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Cycle Two – Week Twenty-One

History - I love coupling the history sentence cards from And Here We Go with either the history sentence picture page from Homeschooling with a Classical Twist or the blank illustration page from Half-a-Hundred Acre Wood.  My littles love the pictures from the sentence cards and the pictures inspire their drawings.    Plus the cards … [Read more...]

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My Favorite Sources for Really Good Books

He ate and drank the precious words, His spirit grew robust, He knew no more that he was poor, Or that his frame was dust. He danced along the dingy ways And this bequest of wings Was but a book. What liberty A loosened spirit brings. - Emily Dickinson, The Poems of Emily Dickinson "Children don't stumble onto good books by themselves; … [Read more...]

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Math On My Mind

We are finished our official math studies for the year, but math is on my mind! I'd say it's due to 1) reading what Leigh Bortins recently wrote about knowing math history and 2) my building excitement for this year's CC practicum focusing on math.  Both of these things are causing me to think of math in new ways.  My previously held opinion of … [Read more...]

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Election Coverage

The presidential election is fast approaching and politics are on my mind.  You, too? I've found some good ideas to share with our littles!We'll start by doing some copy work with election vocabulary words (p.48-49).  Good to start with the grammar, right?  Next, we'll have fun doing an election scavenger hunt through … [Read more...]

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Cycle One Reading

Reference BooksNary a day goes by that this book isn't flipped through and its beautiful images studied.  It was an inspired birthday present from my parents for my children and it sits on our coffee table for regular browsing.  And believe me, it gets plenty of attention - unprompted by me.  Without a doubt, a favorite book of my … [Read more...]

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Week 18 – On Our Bookshelf

On Our BookshelfDon't you just love bringing home a new stack of books from the library? The boys & I are so excited to dig into reading these titles.  We've already gotten started in a few.  The Periodic Table book has cool graphics, which my boys are enamored by! What books are you reading together this week? … [Read more...]

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Week 16 – History

History Read AloudThroughout this week we've been reading, If Your Name Was Changed at Ellis Island by Ellen Levine, to learn more about our history sentence for week 16.  It's been very informative & led to many questions from the boys.  I'm hoping we can follow up this new knowledge with a family field trip to Ellis Island … [Read more...]