For Grammar Geeks: A Visual Map of the 15 Punctuation Marks

A friend and fellow Essentials tutor shared this a few days ago, and I love it! Designed by Curtis Newbold of The Visual Communications Guy, the infographic lists the 15 punctuation marks in order of difficulty (to learn and use) with the rules that govern their use. Click here to download a full-size poster version…

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My Top 10 Tips for New Homeschoolers

Daily checklists. This will be our 6th "official" year homeschooling, and the longer we homeschool, the more questions I get from other current and prospective homeschoolers. (Some of which I'm confident answering and some of which just make me laugh that they'd ask me for advice or an opinion.) Today  I thought I'd share my…

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You Can Do It Too! {Encouragement and Resources for Homeschoolers}

A couple years ago, Lorilee Lippincott brought together 25 homeschooling families to share their homeschooling stories and tips in a little ebook, You Can Do It Too! Although some of the details may have changed for our individual families, this ebook still represents a wealth of information and encouragement for homeschoolers. But the best part…

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Do Your Kids Need to Learn How to Program?

The following post is from Lauren Rothlisberger of Get Me Geeky: I think everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer because it teaches you how to think. - STEVE JOBS, THE LOST INTERVIEW Do you think your kids need to learn how to program? A lot of people have never considered…

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Free Homeschooling Checklist and Proofreading Marks Printable!

Earlier this month, I shared a screenshot of the checklist my girls have been using for their school work (as part of my "Homeschool Planning Made Easy" post), and a few people emailed to ask if it was available as a printable. So today it is! Click here to download or print the homeschool checklist.…

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What Grade Would You Get as the Parent of a Student?

The following post is from Jennifer, a lifelong educator: See all of the Homework Helps posts here. Let’s face it.  Most kids aren’t born organized, intrinsically motivated, and willing to work hard to get good grades.  They take a lot of cues from our words, actions, and attitudes towards their efforts at school.  Take the…

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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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