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Unit Study: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

It’s time to head back to Hogwarts! I’m excited to announce that the third unit in our Harry Potter unit series, based upon Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Book 3)! I had so much fun writing this unit … Continue reading

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Summer Learning

We are deep into summer mode right now. The days are hot and lazy, perfect for curling up with a good book or spending afternoons in the backyard catching frogs and worms. It is also birthday season around here – … 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 Grade 1 and Grade 2 programs. I scoured my own personal bookshelves, as well as my town library … 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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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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Educational Gift Ideas – Cook Family Favorites

This is going to be the final post in the Educational Gifts series, but if you are looking for some last minute gift ideas, there is still plenty of time to shop. I’ve had a lot of fun sharing some … Continue reading

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A Literature-Based Education: Teaching Academics

This is part 3 of the Literature-Based Education series. Follow these links to read Part 1 and Part 2. It may sound obvious enough – but any school subject can be taught with living books. Science, history, art, grammar, even … Continue reading

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A Literature-Based Education: Reading Aloud – Making it Happen

This is Part 2 in the Literature-based Education series. Last week we talked about Choosing Great Literature. Today I’m going to talk about the mechanics of reading aloud. So now you’ve chosen a topic to study and you’ve gathered your … Continue reading

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The Year in Books – 2013

Every year, I like to keep track of what I read. I used to just jot it down in a spiral notebook, then I had a database in excel for a while. Now I keep track at Goodreads. At the … Continue reading

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Back to Homeschool Series – “Book Organization”

It’s that time of year again! By the end of August, I’m usually just about ready for autumn to begin. I love this season – the leaves changing, the cooler temperatures, the brand spanking new school supplies, and the excitement that … Continue reading

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