Category Archives: Unit Studies

Five Ways to Help Struggling Writers

We’ve all had it happen. Your students enthusiastically read the material but when it comes time to write about what they’ve read, there are blank stares, sighs, dawdling, and sometimes tears! What happened? Last night while they were supposed to … Continue reading

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Invitations to Play and Learn: Kandinsky Circles

In the annals of “sometimes homeschool moms have great ideas which they plan for and then forget about” …..   I recently found a picture which I had printed out several years ago so the children could do some art … Continue reading

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Invitations to Play and Learn: Snowflakes With Chalk

  One thing that I love about the “project table” in the corner of the living room is the ability it gives me to present art or craft projects and then see how the children interact with them! I’m trying … Continue reading

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Invitations to Play and Learn: Science Center and Collaberation

As the big children continue to mature in their learning I am trying to move them towards more independent learning and learning to work together to do a project or master a concept. As I set up the schoolroom upstairs … Continue reading

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Invitations To Play And Learn: The Skeleton In The Sandbox

The big two are doing doing Story of the World Book One this year for their history. The book covers the ancient world from prehistory to the fall of Rome and begins with a discussion of where historians get their … Continue reading

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Wrapping Up: Glimpses Of Our Week

    And practicing Latin was a hit with everyone!

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November Nature Walk

Since there are so many trees in Hollywood Cemetery I thought we would spend our walk this month trying to identify as many of them as we can. I found a great printable on Pinterest for identifying leaves which you … Continue reading

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A Normal Day?

Actually I’m not sure we have any “normal” days, but here’s a little glimpse of a somewhat typical day. 5:30 am: The alarm goes off. I turn it off and snuggle up to S to drowse for half an hour … Continue reading

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Art History Outings at the VMFA: Renaissance and Age of Exploration

We’ll be looking mainly at paintings this month and noticing the shift from mostly religious subjects to portraiture, landscapes and still life paintings. Once again I’ve prepared a little scavenger hunt as well as a drawing prompt. Perspective is one … Continue reading

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October Nature Walk: Decomposers

This month we’ll be looking at the ways in which the cemetery is preparing for next spring’s growth. We’ll be looking at small things so if you have a magnifying glass bring it along. We’ll also be collecting and releasing … Continue reading

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