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Great Fingerplay for Young Children

This game is really good for getting children to quiet down and get ready to listen. In case you ever find need of that valuable skill.See More
Oct 29, 2011
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The Uncle John/Esteban Switch

The most beautiful sound in the world to most people is the sound of their name. My son, Esteban gets such a kick out of my substituting his name for "Uncle John" in this rhyme. Check him out:     You can substitute your John or Juan, or Esteban in this fun rhyme, too.  What games do you like to play with your children?See More
Oct 21, 2011
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Grand Old Duke of York

You can really kindle an interest in words with your children with fun fingerplays. Old favorites like "I'm a Little Teapot" are side by side with unusual rhymes, like "Jelly on the Plate."  The Grand Old Duke of York is probably in the middle of the group. Kids love it. See:  See More
Oct 20, 2011
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Oct 13, 2011
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Read-Alouds Get Easier

Homeschooling can have its tedious moments. There is the exhilaration of teaching your child to read, quickly followed by the drudgery of improving their reading. You. must. listen. to. endless. reading. aloud. And it seems like the same child who was ready to take off sounding out words when it was all fun and games suddenly can't remember any letter combination sounds. Enter: Graymatters Phonics. Say your child struggles with the 'all' sound.  Show them the page that says, "Did y'all see the…See More
Sep 26, 2011
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Back to School Shopping

Throughout the blogosphere, I come across frantic mothers filling school shopping lists. I don't envy mothers who must meet several different teachers' specifications and outfitting multiple children for school. Don't even get me started thinking about back to school clothes. But I'm a homeschooling mother, and we take back to school to new heights. We not only outfit our children with pencils and glue sticks, but we also select and buy all the text books. When you are picking or creating a…See More
Aug 20, 2011
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GrayMatters Phonics: Excerpt

 If you've ever taught a child to read, you run into phonics memory issues. There are some letter combinations that must be memorized, like all: Did yall see the ball fall off the wall 'cuz someone tall kicked it from a stall? or igh:The playwright had quite a fright in the night as he watched the knight fight;…See More
Aug 8, 2011
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A Case for GrayMatters ABC

There are so very many ABC books on the market already. You can find them about animals, plants, food, you name it. And Dr. Seuss's ABC book is very popular. So why write another ABC book?I became enraged reading the ‘x’ page in Dr. Seuss ABC: “X is very useful when your name is Nixxie Knox. It also comes in handy spelling ax and extra fox.”Why would that enrage me, you might ask? For one, Seuss didn’t even try to find a word that started with X. Xylophone gets old, I know, but I have son named…See More
Jul 20, 2011
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Alley Kids: Riding Bikes

To this day, I ride up hills effortlessly on my bike. Not that I go looking for hills, mind you. On the contrary--I often add miles to my journey to avoid riding up steep hills.A so-called no sweat route.But I grew up on Westnedge Hill. You didn't leave my house without going down a hill, unless you went across that busy street. And we valued our lives too much to attempt crossing the third busiest…See More
Jul 5, 2011
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Excerpt: Alley Kids: The Woods

Westnedge Avenue in Kalamazoo is a boisterous busy street. Our house sat on the corner at the top of Westnedge hill. A sleepy brick road alley ran behind our house, and was the source of adventure and amazement for 8 years of my life. In Alley Kids, I remember my life in the alley and wonder where my childhood went. This is an excerpt from…See More
Jun 27, 2011
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Jun 19, 2011
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Excerpt: Alley Kids: Games

Westnedge Avenue in Kalamazoo is a boisterous busy street. Our house sat on the corner at the top of Westnedge hill. A sleepy brick road alley ran behind our house, and was the source of adventure and amazement for 8 years of my life. In Alley Kids, I remember my life in the alley and wonder where my childhood went. This is an excerpt from…See More
Jun 19, 2011
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Jun 18, 2011
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The Recipe for Reading can be Fun

I had much more confidence when I first became a mother. I created an environment where learning was just caught, rather than taught. When my oldest child went to school, I kind of forced the issue with reading, sending her notes in her lunch box each day. She was reading fluently within a few weeks. By the time my second child was ready for school, we had become a homeschooling family, and reading became an intentional activity. After two years of unsuccessful Language Arts instruction, my son…See More
Jun 17, 2011
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A Learning Games Cookbook series

As a home educator, I've had to figure out a few tricks to make learning happen. Some experiments were more successful than others. By the time the sixth child has frozen her umpteenth bowl of water, I will be more than ready to stick a fork in that experiment! But reading is foundational, so I wanted to get it right. I found that teaching reading was most painless when I started early, with finger plays and nursery rhymes. As I added more children, I learned more rhymes, songs and finger…See More
May 16, 2011
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Apr 30, 2011

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About Me
I'm a homeschool mother of 6. I've been married 20 years, and love reading and writing.
Book(s) I'm Currently Reading
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families, The Well Trained Mind, An Incomplete Education, The No Diet Obesity Plan for Kids, The Art of Game Design
Favourite Books, Book Genres and Favourite Authors
Pride and Prejudice, The Way it's Spozed to Be, historical fiction, education non-fiction, children's books, Beatrix Potter, Jane Austen
Are you a Kindle Owner?
Soon
Since when have you owned a Kindle?
November 20, 2010
What social network features are you interested in?
Forums, Kindle News, Connecting with Authors
Are you an Author or Aspiring Author?
Published Author, Blogger
For Authors - Published Books?
Kindle books: Alley Kids series, 4 books: The Woods, Games, Mrs. Friedmann, and Yards. GrayMatters ABC, and GrayMatters Phonics
Interests and Hobbies
knitting, crocheting, playing piano, swimming
Blog or Favourite Blog
http://www.graymattersonline.net

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Great Fingerplay for Young Children


This game is really good for getting children to quiet down and get ready to listen. In case you ever find need of that valuable skill.

Posted on October 29, 2011 at 4:53pm

The Uncle John/Esteban Switch

The most beautiful sound in the world to most people is the sound of their name. My son, Esteban gets such a kick out of my substituting his name for "Uncle John" in this rhyme. Check him out:

 

 

 

 

You can substitute your John or Juan, or Esteban in this fun rhyme, too. 

 

What games do you like to play with your…

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Posted on October 21, 2011 at 3:30pm

Grand Old Duke of York

You can really kindle an interest in words with your children with fun fingerplays. Old favorites like "I'm a Little Teapot" are side by side with unusual rhymes, like "Jelly on the Plate." 

 

The Grand Old Duke of York is probably in the middle of the group. Kids love it. See:

 

 


Posted on October 20, 2011 at 2:38pm

Recipe for Reading book 1 Excerpt


This is a longish fingerplay that spellbinds the children until the very end. They happily participate, counting and acting in the process.

Recipe for reading, book 1 is chock full of fun and games like this.

Posted on October 13, 2011 at 5:36pm

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