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Written by contributor Lora Lynn Fanning of Vitafamiliae Last semester, I determined my third grade twins should do a writing project. I requested a paragraph from each about their history studies. Simple, right? A week later, we were all in tears and only after much angst did they eke out their boring four sentence paragraphs. …

Hamburger Paragraph Picture Template... Teaching kiddos how to write a paragraph is pretty tasty with this helpful template. Helps students focus on including a topic sentence, supporting details, and a conclusion. Visual learners will also benefit from the "hamburger" comparison as they develop writing skills in organization, sentence variation and idea focus. Enjoy!

Written by contributor Anne Bogel of Modern Mrs. Darcy Before we even began homeschooling, I had the good fortune to hear Susan Wise Bauer’s warning: “Everyone wants to quit in November and February.” Time has proven her right: these are the months when I feel like we’re just slogging through it, far from the excitement …

timeline idea: use cardstock, taped back-to-back, and add a new page as needed. after review or working on it, fold it up and slip it into page protector in history notebook

Kara's method of homeschool planning, developed over 10 years of trial and error, blends both structure & flexibility into her family's homeschool days.