Language and Thinking for Young Children by Ruth Beechick and Jeannie Nelson is a wonderful oral language resource for homeschooling parents of children in preschool, kindergarten, or the early elementary grades. Designed as a full year’s course, this single book contains ideas and activities that can be adapted both for very young children as well as older children who are not yet reading. The
If you’ve read to your fourth grader since she was very small, chances are she loves to read by herself. For a fourth grader in a traditional school, reading programs usually consist of phonics and comprehension skills. At home, you can find a similar program to use, or you can simply provide your child with good books and a designated time to read them.
A couple of weeks ago, an acquaintance introduced me to the site PaperbackSwap.com. If you love books (as most homeschoolers do), this is a site for you. At Paperback Swap, you can trade your unwanted books, both paperback and hardcover, for others that you’re looking for — and it’s free! Here’s how the site works: After signing up, list the books that you no
Your nine- or ten-year-old is ready to enter the fourth grade. If you’re following the classical model of homeschooling, your child is still in the grammar stage, a time when memorization of poetry, historical dates, math facts, and grammar rules is encouraged. But what else does she need to know? You can check with your state’s fourth grade standards online, or you could follow
If you have a child ages four to eight, you might want to consider using one of the Five in a Row books as part of your curriculum. Each book provides the homeschooling parent with ideas for teaching language arts, social studies, science, applied math, and art, all centered around good literature. There are four different volumes in the Five in a Row series.
As homeschoolers, we want our children not only to learn to read, but to become avid readers. The Read-Aloud Handbook, written by Jim Trelease, helps the homeschooling parent do just that: teach children to want to read. Trelease not only explains why parents should read aloud to their children, but he also gives clear directions on how to do so. We read to children,
Ask any homeschooling mom, and she’ll tell you that teaching children at home involves much more than instruction in academics. Homeschooling is about training your children for life, teaching them all they need to know to function well as adults in their homes and communities. Christine Field’s book, Life Skills for Kids, can help homeschoolers do just that. Filled with advice and ideas for
If you want to study the earth and stars with your little ones (1st-3rd grade), a good book to start with is Earth and Space, part of the Usborne Starting Point Science series. Written by Susan Mayes and Sophy Tahta, each page of this book contains a limited amount of text and brightly colored illustrations, making it a fun book to read together while
Hopefully, by the time your child begins the third grade, she’s enjoying reading books. As with all the early elementary ages, however, third graders read on different levels; some may still be struggling with de-coding words while others may be reading chapter books or longer works independently. If you find that your child still needs extra help with reading, don’t worry; just continue with
Written by Debra Bell, The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling is a great resource for both new and veteran homeschoolers. Full of valuable information, this book covers everything from choosing your curriculum to homeschooling high school students to preventing burnout. The first part of the book addresses the question of whether or not homeschooling is the right choice for your family. Not only are the