Starting A Book Club For Kids

Having led a few children's book clubs over the years, I think the most challenging thing involved wasn't prepping materials, having discussions or choosing books, but setting up the date and time! Everyone's schedules seem so hectic these days that it's often difficult to find a date and time that works for most people. Once you do that, everything is easy!

Learning to Read Apps

Do you use tech when you teach reading to your students, children or other people in your life? Have you used tech in teaching yourself to read? While some purists may argue against using tech at a young age, others have found it to be helpful in assisting people how to read. From websites to videos to apps, accessing different ways to learn has never been easier. The problem many people find is that there are too many choices.

OMG Shakespeare

If you've ever wanted to make Shakespeare more accessible to your children or students, a new line of books called OMG Shakespeare may be just what you're looking for. Told in texts, OMG Shakespeare tells your favorite plays like Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night's Dream as if they occured today rather than in the time of the Bard.

Third Grade Reading Retention Law

Forget No Child Left Behind. In 2020, Michigan will join 15 states pushing a Third Grade Retention Reading Law, which states that children who can't read at grade level will be held back in third grade rather than progressing to the next grade level. While there are definitely pros and cons to the program, those against it are worried that it will put up to 70% of ELL students behind due to its restrictions. 

My Weird School: Fast Facts

Do you have a chid or friend in your life who loves to collect a bunch of facts? Are you a Jeopardy! lover yourself? If so, you would love the My Weird School: Fast Facts series. Written by Dan Gutman and illustrated by Jim Paillot, the series of books covers everything from geography to sports, space to biology and human health. It's a great pick for kids who love to learn a bunch of facts about their subjects of interest. 

Should Any Books Be Banned?

When it comes to banning books, most bibliophiles are vehemently against the practice. There’s no room for censorship among artists and free thinkers, right? When parents want to ban books like To Kill a Mockingbird or One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest from high school reading lists, most lovers of literature protest, arguing that the themes of these books are important for young adults to experience.

Explore The Secret Garden

Use this pdf as a Secret Garden book project.

I like to add projects to the homeschool curriculum that I purchase. That is one of the freedoms I enjoy as a homeschooling parent. Recently, I started my daughter on The Secret Garden book project. I didn't think much of it, but this past week another homeschooling parent found out I was doing it and wanted the information so that she could do it with her daughter.

Painted toast art project

Artwork you can eat.

I just saw a recipe on Pinterest that I had totally forgotten about. Most preschools and elementary schools have used this art project because it is simple and fun. I see much potential to expand upon this as it captures the attention of young children. I plan on sharing it with all of my homeschooling friends.

To make the painted toast you will need the following ingredients:

A day in the life of a homeschooler

A sample of what my daughter's life is like as a homeschooler.

If you don't homeschool, chances are you have the wrong idea about homeschooling. I come across this almost on a weekly basis when people ask my daughter where she goes to school and I give the famous, “She's homeschooled” answer. Because there is such a misconception associated with homeschooling, I decided to write about a typical homeschool day.

6:00 am Everyone starts waking up.


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