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Done is Better than Perfect

I am a perfectionist. Being a perfectionist has helped me, but it also has hurt me over the years. How could being a perfectionist possibly be bad you may ask? In the past, I have kept things to myself, or put things off because I simply wanted it to be THE BEST! This blog is a prime example.

I kept repeating the following thoughts in my head over and over…eventually I will create a blog, one day I will create a blog, I’ll learn how to do that someday. I wanted my blog to be perfect. I wanted to have perfect posts and photos to compliment them planned out. I wanted my blog to be aesthetically pleasing with an amazing color scheme and have all the buttons, bells and whistles of well known blogs. The reality is… if I waited to be ready and have all these things done… would I really ever be ready?

This weekend, I said to myself, why wait? I put the fear of it not being PERFECT behind me. This blog is FAR from perfect and I am still learning how to even use this website, but I DID IT!

Done is better than perfect. That is my quote for 2020! I will be posting blog posts for my past Instagram posts along with new content weekly. If you are unfamiliar with my Instagram, I will be sharing teaching ideas for school age kids, toddlers, babies, and more! I am really excited to begin this journey!

Mini Erasers for Learning

I can’t stop buying mini erasers! Every time I go to Target I have to check out the Dollar Spot and see if they have any new styles. Why do I have so many mini erasers you may ask? Well, not only are they extremely cute, but they actually have so many uses when it comes to learning! Whether you are in the classroom or homeschooling, you can find some fun ways to use mini erasers for learning below!

Math

Math Manipulative: Mini erasers are perfect for multiple math activities. Counting, adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing, you name it! Students can move around the erasers as they try to understand the math concepts.

Making Numbers: Are your students working on number formation?  Give them some mini erasers and have them form numbers.

Sorting: Sorting is an activity that even our youngest learnings can do. Start by sorting by sizes or colors. Older students can pick their own way to sort based on the erasers you give them. They may sort by size, color, shape, categories, etc.

Graphing: Use mini erasers to create a graph! You can create a bar graph, pictograph, or even a line graph. Once students sort the mini erasers and count them, they can then graph how many of each kind they have.

Patterning: You can work on simple or complex patterns with mini erasers. Work on growing, shrinking and repeating patterns using different themed erasers.  

English Language Arts

Making Letters: Are your students working on letter formation?  Give them some mini erasers and have them form the letters.

Spelling Words: Not only can you form letters with mini erasers, but you could extend this further to spell words. This is a fun way to work on sight words.

Story Starters: Give students a few erasers and have them make a story based on them.  The erasers could be characters in the story or objects that might be important in their story.

Other

Game Pieces: My students love to use mini erasers as game pieces.  Give each player a different type of eraser and play! The options are endless.

Incentives: Sometimes incentives are needed to help keep our kiddos on track. You could use the individual erasers as a reward for students. You could also add an eraser to a jar when the class is doing well. When the jar is full, your students will earn a fun reward. Rewards might include extra recess, a movie, game day, or even pajama day!

Erase Things: If your students need an eraser, go ahead and use these cuties as actual erasers 🙂

I get my mini erasers from the Target Dollar Spot, but you can also find them on Amazon. Check out these cute options below:

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The How to Survive Homeschool Course

Does the thought of homeschooling stress you out?

Are you unsure about where to even begin when it comes to homeschooling?

You may be thinking…

What do I even teach?

How do I create a schedule?

What materials will I need?

Is it even worth all the stress to try to figure this homeschooling thing out?!

Making the decision to homeschool can be a lot to take on. That’s why I created the How to Survive Homeschool Course!

What is it?

A step by step guided course to help you successfully get started with homeschooling grades K-5 without losing your mind.

Let me help you…

  • Choose a curriculum or learning program based on your family’s needs and wants
  • Create a realistic learning schedule that actually works for you and your child 
  • Feel confident about what your child needs to know with ready made checklists and templates customized by grade level 
  • Figure out which materials to use to help you teach and to help your child learn 
  • Save your precious time by giving you TONS of resources in one place to make homeschooling 100x easier and less stressful! 

What is included in the course?

Will this course save me time?

Yes. Save your precious time! Find everything you need to know – all organized in one place – to confidently get started with homeschooling your child.

What if I need more support?

As you go through the course, you may have questions. Don’t panic! All students of the How to Survive Homeschool Course will have access to a private community Facebook support page. This is a safe place to ask additional questions and to connect with other homeschooling families.

I want in!

Click here to sign up for the How to Survive Homeschool Course!

Clipboard Checklists

Clipboard Checklists are a great tool for parents to use with their children and teachers to use with their students.

Checklists help children see what they have to get accomplished, help them to get into good habits, and become responsible and take accountability.

As you can see on our checklist, I chunk our learning activities into sections and include multiple breaks throughout the day. I have a list of breaks for students to choose from.

At the start of each day, my students choose the three things they want to do for their breaks. By doing this at the start of the day, they are not wasting their break time trying to decide what they want to do. I make sure I have a list of options for them to revisit if they are stuck on what to choose.

Here are some sample break ideas:

  • Art
  • Listen to Music
  • Technology Time
  • Reading
  • Puzzles
  • Games
  • STEM Bins (Legos, Dominoes, Blocks, etc)

I set a timer for break time. I let my students know when break is half way over, and then give them another reminder when we have 5 minutes left. I find giving them a reminder that break is almost over helps them transition better to getting back to work!

My students feel so accomplished when they see all of the things they checked off their list! The checklist is helping them to become more responsible.

I created an editable checklist so you can try it out with your kiddos! This is a great tool for schoolwork, but is also great for chores and daily tasks. You can find it below:

You must have the most recent version of Adobe installed, and you must also download the free personal use fonts below:

Clipbarod Checklist Set up:

  1. Print off the checklist
  2. Put checklist into page protector (or laminate)
  3. Clip into clipboard
  4. Use dry erase marker to check off daily tasks

Try it out and let me know how it works for you!

Books & More Books!

Helping your child learn to enjoy reading is one of the most important things you can do as a parent. Creating a love for reading is well worth the time and energy invested.

You might be thinking, my child just doesn’t like reading. Read below for some tips to get your child excited about reading!

Get Your Child to Love Reading

  1. Read aloud to your child. One of the best ways to encourage your child to love books and reading is to read aloud to them daily. The earlier you start this the better! Make this time together special, free of distractions.
  2. Keep books around the house. Having books, magazines, and other print around your home is a simple way to help children view reading as part of daily life. Don’t forget to model how to properly care for books. Teach your child to treat books with respect.
  3. Choose books your child will enjoy. Read below for some tips about choosing books!

Choose Books that are Right for your Child

  1. Have your child flip through the first few pages of a book. Your child can often tell if the words are too big or there is too much text.
  2. Think about your child’s favorite books when choosing new books. Pick books that are slightly easier and slightly harder than their current favorites.
  3. Think about the subject matter. Is it appropriate for your child’s age? Are they ready to learn about the content?
  4. Choose books based on your child’s interest. I know I already said this, but it is so important! Are they bored of Pete the Cat? Do they love dinosaurs? Try to choose titles that will make them excited to read!
  5. If you know your child’s reading level, use the reading level to choose books!

I love to search for books on Scholastic and Usborne.

I love Scholastic because you can search for books by Grade, Age, or even Reading Level.

They also have a Scholastic page for parents with tons of great articles and tips for choosing books and developing lifelong readers.

I also LOVE finding books on Usborne. You can search for books by age and interest but you can also search by reading programs they offer which is really neat!

Usborne has books for all age levels, birth through middle school. They have so many fiction and non-fiction books to choose from. Their books for our youngest readers are multi- sensory and interactive!

Click here to shop for Usborne books with Jessica from @eat_play_read!

Does your child like to read? What kinds of topics would get them excited about reading?

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