I’ve recently become totally hooked on the use of essential oils. I started them last fall. At first, I thought it was a bit extreme and "out there," but I’d heard enough that I was willing to try. I bought a set of oils and a diffuser at Wal-Mart. I decided that I’d t...

I’ve been teaching kids in public schools and homeschool for over 20 years now. In that time, I’ve never met a child who likes to edit their own work. Sure, they like to edit others’ work. It gives kids a sense of pride to be able to recognize others’ errors. But editi...

Descriptive writing is one of the first styles of writing often taught to young children. It comes more naturally to them than other forms of writing because it is something they use every day when they talk to you. Creative storytelling also falls into that category,...

Summarizing can be a very difficult task for some kids to master. It’s tough to figure out what the key points are to begin with. It’s even tougher to rephrase them into an original summary without simply copying what was initially read. 

A strategy called I’m Melting c...

Nothing helps a child learn a new skill more than making it practical. Just think about when you were a child. How many times did you wonder why on earth this teacher was making you learn this? You were NEVER going to use that skill again, right? 

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