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Reading Aloud to a Visual Spatial Learner – Improving Listening Skills

As a parent I had envisioned times where my son and I could cuddle together and enjoy books.  From the time my son was small, he would run around and play and interact with other things around him as I attempted to read aloud.  Some kids have the ability to …

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Teaching a Kid How to Read

Now that I’m teaching reading for the third time I think I’m getting the hang of it.  Way back in my early years in college I took a class on how to teach kids how to read.  I’m not sure why I took it since I had no interest in …

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Why Classic Books?

We have chosen classic books as reading books in our homeschool for a reason.  Classic books are books that were written by gifted writers who knew their way around a sentence.  The vocabulary is rich and the sentence structure is varied.  On the contrary, many modern books written for kids …

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Alphabet World – Combining Early Reading Skills with Play

My daughter and I have had a bit of fun playing Alphabet World.  Basically I get out our Melissa & Doug Upper & Lower Case Alphabet Puzzle along with my daughter’s stash of mini-figures.  She loves her little figures and has been known to play with them for hours.  My goal …

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Living Books for Grammar

Living books make subjects more interesting and fun.  Snuggling on the couch with a good book instead of spending the time sitting at a table or desk with a workbook is a plus in my book.  This is not to say that we avoid desk work, but when we find …

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Michael Clay Thompson Language Arts Island Level Schedule

I’m listing our schedule for the Michael Clay Thompson Language Arts Island Level program.  It comes with general guidelines rather than a set schedule so I went through the books and wrote down our plan chronologically with writing assignments included in the schedule.   As I did this, I guesstimated …

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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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