How to Encourage Your Kids to Write | Kristin L. Hanley

As an online English professor I know what it means to teach “the dreaded class.” Aside from public speaking courses, composition seems to be the most intimidating class students take. The way they tremble during introductions, you’d think I’d asked my students to swim with sharks. Although writing well can feel like jumping into deep waters, I encourage my students to take deep breaths and realize that it won’t be as bad as they think (they might even have a {Read More}

4 Activities for Your Child’s Summer

  4 Activities for Your Child’s Summer For many children, summer is a time for travel, imagination, and time with siblings. Think back to when you were a kid. Which memories of summer activities are the strongest in your mind? Which memories do you want to give to your children too? Which childhood summer memories are the strongest in your mind? @TriciaGoyer Click To Tweet I found a few summer activities to share with you, beyond the tried and true list {Read More}

The Most Important Part about Homeschooling

I started homeschooling in 1994. At the time there were no homeschooling blogs, very few curriculum choices, and not very many people to talk with about homeschooling questions. Homeschooling and a Love for Learning I remember one gathering of homeschool moms that I went to. We sat in Linda’s living room and just talked about homeschooling. Some moms had been doing it for a while, and they provided tips. In the midst of their tips there were about 71.3 kids {Read More}

5 Keys to Homeschooling Success

As a homeschooling mom for twenty years (with fifteen years to go), I have a lot of stuff. Books, papers, DVDs, CDs, schedules, papers, you name it. Yet even more consuming is organizing my thoughts and plans. There is so much you can do, how do you know what you should do? After twenty years of trial and error, here are 5 keys to homeschooling success: Let your natural bent guide you. As a writer I love everything literature-based. The curriculum {Read More}

Best Read Alouds {Picture & Chapter Books}

One of my favorite times of the day is when I get the kids settled in a night and it’s time to read. Bedtime reading has been a tradition that we’ve done for the last 20+ years. We make sure all electronics are turned off, the kids get ready for bed, and we sit down as a family to read. It’s amazing how many wonderful books we get to share as a family! I asked my readers on Facebook to share {Read More}

Homeschooling in the Shade by Hettie Brittz {Plus a Giveaway!}

Have you ever found another homeschooling mom who gets you and who could handle the truth about how you’re really doing? That would be like finding a shady tree on the side of the road to rest under. I’m still looking, most of the time. I try to pretend I am quite okay to Lone Ranger it in the relentless sun on this journey, but truth be told, it would be great to take a break from this pretending. I’d {Read More}

Homeschooling Fears

When I first started homeschooling I was afraid of a few things. My kids would get on my nerves. My kids wouldn’t get enough socialization. My educational weaknesses would be my kids’ educational weaknesses. Now in my 20+ years of homeschooling, I can say that all of those have come TRUE. 1. My kids did get on my nerves. There were times I’d escape into my bedroom for three minutes of peace and quiet … only to have them follow me, {Read More}

Great Read Alouds for K-2

Looking for some great books to read with your kids? Here’s a list of read alouds for K-2. Perfect for your library’s summer reading program! 1.  The Little Old Lady Who was not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams 2.  Love you Forever by Robert Munsch 3.  I Have to Go by Robert Munsch 4.  The Mud Puddle by Robert Munsch 5.  Thomas’ Snowsuit by Robert Munsch 6.  Mortimer by Robert Munsch 7.  David’s Father by Robert Munsch 8.  If {Read More}

7 Ways To Teach Your Kids About Freedom

Every July we all become more aware of freedom. Yet July 4th is more than just watermelon, barbecues, sparklers and fireworks. Yes, we need to take time to celebrate freedom, but we also need to take time to teach it. As Ronald Reagan said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” Big {Read More}

Living History: The Real People Behind the Stories {by Kelli Stuart}

I can count on one hand the teachers who impacted me the most growing up. It started in 11th grade with my history teacher. On the first day of school, he came to class dressed as Captain Meriwether Lewis, and launched into a ten-minute monologue on the adventures of Lewis and Clark. I was hooked. Up until that time, history had been nothing but boring stories and pictures in books to me. But he brought it to life. He made {Read More}

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