Valerie Bendt has created easy to use curriculum for all educators; homeschool, private school and public school teachers.
Successful Puppet Making
Kids love animal hand puppets! They are fun to make and even more fun to use. Whether a child retells a favorite story or creates his own tale, dramatic play enables him to develop crucial early language skills. Successful Puppet Making includes patterns and directions for making 24 felt animal hand puppets that will offer your children hours of learning fun.
Reading Made Easy
Reading is one of the most important academic skills we will teach our children. However, it is essential to cultivate a love for reading as well as reading proficiency. This love for reading will carry our children through their life-long educational endeavors. Reading Made Easy is a sit-on-the-couch-and-snuggle program that fosters a loving approach to learning to read. At the end of each lesson, the parent is asked to read aloud a favorite book to the child. Reading aloud is the simplest, least expensive, most enjoyable, and most profitable reading readiness activity we can engage in with our children. As we teach our children to read, it is important that we do not lose sight of our goal—to teach our children to read and to teach them to love to read. Teaching our children to read can be one of our most rewarding lifetime experiences!
Unit Studies Made Easy
Are you tired of trying to teach like the schools? Are you searching for a simple, yet effective teaching method? Do you want to instill a love of learning in your children? Then put away tedious textbooks and give the unit study method a try! A unit study simply focuses on one topic at a time. As this topic is examined, various subjects are explored.
Do you have a hobby that you enjoy? Can you devote as much time as you would like to this hobby? Years ago, I wanted to learn about sign language. I did not have the time to pursue this on my own, so I studied this with my kids. Often when I want to learn about something or delve into a project, I include my kids and call it “school!” For that matter, whenever one of my children takes an interest in a topic, that topic becomes our unit of study. I want my children to know that their interests are worthy of pursuit.
A unit study is what each person makes it. It can be a brief topical study or a life-long quest. It can be tailored to meet the needs of individual families. Unit Studies Made Easy presents the nuts and bolts of teaching through unit studies. Rekindle a love for learning in your family. Encourage creativity, expression, and individuality as you learn together!
Creating Books with Children
As we engage in projects, children learn things they would never learn from textbooks. Children seldom moan about participating in a project. Moreover, projects bring basic skills to life! Projects are an important part of learning that should not be crowded in from time to time.
Creating Books with Children is a six-week, bookmaking unit study. Children learn about their favorite authors and illustrators while making their own books. Just as the family photo album depicts changes in children from year to year—their personal books represent their academic and creative progression. These handmade books become part of the family archives to be treasured for a lifetime!
The Frances Study Guide:
Looking for a delightful, literature- based unit study for young children? The Frances Study Guide offers plenty of hands-on activities, games, and puzzles centered on Russell Hoban’s Frances books. Each weekly unit features one of the following books: Bedtime for Frances, A Baby Sister for Frances, Bread and Jam for Frances, A Birthday for Frances, Best Friends for Frances, and A Bargain for Frances. Frances is a charming little badger. She isn’t a perfect character, however, she’s a very realistic one! Frances’ daily life presents opportunities to discuss and reinforce a positive approach to solving life’s little dilemmas. Children love Frances!
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