homeschooling resources

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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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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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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“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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Summer Homeschool – Make Learning Fun

Summer is generally a more-relaxed time, even if you are schooling year-round. One way to combine fun with learning during the summer months is to play games. While you can purchase educational games from teaching stores or online, you can also make your own. You can even involve your children in crafting the game before you play it. Here are a few of the

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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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Summer Reading

Our library has a summer reading program in which children can earn prizes for reading a certain number of books. My children like to win the prizes as quickly as they can, so I’ve been checking out a lot of picture books lately for my younger two. Some of them I’m familiar with, and some of them I’ve never seen before. It’s been fun

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