Russia Books for Kids

Russia was a fun country to study during our year of homeschool units of countries and cultures. Like all countries, Russia has folktales and we found several variations of each one. It was interesting to read each one and compare the books. During our study we also listened to and read Peter and the Wolf–something we’ve […]

Australia Books for Kids

Out of all of our countries and cultures unit studies Australia was our favorite. We’ve loved reading about the Australian outback and, of course, kangaroos, koalas, wombats, and platypuses. This list of Australia Books for Kids has some fabulous books included. We loved “The Pumpkin Runner”–a story inspired by a real person. “Finding Home” is […]

26 Ways to Learn Names for Preschoolers

There are lots of ways to for preschoolers to learn how to spell their name! This list of 26 Ways to Learn Names for Preschoolers is full of creative name activities for preschoolers. Over the years I’ve done lots of things to help kids learn how to spell and recognize their name. We’ve made name art, practiced with […]

Martin Luther King Jr. Books for Kids

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a great man that helped the civil rights movement tremendously. His peaceful but firm approach to getting equal rights for African Americans is something I’ve always admired. His “I have a dream” speech gives me cold chills every time I hear it. Each January, when America celebrates MLK Day, […]

Africa Books for Kids

For our Africa unit study during our homeschool year’s theme of countries and cultures we read some really great books. We studied the grasslands and African animals as well. Some of our favorite books were the books about real people that have made the world a better place like Wangari Maathai, the first African woman and […]

India Books for Kids

Our study of countries and cultures led us to India this time. We learned about the many folktales, the culture, and their beliefs from this list of India Books for Kids. While their religious beliefs are different from ours, I think it is still important to expose our children to various beliefs and compare them […]

China Books for Kids

As we’ve been studying countries and cultures in our homeschool, we’ve read some really great children’s books about China. These China books for kids have taught us about the way of life in China and the rich culture full of legends and Chinese folktales. Every time I post a new book list for kids I always […]

Using Online Reading Games in Your Homeschool

As much as I’d like to be a homeschool supermom, the fact of the matter is that I’m not. I have two boys in completely different learning stages–a 5th grader and a kindergartner. How do I give both boys the one-on-one attention they need, but still keep the other one engaged in learning? I use […]

Readers in Residence Homeschool Reading Curriculum

In the younger years, we are so focused on teaching kids how to read using phonics and decoding skills. But what happens after that? Do we send them off into the sunset with a book in hand and never teach reading again? No! Kids need to be taught things like context clues, making predictions, making […]

Japan Books for Kids

Our homeschool study of countries and cultures has us reading lots of books from the library. This time it was books about Japan for kids. We loved reading these Japan books for kids to learn about Japanese culture from the nonfiction books and hear some great stories from the fiction books. Our trip to the […]