Homeschool Books

Summer Fun in the Sun! – Summer Picture Books

The weather is hot, the insects are out, the kids are ready to swim — it must be summer! Whether or not you’re formally homeschooling through the summer, it’s still a great time for children to keep learning. If you have younger students, you can create a unit study of the season using books found at your library. Some of the books you might

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Kids Know Best! – Children’s Book Review Sites

The libraries are full of children’s books — some good, some not so good. It can sometimes be overwhelming to try to find the right books for your family. Unless you have time to peruse them all before you check out, you may (like me) find yourself at home with several books that just weren’t a good choice. But there is a better way

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Historical Fiction for the Middle Grades

No matter what your students are studying in history, consider using historical fiction as part of your curriculum. More than just dates and events, this genre of literature immerses readers in the time period, taking them on an adventure during the era they’ve just studied. If you want to supplement your curriculum for your middle grade readers (grades 5-9), here are some books you

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Easy Reads – Historical Fiction

“Historical Fiction” is the term given to books that mix fictional characters and action with historical figures, settings, and events. Supplementing your homeschool curriculum with historical fiction is a great way to make history come alive for students, as these books reinforce what the children have learned about a particular time period. Instead of rehashing facts and dates, they review the information by reading

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Picture This! – Historical Reads

When we study history, I often supplement the lessons with reading books that correspond with the era we are learning about.  The children read age-appropriate biographies, or I read the books together with them. Another great resource, however, is historical fiction. Historical fiction is the name given to the genre of literature that features stories set during a particular period of history but that

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Coin County – A Bank in a Book

From an early age, children learn that you need money in order to purchase something from the store. It’s so much fun to let a young child pick something out, give him the exact change, and allow him to pay the clerk. You’re child will have an even stronger sense of satisfaction, though, if he uses his own money that he has saved to

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A Glorious Songbook

Compiled by Cooper Edens, The Glorious American Songbook is a wonderful addition to any homeschooling library. Students of all grade levels will benefit from reading this book, especially if they are currently studying American history. Some of the songs chosen for the book commemorate major events in American history, such as the Revolutionary War (Yankee Doodle) and the Gold Rush (Clementine), while others honor

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Backyard Bird Studies | Homeschool

Spring seems to be just around the corner, as this past week has brought warmer weather and sunny days. We’ve found daffodils growing in our yard, buds on the dogwood trees, and songbirds — lots of them — in the trees, in the grass, and all around the house. If you have elementary students, consider doing a springtime unit study on the birds found

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Search and Find Books | Homeschooling Resources

For the past few years, some of my youngest child’s favorite books have been the ones where he has to search for certain images within the picture. Usborne has created some of these fun books for children ages four to eight with their 1001 Things to Spot series and Great Search series. Open one of these books, and you’ll find a scene that spans

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Storyline Online | Homeschooling Resource

If your children like spending time on the computer, you may find yourself searching the Internet for sites that are not only enjoyable for them to visit but educational as well. Storyline Online (www.storylineonline.net) is just such a site. Created by the Screen Actors Guild Foundation, this site features videos of well-known actors reading favorite picture books out loud. For example, the first story

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