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I am a single disabled mother on a journey of self-discovery with my two young daughters, Dawn and Emily. Join us as we laugh, learn, and make mistakes! Find some awesome homeschooling tips, resources and downloads! Please subscribe to my site via feedburner (below) so that you will receive automated emails as this site is updated.

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Montessori Pink Level Available for Free

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

I just thought I’d revisit some of my old blog posts and found that the Montessori Pink Level manipulatives are still my hottest download. If you (or someone you know) are looking to teach your children to read using the Montessori method, the pink scheme, that you’d find in a high-priced Montessori school is available here [...]

Mermaids Mini-Unit Study

Monday, October 5th, 2009

Age range: 3-8 years.
Mermaids are wonderful imaginary creatures that have inspired stories from many cultures. Children love fantasizing stories about mermaids, so I thought it befitting to create a unit study for this purpose.
This is not a curriculum, it’s a set of resources that you can use to help your children discover mermaids. Since mermaids [...]

40 Free Field Trip Ideas

Monday, October 5th, 2009

One of the most awesome things about homeschooling is that you have the freedom to schedule field trips whenever you want! You can take advantage of ’school-hours’ to go out when it’s less crowded to take advantage of free field-trip opportunities in the community around you. Of course, not all these ideas might apply to your family, [...]

Running With Scissors

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

“Careful, or you’ll poke your eye out!” How many times have we heard that expression as we’ve grown up? Frankly, I’ve never had any form of injury to my eyes, nor have my children.
People often wonder why I allow my young children to use sharp scissors and knives to work with. I might get a lot [...]

Awesome Game Ideas for Early Readers

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

Amy over at Heart of the Matter Online wrote up a great post with some amazing games to encourage children to practice reading in 5 Fun Early Learning Reading Games. 
From using flashcards and metal rings where your child can “steal” your words as he learns them, to creating a simple treasure hunt, these ideas are sure [...]

Arabic Between Your Hands

Friday, January 16th, 2009

For those of you seriously interested in learning Arabic beyond the mere basics, I strongly recommend using “Arabic Between Your Hands”. This 3-volume series was developped by for PhD’s in Saudi Arabia and of all the books I’ve seen to learn Arabic, these are by far the best. 
The series assumes that you already know the [...]

Montessori Pink Level Available for Sale

Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

If you’re looking for a copy of the Montessori Pink Level Reading Set, cut and laminated. I have it available on eBay at the link below. This set is selling for under half the amount you’d be able to get it elsewhere.
Have a happy Sunday!
editor’s note: I no longer have these available for sale on [...]

Find Words that Begin With…

Sunday, September 28th, 2008

When your child has learned the alphabet and its sounds, it’s time to beging forming words. This set of worksheets is a great way to indirectly introduce research skills. 

Choose a letter and give the corresponding page to the child. Ask the child to find words that start with that letter. He might look through books [...]

Pink Level: Sentence-Strip Tracing

Friday, September 26th, 2008

Like with the other pink-level traceables, these are to be presented after a child has mastered the task (sentence strips in this case) and only if the child so-desires.

Download the file here.

Pink Level: Phrase Strips Tracing Activity

Friday, September 26th, 2008

While working on the phrase strips with your child, these strips will help you to reinforce the new concepts learned in a colorful way. Cut out the strips and give them to your child one at a time as he is able to read the new phrase.

Download the file here.

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