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 stacks and stacks of books of every genre. So of course I want to encourage … Continue reading "The Benefits of Reading Aloud to Teens"
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 – my three eldest children all have birthdays within a week of each other. We have … Continue reading "Summer Learning"
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 end of the year, I like to reflect back on what I read. Now that … Continue reading "The Year in Books – 2013"
One of the staples of Build Your Library curriculum are the Narration Cards. Narration is really the foundation of my program. Narration builds thinking skills, writing skills, vocabulary, listening skills – it is such an important part of your child’s learning. Build Your Library lesson plans assign narration after both the literature (read alouds) and … Continue reading "New – History and Science Based Narration Cards"
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 a new school year brings (with no mistakes in it yet)! I’ve been brainstorming some … Continue reading "Back to Homeschool Series – “Book Organization”"
Just a reminder- there are only 2 weeks left – the Read-a-thon will end next week on Friday the 16th of August. If you signed up before the read-a-thon began, and you want to be entered into the drawing to win a prize, you need to leave a comment with your or your child’s name, … Continue reading "Summer Read-a-thon Week 9 Theme"
Whether you ride in the car, an airplane, a boat, or just walk on your own two feet, you probably do a lot of traveling during the summertime. That is why this week’s theme is: Travel! Why don’t you take a trip this week? You don’t have to go very far. Take a walk … Continue reading "Summer Read-a-thon: Week 4 Theme"