language arts

Fun Spelling and Vocabulary Activities
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Fun Spelling and Vocabulary Activities

Can you teach spelling and vocabulary in a fun way, without the lists and rote memorization? Yes! There are so many fun spelling and vocabulary activities you can add into your homeschool (or do after school with your…

Seven Ways to use Books as Homeschool Curriculum
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Seven Ways to use Books as Homeschool Curriculum

One of the lies that a lot of homeschool parents believe is that they need to purchase a curriculum to teach a subject. While curriculum can be a helpful tool, it definitely isn’t always a necessary one! I’m…

Resources for Teaching about U.S. Presidents
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Resources for Teaching about U.S. Presidents

My kids and I have been studying the U.S. Presidents in our homeschool (which is a pretty common thing around Presidents’ Day ;) and I thought it would be helpful to round up the resources that we’ve been…

Five Ways to Improve Kids’ Reading comprehension
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Five Ways to Improve Kids’ Reading comprehension

Once your kids learn how to read, you want to make sure that they aren’t just reading the words, but that they actually understand what’s happening in the story. This is called reading comprehension. If your kids can…

Teaching Kids Letters and Sounds
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Teaching Kids Letters and Sounds

I’ve spent a LOT of time over the last 17 years teaching kids letters and sounds. Between my time teaching in the classroom and now homeschooling my own kids, I’ve picked up many different ways for kids to…

Create a Story Basket Learning Invitation

Create a Story Basket Learning Invitation

In my days as a kindergarten and preschool teacher, one of the things I loved was creating learning centers for my students. When I started homeschooling my kids, I wanted to bring this concept into our home. So…

Valentine’s Day Learning Invitations
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Valentine’s Day Learning Invitations

I’m not a fan of crafts. I know, I know… it’s the homeschool-y way, to have a Pinterest perfect craft every day. And as someone who has written a DIY blog for ten years, I realize this is…