Home School

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Check out this page for In-house articles, links to web articles, web resources, curriculum providers, and curriculum reviews.

Web Links:

Reviews–

Curriculum and School Reviews (Homeschoolreviews.com)

http://www.homeschoolbuyersco-op.org/

http://www.cathyduffyreviews.com/

http://www.thehomeschoolmagazine.com/Homeschool_Reviews/

http://www.homeschoolhighlights.com/reviews/charlottemason.shtml

http://www.homeschoolingfromtheheart.com/hsreviews.html

http://homeschooling.about.com/od/curriculum/Homeschool_Curriculum.htm

A to Z Home’s Cool Homeschooling: Choosing Curriculum

100 Top Picks for Home School Curriculum (read book online)

Resources–

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions Go to this site for over 300 free lesson plans, maps, activities and more.  Lessons plans are given by grades ranging from K-12.

http://www.curriki.org/xwiki/bin/view/Main/

http://www.thehomeschoolmom.com/teacherslounge/articles/how_to_choose_homeschool_curriculum.php

http://www.hometooling.org/

The Story Starter provides 345,935,040 creative ideas for writers of all ages. All of the story starters are randomly generated. The story starters can be used for short stories, novels, plays, scripts, or just for fun.

Story Starter, Jr.

Wacky Web Tales–the online version of the old favorite Mad Libs game.

And here are a TON of free Montessori things you could prepare at home:

http://www.montessorimom.com/montessori-free-printouts-downloads/

http://forum.brillkids.com/teaching-your-child-other-topics/making-your-own-montessori-materials/msg45493/?topicseen (scroll down the page to see the article)

You may also want to check out these sites for some great ways to teach for free:

http://www.donnayoung.org/index.htm

http://www.homeschooltopsites.com/

You may be interested in reading what a mom has written about unschooling…

http://middlemusing.wordpress.com/2011/02/26/unschooling-idealism-or-ideal/

Never heard of “unschooling?” Check this out… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unschooling

Curriculum/Book Providers–

For a comprehensive list of curricula and online schools as well as contact info and web links, click here.

Sonlight Curriculum

A Beka Book

A Beka Academy

BJU Press (Bob Jones Curriculum)

WinterPromise (Click here to see a personal review on this blog by Joie.)

School Specialty Intervention (the handprints series) and Pioneer Valley Books (see personal review on this blog by Denise)

Used Homeschool Books “I have used them and their books have been in great condition and much cheaper than buying them new.  They even have cost-cutting tips.”–Elizabeth G

CBD Homeschool

Amazon Homeschool Curriculum options

Articles:

Homeschooling Children with ADD, ADHD, or ODD

5 Pros and Cons to Homeschooling the Older Adopted Child

Reading–

Preparing Your Preschool Child to Read (download) or click here to read online.

Mommy I’m reading (download) or click here to read online.

READING…A key to the world (download) or click here to read online.

Teaching Reading and Phonics to the Older Child or ESL Student (download) or click here to read online.

Writing–

Encouraging Your Kids to Write (download) or click here to read online.

Sharpening Your Writing Skills (download) or click here to read online.

Your Child’s Writing Ability (download) or click here to read online. Discusses stages of writing.

Arithmetic–

Mental Math and Math Games (download) or click here to read online.

Nurturing Early Math and Language Skills (read online)

Fitness–

Physical Fitness (download)

Motivating Your Kids to Exercise

Monkey see, Monkey do (helping your family be more fit)

Seven Tips for motivating your kids to exercise. (read online)

Adolescence, Puberty, and Growth Spurts (read online)

Free and Low cost physical education resources (read online)

Are You Taking Care of Their Hearts (American Heart Association and physical fitness)

Technology

What’s New in 2010 Homeschool Resources (click here to read online)

Curriculum/Planning/Teaching–

Educational Planning (download) or click here to read online.

Sonlight Curriculum–Making it work for you (download) or click here to read online.

Five Basic Types of Curriculum (download) or click here to read online.

How We Learn and How We Teach (download) or click here to read online. Learning styles and teaching styles.

Developing Independent Learners (download) or click here to read online.

Keeping a Portfolio (download) or click here to read online.

Things to consider in looking for or becoming a TCK teacher (download) or read online

The Reasons We Modify Curriculum (download) or click here to read online.

Education, Homeschool, Gap Year

Tried and True Teaching Strategies

Tip # 1:  Are you having difficulty motivating a particular child?  Or, perhaps, one child is having difficulty with one particular subject?  Time to change the routine! This really works.  Try putting the difficult subject first.  Being less tired can help a difficult subject seem easier.  Sometimes just changing the subjects around can be just what it takes.  Last year, my husband told our teens and preteen about the time he used to work 4 ten-hour days.  He gave them the option of having school 4 days a week (if they could get it all done) and taking a 3-day weekend.  This brought the motivation high for the last two months of the school year.  We are back to 5 day a week school, but it was good for a period of time to try something different.

Tip # 2:  Time for the Timer—If your child struggles with math (not necessarily correctness, but speed—and staying on task) then try this technique.  Start with a row of problems from the homework assignment.   Block out with a separate sheet of paper the rest of the page.  Time your child completing one problem.  Then, set the timer for the appropriate time for him to complete the rest of the problems on that row.  See if he can beat the time.  No reward is necessary!  Kids love to break their own records!  As he improves at this, set the timer for him to complete 2 rows of the homework page.  Then later, set the timer for the whole page.  If he can’t stay focused with that much, back up to timing a shorter portion.

Tip # 3:  Another timer tip—Do you have a young child who likes to “need” you right when you get on the phone?  If the child is 4-8 years old this trick should work.  Tell “Suzy” that anytime you are on the phone when she “needs” you, that she should bring you the timer.  You will set the timer for a beforehand agreed upon time (like 5-10 minutes) and she will wait quietly for you (often watching the timer) until the timer dings.  This should be enough time to handle the phone call and arrange a call back time.  Then, when the timer dings, give Suzy your undivided attention.  Kids like to feel some control and feel totally helpless when you cannot give them your attention.  For the 7-8 year old, you may be able to set the timer for 15-20 minutes.  After awhile, Suzy will forget all about bringing you the timer when you are on the phone.  This technique really worked with our youngest son.  It saved some embarrassing moments on the telephone and gave me the opportunity to take calls peacefully.  This may even work for teaching moments.  Try setting it for 20-30 minute teaching periods.