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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…

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…

Fourth Grade Fridays: How to Homeschool Fourth Grade

Fourth Grade Fridays: How to Homeschool Fourth Grade

    Fourth Grade is a big grade to teach.  This is the year of double digit multiplication and division, understanding European Exploration into the Revolutionary War, writing in cursive, reading and comparing literature and more!  It’s becoming more and…

K/1st Grade: Starting Your Homeschool

K/1st Grade: Starting Your Homeschool

    Did you take some time off during the summer or are you just beginning your homeschooling journey?  We traditionally slow things down in the summer and do only a bit of school here and there.  However, last week…

6 Must Have Homeschooling Teaching Supplies

6 Must Have Homeschooling Teaching Supplies

Don’t you just love the new smell of a a box of crayons or a new sharpened pencil?  Back to School supplies thrill me to no end!  I could spend all day in a teacher store oohing and aahing over all…

How to Homeschool Kindergarten

How to Homeschool Kindergarten

  Well, it’s almost time!  You’re getting ready to begin homeschooling and attempting to collect all the best tips on how to create the perfect kindergarten classroom.  I’m getting ready to teach Kindergarten for the third (possibly last) time!  Here…

Sight Word Centers Unit #1

Sight Word Centers Unit #1

  I’m getting ready to start school back up for the year, and I need activities and lessons for my K-2nd graders.  I want to start off with sight words to ensure we have a solid foundation right from the…