Category: Homeschool: Useful Resources (websites books etc)

Planning and Preparation (and a very cute free clip art website) 4

Planning and Preparation (and a very cute free clip art website)

I usually take opportunity over our December break to begin planning for the next semester.  This last semester we learned a lot during our studies of Ancient Rome.  We enjoyed watching bits of Spartacus and Ben Hur.  LD and DD were entranced by the boat battles and amazing chariot race of Ben Hur! Now, as you obviously can tell by the clip art I’m planning for our next unit on...

Montessori Conference Handouts — Brain Research and the Enriched Environment 2

Montessori Conference Handouts — Brain Research and the Enriched Environment

Someone shared this link to some handouts from a Montessori conference (American Montessori Society).  I have really enjoyed the one related to brain development.  I *really* enjoyed the book Magic Trees of the Mind, which talks about the development of the brain and how various connections (dendrites) are formed and then “pruned” as a child ages.  The handouts I was reading reinforced some of the things I had learned in...

Yay! Hooray for the Montessori Printshop 4

Yay! Hooray for the Montessori Printshop

I had some wonderful news from The Montessori Printshop over the weekend. I won a $30 voucher for their products. I’ve been scouring their website trying to narrow down the selection since they have so many beautiful 3-part cards.  Thank you Montessori Printshop! I’m having trouble with blogger ever since they did their “updates” on their image loader. Anyone else having those issues or figured out how to resolve it?...

Giveaway at the Montessori Printshop 0

Giveaway at the Montessori Printshop

The Montessori Printshop has an amazing giveaway going on between Oct. 15th and 22nd… worth over $500!  Be sure to go check out the details here.  They offer a wide variety of printable cards on everything from geography, culture, science, art, to math, language and more.  Their photos are vivid and appealing. While you’re there, visit their free downloads page to see what they have on offer.  I especially like...

Mentioning Some Favorite PreK – K Websites For Creating Themed Units 0

Mentioning Some Favorite PreK – K Websites For Creating Themed Units

I’ve been kicking myself because several of my favorite websites were not in my sidebar (or in my bookmarks) and I just spent ten minutes trying to remember what one of them was called. Argh!  So, I’ve added them in but I’ll mention these in a post too if you’re not familiar with them.  If I’m getting a themed unit together for any of my kids even my second grader...

Planning and Preparation for the New Year 10

Planning and Preparation for the New Year

We’ve pretty much resorted to ‘natural learning’ these past two months as we travel from state to state making our way to our new home.  But in the meantime, I have been planning and preparing for the new school year to come. We use a smattering of curriculum resources which I distribute into workboxes and centers. While we do most workboxes, most days we don’t have a set orders to...

Free Montessori Downloads 0

Free Montessori Downloads

I was browsing through Montessori Spanish’s blog this morning and she shared a wonderful resource:Goldmark Montessori. This Montessori teacher has shared some of the cards and activities that she has made for her classroom. I checked it out and was impressed by her 3-part nocturnal animal cards. I can’t wait to move to a new home and resume the regular routine of homeschooling.  We’re still in limbo (we’re staying with...

Free Life Science Curriculum (early elementary) 2

Free Life Science Curriculum (early elementary)

I just learned about a science website called The Lab of Mr. Q. Wow! What a find!  This 8th grade science teacher created a science curriculum for the young elementary ages.  He offers the Life Science student and parent texts for FREE!  His Life Science curriculum includes these units: 1) Basic Needs 2) Biomes 3) Life Cycles 4) Classification 5) Food Webs 6) Senses 7) Body Organs 8) Cells 9)...

A Day in the Life of Our Homeschool 4

A Day in the Life of Our Homeschool

I wrote up a detailed post about our homeschool routine (I hesitate to even call it a schedule).  I took notes all day so I could show what a real homeschool day looks like here at the homeschool den. The link is in the right sidebar or click here. We have various ways we keep our homeschool materials organized.  We use workboxes for most of our academic things (math, math...

Cursive Writing; Homeschool ID Card 4

Cursive Writing; Homeschool ID Card

Someone shared this wonderful link to an article on the benefits of teaching kids cursive writing http://www.donpotter.net/PDF/Cursive%20First.pdf Also, if you need a homeschool id (for teachers or for students) card, you can make one (free) at the homeschool buyer’s co-op. I need to update ours before we go on travel and thought I’d mention it here in case you hadn’t heard about them. The homeschool id card was beneficial when...

Science Resource List and Writing Continuum (K-8th grade) 0

Science Resource List and Writing Continuum (K-8th grade)

Someone in one of the yahoo groups I’m in shared this science resource: http://www.school4all.org/index.php?view=article&catid;=56%3A2009-02-26-13-13-12&id;=341%3Abooks-on-science-maths-activities&format;=pdf&option;=com_content&Itemid;=70 I briefly checked out some of the links.  Some didn’t seem to work for me, but I did enjoy this science comic on the auroras:  http://vidyaonline.org/arvindgupta/cawsesaurora.pdf which had a cute comic strip explaining the aurora borealis and included photos from NASA and elsewhere. I’ll be checking out more of the links soon. Someone else shared link...

Online Addition Games 0

Online Addition Games

Here are some quick online games LD has played to review his math facts the past few days (some are pretty easy, but some such as ghostblasters, you can work on any sum up to 50). Addition Games http://www.oswego.org/ocsd-web/games/ghostblasters2/gb2nores.html http://www.mathmastery.com/cyberchallenge/http://www.coolmath4kids.com/addition/number-monster-addition-basics.htmhttp://www.coolmath4kids.com/addition/math-lines-10.htmlSpace Shuttle Addition:http://www.playkidsgames.com/games/shuttleLaunch/shuttleLaunch.htmMore Easy Addition GamesColor a butterfly with addition:http://www.kid-adventures.com/Game3_1.htmlBirthday Party Present Math:http://www.kid-adventures.com/Game4.htmlPop the addition balloons:http://www.kid-adventures.com/Game5.html Please like & share:

Handwriting Resources 0

Handwriting Resources

During this break I’ve been looking into handwriting skills.  I have a few minutes and thought I’d quickly share what I’ve come across lately. I found an extremely useful 32-page article about handwriting.  It’s a handwriting resource for (pre-K and kindergarten) teachers in a Maryland school district.  You can find it here: http://www.fcpsteach.org/docs/Handwriting.pdf It has some suggestions for building handwriting skills from a young age (preschool) such as activities that...