Homeschool Books

Feed the Birds

A few years ago, we did a unit study on backyard birds. As part of our study, we built our own bird feeder with supplies we had on hand — a long wooden pole and a large plastic planter dish. To make the feeder, we flipped the planter dish upside down and nailed the center of it to one end of the pole. We

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Math Instruction in the First Grade

If your child is entering the first grade, you might be wondering just what needs to be covered in math this year. Math skills studied each year build on those acquired the previous year, so it’s important to establish a good foundation early on. By the end of the first grade year, your child should be able to: • Count out loud from 0-100

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Reading in the First Grade

Your child has completed Kindergarten and has moved up to the first grade. You had a good year together, enjoying lots of hands-on activities and new experiences. You’ve snuggled up together on the couch and read and re-read his favorite books. You’ve taught him the names of the letters and the sounds they make. You know he’s ready to start putting those sounds together,

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Homeschool Curriculum | Discovering Great Artists

Summer is the time when I work on a plan for the next school year. If your plan includes art but not a formal art class, another great book you can use is Discovering Great Artists by MaryAnn Kohl and Kim Solga. While it’s not an instruction book in drawing or painting, Discovering Great Artists is full of art activities for students in the

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“Little Hands” Books

If you have a young child and are looking for something creative to do, check out the Little Hands art and craft books from Williamson Publishing. This series of books presents easy crafts and activities for little ones that can be done as summer projects or art assignments during the school year. The Little Hands Big Fun Craft Book by Judy Press and Loretta

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The Core Knowledge Series – Homeschooling Books

Whether or not you’re new to homeschooling, the Core Knowledge book series edited by E. D. Hirsch, Jr. is a valuable resource for those teaching children from kindergarten through sixth grade. Designed to be used by both parents and teachers, the books discuss the important knowledge a child should learn as he completes a particular grade. Titles include What Your Kindergartener Needs to Know,

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Your Local Library – Homeschooling Resource

Like many homeschooling families, we are primarily a one-income family on a tight budget. Purchasing curriculum for multiple grade levels can be expensive, especially if you are purchasing it all new. One way we save on curriculum costs is by utilizing one of my favorite resources – our local library. Depending on the curriculum you’re using, you might be able to find books from

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Homeschooling Books

Every year, we do well at getting the basic subjects covered in our school day – math, language arts, and reading. Weekly music and art lessons are in there too. The two subjects we’ve struggled with the most over the years, however, are science and history — the two that lend themselves best to interactive and hands-on learning. I’m not sure why it’s been

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