Category Archives: Homeschool – Language Arts

The First Week of Sixth Grade

A Decent First Day Ah, the return to homeschooling! It certainly had its fits and starts. I knew I had a cleaning later in the afternoon and I also had some errands to run, but I expected we had the … Continue reading

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Reading Spikes and the Big Green Light

I’m so stinkin’ excited, folks. I can’t even tell you how excited! Well, I will, right now actually… The Right Way to Start Off the Week Finally, after weeks of delays, and a nearly seven-month-long process, we received our foster … Continue reading

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Schedules, Promoting Writing and More

Schedule Rearranged Beginning at the first of this month, I moved most of my cleaning clients to afternoon appointments. This was the first step in planning our fall schedule. Em wants to return to homeschool and I feel more confident … Continue reading

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First Day of Fifth Grade

First Day of Fifth Grade The “first” day of school is rather a misnomer around here. After all, we school year-round, so I consider the 4th grade school year to officially end on July 31st, followed by the “first” day … Continue reading

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Tackling Spelling – Through a New Approach

Last week, last Thursday to be exact, I was in a lot of pain. My back, which had been threatening to do it for weeks, and finally seized up. It was down low, on the left side, and I felt … Continue reading

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A Trio of Fairies

I mentioned in my last post that I was considering reviving a practice I had with my eldest daughter – that of writing under a supernormal persona. With Dee, it was an elfling. I briefly considered using Iliana again, but she … Continue reading

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Complete the Story

How do you get a reluctant reader and writer to, you know, read and write more? Do it with her. Again. And again. And again. Oh yeah, and make it fun. I was in one of my favorite places – … Continue reading

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Our Current Language Arts Curriculum

One of the greatest benefits of homeschooling is that your curriculum can be as regimented or eclectic as you want. Additionally, you are able to tailor your approach to your child’s needs and interests. For us, that meant zero worksheets, … Continue reading

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Bring on the Rebels

In July, my thoughts increasingly turn towards curriculum planning for fall. I’m strongly considering Time4Learning, an online learning site that several folks I know use or have used. When I mentioned doing this, my eldest reminded me that Em needs … Continue reading

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The Perfect Book…

  I have been put on a book buying freeze by my husband. This translates to a reduction on book buying on my part, since I am terrible at listening/obeying such edicts. This weekend we stopped by Cargo Largo, an anything goes … Continue reading

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