Category Archives: Elementary

Being a Scribe for Your Child: The Secret to Easier Homeschool Lessons

Some children love writing and choose to write little notes or annotate pictures they have drawn just for fun. Others are less keen and write only when they must. Reluctance can make writing a battle, and language arts becomes the … Continue reading

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The Three Rs: Covering the Basics as a New Homeschooler

When you think about a good education, you think about the three Rs: reading, writing and arithmetic. How might you approach these key areas in your children's homeschool education? Here's a basic overview of the foundations you'll want to cover … Continue reading

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33 Techniques for Better Handwriting

Some children almost seem born to write neatly. From their first letters on, they write carefully and neatly, staying between the lines with enviable precision. Most children, however, need a lot more work to write neatly. Here are techniques to … Continue reading

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Is My Child Learning Enough?

Every homeschool parent occasionally wonders if their children are learning everything they need to know. Since a literature-based learning approach doesn't use traditional testing, it can be even harder to objectively assess what your children are learning.  If you are feeling … Continue reading

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My Hand Hurts! | When Muscle Strength Makes Handwriting Hard

Handwriting is a subject which can elicit complaints by young students: “Writing makes my hand hurt.” “It’s too much writing.” “That assignment is too long.” “It’s too hard.”  These complaints can be indicative of muscle weakness—one of the major causes … Continue reading

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5 Reasons Not to Avoid Tough Topics with Your Kids

I’ve heard it over and over. I’ve even thought it myself. I remember specifically reading the book Aztecs, Incas, and Mayans from HBL D. As I was reading about human sacrifice, I remember looking over at my fourth grader and … Continue reading

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13 Ways to Change Your Child's Attitude Toward Copywork

Copywork...some kids love it. Some kids hate it. If your child is in the hate camp, you might be wondering how to make it more enjoyable for them. I’m here to help! Copywork doesn’t have to be a drudgery. It … Continue reading

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