Oak Meadow {Review}: A Complete Curriculum

Choosing a curriculum or a method that works for your child isn’t always an easy task. I’ve been homeschooling for over 10 years and only just managed to find a program that has worked for one of my children. In this post, I will review Oak Meadow Sixth Grade that we used this year to …

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Canadian History-Based Writing Lessons from IEW

I am excited to share that I’ve been working with the Institute for Excellence in Writing to put together a Canadian History-Based Writing Lessons book. Using the approach taught by the Teaching Structure and Style workshop by Andrew Pudewa, this book gives your child the chance to practice their writing skills while using Canadian history …

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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 …

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Story Planner – A Free Printable To Develop Your Creative Story

There are two basic ways to create a story. The first is to sit down and just start writing a story, throwing your ideas onto a page and hoping it becomes a developed adventure. The other way involves a lot of planning and diving into your adventure before you actually start putting your story down …

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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 …

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Smart Start in Language Arts

Smart Start In Language Arts: A Review of a Complete Language Program

I recently learned about a Canadian language arts program called Smart Start in Language Arts by Books 4 Results. Offering books for grades 1 through 4 for both schools and homeschoolers, this program takes kids from learning their letters and sounds through reading novels and grammar skills. Based out of Alberta, the author of this …

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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 …

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Abracadabra – A Web-based Literacy Program

Abracadabra – called ABRA – is short for A Balanced Reading Approach for CAnadians Designed to Achieve Best Results for All. Designed for students in the preschool to early elementary school age range, this website takes young readers on an adventure with a girl named Julie and her cat, Leo, when they discover a magic …

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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 …

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