4 Ways to Combat Spring Fever

spring flowersSpring is in full swing and summer is right around the corner. I don’t know about you, but we still have some school to wrap up. But how do you stay focused with that big ball of sunshine hovering overhead?

Doesn’t your homeschool have a case of Spring Fever? you know what I’m talking about. Those longing eyes staring out the window, the lack of motivation to complete schoolwork, the difficult getting the day going?

Here are 4 suggestions on how to combat Spring Fever, embrace the weather, and still get school accomplished.

#1 – Start Your Morning with a Walk
If your weather is warm enough, start your day with an after-breakfast walk. Getting some fresh air and some exercise can get the mind working and the blood pumping. Plus, why keep all that weather on the other side of your double-paned windows?

#2 Break Up the Day
Start your morning with the harder subjects and get them out of the way. Then take a break. Do something fun and outside, if possible, before coming back in to the other subjects. Breaking up the day with fun outdoor break time can make the day go faster.

#3 Have a spontaneous Field Trip Day
In the Spring we like to take a mid-week fieldtrip to break up the week and get out of the house. After a winter of practically hibernating, getting out of the house more often is a welcomed change. Plus, who said all the learning has to at the house?

#4 Move class outdoors
I can’t emphasize this enough. There is NO reason not to have class outside from time to time. Barring severe allergic reactions to pollen and grass I suppose. But getting outside for some of your subjects is a great way to embrace the weather AND get things done. If there is reading to do, whether it is a classic literature book you are reading aloud to the kids or a time for the older ones to read science or economics for themselves, why not do so in a hammock, treehouse, deck chair or on a blanket under the tree in a park. You might even find you do some exploring after your are finished with your work and find you aren’t even counting the house until the end of the day but enjoying the day. (Gasp!)

What things do you do to combat spring fever in your school?

S is for Smiling Sunrise from WordsBright – A Review

Recently we were given the opportunity to review a book – S is for Smiling Sunrise from WordsBright. This hardcover children’s books is 30 pages of rhyming, alphabet review and vocabulary building with colorful pictures.

The WordsBright website provides a free MP3 file with a 6 minute song that sings the book to you. You can also download a free Teacher’s Guide for PreK and younger and a separate Teacher’s Guide for Kindergarten and up from their website. These are downloadable in PDF form and can help lead book discussion.

I read the book aloud with my 10 year old, my 5 year old and my 1 year old listening. We then played the song from the website. As we are a musically inclined family, the song was more interesting than the book. My 10 year old was definitely too old for the book but my 5 year old enjoyed the alphabet review and my 1 year old listened as best as a 1 year old listens.

The 1 year old loved the tune of the downloadable song. But she loves music and dancing around so that is what she did. My 5 year old and 10 year old thought the song was a nice way to present the book.

But this isn’t your average ABC book. The typical A is for Apple E is for Elephant is not what this books is about. K is for Kaleidoscope and U is for Universe are just some example of the vocabulary used in the books. As well as character and virtues that are discussed and utilized throughout the books like L is for Listening and Q is for Quiet.

Each letter has an illustration that corresponds with the word. Then a few sentences explaining the work in rhyming form follow. Some of the rhymes aren’t actually rhyming and this bothered me and my oldest a little but the younger ones didn’t seem to care.This book definitely presented different words for the ABC book and the vocabulary would be a good addition.

The Teacher’s Guide’s provides the parents/teachers with a way to expand on the topic, discuss the topic, and do activities in some cases. I liked that the Teacher’s Guides are free and they are broke down PreK and under and then K and up.

This isn’t an independent read for your beginning reader, though the pictures are enticing to the non-reader. The mini-poems or rhyming explanations that follow the words are definitely more difficult than a Kindergarten independent reader in most cases.

But as a read aloud it a quick read, something different, and has lots of uses.

You could use it to further studies on any word that interests your child. We found that we would read it and then stop on one of the words and discuss it. You know kids, something interests them differently every time. This was a nice catalyst for discussions on hearts and leaves, and even jewelry (frankly, the only one my 10 year old got into a discussion about).

The free word poster that you can download from the website was nice and colorful and focuses on virtue and character words but didn’t “match” the book per se, not that that necessarily matters.

Overall, it is a nice read. The author, Vick Wadhwa, does a nice job at making a new way of presenting ABCs.

PROS: New vocabulary words, nice and large illustrations, colorful, fun corresponding song

CONS: all poems did not rhyme

We liked the book and would recommend it to others for a nice, fresh read through the ABCs. I would definitely recommend it more for ages 3-5, though the company states it is for PreK through 2nd grade.

S is for Smiling Sunrise is available through many retail sites. It is available for $16.95 retail and you can check out how to purchase it here.

You can check out the WordsBright website here and see more information on S is for Smiling Sunrise book and see all the freebies available to accompany the book. Be sure to visit  WordsBright on Facebook. You can also check out what the rest of the TOS Review Crew had to say by clicking the banner below.

Wordsbright Review

Motivate Your Child Action Plan Book Release Party and GIVEAWAY!!!

Motivate Your Child Action Plan GiveawayI’m so excited to tell you that I have been given the opportunity review the Motivate Your Child Action Plan workbooks from Biblical Parenting.
If this sounds familiar, it’s because I reviewed the actual book, Motivate Your Child, a while back (see the review here) and now they have a workbook to go with it.
It is a great product and I look forward to sharing my full review with you soon. However, in the meantime, I wanted to share a great giveaway with you. There are some great products and even an Apple Touch so be sure to enter and come back to read my full review of the Motivate Your Child Action Plan workbook coming soon.
Enter the Giveaway below and good luck!

To celebrate the release of Motivate Your Child Action Plan, we are joining other members of the Launch Team in a wonderful giveaway filled with an iPod Touch, $50 iTunes Gift Card and several biblical parenting products! A value of nearly $350!

Here’s what you could win:

Apple iPod touch 16GB Black/Silver  ($195 value)

  • In the Box – iPod Touch, Apple EarPods, Lightning to USB cable, QuickStart guide
  • Brilliant 4 Retina display with Multi-Touch IPS technology
  • Front-Facing FaceTime camera with 1.2MP photos & 720p HD video recording.
  • iOS 6 features – Siri, Apple Designed Maps, Integrated Facebook, Shared Photo Streams, Passbook & more

iTunes Gift Card ($50 value)

Because you’ll need apps and music for that iPod Touch!

The Christian Parenting Handbook and Companion Guide ($56.95 value)

The Christian Parenting Handbook contains nuggets of parenting wisdom condensed into 50 short chapters, each one biblical, practical, and relevant for parents of children ages 2-18. Learn appropriate ways to correct, instruct, and set limits. Glean wisdom for dealing with emotions, conflict, and developing closeness in your family… and much more. These 50 strategies provide you with hands-on tools for parenting children of any age.

The Companion Guide is a workbook of 50 lessons along with 50 audio tips to take you through The Christian Parenting Handbook step by step. Each lesson contains advice from Dr Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller in a 5 minute audio tip and then offers teaching, an assignment, a Bible verse, and a prayer to help you apply each idea or strategy in your family. The tips are available to you as MP3 downloads and access to them comes in the workbook.

Family Time Activities Book Bundle ($45 value)

Your kids will have fun learning about God’s Word and how it applies to their lives. Science experiments, art activities, and games are all designed to reinforce spiritual truth. Each lesson is clear and simple, yet profound even for parents! You’ll teach kids how exciting it is to learn about God and his ways. Your kids will love these books, but more importantly you’ll build spiritual memories of Family Time in your home. Titles in this giveaway include:

Seeing Is Believing 

Playing for Keeps 

Running the Race

Enter the Giveaway using the Rafflecopter below! This giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY to those 18 years of age or older. Void where prohibited by law.

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Join us for the Action Plan Facebook Party on Wednesday, May 20 at 9:00PM ET. There will be even more prizes and giveaways there and the authors of Action Plan will be present to answer your questions! The winner of this giveaway will be announced at the Facebook party!

RSVP here for the Party!

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