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Reading & Literature
We cover all aspects of learning to love reading, including phonics instruction, vocabulary, literature, reading lists of great books, and more. You'll also find teaching tips and helpful resources to assist you.

 
Reading Skills
  Explore our introduction to reading education, including when to begin teaching reading, different methods, and tips and ideas to help make your child love reading.

Vocabulary
  We've gathered great resources for vocabulary building, including curricula, different approaches to teaching vocabulary, and great sources for materials.

Phonics
  Phonics is the foundation for strong reading skills that last a lifetime. There are several different approaches to teaching phonics—we've gathered the best here for you to examine. Learn ways to make phonics learning fun, including games and ideas that incorporate learning.

Reading Lists
  "My child reads every book she gets her hands on! We are running out of good books for her." If this sounds like you, you've come to the right place. From birth to high school, we've brought together the best literature suggestions and reading lists that respect your child's need for more opportunities to read balanced with your desire to provide quality, wholesome, and meaningful literature for your child.

Study Guides
  Reading for comprehension is an important reading skill. You can help guide your child towards a greater understanding of what he or she has read by using a study guide. We've found some quality resources that are essential for the homeschooling family.

Literature
  Looking for good literature and ways to get the most out of it? Here you'll find literature lists for all grades, strategies for teaching literature appreciation and comprehension, and more.

Poetry
  The study of poetry can open a mind to new ways of thinking and exploration of the beauty of language. Writing poetry is a doorway to creative expression and deep understanding of meaning and language. Here you'll find great resources to study, write, and understand poetry in your homeschooling experience.


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A Poetry Unit for Preschoolers
This free unit study for preschoolers features poems found in Shel Silverstein's Where the Sidewalk Ends as a text for 10 poetry lessons. Each lesson refers to a poem (so it helps a lot to have access to that book), includes an activity suggestion, and instructions for a writing project (mostly poems). You can use all the lessons, or just a couple.
Hillside Education
Hillside Education publishes quality literature study guides with a distinctly Catholic perspective. The guides include discussion topics, writing prompts and art activities that draw out literary themes and help students connect with the stories. Products range from full-length study guides that can be used for a year's literature study, like the Novel Inquiries series, to discussion guides that can be used in conjunction with any reading program.
Poetry Out Loud
The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have partnered with U.S. state arts agencies to support Poetry Out Loud, a contest that encourages the nation's youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage.
How I Teach a Large Family in a Relaxed, Classical Way: Language Arts
Tips for teaching language arts (writing, grammar, handwriting) in a large family.
Time4Learning
The Time4Learning preschool program combines technology, animated characters, original stories and fun music to inspire a love of learning in the littlest e-learners. Ed Mouse and his friends guide children through more than forty topics such as numbers, letters, rhymes, self, time, music and colors.


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