Trojan Horse Pinata Art Activity

Our history this year has involved quite a bit of reading and not so many projects. I wanted to have my kids do some kind of project while studying ancient Greece. I searched around for different ideas before I decided on a Trojan Horse Pinata. I thought my kids would…

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Step by step through our crazy school day

Today I decided to keep track of what everyone was doing in 15 minute increments throughout our school day.  Crazy, right?  Everyone includes my 4th grader, my 2nd grader, my 3 year old, and myself.  You can see the standard schedule we use here.  We varied from it slightly today…

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4th and 5th Grade Level Reading Books

Here is a short list of reading books at the 4th and 5th grade level. I’ve listed the grade level that is listed on the Scholastic Book Wizard as well as the Lexile Level and a link to the book at Amazon so you can see inside the book. These…

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Literature Selections

My oldest son is moving toward literature analysis this school year.  We are using the book Figuratively Speaking to guide our literature choices.  This is his reading list this year: Poetry Henry Wadsworth Longfellow – Autumn Within Henry Wadsworth Longfellow – The Rainy Day Edgar Guest – Home Ralph Waldo Emerson…

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Preparing for the School Year

Today was the day we were supposed to start school.   The kids are itching to start.  Alas, I’m still in planning mode.   I plan the entire school year in the summer.  If I have to plan during the school year, I end up having very little free time.…

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Experiencing the 10 Plagues of Egypt

We are studying the ancient Hebrews in history right now and we just experienced the ten plagues of Egypt.  We came through unscathed, but the activities will hopefully help my children remember the plagues.  Someone had listed activities to do for each plague here.  I used some as written and…

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List of Reading Books – 2nd – 4th grade level

I’ve compiled a list of books for my younger son to read this coming school year.  You will notice that the first part of this list coincides with Sonlight Grade 2 readers.  Last year we read many of the Sonlight Grade 2 readers so we are picking up where we…

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