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at Word Family Preschool Printable

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This preschool printable at Word Family is a fun way for young students to practice making simple words. Quick and easy word game for homeschooling little ones.

How to Use the AT Word Family Pack

Print out pages, cut out letter cards. To protect your pages and letter tiles – laminate them! Students will place the letter tile in the right place, finishing the word to match the corresponding picture.

Once laminated, a dry erase marker can be used to practice writing the correct letter in the square. Consider using large envelopes to store cards along with sheets to reuse. Having educational games on hand to play and review letters and words will help to reinforce the constant learning your preschooler is soaking up!

Sample Pages

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American Alligator Mini Unit

American Alligator

In this American Alligator Mini Unit, you’ll learn interesting facts about the alligator. Additionally, you can download free Notebooking pages to record what you’ve learned.

American Alligator Mini Unit

The American alligator is the largest reptile in North America. The name ‘alligator’ derives from the Spanish ‘el lagarto’ meaning ‘the lizard’.

Though often confused with various crocodile species, the American alligator can be distinguished by its rounded snout, and by the fact that when the jaws are closed, none of the lower teeth are visible. The American alligator’s jaws contain between 74 and 80 sharp teeth.

Alligator Mini Unit

Gator Characteristics

They are capable of delivering a mighty bite force when slamming jaws shut, but are much weaker when opening the mouth. Often you will see a “gator” sitting very still with its mouth open – waiting on prey to come close enough to its massive jaws.

Additionally, the body is armored with thick scales, and includes a long tail, that is extremely powerful. It also possesses sturdy limbs with webbed toes, which help to propel this species through the water as well as on land.

Above all, the alligator is designed by the Creator with eyes and snout positioned on the top of the head. As a result,  the gator is able to breathe and watch for prey with its body fully submerged underwater.  The coloration of the body, which is black or a dark olive-brown in the adult, along with the ability to stay submerged, in part – or as a whole, makes the alligator a master of disguise.

The clever camouflage helps it sneak up on prey, also it helps them hide from humans – which are the only real predators of the alligator. The younger specimens possess yellow banding across the body and tail and are carried in the mouth and jaws of the mother alligator after hatching.

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American Alligator as a Predator

An opportunistic predator, a fully-grown American alligator is capable of tackling nearly all aquatic and terrestrial prey that it encounters. Hatchlings start life feeding on insects and freshwater shrimp, but as they grow they graduate to larger prey, taking fish, frogs and snakes, and eventually small to large mammals. Although a ferocious predator, attacks on humans are rare and usually take place only when a gator has been fed, or someone swims in unclear water at night or during mating season.

A female lays between 25 and 60 eggs in a large, torn-up mound of vegetation and mud situated on a bank. The eggs are deposited within a depression in the top of the mound, which is then covered over with more vegetation.

Louisiana – Home to Many Alligators

The state of Louisiana is known for its swamps, which are home to many alligators. Louisiana is located in the southern region of the United States. Its capital is Baton Rouge. The largest city, and one of the most famous is New Orleans.

Find Louisiana on the USA Map below (hint – the state abbreviation is LA):

Louisiana

Louisiana is located between Texas and Mississippi in the southern part of the United States.

Alligators in Louisiana

So, alligators have been harvested for some 200 years. They were first harvested in Louisiana in great numbers in the early 1800’s because gators were hunted for their skins to make boots, shoes and saddles. The oil harvested from the alligators was used to grease steam engines and cotton mills.

You see, boots and saddles from alligator skins were in high demand during the Civil War. Additionally, by the late 1800’s and early 1900’s alligator skins were being processed in great numbers in commercial tanning warehouses. This process made the skins softer and more durable. By the mid 1900’s, the alligator population in Louisiana had been greatly reduced. In 1962, alligator hunting season was closed statewide in order to save the species.

Today, alligator hunting is allowed in Louisiana (and Florida) but is carefully regulated by each state. Through research, preservation, and management, Louisiana’s alligator population has stabilized.


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Alligator Unit Study Product PicAlligator Unit Study – Louisiana

  • Bible Study – Courage
  • Language Arts – Wordsworth poem, vocabulary, John James Audubon biography (Audubon based in Louisiana) and more
  • Geography – Louisiana state study, habitat of alligators
  • History – New Orleans, Louisiana, Alligators in history & Audubon study
  • Science – Several lessons: Alligators, design in Creation, more
  • Reading – woven throughout the unit as well as optional book list
  • Teen activities – Powerpoint, videos, research paper and project to discover how colleges put scientific studies together.
  • Cross lateral learning – Projects and activities to help students with dyslexia and all different types of learners understand and retain materials.
  • Kids in the Kitchen – other hands on learning, traditional Louisiana cooking.
  • Bonus material – loads of interactive materials and projects included as well as a full Audubon study. Did you know the National Audubon Center is located in New Orleans?
  • Hands on Learning – build a solar oven, ID game for mammals – reptiles – amphibians – birds – insects – fish, design an AD, clay project, and more!

Free Notebooking Pages

Download this free set of notebooking pages in order to use with the alligator mini unit study.

Sample Pages

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How to Use Notebooking Pages for Kinesthetic and Dyslexic Learners

Notebooking Pages

How to use notebooking pages – EVEN for kids who don’t like to write, or who struggle with reading and writing, notebooking pages for kinesthetic and dyslexic learners can change your homeschool! Notebooking pages are used for journaling, creative writing, expressing what students have learned in their own words.

How to Use Notebooking Pages

Tips for Notebooking Success

How to use notebooking pages for kinesthetic and dyslexic learners – also helpful for young learners!

  • Take it slowly
  • Let them dictate some if needed
  • Discuss together with your kids
  • Ask questions about what you’ve read and learned
  • Have students form their own opinions and write them out
  • Younger students or artistic ones may want to draw – then have them write what they are able. This is especially helpful for dyslexic learners.

Notebooking Pages

If students need practice writing letters, or writing simple words, so be it! Notebooking allows students to work at their own level. Push older students to go further in expressing their opinions or new-found knowledge. Help them flesh out the information by considering opposing opinions and comparison.

How to Use Notebooking Pages

Ask Questions

  • What is the strangest fact they learned?
  • What makes it different from other animals which live in your own area? (Wildlife Adventure Unit Studies)
  • Do their own observations match up with what they have read and learned?
  • What is different / What is the same?
  • Is your opinion the same as the writers? How is it different?

How to Use Notebooking Pages

Advanced Learning

Middle School, advanced or high school students should be encouraged to write persuasive papers, informative papers, or creative papers on some of the information they found most interesting, disagreed with, or want to learn more about.

Have students add in an additional creative activity, if it interests them, like photography. A snapshot of the topic and a few well written paragraphs where they practice applying knowledge and fleshing out ideas is what you are looking for.

They don’t have to write a novel – a little at a time will do . . . this is actually how those novels are written after all!

Implementing Daily Writing

You may want to focus on different things at different times. For instance, one day, you might want them to write about what they have learned, but focus on grammar and sentence structure. Another day, focus on creativity.

In most of your notebooking, you’ll want to allow them to simply express themselves – you can privately make notes about where they need improvement without correcting their notebooking pages directly. This will continue to help them write freely without worry about right or wrong answers.

Most of all, encourage them to ENJOY the process and make it their own!

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Notebooking Pages

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Discover the Many Benefits of Copywork

Benefits of Copywork

Discover the many benefits of Copywork where students are exposed to a variety of well-written material. The repeated exposure to quality works teaches grammar, spelling, writing and much more. Simply put, Copywork is an educational exercise where the student copies a passage by hand.

Benefits of Copywork

  • By using a variety of valuable works, you can familiarize your student with a plethora of writing techniques and styles. Don’t be afraid to think outside the “classical copywork” box! Even a well-written magazine article can provide inspiration and hold the interest of your child.
  • So, even students who do not love writing can appreciate that Copywork affords the ability to combine subjects.
  • While students are focused on copying the passage correctly, they are learning proper punctuation, grammar, spelling, vocabulary and syntax. 
  • The act of copying a passage requires such focus that students are actually improving memory function at the same time!
  • Reading and copying quality works familiarizes the student with well-written material in such a way that it helps to improve their own writing skills.

A wonderful quote about Copywork from  The Well-Trained Mind,

“The purpose of copywork is to get into the child’s visual (and motor) memory the look and feel of a sentence that is correctly composed, and properly spelled, spaced, and punctuated.”


Combining Subjects with Copywork

  • Pull several spelling words from a passage to use for both spelling and vocabulary
  • Copywork counts for handwriting subject – initially, the focus should be on proper form
  • Additionally, Copywork can be used for Language Arts (Literature, Grammar)

Benefits of Copywork

Simple Tips for Effective Copywork

  • Begin with short passages – especially for those who don’t love to write. As students improve their handwriting, longer passages can be copied. Consider starting with individual bible verses or other short pieces. 10 – 15 minutes at a time is all that is needed for success!
  • Tailor the work to a students interest – get their attention and up to enjoyment factor! Although you do want well-written work to pull from (often classical) technically, copywork can come from any well-written passage – even fishing magazines!
  • Additionally, Be Consistent – regular use of copywork is the key to using this learning technique successfully and reaping the full benefits. Set a certain amount of time daily or every-other day for copywork.
  • Clear and Concise – be sure the student can easily read what they are copying. It’s easiest to use pre-printed sheets with the copywork clearly written above the lines where students are to write vs. trying to read and copy small text out of a book.
  • Tackle one main goal at a time – Initially, your main focus might be handwriting. Allow the student to work on short passages and to shape each letter correctly. Once that is mastered, use longer passages to work on grammar and so-forth. Afterwards, tackle spelling.

Free Bible Copywork

Great for beginners!
The Beatitudes Copywork HERE

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The Light of the World Bible Copywork HERE


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The Romans Road Copywork

The Romans Road Copywork

The Romans Road Copywork is a great way to practice writing skills, spelling, vocabulary, bible, and of course, the road to salvation!

These free pages are designed for homeschool families. Fonts used are dyslexia friendly and include both cursive and print.

Why Use Copywork?

Charlotte Mason teaches that exposing children to a variety of well-written work is a terrific way to develop needed skills. Not only does it familiarize students with grammar, excellent writing, a variety of literature, but it also helps to improve spelling, vocabulary, and handwriting.

Initially, you’ll want to pay attention to form. Make sure students know how to form letters properly. Then, the focus can change to improving handwriting, discussing the meaning of particular words, and spelling. With regular exposure, there is a natural process of learning taking place for proper grammar and more.

Kids Approve

Even those who don’t like to or struggle to write generally come around to enjoy the virtues of copywork. Why? Because it’s simple, time-saving as it incorporates several subjects at once, and can be done in small increments. Although small increments are fine, you do want to be sure to use it regularly to reap the benefits.

Discover the Many Benefits of Copywork HERE

The Romans Road Copywork

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The Beatitudes Copywork

The Beatitudes Copywork

The Beatitudes Copywork can be used to expose students to well-written works, character building, writing, grammar, spelling and more – in the style of Charlotte Mason.

Copywork Benefits for Dyslexia

Even students who don’t like to write, or those who struggle with dyslexia benefit greatly from copywork. Once the student understands that copywork helps save them time by combining subjects – they get on board quickly!

The consistent exposure is great for dyslexia. Our copywork uses dyslexia friendly fonts for cursive and print. Additionally, we include coloring pages to engage both the left and right brain. This is helpful, along with using color and creativity for students with dyslexia.

Copywork is a creative way to help students become familiar with a variety of well-written work. Familiarity with grammar, syntex, proper spelling, vocabulary and more is all combined within the copywork pages.

Read about the Many Benefits of Copywork HERE.

So, What Are the Beatitudes?

Basically, The Beatitudes are a series of bible verses and blessings taken from the Sermon on the Mount. In Matthew, chapter 5,  Jesus laid out very clearly how He expects us to treat others and live our lives. Within the 12 main verses, you can learn a lot about how to have a blessed life!

For instance – “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” The poor in spirit refers to those who are humble and realize that all gifts and blessings come from the grace of God. Those who live a life aware that each and everything they have is a blessing from God, are happier people! Christ teaches the Beatitudes because they are good for us, not to limit or control our behavior, but because He knows that therein lies the secret to a happy and fulfilled life.

Find more resources for understanding each of the Beatitudes with links and articles found here.

The Beatitudes Copywork

Understanding the Beatitudes can have an extremely positive effect on your child. Why not use them to teach reading, spelling, and writing all at the same time?

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Light of the World Bible Copywork

Bible Copywork - Light of the World

Use our free Light of the World Bible Copywork to teach writing in your homeschool. Dyslexia friendly font is included in this Print and Cursive pack.

Light of the World Bible Copywork

Have you discovered the virtues of using copywork in your homeschool? If not, you soon will! In a Charlotte Mason style, students use well-written passages (often from the bible, poetry, or other classical pieces) to improve writing.

Of course, they are also working on reading and spelling at the same time. This Light of the World Bible Copywork package provides study opportunities for bible, reading, spelling, and writing – as well as a creative coloring page. The artwork can play an important role in helping those with dyslexia prepare to learn.

Benefits of Copywork

There are many benefits to using copywork in your homeschool. One benefit (as mentioned above) is that it exposes your students to beautifully written works – such as the Bible and others.

Something that our students have enjoyed is the fact that – with pages like these – there is a short amount of writing to do at a time. The key is having them do it consistently.

Copywork can be used to share any literary genre you like. Again, I find that short passages, or little at a time, is best. The idea isn’t to make them write until their fingers are tired, but to expose them to good writing, vocabulary, spelling and grammar – while they practice handwriting.

It’s a time-saver! Once your kids learn that they can sometimes combine spelling, vocabulary, bible, and writing . . . they will certainly appreciate the time it saves them. In our homeschool, this means more time to explore additional interests!

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Free Copywork Pack – Sample Pages

The package contains both cursive and print copywork. It includes 12 bible verses and is dyslexia friendly.

Light of the World Bible Copywork

 

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