homeschooling resources

Wordless Picture Books

When I was small, my aunt gave me two books that I just loved — they were wordless picture books. I would look through them again and again, making up the story as I went along. As one of the first steps towards reading, wordless picture books reveal an entire story through the illustrations. As children “read” the stories, they verbalize what they see

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Reorganizing for the New Year

The New Year is often a time for a fresh start, and for me that includes a fresh start with homeschooling. Our weeks surrounding the holidays are usually filled with special activities, trips, and get-togethers, so the week after Christmas is a good time to regroup and reorganize. If you’re getting back to lesson planning this week, there are lots of good sites on

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A Charlotte Mason Companion

Charlotte Mason, an educator in England in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and author of Home Education, saw children as feeling and thinking human beings with spirits that should be nourished, not just vessels to be filled with information. With this in mind, she developed a practical (and at the time, radical) method of teaching centered around the arts and good literature,

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Successful Homeschooling

Every once in a while I come across a helpful homeschooling site, and Successful-Homeschooling.com is one of those sites. Full of information and easy to navigate, this site offers something for both the new and veteran homeschooler. If you are still considering whether or not homeschooling is the best choice for your family, you can follow the links to discussions on the advantages and

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Homeschool | Winter Picture Books

With December and the colder weather now upon us, I’ve begun thinking about the seasonal stories my children will enjoy. Below are a few of our favorite wintertime picture books: Time to Sleep by Denise Fleming has been on our must-read list every year. With this simple book, young children learn that some animals hibernate through the winter. One by one, the animals tell

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E-books for Kids

I’ve read a lot recently about the rise in the popularity of e-books. Less expensive than regular books, they are instantly downloadable and you can access them anytime and anywhere from your computer. For children, you can find both fiction and nonfiction books, from picture books to early chapter books to complete novels. Below are a couple of companies that carry e-books for kids:

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A Beka Grammar

While there are many different types of grammar books available, A Beka grammar has worked well for our family. It’s become a staple in our eclectic mix of curricula. I start my children off in a formal grammar workbook in fourth grade, beginning with Book A. The first lessons in this program focus on learning about sentences and fragments. Next are three writing units,

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Math for the Fifth Grade

Your child is ready for the fifth grade, and hopefully, so are you!  It’s easy to become overwhelmed with homeschooling as your child gets older and the concepts he must learn and the time spent on schoolwork continue to increase. By the fifth grade, he should have all of the addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts memorized; without them, he’ll struggle through most of

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Yahoo Groups for Homeschoolers

If you haven’t discovered Yahoo groups yet, you’re in for a treat. Yahoo groups can be a great online resource for homeschooling tips, advice, books, and more. To join a group, go to Yahoo.com and look for the “Groups” button. If you don’t see it right away, click on “View Yahoo Sites.” You’ll be directed to the Groups page, where you’ll see a field

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Homeschooling the Fifth Grade

While it can be a challenge to teach your children at home, the years do go by quickly. Your fifth-grader is now in her last year of elementary school/primary grades. Whether this is your first year homeschooling or you’re now a veteran homeschooler, you might be wondering what your child should learn this year. Of course, there are curriculum packages you can purchase that

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