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Penmanship: Why Teach It & Ideas For Kids Who Hate Writing

In this modern age, where technology is literally at our fingertips, is penmanship even a skill that needs to be taught to our children? Is there still a place or need for handwriting in our society? Once upon a time, people had pride in their penmanship skills. Much time was spent in classrooms all over […]

Hearne’s Incredible Overland Journey – An Arctic Exploration Literature Study

Studying Canadian history is way more interesting when you take a closer look at the people and stories instead of just the facts and dates. For example, the Arctic exploration. If you get down to the stories of the men who braved the frozen north, you discover a whole bunch of interesting events. In 1914, Canadian […]

Teach Your Kids About … Nouns

Nouns are the people, places, and things in our world. It can be a challenge for kids to fully understand the difference between words that are nouns and words that are verbs, common and proper, and other word relations. Here are some great resources to help your child really grasp these concepts. Recognizing Nouns Nouns […]

Teach Your Kids About …. Question Marks (and other punctuation)

Developing skills with grammar and punctuation is an important skill for everyone to learn. Here are some resources to help make those question marks, periods, commas, and all the rest make more sense. Lessons Punctuation Pals Curriculum by Dr. Hope How to Teach the English Punctuation System on Busy Teacher Punctuation Lesson Plan on BBC Schools […]

Grammar Check Makes Your Writing Even Better

This post contains affiliate links. By now, we are all familiar and comfortable with spell-check. But what about grammar check? Thankfully, there is an excellent tool you can use to help make your writing more efficient. Find out if you’ve used the proper there/their/they’re, if you have commas in all the right places, used the […]

Punctuation? Book Cov

Punctuation Book Review

Are you learning about punctuation? Sometimes, it can be a little challenging to come up with a clear definition of what each part of punctuation is used for. If this is you, or your child, you might want to check out this little book called Punctuation..? by User Design. Only 35 pages long, this little book from […]

Spelling

Homeschool Spelling Advice

Is spelling an important thing to teach in our homeschool? This month, some of the Canadian Homeschool Blogging Team shares their experiences with spelling. Jen – Reasons Why I Think Kids Should Learn To Spell There are many life skills that are no longer required in public school as I learned that day in talking with […]

Teach Your Kids About … Dolch Sight Words

In the 1940’s,  a man named Edward Dolch published a list of 220 commonly used words of the English language – mostly in children’s books of the time. Intended to be taught as “sight words” instead of phonetically sounded out, this list of Dolch Sight Words is still important for our kids to recognize while reading even today! […]

alphabet

Teach your child about … the Alphabet

One of the questions I’m asked a lot from parents of toddlers and preschoolers is just wondering how to get started with teaching their kids. Although my response is typically along the lines of remembering their child is still very young and to focus on just playing and learning that way – I know that […]