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The Ultimate Homeschool Radio Show is comprised of interviews with the authors and speakers about special homeschool products or services. Listen in, get to know them, their hearts and leave with some wisdom of your own.

    Developing Language Skills in your Young Learner

    Developing Language Skills in your Young Learner

    LCP Ep 13: Developing Language Skills in your Young Learner


    The time to start reading and developing language skills in your young learner is now.

    Reading at least 15 minutes per day from the time your child is an infant and even through high school will not only promote a bond with your child and an enjoyment in reading, but help develop vocabulary, reading, and writing skills.

    Visit Katie's website for more fun ideas and tips to use in your homeschool at Katie's Homeschool Cottage  or her Facebook Group.

    Join Katie Glennon as she shares step by step how to easily develop language skills in your young learner with practical tips, resources, and book and activity ideas that help you get started right away.

    Show Notes

    Developing Language Skills in your Young Learner

    If you suspect your child is experiencing language or processing issues, you may want to check out Dianne Craft's articles and materials at diannecraft.org. I used quite a few of her materials, articles, and her Brain Integration Therapy guide.

    Book Title Suggestions for Rhyme, Rhythm and Repetition

    Start with simple Dr. Seuss Books - Hop on Pop, Dr. Seuss’s ABC's, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

    Then longer Dr. Seuss Books - Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham

    Sheep in a Jeep

    Sheep Go to Sleep

    Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See?

    Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What do you Hear?

    Assorted Poetry Books - The Random House Book of Poetry for Children, The 20th Century Children’s Poetry Treasury

    Reading Activity Suggestions

    Start with nursery rhymes and finger and hand motions while you recite them together.

    As you read together, point to each word as you read it aloud.

    Point to the pictures on the page and comment and ask questions about them. (Depending on the age of your child, you can ask them a question about what a picture is or a color in the picture.) As they get older or more familiar with the book, you can ask more complex questions. (Visit Using Higher Order Thinking Skills in your Reading to gain ideas in asking questions and developing thinking skills.)

    Repeat reading the same books (as long as your child shows interest in it) for at least 15 minutes per day.

    Use your child’s finger to point at the words as you say them and allow them to turn the page if they want.

    Take turns reading sentences or pages so that your child doesn't feel overwhelmed by reading too much at one time. (For practical and fun ways to engage reluctant readers, visit Ultimate List of Fun Ways to Engage your Reluctant Reader.)

    Put magnetic letters on the refrigerator for play opportunities.

    Have a letter of the day or week and let your child tell you whenever they see that letter during the day.

    Depending on what kind of learner you have, you could try different kinds of activities to learn the alphabet –

    Songs, chants and books read aloud (audio books) for auditory learners

    Use pictures of the alphabet that have animals or pictures with...

    • 27 min
    Using Higher Order Thinking Skills in Your Reading

    Using Higher Order Thinking Skills in Your Reading

    LCP Ep 12: Using Higher Order Thinking Skills in Your Reading


    Are you wondering what we mean by "higher order thinking skills" or "critical thinking skills"?

    And what do you do with them and how do you teach them to your children? And how are you supposed to do that with reading?

    Visit Katie's website for more fun ideas and tips to use in your homeschool at Katie's Homeschool Cottage  or her Facebook Group.

    Join Katie Glennon as she explains what higher order thinking skills are, why they are important, and how you can practice them with your children in fun and easy ways.


    Show Notes

    Using Higher Order Thinking Skills with Your Reading

    Different Levels and Kinds of Higher Order Thinking Skills

    Bloom's Taxonomy

    Thinking skills can be organized in a hierarchy of difficulty (and also according to stage of child and learning development). In other words, from least to most difficult and acquired as a child ages.

    For a detailed description of these thinking skills, what they look like in your child, why they are important, and how to practice using them in easy and fun ways, you will want to listen to the podcast.

    Bloom's Taxonomy is a method of labeling and describing the different levels of thinking skills and what they entail.

    Knowledge or Remembering - This thinking skill is the ability to recall information and details or memorize facts or words.

    Comprehension or Understanding - This skill requires the need to understand the meanings of the words and what they mean when used together in phrases or sentences to express an idea. Your child needs to have the vocabulary knowledge and the capacity to understand the concept being presented.

    Application or Applying - Not only does this skill require understanding and comprehension of something, but also the ability to take that learned and understood information and apply it to a similar situation.

    Analysis or Analyzing - This skill requires understanding something and making connections in what is being read or studied because the connections are not spelled out or clearly identified for the learner. The learner has to make the connections on his or her own.

    Synthesis or Revising - This thinking skill allows your child to make a leap or build new thoughts based on the connections they’ve made using the other thinking skills we’ve been discussing – formulating what they are comprehending, learning, and connecting from the reading and making something new or forming new thoughts from all of this.

    Evaluation - This is where your child learns to make a judgment about something, form an opinion or make a decision.

    Question Starters to Practice Different Levels of Thinking Skills

    Bloom's Question Starters Handout

    Higher Order Thinking Question Stems Handout

    Suggested Activities to Practice Using Different Levels of Thinking Skills

    Recalling and retelling information through retelling what your learner has heard during a read aloud of a short story or chapter.

    Graphic Organizers or Mind Mapping - Use these to practice thinking skills and organize and use different ...

    • 24 min
    Essential Writing in your Homeschool High School

    Essential Writing in your Homeschool High School

    LCP Ep 11: Essential Writing in your Homeschool High School


    Do you have a middle or high schooler and you are wondering what do you need to teach them for writing for credit or for preparation for college?

    Intimidated by the kind of essays that are usually included during high school and are necessary for college applications, standardized tests, and classes?

    Visit Katie's website for more fun ideas and tips to use in your homeschool at Katie's Homeschool Cottage  or her Facebook Group.

    Join Katie Glennon as she shares with you what is considered essential writing in your homeschool high school for high school credit, experience, and college preparation.


    Show Notes

    Types of Essays to Practice in High School

    (This is a list of suggestions starting with the less challenging to more difficult and most common kinds of writing to other kinds of experience you may want to include.)

    Informative essay (try a 5 paragraph format for this as your first kind of essay if starting here)

    Persuasive/Argumentative essay (common for standardized tests with an essay)

    Summary Paper (can be about an essay or article and the author's viewpoint)


    Literary Analytical or Critical essay

    Research Paper (MLA is common, but there are also APA and Chicago formats as well)



    Narrative (can be a personal anectdote - common for the the college application)

    Descriptive (can be describing a scene, person, or object using all senses and can incorporate creative writing)

    Process Analysis (step by step writing that would be used in technical writing)

    Cover Letter and Resume


    Websites with Prompts for Different Kinds of Writing

    These sites assist your upper middle and high schooler with gaining practice writing different kinds of essays, including preparing for essays on standardized tests that some college admission offices require and prompts for essays on past college applications that used the Common Application.

    Persuasive Essay Prompts

    More Persuasive Essay Prompts

    General Writing Prompts to Warm up your Early High Schooler

    Prompts for Various Kinds of High School Essays

    Various Writing Prompts and Writing Activities for High Schoolers

    Practice Using Literary Devices in Writing with Valentine's Day theme


    Be sure to comment in the Comments box any ideas you'd like to share about writing in high schooler that your family has found helpful! I would love to hear from you!

    • 40 min
    Teaching Your Struggling Writer How to Write

    Teaching Your Struggling Writer How to Write

    LCP Ep 10: Teaching your Struggling Writer How to Write

    Have you ever seen your learners with "a deer caught in headlights" look when holding a pencil over a blank piece of paper?

    Is it a struggle to get your child to write down more than a word or two?

    Visit Katie's website for more fun ideas and tips to use in your homeschool at Katie's Homeschool Cottage  or her Facebook Group.

    Join Katie Glennon as she shares tips and practices in getting even your youngest learners more comfortable putting pencil to paper and conveying their thoughts into written words.

    You'll soon be using these techniques every day in your own routine easily and naturally.


    Show Notes

    Quick Writing Practice Opportunities

    Post cards or letters to friends or relatives about a trip or event.

    Pen pals.

    Science nature journal or sketch pad with captions or labels on a nature hike or walk.

    Grocery lists or other lists - favorite things, to do's, menu, people.


    Thank you notes for birthday or Christmas.

    Birthday cards or other cards, including invitations.

    Posters, flyers, brochures, book jackets.

    Journal or diary (can be just a sentence or more about their day).

    Scrapbook or photo album with captions or names underneath.

    Use invisible ink or secret code to make writing more interesting and fun.

    Write using different media and materials - colored pencils, gel pens, scented pens, colored paper, chalkboard, white board, window or mirror, eraseable writing pad (the one with the plastic pencil and you lift the plastic sheet up to erase your writing.), driveway with chalk or water with a brush, large poster board or paper with paint, write in sand or at the beach.

    Creat slide shows with Powerpoint or Google slides or Prezi.

    Collaborate and take turns writing a story, taking turns one sentence at a time.

    Write a story as a character or famous person using "I".

    Interview someone for real or pretend and write down what they say.

    Write about an event or nature hike using "who", "what", "where", "when", "why", and "how" to tell you what to write about.

    Write a revision of a well-known story revising an event or a character in the story in your retelling. Write a new ending. Keep it a simple story like Red Riding Hood, The Three Bears or Three Little Pigs, or The Gingerbread Man.

    Websites to Help You Draw and Write Your Own Story

    These sites assist your child in creating a picture for a scene or multiple scenes in a story either drawing your own picture or using graphics they supply. Once they create the picture/s, they can type in the story and either read it online or print it off for their own book.

    Story Jumper

    Read Write Think Printing Press

    Story Starters by Scholastic

    My Storymaker

    Writing with Writers

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    • 32 min
    Valuable Benefits from Reading Classic Literature in your Homeschool

    Valuable Benefits from Reading Classic Literature in your Homeschool

    LCP Ep 9: Valuable Benefits from Reading Classic Literature in your Homeschool



    Do you cringe when you think about "classic literature"?

    Are you intimidated by the thought of tackling challenging vocabulary or complex sentences that seem to go on and on?

    Visit Katie's website for more fun ideas and tips to use in your homeschool at Katie's Homeschool Cottage  or her Facebook Group.

    Join Katie Glennon as she shares important benefits from reading classic literature, starting with easier books and working your way (and their way) up and through more challenging works as they progress through middle and high school.

    There are so many academic and personal benefits that you most likely have not considered in reading classic books, but make the effort extremely worthwhile. They range from the very practical like expanding vocabulary to developing your child's understanding of themselves, their world, and their individual viewpoints and worldviews.

    Show Notes


    Here is a summarized list of the benefits from the podcast. Please listen to the podcast for details and examples about these benefits.

    When I use the term "classic literature", I am not referring to the ancient literature of Socrates or Sophocles or Oedipus Rex. I am discussing books that have withstood the test of time and have earned a valuable place in our culture and on our bookshelves based on their theme and content or their rich use of language to express ideas.

    I have compiled lists of suggested book titles for middle and high school for your reference when considering what books to include in your literature study.

    Suggested Middle School Reading List

    Suggested High School Classic Literature Book List

    Important Benefits from including Classic Books in your Homeschool Literature Study

    Learn to Appreciate the Written Word as a Piece of Art

    When reading quality literature, we can envision a picture in our minds the scene the author is expressing through the written word. Through vivid descriptions, imagery, literary devices and other writing techniques, we are brought into the world or story that the author is describing. We can hear, feel, or see what the characters experience. We absorb the mood and get to know the characters through their dialogue.

    Writing is a craft on paper, much like that expressed by artists with paint on a canvas. What we are reading has so much more meaning and we appreciate and enjoy it more when we can understand the techniques that a writer has used to transport us into another world for the moment.

    Learn to Understand and also Absorb Complex and More Interesting Sentence Structure

    Classic books, especially as you enter high school level literature, contains more complex and sophisticated sentence structure. If we start exposing our children to easier to understand classic books in middle school, they become accustomed to the longer and more complex sentences and how to tackle them when reading. When they enter high school, it will be less daunting to read some of the more challenging works because of the practice they have already gained.

    • 31 min
    Flourish At Home – Making Memories

    Flourish At Home – Making Memories

    Ironically, when your family is together almost all the time, it can be challenging to pull away from the demands of homeschooling to just enjoy being together and have fun as a family. But taking a break is good for parents and children alike. In this episode, I'll share some of my favorite ways to make special family memories, including building family traditions, spending one-on-one time with each child, exploring the world, and enjoying the journey as well as the destination.

    I'd love to hear from you. What special family traditions do you enjoy?

    Joyful Balance for Busy Moms

    Are you exhausted? Overloaded? Teetering on the brink of burnout? Whether you’re a stay-at-home mom, work-at-home mom, or homeschooling mom, it’s easy to be paralyzed by an overwhelming to-do list. False guilt only adds to the burden.

    Mary Jo Tate—an international editor, book coach, and veteran homeschooling mom of four boys—wants to help you find peace in the space between the ideal and reality so you can stop struggling and start flourishing. Learn how to:

    · Stop the juggling act and find a balance you can live with

    · Minimize interruptions while being sensitive to real needs

    · Take care of yourself so you can take care of your family

    · Value and protect your time to do what matters most

    · Establish a pace you can maintain for the marathon of life

    Visit the show page for replays here

    • 19 min

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