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Back to School: Learning at Home

Do you home-school? Or do you just like to have learning materials at home for your kids to play with and work with? Did you know that we carry books that help young learners find the fun in learning? Check out these items for your home-library now!

Sir Cumference and the First Round Table: Geometry is explained to beginners in the fun and out of the box learning tool. Sir Cumference makes geometry an amazing adventure as he tries to achieve his quest in this math adventure. Learning at home - math

And also Sir Cumference and the Sword in the Cone: Sir Cumference is at it again as he goes off to find the sword Edgecalibur. He meets all sorts of brave knights as he learns all about the sword in the cone.

Get Out!: Did you want to make a difference in the world? Do you want to help make the great outdoors even greater? Do you want to help the Earth stay healthy and beautiful? Check out this incredible book and all its amazing ideas to get out there and make a difference in the great outdoors!

Learning at home - green

Buy one, two, al three and more to start down the leaning at home path for your family.

Teaching Your Child: What Type of Learner is Your Child?

Every child is different, so is every parent. I learned this on day one. I have more than one kid, and I have been doing this for a while. But guess what? It never gets easier. My kids may look like near carbon copies of one another (I apparently make one type of kid, I swear they look like twins 4 years apart, minus the fact they are different genders) they are absolutely nothing alike. One is the easiest going kid you will ever meet. Is polite, outgoing, brave, ready to learn, and learns very quickly. Once is shy, a momma’s boy, takes his time to warm up to new places, situations, and people, and is smart but works more methodically. They couldn’t be more different. Its ok. It just make for a change in my parenting style with each kid. Any parent that tells you that one style works for every child, has never had more than one child. Everyone is different. I also have a very different relationship with each child. Which is ok too. My daughter is my partner. We work together, she learns alongside me as we play, work in the yard, cook, clean, workout, and read. My son needs a teacher, a mentor, someone who stands over him and guides him. It doesn’t mean he isn’t as smart, it doesn’t mean I think he needs more help. it is just the way in which he absorbs knowledge.

I taught Special Education for years before staying home to be with my own children. It helped me see that every child is different. I truly think it guided me to understand that I have no control over my kids. They are who they are. I am simply guiding them to be the best version of who they are.

When I work with them I play to their strengths and weaknesses. My daughter shadows me to learn. She has already begun clearing her own dinner from the table, making her bed, and helping to do the dishes and cook meals. She watches what we do, and she replicates it. We make sure to model things at her level. When she sees how easy it is to do something, she goes ahead and tries. By doing this with her we have shown her how to begin taking care of her own mess, and even make her own snacks. We have moved all of her food to the lowest level of cupboards and created a snack and utensil area at just her level. Now she does things for herself.

My son needs more one-on-one interaction. When we teach him a new skill we repeat it over and over. We make it a game. each step leads to the next. He even gets a sticker reward when he completes each task. This has helped him figure out how to dress himself and put away his toys.

Self-Sufficiency is a lesson that we teach everyday of our children’s lives. It doesn’t end at a specific stage. But if you find your child’s learning queues you can make it easier for everyone involved. Take a few days to watch and observe your kids. Do they need more help, less help, do they do things on their own, do they need extra motivation? No matter what type of learner they are you can help them. Just remember not to put to much pressure on yourself, being a parent is hard. But it can also be very rewarding. Especially when you can sit on the couch and watch your child get their own snack while you take a five minute break.

Friendship: Books About Friends

Friendship is such a  fundamental part of our lives as humans. We cultivate relationships from the moment we are born until the day we die. Friendship is one of the most important relationships we will ever have. So it isn’t surprising that we sometimes need a little help understanding why we need friends, and how to treat our friends. One of the great ways we can teach our children about friendship is through modeling. We model how a friend should be treated and appreciated through our own behavior. Another great way to teach children about friendships is through fun and simple books. The following books make the interaction fun, interesting, and is presented on a child’s level.

Books About Friends

This great book, The Way Back Home by Oliver Jeffers follows a little boy as he rockets in to space and lands on an alien planet where he is stranded. The only other living being there is a small martian. Together the two develop a fabulous plan to fix their spacecraft and return home. They not only repair the spacecraft, they develop a friendship that changes them.

In conclusion:

This fun book is playfully illustrated with child-like stick drawings that speak to the reader and help to rekindle that child-like innocence. It is perfect for reading with a parent, sibling, or for a child to read alone. The emotions expressed are universal, and will help to show just how important friendship really is in this world.