Learning about Early Modern World History with Documentaries

I put together this study for my 5th grader and 7th grader.  It is a continuation of the documentary-focused Middle Ages study we did last school year.   When my boys were younger we tended to do history studies with lots of hands-on activities.  Now that they are getting older,…

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Nutrition and Fitness Unit Study

My 7th grader and 5th grader will be exploring nutrition this school year.  My first grader will also participate as appropriate.  The goal of this study is to help my children learn how to make and why to make nutritious food choices.  I am skimming over any weight loss issues…

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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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First Day of School Festivities 2012-2013

Our school year has begun.  This year begins our 6th year homeschooling.  My oldest son is now 10 and is starting 5th grade.  My second son is 8 and is starting 3rd grade.  This is the first year I have three official homeschoolers.  Where we live children start Kindergarten at…

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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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Dutch Blitz Game Review

Despite its simple appearance this fast paced card game is loads of fun. Dutch Blitz is for age eight and up, but can be adapted for younger players. My boys are five and seven and both are able to play this game. This game isn’t just fun. It gives your…

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