Christmas Poetry Study for All Ages

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Studying poetry is a fun  way to build reading comprehension skills.  It lends itself well to developing the skills of visualization and understanding descriptive language.  Christmas poetry can inspire even the most reluctant learners due to the excitement around the holiday. Below are several poems with suggested discussion questions, concepts to study and/or activities to … Continue reading Christmas Poetry Study for All Ages

Homeschooling Through the Holidays: The History of Celebrating Christmas

Joseph and Mary looking at baby Jesus laying in a manger.

Have you ever wondered how it came to be that we celebrate Jesus's birthday?  From the earliest days, Christians have celebrated his resurrection, but when and how did we start to celebrate his birth? My oldest child and I love to study history.  Now that he is getting older, I thought it would be interesting … Continue reading Homeschooling Through the Holidays: The History of Celebrating Christmas

Five Tips for Teaching Vocabulary in Children’s Literature

James and the Giant Peach book with printable vocabulary pages on either side of it.

When I worked in the schools, the way vocabulary was taught was a major pet peeve of mine.  The typical method was to use a set of worksheets or workbooks that taught ten words a week that were not related to anything else in the curriculum.  Sometimes, they weren't even really related to each other! … Continue reading Five Tips for Teaching Vocabulary in Children’s Literature

Studying Descriptive Language with Children’s Literature

Stack of Children's Books

Do you study descriptive language with your children?  Some people wait until their children are older and are working on higher level writing skills, but I like to start studying descriptive language as early as kindergarten.  One, it is fun to talk about!!  But, it also helps build comprehension skills, an appreciation for good writing, … Continue reading Studying Descriptive Language with Children’s Literature