reading

Consistency is the Key

A couple of years ago, I read a blog where the author decided not to make any New Year’s resolutions. Instead, she decided to choose one word to focus on for the year.  Her one word was Courage, a great word for any homeschooling family. However, if I were to choose one word as our goal for this year, it would have to be

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Interview with Nancy I. Sanders – Part 3

Nancy I. Sanders is an award-winning author of more than 100 books for children. She is also the creator of the elementary WriteShop writing curricula. I asked about her thoughts on writing as it relates to reading aloud. Q: Parents have long been encouraged to start reading to their children at a very young age to foster a love for reading. In your experience, have you found that

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Interview with Nancy I. Sanders – Part 2

Nancy I. Sanders is the author of numerous educational books for children, including the WriteShop Primary and Junior writing curricula. Even with a strong curriculum, however, many parents feel apprehensive when it comes to teaching their children how to write. I was able to ask Nancy what advice she would give to parents in this situation. A: Do whatever it takes to enjoy the journey. Over the

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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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Learning With Legos

I have a child who loves Legos. In fact, Legos have been a regular staple in our home since my oldest son was about five – almost 15 years ago! My youngest still asks for new sets for his birthday and Christmas. And it’s no wonder! Legos are a lot of fun, and (don’t tell the kids) educational, too! Our latest Lego discovery was

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Teaching With Picture Books

When my kids were younger, we read through hundreds of picture books. Sometimes we would snuggle up together and read the books on the sofa, and other times I would read aloud at the table as the children were eating lunch. Some picture books were just fun, while others were meant to be educational. But did you know that you can plan your lessons around a good picture

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Picture Books for Winter

While I love the changing leaves of autumn, there are lots of magical things about winter, too. Catching snowflakes, building snowmen, snuggling up under cozy blankets, and drinking hot chocolate topped with big, fluffy, white marshmallows are just a few ways to celebrate the season. With so much time spent indoors, it’s a good opportunity to read together even more often. And what better place

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Ready for the Real World

One of the common criticisms about homeschooling is that the homeschooled child isn’t ready to face real world. After all, they haven’t been in a school setting dealing with peer pressure, difficult classmates, and lots of distractions. But I would argue that many homeschooled students are actually MORE prepared for life after school. Here’s why: 1. Homeschooled children receive more one-on-one instruction when they

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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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Things I Wished I’d Known Before I Started Homeschooling – #4 of 4

#4: Don’t Compare If you have more than one child or have been around multiple children, you know that every child is different. Each one has different strengths and weaknesses. They have different learning styles. They comprehend, retain, and apply information at different rates. In fact, these differences are probably one of the reasons you started homeschooling in the first place. You realized that

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