If you’ve read to your fourth grader since she was very small, chances are she loves to read by herself. For a fourth grader in a traditional school, reading programs usually consist of phonics and comprehension skills. At home, you can find a similar program to use, or you can simply provide your child with good books and a designated time to read them.
A couple of weeks ago, an acquaintance introduced me to the site PaperbackSwap.com. If you love books (as most homeschoolers do), this is a site for you. At Paperback Swap, you can trade your unwanted books, both paperback and hardcover, for others that you’re looking for — and it’s free! Here’s how the site works: After signing up, list the books that you no
If you want to supplement your elementary curriculum with coloring pages and can’t find what you’re looking for online, take a moment to look through the catalog of Dover Publications. Dover has printed coloring books for sale featuring subjects ranging from the alphabet to anatomy to wildlife to famous paintings to holidays. And they publish more each year. Included in the art coloring books
If you have a child ages four to eight, you might want to consider using one of the Five in a Row books as part of your curriculum. Each book provides the homeschooling parent with ideas for teaching language arts, social studies, science, applied math, and art, all centered around good literature. There are four different volumes in the Five in a Row series.
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
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,
My husband first bought me the book The Well-Trained Mind when our oldest child was only six. At the time, we were looking into different approaches to homeschooling our children, and the classical education appealed to both of us. The Well-Trained Mind was an excellent starting point. Written by the mother-daughter team of Jessie Wise and Susan Wise Bauer, this book explains the classical
Summer is here, and while the kids are relaxing, homeschooling parents are preparing for the next school year. Classes are planned, lessons are written out, and schoolbooks are purchased. If you’re trying to save a little money on next year’s curriculum, you might consider buying used texts. There are several good sites online to find used homeschooling books online. eBay: This is one of
Every year, we do well at getting the basic subjects covered in our school day – math, language arts, and reading. Weekly music and art lessons are in there too. The two subjects we’ve struggled with the most over the years, however, are science and history — the two that lend themselves best to interactive and hands-on learning. I’m not sure why it’s been