Snowy Books for Snowy Days: Great Winter Picture Books

Snowy Books for Snowy Days: Great Winter Picture Books

Winter really is the reader's season, isn't it? There's nothing better than being snowed in with a stack of books and a cup of hot cocoa! Each year I enjoy filling our book basket with our favourite winter picture books, as well as adding fun new finds. If you're...

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How to Keep Warm During Nature Study This Winter

How to Keep Warm During Nature Study This Winter

If you're anything like me, you may find it difficult to be consistent with Nature Study once the temperature drops and the snow starts to fly. Some years, I abandon our nature studies and hold on to the hope of spring while watching my children play outside through...

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10 Excellent Early Chapter Books for Newly Independent Readers

10 Excellent Early Chapter Books 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...

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Learning Mama’s Top Posts of 2016

Learning Mama’s Top Posts of 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...

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Dictation: How Memory and Mental Pictures Build Writing Skills

Dictation: How Memory and Mental Pictures Build Writing Skills

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...

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Narration: The Art of Oral Composition

Narration: The Art 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,...

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Copywork:The Power of Learning Through Imitation

Copywork:The Power of Learning Through Imitation

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:...

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Building Strong Writers in the Early Years

Building Strong Writers in the Early Years

We don't do a lot of the typical writing activities and assignments that are popular in public schools (and homeschools!). In case you are over your shock and horror over the fact that I don't have any assigned reading in my homeschool, I have also never assigned my...

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Adding Cooking to the Curriculum

Adding Cooking to the Curriculum

What subjects do you teach in your homeschool? I'm willing to bet that Math and Language Arts are on the list, and probably Science and History too. You might even have Art, Music, and Bible included in your plans. I don't know about you, but my list of "to-do's" each...

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