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11 Tips To Teach Telling Time

11 tips to teach telling time - Whether they are in kindergarten, first, 2nd, or 3rd grade, most early elementary kids are trying to figure out how to tell time. You will find activities, worksheets, and games for parents and teachers in this awesome post that includes how to tell time to the hour and minute. Teaching the clock has never been so easy or so much fun!

My kids like to stay up until midnight on New Year’s Eve. The trouble with this is that they normally go to bed at 8:30, and by 9 or 9:30, they are so exhausted that they are lying on the couch and not even picking up their heads. It’s pathetic. Grace, our now 10-year-old, taught herself to tell time at a very early age, and we had to secretly change all the clocks to three hours fast so that she would think she was staying up until midnight, even when she was going to bed at 9. Don’t judge me … Read more

Snakes and Ladders – A Free Printable Learning Game for Kids

Free printable learning games for kids - This fun Snakes and Ladders game can be used a variety of ways for teaching reading skills, numbers, counting, and more. Best for preschool and elementary, but fun for adults and older kids, too!

I didn’t know what to call this post because it’s partly about how I feel like I’m failing as a homeschool parent, and partly about how I made up a super fun printable Snakes and Ladders game for Allie and me to play to practice her numbers, counting, and reading skills. Working full-time and homeschooling are two things that do not appear to mix on the surface, and actually do not mix well in practice either.  I am tired when I get home from work, and the kids are tired when I get home from work. No one wants to … Read more

How to Homeschool Fourth Grade – Curriculum Choices for 2016

For fourth grade, we are doing traditional homeschool. We have done cyber school in the past, but we need the freedom and flexibility of traditional homeschooling and switched over about a year and a half ago. Fourth grade is exciting for me because we have fully switched over from learning to read to reading to learn. Grace’s reading skills are really advanced and she loves to read for pleasure (score!!!). She hesitates to read “school books” so I try to label as little as possible as school material. I have always liked the ideas of Charlotte Mason in that we … Read more

How To Homeschool Third Grade

Last spring, we quit the cyber school. Grace hated the Calvert curriculum, she hated school time, she was grumpy, and I dreaded making her do work. Nothing was working. All of the beauty of homeschool was dying dead because I was afraid of some record keeping. One morning, I woke up to the fact that we were drowning in boxed curriculum, and I asked her if she wanted to quit. “YES!” she said. “CAN WE QUIT TODAY?!” So we did. We quit that day, and we have never looked back. Knowing what I know now, I wish we had quit … Read more

9 Smart Ways to Prevent Summer Learning Loss

Summer is the time for playing, relaxing, going on vacation, and watching tv, right? Right? Not exactly. According to a 2001 study from the University of Missouri, kids lose an average of 2 months’ educational progress over the summer. 2 months! In other words, they have to relearn in September and October what they already learned in April and May (or May and June). The regression happens to homeschoolers and traditional schoolers alike. Kids seem to lose the most in math, but also often lose ground in reading and other subjects, as well. Don’t throw up your hands in despair … Read more

How to Homeschool Second Grade

Grace turned 7 in June, and we are just about to finish second grade. We continue to participate in a cyber school (here’s why we chose that route). I wanted to quit the cyber school (and its curriculum) partway through last year, but I thought Grace and I should make the decision together. Quitting meant she would have to give up the in-person classes she really enjoys (art, music, and dance), but it would have given us a lot more freedom and flexibility in terms of day to day schoolwork. Grace was adamant that she did not want to quit, so … Read more