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  • Keyboarding Read, Write & Type Subject: Typing, phonics, and spelling Grade level: K-2 Publisher: Talking Fingers Website: http://www.talkingfingers.com/ Description: Read, Write & Type is a keyboarding program designed for young students that combines typing skills with phonics, spelling, and word processing. Although we generally prefer students to write by hand in the elementary grades, students who struggle with dysgraphia,...

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  • Apps, Learning Games, and Online Enrichment Activities Primary Games Subject: Math, science, phonics, American history, and geography. Grade level: Elementary, with a strong focus on kindergarten and the earliest grades. Publisher: PrimaryGames, Inc. Website: http://www.primarygames.com/ Description: A collection of colorful online games, reinforcing basic skills in math (http://www.primarygames.com/math.php), phonics (http://www.primarygames.com/reading.php), science (http://www.primarygames.com/science.php), and American history and geography (http://www.primarygames.com/social_studies.php). Among many others, you’ll find drills...

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  • Apps, Learning Games, and Online Enrichment Activities Jump Start Lesson Plans Subject: Math, language arts, science, geography, and generalized preschool and kindergarten learning Grade level: Elementary, with a strong focus on the preschool and kindergarten years Publisher: Jump Start Website: http://www.jumpstart.com/teachers/lesson-plans Description: Free printable lesson plans offer teachers and parents strategies for basic skills across the curriculum. Some are keyed to particular Jump Start books and...

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  • Apps, Learning Games, and Online Enrichment Activities Homeschool Creations Subject: Printable worksheets and resources for geography, spelling, grammar, math, literature, and general homeschool organization, free of charge. Grade level: Elementary, with a strong focus on preschool and kindergarten. Publisher: Homeschool Creations Website: http://homeschoolcreations.com/ Description: The printable resources include: worksheets to go along with an array of popular children’s books (such as Corduroy and The Runaway Bunny); maps...

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  • Help for Everyone Resources For Dyslexia Dyslexia is defined by the National Institutes of Health as “a brain-based type of learning disability that specifically impairs a person’s ability to read.” (For thoughts on diagnosis and evaluation, see “When Should I Get My Child Evaluated?”) Many parents have successfully taught dyslexic children at home. The resource list...

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  • Literature & Reading Do I Need to Go Back to Phonics? If you’re just beginning the home education journey with an older student, you might wonder: What about phonics? I’m not at all sure that my child has had a good grounding in phonics. Should I go back and fill in the missing information? That depends. If your child is younger...

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  • Literature & Reading Poetry Memorization: Methods and Resources Poetry Memorization: Methods and Resources by Jessie Wise and Susan Wise Bauer Like other classical educators, we suggest that students of all ages memorize and recite poetry. Memorization and recitation build two different (but complementary) sets of skills. Memorization improves vocabulary; students who memorize poetry learn a wide range of...

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  • Literature & Reading The Good Reader: Teaching Reading From Birth On The Good Reader: Teaching Reading From Birth On by Jessie Wise This is an edited version of Jessie’s conference workshop, Teaching Reading, Birth-4th Grade.   The last year I taught sixth grade, I had 2 sixteen-year-old boys in my class who had not yet learned to read. I’d never heard...

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