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? 

Hamburger Helper is a...

Writing instruction does not have to occur during a single isolated time in your homeschool day. It can occur throughout your day by embedding writing instruction into your other lessons. This helps children to apply their writing skills in practical contexts while rei...

Natural-born writers seem to pick up the individual skills required to become a good writer with ease and with minimal help from others. Most children require explicit instruction in writing skills though. So how do you provide explicit writing instruction? 

  1. Teach g...

Some children are born writers. They enjoy it. They’re good at it. They are creative and imaginative. Other children are good writers and storytellers but they don’t enjoy the process. Still others struggle to write at all. 

There is no shortage of writing curricula ava...

Like many parents, I first taught my children to count using tangible items. We would count stuffed animals, balloons, balls, and any other toys that happened to be nearby. We do this with young children without really thinking much about it.  

As children start learnin...

ADHD is a disorder characterized by difficulties in paying attention to specific items that require directed attention, hyperactivity, distractibility, excessive daydreaming, and an overall lack of focus. Many people don’t realize that there are actually three types of...

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