Thursday, April 30, 2015

Mom Heart Resources #3: Apps, Birds and Shakespeare (again!)

What a joy it is to have a group of like-minded women with whom to share ideas and inspiration!  This week at our Mom Heart Group meeting, there were lots of fun ideas and resources shared amongst us.

Since we always focus on books, books and more books, today, let's mix it up and start with apps.  The links provided are to iPad apps, but most of these have an Android equivalent as well.

One mother in our group shared how she makes intentional use of tablet apps to support her lessons, especially in spelling and math fact practice.

For Spelling Practice

KidsDoodle (try the "movie" effect to rewatch after practising spelling words)

For Math Facts

Other Educational Apps

Rush Hour (fun logic puzzle)

Birds Resources

Bird Songs: 250 North American Birds in Song- a lovely book with 250 bird songs included on a digital player- looks to be out of print, but would be a gem to find used!

Other Fun Finds

These Journible books are similar to a blank journal, but are made for you to write out your own copy of scripture, one verse at a time.  A wonderful way to put the truth of Scripture into your mind!

Classic Poetry: Candlewick Illustrated Classic is a beautiful book of poetry, carefully selected by Michael Rosen.  Each poet has a short paragraph with a few biographical notes and then a poem or two.  The illustrations are rich and lovely.  A wonderful introduction to the world of poetry.

Pick and Draw Card Game to encourage creativity and laughter.

Composer Books
This is a lovely series of books by Opal Wheeler about many of the major composers.  

Sebastian Bach, The Boy from Thuringia is a fun story about Bach.

and because I'm obsessed with Shakespeare.... 

I know I've mentioned this before, but I seriously love this book: How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare.  Can't wait to get started.  It lays out the nitty gritty of teaching memorization of Shakespeare passages and how that can lead to a love of the Bard.  Mr. Ludwig, in this podcast, also suggested some children's versions of Shakespeare.  Here are some of my favorites:

Lois Burdett has written this lovely assortment of Shakespeare re-tellings using language anyone can understand.  She uses bits of Shakespeare's original language and accompanies the play with illustrations drawn by her elementary-aged students.  I love these!

Tales from Shakespeare by Marcia Williams is a comic book Shakespeare.  Watch out for some "potty" humor and naked buns, but the teeny drawings are detailed and (mostly) funny.

Enjoy digging into these wonderful resources!

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