Tuesday, March 31, 2009

What are your favorite homeschooling tips, websites, books to read, etc.?

I'm just curious. It's a very rainy day and I'm taking some me time to blog today. So tell me what are you favorite things you use in your homeschooling routine? It could be anything from a smart idea that helped pull your homeschool together, your favorite curriculum, books you've read as a family, places you've visited. Some of my favorite things are Currclick . They have
Affordable curriculum, lapbooks, & homeschooling resources.
They also have a freebie every week. And I'm not talking about cheesy freebies. I'm talking about things like downloadable lapbooks. And if you sign up for their newsletter they will alert you of the freebie every week. I really like Sonlight for a complete curriculum. They believe in teaching through "Living Books". If you are like me though and can't afford to buy the whole thing I just piece mine together used. I also like a company called Beautiful Feet Books , they also offer a "Living Books" curriculum. Theirs is not a complete curric though, they are more the reading and history part. You have to add math science and such. A few other great resources are Latter-day Family Resources, and Tobin's Lab. LDFR has pretty much everything you need for HSing or it can just give you some good ideas. I take their books and look for them at the library or try and find them cheaper on Amazon.com, ebay, or local HS book sales. Tobins Lab is a great place to find
Hands-On Science Materials For Families
. Some great FREE resources are your local homeschool groups. And if you can't find any locally, you can always search yahoo groups for a HS group that tickles your fancy. Being able to get support and advice is invaluable when you are first starting out. In our local HS group we alert each other of field trip opportunities (usually free or inexpensive)and are try to help each other with any questions and/or concerns we may have. Its really nice to know there are others out there who have gone through the same things I am.
But my best piece of advice I can think of right now is...Things will not always be perfect, nor do I think they should be(there's no learning in perfect, we learn through mistakes), but that's okay! Figure out what works for you and your children. This may take months or even years,( I've talked to many veteran HS moms who, through the years, learned to keep an open mind when it comes to curriculum.) If it does work for your family find something that does. Don't buy anything pricey without getting it in your hands and really looking at it first. See if you can borrow it for a few days from a HS friend. Then if you still like it, pray about it. Again I try to get things used as much as possible. Any ways after you've gotten your routine down, RELAX and have fun with your kiddos. Learning is so much fun if you let it be.


Beth said...

Great Blog, Haben! See... people are out there reading it :) Here is the link to one of my favorite science websites. They have cool experiments and often times videos to show you how to do the experiment. They use lots of stuff you can find around the house. I love reading the storybook "It Looked Like Spilt Milk" and then my kids made their own "cloud" formations with this experiment: http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/experiment/00000053 Enjoy!!

Frahs Family said...

We really love the www.livingbooks.com curriculum. We just started it but it is so perfect for us. We also like http://www.playkidsgames.com/mathGames.htm for math games the kids love and http://www.kinderart.com/sitemap.shtml for art lessons. http://storynory.com/ for stories for the kids that are FREE. At http://www.pagebypagebooks.com/ you can read classic books for free. http://www.mrdonn.org/ancienthistory.html has free lessons on different countries including ancient egypt and rome.