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When my kids were littler we would often fill out a paper that had little interview questions for them to answer about their dad for Father’s Day.
It was cute and the papers are a sweet keepsake.
Now they are getting older and the answers to their questions aren’t as cute and funny as they used to be.
So, this year I decided to create an alternative Father’s Day printable.
The one I created has some prompts and then room to either write or draw (or both!) their answer.
I would love to show their final (adorable) results here but I’ll refrain in case their father hops over and sees this post.
You can grab your free Father’s Day Printable below:
Welcome to a new series where I am going more in-depth on all the different subjects we will be tackling this school year! If you want an overview of our homeschool day/week/month you can take a look at our three-part homeschool rhythm.
One area I knew I really wanted to do better this year in our homeschool was the Bible. I have tried a few different things (plans, methods, children’s Bible’s, etc) in the past and have not really been very good with sticking with them.
One of the ways I plan on making sure I follow through this year is by having our family Bible reading at the beginning of the day, since it is the very first thing we will be doing it will definitely get done.
My own personal Bible reading routine has changed a lot this year and I’ve gone from just reading the Bible to actually studying it, I don’t know why it took me so long to make the realization that I should do more than just read it.
I spent some time reading The Life and Faith Field Guide for Parents this summer and it really made me want to step up how I approach the Bible with my kids. No one ever taught me how to study the Bible which is probably why it took me until I was in my 30’s to even learn how to study it, out of all the subjects I teach my children, the Bible should be my top priority.
The first thing I needed to figure out was a reading plan. I would love to one day go all the way through the Bible reading every chapter with my kids but we definitely needed something more manageable to start. (And, let’s be honest, there are some chapters I’m just not willing to tackle with my elementary aged children.)
Via some Google searches I came across a 90-day Bible reading plan that I mostly liked. I printed it out and have adjusted the lengths of some of the passages so far. Once I have the readings separated to my liking I’ll share it as a free printable. (Make sure you are signed up for my newsletter and you’ll be the first to get it.)
The Bible reading plan was originally a 90-day plan but it will take us longer than that since some days have quite a few chapters and I would rather take our time than just try to cruise through to check the boxes. I’m guessing it will take us all year to go through it.
Because our Bible reading takes place during our tea time and I’m usually sipping on my homemade, dairy-free hot cocoa at this point I usually use the Bible app and we listen to the audio version.
One thing I have been doing since the winter is taking notes when I study the Bible. For the new testament I’ve gone a bit more in-depth and the old testament has been more like chapter summaries. It has helped my comprehension and retention a lot so I knew I wanted the kids to do something similar this year.
Enter Bible Journaling.
All we did was get them basic composition notebooks and each day they write the title (the book and chapters we read) and then write and/or draw something from that chapter(s).
My daughter will often write questions that she thought of while listening to the chapter being read. As you can see above in the photo on the left, she wrote: How was the ark strong (enough) to hold all that (stuff)?
Also, I am not picky about spelling when it comes to their Bible journals, if they ask how something is spelled I will tell them but there are times when my fourth grader will write a page and a half long summary, I care way more that she is writing and processing the chapter than whether or not she is spelling things correctly.
Not only does Bible journaling have them thinking about the Bible for longer than if we just read the chapters and moved on but it can create some discussion as they ask for clarification as they write or draw. Plus they are getting writing and drawing in, honestly, if we just did our Bible stuff each day I would be okay with that, in my opinion it covers all the most important subjects.
And there you have it, our super simple and yet incredibly beneficial Bible reading and journaling time!
I am so excited at the treasure these journals are already becoming, I know they will be even more so by the end of the year.
I would love to hear how you study the Bible with your children, leave me a comment below and let me know what you do!
One thing I want to incorporate into our upcoming homeschool year that we have never done before is to add in some creative writing.
My daughter does some writing on her own here and there, a couple of years ago she was dictating her stories to me while I typed them out on the computer and now she’s switched over to writing her own stories out. Recently she was working on creating a list of characters for a story, it included a family tree and short descriptions of each of the characters, too cute.
And while I love that she chooses to write her own stories I wanted to be a little more intentional with our story writing this year and kept trying to remind myself to actually write the idea down so I didn’t forget when it came to planning our year out.
I’ve had the idea on my mind for awhile now and the other evening the kids and I were sitting around together so I came up with a couple of story starter ideas and the kids picked one and we began writing a story together, each adding about two sentences at a time until we had a decent (and silly) story.
My daughter was inspired and started writing her own story starter ideas, all ending on nice cliffhangers and I thought why not share our ideas here?
You can use these prompts in any way you want, give the full list to a kid to pick on to continue, give just one prompt for a child to work on or do what we did – work on one prompt as a group, each adding a few sentences at a time.
I’ve typed out ten of our story starter ideas for you to go ahead and use, in addition, I put them into a PDF in case you want to print them out and have them ready for when you need them.
Macy knew the goblin was getting closer, she quickly glanced back and she turned back around only to see that she had entered . . .
Anthony was practicing his foul shots at the playground basketball court. He had been getting most of them in until . . .
Elliott enjoyed taking pictures and one afternoon decided to venture into the nearby woods to try to photograph some moss, but he wasn’t prepared to find . . .
Jane was writing her first book, she was just about to start another sentence when her mom called her and said . . .
One day Jill was practicing piano as was her normal afternoon routine when she heard a knock at the door . . .
It was close to the end of her soccer game when Olivia got the ball and she dribbled it up to the net, it was right there that . . .
Ben woke up excited, today was his twelfth birthday! He quickly went to the kitchen and said good morning to his parents, they let him open his presents right away and he was excited to find . . .
Bobby had spent the last hour cleaning up his room, he was just putting the last Lego in the bin when he heard a sound . . .
Andy was walking down the street when he saw something move in the trees ahead of him, he was sure it looked like a hairy purple tail, he got closer to the trees and found . . .
Ethan, Ellie and Emma were excited because their parents told them today they would be getting a surprise. They had waited all afternoon and were finally getting it . . .
If you end up using the story starters, let us know, we would love to read some completed stories!
One of the things I love about homeschooling is following the interests of my kids.
I am really looking forward to the day when they “know what they want to be when they grow up” (or you know, at least an idea. I’m not even sure if I know what I want to be when I grow up) and we can take those interests and run with them.
Raeca has been wanting to create some printables/books with me and so the other evening we sat on the couch and did some brainstorming. We both came up with ten ideas and she narrowed it down to her favorite.
The next day we worked on it and as a result we now have a booklet of Famous Canadian Notebooking Pages and we wanted to share it for free with you!
I’m excited to go through and learn about the twenty famous people we included in the booklet, I think it will be a great way for us to learn more about our country and some of the people who have helped shape it.
If you want to grab the Famous Canadians Notebooking Pages you can do so here.
Of course Raeca has the idea that we should now make a booklet for every country (or at least the US and most of the European countries), so stay tuned, there may be more to come!
We hope you enjoy learning about Canada!
Teaching my son to read has been an completely different experience than teaching my daughter. It is so much less frustrating in some ways and more frustrating in others. Pretty much exactly like parenting.
One thing Ephraim has needed a lot more practice with than Raeca is sight words.
I recently had a short but really eye opening conversation with a teacher friend who used to teach grade one. He mentioned that the biggest factor he has seen play a role in reading is memory. According to him, kids with a better memory learn to read quicker.
This comment on memory was a huge light bulb moment for me. Raeca’s memory has always been AMAZING. She will remember things I forget, I often tell her to remind me of things. Ephraim on the other hand . . . his memory is not as great at this point. Raeca only needed to see non-phonetic words a few times before she knew what they were, while Ephraim still sounds out phonetic words he has seen numerous times.
This is definitely a matter of kids having different gifts and as a result Ephraim just needs to work harder at learning to read than Raeca did. So for him, sight word flashcards are helpful, the more he sees them the more they will stick in his memory.
I created these sight word cards awhile ago as a freebie before one of our homeschool bundle sales and meant to put them up here afterwards but as a result of my not-always-great memory, it’s taken me awhile to get to it. It wasn’t until I made the video walk through of our homeschool cart that I remembered.
I hope you can make use of the flashcards!
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