Shakespeare for Kids: Hamlet Lesson Plans

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We studied Hamlet in our homeschool last year – over 6 months ago – and the quotes still linger as part of our family culture. Last month I was headed out the door with friends to spend a weekend away (hooray!) and the kids all started waving limply and wailing, “Adieu! Adieu! Remember me!” Their new favorite answer to the question, “What are you reading?” is now, “Words, words, words, words.” If you want quotable Shakespeare, Hamlet is your best … Read More

Creeds & Catechism Memory Index

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Creeds Christian, what do you believe? Apostle’s Creed Nicene Creed Heidelberg Lord’s Day 1 (“What is your only comfort in life and in death?”) Catechisms Catechism for Young Children (“Who made you?” God.) selections from the Heidelberg (“What is your only comfort in life and in death?” That I am not my own…) selections from the Westminster Shorter (“What is the chief end of man?” To glorify God and enjoy Him forever.)

Lesson Plans for Shakespeare’s Henry V

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Henry the Fifth is one of my favorite Shakespeare plays. I love medieval England and the premodern English monarchy, so its setting and themes are right up my alley. Henry V is a great play to do with those who think Shakespeare is boring or only about tangled love stories. If you have a child who isn’t into love triangles, but enjoys a good fight, then Henry V might be the play to begin with. In my original Shakespeare for … Read More

Lesson Plans for A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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Shakespeare is the master of the English language. My goal for introducing Shakespeare to my kids is that they grow accustomed to lilting language and skillful constructions. I believe it is one of the best preparations for good writing, a skill which often doesn’t blossom until junior high or high school – when they are ready with opinions to share. In my original Shakespeare for Kids post, I wrote: Shakespeare can be an intimidating subject to introduce. Isn’t the language … Read More

Shakespeare for Kids: An Easy 5-Step Plan

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Shakespeare can be an intimidating subject to introduce. Isn’t the language archaic and the doesn’t high quality mean high difficulty? Actually, the language isn’t that difficult when it’s read (that is, interpreted) by an experienced reader. The profound themes within plots were created not as pure art, but also to entertain the masses. Shakespeare was the hot movie in his day, and he can still be enjoyed that way today. You don’t have to wait for high school to do … Read More

How to Start Circle Time (Morning Time)

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I’ve received a number of emails the last couple months about Circle Time and where and how to start. I was about to start writing about our Circle Time plans for next year when another email popped into my inbox. This one was from Meg: Our Circle Time has definitely grown over the years. The plans I am now putting together are our seventh or eighth (eighth if you count spending 5-10 minutes a day (sometimes even done in the … Read More

Scripture Memory Work Index

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last updated in 2015 Because I have been helped immensely by those who have posted their lists of memory work, I thought I’d share ours. But, before you freak out, and because you might not make it to the end of the page to see a caveat, know that my children can perfectly recite very few — and sometimes none — of these. They are very familiar with them all. I have most of them memorized now, but that’s because … Read More

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