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)
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.
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.
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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