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Homeschool Through High School

I found that I needed to have a good read in order to “sike” myself up for the upcoming years.  My second daughter will be entering high school.  Her eighth year will be, in reality, the first year of high school.  I was extremely tired of creating advanced coursework when in fact a “jump” ahead in texts would serve well.   While I use an umbrella organization in order to qualify and to meet the regulations for homeschooling in South Carolina, I do want to make sure that I cross all of the t’s and dot all of the i’s.

Step One … Continue reading

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My March Clicks

We went to the homeschool convention this month.

While I did not attend any lectures or hear any guest speakers, I did visit the exhibit hall.  I must say that I was really disappointed.  It may be a little harsh to say this, but it was not what I had expected.  I felt that with the wide variety of resources and tools available to those of us that homeschooled, that there should have been more booths dedicated to these resources.  Most of us are not looking for colleges yet, and most of us were not looking to enrich our Christian ideals or fellowship.  We were there solely for the educational tools and resources that would help us to be better educators. Continue reading

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My February Clicks

Apps

MathStudio

This covers ALL math!  This is by far the best math app that I have seen.

Socrative

Truly this has to be the coolest yet.  I have looked at several apps and found this one ideal for history and science taught the classical way.  Full of activities for students, including quizes.

Resources

I have been looking for ways to meet core standards.  Despite the problems and current environment surrounding this rather hot issue, I have found that many of the standards, particularly in history, are emphasizing things that we, as classical home-schooling families, already consider important to the logic and rhetoric stages: using document-based tools and lessons.

Internet History Sourcebooks

Reading Like a Historian

Library of Congres:  Constitution  Includes the Teacher’s Guide and Resources.  I am using these resources for a week’s study.

Ben’s Guide to U.S. Government An older site, but it displays well on a tablet.

The US Government’s Official Portal for Kids A great place for the grammar-stage learners.

http://free.ed.gov/ (BETA)

Bookshare.com (Free for schools and up to 100 books can be downloaded each month for the membership fee.)

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My January Clicks

I find neat links and tools for education every now and then.  I typically do pretty extensive searches during the month.  I thought I best share them!

Manipulatives:

My favorite is the Multiplication-Skip-Counting-Ring found here.  This was such a wonderful idea!

Quiet Time Activities – This is worth replicating in a similar fashion or purchasing.  I will let you know what I do.  I am thinking that I saved shoe boxes for a very good reason other than hoarding.

Life-Sized Felt Anatomy Model (DIY)  What better way to teach?  They can stick the pieces to their bodies.

I want to use this Plush Cell Model to create pillows for learning.  This is a great project to incorporate many life skills as well as creating the models of animal and plant cells for hands-on visual learning.

Hand Kite – this is great for play.

Organizing homeschool supplies and planning:

Homeschool Workbox, Lapbook Organizing, and Planning

Winning at Planning

Etsy.com – Chair organizers.  These are fabulous.

Resources:

I was browsing Wikispaces too and found this space, which included K-12 teacher resources.  I like the list of objectives and resource links.

teachinghistory.org

TeachingAmericanHistory.org

Free stories and e-books for the beginning reader

Internet4Classrooms has standards, printables, and online stories for reading.  This is only a smidge of what is there.  It is worth the browse.

Cool Math 4 Kids

In general, an idea that evolved from searching for Dolche words and phonetic families was the “World Wall” folder.  I love that these can be portable and that they are very hands-on.  I will post our Valentine and -ack word folders soon.  I found the greatest resource from Scholastic for word families.  Look for it during the dollar-deals days too.

 

I hope you had fun this month and  that these resources will help you create your own trunks for learning.

 

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