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This is what I do every week.  There are so many things that come my way that need to be tracked or worked on or engaged with.  Generally, I’m an organized person even though I have four little saboteurs buzzing around me every day.  But every year as my children grow older and they become more considerate and helpful around the house, my happy little list-making self is becoming more and more productive.   So I just wanted to share with you something that has been a HUGE help to me in the last year.  It...

I discovered Alice Dalgliesh’s when her Thanksgiving Story was recommended to me.  My kids enjoyed that story so much that I looked to see what other books she had written. Sure enough, the rest of her children’s stories are classics, and I wish she had written more before her death in 1979.  These are perfect for early readers.  The 4th of July Story and the Thanksgiving Story are both suitable for reading to young children.  The Courage...

“No big deal.  You’ll do fine! It’s just Kindergarten.”   Everyone tried to reassure me that I had nothing to worry about.  My husband was very encouraging and didn’t even doubt a bit that I’d be able to pull it off.  Yeah right, I thought.  When I was faced with my first time being a homeschooling mom, it was the Kindergarten year for my son.  I had never been a school teacher, and I never desired to be one.  I had never been homeschooled.  I had always been...

  Doing Preschool for my kids was a bit of an afterthought.  I knew that I was teaching the kids some basic facts throughout our days, so why would we need to make it a formal thing?  After all, Kindergarten used to be preschool only a few decades ago.  Well, we did it for our younger two children because the older two were doing homeschool, and my little ones wanted to be just like the big brother and sister.  So I went looking for ways to keep them busy with stuff on their level. If Kindergarten was no big deal...

Here’s a method I came up with on my own, although I’m sure others have thought of it before.  My son, Matthew, is in second grade, and he has been having trouble seeing the difference between an asking sentence and a telling sentence.  In his PACEs, he is supposed to supply a period or a question mark to the complete sentences, and he’s...

It seems gimmicky, but I highly recommend this book!  I have three very good readers after having worked through this book.  This was recommended to me by several homeschooling moms that I know, all of which have good readers.  It must be understood, though, that this is not a grammar book.  This is simply teaching a child to read the words in front of him.  It uses mainly phonics, but also incorporates memorization of “funny words”.   After...

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