Tag Archives: Elementary Education

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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Using Homework to Encourage Hard Work (Or Why I Have No Reason to Fuss At My Dawdlers)

  This past fall we started participating in a small co-op. It meets once per week and I teach Science and Latin. The three school age children take classes and Jack and Daisy hang out with friends (although Daisy usually … Continue reading

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Invitation To Sensory Play: Small World Construction With Playdough

  Playdough is big around here! I have a super easy recipe and probably make it about once a month. We’ve used it for sensory play with spices and sprinkles, for mortar for engineering projects with blocks, and for all … 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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Loving The Mess: The Importance Of Sensory Play

The other day Jack and I were sitting on our back patio. I was reading and he was exploring the sand box and experimenting to see how much sand he could pick up with a piece of tile. He added … Continue reading

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After My Break

So here I am- after six weeks off and lots of busyness, ready to begin regularly posting again. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the blog and its direction(s), a lot of thought on how much time I … Continue reading

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Signs of Fall: September Nature Walk

Tomorrow we’ll be hitting the cemetery again to look for signs of the change of seasons. Hopefully the weather will cooperate but we do this rain or shine unless it is really storming. Please bring the printout below as well … Continue reading

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Keeping Up With Reading: Providing Good Books

A lot of reading is happening around our house these days! Sometimes it looks like this: And sometimes it’s just the long hour and a half of quiet in the afternoons while the little boys nap. Buggle is getting through … Continue reading

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Assembling A Binder For A Homeschool Convention

Every year I plan my trip to the HEAV Convention with great care. Like any large event there is so much to see and do that if I’m not careful I’ll forget half of the things I wanted to see … Continue reading

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Convention Shopping (Setting Up For Success)

I’m an HEAV blogger this year and am being compensated with free registration to the convention but all opinions are my own (and I always blog about convention anyway, it’s one of the highlights of my year!). I hate crowds! … Continue reading

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