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Learning to Read: How My Unnatural Reader Began Reading

– I have four children who have always been homeschooled. They learned to read in four very different ways, though there are some important similarities too (all four have me for a mother, after all). This is the second in a series of posts examining how each of my children learned to read. – Colter

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Tuesday Poesy: In the Sultan’s Garden

I found this pantoum form of poem to be just fascinating! Pay attention to the repetitions and think about if you could construct a poem like this one! In the Sultan’s Garden She oped the portal of the palace, She stole into the garden’s gloom; From every spotless snowy chalice The lilies breathed a sweet

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Learning to Read: How My Natural Reader Began Reading

— I have four children who have always been homeschooled. They learned to read in four very different ways, though there are some important similarities too (all four have me for a mother, after all). This is the first in a series of posts examining how each of my children learned to read. — Noa

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What the Kids Are Reading

I’m planning a series of posts telling how each of my four children learned to read. Obviously, I don’t have time to tackle that project until after Christmas, but here’s a little teaser in the form of what they’re reading right now. Nova (16) The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy … yes, at the

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Topic List for History Co-op

I realized I forgot to add a list of potential topics for the history co-op in my previous post, so here it is. Of course this list is not exhaustive, but it’s a good place to start. Let each child choose his or her preferred topic area. I personally think it’s best to encourage everyone

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How to Homeschool History Painlessly!

I don’t teach our homeschool history co-op class. Instead, I facilitate independent and autonomous self-studies initiated by the students. It’s not as complicated as it sounds, and it’s a fun, easy co-op method that works well for any type of homeschooling, even unschooling! Our history class comprises about twelve kids age 10 to 16, all

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NaNoWriMo

My two oldest kids are participating in NaNoWriMo – that’s National Novel Writing Month, in case you didn’t know. Authors attempt to write 50,000 words in the thirty days of the month of November; kids can set a lower word count goal. My 16yo daughter has set a word goal of 30,000 and is currently at

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National Poetry Month

Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April, when publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, schools and poets around the country band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of businesses and non-profit organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and

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That Time of the Quadrennium

It’s that time of the quadrennium when politics can’t be avoided, try as we may. If your kids are curious you might like to check out the online Time for Kids, a junior version of Time Magazine. There’s no chat feature or any sort of message board, so they can surf safely. National and international

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