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Grammar Can Be Fun!

Grammar Can Be Fun!


Posted By on Apr 23, 2016

    I’ve discovered grammar can be fun for kids!   I’ve laughed till tears run down my face!  My 8 and 11-year-old nephews cracked up begging for more!  My 4 and 6-year-old daughters were engaged, laughing, and wanted to do this every chance they get!  What is it?   Mad Libs Junior   I’d played Mad Libs occasionally, and yes it’s been moderately fun.  So I decided to...

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    Q Letter Activities   In preparation for additional volumes of the Alphabet Diaries, I decided to do a warm-up of sorts with words for another letter of the alphabet.   About four months ago, prompted by a desire to increase the availability of learning tools for Preschool and Kindergarten,  I completed activity sheets for”I” words. As a homeschooling mom, it’s not always easy to find...

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6 Advantages of Loose Parts Play

6 Advantages of Loose Parts Play


Posted By on Feb 6, 2016

    Loose Parts Play, What Is It?   Apparently loose parts play was a term coined decades ago. Most if not all of us have engaged in it at one time or another. It is a theory of play in which moveable, unattached materials are used in active play. An architect by the name of Simon Nicholson proposed the term back in the 1970’s. He strongly believed that “loose parts” within our environment form...

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Victor The Van

Victor The Van


Posted By on Dec 19, 2015

Updated from original publication on October 23, 2015, as part of the series called 31 Days of Methods In Madness. To read all the articles in the series click here.     As a writer and homeschooling mom of a kindergartener, I’ve wanted to write a pre-k to 1st-grade vocabulary word laced short story. I wanted to include coloring pages to correspond to the key vocabulary words.   I finally did just that...

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  Updated from original publication on October 20, 2015, as part of the series called 31 Days of Methods In Madness. To read all the articles in the series click here.     I’m a huge proponent of baby sign language! I’ve written about it before and the tremendous asset that Signing Time videos are in teaching children to sign in ASL. I started to sign with my girls around 6 months of age. It...

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Day 25 Method: Xylophone

Day 25 Method: Xylophone


Posted By on Oct 25, 2015

  Today, I’m going to take a little creative license. I’m on the 24th letter of the Alphabet in my 31-day writing challenge.   X   for Xylophone     I remember learning to read around 4 years of age. My mother used Phonics to teach me. My workbook contained letters of the alphabet with words under each letter. There seemed to be no shortage of words for each letter of the alphabet until...

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