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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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Thankful for Homeschooling

As we enter the Thanksgiving season this year, I like to stop and remind myself of all those things I am truly thankful for. One of those is that we are still able to homeschool our children. Because we homeschool: I am able to watch my children learn and learn along with them. I am able to spend more time with them during the

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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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100 Easy Reading Lessons

If you have a young child who wants to learn to read or an elementary student who needs more practice reading, you may want to try the book Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons by Siegfried Englemann, Phyllis Haddox, and Elaine Bruner. Together, these authors have come up with a step-by-step plan to help parents teach their children to read. The

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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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Homeschool | Printable World Maps

If you like to combine a study of geography along with your history lessons, you might be searching for some good printable maps for your children to label or study. The Internet is a valuable resource for finding such maps. Here are a few sites that not only have a variety of maps available, but they’re also easy to use: Printable World Map It 

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Yahoo Groups for Homeschoolers

If you haven’t discovered Yahoo groups yet, you’re in for a treat. Yahoo groups can be a great online resource for homeschooling tips, advice, books, and more. To join a group, go to Yahoo.com and look for the “Groups” button. If you don’t see it right away, click on “View Yahoo Sites.” You’ll be directed to the Groups page, where you’ll see a field

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