Introducing: Swedish Drill Revisited II

I have exciting news for those of you who have been using Swedish Drill Revisited in your homeschool this past year: Swedish Drill Revisited II is now available!
If you have already mastered the content of the original Swedish Drill Revisited and are eager to take your practice to the next level, then Swedish Drill Revisited II is exactly what you’ve been waiting for. It contains new written content, including clarification regarding the layout of the Drill lesson and the teaching of new movements, emphasizes the performance of Swedish Drill as the formation of good physical habits, and provides ideas for how to further advance Drill routines beyond the two options scripted in the manual.

Swedish Drill Revisited II features eighteen new exercises with embedded links to forty-one new videos not available elsewhere. The clicks to access these new videos provide quicker and cleaner access than the links in the original volume. As was the case with the original volume, Swedish Drill Revisited II includes a linked table of contents as well as images of what the movements should (and should not!) look like paired with the instructions to give your child for each particular exercise. It also includes many helpful teaching tips. This will be particularly useful for those who desire to use the manual directly on your tablet (as a PDF) rather than printing it out. If you have never implemented Swedish Drill in your homes, though, it is advised that you begin with my original Swedish Drill Revisited manual. This new product is a definite progression – a Level II, if you will – and you should only move on to it once the movements and routines in the original Swedish Drill Revisited have been mastered.

Finally, if you have found Swedish Drill Revisited helpful would you please consider leaving a review? I have received inquiries from interested parents who are reluctant to purchase a product when there are no available reviews.

In the meantime, take a moment to read what some reviewers on Instagram are saying about it…

 

When your children clamor for something, there’s a chance it’s worth clamoring for. And this is one of those things: Swedish Drill! . Drill was practiced in Charlotte Mason’s schools, and we really enjoy incorporating it into our day, not just because Mason recommended it, but because it is good–no, wonderful! . Drill offers a break from big brain work, and it provides opportunities to focus on core strength, proper posture, and the habit of prompt obedience. . I executed drill pretty poorly last year, but thanks to the expert research and thorough instruction of @dawnduran8708 (homeschool mama and physical therapist extraordinaire!), we can easily do it now. . Dawn’s newly-released e-book, “Swedish Drill Revisited: A Modern Approach to Charlotte Mason’s Recommendation for Physical Education,” which includes video demonstrations, makes it practically open-and-go, and I am so thankful. Check out the link in her profile for more information!

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@charlottemasonirl is focusing on “movement” this week and I wanted to share the best resource on learning and leading Swedish Drill exercises. This book by @dawnduran8708 provides the background and history of Drill, along with research into Mason’s discussion and use of drill in her programs. The best part for me was the last part of the book where actual drill routines are given with real pictures and videos. Finally, Dawn’s training as a physical therapist is invaluable as she incorporates modern research into healthy and safe movements, along with pictures of the incorrect positions. We’ve now been using Drill in our home and co-op and I’ve been able to see how it fits into the Mason paradigm so well. In order to do drill properly, students must practice the habits of attention and proper execution. The other movement breaks we take don’t do this and often seem to leave the children too exhausted or too wound up to sit and focus again. The last picture shows an immersion with @dawnduran8708 at our retreat last summer which was so fun. If you have a chance to learn in person with her, you must! She is as delightful as she is knowledgeable! And, yes, our neighbors probably think we are crazy for doing this with 20 children on our front lawn! Check it out at https://afterthoughtsblog.net/swedish-drill-revisited #charlottemasonirl #swedishdrill #swedishdrillrevisited

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I look forward to hearing what you think about the latest addition to the Swedish Drill Revisited series!

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How to Teach Spelling eCourse!

How to Teach Spelling eCourse! is a post from Confessions of a Homeschooler. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow Erica on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+! Also be sure to stop by her Community to join the discussion or her Store to see her latest items!

Learn How To Teach Spelling to your Students!

In this eCourse I’ll be sharing my tips to help you teach your children to spell! Teaching your children to spell is so important that we can often feel like we don’t know where to start!

But with my tips you’ll be able to successfully teach your children to spell as well as reduce frustration, make spelling fun and inspiring, help struggling spellers, and encourage good spelling which will also help improve their reading and writing skills!

Take this Course


Need Help Teaching Spelling to Your Students?

Here are some of the most common frustrations when teaching spelling…

  • Help! I’m not sure where to begin!
  • My student gets easily frustrated
  • I’m feeling frustrated and impatient with their progress
  • Am I doing enough?
  • How can I encourage my good speller to become even better?
  • How can I encourage my struggling speller?
  • My student does well on tests, but is having troubles with spelling retention

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English phonics can be extremely complicated. There are a ton of “exceptions” to all of the rules. And teaching spelling can become quite frustrating for both you and your student.

But I am here to help show you how to reduce the frustration for you and your student and help encourage them to become more fluent spellers, increase phonics awareness, improve spelling retention, and have fun learning!

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Through this eCourse I’ll share my top 10 tips on making spelling fun, engaging, and stress free!

Together we’ll make your homeschooling journey enjoyable and inspiring!


Introducing a new class in my new How to Teach series…

*** How to Teach Spelling***

Learn Helpful Strategies For Making Learning to Spelling Fun, Engaging, and Inspiring!

This is a self-paced video eCourse that includes several video lessons along with multiple BONUS downloads to help you make spelling less stressful and reduce frustration for you and your student! Once you join the course you’re welcome to download the materials and view the video lessons at your leisure making it super flexible to fit your schedule!

You can also pause the video and take a break! When you return your video will be right where you left off! You can also re-watch the video as many times as you need, it won’t expire!

  • I’ll tell you the steps you need to know to teach your child to spell.
  • I’ll show you how you can improve your child’s phonic awareness.
  • I’ll be showing you how to improve their spelling while at the same time encouraging a desire to read!
  • I’ll give tips on how you can reduce frustration for you and your student!
  • I’ll share tips so you know what to teach, how, and when based on your child’s unique needs.
  • I’ll show you how to encourage good spellers to become even better!
  • I’ll show you how you can encourage struggling spellers!

It’s easy to enjoy the course online via your computer and your mobile devices!

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Here are just some of the things you’ll get with my EXCLUSIVE

How to Teach Spelling eCourse

  • Helpful Sight Word activity PDF bundle with tons of ideas to help make teaching spelling a breeze!
  • Discover how to encourage your students (No matter which curriculum you’re using)
  • Learn the steps you need to know to teach your child to spell.
  • Learn how to reduce frustration levels!
  • Learn how to improve their spelling while at the same time encouraging a desire to read!
  • I’ll share tips so you know what to teach, how, and when based on your child’s unique needs.
  • I’ll show you how to encourage good spellers to become even better!
  • I’ll show you how you can encourage struggling spellers!
  • Work together as a family to make spelling easy and fun!
  • Get ONLINE support and encouragement!

BONUS!! Get my Sight Word Bundle FREE!

($9.95 Value)

I’ve added an EXCLUSIVE phonics Bundle into this course as a freebie for you all to help make learning how to spell more fun and engaging!

  • BONUS #1 – Course Exclusive: Sight Word Bundle (See below)
  • BONUS #225 minute Video eCourse sharing my personal tips to help you make teaching spelling easy and fun!
  • BONUS #3 – Exclusive Community Forum where you can ask me questions!

Bonus Sight Word Bundle Includes: This bonus bundle includes 22 sight word activities to help build your students sight word fluency. They are labeled with the standard grade level, however if your child is younger and ready to move on, feel free to move to the next level of sight word activities to keep them challenged:

  • K4 Sight Word Sentences
  • K4 Sight Word Caterpillar
  • K4 Sight Words Build and Trace
  • K4 Sight Word Search
  • Kindergarten Sight Word Search
  • Kindergarten Sigh Word Caterpillar
  • Kindergarten Sight Word Sentences Vol. 1
  • Kindergarten Sight Word Sentences Vol. 2
  • 1st Grade Sight Word Search
  • 1st Grade Sight Word Caterpillar
  • 1st Grade Sight Word Sentences
  • 2nd Grade Sight Word Search
  • 2nd Grade Sight Word Caterpillar
  • 2nd Grade Sight Word Sentences
  • 3rd Grade Sight Word Caterpillar
  • 3rd Grade Sight Word Search
  • 3rd Grade Sight Words Manuscript
  • 3rd Grade Sight Word Sentences
  • Blank Sight Word Sheet
  • Pumpkin Themed Sight Words
  • See It – Build It – Write It!
  • Alphabet Letter Tiles with vowels in red and consonants in blue!

Join me TODAY…

And start enjoying your homeschooling journey!

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Thoughtworthy (Unsubbing, New Podcast Episode, and MORE!)

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Important Note: Be very careful when you unsubscribe from my email list. I know we all have cluttered inboxes, but I have a number of people who unsubbed from everything, which means I cannot send some of you information about the Vibrant event (which is tomorrow!), even though you paid to attend! I hope you completed your registration before you did that, because I can’t even figure out who you are at this point… 🙁

If you registered for Vibrant, but didn’t receive any emails about it yesterday, please contact me — especially if you are planning to attend the Live event on Saturday, but haven’t completely your registration. (Ahem. PAYING is not all you have to do for it to work properly. 🙂 )

Also: Vibrant is now closed. ♥

 

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Another new episode of AfterCast debuted yesterday. This one is all about what to do when you realize something is WRONG with your homeschool:

 

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I finished up my summer dates with my children this week. I love doing this because asking them questions about school — their likes and dislikes and so on — really helps me when I need to make scheduling decisions. It’s not that I indulge them necessarily, but it does help me to know where they are at. ♥

Now to finish making those schedules!

 

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This month in 2017:

Obviously, I did not write this. But my friend Michele did, and she’s basically awesome. She has ten kids and for fun I like to see if she can remember all of their birthdays. She says remarkable things like, “Only six of my kids are school aged.” She’s probably up to seven or so now — but maybe not since she also graduated a few. Anyhow, she really knows how to make AO work for a large family.

 

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This week’s links collection:

 

 

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Vintage Christmas Quilt Pattern Giveaway!

Vintage Christmas Quilt Pattern Giveaway! is a post from Confessions of a Homeschooler. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow Erica on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+! Also be sure to stop by her Community to join the discussion or her Store to see her latest items!

It’s Christmas in July friends! And to celebrate I’ve partnered with Keri from Catching Stitches to do a Quilt Kit GIVEAWAY!!

We’ll be giving away a quilt kit featuring the new Sweetwater line called Overnight Delivery along with my Vintage Christmas PDF pattern to one of you!

I’ve also put my Vintage Christmas PDF Pattern on sale for $5 for a limited time only! And Catching Stitches has listed the quilt kit to go with it in her shop as well! (Sale price will be valid from 7/27/18-8/1/18, and only good on the Vintage Christmas PDF pattern.)

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As you can see this pattern has a super fun vintage truck theme, along with adorable and super easy Christmas trees!

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–>> Click here to get the Vintage Christmas Quilt Pattern!

 

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For my quilt front I used a mix of fabrics from the Mistletoe Lane fabric by Bunny Hill Lane for Moda. This line is actually out of print, but this quilt is sooo cute in Overnight Delivery I think I’m going to be making a second one!

For the backside I used the white snowflake print from Sweetwater’s Cookie Exchange fabric.

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I also love a fun and festive red binding don’t you?!

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And since it’s only July, you still have time to get this made in time for Christmas! Double Yay!

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–>> Click here to get the Vintage Christmas Quilt Pattern!

Finished quilt size: 69” x 74”

Quilt design by Erica Arndt Copyright ©2016 Erica Made Designs, LLC

 

GIVEAWAY!!!

Head over to Catching Stitches Instagram to see how fun this pattern is in the Sweetwater Overnight Delivery line!

Enter below to win a free copy of my Vintage Christmas quilt pattern along with the fabric kit to make this fun quilt!

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Teacher File Box Review

Teacher File Box Review is a post from Confessions of a Homeschooler. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow Erica on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+! Also be sure to stop by her Community to join the discussion or her Store to see her latest items!

Hi everyone! I have a fun website to share with you today. If you haven’t heard of Teacher File Box make sure to head over there and check it out!

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Teacher File Box by Evan-Moor provides a ton of tools and resources to help your students learn. They offer daily practice sheets, eBooks, interactive games, interactive lessons, and homeschool specific resources as well! Including instructional videos to help with a variety of subjects.

They have units and lessons from over 450 Evan-Moor titles that you get access to!

 

Here are some of my favorite titles included in the subscription:

  • History Pockets (LOVE LOVE THEM! We use these all of the time!)
  • Skill Sharpeners series – 5 titles available including the NEW Critical Thinking (I love to use these as supplements!)
  • All Daily Practice titles (Language, Reading Comprehension, Math, Word Problems, Geography, Science, Spelling, Vocabulary and the NEW Daily Fundamentals.)
  • Math Fundamentals and Basic Math Skills (One of my faves is the Daily Word Problems!)
  • Language Fundamentals
  • Nonfiction Reading Practice and Reading Paired Text
  • Seasonal Activities and How to Teach Art to Children

 

And there are many more titles, but I could never list them all here! Just know that there are a ton of resources that come with this subscription!

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TeacherFileBox  also works well as a supply of summer learning activities if you’re looking for some fun, light summer refreshers. I love their history pockets and skills sharpeners. They also have hands-on thinking skills, center activities, science experiments, pocket projects, and subject-based review activities. I’ve found these books to be a great resource for our homeschool curriculum.

 

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Make your own Unit Study!

The materials are also great for creating your own unit studies! Want to learn about something? Just look it up on TeacherFileBox and printout your worksheets to create your own unique unit study for just about any topic you’re interested in!

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Get Inspired!

They also have a really cool TeacherFileBox Inspired Facebook group that is filled with fun teaching ideas and inspiration!

Make sure to stop over to check it out, and make sure you’re subscribed to my emails, because I have a giveaway coming up soon for TeacherFileBox just for my readers!

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