How to Read Aloud: Part 3

LauraAll Posts, Early Elementary Education, Kindergarten, Motherhood

Tip: If you’ve gone to the trouble of developing a voice for a character, use it! Pull it into the parts of the story that aren’t direct quotations, but are expressions of the character’s thoughts or feelings. Here’s what I mean: Get a real accent! (Oh, the inspiration that may come your way through 10 Million Miles… Become a follower … Read More

How to Read Aloud: Part 2

LauraAll Posts, Early Elementary Education, Kindergarten, Motherhood

Tip #2: Develop the characters based upon what you know of human nature. (Oh, the inspiration that may come your way through 10 Million Miles… Become a follower today!)

How To Read Aloud: Part 1

LauraAll Posts, Early Elementary Education, Kindergarten, Motherhood

One of the reasons I love homeschooling is because it gives us so much time to read, read, read! How valuable the hours have been sitting at the kitchen table or snuggled up in the rocking chair with my daughters and some good books. I’ll tell ya what, though, I’d be sunk if I didn’t enjoy the process of reading … Read More

A Fireflyologist

LauraAll Posts, Early Elementary Education, Farm Life, Kindergarten

Enjoy the remaining summer evenings by joining the firefly watch! The Museum of Science in Boston is asking regular folks like you and me (and our firefly-loving kids) to observe the fireflies that frequent our habitats. We typed in our first field journal entry tonight. The website provides a simple explanation of the differences in color, flash pattern, and behaviors … Read More

Lamination in the Nation

LauraAll Posts, Early Elementary Education, Kindergarten

Thanks to a tip from Carissa at 1+1+1=1, I scored a deal on a laminator! (Who needs a teaching certificate when she can just buy a laminator?! I will always remember the laminated cards that my kindergarten teacher used to flip and flap against one another, making that perfect laminated sound… In fact, it was one of the first things … Read More

It’ll Cost Ya!

LauraAll Posts, Early Elementary Education, Kindergarten, Motherhood

Homeschooling tip: Whenever Vivienne can’t come up with an answer on her own (let’s say she blanks on 8 + 8), she can ask me for the answer, but it costs her! So, I name my price, which is usually that she has to repeat the question and the answer a certain number of times, and give her the answer. … Read More