Ok, so starting in April I will embark on homeschooling our 3 oldest children. We will be PCS (moving) to Arizona for our next duty station at that time, so its prime opportunity considering that the Alaska's education statutes are just as leaniant as those of Arizona. Both states require no yearly testing, meaning I can pull Tyler out of his current school when we leave without hindering his entire year of 3rd grade, which was my only inhibitor. So my plans are to disenroll him and Brooke from school beginning April1 if not a few days before and finish up the year with homeschooling on the go. Then continue to do so once we reach Arizona for the next school year.
Homeschooling , through my research, I have found can be just as pricey as enrolling your kids in a private school. But it can also be even cheaper than you kids attending public school if you know how to work it. I'm still learning the frugality of it all. ( its a different world than my frugal house mom self). So after looking at all the different christian based curriculum available out there and pricing around. I've decided to go eclectic in our studies. Some things we will be able to use a set curriculum, prebuilt and prelaid out for learning. Some things will be taken from online free sources with the beauty of our printer and browser in mind and through the wonderful resource of the Library. Being Military we have the blessing of being able to browse through 2 different ones with the City Library and the On Post library at our fingertips. Lastly, some things will be taken frombits and pieces of other curriculums that I find for bargains that fit our needs from Used Book distributors and stores, online,thrift shops, etc.
I also wanted a place where I could come and gather all those inline resource site into one place for easy retrieval when needed. This would be that place. Anything from Bible Curriculum, math suppliments and gaming websites, language arts and phonics suppliments and/or gaming sites, electives such as art websites,secondary languages, etc. History,geography, and science links including areas of particular interest and project ideas willbe categorized for easy find. Hopefully by doing this not only will these resources be easy-retrievalfor myself but also for my kids when needed.
Google Live Earth Application; Needs download for first use http://earth.google.com/
Another Geography site: www.atlapedia.com
The History Channel: In the Classroom (website fromthe HC great for Homeschoolers!) http://www.history.com/content/classroom
Another Huge History site : www.besthistorysites.net
Google Live Earth Application; Needs download for first use.http://earth.google.com/
Provides a variety of great information for lessons and discussions.Listed from Cars and Animals to Global Warming and Technology, its all there. http://dsc.discovery.com/
Creation Science : http://www.nwcreation.net/kids.html
Cooking Lessons: http://www.kids-cooking-activities.com/kids-cooking-lessons-assistant-chef-intro.html (ages 3-6years)
Cute site for young readers and emerging readers! http://www.speakaboos.com/?gclid=COehxKHKlp8CFQNSagod4kW8Zw
Childrens Online Library Sites: http://www.childrensbooksonline.org/library.htm
Childrens E-books Online: http://kids.nypl.org/reading/Childrensebooks.cfm
Elementary Literature Online: http://www.awesomelibrary.org/Classroom/English/Literature/Elementary_Literature.html
Huge site of curriculum for Literature : www.gutenberg.org
Grammer Here's the spot:
Scott Foresman Grammer and Writing http://www.sfreading.com/resources/ghb.html (Grades 1-6)
Tons of Daily Grammer lessons across the board; http://www.dailygrammar.com/archive.shtml
Vocabulary: Complete Vocab Curriculum here : www.vocabulary.co.il
Full Curriculum Site (FREE or close to it.)
Charlotte MasonHomeschooling: www.AmblesideOnline (free)
Requires a once per year $20.00 donation : www.EnchantedLearning
*The website http://homeschoolingmommaof4.blogspot.com/ has tons and tons of links for resources that would take forever for me to all pin down on this page. Tons of sites for free curriculum, daily lessons, games, and lesson suppliments, interactives, and unit themes and studies.
Other great Websites with Educative Materials condusive for Homeschoolers
A. Barnes and Noble has a special book club section where you can actually speak with the author. Visit their club at http://bookclubs.barnesandnoble.com/bn This book club took the place of Barnes and Noble University, and gives your family a chance to interact with authors.
B. Want your child to have a free acting workshop? Then visit http://www.redbirdstudio.com/AWOL/acting2.html
C. Lookng for facts on virtually anything, countries, people, bibliographies, etc. Visit http://www.factmonster.com
D. At http://www.A1Tutor.com there are brainteasers, crossword puzzles, learning games of every stripe, arts and crafts instruction, music, coloring pages, art work, recipes, and links to practically every museum, university, research center, science center, and historical site in existence.
GRADE 2 SAMPLE CURRICULUM (Practically Free)
2nd grade Scope and Sequence
Reptiles and Amphibians
Rocks and Mineral
Earth, Sun, and Moon
*Suggestions for using this to build a curriculum.
For my son I printed out the Grammar and Writing book and had him do 5 to 6 pages a week. I would go through and rewrite some of the directions. They assume they are doing it from the web and ask them to rewrite everything. So I would have him circle, underline, or rewrite the word instead of the whole sentence.
With the spelling I print up the pages they provide and I add some pages/assignments for the week. Some assignments to include, to round out the language arts scope and sequence are: write the spelling words in alphabetical order, one of the dictionary lessons, write the words out using phonics and have them write them the right way, or I make a puzzle sheet. I usually have them do one sheet Mon. thru Thurs. and sometimes play a game that goes with the unit. Then on Friday I give them a test.
Here is a link with some other suggestions for studying spelling words.
Phonics I have them do a worksheet daily and then they read out loud a few pages from their literature study selection. If they are doing a good job reading I let them read some silently. After their done reading we will work on the study guides. Usually mid way through the year they are feeling more confident about trying to do it independently. My goal is to get them to work on their own with little instruction.
Penmanship Practice (copywork is also useful for this)
Grammar and Writing Handbook
An online spelling game to go with the above spelling list. Just pick the grade level and unit that is appropriate.
Reading Workshop - vocabulary building, phonics practice, and reading comprehension
Dictionary Skills – guide words
Dictionary Skills Lesson plan on guide words (can be used several times through the year)
Digging in the dictionary lesson plan with worksheet (can be easily adapted for homeschool) You could use a few of their weekly spelling words for this activity.
Word Search Puzzle Maker
Word Scramble Maker
Crossword Puzzle Maker
Nate the Great and the Monster Mess
Amelia Bedelia Bookworm
Henry and Mudge in Puddle Trouble
A New Coat for Anna
The Bravest Dog Ever: The True Story of Balto
Frog and Toad are Friends “The Letter”
George Washington’s Breakfast
Sam the Minuteman
Bedtime for Frances
Health and Safety
The Food Pyramid - level 1
Personal Health Lessons
Human Body Lessons
Asthma and Diabetes lessons
Fire Safety lapbook
Water Safety Coloring book
CIMT Math - a complete course
Ray's Arithmetic K - 3rd
Arithmetic Reader for 2nd grade
The Werner Arithmetic: Oral and Written 2nd-8th
4TH GRADE SAMPLE CURRICULUM (Virtually Free)
4th grade Scope and Sequence
Grammar and Writing Handbook
An online game to go with the above spelling list. Just pick the grade level and unit that is appropriate.
Health and Safety
Mathematics (choose 1)
CIMT Math - a complete course