homeschooling resources

One Man’s Treasure is Another Man’s Game!

I can still hear my son’s little voice begging me to play “Grandma’s Treasure” just one more time. Over and over we played it until I started to dread it, like when your favorite song gets played out on the radio . This game would keep him enthralled for hours – the deck of cards enable you to set up a treasure hunt with

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From A-Z-Worksheets for Your Every Need!

We use a variety of workbooks during our homeschooling day, pulling activities from resources by different publishers for math, grammar, spelling, and handwriting. However, I sometimes find that the practice exercises or problems provided aren’t quite enough; occasionally, one of my children will need extra time working on a particular concept or skill. That’s when I begin searching the Internet for additional help. And

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Homeschool-Curriculum-For-Life.com

Every now and then, I come across a website featuring information for homeschoolers. Some don’t really tell me anything that I don’t already know, while others have so much helpful content I could search through the site for a long time. Homeschool-Curriculum-For-Life.com is one of those sites. Created by a homeschooling mom of four in South Africa, Homeschool-Curriculum-For-Life.com offers help in areas many homeschoolers

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Crafts for Christmas

It’s that time of year again — time to decorate the tree, wrap the presents, and bake lots of cookies. At our house, it’s also time to pull out the craft box!  While my younger children make crafts throughout the year, during the Christmas season we usually cut back a little on the schoolwork, leaving us all with more time to create! If your

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Amanda Bennett Unit Studies

If your family is like ours, you enjoy using unit studies from time to time, especially around the holidays. Sometimes we create our own, and sometimes we purchase them. If you’re looking for a unit study to use this holiday season, visit Amanda Bennett’s site at www.unitstudy.com. The name Amanda Bennett has long been associated with unit studies for homeschooling. And visiting her site,

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Studying the Slithery

About a week ago, my youngest found a small snake in our yard. In our area, snakes are beginning to hibernate as the colder weather sets in, so it was an unusual find. After looking closely at our snake, we realized it was a harmless hognose, naturally prompting a snake study at my house. We found a lot of great resources online, and there’s

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Homeschool Conventions

Years ago, when my sister began homeschooling, Bob Jones University offered a week-long homeschooling conference for interested parents. The conference included classes for those just beginning as well as veteran homeschoolers. Those coming from out-of-town could also bring their children along for day camp programs hosted by the university. Not only did parents learn tips and techniques, but they were able to meet and

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The Reason for a Flower

If you’re looking for a good starting place for a unit study about plants for your elementary students, The Reason for a Flower by Ruth Heller is a picture book worth checking out. Although this book contains a minimal amount of text, the text it does have introduces the students to many different aspects of plant life, including pollen and pollination; the parts of

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WriteShop

This past week we started back with our co-op classes. This year, I’m teaching a middle school/early high school creative writing class, using WriteShop for our curriculum. WriteShop was designed by homeschooling moms who loved to write and wanted their children to love to write, too. When they didn’t find a course to suit their needs, they designed one themselves, creating a two- (or

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Teacher Created Resources

When I first began homeschooling, a friend of mine introduced me to unit studies, lessons that center around a particular topic that include activities from across the curriculum such as reading, writing, math, social studies, science, art, music, and/or life skills. These work especially well for children in the elementary grades, and as a homeschooling parent, you can choose topics of special interest to

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