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Grammar Lessons Online Using Fun Songs

Grammar lessons online can be fun if you find the right ones. I went to YouTube for resources to help me teach a few concepts.

Here are three YouTube videos that we enjoyed.

This first one is hysterical. It has got to be homeschool boys!  They spelt modify as motify but hey! they’re rappers so I can forgive them since the tune is so catchy.


Then there is this lovely video about Prepositions.



And today’s lesson ...

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Wombat Stew Activities- Literature Unit Study

Australian Literature Unit Study

If you like Five In A Row (FIAR) then you will find this literature unit study a good way to use this iconic Australian picture book.

Wombat Stew Activities

For more Australian literature unit studies see Australian Book Traveller.

Wombat Stew

Author: Marcia Vaughan

Illustrator: Pamela Lofts

© 1984

Story Summary: One day a dingo catches a wombat by the billabong. The ...

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How to do Charlotte Mason Dictation – With Free Word Study chart.

Charlotte Mason Dictation

Dictation Charlotte Mason Style

Dictation has been used for centuries; it is a tried and true successful method that has proven results. Charlotte Mason believed it was essential for teaching spelling and writing. Charlotte Mason dictation is a little different to how many of use would conduct a dictation lesson. She believed in studying the words before the were ...

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Revisiting Spelling – Free Spelling Chart

Last term my children asked me for some spelling lessons. They felt that some of their friends were better spellers and they wanted to improve.

Our spelling lessons up until now with Master 11 and Miss 9 has mostly been copywork and some dictation. Feeling a little guilty that they asked to be better spellers, I thought that I would revisit the whole spelling curriculum and see what I should do.

I went to my favourite curriculum haunts, re read through some ...

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Handwriting Copywork | Making It Easy

Just five minutes copywork everyday is all you need to begin teaching your child handwriting.


Have you tried Charlotte Mason handwriting copywork yet? I have used it in my homeschool for over 10 years and I think it is one of the most helpful tools for developing my children’s handwriting and writing skills.

Handwriting Copywork Is Successful And Simple!

Charlotte ...

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Homeschool English Review – What Have We Used?

homeschool english review

Homeschool English Review – What Have We Used?

I have used literature based programs in the following ways.

1.Learning Language Arts Through Literature. I did like the original version but the workbook style was not as good. When we hit fifth grade (I think) the books and poems were all very American including the Star Spangled Banner (that is the year they study American history, I believe) which is great for ...

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