Copywork is the practice of writing a passage, a sentence, or even a word from another writer’s example. It is powerful teaching tool that honors the natural way children learn, can be used by students of any age, and enables you to cover multiple subjects in a single lesson. If […]Read More
How to Raise a Reader: 10 Tips to Promote Literacy at Home
There are many ways you as a parent can support your child’s growing literacy. Here are some strategies you can use with your family to help your kids see themselves as readers. Read every single day. You can start when your children are infants. Create special times of day that […]Read More
How to Teach Language Arts in Your Homeschool
As homeschoolers, reading is the most foundational and important skill that we will teach our children; however, we must think beyond simply teaching our students how to read and also understand all the parts that comprise a solid language arts curriculum. What Does Language Arts Mean? “Language arts” is a […]Read More
Frustrated When Teaching Your Child to Read? Here’s Help!
Your child may be frustrated from constantly being corrected. You may be frustrated from constantly correcting your child. Your child is going to make some mistakes; that is part of learning to read. Some children are used to being corrected so often that they look up after every word to […]Read More
Tissue Box Spelling!
I have a confession to make. As a homeschool mom, I was a total curricula nerd. Introduce me to a new resource or program, and I would devour it as I would a thrilling novel. Every year, choosing curricula was the highlight of my spring. Yes, I need to get […]Read More
Understanding Literature and Nonfiction Texts: Simple Tools for All Ages and Reading Levels
By Dawn Burnette Whether your child is in first grade or twelfth grade, reading above grade level or just starting to sound out words, direct and intentional instruction in reading comprehension should be a regular part of each day. Reading comprehension is one of the most important skills we teach […]Read More
Jump-Start Your Reluctant Writer
Justin ran desperately through slashing brush that was doomed by the fire raging behind him. As he ran, his mind raced to Sam … where was he? Justin threw a fervent look back over his shoulder, but saw no one. There was nothing to do but keep going–faster, faster! He […]Read More
Words as Friends
When our children are small, we wait in anticipation for their first words. We derive such joy in helping them shape circles and lines into letters and numbers. But somewhere along the way, we decide it’s time to get serious. We exchange our delight with their development for rules and […]Read More
Becoming a Grammar Expert—Even If You Are Starting from Scratch!
Many people, when they hear the word grammar, experience an increased heart rate, feelings of nausea, and uncontrollable sweating. When I tell people that I write grammar curriculum for a living, they often take an involuntary step backward and look as though they accidentally took a sip of the water […]Read More
Growing into Grammar
Who can resist the adorable babbling of a one-year-old child? We all know children learn speech through hearing it spoken around them. They hear it from the womb. I’ve seen a newborn turn her head to the voice of her older brother. She had heard his voice daily as he […]Read More