homeschooling curriculum

Drawing With Children

For those homeschool parents who haven’t done much art instruction with their children and are wondering where to begin, the book Drawing With Children by author/artist Mona Brookes is a great place to start. Written with parents in mind, Drawing With Children presents lessons and exercises to help children learn to draw, all the while improving their skills in visual perception, visual-spatial organization, and

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Homeschooling – Classical Composer Series

Several years ago, my friend introduced me to the Classical Composer Series. If you are planning to study classical music or music appreciation this next school year, these CDs are a resource you won’t want to miss. Each CD features one or two classical composers with a narrator telling the history of the musician. His narration is captivating for both children and adults, as

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Homeschooling Your Preschooler

If you have a preschooler, you may be wondering if you should be starting a formal schooling program with your child. At what age should he learn to write, read, or count? Are you already behind with his lessons? How greatly will your decisions now impact his education in the future? If you want to homeschool your preschooler, just take a deep breath —

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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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Homeschooling – How They Learn

A classroom of students is actually a classroom of individuals, each of whom possesses different talents, faces different challenges, and learns in different ways. A classroom teacher with 25-35 students can’t take the time to work with each one individually; she only has the time to present the information and perhaps help a few struggling students before moving on to the next subject. One

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Making Music: Adding Music to Your Curriculum

William Bennett, former U.S. Secretary of Education, once stated that the arts “are an essential element of education, just like reading, writing, and arithmetic …music, dance, painting, and theater are all keys that unlock profound human understanding and accomplishment.” Studies have shown that music, as one of those fine arts, has helped students increase their academic scores and coordination while developing self-discipline. No matter

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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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The Different Approaches to Homeschooling

“We homeschool,” might be your answer when asked what school your children attend, but it doesn’t explain how your children are educated. There are many different approaches to homeschooling, all of them valid and all able to yield good results. The method you choose will depend on your educational philosophy, your teaching temperament, and the learning styles of your children. School At Home School

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Highlights Hidden Pictures Online

If you’ve ever had to wait in a doctor’s or dentist’s office, you’ve probably seen a copy of Highlights Magazine for Children. Perhaps you have a subscription and receive it in the mail. Either way, you’re familiar with the hidden picture puzzles. These were always my favorite growing up, and my children really enjoy them too. Did you know Highlights has made even more

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Homeschooling – Teaching the Fine Arts

As a homeschooler, you may be feeling the pressure of making sure your children are well-instructed in the core subjects of reading, math, history, and science. As you plan your school year, however, be sure not to overlook the fine arts. While subjects such as music, art, drama, and dance may seem to fall into the extracurricular category, incorporating them into your lessons can

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