Happy holidays!

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Depending on where you live, the holiday season can either mean fun spent in the sun or the snow! Whether you’re enjoying a good book on the beach or by the fire, we hope you have a relaxing break. See you next year for more Phonics fun!

Homeschool binder hacks!

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Every page in the Mega Book of Phonics Worksheets is perforated, which means they are absolutely perfect for a homeschool binder. Here are some of our favourite homeschool binder hacks from the experts — homeschooling parents just like you!

  • Place your pages in plastic sleeves and have kids use whiteboard markers to write in the answers. The answers can be erased and the sheets used again and again! No more photocopying or laminating!
  • Colour-code your binders for each subject or topic for an easy visual reference.
  • Use plastic milk crates to hold and organise your binders.
  • Binders aren’t just for kids! Create an organisational binder for all your teaching materials. Check out this teacher binder from The Colorful Apple !
  • Use pocket pouches to keep school supplies or other bits and pieces organised.
  • Create lesson plan pages using foolscap ruled into six boxes for the five weekdays (plus one extra!) and Post-it notes in each one. You can write your lessons on each Post-it and easily move them around as necessary.
From Big Family Blessings

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Here are some items you’ll need to start creating Ultimate Homeschool Binder Kit!

  • 3-ring binders
  • Clear plastic sleeves
  • Dividers
  • Hole punch
  • Label maker
  • Post-its
  • Pocket pouches

Get inspired by these FREE binder printables!

From True Aim

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From Thirty Handmade Days

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From Just a Girl and Her Blog

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What’s your reading resolution for 2017?

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A new year means a fresh start! It also means back to school, be it a new school year or term. It’s the ideal time to make some ‘reading resolutions’ for the year.

Reading is a fun and engaging activity that you can do with your child every day. Here are a few ideas for the year. And remember, all of these resolutions can be adapted for the adult reader as well!

  • Read every day: This one’s nice and easy! One book or chapter a day before bed is a great way to relax and spend quality time with your child.
  • Have a library day: Make time every week (or fortnight) to visit your local library. Most libraries have a great children’s section with regular activities. Let your child choose the books that appeal to them and have a special bag just for library books.
  • Start a book club: This one’s great for older children who love sharing their ideas. Activities and field trips related to the content in the books can bring the concepts in the stories alive.
  • Make a reading list: Look forward to all the great books you haven’t read yet by filling out a reading list. Here are some fun and colourful book lists to download and print:
From Thirty Handmade Days

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From DIY Home Sweet Home

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From Bird and Little Bird

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