I have been traveling around the net and searching through the multitude of catalogues looking for those items that make learning fun or different. Of course, these things must be relevant to our need for the year, prove to be challenging, act as enrichment,encourage skill development, enhance content areas, et cetera.
I started looking for as many resources – workbooks, printables, cd-roms, web sites – as I could identify for this year. Let’s just have a twist added to it so that it is purposeful and/or unique.
Here we go …
Life of Fred
Make It Real Learning (When am I ever going to use math?)
Brainetices Math & Memory System
Reading and Literature
A Journey Through Grammar Land
Fun with Grammar: 75 Quick Activities & Games that Help kids Learn About Nouns, Verbs, Adjectives, Adverbs & More
Word Roots Software
Vocabulary in the Content Areas, World History Middle School
Science Detective Software (in book too)
The Story of Science
KQ Time Traveler (App)
Wonders of Old Timeline (App)
World History Detective
Daily Mind Benders social Studies
Writing to Change the World (for teens, and very conversational)
Virtual Field Trips
Do not dismiss the lapbooks or folder games for any age. These are fun, and creativity blossoms if you allow the child to produce and display according to their wishes.
Simple games like Trivia Pursuit, Scrabble, Boggle, Othello, etc. are great ways to help build a fact base and to develop critical thinking, as well as work on spelling, reading, vocabulary, and phonics! A few of the traditional board games will serve you well and build healthy relationships in the family.
Keep it fun and simple. Lessons do not have to be mundane and boring. I do not think that homeschooling or after-schooling should be laden with the traditional textbooks at all times. Consider that there are many forms of learning from the different teaching ideologies, i.e. Waldorf, Montessori, Charlotte Mason, and Classical methodologies. Be sure to browse and study each so that you can apply in your own instructional setting.
Please share your own finds! I rely on your input!