Elementary

More Writing Ideas

If writing isn’t a natural passion for your child, it can be a subject full of drudgery.  Believe me, I know.  Up until this year Mahayla has fought me tooth and nail over any sort of writing assignment.  This year has been different, though.  I believe she’s enjoying writing partly because of maturity, but I’ve made…

Our Week in Ancient Egypt

We’re on a tour of ancient history right now and loving it!  So far we’ve been through Ancient Mesopotamia and Ancient Egypt.  I thought I’d share a few highlights of this week in Egypt since we had so much fun. The best part of the week was mummifying a Ken doll.  Thanks Jamin for the…

Picture Prompts for Writing

Picture Prompts for Writing

(This post contains affiliate links.) Picture Prompts Inspire Writing Here’s a fun way to get your kids to write – and it’s VERY easy!  Use homemade picture prompts.  Simply cut out interesting pictures from magazines, old calendars, old books, etc. and paste them on card stock.  Let your child choose a picture, then write a…

Battle at Blue Licks

We took an impromptu history trip Saturday to Blue Licks State Park where they were having a reenactment of the Revolutionary War battle that took place there in 1782.  Okay, so we missed the actual reenactment by seconds, much to my son’s dismay, but had a great time anyway. During the actual battle, the English,…

Book Ball

My son loves baseball.  He’s also excited about his new interest in learning to read.  (Thank you, Lord!) So, we came up with a fun way to show his reading achievements – a “book”ball chart.  Everytime he reads a book by himself, we’ll add a baseball to the field.  We came up with the idea…

Bird Center

Here’s the newest summer center at our house – Birds! The box of books on the right includes nonfiction books about all sorts of birds – everything from birds we see around here to penguins to toucans.  I’ve also included some really good children’s literature that have birds as characters – Make Way for Ducklings…

Miller Stories

My children pulled all the Miller’s books out again the other day.  I can’t tell you how much we’ve enjoyed these books!   From the time they were preschoolers and we started reading Storytime With the Millers, my children have intently listened to and learned from the stories.  I think they’re so good, in fact, that they were…

Learning Centers

Whether it’s a unit, a special holiday, someone’s birthday or just something you want to do to peak your children’s interest in a certain subject, think about creating a special place of learning in your home to create a buzz of inquisitiveness in your children.  We call them learning centers, but you call them whatever…

Summer Art Centers

If you’re anything like me, art tends to take somewhat of a back seat to other subjects during the school year.  So, I’ve decided to make an art center that will stay around all summer long! I plan to fill it with all sorts of goodies, but only a few at a time.  I’ll change out…

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