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Cathy Duffy’s 101 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum is right at the top of my list of favorite books for new homeschoolers. In addition to the valuable reviews of curriculum, Duffy takes new home educators on a revealing journey to discover what type of curriculum would work best for parent and child. I’m very excited to see a new edition of this homeschooling classic since that last edition is a few years old, but I’m even more excited to see that it is available for a low introductory price through Homeschool Buyers Co-op.
If you know someone who is getting started in homeschooling, this More >
A few years ago, I was looking for easy activities to keep my kiddos entertained. All the endless hours of summer were driving us batty. So I put together this simple study on plants to keep us entertained and engaged. I used books that I already owned as well as my local library. Most of the supplies were things I already had in reserves. My kiddos had fun and learned something at the same time. So if you find yourself dreading all the free time that summer offers, enjoy this free plant study. Happy homeschooling!
Summer Science Plant Study
Do you love your children’s curricula and want to reward their makers? Well, you can do it through Practical Homeschooling’s annual Reader Awards. Visit the Awards Ballot and cast your vote for the best and worst in homeschool curricula.
In addition to sharing your experience, you will be entered in a drawing to win over $50 in science books by Janice VanCleave.
Ballots must be cast by June 1, 2012. So get voting!
Don’t miss Scholastic Teacher Express’ sale. I’ve used several of their resources and love them. And having the flexibility to download them is a bonus. You can buy for the future and print them as needed… and they don’t take up shelf space.
As we begin another year of homeschooling, it’s easy to become consumed with curriculum and schedules and plans for co-ops, field trips and programs. While all of those things are important, I am once again reminded to slow down and prayerfully consider each of my children—their needs, desires, loves, struggles and limitations. Instead of focusing on grade level, what others are doing or even what I think I should be doing, I am reminded to focus on how I can reach each of my children with a love of learning.
For each child this is a different path. For me, this year, it will mean more More >
If you’re a homeschooling parent who’s looking for fresh ideas to spice up your curriculum or free curriculum to round out your program, take a look at Homeschool Helper Online. The site is a collaborative effort, so you can share curriculum that you’ve created and enjoy the curriculum that other moms and dads have put together for their students. It’s a win-win for everyone.
Homeschool Helper Online offers unit studies, lapbooks, character studies, worksheets, holiday activities, phonics help and more–all free of charge. I was happy to print a unit study for Charlotte’s Web, a book that my More >
Check out Scholastic Teacher Express for huge savings on ebooks! Hundreds of titles are on sale for $1 — no extra shipping charges, no taxes. The titles can broken up by grade or subject. Even if you are dedicated to a specific curriculum, take a look. You can supplement what you currently have with hands-on activities, art projects, worksheets and more.
Some of the titles that caught my attention include Teaching with Aesop’s Fables, Easy Holiday & Seasonal Art Projects with Paper, and Easy and Quick Learning Games: Science. Of course, my children are in early elementary, but books for all More >
Over the course of the month, one of my curriculum choices for the year ended up being a big miss. Our family endured a paralyzing stomach flu that had me bed bound for three days. An out-of-town family member visited. A freelance project came due. Supplemental classes and sports started. Co-op began. Two of my children had birthdays, and we hosted one combo birthday party. It was a bit much. Needless-to-say, I’m still recovering.
Like many homeschooling moms, I am an More >
Here is the follow up email that I sent to a dear friend who was asking about homeschooling. Check out the first email, How to Start Homeschooling – My Letter to You, Part I. I hope you find both of these letters helpful and encouraging. Enjoy!
It sure sounds like you are well on your way! If there’s anything that I am personally learning through homeschooling it’s that this is a marathon, not a sprint. There are days when my daughter pushes my buttons and my son begs for attention and the baby is crying, and I think, It would be so much easier to send you to school. But then a More >
I’ve recently had two friends ask me about homeschooling. They are either considering it or looking for advice on how to start homeschooling. I answered one with a couple of lengthy emails, which I’m posting over the next couple of days. Perhaps the information I included will be helpful to you. Enjoy!
I’m really excited that you’ve chosen to homeschool. Check out the post I wrote on the best homeschooling books. These really helped me, so maybe they’ll help you too. Remember, you may be able to borrow them from your library.
For your first year, I say, keep it simple. If you More >