Tag Archives: Reading

How my Son Ended up with a 740 SAT Critical Reading Score Instead of Going to a Military Boarding School

The short answer is I don’t know.

I mean about the 740 part. I do know about the not going to military school part. At age eight, reading had become such a battle, tears, angry words, no progress, the works. I don’t remember what we were actually trying to do but I do remember that it wasn’t working. I was so frustrated with his lack of progress that I called a friend, who of course, wasn’t there to answer, and left a message asking why I was homeschooling Ethan instead of sending him to military school. By the time she called back, I had calmed down and was ready to pursue homeschooling for another day. Continue reading »

Grammar and its Teaching: Challenging the Myths

The following article is from the Office of Educational Research and Improvement which is part of the Department of Education.

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Grammar is often misunderstood in the language teaching field. The misconception lies in the view that grammar is a collection of arbitrary rules about static structures in the language. Continue reading »

Three Homeschooling Resources I Wish I Knew About Earlier

light 200 There are a lot of excellent resources out there for homeschoolers. It would be impossible to list them all and foolish to try. After all, what works best for one child may not work for another. But that’s generally the point of homeschooling, there’s no one answer to every child’s learning needs. Continue reading »

Literature Circles

chairs 200Literature circles can be a useful method for homeschoolers to organize literature discussion groups.

Literature circles are a topic of interest to various literacy educators, and their use has been discussed in a variety of academic journals, conference papers, and workshops. Teachers at all grade levels utilize literature circles as a vehicle through which students learn to: think critically about literature, express their ideas in oral and written forms, and better enjoy their literacy experiences. Continue reading »