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Describe It! Game

This year, I’m teaching a creative writing class at our co-op. The students are learning how to use just the right words to describe objects, pets, and people. So to practice, we played a “describing” game. This game worked well with a large group, but it could easily be played by just two or three. Supplies Brown Paper Lunch Bags Small recognizable objects that

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Rory’s Story Cubes

I love yard sales; when I go to a sale, I feel like I’m on a treasure hunt. A couple of weeks ago, I stopped by a friend’s yard sale where I found a game that I had never seen before. It’s called Rory’s Story Cubes, and it has been a great addition to our school days! The game consists of nine dice-sized cubes;

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Word Dynamo

Having a great vocabulary is a social indicator of a good education, so it’s no wonder homeschool parents in particular highlight the importance of it to their children. Up until recently, we relied on the good old dictionary to learn. This is not my son’s favorite activity. Luckily for us, it is now much more interesting for children to expand their vocabulary. Word Dynamo

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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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A Charlotte Mason Companion

Charlotte Mason, an educator in England in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and author of Home Education, saw children as feeling and thinking human beings with spirits that should be nourished, not just vessels to be filled with information. With this in mind, she developed a practical (and at the time, radical) method of teaching centered around the arts and good literature,

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Language and Thinking for Young Children

Language and Thinking for Young Children by Ruth Beechick and Jeannie Nelson is a wonderful oral language resource for homeschooling parents of children in preschool, kindergarten, or the early elementary grades. Designed as a full year’s course, this single book contains ideas and activities that can be adapted both for very young children as well as older children who are not yet reading. The

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Reading for the Fourth Grade

If you’ve read to your fourth grader since she was very small, chances are she loves to read by herself. For a fourth grader in a traditional school, reading programs usually consist of phonics and comprehension skills. At home, you can find a similar program to use, or you can simply provide your child with good books and a designated time to read them.

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Homeschooling the Fourth Grade

Your nine- or ten-year-old is ready to enter the fourth grade. If you’re following the classical model of homeschooling, your child is still in the grammar stage, a time when memorization of poetry, historical dates, math facts, and grammar rules is encouraged. But what else does she need to know? You can check with your state’s fourth grade standards online, or you could follow

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Exciting News from SmartTutor.com – Lesson Library Released!

You asked for it! You got it! Many of you requested the ability to assign lessons to your children. Well, today we are proud to announce our first release of the SmartTutor Lesson Library! What does this valuable new tool mean for you? It means that you now have the flexibility of assigning specific lessons to enhance your child’s instruction. Simply go into the

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Vocabulary

VocabularyOne of the most important things parents can do is foster the love of reading in their children. Vocabulary plays an important part in learning to read as it teaches the meaning of words. Beginning readers cannot understand what they are reading without first knowing what most of the words mean. What parents can do at home: It’s never too early to begin talking

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