20 Classic Children's Books Every Child Should Read

20 Classic Children's Books Every Child Should Read

I love books! Real books, not electronic books. There is something about the sound of a hardback book being opened. The smell and feel of the paper as you are turning the pages. Did I mention, I love books? Anytime I enter a thrift store, antique shop, or used bookstore I go to the children's books.  I’ve bought vintage children’s books just because. Many times, it’s not because of a special memory, but because it drew me to it.

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Preparing Your Child for Kindergarten

Preparing Your Child for Kindergarten

Preparing your child for kindergarten is a must. Whether you send your little one to a preschool or you teach them yourself, your child will benefit from an early childhood education. As a kindergarten teacher, I see the difference between the children who attended preschool and those who did not. While I am for keeping children at home as long as possible, parents need to make sure they prepare their children for kindergarten.

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40 Bible Verses Every Child Should Memorize

40 Bible Verses Every Child Should Memorize

Today I'm sharing 40 Bible verses every child should memorize. This past week I  put together a list to send home of the Bible verses my little kindergarteners will learn this year. As the list grew I remembered learning these verses when I was their age. I count it an honor to be teaching these precious children the verses I remember quoting in my kindergarten class. This year, I’m teaching the Positive Action for Christ curriculum with the added ABC verses from Abeka. I love these little verses because they are easy for little ones to memorize.

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4 Things to Consider Before Sending Your Child Back to School

4 Things to Consider Before Sending Your Child Back to School

I’m returning to the classroom. I’m excited and yet, I’m nervous. The social and mental makeup of families has changed since I was in the classroom last. While I dealt with many differences in the past, we have a new generation raising children and those children are the ones I will be teaching. And that scares me. Why does it scare me? Turn on the news and open your social media pages and you’ll see why I’m nervous. If you don’t see a problem, you might need to take a closer look.

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8 Things I Would Change in Our Homeschool if I Could Start Over

8 Things I Would Change in Our Homeschool if I Could Start Over

Thirteen years ago, I never thought I would be here - the mom of a homeschool graduate.  As I look back over the years, I realize if I could have a do-over, there would be things I would change in our homeschool. While I will not worry about those things because they are in the past. I want to share them with you so if you are still in the trenches of homeschooling your children, you can be on the lookout for the same things. Who knows, you may even see yourself in me.

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A Look Back: Our Early Years of Homeschool Curriculum

A Look Back: Our Early Years of Homeschool Curriculum

At the beginning of my blogging years, I never thought about sharing our curriculum choices for the early grades. Blogs were just what they sounded like – web logs or online diaries for others to read. I was quickly finding blogging friends through my home life posts; they were basically a peek into our daily lives. I was enjoying peeking into other homes and learning about other families. When I realized I should share our curriculum choices, I was already in several years of homeschooling, so I started with that year. Over the years, I’ve said I would share what we used in those early years, but I never have, until now.

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Repeating a Grade: 6 Things to Consider

Repeating a Grade: 6 Things to Consider

In the twelve years of classroom teaching, I had several instances where I had to recommend a child to be held back. The first set of parents refused to listen to anything the administration or I said but retained the child the very next year (which turned out to be a good thing). I experienced parents, who pulled their children from a private school setting and placed them in the public school to keep them from repeating a grade. A couple quickly followed through with our recommendation with no questions being asked. Then there were the parents who were concerned and wanted to do what was best

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