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Wordless Picture Books

When I was small, my aunt gave me two books that I just loved — they were wordless picture books. I would look through them again and again, making up the story as I went along. As one of the first steps towards reading, wordless picture books reveal an entire story through the illustrations. As children “read” the stories, they verbalize what they see

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Homeschooling E-books

E-Books, or electronic books, are becoming more and more popular each year. An e-book can be downloaded instantly after purchase to your own computer and then read or printed as desired. Because there isn’t any paper, ink, or binding involved in the production of e-books, they are usually less expensive than the same book in print. While this is good news for the thrifty

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Reading in the Fifth Grade

By the time your child is in the fifth grade, you’ll want to get her on a good reading schedule, both for school assignments and for pleasure. Set aside a time during your school day for her to read required books: biographies, autobiographies, and other history books, science books, classic literature — whatever fits in well with the curriculum you’re using. Then set aside

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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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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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