When I began my homeschooling journey, I quickly became overwhelmed with the amount of curriculum available. For some strange reason, I thought that in order to homeschool the “right” way, I would need to purchase expensive texts or subscriptions. Thankfully, I eventually realized that there isn’t a right or wrong way to homeschool your child and sometimes it is best to just keep things simple.
Before my son began kindergarten I purchased a popular handwriting program called Handwriting Without Tears (HWT). Although it wasn’t as expensive as some of our other curriculum, it was still an added expense that our single income family had to take into consideration. After completing the program, I felt a little let down. I had seen so many great reviews praising their methods, but in the end I just felt like it was okay.
Was it terrible? I wouldn’t go that far. However, was it worth the $20+ dollars I spent? Not really. I felt like there wasn’t enough room to practice each letter on the pages provided and the teachers manual was sooo lengthy. There was good content in the manual… it just seemed like TOO much information, which seemed unnecessary. It took us about 3 months to complete HWT, so I decided to start finding more cost effective ways for my son to practice handwriting.
One of the things that really helped was thinking outside the box when it comes to writing. Who says you have to write with paper and pencil every single time? Use a chalk or dry erase board. Spray shaving cream on a baking pan and let your child practice writing using their finger. Take your children outdoors and let them use dirt and a stick to work on their manuscript. The possibilities are endless!
I also realized fairly quickly the large amounts of paper we were going through once we started home educating. One of the things I really recommend homeschooling parents purchase is a laminator. I found mine at Amazon for less than $40. Having a way to quickly laminate items at home allow us to reuse worksheets multiple times without pesky eraser marks all over the page. It also makes charts, flash cards and posters sturdier and long lasting! If you don’t have the ability to purchase a laminator, try placing worksheets in protective sheets made for binders! Works just as well 🙂
Eventually I began making my own worksheets and practice pages. Today I am going to share with you a FREE printable (geared toward children ages 4-6) that I created. It combines art, handwriting and reading all in one. Simply print out the following pages and follow the instructions to begin!
* List of 100 sight words
* Sentence Train wall chart
* “Draw. Write. Learn.” reusable worksheet
* Certificate of Completion!
Click here to download my Super Sight Words Handwriting Challenge worksheets!