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5 Reasons Every Homeschool Should Use Sensory Bins

 

Sensory bins have been a huge thing in many classrooms for the last few years, but especially for homeschoolers. However, not everyone uses them if they don’t believe their child has sensory issues. As a homeschooling parent you should definitely be using these in your homeschool regardless of sensory needs of your children. These reasons below are just the beginning of why you should begin using sensory bins for your homeschool classroom.

Are you using sensory bins in your homeschool? Here are 5 great reason why you should! hsbapost.com

5 Reasons Every Homeschool Should Use Sensory Bins

Encourages classification understanding.

Learning about classification applies in multiple parts of education. Sensory bins are excellent for children to understand how to sort, separate, and recognize items. They are a great way to have children sort colors, textures, like items, items that don’t belong, and even shapes. Since classification matters in math and science so much, it is a great tool not just for younger children but also grade school level classroom work.

Helps kids use all of their senses.

The senses are part of exploration, knowledge, and learning. Sensory bins obviously help your kids use all the senses, but this is also a super fun way to encourage them to recognize what senses they are using. Encouraging them to not just experience the sensory bins, but to note what senses they use to separate items and classify them is a great way to help them to really think outside the box. Kids don’t often think about how they are using not just their eyes to see food, but their sense of smell and taste to determine what something is. The same thing goes with their sense of touch and smell when they are working in a sensory bin.

Encourages calming in active children.

Kids that struggle with ADD, ADHD, or simply have a hard time focusing can really benefit from learning through a sensory bin. It gives them something hands on to touch and play with while they learn. You can even easily give your children sensory bins to work with while you are going over lessons, reading or asking them questions about what you have been covering. Utilizing a sensory bin throughout the classroom is great for kids who tend to struggle with staying still and concentrating. You can easily help them focus on the lesson by providing a sensory bin that is applicable.

Helps to incorporate all subjects in one location.

Sensory bins are amazing tools to bring all of your curriculum into one simple place. You can add math, science, history, and even language assignments all inside one bin for your kids to learn more about one subject. These are especially nice for unit studies on specific subjects or ideas. Choose items for your sensory bins that fit into each subject if possible. You can use counting, sorting, specific historical items for a subject, and even special specimens for science to create a great sensory bin that encompasses all of your class work in one location. You can take a look at the simple sensory bin we used in our ocean-themed study before our field trip to the aquarium. It was a great way to tie all of those learning concepts together!

Helps kids to follow directions.

If your kids struggle with following directions, sensory bins are an amazing tool. By giving them specific things to look for, sort and separate, you can easily create a manner of following directions that they will enjoy. This is really important as they move into other subjects where following directions impacts how they come up with an end result or answer. I love giving my kids a list of items to sort out or directions on how to use the sensory bin for our classwork. This keeps them occupied, learning and working on that direction following problem they often have in the early years.

Using sensory bins throughout your homeschool classroom will be a great way to help get your kids the hands-on education they need. It gives them an easy outlet to use their hands while learning, and allows them the sensory opportunity that many children need to truly understand concepts.

Do you use sensory bins in your homeschool?

 
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Sara (141 Posts)

I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.


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32 St. Patrick’s Day Books for Kids

 

Do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in your homeschool? We do because our family heritage is Irish and because I think it’s important to learn about the real St. Patrick in terms of Christian history.

If you’re looking for both fun and educational St. Patrick’s Day books for kids, make sure you pin this post for reference and take it with you on your next trip to the library (or virtual shopping trip on Amazon).

Don't miss these great St. Patrick's Day books for kids. Have fun and learn with your kids while creating a love for reading. hsbapost.com

32 St. Patrick’s Day Books for Kids

1. The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day by Natasha Wing

2. Ten Lucky Leprechauns by Kathryn Heling

3. Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Curious George Board Book by H.A. Rey

4. The Luckiest St. Patrick’s Day Ever by Teddy Slater

5. St. Patrick’s Day by Gail Gibbons

6. Patrick: Patron Saint of Ireland by Tomie dePaola

7. That’s What Leprechauns Do by Eve Bunting

8. St. Patrick’s Day by Anne Rockwell

9. Jack and the Leprechaun by Ivan Robertson

10. The Story of Saint Patrick by James A. Janda

11. Hooray for St. Patrick’s Day! by Joan Holub

12. St. Patrick’s Day in the Morning by Eve Bunting

13. The Leprechaun’s Gold by Pamela Duncan Edwards

14. O’Sullivan Stew by Hudson Talbott

15. Tim O’Toole and the Wee Folk by Gerald McDermott

16. Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato by Tomie dePaola

17. St. Patrick’s Day Alphabet by Beverly Vidrine

18. There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover! by Lucille Colandro

19. The St. Patrick’s Day Shillelagh (Albert Whitman Prairie Paperback) by Janett Nolan

20. Green Shamrocks by Eve Bunting

21. The Story of Saint Patrick’s Day by Patricia A. Pingry

22. The Leprechaun Who Lost His Rainbow by Sean Callahan

23. The Leprechaun Trap: A Family Tradition for St Patrick’s Day by David Clinch

24. A Berry Lucky St. Patrick’s Day (Strawberry Shortcake) by Mickie Matheis

25. Fin M’coul: The Giant of Knockmany Hill by Tomie dePaola

26. Leprechauns Never Lie by Lorna Balian

27. Discovery in the Woods: A St. Patrick’s Day Surprise by Sandy Barton

28. The Story of the Leprechaun by Katerine Tegen

29. Lucky Tucker by Leslie McGuirk

30. Brigid’s Cloak by Bryce Milligan

31. A Fine St. Patrick’s Day by Susan Wojciechowski

32. Clever Tom and the Leprechaun: An Old Irish Story by Linda Shute

Have you read any of these books?

 

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Sara (141 Posts)

I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.


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27 Valentine’s Day Books for Kids

 

Want to add some Valentine’s Day themed reading to your homeschool over the next two weeks? I’ve gathered a list of 27 Valentine’s Day Book for Kids that will help you do that! There are old favorites like Berenstain Bears and Curious George and newer favorites like Pete the Cat and Star Wars. One of our personal favorites, Amelia Bedelia, has been updated just for Valentine’s Day. All three of my girls have learned to read with Amelia Bedelia! :)

Check out these 27 fun Valentine's Day books for kids to celebrate the holiday with reading! hsbapost.com

Llama Llama I Love You

Pete the Cat: Valentine’s Day Is Cool

Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse!

My Fuzzy Valentine (Sesame Street)

Fancy Nancy: Heart to Heart

Day It Rained Hearts

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Minnie’s Valentine

Hug Time

Happy Valentine’s Day, Curious George

The Valentine Star (The Kids of the Polk Street School)

The Biggest Valentine Ever

Alvin and the Chipmunks: A Chipmunk Valentine

I Love You, Snugglesaurus! (Made with Love)

The Very Fairy Princess: Valentines from the Heart

Junie B. Jones and the Mushy Gushy Valentime (Junie B. Jones #14)

Little Critter: Happy Valentine’s Day, Little Critter!

Peek-a-Boo, I Love You!

Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown

The Berenstain Bears’ Valentine Party

Check out these 27 fun Valentine's Day books for kids to celebrate the holiday with reading! hsbapost.com

Snowy Valentine

Te Amo / I Love You: Bilingual Spanish English Edition

The Valentine Bears

104 Funny Valentine Day Knock Knock Jokes 4 kids: Jokes 4 kids

Children Books: Happy Valentine’s Day to You!: Cute Short Stories for Kids, Valentine’s Day Activities, and Funny Jokes for Kids

Star Wars: A Very Vader Valentine’s Day

Amelia Bedelia’s First Valentine

Doc McStuffins My Huggy Valentine

Do you have a favorite book or character from your childhood that you’ve shared with your kids?

 

 

Sara (141 Posts)

I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.


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