Hands On Homeschooling with a Sensory Kid

Since we are talking about homeschooling sensory kids, this topic is also a great one to hit on! Most kids do really well with hands on learning, but sensory kids most definitely benefit from it.

I’ve realized over the past year, Bubby’s first “official” school year, that finding hands on activities, where your child can work with their hands or do physical activities are the best fit for him. Not only is he a sensory seeker, but he is a kinesthetic learner. This means that he needs a tactile learning style, one where he has to carry out physical activities instead of just sitting and listening or doing worksheets.

I struggled with how to incorporate activities like these into all of our subjects, but have learned some pretty fun ways to utilize tactile activities for Bubby. Sonlight offers some pretty cool lap books and history project kits that fit these guidelines.

History was one I thought would be pretty difficult, but taking the time to create some of the things we are learning about can be so beneficial and FUN!

Bubby loves using LEGOs to recreate some of the monuments and places we talk about. For instance, during a world history lesson we were talking about Egyptian pyramids. He set out to create one with LEGOs! I wish I had snapped a picture of it that day, but we were having so much fun learning that I didn’t even touch my phone to grab a shot!

The Sonlight Hands-On History boxes are full of activities to incorporate into your lessons. Since we just finished up studying about Egyptians, I thought the Senet game board was perfect to put together.

It’s amazing how calm he becomes when he has something to keep his hands busy, he and Boogie put together the game pieces with the clay. We baked those and painted the sticks so they could play this game that Ancient Egyptians played.

Anytime you can incorporate hands-on activities with your children, you should! My sensory kid is not the only one that benefits from it, and it’s so fun to do something different from book work and reading. Hands-on activities can be calming, physically moving around, putting things together… all of that helps Bubby learn and absorb the information we are discussing.

You can learn more about Sonlight and their hands-on history boxes HERE or by clicking the image below.

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Sing and Praise Planner Review

So far I’ve shared the Bible Activities book and the Christmas Around the World curriculum from Paradise Praises, today I’m excited to share one of the planners that you can purchase from Katie as well! I love printing and creating my own planners because it means I can make it exactly how I want to utilize it. I can combine different downloads and homemade sheets to fit my needs. I love this Sing and Praise Planner from Paradise Praises, it’s bright and colorful, has pages to print out onto sticker paper, calendar sheets and more! I’m still working on making my planner for the new year so I don’t have pictures to share of it just yet, but I wanted to share some of the gorgeous pages included in this planner.

You’ll find three pages of tabs and sticker designs that you can print on sticker paper, twelve pages of monthly dividers, four different pages you can choose from for monthly calendars (I love that these aren’t labeled so you can use them year after year), one page for your weekly calendar, one page for addresses, one page for passwords, one page for shopping lists (this one has two per page, so you can fold it in half to use both sides or tear in half to use one sheet), 2 pages of goals, one journaling page, one praise journaling page and two pages for devotional journaling.

This is an example of one of the sticker pages, this particular one has tabs and some fun round stickers you can utilize in your planner.

This is one of the monthly dividers. When I print these for my binder I plan to print them on heavy duty card stock and adding the included tabs so that I can easily turn to each month.

The is one of the four options you have for your monthly calendar. There is also a landscape option if you prefer and you’ll find other color options as well.

I’m not sharing ALL the fun extra pages, but this is one of my favorites so I wanted to include it. This is a page for devotional praise and I’ve already started utilizing it outside of my planner for my quiet time. It’s a great way to dive deeper into what you are studying and I’ve loved using it!

You can find this planner over on Paradise Praises HERE – for this particular planner you will have to join the Homeschool Library Membership for $9/month HERE. I have been considering joining as their are so many benefits to this membership.

Benefits include:

  • Printable membership card for homeschool teacher
  • Printable ID card for student
  • Access to the Paradise Praises Facebook community group
  • Monthly Q & A calls with Katie (the creator of Paradise Praises)
  • All 10 videos in the 10 Days to an Organized Homeschool Course
  • All About Money workbook
  • Spanish 1 Workbook
  • Bible Activities Genesis to Revelation (reviewed by me HERE) – digital download
  • Kids Travel Calendar – digital download
  • Resurrection Day Activity Book- digital download
  • Sing and Praise Planner – digital download
  • Personal Praise Planner – digital download
  • President’s Video-based Unit Study Guide
  • Elephants Planner – digital download
  • Checklist for an Organized Home – digital download
  • Everyday is a Holiday: 365 Days of Celebrations – digital download
  • Shark Week Unit Study – digital download
  • And an ENTIRE list of printable pages!

I’ve really enjoyed working with Katie this year on these reviews, she is providing some pretty phenomenal resources to homeschool families. Head on over to Paradise Praises to learn more!

I received a copy of this product and was compensated for my review. All opinions are my own and a positive review was not required.

Like Arrows Debut

I am SO excited about this movie! Alex and Stephen Kendrick have produced another amazing movie (also produced War Room and Courageous), this one in particular will only debut in specific theaters nationwide for TWO nights next month! Check for showtimes and tickets HERE.

You’ll follow the journey of Charlie and Alice into parenthood, when they start to lose those special relationships with their children because of life (i.e. work, everyday life) getting in the way, they turn to their faith when everything else has failed.

I think this is going to be a fantastic film to watch with our spouses and to show at church with small groups for bible study. This film is part of a new parenting initiative called FamilyLife’s Art of Parenting™ – they will provide a free online video series with a 8-session small group series! This could even be perfect for a MOPs or Mom’s group meeting study!

I look forward to hearing your thoughts on this new movie! Let me know what you think in the comment section below!

Paul, Apostle of Christ Film

I am SO excited to go see this movie! If you haven’t seen the trailer, you can view it below!

This movie is about Paul, you follow his story from when Luke risks his life to visit him in a Roman prison under Nero’s rule. During this time Paul writes many letters that were absolutely vital to spreading Christianity and you can find those in the New Testament today. Despite everything Paul faced he continued to share the Jesus’ message of love, redemption and forgiveness.

The creators of this movie strived to remain accurate to what the bible reads, they used scripture as reference. This film is rated PG-13 (there is some violent content and disturbing images) and will be available in theaters nationwide this Friday, March 23!

As you can see from the trailer above, this film is visually stunning. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to watch such an amazing film! You can learn more about the film HERE on their website, there you will find packets for guided discussions and leader packs as well as some other fun downloads. HERE you can find out where the movie is playing in your area as well as purchase your tickets in advance! Something really neat is that on their site you can listen to the different letters that Paul wrote, you can find those HERE.

If you have the opportunity to go see this movie let me know what you think of it in the comment section below! I can’t wait to share what I think!

Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC, Collide Media Group and Columbia TriStar Marketing Group, Inc. for providing tickets to see this movie on its release in exchange for this promotional post.  Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.

Paradise Praises – Bible Activities Review

I am so excited to share this review with you guys today! One of the things that drives me crazy is searching for extra worksheets to give Boogie for busy work when we are studying something in particular and I need to give her something to do while the littles need my attention.This book completely solves that problem for our Bible studies!

I love love love this book! My only complaint is that it would be easier to make copies of in a spiral bound book or even a loose leaf binder or perhaps a book with easy pull out pages. I’ll probably tear this apart and put it in a binder for easier copying for my kids.

As you can see in the above image, there are a ton of worksheets and coloring pages to choose from! Some are above my children’s levels just yet, but we are already utilizing some of them! For instance, as I will state in my video (hopefully I’ll have that posted tonight), we are learning the books of the Old Testament…. first worksheet in this book is a word search containing the Old Testament books! Boogie LOVED it! It kept her busy while I did some other work with Bubby and Bird. I’m excited to utilize this book some more and I’m even more excited to see if the creator, Katie Hornor, comes out with more books like this!

You can find out more about Katie at ParadisePraises.com or purchase your own copy at Amazon HERE! Be sure to check out Paradise Praises, there are some awesome posts and other resources there for everyone, not just homeschoolers!

I received a free copy of this activity book in return for a review. All opinions and statements are my own, a positive review was not required. Affiliate links are included in this post, any money made goes back into this blog! Thank you for visiting Mustard Seed Mommy!