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How To Teach More Than One Subject At Once

How To Teach More Than One Subject At Once

Keeping up with state standards can be a strenuous task anytime of the year.  But, during the holidays?  Over the years I’ve found ways to tie in multiple subjects with our thematic units. Because of the high level of interest,…

Christmas Themed Phonics and Spelling

Christmas Themed Phonics and Spelling

With the Thanksgiving leftovers still in the fridge, I begin thinking about Christmas.  No, not getting out the Christmas tree and the wreaths, but putting together Christmas themed lessons.  My Little Pixie is getting ready to study vowel team patterns.…

Native American Units

Native American Units

When I plan out my school year, I always check out the state standards. I use these skills to drive my curriculum.  Since I love teaching by thematic units, I use the social study standards to help build these units.…

Friendly Letter Writing With a Thanksgiving Twist

Friendly Letter Writing With a Thanksgiving Twist

I’m all about sprinkling holiday flavor into our writing lessons. I’m also all about adding to our family and classroom traditions. My kids are pretty much just like me.  They love to do the same things for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas,…

Elementary Math App for Teachers and Parents

Elementary Math App for Teachers and Parents

One of the most common questions I receive is “If you’re not using a math curriculum, how do you know what to teach?”  My answer is always the same.  I follow the state standards.  Now, this may sound easy, but have…

Second Grade Sunday: How to Use Library Books in Your Homeschool

Second Grade Sunday: How to Use Library Books in Your Homeschool

  I know what you’re thinking!  Looking for the right resources and curriculum for your kids can be FRUSTRATING to say the least.  That’s why it’s important to stop the madness and use what your kids already enjoy doing.  Library books…

How Public School Made Me Better at Homeschooling

How Public School Made Me Better at Homeschooling

Imagine planning and executing lessons for 20 students 5 days a week, 32 weeks a year.  Half of the class is struggling to keep up, and about 20% of the class need something more challenging. How are you going to…

Second Grade Sundays: Posters, Pirates, and Practice

Second Grade Sundays: Posters, Pirates, and Practice

      This post is part of my Peek at Our Homeschool Week Lesson series.   Ahoy, Mates!  This week was our first week back to school and in Second Grade we began our year with pirates and a lot…

3 Requirements For The Perfect Reading Curriculum

3 Requirements For The Perfect Reading Curriculum

  Choosing a reading curriculum can be one of the most overwhelming tasks a teacher can face.  Not only are there tons of great products to pick through, our children are also all unique in their learning styles, interests, and…

STEM Learning in the Classroom

STEM Learning in the Classroom

Since beginning our homeschooling journey four years ago, I’ve been diligent about keeping up on the latest trends of teaching.  Most students learn best by hands-on activities and student driven lessons.  They also almost always love science when they are…