The Accidental Book: Civil Rights Then and Now: A Timeline of the Fight for Equality in America

What began as an attempt to write a series of lesson plans for the WooJr.com ended with a full-on book for children and parents who are interested in learning and discussing about racism in this county. This two-year journey has taken me on a heartbreaking trip through hurt, anger, sadness, and often hoplessness and IContinue reading “The Accidental Book: Civil Rights Then and Now: A Timeline of the Fight for Equality in America”

14 Recommendations to Use for Read Alouds

Read Alouds are all the rage in homeschooling circles, but the truth is that reading aloud to your children should be a priority even if your children attend school outside of the home. Many write off picture books because they believe that they are too easy/young for older children. However, when I was teaching HighContinue reading “14 Recommendations to Use for Read Alouds”

Teaching Reading Comprehension

New YouTube video up on my channel. In it, I talk about teaching reading comprehension and what I do to ensure that my daughter is getting the whole picture when she reads. Check it out below:   Tools that I mention in the video: — Novel Notes (by me): http://ow.ly/101DVU — Reading Response Journal Questions: Continue reading “Teaching Reading Comprehension”

ELA Interactive Notebooks: A Photo Post

ELA Interactive Notebooks are my favorite. We use interactive notebooking for every subject as it helps with note taking and reviewing. While most combine Reading and Language into one notebook, we have actually divided it into THREE. We use: a Literature Notebook (for teaching how to critique and analyze literature) a Reading Notebook for exploringContinue reading “ELA Interactive Notebooks: A Photo Post”

Learning to Write Essays Without Calling it an Essay

Years ago when I was a high school teacher, I discovered that children have a natural aversion to writing essays. They seem to freeze in fright with the mere mention of the word and the results very rarely reflect their skill or knowledge. So I decided to avoid calling what we were going to do an essay. I simply said that we were going to answer some questions.

Books We’re Reading

I absolutely love the blog, I Capture the Rowhouse, and Farrar’s frequent posts about what her family is reading inspired me to share similarly here.We read a lot and I really want a better way of keeping a record of what we are reading. As I look for a way that works for our family,Continue reading “Books We’re Reading”