1. Five (Active!) Activities for Practicing Beginning Word Sounds

    Here are five activities for practicing beginning word sounds for kids who like to be active! We have been practicing the beginning sounds of words with Owen (turning 5 in…

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  2. Alphabet Beads Busy Bag

    Owen (age 4.5) has reached the point where he is really into learning letter sounds, and last week, I introduced him to three letter words for the first time (all…

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  3. Eight Real-Life Ways to Get Kids Writing

    Gresham is 6, and finishing first grade. His handwriting was so neat when he was learning to form the letters, but now that we are past learning how to write…

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  4. Our Homeschool Curriculum Choices: First Grade

    The other day, I shared what is on our shelves for Aidan's fourth grade year. Today I'll share what we're planning for Gresham this year. Gresham will be 6 in…

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  5. Easter Egg Word Match-up Game

    Here's an idea for a quick and easy game for kids who are learning to read! I cut out Easter egg shapes from construction paper, and then cut them in…

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  6. Teaching Reading without a Curriculum: Make Your Own Books

    Other than phonics workbooks, I have never really purchased a reading curriculum for my kids. You can read my first post on this topic here -it's an overview of how…

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  7. Scrabble Spelling

    This is my first year with two kids officially in homeschooling! Although, I really have to plan like I'm homeschooling all three, because it's unrealistic for the 2 year old…

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  8. Emergent Reader Activity: Discriminating Between Words

    I am currently teaching my 4 1/2 year old to read at home without a curriculum. We started with word families (you can read more about our "method" here), and…

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  9. Favorite Picture Books, Part 2

    Last month I shared some of our favorite picture books, and I have some more to add to the list! If you missed the first post on picture books for…

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  10. Learn to Read: Word Game

    As I mentioned the other day, I am starting to teach Gresham how to read. Although he does sit still better than Aidan ever did at this age, it helps…

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