Our public speaking class (through the Institute for Cultural Communicators) did a Christmas presentation at an assisted living center a couple of weeks ago. It was a blessed event for all involved!
Our group is very young this year. In fact, my 14-year-old son is the oldest! But the kids are working hard and learning fast.
Here is what we did at the presentation:
The younger kids recited the poem by Christina Rosetti “In the Bleak Midwinter.”
Several kids recited Scripture verses. (My 6-year-old who is new this year started her memory verse, and a resident yelled “louder, I can’t hear you.” So, without skipping a beat, she started over– much louder the second time! We were all very proud of her for keeping her composure!)
Several kids played songs on the piano or string instruments.
Three older girls recited “Minstrels” by William Wordsworth.
The same boys also told the Story of the Three Trees.
The older boys did a neat presentation about the 1914 World War Truce/ Silent Night. There was a neat commercial made of it that tells the story. It’s so beautiful!
Video of the ad:
The Story behind it:
The whole group sang Silent Night and Joy to the World and used sign language.
Afterward the kids mingled with the residents. We met a dear lady who was in her nineties!
Then we had a family picture taken–since everyone was dressed up!
Last year I began using All About Reading with my second daughter, and this year decided to use All About Spelling with her. It’s really a different approach than the reading program since it’s really focusing on spelling rules and how to recognize the different patterns in words in order to know how to spell them. We are up to Step 16 out of 24 in the first book called All About Spelling Level 1. We are really happy with it so far.
I love how sequential it is and how easy it is for a mom to teach. The book tells you exactly what to do for each lesson (even including little boxes of information to know how to approach a situation outside of the lesson time). It’s highly customizable for every student, which means that you can go as fast or slow through the steps as you need to with your child. We usually take 2-3 days to go through one step, doing it 2-3 times a week.
What is needed:
Card Box with word cards, phonogram cards, sound cards, and key cards (contain spelling rules)
Magnetic Board with Letter and Phonogram Tiles
A few other items like a notebook with paper to write spelling words, round plastic tokens (we got ours from a game we own), pencil, stickers for the progress chart.
Here is what you find in the Teacher’s Manual:
An explanation of multisensory learning, learning the phonograms, how to set up the Spelling Review Box, how to organize the letter tiles on the magnetic board.
The Six Steps to Teaching the AAS Method:
1. Read through each lesson before you teach it.
2. Gather the materials needed that day.
3. Review previously-taught concepts with the student.
4. Teach new concepts using the script included in the book.
5. Reinforce new concepts through the dictation exercises provided.
6. File the flashcards behind the appropriate divider (review or mastered).
My 3 oldest kids didn’t need a very detailed spelling program like this. They occasionally have trouble spelling a word, but for the most part they catch onto new spellings of words quickly. My fourth child has dyslexia, and reading and spelling are very difficult for her. She is now using All About Reading Level 3, but I decided to start at the beginning with Spelling with her. It has been a boost to her confidence because it hasn’t been too difficult for her, but it has also instilled the spelling rules and patterns that she needs to continue in her spelling journey. We will finish this book and immediately start Level 2!
(Disclosure: I received a copy of All About Spelling Level 1 in order to review. This post also contains affiliate links.)
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Welcome to our week-long, bobble SPORT reusable water bottle giveaway, that we are co-hosting with a wonderful group of mommy bloggers from across the United States.
According to the website Ban The Bottle;
- Americans used about 50 billion plastic water bottles last year. However, the U.S.’s recycling rate for plastic is only 23 percent, which means 38 billion water bottles – more than $1 billion worth of plastic – are wasted each year3.
- The recommended eight glasses of water a day, at U.S. tap rates equals about $.49 per year; that same amount of bottled water is about $1,400.
And, what about chlorine?
Chlorine was originally used in our water to combat water-borne illnesses, however we must remember it is a chemical, and absorbing it may not be such a good idea.
So What Can We Do ?
Using reusable water bottles is a HUGE step in the right direction. Fill up your bottle with water from a tap, and if you do not like the taste of your water or you are worried about impurities, try it with a filter; no matter what, this is going to be a better option than participating in the single-use plastic water bottle epidemic, which also contributes to littering and damaging our planet, but that is a whole other article.
Or, better yet, use a bottle that has a filter built-in….
Introducing the bobble SPORT
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As the name suggests, the bobble SPORT is perfect for a busy on-the-go lifestyle, use it at the gym, or fit it perfectly into your stroller cup holder.
It has a molded in-grip feature, comes in seven pretty colors, is made in the USA, is dishwasher safe, and has a carry cap lid so you do not lose it. It is also free of BPA, Pthalates and PVC – love that!
By drinking just under four, 22 ounce water filled bobble SPORT a day, you will easily hit the suggested 8 cup a day minimum of water!
First place winner will win a prize package which retails for $75, including a bobble hoodie, a bobble sports top, a bobble gym bag and a bobble SPORT bottle.
While, 2 additional winners will win a bobble SPORT bottle, valued at $12.
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If you are one of the winners, bobble will send out the prize to you direct from their warehouse.
This giveaway starts at midnight on Sunday December the 14th, ending on Sunday December the 21st at midnight EST. It is open to the USA only.