Category: Homeschool: Useful Resources (websites books etc)

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Our Homeschool Resources

Finding materials on the Homeschool Den! I wrote this post to help you find some of the pages, posts and homeschool resources within our blog that might be the most useful for you. Over the years, I have made homeschool packets on everything from history and science to spelling, math, spelling and foreign languages (German & Spanish).  And, many of those are free! We have materials from preschool through high...

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Homeschool Supplies & Science Supply List

What supplies do you need to have on hand to homeschool? This post includes a free printable list of basic homeschooling supplies and science materials that you might want to have on hand. This list covers everything from office supplies & art materials to math manipulatives and science materials we have used in our homeschool through the years. Obviously, the first starting point is access to books and curriculum. No...

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End of Year Homeschool Questionnaire – for Students, for Parents

Homeschool Reflection Questions Have you finished your homeschool year? If you did, no doubt, this one ended more dramatically than any other one, right? Whew! What a year! I usually take some time to reflect how the year went for our family.  I’m always curious to see what the kids think now that the year is over. A number of years ago, I made a questionnaire for the kids to...

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12 Hands-On Science Activities You Can Do Today!

Here are 12 Hands-On Science Activities that you can do with minimal preparation! It can be daunting to know just where to start with science, but in our household it has been one of the kids’ favorite subjects. Why? Because of hands-on activities! With so many parents now wondering what to do and how to get their kids intrigued and excited, turning to hands-on activities can be just the secret...

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Homeschool Goal Setting

Hi! Happy New Year!! I hope you have had a restful, joyous winter break! For those of you in Australia, I hope you, your family and friends have been safe from all the bushfires. I’m thinking of you! Do New Year’s Resolutions Work?”  That’s what one of the latest news headlines asks. An article I just read said that 80% of New Year’s Resolutions are abandoned by February. Another article...

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Course on Happiness and Well-Being for Teens

Recently, our family decided to dive into a (free) course on happiness and well-being. It was most popular class in the history of Yale and is available free online at coursera.org. It was called “Psychology and the Good Life” and was first taught in the spring of 2018.  It is now called The Science of Well-Being – Stuff That Makes us Happy.  Nearly a quarter of all Yale undergraduates enrolled...

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Free 2020-2021 Calendar Printable

Grab this free printable 2020-2021 calendar! UPDATE: You might want to go to this post instead because it has the FREE printable Calendar for January 2021 through August 2022. Today I wanted to share our (latest) free calendar printable, 2020-2021.  This free calendar printable covers 20 months (January 2020 through August 2021). It starts in January 2020 and includes the 2020-2021 school year through August 2021. I like having a...

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Homeschool Challenges – Organization, Schedules, and More!

As homeschoolers we wrestle with a lot of questions, issues, and challenges: planning, preparing, organizing, scheduling, juggling, managing (moods/squabbles) AND getting things done. Plus, we have the added challenge of having our kids watching us and learning from us every moment of the day! “Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.” ~John Cotton Dana As we look at a new year (or even when we look at the...

Free Spring Homeschool Planning Pages 0

Free Spring Homeschool Planning Pages

I am excited to share with you some bran-new spring planning pages. They’ve been add to our free 150+page Homeschool Planner! Over spring break, I’ve been doing a bit of homeschool organization. Not only have I gone through out books and pulled out things to donate, but also I printed out new pages for my homeschool planner and have been spending time planning out the last 6 or 7 weeks...

Facts about homeschooling - How many homeschoolers are there Why do people homeschool What are some of the challenges of homeschooling - Do homeschoolers get into college 0

Facts about Homeschooling – How Many Homeschoolers are There? Do Homeschoolers Get into College? and more!

As people begin to look into homeschooling, they want to find out some basics: How many homeschoolers are there? What are the benefits and challenges of homeschooling?  Will my child be able to  get into college?  How will my kids do if they haven’t been to a formal school? What about socialization? Will they have enough friends? Let’s dig in to some of these common homeschool questions! How many homeschoolers...

Ultimate Hands-On Homeschooling Guide 0

Why Hands-On Homeschooling is Amazing!

Hands-On Homeschool Activities Your Ultimate Hands-On Homeschooling Guide Make Learning Memorable, Exciting, and Engaging! I wanted to let you know that I added a New Page: Hands On Homeschool Activities. This is a page (rather than a blog post), so I wanted to link to it here – for those of you who come to the blog from time to time to check out our latest posts! (As a new page,...

Homeschooling in November December - A Busy Time of Year - Free Printable Packet 0

Homeschooling in November – December (A Busy Time of Year!)

Homeschooling during the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas can be particularly trying/demanding.  There are more events on as the semester comes to an end.  On the homeschool front, we are often finishing up big projects and wrapping up units before taking an extended break.  But there are a lot of other things going on too! There are holiday-themed parties and get-togethers. There are concerts. There also more demands on our...

History Portfolio Projects - Using them in your homeschool or classroom - Free Prinable 0

What is a History Portfolio Project?

History Portfolio Projects have student focus on one theme, topic or time period and can include an array of writing, art, and geography assignments that are compiled together in a final product. While we did a couple of portfolio projects when the kids were in elementary (age 8 -10 or so), Portfolio Project really become a powerful tool during the middle and high school years! History portfolio projects require students...

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Homeschool Week Wrap-Up – Grades 5, 8, 10… but mostly about my 10-year old’s week!

Life in Our Homeschool This was our first week back and it didn’t go quite as planned (though, when does homeschooling ever go exactly as we think it will?!) At the end of last week and into the weekend, I was quite sick.  My older two were away for the holiday weekend with some friends.  When Monday rolled around, ED was excited to start back.  We jumped back into homeschooling...