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The REAL Miracle of the First Thanksgiving

  For many years during the month of November, we encouraged our young children to identify something every single day that they were thankful for.  We wrote these sweet sentiments down and hung each one on our "Thankful Tree" in preparation for Thanksgiving.   Once Thanksgiving Day arrives, my family enjoys the tradition of going around the table and sharing something from the past year that each of us are thankful for. I always ...

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Homeschool Reading Curriculum for Kindergarten

Looking for homeschool reading curriculum for your kindergartener?  Look no further than the Pathways to Reading Homeschool Basic Foundational Curriculum!  Research and evidence-based and adapted specifically for the homeschool setting! When we decided to homeschool last year, I looked at about a zillion homeschool reading programs for my daughter.  As a former first grade teacher, I was PICKY with a capital P!  I knew I wanted something ...

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Summer Reading BINGO for Older Kids (with a gigantic book list)

  In an effort to get my boys (ages 13 and 11) to branch out of their literary ruts, I created this Summer Reading BINGO for Older Kids that includes several different genres to choose from.  I have one child who only wants to read sports biographies during his independent reading time and another child who just reads the same book over and over.  We normally do some type of summer reading incentive so I am excited to force them out of ...

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Ivy Kids vs. Kiwi Crate: Which one is best?

Disclosure: I received a sample from Ivy Kids in exchange for this review.     If you have ever been interested in a subscription activity box for your child, one name has surely come up time and again due to their broad marketing reach.  We have both purchased and been gifted Kiwi Crate subscription boxes and have done MANY reviews on Ivy Kids subscription boxes as well.  Let's compare Ivy Kids vs. Kiwi Crate:  I'll share my ...

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Phonological Awareness Activities for Preschoolers Printable

These phonological awareness activities for preschoolers are perfect for helping set your child up for future reading success!  With no materials required beyond these printable cards, this is perfect for doing with your child on-the-go!   The more we learn about how our brains learn to read, the more apparent it is that phonological and phonemic awareness play a HUGE part in that process!  A longitudinal study published in 2014 ...

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The Tale of Despereaux Book Club Ideas

Looking for activities to go along with the book?  We've got you covered with these hands-on ideas to bring your next The Tale of Despereaux book club to life! We recently organized a Zoom book club for my first grade daughter and a few of her friends.  Obviously with our girls being only first graders, the moms read the book aloud to each of our daughters throughout the week.  We chose  The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo as our ...

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