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Buying Used Curriculum. You may have heard the popular expression, "Buy Used - Save the Difference" but can this apply to homeschool curriculum?

Buying Used 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. The key is to keep very organized book lists and stay pretty familiar with them to make it easier to find a bargain.

Here are a few of my favorite websites and stores that I have personally made a purchase and had a good experience, I hope this may benefit you as you are shopping for curriculum this year. 1. 2. eBay - I'll admit that I'm an junkie. 3. 4. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Of course this list isn't comprehensive. Educational Freebie: Printable Beach Preschool Pack. Walk Beside Me LDS Preschool: V is for the First Vision. 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.

Walk Beside Me LDS Preschool: V is for the First Vision

(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! Road Trip USA ~ Iowa. Welcome to our Road Trip USA week on Iowa.

Road Trip USA ~ 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. − TGIF -Bug Dinner. <div class="greet_block wpgb_cornered"><div class="greet_text"><div class="greet_image"><a href=" rel="nofollow"><img src=" alt="WP Greet Box icon"/></a></div>Hello there!

− TGIF -Bug Dinner

If you are new here, you might want to <a href=" rel="nofollow"><strong>subscribe to the RSS feed</strong></a> for updates on this topic. <div style="clear:both"></div></div></div> 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. Pioneer Woman Homeschooling. By Kristen Chase.

Pioneer Woman Homeschooling

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. Unless you’ve got a good friend (like me!) Who will tell you about what she/he loves (and conversely, doesn’t like very much), it can be a risky game of trial and error, something you wouldn’t want to do when you’re purchasing them. When I’m evaluating apps for Cool Mom Tech, I look for a few different features, namely the diversity of the kids’ skills involved in playing, but also a few other things, like graphics and use of technology. 2012-2013 Homeschool Curriculum Plans. Summer Bridge Activities ~ Work books for Kids.

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 ~ Work books for Kids

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) Teaching God’s Word. This post is a part of my 10 Day of Teaching God’s Word series At this moment I have a mental ‘to do’ list of things to share with you all for the rest of this series.

Teaching God’s Word

More printables. Heart & Lungs for Preschoolers. The human body, including the heart and lungs, is a fabulous topic for young children!

Heart & Lungs for Preschoolers

When the weather is nice, we often spend our School Time outside. Free Dinosaur Pack! The free Dinosaur Pack is done.

Free Dinosaur Pack!

My girls are VERY excited about this! A matching Kindergarten Pack was also done by Royal Baloo! Homeschool Theme of the Week: Oceans and Beaches! We had a break recently when family came to visit us and then we traveled to visit family.

Homeschool Theme of the Week: Oceans and Beaches!

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. Teaching Kids How to Save. 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?

Walk Beside Me LDS Preschool: X is for Ammon’s eXample. Printable Kindergarten Assessments. Learning games and Manipulatives. Brian Marriott's I See Sam Homepage. 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. 5 Senses With Lemons! The Five Senses is such a fun topic for preschoolers! It naturally encourages experimentation, exploration, and self-realization. You’re Doing It. Mother's Day 2012 All too often I hear the words, “I don’t know how you do it.” And I’ve told you all: the truth is, neither do I. I don’t know how any of us do it. Mothering is two parts mundane to one part super hero. Andrew was out of town all week and came home sick.

At some point, I was rushing off to another appointment and I had a moment of self-awareness. No responsible adult is going to come behind me and clean up my mistakes. My moment to mother is now. I look at the day in front of me sometimes and it feels too weighty. Nobody is more surprised than me. Keeping your Child’s Heart through the Teen Years–it starts when they are born! » What I’ve Learned About Learning. 4th Grade History Projects. Now that Miriam is in 4th grade I thought it was high time she started doing a little more work. Classical afterschooling (Curriculum Fair 2012) Times Tales DVD: Learn multiplication tables quickly & easily! GMG Study ~ Proverbs 31 Woman. Of America and war (2012 curriculum fair) Frolic and Farce. I love maps. Water Cycle Wonders. Another fun, yet educational hands-on activity we did recently was Taking our cue from references we read about in our living history book, we looked at how rain forms and falls to form rivers and flow into the sea.

Toddler Game with Felt Dot Cards – Toddler Toddler: Activities Games Arts Crafts Fun. Make these easy soft Felt cards to have some fun playing games with your toddler while teaching him/her to count, match and identify colors. Find a few pieces of felt and cut out circles. You’ll need to vary the size depending on how many you want to put on a card. Then cut out a piece of printer paper and put the felt dots on top. Next just use some contact paper to put on the back and front. To do this, take a piece of contact paper and remove the backing and face sticky side up. Science Experiment: Make Colored Fire. Free Zoo Pack. The Zoo pack is here! These Zoo printables are to be used with children from 2 to 7. These can be used with various Zoo books. They include many different animals and areas: safari, tropical, arctic, Alaskan, pond, outback, and woodland. Graphic purchased from My Grafico Zoo Pack contains over 125 pages: 3 Part Cards, Beginning Sounds, Addition Sheets, Matching Cards, Read Write the Room, Which One Is Different, What Comes Next, Cutting Practice, Pre Writing Practice, Pattern Cards, 10 Piece Puzzles, 4 Piece Puzzles, Clip and Count Cards, Size Sequencing, Shadow Matching, Small books, Color the Pattern, Sorting and more.

Hands-on Knots. Reader Raid: A Happy Homeschool. Walk Beside Me LDS Preschool: U is for Utah Pioneers. Educational Freebie: Baby Birds Preschool Pack. Preschool Lesson Plan: Life Cycle of a Butterfly « Nurture Mama. A Toddler Craft. Have you visited your state’s Capitol Building? at Mom's Travel Tales. SUBWAY KIDS™ Tutorial: Homemade Sidewalk Chalk. Free Math Practice Problems for Tests and Contests. The Big Handbook of Nature Study (Free PDF) Ephesians Bible Study. Educational Freebie: Kindergarten Bird-Themed Printable Pack. “Cootie Catcher” with Letters & Numbers. Excerpts from The Charted Course of the Church in Education - Ensign Sept. 2002. Sand Pendulum.

The Book Nook. Katherine Marie – Rainbow Box. Writing a History Curriculum Guide –Resource List. Circulatory System for Kids – Lesson Plans. Iditarod: The Last Great Race on Earth. Page not found. Homeschool Through High School? You Really Can! Preschool Pattern Block Activities. Adventures of our Fami-Ly: Quiet Book Tutorial and Templates. DIY Piñata. Let’s Build a Town! Katherine Marie – Presidents. Introducing Young Readers to the Book of Mormon. More Mark Twain. Free President's Day Study. Homeschooling: Where to Start With Young Children. Free Funnix Beginning Reading Program. The Book Nook. Katherine Marie – {Fun with} Snowmen. ‘Book of Mormon Stories’ Quiet Book without images — Simply Fresh Designs. Ing Approaches - - The. Homeschool Views Child Learning Style Quiz. “Teachings of Christ” Quiet Book without images — Simply Fresh Designs. Grocery Shopping and Math... Reader. ‘Life of Christ’ Quiet Book without Images — Simply Fresh Designs.

P is for Pilgrim (and books to read in November) « Nurture Mama. Creative Writing Day 2: A Little Alliteration. Altoids Tin Learning Boxes. Creative Writing Day 1: Paint Chip Writing. Homeschool for Public Schoolers.