Scratch Programming

My son loves computers and has dreams of being a game designer one day.  Over the years has has enjoyed quite a bit of time on Scratch.  Scratch is a “tile-based visual programming environment” where kids can create animations, games, and stories. Sometimes he spends his free time working on…

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Picture Books as Reading Books: 3rd-5th Grade Level

As I was considering which chapter books would work best as readers for my daughter this school year, I decided to go a different direction.  There are so many great picture books that are designed to be read aloud by an adult that would work just as well.  I went…

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Elementary Plans for a Creative Kid: 2nd Grade – 4th Grade

My youngest child is finishing up 1st grade now and to get an overall picture of what we will cover in the next few years, I did some long-term plans for her. This child is a highly creative visual-spatial learner.  This typically requires some kind of creative approach to each…

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Shakespeare for Kids

The first time I was exposed to Shakespeare was in a high school classroom.  The one and only play we read and discussed was MacBeth.  Even though we spent a long time reading and discussing the play, the archaic language made the story line quite difficult to follow.  As a…

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2011-2012 Curriculum Choices

  4th Grader Bible:  The War is Over, Bible reading(Acts, Galatians, Colossians), memory work, reading missionary biographies (Imprisoned in the Golden City – Adoniram Judson, Lights in Lisuland (Isobel Kuhn), Sundar Singh, Gospel According to TL and Daisy), OT Bible stories from Adventures in Odyssey, and listening to a dramatized reading…

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A Homeschool Day in the Life of My 4th Grader

One day last week I recorded my 4th grader’s day.  This was a somewhat typical day for him.  It was a Monday, but an unusual Monday for us.  Most Mondays this winter have been busy days out of the house.  On this Monday, my son seemed more distracted than usual…

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Free Dick and Jane Reading Books

  In the process of teaching reading, I’ve stumbled around once my child completed a set of early phonics readers.  I’ve tried several things and wasn’t happy with many phonics-based readers and other readers tended to rely mostly on sight words.  So many phonics-based readers were incredibly boring and my…

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