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Learning to Write Essays Without Calling it an Essay

I've struggled with when to teach essay writing. Mya is eight and while she writes blog posts and journal entries, the concept of essay writing seemed a bit daunting. But, she kept asking me how to write one and, because I am trying to incorporate more child-led learning into our homeschooling, I agreed. Years ago when I was a high school teacher, I discovered that children have a natural aversion to writing essays. They seem to freeze in Continue Reading

Language Arts

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Books We’re Reading

I absolutely love the blog, I Capture the Rowhouse, and Farrar's frequent posts about what her family is reading inspired me to share similarly here.We read a lot and I really want a better way of Continue Reading

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Coloring Pages

There is so much to update here. So much! I promise to do so soon.I designed this along with about 3 more pages to help keep my daughter busy while I was working and cooking during the Thanksgiving holiday. So why the complicated design? We have looked at complex shapes and experimenting with Continue Reading

Physical Education

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A Modern Day Treasure Hunt Learning Experience

I heard about geocaching a while back from another homeschooler with whom I am somewhat familiar. He mentioned that he and his family were very much into this treasure hunting activity but I wrote it off as it was the middle of winter and sounded like something only very eccentric people did for Continue Reading

Curriculum

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3rd Grade Curriculum 2014 – 2015

We're back at it, although later than I would have liked; I am still in planning mode. Rather than starting on August 16, like we've done in the past, we will be starting right after Labor Day. Last year we attempted to do six-weeks on and six-weeks off, but failed miserably. We started off strong, Continue Reading

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