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.

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