Learning About Punctuation and Capitalization (FREE Language Mechanics Printable!)

My mom and grandmother administered the girls' standardized tests while we were in Florida (in West Virginia, a parent can't administer the official tests that we submit to the school board), and one thing I realized when I was flipping through the test booklets was that we haven't really spent enough time focusing on language…

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Dear Parents: A Plea from Your Child’s Teacher

The following post is from Jennifer, a lifelong educator: Most students are in countdown mode:  they know exactly how many days are left until summer.  Children and teens everywhere envision sleeping in, lazing by the pool, and playing with friends. All of those things are appropriate – when balanced with the realities of responsibility. What…

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Bookmaking for Kids: Accordion Envelope Books
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Bookmaking for Kids: Accordion Envelope Books

The following post is from Kristina of Toddler Approved: Bookmaking is a simple and fun way to get kids excited about reading and writing. When I was an elementary school teacher, bookmaking was always a favorite activity. I've recently started making books with my five year old, and he is now obsessed! Simple accordion envelope…

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Five Ways to Get Ready for Next School Year

The following post is from Angie of Many Little Blessings: Although some homeschoolers do year round school, most homeschoolers are gearing up for a full or partial summer vacation in the next month. This offers homeschool parents a great opportunity to regroup and get ready for next school year. With just a few steps, you…

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Keep Your Kids Reading with This Book Report Printable

The following post is from Kacey of Next Level Mama: These days, there's no shortage of distractions to keep our children occupied -- video games, social media, TV, computers, smart phones, sports leagues, and on and on. However, with benefits like increased vocabulary, improved writing skills and creativity, it's also important to make sure reading stays at…

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6 Ways to Arrive Home More Relaxed

The following post is from Jennifer, a lifelong educator: When you haven’t seen your kids all day, it’s important to arrive home in a good mood so you can more easily reconnect with your family. The way you feel when you walk in the door can help you set a positive tone that carries into the evening, thus…

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Five Authentic Writing Activities for Children

The following post is from Angie of Many Little Blessings: Writing seems to be one of those subjects with which many homeschooling families struggle. Without knowing a homeschooling family very well, you can often guess that if you ask, "What writing curriculum have you used," you'll get a myriad of answers all from the same…

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Help for Your Child’s Handwriting

See all of the Homework Helps posts here. Some people say that handwriting isn’t important because so much of today’s communication is digital. I believe teaching handwriting is important for children, and that they should be proficient at both.. A computer is not always an option and whether you’re an adult or child, your handwriting…

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Poetry Activities with Children

The following post is from Angie of Many Little Blessings: While poetry can be a wonderful addition to your language arts and reading studies all year long, April is especially perfect since it is National Poetry Month. If you're not sure where to start with poetry, one of these activities might be a perfect addition…

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Enhance Your Relationships with the Art of Active Listening

The following post is from Jennifer, a lifelong educator: I’ll never forget the conversation.  Our five-year-old was trying to tell me something important.  I was getting dinner ready and responded with an occasional, “Oh, really?”  and “That’s interesting.” “Mommy, listen to me!” he implored. “I am listening!” “No, Mommy!  Listen to me with your eyes!” I…

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