My Favorite Toys — Rock Crayons for Developing Good Pencil Grip

As an occupational therapist, I cringe when I see a child being encouraged to learn to write before they have developed a proper pencil grip. Your child needs to work on developing a grasp that uses the tips of their fingers. Rock Crayons are a great way of helping your young child build the muscle strength needed for a proper pencil grip. And they are fun!

The Educational Philosophy Behind Five Senses Literature Lessons

If you’ve been around homeschooling any length of time, you’ve seen and heard about many different styles and philosophies. Perhaps you are wondering what is the educational philosophy of  Five Senses Literature Lessons? How does it fit together with what you know about other homeschool programs and their philosophy of education? At Five Senses Literature…

Adventures in Homeschooling — Raising Tadpoles!

“I have tadpoles in our kiddie pool. You know you are jealous,” posted one of my friends on Facebook a few years ago. And yes, I was jealous. Raising tadpoles is one of the quintessential homeschool science activities, right?

3 Ways Homeschooled Children Learn to Read and How to Help Them!

Homeschoolers have the luxury of learning to read at their own pace, in their own time, and in their own way. As a parent, you may wonder how this magical process will unfold. Will you need to work hard at it? It can be hard to tell but most children follow one of 3 patterns.

It’s a Wonderful World!

We’ve changed the name of our flagship program, “Level: Orange – Full Year curriculum”, to Wonderful World – Level: Orange. 

Why Teaching history through picture books works.

Starting with literature When I started writing the lessons that became the Orange Level curriculum, I thought that I could create lessons based on great picture books. I could have those lessons teach all the subjects! Social Studies, Science, History, Art, and Language Arts. Even Math. Along the way, I threw in lots of other…

Happy Indigenous People’s Day!

Indigenous People’s Day has been celebrated in many states and cities across the US since 1990.  Other countries, including Canada and Brazil, have similar holidays on other days of the year. In honor of the holiday, we are having a sale all week!  All of our curricula are 15% off with code 5SLL2018 this week only.

Identifying 10 Signs of Reading Readiness

Is your child ready to read?  In today’s educational world, this question is not being asked enough.  Instead, we skip worrying about being ready and throw our 3, 4 and 5-year-old children into reading programs in hopes that they will be launched into academic success.  Research indicates that forcing a child to learn to read…

Magic Monday — AAC and Bears

Kristine at AAC Modeling Family has been using our Orange level with her beautiful daughter and has been making videos to share.   She is sharing YouTube videos with our Orange level books and demonstrating how to use an AAC device with the story to help children who are learning to use their AAC device.