homeschooling curriculum

Please Teach This. Thank You!

One often overlooked area of study is manners and etiquette for young people. If you’d like to incorporate this subject into your homeschooling day, check out the curriculum Oops, Your Manners are Showing. The lessons, written by Peggy Norwood and Jan Stable, are compiled in books for ages 2-3, 4-7, and 8-adult. Teacher’s guides and activity pages are available for each age group as

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Planning for the New School Year

About this time of year, many families are beginning to plan for next fall. If you, too, are thinking about the upcoming school year, you are probably asking yourself some questions. What curriculum will I use? Did the curriculum we used last year meet the needs of my students, or is it time to try something different? Will we join a different co-op this

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A Glorious Songbook

Compiled by Cooper Edens, The Glorious American Songbook is a wonderful addition to any homeschooling library. Students of all grade levels will benefit from reading this book, especially if they are currently studying American history. Some of the songs chosen for the book commemorate major events in American history, such as the Revolutionary War (Yankee Doodle) and the Gold Rush (Clementine), while others honor

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Geography with Postcards

Here’s an activity you can do with children of any age. It’s fun, educational, and it helps build relationships! With your child, make a list of all of your relatives and family friends who live in other cities or out-of-state. Write down their addresses on a piece of paper. Show your child how to write a friendly letter, and instruct him to write a

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Backyard Bird Studies | Homeschool

Spring seems to be just around the corner, as this past week has brought warmer weather and sunny days. We’ve found daffodils growing in our yard, buds on the dogwood trees, and songbirds — lots of them — in the trees, in the grass, and all around the house. If you have elementary students, consider doing a springtime unit study on the birds found

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Homeschooling Parents | Share Your Skills

About this time of year, many homeschoolers are beginning to plan for summer studies or the next school year. Our co-op is already beginning to form the 2010-2011 class schedules based on student interest and teacher availability. As you decide the subjects you want your children to study, you might consider sharing your own skills with others – and allowing them to share with

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Search and Find Books | Homeschooling Resources

For the past few years, some of my youngest child’s favorite books have been the ones where he has to search for certain images within the picture. Usborne has created some of these fun books for children ages four to eight with their 1001 Things to Spot series and Great Search series. Open one of these books, and you’ll find a scene that spans

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Storyline Online | Homeschooling Resource

If your children like spending time on the computer, you may find yourself searching the Internet for sites that are not only enjoyable for them to visit but educational as well. Storyline Online (www.storylineonline.net) is just such a site. Created by the Screen Actors Guild Foundation, this site features videos of well-known actors reading favorite picture books out loud. For example, the first story

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Online Magazines for Kids

If you’re like me, your children might be even more computer-savvy than you are. If I run into a computer glitch, I call on my 13-year-old to help me figure it out. In this age of technology, there is so much available for children, from games and coloring pages to educational programs to social sites. Many children’s resources have also been produced digitally —

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Homeschooling | Dr. Seuss Books

Several years ago, I read a note online from a teacher who worked with children still struggling with reading. In it, she mentioned how she used Dr. Seuss books with these students and how much their reading levels had increased as a result. I’ve tried the same approach with my more reluctant reader, and I’ve had good results as well. Dr. Seuss books have

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