homeschooling curriculum

Questions for the New School Year

Last summer, I attended a homeschooling workshop where the speaker described some of the schooling methods she used when her boys were younger. One of the handouts she gave us was a yearly “About Me” writing assignment that included a number of statements for the child to complete. The speaker would have each of her children work on this assignment on the first day

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Homeschool: History Lesson at Work

This week, my husband had a couple of days off, and he had a big project he wanted to complete before going back to work. Some time ago, our neighbor had an old cabin on his property that he didn’t want anymore, and he offered it to us. My husband, a history buff, jumped at the opportunity, and for quite a while now he’s

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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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Homeschooling Your First Grader

Your child is now ready to begin the first grade. If you began homeschooling him in Kindergarten, you probably found that teaching him the basic skills wasn’t as hard as you may have thought. Your first grader is just as excited about learning as your Kindergartener was, so continue to take advantage of as many hands-on learning opportunities that you can. For a general

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Math Instruction for Kindergarteners

As you prepare to start your Kindergartener on more formal math instruction, you might be surprised at how many Kindergarten math skills he’s already mastered. As just a general guideline, by the end of the school year, your kindergartener should be able to: • Sort objects into groups • Identify which items in a group are the same or which item in the group

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Homeschooling Planners

If you’re getting ready to start your new homeschooling year, you may be thinking about purchasing a new planner to help you get off to a good start. There are many different types of planners available, from traditional teacher planners to electronic planners for your computer. Here are a few you might want to consider: – TheOldSchoolhouse.com has created The Schoolhouse Planner, a downloadable

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Homeschooling: Reading for Kindergarteners

As you begin homeschooling your Kindergartener, you’ll want to include daily time for reading. Reading can be as basic as learning to recognize letters and the sounds they make or, for those children who started earlier, it can involve reading simple beginner books. There are many resources out there for you to choose from, some with less formal instructions and others with set curriculums.

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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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Publication Opportunities for Kids

One way to encourage children to write or draw is to submit their work for publication. There are several magazines, both online and in print, that publish stories or pictures created by children. Here are a few of them: Stone Soup Stone Soup is a print magazine (www.stonesoup.com) that publishes only writing and artwork by children ages 8 to 13. Stories, poems, book reviews,

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Homeschooling Your Kindergartener

Your preschooler is ready for formal schooling. Now what? Many homeschooling families loosely follow traditional school guidelines for grade levels. If your child attended a traditional school, he began Kindergarten the year he turned five, providing the fifth birthday occurred before August. Those children with September through December birthdays are encouraged to begin Kindergarten the next year. When homeschooling, however, this is simply a

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