Category: Language Arts – Grammar Spelling Reading Writing Categories

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Excellence in Reading Program – Certificate & T-Shirt

Someone in a group I’m in mentioned the Excellence in Reading Program run by Mensa for Kids.  You don’t have to be a member of Mensa to participate.   I really love their free printable reading lists (for K-3, 4-6, 7-8 and 9-12). There is a wonderful collection of books there. I’ll link to those below. Here is what the Excellence in Reading Program is about (from their website): To...

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Free Homophone Practice Worksheet (to-two-too, there-they’re-their, etc.)

Today, I have a free homophone practice worksheet to share with you.  I often make new worksheets when I notice particular problems crop up in the kids’ writing.  Today’s sheet highlights these homophones: to/two/too it’s/its are/our flower/flour there/they’re/their for/four It is free to download here: Free Homophone Practice Worksheet I have another set that we pulled out from a very long time ago.    If anyone has slightly younger kids,...

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Grammar in our Homeschool

This time of year, we spend time focusing a bit more on grammar. We have lots of free grammar worksheets here on the blog and I will link to some of those below.  In addition, I’d like to share some of the other grammar materials/resources we use in our homeschool. In the beginning of the year, we always start off the school year with our All About Spelling (affiliate link);...

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Write Your Own Haiku!

The past couple of days, the kids have been writing their own Haikus during our writing workshop time. Your family might have fun with this too! What is a haiku? It is a traditional form of Japanese poetry.  These seem simple as they are only three lines, but the kids found it to be tricky! A haiku has 5 syllables in the first line, 7 in the second, and 5...

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Reading List Grade 4-5

This is a list of some of the well-known children’s novels we’ve been working through the past few years.  Many of these books are award winning (Newbery Award) novels. I always enjoy pouring through other people’s reading lists and thought I would share some of the classics we have on our reading list. We’ve read many of the books on the list (but remember I have three kids!).  Just pick...

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Reading List – Grade 7-9

Today I thought I would share some of the literature that is on our reading list for grades 7 to 9. These are well-known classics.  We’re pretty flexible in that I won’t make them finish a book they “hate.”  Life’s too short and their are too many amazing books! Let me add that our list changes as the kids’ interest change and as we cover different things in our homeschool....

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Long E Words e, ee, ea, e-e, ie, ei, y, ey Activities and Games

Long-e Spellings: e, ee, ea, e-e, ie, ei, y and ey Spelling Word Sort Activities and Games Our family has used All About Spelling (affiliate link) for many years. It lays out various spelling rules in a really clear, easy to follow manner.  I’ve found that the kids also enjoy doing activities and games to help reinforce what they have learned. (Find out more about why we love the AAS program...

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All About Spelling: January $100 Giveaway

Did you know that All About Learning Press is giving away a $100 gift certificate this January towards the purchase of any of their products? A couple of years ago, I became an affiliate because we *love* their spelling program so much! Our family started using the All About Spelling program seven years ago, when my son was 6.  My older two used AAS for years and my youngest is...

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5 Tips for Helping Kids to Write – Writing Resource Pack (Currently FREE!)

“Mom, I don’t know what to write!” Have you ever heard that in your homeschool? Today I have five ways you can help kids when they are feeling stuck with their writing. At the end of this post, you can download our 35+ page writing resource packet. It is currently FREE to download! Writing Tips: Writing Resource Packet We’ve been using a writing workshop for a couple of years now. ...

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FREE Sight Word and CVC Holiday Activity Packet

Today’s holiday freebie is for those of you whose kids are just starting to read. It is 30-pages and has six sets of words that kids can work on: 2-letter sight words Bob Book Words (from Bob Books Set 1, affiliate link) CVC-Words -at, -it, -ot, -ut CVC Words -ad, -id, -od, -ud CVC Words -ag, -ig, -og, -ug CVC Words -an, -in, -on, -un Each set has a matching...

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K-Sound Spelling Word Sort Activities: c, k, ck, ch, cc, que

ED is working on the /k/ sound.  She really enjoys the word sort activities I’ve made for her, so this is a new set covering the hard K-sound with spellings c, k, ck, ch, cc and que. Words that use a c such as cat, scalp, cabin, picnic Words that use a k such as kite, sink, rake, king, milk, make, bark Words that use ck such as thick, neck,...

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Writing: Show Don’t Tell Practice Worksheets (Free Packet)

Today I have some writing practice pages to share with you about the concept, “Show Don’t Tell.” The kids and I are spending a number of days talking about this writing strategy. “Show Don’t Tell” helps the reader to experience the story by using descriptions, actions, thoughts, feelings, & emotions. Using this technique helps readers feel like they are right in the middle of the action! Here’s how I explained...

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NEW Language Arts Tab – Links to 75+ Grammar, Writing, Spelling and Literature Resources

Check out the NEW Language Arts Tab! I have created a resource page with links to dozens of our language arts posts.  We have all kinds of resources: Our free grammar pages have always been among the most visited pages on the blog. You’ll find links to our Comma Rules and Practice Pages Apostrophe and Quotation Mark Practice There/They’re/Their  and Its/It’s Worksheets and many more!! We have at least 20...

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sh ch th Word Sort Activities (Free!)

This activity is for kids who are learning to listen for the consonant blends: sh ch and th.  As the kids were learning to read, I had a wide variety of file folder games and activities that I would rotate into their workboxes. A friend of mine is working with her son and I couldn’t find original file I had used… so I made a new set to share with...