Daily Work Grid ~ A Visual Schoolwork Plan for Homeschoolers

Daily Work Grid Schoolwork Plan for Homeschoolers VIDEO Tutorial included in post!

 

This idea has been brewing in my mind for years, I just never took the time to create it until now.  It is similar to methods we have used in the past and resembles methods other homeschoolers use.  It isn’t a totally new idea, just a new twist on methods I have both used and seen, adapted to suit our current needs.

Many of you saw my photo on Instagram several months ago when I created the cards and grid. There were tons of questions about it and I promised a blog post!

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It did take some time to set up and I explain how I did it in the video below…

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Many have asked about our Daily Work Grid that I am using with our 1st grader and I finally got a video together for you! See how we use it and a tutorial for how I made the grid and the subject cards in PowerPoint.Blog post coming soon!**See more VIDEOS on our YOUTUBE Channel ~ https://www.youtube.com/user/carisahh**SUBSCRIBE to our blog posts ~ http://mad.ly/signups/115694/join

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I shared this photo the night before we began 1st grade, which shows our Lessontrek plan and our Daily Work Grid ready to go for her first day of school.

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We have now been using this method for over 3 week and it is working very well for us!  She loves the visual choices she has, and also seeing how much she has left each day.

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Having a visual daily grid like this for a young child helps us in many ways. The biggest help for us is the fact that expectations for the homeschool day are crystal clear.  There are many ways to do this, a simple list on the board or in a notebook works well for many families. 

For our 1st grader, this is a visual intro to following a daily homeschool plan. For us Kindergarten and below is much more play-based and child-led so the lesson plans are really only for me up until now.  With an end goal of more independence in homeschooling, this visual daily grid eases her into this.

By showing her clearly what is to be done that day, she knows what to expect.  The cards coming off give her a feeling of accomplishment and also help squash the “how much more do I have to do today” questions {and sometimes attitude problems}.

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Using a daily work grid like this may be beneficial for you if you…

  • have a child who likes to know what is expected each day.
  • have a child who needs a visual rather than written version.
  • have a child who whines or complains about how much is left to do.
  • have a young child who is easing into following a daily homeschool routine {usually beginning in K-2}.
  • like creating things on your own and have the time {this takes time to prepare}.

I would not recommend this method if you…

  • have an older child who can easily read a written list and doesn’t really need visuals. No need to go backwards.
  • have many children and would struggle to keep up with the consistent routine of this.
  • don’t have time to even put this together.
  • have a young tot or preschooler who is more play-based and child-led, they don’t necessarily need a grid like this.  I don’t recommend being this planned out in the early years.  Having freedom to go with the flow during those early years is more important that following the daily plan.  This is exactly why I never give lesson plans for any of my tot programs {Tot School Printables, Animal ABCs, etc.}  I believe in a more flexible plan during those years. Every child is different and the pressure of a daily plan doesn’t allow for this as much. I personally would not have used something like this until Kindergarten.  It would have been great last year I just didn’t have time to create it.

Here’s the video sharing how we use our daily grid and how I created the grids and subject cards in PowerPoint.  I am sorry fi you don’t have PP, this is just what I use mostly to create my printables and I can only share how I do it.  Many aspects will be similar in another program, hopefully you can get the general idea!



Math Play with Spielgaben

Playful Learning with Spielgaben is our monthly post sharing Spielgaben in action, this month we have a MATH PLAY post for you as we have been really enjoying the new math guide!  If you missed the introduction to this series, you can see it here and also see links to our past posts. We were given the Spielgaben set to review and are honored to have them as a blog sponsor.  I will be sharing once a month a detailed post featuring Spielgaben.  You can also see my Learning with Ladybug posts to see what my daughter has done with this learning set!

Math Play with Spielgaben - ideas for learning addition to 10

This month we used a few math activities to learn and review addition.  These are all from the new Math Guide.  Below you can see screenshots from the pdf file we used. She absolutely loved all of the lessons!

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For this lesson, the circles were the egg carton and the spheres were the eggs. You can see through the photos how the lesson progressed as we worked on making 10.

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After just using the manipulatives for awhile, we then added in the addition fact written on the dry erase board.

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She then moved on to doing the activity on paper only, figuring out the missing number to make 10.

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Here’s a video clip of this in action…

 

 

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How many are missing was a BIG hit!  We started with just 6 balls, and used those to work together.

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We went back and forth together taking turns hiding.

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We then moved on to 10 small dots, making it a bit harder.

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She really loved this!

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Here’s a video clip of us in action…

 

 

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For this lesson, we had a stick and 10 “marshmallows” which was a big hit! I told her how many I was going to eat, and then she had to figure out how many she would get.

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“If you get 3, I get 7, 3+7=10!”

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The lesson got a bit advanced and I wasn’t sure how she would do with it, but she did great!  It moved from adding two numbers to adding two and figuring out the missing 3rd number to make ten.

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We pretended her little bird was the other one eating marshmallows and we had to figure out how many he got after she knew what we got.

If you get 3, I get 5, then blue bird gets 2!  3+5+2=10!”

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Here’s a video clip of us in action…

 


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Shooting Sight Words ~ Learning to Read is FUN!

Shooting Sight Words with a Nerf Gun!  Great Word Fun for Kids!



Years ago when Krash was learning to read, my husband took over homeschool one day.  This was what I walked in and saw ~ shooting sight words with Nerf guns!

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Needless to say, this was a FAVORITE way to practice sight words for my son and we brought the idea back recently with my daughter who was reviewing her You Can Read sight words! She LOVED it and Krash helped her out and enjoyed being a part of the fun again.  He remembered doing this when he was younger!

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We just write the words she is reviewing in bubbles on a dry erase board.

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She uses the Nerf darts with the suction cups on the ends to shoot the word I call out! Simple, effective and FUN!  Lots of giggles too!

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See a video clip of us playing here on YouTube, or the shorter version here on Instagram! In the longer video below you’ll see we switched to sentences instead of bubbles in the end.  This is another variation of making the game work in different ways.

See more Word Play ideas here!

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Bible Verse Printables Letter B

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Our Raising Lil’ Rock Stars Bible Verse Printables for the Letter B are available to download for free!  B is for BELIEVES! This set is based on John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  This is a foundational verse in the Bible, and teaches kids some big words  like perish and eternal {depending on the version you use they may vary}.  We illustrate the word eternal by stretching our arms out wide and pointing on each end to show that it means never ending.

We used the group version in my children’s church class of 4 & 5 year olds and really enjoyed it.

I am using the home bundle with Ladybug as a review, working on the verses again later on.  For example, in my class we are on the letter F right now, but at home we just worked on our review of letter B. She is in my children’s church class so she is getting the group teaching and then getting it again at home with me.

Here’s a peek at the word she did at home.

Here she was coloring the coloring page, she LOVES to color.  Again, she wanted to copy the poster graphic so you can see it sitting beside her.

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Color ~ Trace ~ Write the letter Bb…

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Cut and Glue the Verse ~ this is a great word work activity for her, identifying individual words and sounds she knows as well as the Bible verse as a whole. This verse is a bit longer so I cut the words out in rows for her and gave her one row at a time. She uses the printable that has the light gray matching words on it.

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You can see her verse bracelet below.  She got one when we did it in Children’s Church awhile back too.  She wasn’t too interested in a photo so I had to steal one while she was playing!

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Here’s a shot of how we did the letter page at church, I have all of the kids sign it on the day they are there! I just love all of their little signatures.

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We have a banner at church, which you can see a glimpse of here on Instagram.  Here is  our home banner!

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Here’s the work Ladybug did at home…

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And, here’s Ladybug singing the verse for you!  The verse tune printables are only available in the bundle but you can hear the tune for Letter B in this video!  In case you don’t catch it, the tune is Jesus Loves Me.

 

The free version is ONLY for home use.  If you will be using these printables in a church setting, private group, co-op, preschool or other group you will need to purchase the group bundle here.

Download your free Letter B printables here!

Scroll down until you see the graphic for letter B and click on it to download the PDF file.

Download or printing trouble? See tips here!

These printables are from Raising Lil’ Rock Stars, see more info here!

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Bible Verse Printables ~ Letter A

RLRS Letter A Philippians 2 5 Bible Verse Printables

Our Raising Lil’ Rock Stars Bible Verse Printables for the Letter A are available to download for free!  This set is based on Philippians 2:5, “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.”  A is for ATTITUDE!  This sure is a lesson I need right along with the children I teach!  Having a Christ-like attitude is a daily struggle for me personally.

We used the group version in my children’s church class of 4 & 5 year olds and really enjoyed it. 

I am using the home bundle with Ladybug as a review, working on the verses again later on.  For example, in my class we are on the letter E right now, but at home we just worked on our review of letter A. She is in my children’s church class so she is getting the group teaching and then getting it again at home with me. Good thing she really likes it!

Here’s a peek at our home work {most of these printables are in the bundle version}.

Here she was coloring the coloring page, she LOVES to color.  She wanted to copy the poster graphic so you can see it sitting beside her.

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Color ~ Trace ~ Write the letter Aa…

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Cut and Glue the Verse ~ this is a great word work activity for her, identifying individual words and sounds she knows as well as the Bible verse as a whole.

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Here’s an Instagram video I shared of her when she was working on this activity, singing as she worked!

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She also enjoyed her verse bracelet at home.  She got one when we did it in Children’s Church awhile back too.  She and the other kids LOVE the bracelets! Yes, sometimes she wears it up on her big muscle.

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Here’s a shot of how we did the letter page at church, I have all of the kids sign it on the day they are there! I just love all of their little signatures.

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We have a banner at church, which you can see a glimpse of here on Instagram.  Here is the start of our home banner!

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Here’s the work Ladybug did at home…

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And, here’s Ladybug singing the verse for you!  The verse tune printables are only available in the bundle but you can hear the tune for Letter A in this video!  In case you don’t catch it, the tune is Are You Sleeping?

 

The free version is ONLY for home use.  If you will be using these printables in a church setting, private group, co-op, preschool or other group you will need to purchase the group bundle here.

Download your free Letter A printables here!

Scroll down until you see the graphic for letter A and click on it to download the PDF file.

Download or printing trouble? See tips here!

These printables are from Raising Lil’ Rock Stars, see more info here!

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