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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…

Short Vowel Word Work

Short Vowel Word Work

Last school year I wrote up a Short Vowel Word Work packet to provide fun and confidence to my reluctant writer.   This pack has been a great reinforcement for short vowel words!  As with most short vowel lessons, we start…

First Grade Resources

First Grade Resources

I love first grade.  I taught this grade 4 years in public school and have taught it twice as a homeschooler.  I really love it!  One of my favorite ways to teach this grade level is through literature studies! This…

Opinion Writing For Young Learners

Opinion Writing For Young Learners

  Opinion writing with young learners can be taught through interactive writing. Writing should have a purpose.  Young learners will not want to write if you’re just going to be throwing away their papers.  So, before you begin make sure…

Valentine Math Practice

Valentine Math Practice

First Grade No Prep Packet! Valentine’s Day is such a fun holiday!  Kids LOVE Valentine’s Day and using that to our advantage makes practicing core math skills exciting and fun!  I have made a NO PREP math packet to practice first grade math…

Castle Fun-Filled Learning

Castle Fun-Filled Learning

The Magic Tree House book series is such a great resource to use in your learning.  Kids LOVE reading these historical fiction easy readers.  Using these books to teach core skills and concepts makes learning so much more exciting!  I’ve…

How I Teach Sight Words

How I Teach Sight Words

During my Christmas break I’ve seen a lot of questions about teaching sight words.  I’ve been thinking about this topic myself lately as I’ve been working on assessing my first graders.  I think since sight words are such a hot topic…

3rd Edition Math Journal Pages FREEBIE!

3rd Edition Math Journal Pages FREEBIE!

This year I began making Math Journal Pages for my first graders.  These have been so helpful for me to assess skills and it’s been a fun way for the kids to practice these skills.  I have two sets complete…

How I Teach Math Skills

How I Teach Math Skills

This past month I’ve added a new element to my First Grade math work: Morning Spiral Math. This idea was something I used for homework with my First Graders in the public school classroom.  It was shared with me by…

Sight Word Activity Booklets

Sight Word Activity Booklets

This time of year I’m assessing and reflecting on teaching strategies for my K-3rd grade learners.    I want to have a game plan to really hone in on skills my kiddos are having trouble mastering before we come back…