Late Reader or Learning Disability?

Why the wait-and-let-them-learn-to-read-naturally approach can be harmful to some homeschooled kids.  My oldest child was nearly 8, and still, he couldn’t read beyond cat-sat-hat. We made our way through reading curriculum but by age 7, he was still not reading and I was worried. And then one day, he picked up a Harry Potter novel and slowly but most certainly, he read.    It was a beautiful moment, one...

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Book Activities for The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

If you haven’t gotten your hands on The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate or the sequel,  The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate, by Jacqueline Kelly, stop reading this right now and go get them. I’ll wait. It really is that critical. My kids have proclaimed these two books their favorite read alouds ever, and that says something because I have read a lot of books out loud to them in my 11 years of parenting and our 6 years of...

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Best Free Books for Kids {+Amazon Fire HD Kids Edition Review}

Best Free Books for Kids on Amazon There are some great free downloadable ebooks for kids on Amazon, if you dig around a bit.  These are free for Kindle, but you don’t need a Kindle to read them. You can download the Kindle app on your smartphone or tablet.  As with all Amazon products, prices are subject to change. {This post contains affiliate links.}  The Night Before Christmas and Other Popular Stories...

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An Elephant and Piggie Inspired Christmas–and The Pigeon, too

We love Mo Willems books, especially Elephant and Piggie.  They are a super fun series for kids who are learning to read. I think I enjoy them as much as my kids do. Gerald the Elephant and his best friend, Piggie, are simply hilarious.   My daughter and I set out to make some holiday ornaments inspired by the Elephant and Piggie books, but guess who kept showing up? The Pigeon! Ideas for how the Pigeon could...

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Little House on the Prairie Books : My First Little House Series

I adored Little House on the Prairie books by Laura Ingalls Wilder when I was a child and was thrilled when one of the Creekside Learning Facebook followers told me about the My First Little House series.  This series is wonderful for younger kids, who are not quite ready for the chapter books. And, Little House on the Prairie Christmas is a great theme for literature and activities in December.  {This post...

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Describing With Adjectives

As kids learn to write creatively, picking up vivid sensory details is key.  Describing with adjectives that paint a picture and appeal to the reader’s senses is the goal. We love to learn via our favorite books and recently we were inspired by {affiliate link} Elephant and Piggie’s Should I Share My Ice Cream? by the amazing Mo Willems.  In Should I Share My Ice Cream?, Gerald the Elephant...

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