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Ultimate Homeschool Physical Education Game Book

Gym class in traditional schools isn’t always a lot of fun. First, there’s the waiting. With 20 to 30 kids and only one ball at play in most games, standing around waiting your turn makes up a big portion of time in large-group physical education classes. Then there’s the mismatch between abilities when kids are randomly selected to compete against each other. What should be friendly competition can turn to serious teasing for some kids. For these reasons and more, many homeschool families figure that riding bikes and going for hikes makes a far better PE credit than what brick Read more

First Language Lessons

First Language Lessons is a teacher’s manual for introducing language arts to 1st through 4th grade students. Based on the classical principles of (1) Memory Work; (2) Copying and Dictation; (3) Narration; and (4) Grammar, you’ll find 100 short lessons per grade that you can use as a grammar primer. The second edition of this book presents the text in a much easier-to-read layout and design, without altering the actual content of the book. The author, Jesse Wise (the author of The Well Trained Mind), presents a rule-based, narrative approach for helping children develop an ear for the correct use Read more

A Pirate’s Guide t’ th’ Grammar of Story

Not often will you get the advice to start reading a book on page 322, but that’s exactly what I’m going to tell you to do with A Pirate’s Guide t’ th’ Grammar of Story. There, you will find a Note from the Publisher, where parents get the straightforward scoop about this curriculum. I’m going to emphasize 2 points: 1. Students will work hard to finish this course. 2. Parents should expect to be part of the creative writing process. A Pirate’s Guide t’ th’ Grammar of Story is a workbook written for students. Switching between the narrative voice of Read more

Global Village School

Recently, a friend asked me if I had ever heard of the Global Village School homeschool curriculum. She knew I had unschooled my kids in the early years and she knew I was Quaker, with a strong belief in community service and civic responsibility. When my friend stumbled onto GVS, she thought of me and wondered what I thought of it. I had never heard of Global Village School, but the website did, indeed, look like something that would have caught my attention back in the day. My friend wound up buying both the 3rd and 4th grade curriculum to Read more