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Alpha-Phonics

As I’ve been working on teaching my six-year-old to read, we’ve had to try a number of different programs to find one that’s a good fit for him. I think we’ve finally found that program in Alpha-Phonics by Samuel L. Blumenfeld. Consisting of just one book, this primer is designed for teaching beginners of all ages in both a one-on-one setting as well as

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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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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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Work Those Brains! – Worksheets for the Elementary Grades

Often, children who don’t work on any academics during the summer will forget some of what they learned the previous year. Time is spent in the fall, then, reviewing what was covered in the spring instead of moving on. Textbook companies know this, so many math and grammar books only contain review material for the first several chapters. While you may choose to continue

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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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Finding a Curriculum that Fits

It’s that time of year again – time for the used homeschool book sales – which means it’s also time to start thinking about the curriculum we’ll be using next year. I use a variety of resources in our homeschool: Abeka grammar, Apologia science, Story of the World, Spelling Workout, etc., instead of a curriculum provided by a single publisher. While this works well

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Introducing your Children to Asia

I just discovered this gem of an educational resource for students to explore Asia, Asian culture and issues that impact US relations with Asia. It covers some 30 countries that comprise Asia and feature materials from early civilizations to more current events. There are games, essays, lesson plans, glossaries and timelines that work great for elementary, middle and high school students. While primarily aimed

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Free

We have some exciting things in the future of SmartTutor.com including some free items. I know these days we all need to cut costs (especially because gas is so expensive) so Smart Tutor wants to help out with that. Soon… we will be offering some free educational activities that will include many of our characters like you see here. If you don’t want to

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What do I do?

I’ve already told you a little bit about myself, but what do I do at SmartTutor.com. Primarily, I’m the friendly phone voice or email that helps keep everything running smoothly and makes sure that everyone knows how Smart Tutor works. If you thinks something isn’t working the way it should, send me an email, and I’ll make sure that it gets fixed or explain

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