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Tips for Using Musical Memory in Your Homeschool

It can take a while to figure out how to best incorporate memorization into your homeschool day. The key to long-term mastery is exposure & repetition in the day-to-day practice. Don’t stress out if your 5 year old can’t pronounce “conjugation” correctly on the 2nd try. Keep playing the songs, keep playing echo games, keep …

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5 Surprising Reasons to Use Memory Work in Homeschool

If you want to master calculus, you have to understand basic math first. If you want to be a brain surgeon, you have to take Biology 101. If you want to be a concert pianist, you have to be able to find middle C & play your scales. Learning the fundamentals is the first step …

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All Things Memorization

This page is a round up of several articles & resources to help you understand why memorization is essential to a rich elementary school education. Memorization is one key component of the first stage (called the “grammar stage”) in a classical education. I have been reading about and living in the grammar stage of classical …

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Creating a Realistic Homeschool Schedule for Your Family

Today, I’m going to explain how to think about and create a homeschool schedule that will work for your family. The freedom and flexibility in homeschooling is a wonderful thing, but the flip side of that same coin is it can feel like a daunting task to plan out exactly what your homeschool might look …

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When, Why, and How to Teach Skip Counting [Download Songs]

In this post, you’ll learn when to teach the different concepts involved in skip counting, why skip counting is effective for young children as a precursor to multiplication, and how to teach skip counting in simple ways to each age group. By starting with the skip counting songs method & transitioning to conceptual understanding when …

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30 Easy Skip Counting Activities That Kids Love

This post is full of simple & fun ideas for skip counting activities that you can use to help a child learn & practice skip counting. Plus, I’ve created several free resources & printables that you can download. Most of the hands-on activities in this blog post can be easily taught. They’re great for recognizing and …

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Best Skip Counting Songs for 4-8 Year Olds [DOWNLOAD SONGS]

In this post you’ll learn why skip counting for 4-8 year olds is key to helping kids master multiplication and division as they get further in their math studies. You’ll also learn why songs make skip counting easy & how to make up your own skip counting songs. Or, you can download our short, simple …

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20 Delightful Rhyming Picture Books Kids Love (Ages 3-7)

Here are 20 Word Play Picture Books we have read time and again with all of our kids. Our youngest just turned 3 and he’s starting to sit for longer picture books like these.  Where to Buy Picture Books & How to Afford Them  I default to using the library for most books we read, …

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50 Must-Have Homeschool Supplies: Practical, Budget-Friendly Checklist

In this article, I’ll make recommendations for what homeschooling supplies you need to get started, even if you’re on a tight budget. This list includes the items several homeschooling families have told me they love, plus a few of our family’s favorite things. After all, I don’t want you to make the same mistakes I …

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The Ultimate Guide to Simple & WorthwhilePreschool at Home

I was so intimidated by preschool at home when we first started homeschooling. I worried about how I’d know if our kids were “behind,” how to choose the “right” curriculum, socialization, and so much more. That cutie pie first preschooler is 11 now, and I’m more confident than ever that any parent who is determined …

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