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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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Reorganizing for the New Year

The New Year is often a time for a fresh start, and for me that includes a fresh start with homeschooling. Our weeks surrounding the holidays are usually filled with special activities, trips, and get-togethers, so the week after Christmas is a good time to regroup and reorganize. If you’re getting back to lesson planning this week, there are lots of good sites on

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Successful Homeschooling

Every once in a while I come across a helpful homeschooling site, and Successful-Homeschooling.com is one of those sites. Full of information and easy to navigate, this site offers something for both the new and veteran homeschooler. If you are still considering whether or not homeschooling is the best choice for your family, you can follow the links to discussions on the advantages and

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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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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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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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Kids’ Craft Sites

If you are homeschooling preschool or elementary-aged children, you’re probably doing a lot of activities to supplement the lessons. Subjects such as science and social studies especially lend themselves to creative ideas. If you are looking for a new craft idea for your children, try one of these sites: AllFreeCrafts.com This site features more than 1100 original crafts as well as homemade gift ideas.

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Fourth Grade Math

As your child enters his fourth-grade year, a solid foundation in math is a must. By now he should know his addition and subtraction facts, as it’s difficult to move ahead with more challenging problems until he has them memorized. He’ll continue to learn his multiplication and division facts, as well as a number of other concepts. If you are using a standard curriculum

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