Learning to Write Essays Without Calling it an Essay

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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 fright with the mere mention of the word and the results very rarely reflect their skill or knowledge. So I decided to avoid calling what we were going to do an essay. I simply said that we were going to answer some questions.

Books We’re Reading

Goodreads Reading challenge

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 keeping a record of what we are reading. As I look for a way that works for our family, […]

Tools to Teach Preschoolers and Kindergarteners to Read

The Tornado displaying a love of books at an early age.

She’s reading! That’s right; my daughter began reading about a month ago and it has opened up a whole new world for us as a family. Seriously, I finally feel like we can actually do this homeschooling thing now! Truth be told, I have known that she could read longer than she has known. She […]

What We’re Listening To

Peter Pan (UNABRIDGED) by J.M. Barrie and Narrated by Jim Dale. We have actually purchased this one as while I do support LibiVox, sometimes the intros at the start of each chapter gets a little annoying. Related posts: Books We’re Reading Audiobooks We Love Classic Short Stories to Add to Your Read Alouds