Once Upon a Time: The Magical Power of Reading-Aloud

I remember the sun beating down upon our moist heads as we were ushered in from another scorching recess. We walked into the  chilled portables as we slogged in lazily  and melted upon our desks. Mrs. Schwemer, without any deliberation would soothingly begin reading from our read-aloud. With our eyes closed, heads rested upon the desks, we were transported. Some days we were transported to a barn among talking animals and an intelligent, sympathetic spider trying to spare a young runt pig’s life from his eventual slaughter. Other days we…

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Technology in the Homeschool Classroom

Education is no longer about rote learning or memorizing details and facts. Our children still need to develop fundamental skills such as reading and writing but, in reality, we are living in a time when learners need to take a more active role in their own education. Children need to be engaged; they need to develop and learn skills that the outdated, “traditional Industrial Revolution education system” and passive learning style, can no longer provide them with. We need to redefine standards and curriculum. We need to ask ourselves exactly…

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One Watermelon Seed

  We read this book, One Watermelon Seed by Celia Lottridge and I thought it would be a great lesson in skip counting by 10s. On top of that I thought it would be a great lesson in reinforcing the Arabic numerals too. I had the girls help me draw the fruits and produce and N was the one who helped a lot in making these cards mashaaAllah. She drew most of the fruits on paper and we scanned them and I colored them using GIMP and then put them…

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