Homeschool Books

Homeschool | Winter Picture Books

With December and the colder weather now upon us, I’ve begun thinking about the seasonal stories my children will enjoy. Below are a few of our favorite wintertime picture books: Time to Sleep by Denise Fleming has been on our must-read list every year. With this simple book, young children learn that some animals hibernate through the winter. One by one, the animals tell

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Books for Thanksgiving

The Thanksgiving holiday provides many opportunities for teaching, whether it’s a lesson about character or a lesson in history. Below is a list of some picture books you might want to use with your students: An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving by Louisa May Alcott: When their parents are called away to help a sick grandparent, seven children decide to finish preparing the Thanksgiving dinner on

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E-books for Kids

I’ve read a lot recently about the rise in the popularity of e-books. Less expensive than regular books, they are instantly downloadable and you can access them anytime and anywhere from your computer. For children, you can find both fiction and nonfiction books, from picture books to early chapter books to complete novels. Below are a couple of companies that carry e-books for kids:

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A Beka Grammar

While there are many different types of grammar books available, A Beka grammar has worked well for our family. It’s become a staple in our eclectic mix of curricula. I start my children off in a formal grammar workbook in fourth grade, beginning with Book A. The first lessons in this program focus on learning about sentences and fragments. Next are three writing units,

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First Book of Nature

Almost all young children enjoy the wonder of nature, and teaching them about the living things around them is a good way to introduce science into your studies. If you have an early elementary student and you’re looking for a good book to start with, The Usborne Complete First Book of Nature might be the book for you. This book is actually a combination

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Math for the Fifth Grade

Your child is ready for the fifth grade, and hopefully, so are you!  It’s easy to become overwhelmed with homeschooling as your child gets older and the concepts he must learn and the time spent on schoolwork continue to increase. By the fifth grade, he should have all of the addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts memorized; without them, he’ll struggle through most of

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Homeschooling the Fifth Grade

While it can be a challenge to teach your children at home, the years do go by quickly. Your fifth-grader is now in her last year of elementary school/primary grades. Whether this is your first year homeschooling or you’re now a veteran homeschooler, you might be wondering what your child should learn this year. Of course, there are curriculum packages you can purchase that

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Homeschooling | History with Jean Fritz

When my younger children study history, we usually read together from a main text, such as The Story of the World. I also like to supplement our reading with other books about the same subject. One of my favorite authors of children’s history books is Jean Fritz. Fritz’s career as an author has spanned over fifty years and included more than twenty-five books, many

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Fourth Grade Math

As your child enters his fourth-grade year, a solid foundation in math is a must. By now he should know his addition and subtraction facts, as it’s difficult to move ahead with more challenging problems until he has them memorized. He’ll continue to learn his multiplication and division facts, as well as a number of other concepts. If you are using a standard curriculum

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Finding New Curriculum Online

In one of the neighboring towns near my home is a huge warehouse/store that sells homeschooling curricula from many different publishers. It’s an adventure to walk in and search for resources; the shelves are completely filled with books, workbooks, and study guides. If you don’t have such a store in your area, however, don’t worry. There are quite a few online stores that sell

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