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December Curriculum comes out at midnight

As we did last year, December’s curriculum is going to look a little different. First, many homeschoolers (including the Murphy family, most years) take December completely off. OH cuts the schedule to three weeks and lightens the activities a great deal. This year, we developed Advent Reflections primarily for the families in our church, but  Read more »

Shadow Tag

Idea from HST writer Rebecca Sauer: Play shadow tag. One player is “it.” If he steps on another’s shadow, that person becomes the new “it.”

“The Ant and the Grasshopper”

Read a picture book of Aesop’s “The Ant and the Grasshopper,” The Ant and the Grasshopper retold by Amy Poole Lowry Poole (Holiday House, 2000). Unfortunately out-of-print, perhaps you can find a copy at your library. I wrote a Lessons for Little Ones about creating a picture book unit study based on this book. I’ll post a  Read more »

Create a Picture-Book Unit Study

Based on The Ant and the Grasshopper by Amy Lowry Poole by Kara Murphy Creating core book studies or picture-book unit studies is a favorite technique for teaching young children. This low-preparation method forms the basis of the Murphy family’s teaching in the early years. Learn this enjoyable, easy process to build your own family-centered  Read more »

More About “Hiawatha”

Did you know that Samuel Coleridge-Taylor set Longfellow’s words to music? The first cantata is called “Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast” and the first part can be heard here. It was enormously popular in its day.

“Hiawatha,” the Poem

Although not exactly accurate, Hiawatha is a part of our American folklore. More of “Hiawatha’s Childhood” is found in Favorite Poems Old and New. If you are interest in the full text of Longfellow’s “The Song of Hiawatha” (of which “Hiawatha’s Childhood is only one part) you can find it here, a great add-on for  Read more »

More About “Thanksgiving Day”

This song originally appeared as a poem written by Lydia Maria Child. The poem appeared in Flowers for Children, Vol. 2 in 1844. Learn more about this abolitionist author here.

“Thanksgiving Day”

By Lydia Maria Child  Over the river, and through the wood, To Grandfather’s house we go; The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh Through the white and drifted snow. Over the river, and through the wood, To Grandfather’s house away! We would not stop for doll or top, For ’tis Thanksgiving Day. Over  Read more »

Aesop and Narration

Aesop’s Fables are the perfect length for narration practice. As your child shows proficiency in narrating short fables, ask for narrations from longer chapters, passages, and books. Ask your child to repeat the story in his own words. Narration is a complex skill that takes time to develop. The purpose of narration is to reveal  Read more »

Asia Outline Map

Here is another outline map of Asia. Use this map of Asia to fill in your outline map. Also, if you have time, check out the information and links provided.