Encourage a Variety of Books with Badges for Books Challenge

To challenge my children to step outside of their reading comfort zone, we’ve been working on the Badges for Books genre reading challenge. Badges for Books is a

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The Best Poetry Anthologies for Children

It’s poetry month! I love poetry, and I’ve found some wonderful resources for children that my son also loves. Here are a few of the best poetry anthologies

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Picture Books to Inspire Unique Story Organization

I  had a lot of fun considering favorite picture books as I considered the variety of ways one could organize a story. So many times in elementary school

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Hands-on Multiplication Review Activities and Games

Multiplication is something that comes up again and again and again. My memories of elementary school math revolve around the horrid timed practice tests we had to take

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Archimedes Water Displacement Science Lesson

We’ve learned how to find the volume of a cubical object (such as my son’s bedroom). But how does one find the volume of something as odd-shaped as

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A Homeschool Mom Schedule is Not for Wimps

“It’s morning, Mommy!” As usual, I start the day with my 4-year-old daughter’s cheerful greeting. After a hug and a kiss, she runs off to get ready for

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Homeschool Curriculum Choices for Fourth Grade for 2016-2017

It’s that time of year again: time to examine what homeschool curriculum choices we have for fourth grade for 2016-2017. In our busy house, self-directed learning is paramount!

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Story Outlining and Retelling Using a Wordless Book

The Red Book by Barbara Lehman is a wordless picture book, so it may not be the first to come to mind when considering a book to “read

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4 Surprising Lessons from Our Gross Sewage Treatment Plant Tour

Last week, my son was playing with a fortune teller that he found in an activity book. It predicted what amazing vacation he had in his future. It

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Review Area and Perimeter with a Flower Garden Plan

We are working on multiplication a little bit each week these days. I also discovered this week that my son could not remember the difference between area and

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Outdoor Arrays for Multiplication Practice

We are working on yet more multiplication around here. Now that the weather is so amazing, we’ve taken some of our learning outside. This week we practiced multiplication

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Matching Global Landforms to Continents

My son loves maps, especially the ease of browsing places and seeing what they look like on Google Maps. Since, in his geology class, he has been learning

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