Literary Event Planning Guide – Book Related Holidays and Author Birthdays – As you can see from the list below, there are * tons * of bookish holidays, from National (Book Something) Days, to the birthdays of beloved authors! So I went through and highlighted some of my favorites from multiple sources to put together … Continue reading "Calendar of Book Related Holidays"
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays – I love the fall colors, the cooler temperatures, and of course, all that delicious food! We’ve all heard the story – the Pilgrims sailed to America on the Mayflower and landed on Plymouth Rock. After a rough start, they were saved by the Natives who then celebrated with … Continue reading "Unit Study: The History of Thanksgiving"
In honor of Black History Month, I thought it would be fun to again 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 Build Your Library Facebook page. Here is the recap: 2/7/2018: My first book recommendation … Continue reading "Black History Month Book Recommendations 2018"
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 Build Your Library Facebook page. Here is the recap: 2/1/2017: Today I’m highlighting One Crazy … Continue reading "Black History Month Book Recommendations 2017"
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"
This could potentially be a pretty long post – but I wanted to share some books that would work well with the BYL Level 1 and BYL Level 2 programs. I scoured my own personal bookshelves, as well as my town library and Amazon, to provide you with a list of great books for your … Continue reading "Recommended Readers for Level 1 and 2"
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 ago? How can I use living books in my homeschool? Today, I want to explore … Continue reading "Teaching With Living Books: A Tutorial"
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 suffering from a bout of cabin fever. Winter burnout hits all of us, homeschool newbies … Continue reading "Beating the Winter Blues"
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 Level 8 plans. Then, I got my hands on a copy of The Story of Science: Aristotle Leads the Way at my local library. I fell in love. … Continue reading "A Hint of What’s to Come – Level 8"
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 start and it only gets worse when students are being mysteriously petrified. You’ll explore Harry’s … Continue reading "Unit Study: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets"