Saturday, December 22, 2012

Homeschooling in light of Newtown, Connecticut shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary

While my heart grieves and is broken for the unspeakable violence and horrific events that occurred in Newtown, Connecticut at Sandy Hook Elementary school on Dec. 14, 2012, I have to say that it solidifies even more my decision to homeschool.

My story is a little different as I was a victim of sexual abuse at the hands of my teacher. When it was time for my child to start school, I was overwhelmed with fear. I did put my child in public school, unaware that there were options. My oldest went through kindergarten and first-grade in public school and besides my fears of sexual abuse, she received a horrible education.

The methods they were using to teach her failed and she was entering the second-grade as a non-reader. It was at the point that my daughter would go to school, come home, and then do school with me so that I could teach her how to read. Our "schooling" became so intensive, I wondered what in the world I was sending her to public school for.

I began to pray for wisdom, as I was a new believer and had been a teen mother, so I was definitely heading into unknown territory.

It was at church in Newport, Rhode Island, that I met a woman, my daughter's Sunday School teacher, who was homeschooling her children. Julie gave me a "crash course," invited me to a home-fair where we explored Abeka curriculum, and gave me my first set of Alpha Omega books and answer keys.

I knew that God had answered my prayer and it was time to start homeschooling.

I can't say that everything turned out as perfectly as I had hoped. It didn't. Some homeschooling moms have this pressure to be perfect; I don't.

Life isn't perfect. Things happen. At one point I was homeschooling four children with a preschooler and an infant in the home; next I was divorced.

Divorce and homeschooling don't mix, and it's amazing how quickly homeschooling can be used as a divisive tool when someone is trying to get a legal edge.

Divorce wreaked havoc in my children's lives, and as the younger ones lived with their father following, they went back to public school.

I've since remarried and have two children with my husband who I homeschool.

Let me tell you something--homeschooling is a huge decision and if one partner is against it, or changes their mind midway, you are going to have issues.

My second husband was one of six children. Two of his sisters homeschooled and being in a family that views homeschooling favorably is priceless.

It's been a long homeschooling journey and I will be first to admit there have been some mistakes along the way.

I began homeschooling in 1992; it is now 2012 and I have learned SO Much about learning styles, learning methods and child-led learning.

I'm not an unschooler, but I do think that children who are interested in a subject and love learning are happier students. I'm more interested in helping my children love to learn rather than acing tests. I aced tests in school.

I could ace a test, walk out the door, and forget everything on the test. It's called short-term memory. Most facts for a test are committed to short-term memory.

I'm not interested in testing my children's short-term memory skills.

I'm in it for the long haul, and learning never ends.

There's a difference between taking a test, understanding a concept, and knowing a subject. True knowledge of a subject is our homeschooling goal.

As computers have become a staple in my home, I'd have to say that my homeschooling method has changed greatly to incorporate programs such as Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft PowerPoint, Paintshop, educational games and the Internet.

My children have homeschooling blogs where we share work, post assignments and link to online resources and educational games. I have an enormous collection of educational YouTube videos and embedded public domain, educational textbooks that my children love and use. I still have homeschooling blogs for my children from my first marriage. It's amazing that they are grown and some have children of their own, yet their homeschooling blogs remain online--a memorial to their home education.

The computer has shifted much of our focus from workbooks to online learning; however, I continue to use a workbook curriculum, just because I like to see my children's work in tangible form.

Many days, our classroom learning begins by jumping online, going to a blog, reading an online story, or engaging in online curriculum.

When I began homeschooling in 1992, none of this factored into our learning.

I say all of this to share that though my homeschooling journey has been long, marred with sorrow at times (divorce), and is continually evolving, I wouldn't change it for anything in the world.

I began homeschooling to keep my children safe from predators.

Predators come in many forms: Sexual offenders, bullies and violent mad-men that massacre innocent children in their first grade classrooms.

My children's safety is my utmost priority. Homeschooling has always ensured their safety. Regardless of anything that has transpired in my children's lives (four are over 18), homeschooling protected them from the horrors that can transpire in public school.

Do I believe that all children have negative public school experiences? No, I don't.

What I do believe; however, is that those who have negative public school experiences, often find their adult lives destroyed as a result.

I'm not willing to gamble when it comes to my children's lives or safety.

Are you?


Here's an interesting debate on "Unschooling" from Dr. Drew.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Tips for lisping

I've found some excellent books to help with lisping and I've included some book previews.
The following playlist focuses on lisping, but introduces a device called "Speech Buddy." Check it out!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

19th Century Schoolbooks

I'm not sure if you are aware of this site, but for those interested in free, classical text and schoolbooks, the Digital Libray at the University of Pittsburgh has a vast collection. You may check it out here: 19th Century Schoolbooks

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Romney and Ryan in favor of homeschooling (video)

There’s no doubt that during times of an election, one of the first things to cross homeschooling parents’ minds is whether those running for office view homeschooling favorably or negatively. There is good news for those who support Romney and Ryan for the 2012 elections, as Paul Ryan recently stated during an election-campaign speech that both he and Romney view homeschooling in a positive light. Though President Obama may not attempt to make homeschooling illegal during the next four years, should he be reelected, he most certainly puts policies in place that are viewed as a danger to homeschooling and the First Amendment right parents are given to raise up their children and not hand the task over to big government.

 During a campaign speech, Paul Ryan was asked, “What is your position on homeschooling and will it continue?”

 Ryan answered, “Absolutely, we have friends who do a lot of homeschooling. In Wisconsin, it is very well known, very well used. You know what, we believe in freedom. And if you believe the best way to raise your children is to homeschool your children, then God bless you, and in a free society you ought to be able to do just that. Absolutely. So yes.

 “Look, we don’t want to sit in Washington and micromanage your schools. We don’t believe all the best ideas lay in Washington where bureaucrats micromanage. We believe in choice; we believe in competition; we believe in giving parents control over their children’s education. Whether that’s getting the kid stuck in an inner city school out of a failing school and into a better school, or whether it gives you the ability and right to take over and control your child’s education by educating her yourself, that’s the kind of freedom we want you to have and preserve in this country.”

Ryan and Romney are both pro-life, though Romney does allow for abortions in cases of rape, incest or when the life of mother or child is in jeopardy. Ryan holds a stricter view and rejects abortion in any case.

 Homeschooling families should pay careful attention to the candidates’ platforms and ensure they have taken the time to research where a candidate stands on issues that affect homeschooling parents’ freedom. Most homeschooling families find issues such as homeschooling in general, abortion, early education (such as Head Start programs) and mandatory immunizations of extreme importance to their lifestyles and their freedom to choose to raise their children according to how they feel best, as well as in a manner that fits with their religious or spiritual beliefs.

Many homeschooling families automatically take issue with a “big government is better government” approach.

You may view Ryan’s comments in the video below.

 

Alpha Omega is one of my favorite homeschooling publishers. Check out these Alpha Omega coupon codes and deals below.




10% Off All Preschool -12th Grade Curriculum Save 10% When You Shop Searching for a Bible-based, “one-room schoolhouse

Friday, September 7, 2012

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Homeschooled-Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas' mother talks 'Raising an Olympian'

Gabby Douglas,the homeschooled-Olympic gold medalist, amazed in London 2012 where she won the all-around Olympic gold medal. Her achievement is a boon to black athletes nationwide. Her story inspires and at the same time amazes. You see, Gabby Douglas was a young child with a vision for her future. So much so, that she knew what she wanted, who she wanted for a trainer, and was willing to move away from home at the age of 14 to make her dream a reality.

As you will hear in the following interview, that decision wasn't as easy for her mother, Natalie Hawkins to make.

Traveling from Virginia to Des Moines, Iowa,to train with renowned gymnast coach Liang Chow, Douglas moved in with a host family and began homeschooling. The educational freedom gave her the time needed to devote attention to her gymnastic training.

Check out the videos below to hear the sacrifices that were made in order for Gabby Douglas to achieve her Olympic dreams by the tender age of 16-years-old.



Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Walmart offers back to school supplies at great savings!

Educators and homeschooling families alike will find great savings on some of school supplies' best brands. Popular school supplies include Crayola, Bic, Durable, Elmer's Glue, Abery, and Pilot. You can shop by grade level and you can find a ton of supplies for less than $5. Walmart also offers bundles starting at $12. Those looking for calculators will find a wide selection to choose from. Other items include binders, folders, notebooks, loose paper writing supplies, arts and crafts, learning and activity tools and books, pre-school supplies, work books, and teacher supplies.

Walmart is also offering a wide selection of dictionaries and thesauruses to ensure children have the tools needed to get their work done. Those who may homeschool and attend another school setting requiring uniforms, as well as those in other school settings, will find plenty of items for the student on the go. Walmart has a wide selection of backpacks, school uniforms,and more to ensure kids are ready for the challenges of the day.

If you're looking for back-to-school supplies ranging from pre-school to college, and want to save on great deals and top-brand names, then check out Walmart. You won't be disappointed.




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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Watch live shark cam

Discovery Channel has enabled a live shark cam in honor of the 25th anniversary of Shark Week. The cam is live throughout July and August.

Here is the description provided by Discovery regarding the shark cam.

Shark Cam 360


In celebration of the 25th anniversary of Shark Week, we present you a special #SharkCam experience inside the "Ocean Voyager" exhibit at Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Ga. Shark Cam will be live throughout July and August 2012, daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET. 


Shark Cam is now fully controlled by you! Just click and drag the video to change your view of the shark tank. Take a look around. Follow a shark as it swims by. Even look straight up to the surface and catch a huge silhouette of a whale shark. This 360° live video experience is provided by Immersive Media.


Check out the second camera too! Click the Multiview button to connect to another camera angle from within the exhibit. Even though you can't move this second camera, we have a few special surprises none the less. Here, we'll have a live feeding and a diver chat (schedule coming soon). Check back often as we'll be moving this camera around a bit as well.


Beginning Monday, August 13, tune in for live diver Q&A sessions starting at 12:30 p.m. ET, and daily whale shark feedings at 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. ET — every week day during Shark Week (premiering Sunday, August 12, at 9PM e/p).


Shark Cam not enough? You can go behind the screen and into the "Ocean Voyager" exhibit to swim with sharks at Georgia Aquarium via their Diving with Whale Sharks Program!



Check out these shark videos and don't miss the live shark cam below.









Watch the live shark cam


Live broadcasting by Ustream


Live Chat with Diver Chris



Video streaming by Ustream

Shark Week Mega Fun Book on sale in time for show

On August 13, 2012, CurrClick announced the "Simple Days Unit Studies Shark Week Mega Funbook" would be on sale for the week of Discovery Channel's "Shark Week." The book includes a variety of lessons and activities including a lapbook, crafts, phonics activities, math based lessons and more.

This is a great activity and you can check out a preview at the site! Click the video below for a look at "Shark Week's" "Sharkzilla!"

Check out the awesome "Shark Week" resources at Amazon!

Dictionary lesson plans: Teaching on teaching tools with links to dictionaries

Dictionaries are a homeschoolers best friend. Since Noah Webster published the first American dictionary in 1806, A Compendious Dictionary of the English Language, to the modern day Merriam Webster's Collegiate® Dictionary students have built vocabularies using these tools. It’s important that children understand the best way to use a dictionary and that educators ensure children develop life-long skills to ensure learning success.

Check out the dictionary resources on CurrClick!

One of the most popular dictionaries in use today is the Merriam Webster's Collegiate® Dictionary that is available in part online through the official Merriam-Webster site. It is important to note that the Merriam-Webster is a derivative of the original Noah Webster dictionary of 1806. Merriam-Webster continually adds new words to the dictionary on an annual basis.


Here are some resources for those teaching about the dictionary.



Education World: All About Words: Dictionary Activities!

www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/lesson/lesson206.shtml
Oct 16, 2000 – Eight new lessons for using dictionaries... The letters ZIP in the word Zip Code stand for "Zone Improvement Plan." 


Dictionary Skills | A to Z Teacher Stuff Lesson Plans

lessons.atozteacherstuff.com/340/dictionary-skills/
This is a lesson which will help students review their spelling words while practicingdictionary skills. Objectives: Students will successfully locate words in the dictionary


Dictionary Skills - eThemes

ethemes.missouri.edu/themes/1351
Oct 26, 2004 – There are worksheets, definitions, games, lesson plans, a tutorials, and more. Check out the link to eThemes resources on online dictionaries


Dictionary Lesson Plans - LessonCorner

www.lessoncorner.com/Reference/Dictionary/
Learn engrossing ways to increase your students' vocabulary and improve effective use of this essential tool in LessonCorner's Dictionary section.


Lesson 1: Using the Dictionary

users.ipfw.edu/jehle/.../Lesson_1_-_Using_the_Dictionary.htm
Lesson 1: Using the Dictionary ... Plan to refer to this lesson later. ... Spanish-
English dictionaries are, without exception, prepared for the use and convenience


The Internet Picture Dictionary

www.pdictionary.com/
Free, online multilingual picture dictionary with interactive activities for English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and ESL learners.


LITTLE EXPLORERS Picture Dictionary by EnchantedLearning.com

www.enchantedlearning.com/Dictionary.html
Little Explorers Picture Dictionary-A multi-lingual picture dictionary with links to educational activities and games. Even preschoolers can surf carefully chosen



Dictionary Exercises

wps.ablongman.com/long_licklider...2/6/...cw/index.html
This section will help you review and strengthen your knowledge of the dictionary
. Theexercises are grouped into beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels








Sunday, July 15, 2012

Happy National Ice Cream Day! Ice cream themes, unit studies, resources, printables, videos, and more

Did you know that today is National Ice Cream Day? It is, and it is the perfect time to take the kids for some delicious ice cream treats. There are many retailers who are giving away free ice cream cones check here for listing: Celebrate National Ice Cream Day with free ice cream, recipes, and resources and you may also find your local McDonalds, Burger King, Taco Bell and more are participating, though I don't have any confirmation on that.

This week would be perfect for Ice Cream unit studies, crafts, and projects. Here are some resources to ensure you have a wonderful week of ice cream studies ahead!

Ice Cream Printables, Lesson Plans, Lapbooks, Notebooks, Theme and Unit Studies
Literary Activities

  • Write an Ice Cream Poem- New Jersey schools provide this online template for creating your own poem based on ice cream

Math




Art

  • Pop Art Ice Cream- Kinder Art shares this resource for an Andy-Warhol inspired ice cream craft
Games

Videos

Song; Ice Cream Song


Cullen's ABCs: How to make ice cream in a bag



Cullen's ABCs Counting with Ice Cream Cones



Charisse Van Horn is the National Homeschooling Examiner for Examiner.com

Sunday, July 8, 2012

100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum by Cathy Duffy

If you are new to homeschooling and are unsure of what homeschool curriculum to use, then I highly recommend a copy of Cathy Duffy's book "100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum." This book is truly an essential guide for homeschoolers and Cathy Duffy diligently details aspects of each curricula to use. The book is geared towards Christian homeschoolers who want to ensure the products they use are Bible oriented so it may not be the best choice for secular homeschoolers.

Cathy Duffy not only looks at curriculum, but also educational philosophies and individual learning styles. Cathy Duffy has a way of speaking comfort to the beginner homeschooler who may question whether or not he or she is up to the task.

I'm sure you will find this book an incredible asset to your homeschool library.



Homeschooling: Michelle Duggar, Katie Holmes, Angelina Jolie and Serena and Venus Williams

Well, I finally started my new National Homeschooling column at Examiner.com and I love it! I haven't been able to add my photo or bio yet, but that's coming soon. Here are the latest articles written today and I am focusing on famous homeschoolers. Are you aware how many famous homeschoolers there are? Rest assured that over the next few years, I'll bring you coverage of the latest homeschooling trends, deals, sales, and news!

We've got some homeschooling expos and conferences scheduled for July and August and I will bring coverage of those events as well.

I'm a Christian homeschooler and am a bit fascinated by the Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes divorce and how it will impact their daughter Suri's homeschooling education.

Do you believe the Church of Scientology is a religion or a cult? Are you aware of Scientology-based homeschool curriculum?

Feel free to check out my latest articles and let me know what you think.





Friday, July 6, 2012

Closeout deals on Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read

If you are looking for a great phonics-based reading program, you may want to check out these Hooked on Phonics closeout deals. Each system has been marked down below $10.00 and are an incredible deal.

There are deals ready on kindergarten, first, and second grade Hooked on Phonics programs. Check out the deals below.



007866: Learn to Read: Kindergarten Learn to Read: Kindergarten

By Hooked On Phonics


Guide your children along the path to reading with Hooked on Phonics' Learn to Read complete learning kits! Children learn new words by practicing new sound combination and words in the workbook and putting their new skills to use by reading a story. Kindergarten; Age 5.
This kit includes:


  • Teacher's guide with lesson instructions that note materials needed, lesson objective, practice list of words, and what story to read and games to play. Reproducible activities and cards to photocopy (or print from the included CD-ROM) and cut out are also included. 



  • Two workbooks (Level 1 & Level 2) which help students sound out words with different letter-sound patterns and practice reading the lesson and helper words. 




  • 2 decks of letter flash cards and one deck with letter combinations





  • Learn to Read Flip-Flop Word Book which features letters and phonemes on cards for children to flip and make words with.



  • Storyboards which feature larger versions of the stories from the workbooks; the large text is designed for "together" story time display for a classroom.



  • Storybook set with 8 full-color stories designed to help students actually enjoy reading; students are introduced to almost every work in a storybook before reading it.




  • Blackline Master CD-ROM with supplemental worksheets, flash cards, other activity materials, and parent letters in PDF file format. 




  • Progress poster designed to help your class track their accomplishments. Please Note: The DVDs referenced in the teacher's guide and which are assumed to be used in conjunction with this kit are NOT included, but are sold-separately in the Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read Grade K Kit. There are also no progress stickers in this kit; those are included in the sold-separately kit as well.





  • 007873: Learn to Read: First Grade Learn to Read: First Grade

    By Hooked On Phonics


    Guide your children along the path to reading with Hooked onPhonics' Learn to Read complete learning kits! Children learn new words by practicing new sound combinationand words in the workbook and putting their new skills to use by reading a story. 1st Grade; Ages 6-7.
    This kit includes:



  • Teacher's guide with lesson instructions that note materials needed, classroom supplies needed, prep, and instructions. Reproducible activities and cards to photocopy (or print from the included CD-ROM) and cut out are also included. 




  • Two workbooks (Level 1 & Level 2) which help students sound out words with different letter-sound patterns and practice reading the lesson and helper words.




  • 2 decks of letter flash cards and one deck with letter combinations




  • Learn to Read 1st Grade Flip-Flop Word Book which features letters and phonemes on cards for children to flip and make words with.




  • Storyboards which feature larger versions of the stories from the workbooks; the large text is designed for "together" story time display for a classroom. 




  • Storybook set with 8 full-color stories designed to help students actually enjoy reading; students are introduced to almost every work in a storybook before reading it.




  • Blackline Master CD-ROM with supplemental worksheets,flash cards, other activity materials, and parent letters inPDF file format.




  • Progress poster designed to help your class track their accomplishments. Please Note: The DVDs referenced in the teacher's guide and which are assumed to be used in conjunction with this kit are NOT included, but are sold-separately in the (currently unavailable at Christianbook.com) Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read First Grade Kit. There are no progress stickers in this kit; those are included in the sold-separately kit as well.





  • 007880: Learn to Read: Second Grade Learn to Read: Second Grade

    By Hooked On Phonics


    Guide your children along the path to reading with Hooked onPhonics' Learn to Read complete learning kits! Children learn new words by practicing new sound combinationand words in the workbook and putting their new skills to use by reading a story. 2nd Grade; Ages 7-8.
    This kit includes:



  • Teacher's guide with lesson instructions that note materials needed, lesson objective, practice list of words, and what story to read and games to play. Reproducible activities and cards to photocopy (or print from the included CD-ROM) and cut out are also included. 




  • Two workbooks (Level 1 & Level 2) which help students sound out words with different letter-sound patterns and practice reading the lesson and helper words.




  • 2 decks of letter flash cards and one deck with letter combinations 



  • Learn to Read 2nd Grade Flip-Flop Word Book which features letters and phonemes on cards for children to flip and make words with. 




  • Storyboards which feature larger versions of the stories from the workbooks; the large text is designed for "together" story time display for a classroom. 



  • Storybook set with 8 full-color stories designed to help students actually enjoy reading; students are introduced to almost every work in a storybook before reading it. 




  • Blackline Master CD-ROM with supplemental worksheets,flash cards, other activity materials, and parent letters inPDF file format. 




  • Progress poster designed to help your class track their accomplishments. Please Note: The DVDs referenced in the teacher's guide and which are assumed to be used in conjunction with this kit are NOT included, but are sold-separately inthe Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read 2nd Grade Kit. There are also no progress stickers in this kit; those are included in the sold-separately kit as well.



  • Beginning homeschool: Let’s look at homeschooling laws

    Every family is different and the reasons for homeschooling are vast and varied. Just as no two families are the same, there is not a one-size-fits-all homeschooling method and the way each family decides the homeschool environment is best for them is often an individual choice. When contemplating homeschooling, it is imperative that each family spend time researching their state and local laws, homeschool curriculum choices, and plan for extra-curricular activities. Understanding your state’s homeschool laws is the starting point for determining the best strategy for your needs. It should be noted that homeschooling is legal in every state within the United States and is legal in U.S. territories as well. One of the best places to keep track of homeschooling state laws is the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA).

    HSLDA features laws for every state and includes U.S. territories as well as federal and state legislation that could directly affect the status of homeschooling nationwide. You can access a map that shows which states require no notice, low regulation, moderate regulation and high regulation by clicking here: HSLDA Homeschool Laws


    You will also find that many states offer multiple avenues for legal homeschooling. These may include homeschooling under the supervision of your local school board, joining other homeschoolers in a private school setting, or using an umbrella school.


    States that have very little homeschool requirements and do not require parents to notify school districts of their intent or plans to homeschool include New Jersey, Connecticut, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Idaho, and Alaska. U.S. territories that require no notice include Puerto Rico and Guam.

    States that are considered to have low regulation, such as parents are only required to notify the school district include California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, West Virginia, Montana, Kansas, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Mississippi, Alabama, Kentucky, Delaware and the U.S. territory the Virgin Islands. States with moderate regulations, such as you must notify the district, provide test scores or evaluations regarding a child’s progress include Maryland, Washington D.C., Maine, New Hampshire, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Florida, Louisiana, Arkansas, Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, Colorado, Hawaii, Washington, Oregon, and the U.S. territories American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands. States that have the highest regulation and require parental notification, curriculum approval by state board officials, testing and evaluation, and home visits by state officials include Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, and North Dakota.


    As homeschooling has gained in popularity and the benefits of homeschooling have been realized, many school districts nationwide now offer a learn-at-home program through your local public school. It’s important to realize that children who learn-at-home through a public school are not considered homeschool students but public school students and those who finish high school in this manner earn a high school diploma from their local school board. Programs such as K-12, however, do offer a separate homeschooling program   based upon a subscription fee.


    As there are often multiple ways to begin homeschooling in each state, it is advisable to take time and familiarize yourself with your state’s laws. You will find out your state’s laws regarding compulsory attendance, whether tests or evaluations are required, what subject areas must be taught (this varies from one state to the next), if there is a private school option available, and how many days or hours of instruction are required per year.


    Due to the many avenues available for homeschooling, more families nationwide are choosing homeschooling as their preferred educational choice for their children.


    Thursday, July 5, 2012

    Coupon code for Alpha Omega Monarch homeschool curriculum

    Alpha Omega is offering a deal on their online Monarch homeschool curriculum. If you are unfamiliar with Monarch, you can view an introductory video by Alpha Omega below. The homeschool curriculum is rich in media and interactive websites and is geared towards grades 3-12th. Alpha Omega is the homeschool publisher behind Switched on Schoolhouse and Monarch is quickly gaining a large following of supporters. There are five main categories taught through the Monarch program. These include: Language Arts, Math, Science, Geography, History, and Bible.



    Those who choose Monarch will need a high-speed Internet connection and the homeschool curriculum is sold on a subscription basis. There are plenty of online videos, audio, and other interactive lessons, as well as text-based information and resources.

    Check out the video preview below to get an inside look at the Monarch homeschool curriculum by Alpha Omega. Those interested in saving up to 10% may use the coupon code: MON10CJ.



    Get a free eBook from Alpha Omega

    Alpha Omega or AOP is one of the most popular publishers of Christian faith-based homeschool curriculum. Those who sign up for Alpha Omega’s daily homeschooling devotionals Daily Focus, their monthly newsletter Homeschool View and announcements for the latest deals from Alpha Omega AOP NetAlert. The free eBook is titled How to Speak Your Homeschooler’s Love Language and you can receive it after checking off the publications you are interested in and entering your email address in the form.

    After you sign up for the publications, you will receive an email confirmation with a link to sign up for your free eBook. Alpha Omega will give you some additional offers as well. The eBook is approximately 10-pages long and is a nice, easy read that encourages homeschooling parents to communicate with their children in an effective manner. The primary focus on speaking to children and teens in their “Love Language” is by using words and actions that truly express your love in a way a child understands.

    This is a great book that is full of ways parents can reaffirm to their child that they homeschool out of love. There is a mini-test that helps parents identify their child’s love language. The five categories of love language include words of affirmation, gift giving, quality time, acts of service, physical touch.

    You can click the link below to access the site, then look to the right of the page where it states "Subscribe to Emails!" Once you click the link, you will see a pop-up where you may sign up for your free eBook download.




    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

    Homeschool and Family Closeouts starting under $1.00

    When it comes to finding homeschool curriculum, books, and wholesome entertainment for our families we often find that there really is no price to great to pay for our children's well-being. With the new closeout specials from CBD, however, you won't have to worry about paying top-dollar to ensure your children are well off. Instead, you can begin by adding many of these great resources to your family for less than $1.00. That's right- less than $1.00.


    Closeouts starting under $1.00


    Christian Book Distributors has some incredible deals going on and the prices are sure to amaze. Start off with great deals for .10 and a .25 and work your way up.

    Great Deals for the Homeschool Family for July

    It's July and many homeschool families are taking a break for the summer. This means kids get a nice break while preparations are made for the upcoming year. Those looking for Great Deals  including homeschool curriculum, books, movies and more will find there are plenty of savings to enjoy this July at Christian Book Distributors.

    Christian Book Distributors currently has specials going on in the following categories: Christian Living, Homeschool and Learning, Kids, Fiction, Bibles, Academics, Music, Gifts, T-Shirts, and Videos. There is certain something to add to your homeschool library that will provide quality curriculum at an enjoyable price. These sales and deals are subject to change, but currently,  you can save more than 50% on Louise Ebner's book Learning English with the Bible Capitalization, Elsie and Me: A Study in Christian Literature, The Miracle of Creation Series #3, Advanced Chemistry in Creation by Dr. Jay Wile, Learn to Read Kindergarten by Hooked on Phonics, Creation Mini-Series DVD Pack, My Very First Spanish Book with CD, Taking Godly Care of my Body, Taking Godly Care of my Money, Skills for Rhetoric Student Book, and more.


    If you are in need of homeschool curriculum but want to ensure you get a great price, then check out CBD. Also, don't forget about Currclick. You can always find great deals, including plenty of free homeschool curriculum at Currclick.

    CurrClick

    Tuesday, May 22, 2012

    Free Farm Notebooking Pages

    I love notebooking. If you haven't notebooked yet, I dare say you and your children are missing out on a fantastic learning opportunity. Notebooking takes advantages of several forms of study and combines them into one, easy to maintain system, that produces a tangible, creative result. You can notebook on any subject, and there really are no hard or fast rules determining the best method. Simply pick a subject your child is going to study more about and dive in. You can use creative techniques that combine arts and crafts and foldables (such as you find with Dinah Zike), and let your child study, write, and create.

    Finished notebooks are a product of your child's efforts and also serve as a tangible way of viewing what he or she has learned. You can include projects, literary forms, games, puzzles, word searches, art, basically anything you want in your notebooking pages. They allow children the opportunity to explore a subject, take in information, and produce it in a manner that best meets their needs.

    Currclick is offering free notebooking pages from Notebooking Nook that can be included in a variety of studies including lapbooks for younger children.

    Here is a description of the notebooking pages from Currclick. Remember, the download is free and available for one week.


    Notebooking pages that will compliment any study relating to farm animals.  Three notebooking pages and one coloring page for each animal included.


    Farm Animals Included:
    • Pigs
    • Sheep
    • Geese
    • Cows
    • Horse
    • Chickens
    • Ducks
    • Goats
    • Mules
    • Rabbits
    • Cats
    • Dogs
    This is a large file, be prepared for a longer download wait.


    Saturday, April 14, 2012

    Free Humpty Dumpty coloring and notebooking book

    I love to create coloring and notebooking books for my children, and will aim to add at least one new book to the site per week. You can always download the free coloring books in the Freebies tab above, or through SCRIBD (the embedded document below).

    This week's freebie is a Humpty Dumpty coloring book with lines for children to practice writing.  You can choose between narrow lines and wide lines for beginning writers.

    Be blessed,

    Charisse


    Narrow Lines

    Humpty Dumpty Coloring and Notebooking Book


    Wide Lines

    Humpty Dumpty Coloring and Notebooking Book Wide Lines