Category: Language Arts – Grammar Spelling Reading Writing Categories

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25 Beloved Books for Kids Ages 8-12

Today I’m going to share a list of chapter books for older kids.  This is a great selection of books. We’ve now read every book on this list (and then some!!).  Many of them we read aloud together.  I loved Hatchet so much that I read this aloud with LD and then read it again to DD just this year.  Sometimes its fun to share the excitement together. Our family...

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25 Beloved Picture Books for Kids Ages 4-8

We absolutely love reading. This is a book I compiled one summer of the books our family loves!  Just click on the picture or link below to print out the list. Books–25 Beloved Books Free Printable Lists 25 Beloved Books for 4-8 Year Olds (In no particular order) These are affiliate links. Millions of Cats  by Wanda Gág Miss Nelson Is Missing!by Harry Allard Strega Nona: Book & CD by...

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Free Summer-Fall 2016 Calendar; End of Yr Questionnaire; and a bit about our Writing Workshop

Hi Everyone, This is going to be a bit of a random post so bear with me! I’m going to talk about 3 separate things in this post. 1) Our free calendar printable and homeschool planning pages 2) A free end of year questionnaire for students and parents and 3) a random chat about our Homeschool Writing Workshop. Free Calendar, Homeschool Planning Pages and Homeschool Supply List: First, as many...

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Free Grammar Practice Sheets – to/two/too, there/they’re/their AND Plurals, Adding Endings

This time of year, we spend quite a bit of time polishing skills and reviewing material.  ED still needs more practice working on to/two/too, there/they’re/their, and some other homophones. Plus, I thought she could also use some practice on plurals and adding endings.  She has that down most of the time, but not always. So, if anyone can use these, they are FREE to download! The answer keys are also...

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Comma Rules and Practice Pages (Free Grammar Worksheets)

Today I’m sharing some free comma rules grammar worksheets.  The first page has the 11 common comma rules we’ve covered.  There are various practice sentences on the next two pages. The kids have to place the missing commas in each sentence and must write down the rule that goes along with it.  Some sentences have more than one missing comma (and so might have more than one comma rule that...

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er Sound Word Sort and Game: ur, ir, er, or, ear, our Spelling Words

ED is working on the /er/ sound.  She really enjoys the spelling word sort activities and enjoys playing these board games, so I made a new spelling activity for her with a desert scene!  These cover words spelled with ur such as burn, turn, nurse, church words spelled with ir such as girl, bird, shirt, dirt, circle words spelled with er such as summer, mother, desert words spelled with or...

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Spelling (Grade 2)

DD is a natural speller but both LD and ED have really benefited by the logical layout of the All About Spelling lessons. (affiliate link).  I do my very best to stay consistent working through those lessons.  It helps if we can work on spelling at least three times  a week.  During the spring semester, we also spend more time/attention on grammar, but we try to keep going with spelling...

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Irregular Verb Practice and Plural Nouns (Free Grammar Worksheets)

A week or so ago, we started reviewing irregular verbs and the plurals of nouns again. I realized the kids could use a bit more practice, so I pulled out some of the old grammar worksheets I made several years ago and had them work on those as well.  I thought I would put all three of these together here in the same post for anyone who might need to...

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Silent Letter Worksheets and Word Sort

The past few weeks, the kids have been working on some silent letter words.  The worked on words like… Words with a silent B such as: climb comb crumb doubt dumb Words with a silent C such as: scene scissors muscle fascinate Words with a silent D such as: handkerchief sandwich Wednesday Words with a silent G such as: campaign design gnat gnaw sign Words with a silent H such...

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Free Apostrophe Worksheet

This is another free apostrophe worksheet that I made for the kids last week.  This worksheet is mostly about showing possession and touches on possessive pronouns. In general apostrophes are used to show possession to show that a letter or letters have been omitted (ie. contractions) the plural of letters, numbers, and symbols If you can use it, this apostrophe worksheet is free to download.  There is an answer sheet...

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they’re/their/there, it’s/its, you’re/your, way/weigh – and other Homophones Worksheet

Today I’m sharing a very quick homophone worksheet I made for the kids. Some of the words they have to use correctly include: they’re/their/there it’s/its you’re/your way/weigh fare/fair witch/which new/knew right/write This homophone worksheet is free to download. There is an answer sheet too (though I don’t show it below). Hope someone else finds it useful! 🙂 ~Liesl Homophones Worksheet: they’re/their/there, it’s/its, you’re/your, etc. Other related posts that may be...

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Writing Workshop: Depth and Complexity Icons

How do you teach literary analysis to kids?  Helping students study and analyze literature on a deeper level In our new Writing Workshop Unit this January we are going to go look at books more analytically. Some of our mini-lessons have included story structure (building to a climax, etc); finding topics to write about; looking at the opening of books (hooking the reader);  using different techniques such as similes, metaphors,...

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Homeschool Language Arts: Our Year in Review and Resources Chart

Language arts is a subject that is always in progress, so it doesn’t make quite as snazzy of a year in review wrap-up, but I thought this might be a good opportunity to share some of our free grammar resources again in a nice, organized table form since those still are so popular. The chart also includes links to our popular Homeschool Writing Workshop series.  I’ve also included links to...

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15 Chapter Books My 7 Year Old Loved

It’s been a while since I’ve talked about books here in our homeschool. I thought I would spend some time highlighting the books my 7-year old has read and loved this fall. This past summer I bought a huge selection of chapter books that were reasonably short (roughly 100 pages or less). Last year she read through 35 of the Magic Tree House books. (affiliate link).  Just like my son, she...