November 2, 2014

One of the questions I get asked the most is what to do with the vocabulary words that are scheduled in the instructor’s guide. I’ve spoken about learning vocabulary in context, and I still believe that this is the best way to learn vocabulary. But sometimes, you want something more.  Off and on during our … Continue reading "Vocabulary Notebook Freebie"


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October 9, 2014

Why not take a break from your regular studies this holiday season and learn about Winter Holidays Around the World? This is a fun, multi-age unit study that is perfect for the whole family. You’ll travel the world while learning about five major winter holidays – Winter Solstice, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Chinese New Year.  … Continue reading "Unit Study: Winter Holidays Around the World"


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August 27, 2014

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 through living books. Science, history, art, grammar, even math can be taught with literature! Most homeschoolers are familiar enough with livening up their history … Continue reading "A Literature-Based Education: Teaching Academics"


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August 12, 2014

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 all your books. Now, what exactly does teaching with literature look like? How can you fit … Continue reading "A Literature-Based Education: Reading Aloud – Making it Happen"


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August 5, 2014

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be writing a blog series about what Literature-Based education is all about. Today, I’ll start by briefly going over what makes a book “living,” and then we’ll discuss how to choose the best books for your child. What makes a book “living?” I should start out by explaining what … Continue reading "A Literature-Based Education: Choosing Great Literature"


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July 28, 2014

I’ve mentioned a few times now that I’ll be combining my older three children into Level 7 – Exploring Your World, and several people have asked me what I’m adding to it to make it high school level for my oldest. So I thought I’d go ahead and write a blog post to explain how we … Continue reading "Multi-Grade Teaching – An Example"


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July 23, 2014

I don’t know about the rest of you, but lately my brain has been in planning mode. Ordering material for the new school year, rearranging books on our shelves, making lists of school supplies we need to buy. It’s one of my favorite times of the year! But today, I wanted to talk a bit about … Continue reading "Literature-Based Learning: Creating a Rhythm to your Days"


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July 13, 2014

Summer is upon us, which means one thing to homechoolers – planning for the next school year! I don’t know about you, but I’ve been busy making lists of books and school supplies we’ll need for this fall. I have also been hard at work the last several months, but finally our new Grade 7 … Continue reading "Summer Sale!"


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May 21, 2014

In honor of Memorial Day, and to celebrate the completion of the World War II unit study, I’m giving away a free unit study to three lucky winners! If you win, you can choose any Build Your Library Unit Study you’d like! My unit studies are all literature-based, and can take anywhere from 3 – … Continue reading "Memorial Day Unit Study Giveaway!"


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May 19, 2014

Teaching World War II can be intense. There is an overwhelming amount of material to cover! From the European war, to the Pacific Theater to the American Home Front; the Holocaust and Japanese Internment camps, Axis and Allies, and D-Day, you could easily spend an entire year just covering this topic. There are literally hundreds … Continue reading "Unit Study: World War II"


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Have you been looking for a literature based homeschool curriculum that is secular? How about a way to incorporate narration, copywork, dictation and memory work into your child’s education? Or art study that ties into history?

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