Monday, April 12, 2010

Homeschooling FREEBIES:Bible Curriculum & Reading Incentives

Another week of finding more homeschooling freebies!! I came across these while reading other blogs!  Last week was geared towards middle and high schoolers, so this week I have found some items for the younger kids from kindergarten through 6th grade.

Does your child like hands on programs that include songs, crafts, and games??  This Bible curriculum by Praise Factory just might do the trick! (Thanks to Kristen at We are THAT Family) Praise Factory is an affordable, flexible, quality Christian curriculum for pre-school(2s-3s) and elementary age(K-6) children.  The curriculum is available for download through the Praise Factory website free of charge for those using it for non-commercial, educational purposes.

There is three different curriculum choices:

  1. Teach, Take, Tell  is a one year, 12-unit children’s systematic theology for use with two and three year olds. It focuses on twelve key biblical truths. The same Bible story and truth are presented each week of the four/five week units, allowing the children to master the concept and story.

  2. Big Questions & Answers for little people is a three year children’s systematic theology for three to pre-kindergartener five-year-olds. It presents 52 key biblical truths that expand the children’s understanding of the same12 Big Questions and Answers used in Teach, Take and Tell. There are 3 weeks of curriculum for each of the 52 biblical truths. A Bible story, reflective of the truth is presented along with the concept each of three weeks.

  3. The Praise Factory is a six year, multi-age children’s systematic theology curriculum for elementary school children. It is comprised of 104 key biblical truths -- called "Big Ideas"-- divided into 16 units, common to a systematic theology. These biblical truths expand the children’s understanding of the same 12 big questions and answers used in the two preschool curriculums and add four additional big questions and answers. Within each 3-week Big Idea, there is an Old Testament, New Testament and Church History/Missions story presented. Each week’s curriculum includes 8 different activities to reinforce the Big Idea concept and story.

Here are a couple of reading incentive programs that are homeschool friendly!

First, Pizza Hut's Book-It program. The program runs from October to March. Each month if the child meets their reading goal set by the teacher, they get a certificate to use for one personal pan pizza.  The enrollment for next school year's(2010-2011) program is taking place right now through June! Enroll now!   I did this program with my children this year, we just set a goal of reading 1/2 hour each day and then once a month we go to Pizza Hut with each kid having their coupons and then hubby and I order a large pizza and we all drink water and we end up only having to pay around $15 for all seven of us to eat pizza!

Second, Six Flag's Read to Succeed Program. Each child reads who completes 6 hours of recreational reading is rewarded with a ticket for free admission at any participating Six Flags theme park. The Reading Club coordinator/teacher gets a free admission ticket as well. This Reading Club program also has lesson plans/program guide and access to their "Wild about Reading" website that has book lists, videos, tips to encourage reading and activities. The admission tickets are sent out in late April to redeem in June through August.  Registration is limited to those schools that are within 150 miles of a participating Six Flags theme park and is a first come, first serve basis. Sign up now for next school year!! Thanks to Connie, at Smockity Flocks.

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