You may have heard the popular expression, "Buy Used - Save the Difference" but can this apply to homeschool curriculum? I think it can! I have been fortunate in that, through a little extra effort, I have saved hundreds of dollars each year in buying gently used curriculum and other homeschooling products. I know that not everybody has the time, or energy, to scour all the used bookstores in town looking for that last elusive book but with a little bit of shopping around I have figured out how to find a pretty good deal.
Since we do our homeschool whenever the mood strikes, rather than waiting on some crazy lady to post them online, Nicole and I just finished with the letter Y. (You ladies must have it hard, waiting on me!) I honestly can’t believe we’re almost done with the entire Walk Beside Me LDS Preschool program !
Welcome to our Road Trip USA week on Iowa. Iowa was named the 29th state on December 28, 1846. It is nicknamed “The Hawkeye State” supposedly after the scout, Hawkeye, in James Fenimore Cooper’s “The Last of the Mohicans” published in 1826. It is the only state in the United States whose east and west borders are almost entirely formed by water; the Mississippi River runs along the east border and the Missouri River along the west border. Iowa is one of our largest producers of corn and soybeans. Here are a few things we learned about Iowa:
It’s Friday night, and Maddie, my youngest daughter who’s 5, and I were inspired by “Scientist in the School” bug day to create a bug themed dinner! We learned all about insect body parts, how they eat, and camouflage today at school through this great program, so at the grocery store we got to thinking it would be fun to make some buggy food for dinner. Here’s what we came up with. We made butterfly pizza, with a home made little pizza, a piece of celery, carrot eyes, and green bean antenna. For dessert, we started out with dirt pudding.
By Kristen Chase . Since so many of you asked for app recommendations in my post last week about how our family uses the iPad, I thought that I would follow up that post and share some of our favorite apps. As I’ve discovered in the almost two years I’ve been reviewing apps, there are tons of them and as parents, it’s really challenging to know what’s good and what’s not.
source: Mandi Ehman We school year-round — with a focus on reading, math and science during the summer — so the timing for finishing one level and beginning another is a bit fluid for us; however, I know I love getting a peek inside other people’s curriculum choices, so I wanted to share our plans for the upcoming school year as well. I’ll share more about how we actually do school — something that has changed fairly dramatically in the last couple of months — next week!
My kids are out of school for the summer and I was looking for some workbooks for them to use this summer to help them retain what they have learned… thought these looked kind of good! Summer Bridge Activities: Bridging Grades Kindergarten to First $8.96 (was $14.95) Summer Bridge Activities: Bridging Grades First to Second $8.97 (was $14.95)
This post may contain affiliate or advertiser links. Read my full disclosure policy here . This post is a part of my 10 Day of Teaching God’s Word series
The human body, including the heart and lungs, is a fabulous topic for young children! When the weather is nice, we often spend our School Time outside. We did this Sidewalk Chalk Heart & Lungs a few weeks ago, and the kids loved it! * Sidewalk chalk * Happy, warm-weather loving kids Easy How-To:
The free Dinosaur Pack is done. My girls are VERY excited about this! A matching Kindergarten Pack was also done by Royal Baloo!
We had a break recently when family came to visit us and then we traveled to visit family. But we are back in the swing of things - at least for a couple weeks until we finish the year. This week's theme was "Ocean and Beaches"... We did not have a sandbox handy for this theme, nor do I know of any great beaches nearby.
Guest post from Grace of Romance Never Dies : Starting with their first experience of mass media, kids are exposed to powerful advertising, much of it aimed directly at them. Advertisers spend millions on developing effective strategies for instilling the feeling of need for their product, and children may be especially vulnerable to this. The result is that kids can very early on fall victim to the want-want-want , spend-spend-spend trap that has been set for them. In this kind of atmosphere, how are parents to teach their children the value of saving? Start early
Okay, I might be stretching it just a leeetle bit here to say that X is for ‘eXample’ but you know what? It’s going to be years before your kid figures out there is an e before the word ‘example,’ so I don’t think I’m confusing anyone that badly here. Plus… what was I supposed to do for the letter X?
One thing that I have found to be so important in our learning environment is to fill our house with learning games and manipulatives that the kids enjoy working with. It has been a huge help to make our learning more hands-on and interactive. I truly believe that is the way learning should happen- especially with young children. As soon as I started teaching my children at home, I changed the focus of the toys and games that I buy. I like to buy things that have a purpose- that teach something. It's been really great because we play & learn at the same time.
I am proud to introduce . . . The original 1972 I See Sam, early reader books now available online for viewing, download, and printing. (Click here for printing instructions.) Books 1-9 -- Books 10-19. -- Books 20-29. -- Books 30-39. -- Books 40-52.