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My husband and I are certified teachers; while I am now a stay-at-home mom, I find myself thinking of lesson plans and concepts that I would like to teach. If nothing else, maybe I can use these ideas on my own kids! We are also looking into homeschooling (at least for elementary school). It is imperative that our children receive a quality education in an encouraging and safe environment, with curriculum which is competitive and has a logical sequence, with instructors who are passionate about the people they are teaching. That’s my own personal mission statement, and more and more frequently I’m feeling that my children would do better in a homeschool situation than one in public schools. Maybe I’ll write a post one day to highlight all of the reasons why I think that…

My focus is on music education, and I am certified in the State of Texas for all levels from early childhood through twelfth grade.

In this category I will have articles related to formal and informal education, including lesson plans, questionairres, handouts, and downloads.

Why I’m Homeschooling My Child for Pre-K

My husband and I are both certified teachers, but it comes as a surprise to some people to learn that I’m homeschooling our four year old this year. What factors made this decision for us? This is why I’m homeschooling my child for pre-kindergarten … And it may not be what you think. Continue reading

A Listening Comprehension Lesson That You Can Do With Your Child

It’s time to start reading more “big kid books” to my four year old. These stories have more depth, more advanced vocabulary, and require a longer attention span. I think he’s ready, and I’m excited to share so many great titles with him! But I want to check for his comprehension as we go. Here I’ll share the meaning and benefit of listening comprehension, some of the titles we’re reading together, as well as an outline for a listening comprehension lesson that you can do with your child (including a free printout!). Continue reading

Teach A Simple Listening Activity to Your Kids

I’m a music teacher who is now a stay-at-home mom. While my current role is different – I’m at home with my own children instead of a music classroom – I still love teaching age-appropriate music lessons to my kids! I frequently come up with new ideas, and I have a great session you can do with kids as young as two years old. This music lesson is simple and customizable for children preschool age and up, no teaching experience needed! Read on to learn how to do a simple music listening activity with your kids!

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Pre-K Lesson: Story Play

My son is almost four years old, which means I need to get used to calling him a pre-k aged child! My very own preschooler is absorbing all he can about our world, and is reading little by little. My husband and I, as certified teachers, are already looking to develop rigorous and fun lessons to do with our kids as they grow.

With perfect timing, Greg at Education.com contacted me about showcasing a quick-and-easy lesson plan to help pre-k kids get excited about reading. I’m proud to show you this simple activity which you can do at home with your preschooler!

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