How to Create Your Own Amazingly Simple Cursive Program

How to Create Your Own Amazingly Simple Cursive Program

Researchers are confirming what educators have known since the dawn of time; handwritten work increases retention, comprehension, and higher brain function. On some levels this sounds counter-intuitive, even “archaic,” in an age where we are surrounded by digital devices. Many are arguing children need to have more keyboarding … Read More…

How We Homeschool: Mom of 15 Shares the Details

How We Homeschool: Mom of 15 Shares the Details

So…as I have promised, here is how we are doing it. Please keep in mind, this is only a snapshot. If you took a picture of how we did it 20 years ago, you may have not recognized it as the same thing. We have adapted according to … Read More…

The Best Almost Free Language Arts Curriculum You’ll Ever Need

The Best Almost Free Language Arts Curriculum You’ll Ever Need

If you have more than one child and you are homeschooling, you know about Scattered Brain Syndrome. Since I have 15 children, I guess my brain is more scattered than the rest of civilization (an excuse I might use when apologizing for missing that doctor’s appointment on Monday…). … Read More…

How to Print and Bind Old Books for Homeschooling {Video Tutorial}

How to Print and Bind Old Books for Homeschooling {Video Tutorial}

One of my favorite things about this digital age is the easy access to old books. They are such a boon to modern homeschooling in so many ways and the price is just right (mostly FREE)! The only problem is how to get them into the hands of … Read More…

More than 15 Homeschool Hacks from a Mom of 15

More than 15 Homeschool Hacks from a Mom of 15

It doesn’t take a genius to educate a large family at home, but it does take quite a bit of focus and ingenuity. This is especially true when considering the direction and logistical details for another year of learning. If you are like me, you can use any … Read More…

Yes, You CAN Homeschool a Large Family!

Yes, You CAN Homeschool a Large Family!

The other day I was listening to an interview with a well-known author who questioned the idea of homeschooling a large family. She wasn’t being spiteful or mean, and from her perspective it was true; she only had four children and she was basing her assumptions on her … Read More…

How to Place Your Children in the McGuffey Readers

How to Place Your Children in the McGuffey Readers

As I have been doing a few videos on using the McGuffey’s for homeschooling the same question continues to be asked: How do I know what level to put my child in? I know this is a quandary, especially when considering that these wonderful books do not go … Read More…

Using the McGuffey Readers for Progressing Readers and Writers

Using the McGuffey Readers for Progressing Readers and Writers

As promised, I have uploaded my next installment on how I use the “McG’s” as we affectionately call them.

 

This time my focus is on those who are reading on their own, but need further practice and guidance as they are developing their skills. I also offer some general practical advice on homeschooling.

 

I am having so much fun doing these! I can’t wait until I can set these things up for another round of video sharing–hope you enjoy!

 

The McGuffey Readers for Beginning Readers

The McGuffey Readers for Beginning Readers

I know in my last post I introduced the McGuffey readers. I hope you came away with some valuable information and are a bit less mystified. In this installment of my video chats I try to give a general idea of how I use these marvelous books to teach “emerging” readers and writers. I hope you enjoy!

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Video Intro to the McGuffey Readers

Video Intro to the McGuffey Readers

Because I have received so many requests about the McGuffey readers, I thought I would sit down and record a few short chats on the subject.

Nothing posh or polished, just me in our basement “school” room (you might see a child streaking behind me about half-way through!).

More to come!

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