Ponies Belong in a Homeschool Curriculum!
Whether you are a stay-at-home Mother who homeschools, or work fulltime and your children attend school, you are your child’s most important teacher.
"Children want to do what grownups do. Children should learn that reading is a pleasure, not just something that teachers make you do in school." Beverly Cleary
There are many fine sites out there with lots of pertinent, useful information on home education. We cannot and do not, want to compete with them.
We just want to offer the suggestion of including horses and ponies into your home learning curriculum. Develop a
horse unit study
Why? Because children the world over are fascinated by, and drawn to horses. Books about horses are fun to read! As an educator take advantage of your child’s interest.
"Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him." Maya Angelou
Books aren’t just a sedentary activity. They can easily be used in playtime activities as well. Toddlers love a story time that is accompanied with hand puppets.
The Midnight Unicorn by Neil Reed
****This enchanting book is great for my two toddler girls. We love the story of the girl that meets a unicorn statue and embarks on a great adventure when it comes to life. The story is told beautifully and the illustrations are truly remarkable with actual texture for the kids to touch as you read them the story. We also have a sock unicorn puppet that we pet and play with as we read the story.
Dawn, West Virginia
An easy sock puppet to make for homeschool activites.
Horse figurines come is all sizes, materials and prices. The gift of a pony book accompanied by a matching
doubles the pleasure.
Model horses leave the child’s imagination free to create the play, instead of a computer chip orchestrating the play.
The more the toy does the less the child learns. The less the toy does the more the child learns.
Believing in Horses
by Valerie Ormond
Middle Grade/Young Adult Fiction
I want to bring attention to those interested in homeschool activities of the features included free on the Believing In Horses web site.
Under the Discussion Guides and Activities page are over 100 comprehensive programs developed by my own brother, an award-winning elementary school teacher who is now an Educational Consultant.
We even include an entire Homeschool program to accompany the book. Educator@believinginhorses.com is willing to help those that need it! Please stop by and check out his phenomenal work; you won't be disappointed.
Believing in Horses
First the move to Maryland, and then Dad’s deployment to Afghanistan. When Sadie Navarro gets her first horse, Lucky, she believes he will help her forget about her troubles. And then they discover the unwanted horses…destined for auction and uncertain futures. Can Sadie save the horses…and herself?
The Orange Slipknot
By Jan Young
The grouchy old cowboss on the ranch where Ben's dad works says Ben must pay for the horse that died. His hot-tempered dad clashes with the cowboss, and 12-year-old Ben is caught right in the middle.
The accompanying comprehensive Curriculum Unit is based on these important reading strategies: making connections, questioning, visualizing, inferring, determining importance, and synthesizing.
Let's Go Riding
by Annabel Blackledge
Published by DK Readers.
****I bought this book for my granddaughters. The information on horses is accurate and informative for the age level of learning to read alone. The photographs are good.
DK readers could be a useful addition to a homeschool program.
Touch and Feel Farm
***This toddler board book uses real photographs and textured pages to introduce young children to farm animals. Amy especially enjoys the "smooth velvety horse."
That's Not My Pony
by Fiona Watt
****A touchy-feely book, this story leads children thru a descriptive journey to find the perfect pony. Charming illustrations.
Interested in a horse unit study?
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