Monthly Archives: August 2012

Costumes with Character

Do your children like to act out their history lessons? Do you want to make history come alive? Does your history curriculum suggest activities like dressing in historical clothing? I have a fantastic resource to recommend. I was recently given a copy of Costumes with Character from Golden Prairie Press to review. Costumes with Character […]

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Comparison – Week in Review

We started school on Monday. We started without fanfare. We started without a special breakfast. We started without taking pictures of the first day of school. And even though I am reasonably certain that my oldest 3 children would not even want any of those things, it still bothers me. It’s one of the disadvantages […]

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Mr. Pipes and the British Hymn Makers

Every year I make a list of topics to study with the kids, and every year I include hymn study. And every year I fail to get it done. That doesn’t mean that my children do not know any hymns. They actually know many, many hymns. In fact, many more than I did as a […]

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Vocab Videos Review

I’ve always thought that the best way to learn vocabulary was naturally. Students can learn vocabulary from their reading. They can also learn from hearing words used in conversation. My husband is especially good at using “hard” words with the children.We’ve also chosen to study Latin in our homeschool. (That’s not as much of a […]

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King Alfred’s English

Are you interested in history? What about the development of language (English specifically)? If so, I have a recommendation for you. And even if you aren’t interested in history or the development of language, I think this book might just spark some interest. The book is King Alfred’s English: A History of the Language We Speak […]

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Create Better Writers Review

Writing is probably the most difficult subject for me to teach. I guess part of that is because it is subjective. There aren’t definite right and wrong answers in writing. Sure there are some things that are definitely wrong, but moving my children from acceptable writing, to good writing, to great writing has been difficult. […]

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To Co-op or not to Co-op

Welcome back to the last day of the Back to Homeschool Blog Hop. Today we’re talking about co-ops. For more information about co-ops in general, see this post. I live in a medium-sized city with a fairly large number of homeschoolers. As a result, there are a lot of co-ops in my area. There are […]

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The Evolution of a Homeschool Classroom

This year will be our 10th year homeschooling! During those 10 years, we have never had a dedicated homeschool classroom. We use our dining room table, kitchen table, living room, and my daughter’s room as our main work spaces. We started out using this storage system in the dining room. Just the bottom shelf and […]

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Homeschool Planning

Today’s topic for the Back to Homeschool Blog Hop is planning. I love to plan. I love to organize things. Planning and organizing our homeschool year is no exception. Or maybe not. I can’t believe I’m about to say this. I think that many homeschoolers have fallen into an over-planning trap. There. I said it. […]

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