• How to Teach Kids to Read and Tips for Kids Who Are Struggling Readers
    homeschool basics,  language arts,  reading

    HOW TO TEACH KIDS TO READ & tips for struggling readers

    I’ve been asked many times how to teach kids to read, especially since I shared how we teach language arts without a curriculum and I finally got around to making a video about it. I didn’t want to just leave it at how I taught my kids to read, I also wanted to share some tips for helping kids who are struggling readers or are taking longer to learn to read. I taught each of my kids the same way and one caught on quicker than the other. That being said, there have been a few things we’ve done with our struggling reader that have drastically improved his reading ability.…

  • language arts,  resources,  unschooling

    Teaching English Without a Curriculum & some of our favorite language arts resources

    Welcome to the teaching without a curriculum series! Today we are kicking things off by chatting about how my kids learn English Language Arts in our homeschool without a curriculum. Check back next Friday for the next subject in this series! You can see the whole series here.           You can check out our favorite Language Arts resources here.         Also, if you want free, printable Mad Libs, we’ve used these ones.

  • Memes and Jokes to Teach Your Children Grammar in a Fun Way
    language arts,  memes

    Memes, Jokes and Puns to Teach Your Children Grammar in a Fun Way

    I’m a big fan of grammar memes, and judging by how popular they are when I share them on Instagram, I’m not alone! But let me be honest, just because I love grammar memes does not mean I have the perfect grammar. I’m already worried about all the mistakes I’ll be making just writing an introduction to a grammar post! (I’m sure my overuse of exclamation marks is a very big grammar no-no.) Memes and funny grammar jokes are a great way to learn about grammar with your kids, it’s a way to make an otherwise boring subject like grammar fun. I would be remiss to write this post and…

  • Free Creative Writing Story Prompts - fun prompts for creative writing for elementary and middle grades
    free printables,  language arts,  resources

    Free Creative Writing Story Prompts

    One thing I want to incorporate into our upcoming homeschool year that we have never done before is to add in some creative writing. My daughter does some writing on her own here and there, a couple of years ago she was dictating her stories to me while I typed them out on the computer and now she’s switched over to writing her own stories out. Recently she was working on creating a list of characters for a story, it included a family tree and short descriptions of each of the characters, too cute. And while I love that she chooses to write her own stories I wanted to be…

  • When teaching your child to read- should you use phonics or a whole language approach?
    language arts,  reading

    Phonics vs Whole Language When Teaching Reading

    I honestly have no idea how I learned to read. I don’t know who taught me or what kind of process they used but I know that I have been a voracious reader since I was young. Since reading is such a big part of my life I want my kids to love reading as well. I truly feel blessed to have taught/be teaching both of my kids to read. So many people have told me that teaching their kids to read is one thing that scares them away from homeschooling, they just don’t know how to do it. To be honest, I didn’t either!     People often assume…

  • Creating a Rich Writing Experience in Our Homeschool with Brave Writer and The Writer's Jungle
    language arts,  methods & philosophies,  real homeschool stories

    Creating a Rich Writing Experience in Our Homeschool

    I’m honestly not sure if one can be involved in the homeschool community in any way online without quickly hearing about Brave Writer. If you read around homeschool blogs for more than five minutes you are going to hear about someone raving about Julie and Brave Writer. And for good reason. Remember when I was talking about Poetry Tea Time and how much my kids adore it (if I forget one week they are bound to remember)? Well, Poetry Tea Time is the brain child of Julie over at Brave Writer. I recently received The Writer’s Jungle from Brave Writer after hearing so many people rave about it. When people…