Language Arts

Mini Offices

The following websites and blogs contain information and resources to help you create mini offices for use in your own homeschool. Please post any additional resources in the comments. ABC Teach Mini Offices This web page has printable pdf files including basic directions, fractions, and grammar. Creative Homeschooling Mini Offices This web page has a wonderful article about mini offices. Amy includes a list of things that she put in her mini offices and links to the sources. She also includes other ideas for things to put in your own mini offices. She shares a couple of pictures and a …

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Magazines For Kids

My amazing list of links to magazines for kids: American Girl – for girls ages 8-12 Appleseeds – ages 8-11 ASK – ages 7-10 Babybug – ages 0-2 Boomerang (Audio Magazine) – family Boy’s Life – ages 8-14 Boys’ Quest – ages 6-14 Calliope – ages 9+ Chickadee – ages 6-9 Chirp – ages 3-6 Click – ages 3-7 Cicada –  ages 12+ Clubhouse – ages 8-12 Clubhouse Junior – ages 3-7 Cobblestone – ages 9+ Creation Illustrated – family Creative Kids – ages 8-14 Cricket –  ages 9+ Crinkles – ages 7-12 Dig – ages 9+ Discovery Girls – …

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Mountain Born

We finished reading Mountain Born. The kids really connected with this book. It was a different kind of read for us, but really good. The language was challenging and stretched us. The topics were deep and we had much discussion about life and death. My husband and I were amazed at the symbolism the author included. We can’t wait to read more of her works. She has written over 40 books. If you are wanting to do more with this book, here is a collection of resources that you might find useful. Resources for studying Mountain Born.

Gooney Bird Greene

We just finished Gooney Bird Greene and absolutely loved it. The kids begged daddy to keep reading more and more each night and even I didn’t want daddy to stop reading. He used funny voices and made the story that much more entertaining. I was thrilled to discover that Lois Lowry has more books in this series. There are now four books (and I hope there will someday be more). The first book covered many things including the parts of a story (beginning, middle, and end). The next three books cover words, fables, and poetry. I can’t wait to get …

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Penguins, Penguins, Everywhere

I have been making some penguin things recently and I have seen people mentioning them on their blogs. I created The Penguin Path back in December and had a lot of fun trying my hand at graphic design. Spesamor Academy mentioned me in her post titled Penguins Part One and shows a picture of her children using the game board. My first download of 2010 was Penguin Learns The Alphabet. My second download of this year was Penguin Learns -at Words. These two downloads were tons of work to make, but loads of fun. Cariann over at Unionvale mentioned me …

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Reading Resources

I was asked yesterday for some basic phonics and reading resources. Here are some of the best resources that I have found. I have included a short note under each link so that you can determine the appropriateness for your own family. Starfall This is a link to the free download center at Starfall. If you like the activities on the website, these compliment them perfectly. Here is a link to Starfall’s home page. Alphabet Set 1 This set of worksheets from Beginning Reading will help your child work on their letters. They are very simple. Alphabet Set 2 This …

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