Combining Multiple Language Arts Resources into a Cohesive Plan

As eclectic homeschoolers, it is common for me to take bits and pieces of one thing and combine it with something else to create something that better suits my child.  So this year when we started running into issues with a curriculum, I took a step back and looked at…

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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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Classic Literature for Middle School

Back when I started homeschooling, we had a historical fiction reading emphasis.  While that has it merits, I found there to be more benefits to a classic literature reading emphasis. Classics are written by writers who really know what they are doing.  My oldest son recently showed me a page…

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300 Picture Books to Read Aloud in Preschool and Kindergarten

When my daughter was young, I would grab some picture books off the library shelves to bring home to read aloud to her.  Let’s just say that this method resulted in many duds.  I knew there were tons of great picture books available, so I decided to put in some…

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Using Classic Books to Learn Vocabulary

When my oldest child was in second grade, we changed our reading focus.  I had previously focused more on reading aloud historical fiction, but after listening to some talks by Michael Clay Thompson, I decided that going the classic books route would be better. Classic books increase a child’s vocabulary,…

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