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Finally!  A Unit to Use For the Eclipse!

Finally! A Unit to Use For the Eclipse!

I am ecstatic to share with you a science unit to kick off the school year!  This unit is designed around a rare occurrence in the U.S.  A Solar Eclipse!  If you are looking for ways to teach your children about the solar…

20 Must Read Read-Alouds for Kids 9-12

20 Must Read Read-Alouds for Kids 9-12

Before I had children, my summers where often spent with a book in hand.  Since I was a classroom teacher, I would have nothing to do over summer break except read, read, read!  But now that I have children, the…

Getting Started with Spring: 7 Outdoor Learning Activities

Getting Started with Spring: 7 Outdoor Learning Activities

“Wilderness is not a luxury, but a necessity of the human spirit.”  -Edward Abbey I’ve been homeschooling for 5 years now-long enough to look back on our journey and realize that homeschooling changes with the seasons. This time of the…

7 Tips To Sneak Valentine’s Day Into Your Lessons

7 Tips To Sneak Valentine’s Day Into Your Lessons

I’m a firm believer in throwing fun into your lessons.  And when a holiday rolls around, that’s even more reason to make sure lessons have a hint of the season; no matter what grade you’re teaching. And that’s what I’m…

6 Ways to Learn About Winter Animals

6 Ways to Learn About Winter Animals

I’ve considered myself a thematic teacher for the past 12 years.  I’ve found a lot of different lessons for a great many themes.  Some of these lessons have been gotten beautiful results, while others have fallen flat.  But, I’m ok…

Simple Advent Activity for Christmas

Simple Advent Activity for Christmas

Last week in Sunday school, my oldest daughter came home full of Christmas joy.  She had learned the story of Advent.  Since that day, we have begun the tradition of lighting the Advent candles in our home. Advent means “arrival”.…

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.…

Civics Lessons with a Freebie

Civics Lessons with a Freebie

Are you teaching Civics this year?  It’s a great year to do it.  Election year can be a great intro for your middle school aged kids. I’ll be honest.  Civics is out of my comfort zone.  It’s not something I…