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Home School Resources: Links we Love



Today I'm just sharing a list of my favorite go-to resources for home schooling. It's a list of where I find games, books, crafts, and fresh inspiration. Also included are articles I've loved about home schooling.
  • One of my favorite websites about homeschooling, updated daily, is Simple Homeschool. It's a shoot off branch of SimpleKids & SimpleMoms, and they often have great giveaways, advice, and have concise and interesting topics.
  • A friend recently guided me to World Book Online to find the general requirements of each grade.
  • At the curriculum fair I went to in April, I remembered two vendors that I want to revisit if they return. One was Hepner's Legacy and the other was Miller's Pads and Papers (don't be fooled by the poor websites, they have great products at good prices).
  • TED Talks. Go. Watch. Now. All of them. Awesome. Even if home schooling is a laughable topic to you, you're still a human and these would benefit you. Seriously.
  • Haven't had a ton of time to look in depth at these online programs (downtime, games) but here they are: Starfall, JellyTelly, and Yahooligans (a search engine specifically for children).
  • Many channels and magazines have great website extensions for children. These include PBS, History Channel, National Geographic, and
  • Cricket Magazines...for every age up to about 15, these are quality magazines with no advertising. Language, Sciences, and History are the main focus of specific mags but they branch and include other subject-related activities and reading material in each issue. We love them! We get: Click! and Ladybug, and eventually we'll get Faces (world cultures) and Dig (archeology/history) when the kids are older.
  • We love Usborne! Just read my last post...
  • A website with gobs and gobs (an overwhelming about of gob....) is Pinterest. I find so many awesome things through this site, many that I've been able to replicate and use with my own family. Here is my board on Kids/Homeschooling (see picture above).
  • Rhythm of the Home quarterly online magazine gives seasonal activites, recipes, and musings for parents of small children.
  • and of course blogs. and blogs. and more blogs...too many to list, though a few I love are: The Artful Parent, The Playful Learning Blog, and the Magnifying Glass.
  • NCHEA is a homeschooling is a Christian Home Educators Association, and here is the National, homeschooling association, HSLDA, which I think is non-Christian based.
...and of course they keep coming...I'll probably be adding to this list for a long time, and please if you have a link please leave it!

Comments

Anonymous said…
I'm sorry you were disappointed with your curriculum. From reading your blog, I think you may actually like a Charlotte Mason-type approach.
www.amblesideonline.com is free curriculum that uses "living books" (written by an author who is passionate about a particular subject) and focuses on letting children make their own connections rather than having facts shoved at them. She also does not advocate formal schooling until age 6. If you are interested, the Ambleside Year 0 Yahoo group is a wonderful place to start and full of very supportive mamas!
~Stacey

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