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

Setting Up Evernote for Homeschooling, your free guide

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Download your free guide that will walk you step by step through setting up your Evernote for paperless homeschool organization! Evernote can be your planner, filing cabinet, and inspiration board. I’ll show you how. After downloading your guide and getting your Evernote account set up, follow the series that will show you all the things you can do with Evernote for your homeschool: How to use Evernote for Homeschooling Use Evernote as Your Homeschool Inspiration Board How to Quickly Get … Read More

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

Planning with the Scholé Sisters: Three Secrets about Schedules

Does the word schedule make you break out in hives? Do you picture yourself harried and deflated at the end of a day on a schedule? Maybe for you, like me, that’s a vivid memory, not a theoretical picture. There’s a lot of visceral reaction against schedules in the homeschool world, and I totally get why. I mean, can I schedule diaper blowouts and my doorbell ringing and the toddler pulling an open bag of powdered sugar onto herself? Where … Read More

A Year-Round Homeschool Schedule

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Update: This post was written in 2012. Find more on how to plan a year-round homeschool schedule here. This is our fourth year of using a year-round calendar. I thoroughly enjoy it, so I thought I’d line out a little more about the why and the how. The Benefits of Schooling Year-Round Common problems like February burnout happen less often and less intensely, because we get regular breaks and don’t stretch our endurance to the breaking point. There is always … Read More

Homeschool Planning, A Year at a Time: Create the Overview

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Homeschool Planning Series, introduction & index Because I am just not one to regularly and faithfully set aside time daily or weekly or monthly to get things in order, I do my best to set things up all at once at the beginning of our year so they can flow with minimal effort on my part. I’ll always be tweaking, and bins and desks and shelves always need attention, but the question of “what to do” has already been decided … Read More

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