooling for two years now, and in the fall we will begin our third year of homeschooling when QBoy enters second grade and XGirl enters first grade. In a previous post I shared the four biggest factors that lead our family to begin homeschooling two years ago. In this post, I share 13 reasons why homeschooling has worked out great for our family. Note: This post is not meant to criticize families who have made a different decision about schooling for their children. These are simply the reasons why homeschooling works well for us. If my kids were in a traditional … [Read more...]

Why we decided to homeschool

Why we homeschool || Gift of Curiosity

To a certain extent, I believe all parents are homeschoolers because parents are their children's first and most important teachers. Even parents who send their kids to traditional schools are still responsible for teaching their kids so many things, including manners, social skills, ethics, emotional regulation, and much more. We have a been a homeschooling family ever since we adopted our first child. My son was 18 months when he joined our family in 2010, and my daughter was 32 months when she joined our family in 2012. Both of my kids had many developmental delays when they joined our … [Read more...]

Letter Slap Alphabet Game {101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet}

Letter Slap Alphabet Game || Gift of Curiosity

I find playing games with my kids to be one of the best ways to engage them in learning. In the next installment of my 101 Ways to Teach the Alphabet Series I am sharing a printable alphabet game I call Letter Slap. Letter Slap is a game that supports letter recognition skills. To play, you first identify a set of 3 to 5 "target letters" for your child to identify during the game. In the example below, the target letters were the five vowels. We were playing the "easy" version of the game. In the easy version, the cards with the target letters have a different color than the cards … [Read more...]

10 owl crafts for kids

Owl crafts for kids || Gift of Curiosity

Owls are one of our favorite birds to learn about. They are excellent hunters, and in folklore they are thought to be "wise." In this post I'm showcasing a collection of 10 adorable owl crafts for kids from a number of talented bloggers. Enjoy! Clay owl craft from Kitchen Counter Chronicles Colorful newspaper owl craft from I Heart Crafty Things Needle felted owl from The Magic Onions Colorful owl craft using chalk from I Heart Crafty Things Egg carton owls from Life with Moore Babies Paper plate owls from Arty Crafty Kids Foam cup snowy owl … [Read more...]