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7 Books for Tweens You’ve Probably Never Heard of, But Mine Loved

7 books for tweens you've probably never heard of, but my kiddo loves

There are so many book lists out there. Now, don’t get me wrong, I LOVE a good book list… but here’s my problem, they all seem to have the SAME (dare I say, boring) books on them! I know, I know… classics are classic! But my kiddo won’t read them. 🙁 Boxcar Kids? Nope.  Penderwicks? … Continue reading

My Morning Basket Summer 2017

If you’d asked me about my morning basket last year I would have laughed. 😀 That’s not something we do. We are secular homeschoolers. We don’t study Bible verses in the morning. Morning basket? Nope, not for us, thanks anyway. Many varied books. Then I heard the phrase many varied books. It’s a phrase that comes … Continue reading

3 Tricks to Find the Best Books for Tween Girls

best books for tween girls

This year my entire goal, when it came to reading, for our homeschool was to help Hanna reconnect and remember her love for reading. She loved to read when she was little, but as the years in public school went on she lost the love, and in fact, claimed an outright hatred for reading. GAH! … Continue reading

20 Picture Books for 5th Graders

I never would have thought of picture books for 5th graders. I thought they were just for little kids. Luckily I was wrong. When we started this homeschool journey my daughter was a very reluctant reader. Years of AR tests and forced reading had created a lot of reading resistance in her. My main goal … Continue reading

NEW! Picture Book Extension Packs: Grammar, Comprehension, and Writing With Picture Books!

5th grade Grammar, comprehension, and writing lessons from picture books

To say the last couple of weeks have been crazy would be an understatement. I decided to paint the living room for Thanksgiving, and it turned into a huge snowball, and now we’re basically doing an entire kitchen renovation. (Which is AWESOME. YAY!! and a nightmare. Ugh.) We took the week of Thanksgiving off from … Continue reading

The Big 5th Grade Picture Book Experiment

The Big 5th Grade Picture Book Experiment

Long before we made the final decision to homeschool I’d been doing my research. I had researched all the different philosophies of homeschool, a ton of different curricilum, and had even picked out exactly what we were going to do. Until one day I found a post about “what kind of learner is your  child?”. … Continue reading

How to Help Your Reluctant Reader Enjoy Reading Again

You might remember the post where I shared different books my reluctant reader actually enjoyed reading. It’s gone a bit further than that… she’s gotten to the point where she doesn’t even want to talk about book, even less read them. 🙁 I tried quite a few different things, different books, reading then watching the … Continue reading

Books for Girls Who Hate To Read

books for girls who hate to read

My daughter used to like to read. Then she didn’t. The downward spiral began when she was in public school and had to start reading  20 minutes a day. She’s the kind of kid who rebels when you start telling her she has to do something. We used to fight tooth and nail when it came … Continue reading