Easy English for Simple Homeschooling: How to Teach, Assess and Document High School English (Coffee Break Books)

Easy English for Simple Homeschooling

Easy English for Simple Homeschooling: How to Teach, Assess and Document High School English (Coffee Break Books)
Lee Binz
5.0 out of 5 stars(1)

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7 Habits of Highly Effective HomeSchooling: Secrets to Homeschool Success (Unconventional Homeschooling Guides)

7 Habits of Highly Effective HomeSchooling

7 Habits of Highly Effective HomeSchooling: Secrets to Homeschool Success (Unconventional Homeschooling Guides)
Ellyn Davis

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McGuffey’s Eclectic Primer (Illustrated) (McGuffey’s Eclectic Readers)

McGuffeys Eclectic

McGuffey’s Eclectic Primer (Illustrated) (McGuffey’s Eclectic Readers)
William Holmes McGuffey
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McGuffey’s Second Eclectic Reader (Illustrated) (McGuffey’s Eclectic Readers)

McGuffeys Second

McGuffey’s Second Eclectic Reader (Illustrated) (McGuffey’s Eclectic Readers)
William Holmes McGuffey

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Summer Reading Program: Incentives and List

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Our family loves to read, but one thing that is lacking in our reading repertoire is a good dose of classic literature. Do you have the same problem? Every summer I have instituted some sort of reading program.  My boys have always loved this, and would often be lost for hours in a grand adventure or thrilling mystery.

To encourage summer reading in your house, set up a cute book nook area for your kids with a basket chock full of some of the books on their list. How about a gift card to your favorite book shop to help them kick things off? Set up comfy spots in every room with oversized pillows or inexpensive backrests. No reading program is complete without incentives! Here’s some that have worked for me:


1. Money. I paid a penny for each page read, and after they turned in a brief (one page/100 word) book report they could collect their earnings. Throw in a buck if they list and define ten to twenty unfamiliar words from the book.

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2. Privileges. Short on cash? Give something else that will boost their reading enthusiasm: stay up late, have a sleepover with friends, have a day off, earn more screen time…

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3. Treats. Movie night with popcorn, mini-golf, favorite dinner, home spa or make-over for girls. Foot massage machine was unbelievably popular. I wonder if we still have that in the basement?  Individualized coupons, date night with daddy or mom, afternoon tea, no chore day…so many options.

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4. Praise.  Never cease to tell your children how proud you are of what they have accomplished.  Enthusiastically cheer them on.  Leave them little notes of encouragement.  This will motivate them way more than any other incentive, I guarantee it.


Reading list for advanced readers (12+)


Hamlet Shakespeare*,
Romeo and Juliet
Count of Monte Cristo*
Tales of Mystery and Imagination
Across Five Aprils
The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
The Story of King Arthur and His Knights
Treasure Island
The Hound of the Baskervilles
A Boy’s War 
Calico Captive
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl*
Number the Stars
Good-Bye, Mr. Chips
The Hawk That Dare Not Hunt by Day
How Green Was My Valley*
In His Steps
The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, Part 1)
The Two Towers (LOTR Book 2) 
The Return of the King (LOTR Book 3) 
The Miracle Worker
The Moonstone*
An American Plague J
Lincoln: A Photo-biography
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
Onion John
The Last of the Mohicans*(or other selections) 
Gulliver’s Travels* Swift, Jonathon (314 pages)
And Then There Were None
Watership Down*
Profiles in Courage*
Hunchback of Notre-Dame* Hugo, Victor 
Les Misérables*
The Once and Future King*
To Kill a Mockingbird*
King Solomon’s Mines*
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase (The Wolves Chronicles)
Old Yeller
Gentle Ben 

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If they read an hour or more a day, I estimate they will accumulate about $100 each. But whatever the pay off, they will be prepping themselves for higher learning, and gain a priceless addition to their education.

Happy Reading, and I welcome your comments and additional titles or incentive suggestions. ~Kathy


Homeschooling coming to a novel near you

Taryn Hayes Launches Seekers of the Lost Boy with Bishop Frank Retief | Books LIVE

You don’t often find youth novels in which the lead characters are home-schooled – this is one of the reasons why Taryn Hayes wrote the book Seekers of the Lost Boy (Naledi Books), with characters and events that home-schooled children can relate to…

Hayes, who home-schools her own children, admitted in conversation with Bishop Frank Retief at the book’s launch last week that she used to think that people who do that are “strange”. “I felt sorry for home-schooled children because I thought that they were unsociable.” However, when she fell pregnant with her first child and felt unhappy with the official school curriculum at that time, Hayes did more research on the home-schooling option. She realised that her preconceptions were wrong. “Home-schooling has a lot of benefits in terms of flexibility,” Hayes points out. “And you can cater to your child’s specific learning needs.”

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Books for dealing with learning challenges

We have three boys. The first two were a relative breeze to teach. Then came along our third. He marches to the beat of his own drummer, not content to fit into the methods or curricula of his older brothers. He s a very smart kid. He just doesn’t do school.

I have to confess we have thought about, even threatened to, send him to a government school. As we step back and think for a moment, we realize that we, his parents, are his best hope. Despite the “trained professionals” in the school system, schools simply aren’t able to tailor instruction to the individual.

We consulted many sites, books and experts in trying to understand our son. We are still learning. Here are some books on various learning challenges that might be particularly helpful to homeschoolers.

Homeschooling Your Struggling Learner

See our review of this book back in 2011. This book has been a great resource to us.

Kathy Kuhl homeschooled her struggling learner for 4th-12th grades. After he graduated, she interviewed 64 homeschoolers with children with different learning problems, including autism, learning disabilities, AD/HD, and other conditions. She distills their wisdom while conveying her own experience and insights. See www.learndifferently.com

Homeschooling the Child with ADD (or Other Special Needs): Your Complete Guide to Successfully Homeschooling the Child with Learning Differences

More and more parents are realizing that homeschooling is a great option for children with ADD, ADHD, and other special needs, Homeschooling parents can tailor the learning experience to precisely fit their child’s requirements, a critical neccessity in the develpment of special-needs children.

A Miracle in Reading: Intensive At-Home Remedial Reading Program

There is an entire series of Miracle in Reading at-home reading tutoring by Valerie Arredondo. This book (Green Level) contains the parent manual and all of the student consumables for level A, B, C and D. These books can also be purchased separately. This program was designed to be used by parents to give their children high-quality remedial reading instruction such as you would typically find in an expensive tutoring center, but at a fraction of the cost. This program can be used by any child, but will be especially helpful for children who have a reading disability or dyslexia, children who struggle with traditional workbook, pencil or writing approaches to learning.

Choosing Home: Deciding to Homeschool With Asperger’s Syndrome

Choosing Home will take you into the homes of Asperger families as they journey from survival of the playground bully to making it work at home. Hartnett embraces those pertinent questions raised by parents: Will I be limiting my child’s emotional and social development? How will I know if my teaching is good enough? What if I can’t cope? These questions and many more are answered in this touching and insightful narrative. This is a book of hope and encouragement to all parents with an interest in home schooling.

FIVE EASY STEPS FOR LEARNING TO READ ~~ With Activities and Stories for Beginning Readers of All Ages (Programmed Learning)

Follow the five steps in this book and help a non-reader to learn to read. Just spend a few minutes daily with your wishful reader of any age and work through the steps.

Homeschooling Curriculum for ADHD Children

This publication is designed to offer comprehensive information and guidance to parents and other adults that are in the process of cultivating a homeschool curriculum for a child that has been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.


Phonics Pathways: Clear Steps to Easy Reading and Perfect Spelling

While appropriate for K-2 emergent readers, this award-winning book has also been used successfully with adolescent and adult learners, as well as second language learners and students with learning disabilities such as dyslexia.

Achieving Brilliance at Home: How Teach Your Child Almost Anything (Volume 1)

Is your child taught by the very best teachers available in your district? Are the best educational practices known to date utilized in teaching your child? Is your gifted child limited to flying just under the clouds because your school district doesn’t have the advanced classes he needs? Worse, yet, is your special child in an educational free fall to be delivered to you, uneducated or undereducated, as a young adult? Catch your child now (before it’s years too late) and save the future of your entire family. Learn how to teach your child almost anything…today!

My WordPress Plug-in

I just released my first public WordPress plug-in Affiliate easel for Amazon.

The purpose of the plug-in is to allow WordPress bloggers to easily insert images, data and prices from Amazon.com and to use affiliate codes to make some money. It enables individual items, whole categories and a search widget to be added to any WordPress site. (It’s very similar to the Amazon links on this site. In fact. it’s based on it. This site needs some changes before I replace this links with my widget however.)

Here’s an example, using the plug-in to display book info:

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I hope that review sites and niche sites will find this a good, helpful tool. If you are a WordPress user, please download it, try it and rate it.

Newbery and other Book awards for 2010

Today American Library Association announced it’s literary award winners. We have only read a few of the books awarded and look forward to reading many more.

John Newbery Medal for most outstanding contribution to children’s literature


Four Newbery Honor Books also were named:


Randolph Caldecott Medal for most distinguished American picture book for children


Two Caldecott Honor Books also were named:


Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults


Four Printz Honor Books also were named:


Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults


One King Author Honor Book was selected:


Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award


One King Illustrator Honor Book was selected:


Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award
“The Rock and the River,” written by kekla magoon, is the Steptoe winner. The book is published by Aladdin, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division.


Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement
Walter Dean Myers is the winner of this first-ever Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. The award pays tribute to the quality and magnitude of beloved children’s author Virginia Hamilton. Myers’ books include: “Amiri & Odette: A Love Story,” published by Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic; “Fallen Angels,” published by Scholastic Press; “Monster,” published by Amistad and HarperTeen, imprints of HarperCollins Publishers; and “Sunrise Over Fallujah,” published by Scholastic Press.


Pura Belpré (Illustrator) Award honoring a Latino writer and illustrator whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience


Three Belpré Illustrator Honor Books were selected:


Pura Belpré (Author) Award


Two Belpré Author Honor Books were named:


Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience
young children ages 0 to 10.


Schneider Family Book Award for middle grades (ages 11-13).


Schneider Family Book Award for The teen (ages 13-18)


William C. Morris Award honors a book written by a first-time author for young adults


Odyssey Award for excellence in audiobook production


Three Odyssey Honor Audiobooks were named:


Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for most distinguished beginning reader book


Four Geisel Honor Books were named:


Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults
Jim Murphy is the 2010 Edwards Award winner. His books include: “An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793,” published by Clarion Books; “Blizzard! The Storm That Changed America,” published by Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic; “The Great Fire,” published by Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic; “The Long Road to Gettysburg,” published by Clarion Books; and “A Young Patriot: The American Revolution as Experienced by One Boy,” published by Clarion Books.


Robert F. Sibert Medal for most distinguished informational book for children


Three Sibert Honor Books were named:


YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award


Andrew Carnegie Medal for excellence in children’s video (The video is unavailable so I linked to the book for now.)


Mildred L. Batchelder Award for an outstanding children’s book translated from a foreign language and subsequently published in the United States


Three Batchelder Honor Books also were selected:


Alex Awards for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences


May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award recognizing an author, critic, librarian, historian or teacher of children’s literature, who then presents a lecture at a winning host site
Lois Lowry will deliver the 2011 lecture. The internationally acclaimed author’s career spans more than 30 years. She is a two-time recipient of the Newbery Medal, in 1990 for “Number the Stars,” set in Denmark during World War II, and in 1994 for the eerily dystopian “The Giver.” Both books are published by Houghton Mifflin.