When most people think of J.R.R. Tolkien, they think of the Lord of the Rings, especially since the release of Peter Jackson’s movie version several years ago. However, Tolkien wrote The Hobbit first, and it is a reading experience that is not to be missed. Enter the world of Middle-Earth, home to hobbits, dwarves, wizards … Continue reading "Unit Study: The Hobbit"
Our power is still knocked out from Hurricane Sandy, so our response time may be unavoidably delayed! We are really sorry and will get back to any questions, comments and pending orders ASAP once our power and internet access are restored! Currently we are still one of the “lucky” 13% in our town that is still affected. … Continue reading "Hurricane Update"
With frankenstorm Sandy on the way to hit the east coast, I thought to myself – why not make this a teachable moment! Here are some of our favorite books on storms: Storms (Reading Rainbow Book) Hurricanes Hurricanes! The Magic School Bus Inside A Hurricane Thunder Cake Home Science Tools has an article and some … Continue reading "Storms!"
Evolution is a tough subject to find materials on in the homeschool world. So many science texts overlook it, for fear of offending someone or they are actively trying to disprove it. The theory of evolution is often misunderstood, or completely ignored. Yet it is an important element of science, and our children should know … Continue reading "Unit Study: Darwin and Evolution"
In my many trips through the Ancients with my children, I’ve compiled a vast list of websites which we have explored. Sometimes you want to delve a bit more into a subject or you just want to see some photographs or maybe you want to add a splash of fun to your studies. Here are … Continue reading "Websites to Explore when studying The Ancient World"
Spelling – one of the most important subjects, yet it also can be one of the most boring. I like to keep things fun and different, so in the spirit of my Narration cards used in every Build Your Library program, I created spelling task cards. Each card has a different activity to do with … Continue reading "Freebie – Spelling Task Cards"
Living books are the soul of Build Your Library curriculum. But what is a living book? To me, a living book is a book that comes alive when you read it. It leaves a mark when you’ve finished reading and lives in your heart forever after. That might seem like a lot to ask of … Continue reading "Thoughts on Living Books"
It’s back to school week for many homeschoolers and I thought it would be fun to share an activity that we have done in the past. I created a Book Scavenger Hunt for my kids and it was so much fun! We have a massive home library with books in every room of our house, … Continue reading "Freebie – Go on a Book Scavenger Hunt!"
Narration is really the backbone of the Charlotte Mason philosophy, and a major tenet of the Build Your Library curriculum. At it’s core, narration is simply telling back what you read or heard. It is a way to sharpen listening skills. Narration takes the place of reading comprehension and tests – you no longer need … Continue reading "What is Narration?"
Dictation is really the majority of our language arts. It is a tried and true method and has been used successfully for centuries. If used correctly, I feel that dictation covers so many aspects, that it really can be the basis of any language arts program. It adequately covers both grammar and spelling, not to mention a deep exposure to … Continue reading "How Does Dictation Work?"