From Picture Books to Chapter Books: Transitioning Read Alouds

The following guest post is from Haley of Carrots for Michaelmas: I couldn’t wait for the day when our firstborn was ready to enjoy some of my most beloved books. I daydreamed about snuggling up at bedtime reading The Chronicles of Narnia, while my little one was transfixed by the story--sitting still, imagination whirring. But…

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How to Help Your Child Become a Better Writer

The following post is from Jennifer, a lifelong educator: See all of the Homework Helps posts here. Hoping your child will attend a good college?  Maybe even get a scholarship?  Don’t wait until high school to help them develop strong writing skills. Written expression is part of every classroom.  Many students either have to record…

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Five Bible Studies for Kids for Just $7.40! {BundleoftheWeek.com}

  This week's bundle includes a ton of Bible study resources for kids! Discover resources for Scripture memorization, Bible study and character development, as well as handwriting practice, letter recognition, and more! This week only, get all five of these ebooks for more than 80% off: God's Word in My Heart by Jennifer Thorson Write…

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5 Preschool Learning Resources for Just $7.40! {BundleoftheWeek.com}

With back to school for older kids behind us, this week's bundle is designed for parents of preschoolers! Whether you're looking for informal learning activities or more structured curricula, this collection includes inspiration for learning activities you can do at home with your preschooler, tons of great printables and an 80-minute audio recording to encourage…

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How to Support Your Child’s Homework … Without Doing It Yourself

The following post is from Jennifer, a lifelong educator: See all of the Homework Helps posts here. Homework is a double-edged sword.  The time spent in additional practice gives some students the boost they need to move forward in school.  That same practice, however, eats into precious family time. Complying with the teacher’s requirements and maintaining…

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First Day of School Pictures

Although we homeschool all summer, yesterday we kicked off our new school year with our favorite annual traditions: letter pancakes for breakfast, first-day-of-school photos, interviews, and ice cream sundaes for dinner! I love, love the first day of school for taking annual pictures because our first day tends to be pretty fun and laid back,…

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Free Personalized Teacher Note Cards Printable!

The following post is from Jason & Jennifer Bruce of New Season Design: If you're thinking back-to-school (or if your family is already back-to-school), you might be thinking about how to start the year off right with your child's teacher. Teachers write a lot of notes throughout the year; why not supply your child's teacher with…

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{August} Favorites: Things That Make My Life Easier

I've seen a few "favorites" series popping up in the blogosphere recently, but it wasn't until a few readers specifically mentioned in our recent survey that they'd like to hear about cool products I discover that I even thought about doing one myself. We try not to buy a lot of stuff, so I was…

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Back to School Ideas for Kids: Rock Schedules
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Back to School Ideas for Kids: Rock Schedules

The following post is from Kristina of Toddler Approved: Summer is ending, and I am craving a return to routines and schedules. My kids have been a little crazy lately because bedtimes have been a little later than normal and we've been neglecting some of the typical learning activities that we usually do. In preparation…

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8 Traditions That Add Excitement to a New School Year

The following post is from Jennifer, a lifelong educator: Traditions communicate significance and can greatly impact a child's view of the upcoming school year.  Since a positive attitude is so critical to learning, it’s important that students begin the year with healthy anticipation.  Your encouragement and input can make all the difference in your family. To…

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