homeschooling resources

Incredible Art Lessons

I teach art lessons in my home during the school year, and I have some students who have been coming for a number of years. As I was searching the Internet for new lessons, I came upon IncredibleArt.org — an incredible site for art ideas! From the homepage, you can click on the “Lessons” link to enter the art lesson section. There you can

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Homeschooling Questions? Ask Cathy Duffy

It’s that time again — time to finalize plans for the coming school year. Perhaps you already have your lessons in order, but, if you’re like me, you still have a lot to do before you feel confident and prepared. While I have some plans about the curriculum we’re going to use, I’ve been getting ideas from other homeschooling friends and family about what’s

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Learning the Past for the Future – History for High School

With my oldest child going into the ninth grade next year, I’ve begun a search for a good high school history program. There are quite a few out there, ranging in price from under $100 to several hundred dollars. If you’re also looking for a history curriculum that will fit your schedule and your budget, here are some to consider: Sonlight (www.sonlight.com) – Courses

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Homeschooling the Holidays

Here in the United States, we just celebrated Mother’s Day, a day in which we appreciate mothers and motherhood. The next major holiday falls at the end of May, Memorial Day, a day to honor the men and women who have given their lives in service of their country. As a homeschool teacher, you can create a lesson, supplement, or entire plan centered around

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Historical Fiction for Teens

When deciding which books to use to supplement the lessons for your teens, consider adding historical fiction to your student’s curriculum. By searching the shelves of your local library or bookstore, you’ll find many classic and contemporary tales to supplement your World History or American History course. Not only do the books reinforce the student’s knowledge of a particular time period, they present him

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Picture This! – Historical Reads

When we study history, I often supplement the lessons with reading books that correspond with the era we are learning about.  The children read age-appropriate biographies, or I read the books together with them. Another great resource, however, is historical fiction. Historical fiction is the name given to the genre of literature that features stories set during a particular period of history but that

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Coin County – A Bank in a Book

From an early age, children learn that you need money in order to purchase something from the store. It’s so much fun to let a young child pick something out, give him the exact change, and allow him to pay the clerk. You’re child will have an even stronger sense of satisfaction, though, if he uses his own money that he has saved to

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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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