Category Archives: Books

Free Earth Day Mini Unit Study

April 22nd is Earth Day, the annual celebration to inspire awareness about pollution and appreciation for protecting the health of the environment. This is a great reason to get outside, especially if you’ve had a long winter. I know you can probably all enjoy a little fresh … Continue reading

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Black History Month Book Recommendations

In honor of Black History Month, I thought it would be fun to recommend some favorite books that deal with civil rights and famous African Americans. Each Wednesday throughout the month of February I shared a selected book on our … Continue reading

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The Benefits of Reading Aloud to Teens

I made a video today for my Youtube channel about why I still read aloud with my teens, and I thought I would expand upon it here. Everyone who knows me, knows that I love books. I surround myself in … Continue reading

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Favorite Fall Reads

The leaves are changing, the air is getting crisp and cool, and the school year is new and fresh. It’s the season of apples and pumpkins and football. Autumn is one of my favorite times of the year so I … Continue reading

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Recommended Readers for Grades 1 and 2

This could potentially be a pretty long post – but I wanted to share some books that would work well with the BYL Grade 1 and BYL Grade 2 programs. I scoured my own personal bookshelves, as well as my … Continue reading

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Teaching With Living Books: A Tutorial

You often hear the words “living book” tossed around in homeschooling circles, but what constitutes a living book? Can it be subjective? What are spine books? Do we have to read only literature that was written over a hundred years … Continue reading

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Beating the Winter Blues

It happens every year, right around February. The thrill of the shiny new school year has worn off, the daily grind has started grinding on your nerves – maybe the cold weather is keeping you inside and your family is … Continue reading

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A Hint of What’s to Come – Grade 8

For the last month or so, I’ve been on a book-collecting spree. I knew for a while that I was going to do World History for the Grade 8 plans. Then, I got my hands on a copy of The … Continue reading

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Unit Study: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

I am so excited to finally present the Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets unit study! Welcome back to the exciting world of wizards, mythical creatures, magic and danger! Harry’s second year at Hogwarts gets off to a rough … Continue reading

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My Year in Books – 2014

Another year of reading is done. I’m a little OCD about tracking my reading. I love being able to look back at the end of the year and see what I’ve read. I started keeping an excel spreadsheet again this … Continue reading

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