Excellent Early Chapter Books - perfect for newly independent readers!
Whether your child laboured over their phonics lessons, or took to reading like a fish to water, at some point, they are ready for more than levelled readers but not able to handle the more mature, lengthy, and challenging literature selections. While it is extremely beneficial for you to read those books to your children, what …
Favourite Reviews of 2016 - my favourite products, books & curriculum reviews from this past year
A great blessing and privilege of being a blogger, and especially a homeschool blogger, is having the opportunity to do reviews. After counting all of my reviews from 2016 I was amazed that I had completed 22! These were books, curriculum, digital subscriptions, and games — and while some of these products weren’t a great fit …
Best of Learning Mama 2016 - the most popular posts from Learning Mama in 2016!
Tomorrow marks exactly 2 years since I hit publish on my very first blog post! I have learned a lot in the last two years, both about homeschooling AND blogging, and I’m so happy to be able to share this incredible ride with you! That so many people have been reading my ramblings, and even …
2016 Reading Plan - Update!
About this time last year I posted about my 2016 reading plan. This was the first year I had ever planned my reading in advance, or had any kind of reading goals. I’m going to come right out and say it here at the beginning of this post — I did not read each of …
I can still remember the freshness of the very first time I ever read through the Bible. Everything was so new to me! I could easily spend an hour reading the word, taking notes, being totally in awe of all that I was discovering about the Lord Jesus within those precious pages. That was just …
Bringing Stories to Life Through Play
One of my children’s favourite things to do is to imagine that they are the characters in the stories we read. When learning about ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome, I would often find them designating someone (or a doll or action figure) to be god or goddess of this or that. One day, they reenacted …
Dictation
Despite the plethora of book reports, journals, poetry, short stories, and writing prompts being used in schools, students continue to be unprepared for skilled writing in high school and college. We hear this lament from college professors over and over again — we are turning out a generation of students with subpar writing skills. A …
A favourite Christmas tradition in our family is our Advent Calendar. I bought it on a whim years ago at the grocery store of all places, and it is our most beloved Christmas decoration! Its just a simple wooden tree made of 24 little doored boxes, but for our family it is so much more. …
Building early writing skills through narration - the skill of oral composition
In my last post I discussed the simplest and easiest tool for building strong writers in the early years — copywork — and today I’m moving on to perhaps the most difficult — narration. If you’ve spent any time learning about classical or Charlotte Mason education, you’ve no doubt heard narration mentioned. In case you …
Copywork... a simple yet effective tool for building strong writers in the early years
I’ve already mentioned that I don’t require any creative writing at all from my young writers — no stories, poetry, or even journal writing. Instead, I wait until my writers have developed mastery of the skills required to properly express themselves on paper: quality penmanship, grammar, punctuation, spelling, and the ability to organize one’s thoughts. Apart from their …
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