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Reading Music

Listening to music is one of my son’s favorite pastimes.  The other day he asked me how music is made. So started a good conversation about notes.  And how reading music is a lot like reading books. I know a lot of people who can read music and its always seemed like a skill that can lead to new and wonderful things in the

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Poetry Slam

My son listens to music incessantly.  Rap music, mostly.  He mentioned the other day he thought some of the lyrics seems like they were about the musician’s life.  We looked it up and it appears this particular artist’s music is autobiographical, so my son was right.  This conversation about rapping led to a discussion about poetry, in particular what metaphor, assonance, consonance etc are.

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Word Walls

In our home, any space is up for grabs to further our learning goals. For a year now, I have maintained a word wall for my son. A word wall is an organized collection of words prominently displayed in the learning space. Its an interactive tool for inspiring reading and spelling learning. Word walls can help a child to recognize and spell words, recognize

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National Homeschool Book Award

The National Homeschool Book Award (NHBA) was set up by a group of book enthuthiast homeschool moms in Minnesota.  They wanted to share and uphold good fiction that shed a positive light on learning by homeschooling or just gaining knowledge through life experiences. They realized this need after recognizing that most of the literature for juveniles was centered on traditional school experience.  The hope

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Tongue Twisters

My kid’s pronunciation skills are challenged as they get older.  In an effort to help my son in particular and to have a little fun, we have started doing some tongue twisters. They help him exercise his tongue and slowly build up his diction and phonetics. Tongue twisters are a great speech therapy activity for lisps and stammers. We have been using the following

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Four Must Have Magazines for the Homeschool Environment

Magazines in our house served only two purposes for many years unrelated to reading- fodder for art projects and pet bedding.  They were good only to cut out pictures out of or to shred for the long line of small caged pets. Nowadays, it seems they are starting to be read by my son. Pages are turned slowly to peruse the articles or read

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Books To Help Pull You Through Difficult Times

I was looking through our home library to clean it out a bit and make room for any ‘new’ books we may find at flea markets and local goodwill stores, when on the back of one shelf I noticed a theme developing. There were a half dozen books for children to understand illness, death and separation. I want to share these books because they

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Written by Children

We recently started reading the second installment of Eragon. A boy, a quest, a dragon, swords, fighting, courage etc. It is, so far, a great ride we are both enjoying tremendously.  As we do with most of our favorite books, I encourage that we do some research on the author, to learn about her or his vision, and find out what other books the

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Raising Logophiles

A logophile is a lover of words. That’s me. Ever since I can remember, I have loved words. The sound, the definition, the length, the root etc. My bright eyed children, it seems, have inherited this love. Before he could form words my son would point to something and demand the word for it with a guttural ‘tgit!?’. When I hand my daughter something,

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Video Games – Friend or Foe?

Since he was little, my son has cultivated a love affair with video games. I, on the other hand, have cultivated a relationship based on abhorrence. I have used video games as reward, taken video games away as a consequence, you name it. My contention has always been video games are a waste of time and they burn up vital brain cells. I have

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