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Singing Through The Christmas Story

For not really being “singers”—and for most of us not really knowing that much about music—we are a pretty “sing-ee” family! We love to sing hymns and worship songs while we’re driving or sitting around the living room. If one of our pianists is here (Kara and Cami),...

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Christmas in the Car {reprint}

  Tonight as we drove home from an extended family Christmas gathering, reading aloud and singing, I was reminded of an old article I wrote for our newsletter several years ago—Christmas in the Car. I will post it in its entirety below—gotta sneak in those family...

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Fix Those Christmas Grammar and Usage Errors!

  Merry Christmas from Language Lady and Character Ink Press! It is the time of good cheer, festivities, magical moments with children, celebrating the Nativity--AND grammar errors galore! Usage errors are to be expected since many of the things we are writing...

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Charlie Brown Christmas (reprint)

  “Linus’ reading of the story of the Nativity was, quite simply, the dramatic highlight of the season.” Harriet Van Horne in the “New York World Telegram” December 1965 Every year our family enjoys reading about Christmas traditions and songs—how they began,...

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Teaching Three Kinds of Sentences

  Most second graders learn about three types of sentences—the declarative, interrogative, and exclamatory. Children do not have a lot of trouble with the three types of sentences—it is relatively easy to discover the difference between a statement (or...

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From Reader to Writer

  One of the best ways you can help a child become good in language arts (which carries over to all of his school work–since all school work involves reading, comprehending, organizing, etc.) is to help him become a good reader. Over the past month, I have...

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CAVES: Parts of a Sentence

It has been said that when a banker or a counterfeit money “agent” learns about counterfeit money, he or she begins by learning what the real thing looks like.   I use this same approach to teach about sentences, clauses, and phrases in my language arts and...

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Read Aloud Tips (Video!)

It’s winter! That means snuggling under a fleece, matching sweatsuits on, and reading all day. (Okay, you don’t have to do the matching sweatsuits...but trust me, your kids will remember that when they are’ve been told!)     I have a lot...

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Reading Aloud Together….Builds Memories Forever!

  Thirty-four years ago with a one-year-old toddler in tow, my husband and I began homeschooling my younger sister (Lisa) who was in eighth grade at the time. It was definitely homeschooling out of necessity due to some problems that she was having at school with...

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Preparing a Child to Learn to Read (Podcast and More!)

One of the great things about teaching children in a homeschool or one-on-one setting is that we can easily see when readiness simply isn't there. And one of the greatest benefits is that we can wait for the child's readiness to be there before moving on. (Sweet...

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