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WriteShop vs Structure and Style (IEW) - (2020 Curriculum Review)

WriteShop vs Structure and Style (IEW) – (2020 Curriculum Review)

Writing Curriculum ReviewFinding a good writing curriculum for your middle school kid can be tricky.SCROLL TO WATCH(Okay … middle school age can be tricky with everything … but that’s a conversation for a different time!)A good middle school writing curriculum needs to cover basics like constructing a paragraph and then teach how to write an […]

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A Fabulous Way to Help Your Struggling Speller

A Fabulous Way to Help Your Struggling Speller

Struggling spellers — it’s a real thing in my homeschool. Spelling always came pretty easily to me. So I was a little surprised as my kids got older and three out of the four needed help with spelling … A LOT of help.At first, I figured it was just a matter of working on memorization. But […]

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What to Do When Your 11 Year Old Can’t Read

What to Do When Your 11 Year Old Can’t Read

Is your kid struggling to learn how to read? Do you find yourself waking up in the middle of the night thinking, “My kid can’t read … what am I going to do???”If so, I totally get it! Of my four children, three of them took forever to learn to read.  SCROLL TO WATCHMy daughters […]

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Best Storytelling Games for Kids

Best Storytelling Games for Kids

We have used A LOT of games in our homeschool over the years, and storytelling games are some of my favorite!I’ve shared in the past how we use storytelling in our homeschool to help with creative writing and also for kids who are struggling with writing.But we’ve also just played storytelling games because they are […]

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Numbers league math game review

Practice Mental Math with Superheroes {Numbers League Game Review}

I love finding new math games for kids.Over the years, we’ve used math games in our homeschool to explore new math ideas, review math concepts in fun and engaging ways, and just have fun as a family! SCROLL TO WATCHThe coolest part of playing a math game — as opposed to doing math worksheets or […]

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Transcontinental railroad living history book review

Best Book to Learn about the Transcontinental Railroad {Echoes of Hammers and Spikes Review}

Do you remember learning about the Transcontinental Railroad in school as a kid? I do. I remember being fascinated by the race between the Central Pacific and the Union Pacific. SCROLL TO WATCHI remember thinking it wasn’t fair that the Central Pacific didn’t have to go nearly as far … until I learned they had to […]

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Favorite Math Games in Our Homeschool (for All Ages)

We’ve always been a fan of using math games in our homeschool to practice math facts. Addition, subtraction, multiplication, division … if there was a game, I wanted to play it instead of reviewing in more conventional ways. I also wanted to find games that weren’t “just” practice … but also were fun and had great […]

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Fabulous Graphic Novel Historical Fiction Series for Kids – {Nathan Hale Hazardous Tales Review}

We LOVE historical fiction in our house! It’s such a fabulous way to make history come alive and for kids to really remember key historical events. We ALSO love graphic novels … SCROLL TO WATCHOkay – full disclosure – I’ve been a skeptic of graphic novels for years. After all, can it REALLY be great content if […]

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Homeschool writing ideas prompts dixit game review

Sharpen Kids’ Creative Writing Skills with THIS Wordless Game {Dixit Game Review}

Creative writing is super important in our homeschool. I think it helps my kids express themselves, figure out who they are, and how they want to relate to the world.SCROLL TO WATCHIt also provides an easier way to practice grammar and punctuation and all the other writing conventions that will help them communicate well as they […]

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Blokus Homeschool board game review

Enhance Spatial Learning with This Board Game (Great for Kinesthetic Learners!) {Review Blokus}

For over 16 years, we have used games in our homeschool to make learning fun and exciting. We’ve played storytelling games and grammar games to help with reading and writing. We’ve played tons of math games to help with adding and multiplying and critical thinking.SCROLL TO WATCHWhen we started, we didn’t call it gameschooling — we just […]

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