Family History Research for Kids Freebie: Exploring Pioneers

pioneers+week Family History Research for Kids Freebie: Exploring Pioneers | Line upon Line LearningToday begins 2014 Pioneer Week on my blog!

For today, tomorrow, and Thursday, I’ll be exploring pioneers. Today I’m focusing on the different kinds of pioneers in our family histories, for as we do family history research, we find fascinating stories of pioneering.

Merriam-Webster defines pioneer as follows:

: a person who helps create or develop new ideas, methods, etc.

: someone who is one of the first people to move to and live in a new area

I love how the definitions include pioneers in the traditional sense, but also pioneers in terms of creativity and methods. My ancestors were pioneers in many different ways.

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Book Talk Tuesday: Six Life Lessons Learned from Tom Sawyer

tom sawyer Book Talk Tuesday: Six Life Lessons Learned from Tom Sawyer | Line upon Line LearningFor Book Talk Tuesday, I want to share about a book I’m reading with my six-year-old son: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. I love this book, so I am delighted to revisit it with my child this time around!

While I realize some of it is a bit above my son’s understanding, in general, I’ve been super impressed with how much Raisin has enjoyed it, and how much of the story he “gets.” It’s not just accessible to all ages (the language takes getting used to, but it’s still accessible), but it is also full of miniature life-lessons that I have increasingly been pondering. Continue reading

Inspiration Sunday: Irrigate Deserts

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The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles but to irrigate deserts. –C.S. Lewis

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Learning to Pray in Spanish

pray in spanish Learning to Pray in Spanish | Line upon Line LearningIt’s never easy to get a my resistant child to practice speaking in a foreign language.

One thing I like to do is move Spanish-language speaking into our familiar, daily use with getting in the habit of using certain words and phrases.

Every day, we pray together three times (or more). We pray before every meal. What could be better than blending a little bit of Spanish practice in to such a familiar activity?! Learning to pray in Spanish has been a fun way to keep Spanish vocabulary in our daily routines. Continue reading

How to Learn Spanish Grammar from a Picture Book (Noun-Adjective Gender Agreement)

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I was excited as I read the review copy of the Spanish translation of Red is Best by Kathy Stinson (originally published 1983). I regularly review books on my books blog, Rebecca Reads, but I don’t think I’ve ever before read a Spanish review book.

As I read, I thought of a number of ways to use El rojo es mejor in my Spanish lessons with my young son. I’ve even made up a set of worksheets and activities for you to use as well! Continue reading

Four Powerful Social Media Platforms

sm powerful Four Powerful Social Media Platforms | Line upon Line LearningAs a stay-at-home mom, I sometimes get a bit stir-crazy only having conversations with my six-year-old and toddler. It’s good to have an outlet, and I’ve really enjoyed how Twitter, Facebook, and now Pinterest and Google+ keep me connected to others in similar situations.

In addition, I’ve found these to be powerful social media platforms for organizing ideas and finding information.

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