Books

Written by Children

We recently started reading the second installment of Eragon. A boy, a quest, a dragon, swords, fighting, courage etc. It is, so far, a great ride we are both enjoying tremendously.  As we do with most of our favorite books, I encourage that we do some research on the author, to learn about her or his vision, and find out what other books the

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Book Reports

The love of reading is alive and well in our house.  If we have a free moment, you will find us reading.  It used to be you’d find us together reading in a heap.  Now that my son is nine, he retreats to his special places to enjoy his books. To gather his comprehension, I always ask him to provide a summary after he

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Dear Mr. Blueberry

From the title, you wouldn’t expect the picture book Dear Mr. Blueberry to be about whales. But that’s what makes this book such a fun read for both children and adults. Written by Simon James, Dear Mr. Blueberry features the correspondence between a young girl, Emily, and her teacher, Mr. Blueberry. In the book, Emily writes a letter to Mr. Blueberry describing the whale

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Read to Succeed with Six Flags

Six Flags and Discovery Education offer a reading incentive for students in grades Kindergarten through 6th — including homeschoolers! The only requirement is that you live within a 250-mile radius of a Six Flags theme park. To encourage students to read for fun, Six Flags is offering students free one-day admission to one of the theme parks if they complete six hours of recreational

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Everyone Has a Story

This week as I was shopping at the grocery store, I stopped for a few minutes to talk with the lady giving out samples of chocolate milk. Though the course of our conversation, I learned that she grew up as a tomboy, was a cheerleader in high school, had a brother who was once an Olympic hopeful, had been married to a pro-football player,

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Crafts for Christmas

It’s that time of year again — time to decorate the tree, wrap the presents, and bake lots of cookies. At our house, it’s also time to pull out the craft box!  While my younger children make crafts throughout the year, during the Christmas season we usually cut back a little on the schoolwork, leaving us all with more time to create! If your

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Studying the Slithery

About a week ago, my youngest found a small snake in our yard. In our area, snakes are beginning to hibernate as the colder weather sets in, so it was an unusual find. After looking closely at our snake, we realized it was a harmless hognose, naturally prompting a snake study at my house. We found a lot of great resources online, and there’s

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‘Tis the Season — To Journal!

Many homeschooling methods, such as Charlotte Mason, recommend including nature journaling as a daily or weekly exercise for students. One of the best parts of nature journaling, however, is that it’s an activity for any age, from the very young to adults. Nature journaling involves recording in a notebook what you see, hear, feel, and experience when out in the natural world. It can

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Twisters!

The past few days, our part of the country has seen some heavy rain and been under some unusual storm warnings. Radio and television newscasters have reported tornadoes touching down, a very strange occurrence for where we live. Fortunately, the damage was minimal. Thinking like homeschoolers, however, we were able to turn this newsworthy event into a starting point for a school lesson. We

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Science You Can Eat

Hands-on science projects involve questioning, observing, experimenting, and recording. While you may think you need a science lab or laboratory equipment to conduct a successful science experiment, think again — there are many things you can do in your own kitchen with items from the grocery store and common cooking utensils! In Science Experiments You Can Eat, author Vicki Cobb points out that cooking

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