Anna is my spirited third born. She is a spunky 4.5 year old red-headed princess full of sass and a unique fashion sense. She loves to play. LOVES to. My oldest loved to learn. Soaked up every second of it. She could name, sound out and sign all 26 letters at age 2. My 2nd born followed closely behind and basically pretended Cara’s Kindergarten year was his own, learning phonics at 3 and teaching himself how to read at 4.
Anna doesn’t care. She is far too involved in her space alien world that has a pet eagle. Or her Ninja Turtle world and her friend Raphael. I’ve tried a few things. Primary Arts of Language worked for my first two. I’ve tried Explode the Code with her. But she needs fine motor skills work that I’ve never had to really worry about before. And I’m ok with that. I love homeschooling and teaching my kids at their own level. And I love play for 4 year olds. They have enough time to be pressured to learn at certain levels later. Four is for play and imagination, and she has it in spades!
Then I was asked to be on the Write Through the Bible Launch team. This is similar to what we use with my older two. I love copy work that involves God’s word – an easy way to incorporate big truths and start discussion. So I said yes and received a free copy of the book to try on my 4-6 year old.
What I love most about Write Through the Bible, Junior Ball-and-Stick is the really easy plan and 10-15 minute lesson. There is a reading of the verse of the day, some discussion or vocal, some tracing and writing practice, usually a do-a-dot page or some scissor and glue practice, and then we pray to end the lesson.
We are focusing on the letter sounds and this is the first time Anna has been excited to have ‘her own school time.’ I love that the lessons are quick and so meaningful. We have done letters A and B and she is still enjoying it.
Handwriting is definitely something she needs to work on, so this slow paced work is nice for us. We are using Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons for helping sounding out the letters too. Both of these can be done in about 25 minutes, but we typically split them up because her pet eagle is calling (or there’s another sibling squabble to deal with). :). She loves me to bring that book into her bed tonight to do in what she calls ‘special alone time.’ Each of my kids need that, that’s for sure.
So this is launch week for Write Through the Bible, Junior. You can read a little more at the author’s blog, Intoxicated on Life, by clicking on the image below.
I have enjoyed getting to know this husband and wife team through their Facebook group. They truly have servant hearts to help us along the path of homeschooling. The great things is, you don’t have to be a homeschooler to use this book. It is as simple as open and start! If someone is wanting to do a little during a Pre-K year, this would be easy to implement! We are using the Ball and Stick book, but tried the D’Nealian font as well. I just like to stick to basic ball and stick when teaching to write.
For 10 days – March 17-27 – there are $49 in bonus offers if you purchase the ebook ($17) or the soft cover book ($27 from amazon)! So be sure to check out the bonus offers as well!
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