• Poetry Tea Time in our homeschool
    book lists,  elementary,  middle grades,  poetry,  real homeschool stories

    Easy & Enjoyable Poetry Tea Time in Our Homeschool

    Poetry Tea Time is something we’ve been doing for a few months now in our homeschool and I’ve had a few people ask about it. I first came across the idea of Poetry Tea Time on Instagram and through my rabbit trail found out that the idea started with Julie from Brave Writer. Of course it did, she’s brilliant. At first I didn’t even want to start with poetry tea time, feeling overwhelmed and like everything had to be perfect. And while I do love perfection, I just knew if that’s what it needed to be it wouldn’t happen. So, I threw the idea of perfection out of the window. I…

  • 7 Books for Learning About Oceans and Sea Creatures
    book lists,  elementary,  middle grades,  picture books,  science

    7 Books For Studying Oceans & Sea Creatures

    I totally blame it on the show Octonauts but we’ve been on a bit of an underwater kick around here lately. Each week Raeca picks a new animal or two to learn about in science and we’ve had a good stretch of sea creatures; pilot fish, jellyfish and the green sea turtle). The kids have quite enjoyed the show and I appreciate the educational aspect while it is still entertaining. This new found interest in sea creatures has prompted us to start looking through those sections of the books we already own as well as discovering new-to-us books. The ones on this list have been great resources for our studies.…

  • 6 Beautiful Books, Maps and Atlases for kids. A great way to introduce a love for geography in kids.
    book lists,  elementary,  geography,  middle grades

    6 Beautiful Maps, Books and Atlases to Get Kids Interested in Geography

    I love geography and learning about the world and I have a strong desire to pass this interest down to my children. I want to go everywhere, see everything and experience it all. While this may not exactly be possible right now I am trying my best to teach them about different countries and cultures while we stay at home. One of the ways I love to do this is through beautiful books. In the last few years there have been some gorgeous maps and atlases for kids come onto the scene. And while they may be geared towards the kids I love them just as much, if not, even…

  • Great classic novels for grades 7, 8 & 9. Perfect for those between the middle grade and young adult novels.
    book lists,  high school,  middle grades

    Classic Novels for Grades 7, 8 & 9

    We are on to the second last list of classics! If you missed it you can check out the other lists: Classic Novels for Kindergarteners (ages 4-6) Classic Novels for Grades 1 & 2 Classic Novels for Grades 3 & 4 Classic Novels for Grades 5 & 6   Yet again, let me say that if your children (or you!) haven’t read any of the books on the previous lists even if they are below grade level they are good reads for all ages!     Classic Novels for Grades 7, 8 & 9   The Complete Sherlock Holmes Written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle between the years 1867 and…

  • Classic Novels for grades 5 and 6. Perfect for read alouds or for them to read on their own.
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    Classic Novels for Grades 5 & 6

    Let’s continue our list of kids classics by looking at some great novels for grades 5 and 6. If you missed it you can check out the other lists: Classic Novels for Kindergarten (ages 4-6) Classic Novels for Grades 1 & 2 Classic Novels for Grades 3 & 4 Classic Novels for Grades 7, 8 & 9   Once again, if you have kids in grades 5 & 6 that haven’t read any of the books on the previous lists I’d recommend they read those ones too. I’ve tried to include books on these lists that appeal to a wide audience which works great for those who homeschool children through a…

  • Classic books to read aloud with grade 3 and 4. They are truly classic novels the whole family will love.
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    Classic Novels for Grades 3 & 4

    Let’s continue our list of kids classics by looking at some great novels for grades 3 and 4. If you missed it you can check out the other lists: Classic Novels for Kindergarteners (ages 4-6) Classic Novels for Grades 1 & 2 Classic Novels for Grades 5 & 6 Classic Novels for Grades 7, 8 & 9 Once again, if you have kids in grades 3 or 4 but realize you haven’t read some of the books on the kindergarten or grade 1 & 2 lists, feel free to go back and read those ones too, they are seriously good not matter the age of the child (hey, I still…