Reading Curriculum

Interview with Nancy I. Sanders – Part 1

Nancy I. Sanders is a bestselling and award-winning children’s author and the creator of the WriteShop curricula for elementary students. I recently had the privilege of asking Nancy some questions about reading, writing, and the resources she’s designed that can help homeschooling parents teach their children. Q: You’re the author of more than 100 books for children, including many that could be added to a homeschooling

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Free Homeschooling Curriculum Online

When my husband and I were first married, we planned how everything would work out for us financially. We would both work but live off of just one income until we started a family; then I would stay home with the children while he continued working. But things often don’t work out as we intend, and it was a real struggle to support ourselves with only

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Keep A Reading Journal

If you’re like me, you love learning with your kids – just not keeping up with the paperwork. But there is some paperwork that’s rewarding for both you and your child. It can even be fun! A reading journal is just that kind of paperwork. What to Include No matter what age your child is, he can keep a record of the books he’s

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History for Younger Students

To me, the start of a new school year always seems full of possibilities as I plan the school days and what type of curricula we will use. Every summer I re-evaluate our books to see what worked, what didn’t work, and what we should try next, and each year the list of options continues to grow as new programs are made available on

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Stories to Tell – Folktales for Kids

This week, I’ve been teaching writing classes at a local art camp. The theme of the camp is “Art Around the World,” so in my lessons I’ve incorporated folktales from around the world. Throughout the week, the students will hear folktales from various countries, then they’ll work to write their own. Although you can find folktales in print today, these stories were originally meant

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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 Teens

When deciding which books to use to supplement the lessons for your teens, consider adding historical fiction to your student’s curriculum. By searching the shelves of your local library or bookstore, you’ll find many classic and contemporary tales to supplement your World History or American History course. Not only do the books reinforce the student’s knowledge of a particular time period, they present him

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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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