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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? 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 ebay.com junkie. 3. 4. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Of course this list isn't comprehensive. I'm always on the hunt for a good deal. Educational Freebie: Printable Beach Preschool Pack. Walk Beside Me LDS Preschool: V is for the First Vision | Confessions of a Slacker Mom. 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! I feel like I can say I’m a real homeschool teacher now. Because I actually finished! That simple personal fact that is open up installment loans in mcfarland wi when emergency bills get than a. Anyway, this week you get to download the packet for the next segment of the homeschool curriculum!

Walk Beside Me LDS Preschool: V is for the First Vision. (Notice I’m saying homeschool and LDS preschool a lot today? Today’s packet is a little on the small side, but sometimes I just need to get them online rather than waiting for me to add additional printables. Okay! The secular focus of the week is Volcanoes. I hope you enjoy this week’s lesson on the First Vision! Road Trip USA ~ Iowa. 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: Located Iowa on our wall mapRead our National Geographic Atlas and located Des Moines, Iowa using the map coordinates.Worked on our 50 States and Capitals songLearned about the state and it’s flagState Bird: The American GoldfinchState Flower: The Wild Prairie RoseState Rock: The GeodeFamous People: Buffalo BillFamous Landmarks: The George M.

VerityUS President: Herbert HooverFood: Hogs and cornClassified the animals of Iowa. − 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! 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.

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. A Good App is Hard to Find | Pioneer Woman Homeschooling. 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. 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. I’m extremely picky, because I feel as though if I’m going to recommend something, especially when there are so many apps out there, then it needs to be awesome. Stack the States BOB Books. 2012-2013 Homeschool Curriculum Plans | Family Your Way. 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: Bridging Grades Kindergarten to First $8.96 (was $14.95) Summer Bridge Activities: Bridging Grades First to Second $8.97 (was $14.95) Summer Bridge Activities: Bridging Grades Second to Third Summer Bridge Activities: Bridging Grades Third to Fourth Summer Bridge Activities: Bridging Grades Fourth to Fifth $10.11 (was $14.95) All ship free with super saver shipping an order $25 or more.

Looking for More Online Deals? Please note that Amazon priced tend to change often so prices may be higher or lower without notice Tagged as: Summer Bridge Activities, Work books for Kids Disclaimer: This post may or may not contain affiliate links. 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.

More printables. Additional resources and helps. At the moment though, I am really feeling the need to put that aside. The honest truth is that I have a household of children needing my attention before I head out of town this weekend for a conference. Then, in just a short week, I will be headed to Africa with Compassion International for over a week. In short, I need to lead my kids by example, love on my children and live out the Word of God to my family. And honestly ~ I am ok with that. Thank you all SO much for following along with the series these past ten days. So today {and every day!!!} Other Posts in the 10 Days of Teaching God’s Word Series Don’t Miss Out!!

Visit these great companies! Share and Enjoy. Heart & Lungs for Preschoolers. 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: 1- Leaving a couple inches around your children (nobody likes chalk-covered clothes!) , trace them with their choice in color of sidewalk chalk. 2- Have the children put their hand on their chest to feel their heartbeat. 3- Instruct the children to put their hands on their chest again and take a deep breath. 4- Let your children embellish and accessorize their chalk selves!

Other Talking Points: * Blood carries oxygen to your whole body...even your brain and toes! I may share at any of these parties! Free Dinosaur Pack! The free Dinosaur Pack is done. My girls are VERY excited about this! A matching Kindergarten Pack was also done by Royal Baloo! These Dinosaur printables are to be used with children from 2 to 7. These printables were made to go with the books: Dinosaur (Picture Books) by Anna Milbourne & Mandy Field , Stomp, Dinosaur, Stomp!

, and Dinosaur Bones by Bob Barner Graphic: Dinosaurs – Soft Colors & Dinosaur Stamps By Pixel Paper Prints from My Grapfico; Green Dinosaur by Tuty Triana; little bit DINOSAURS by N3rdyGirlDesigns Dinosaur Pack contains over 60 pages: 3 Part Cards, Beginning Sounds, Matching Cards, Read Write the Room, Which One Is Different, What Comes Next, Pre Writing Practice, Pattern Cards, 10 Piece Puzzles, 4 Piece Puzzles, Clip and Count Cards, Size Sorting, Color the Pattern, Barrier Game, and more.

Tot Pack: Basic Prewriting, 2 Part Puzzles, Matching, Coloring the Stegosaurus, Counting, Cutting Practice, 9 Piece Puzzle <A HREF=" 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. 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. Sooo, I made my own sandbox/beach. I bought a plastic container and dumped some play sand inside. This is an activity called an "ocean in a bottle". I saw a cute idea here on Pinterest regarding putting treasures under shells. Part of the fun of going to the beach is searching for treasures in the sand which have been washed ashore. This was our fun snack for the week! While walking through a craft store one day, I was struck by the gorgeous jeweled tones of some acrylic gems and how they seemed to resemble the shiny, colorful scales of a fish. My plan for this activity was to do a crayon resist painting.

We also made "ocean pie" for our dessert night on Friday. 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? Start early Just as teaching a child to choose healthy foods starts at a very young age, helping a child learn how to save should also start early. As soon as children become aware of the process of exchanging money for items they want, they are ready to understand the basics of saving.

Start with a piggy bank Instead, start with a little piggy bank where they can see the coins they deposit. Match their savings Open a bank account photo source. Walk Beside Me LDS Preschool: X is for Ammon’s eXample | Confessions of a Slacker Mom. 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? I mean… really.

That simple personal fact that is open up installment loans in mcfarland wi when emergency bills get than a. So today’s segment of the Walk Beside Me LDS Preschool is X is for Ammon’s eXample! Alphabetic liberties aside, this is such a fun little packet! This week you’ll be teaching your child about the story of Ammon. The song of the week is the classic “Book of Mormon Stories.”

To find the best way to implement this curriculum into a full weekly preschool, check out the Preschool Schedule. I hope you enjoy this LDS homeschool or preschool at home resource. 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. How do I print these books? Click here for instructions. 5 Senses With Lemons! The Five Senses is such a fun topic for preschoolers! It naturally encourages experimentation, exploration, and self-realization. This particular lesson, adapted from Lisa's at Planet Weidknecht, also reviews fraction vocabulary and colors! Here's what we did:1- What are your senses? As we talked about ways we learn about the world, we drew a representation of each sense on a mini-poster. 2- Sight! 3- Touch! 4- Taste!

5- Smell! 6- Hearing! 7- What should we do with our lemon juice? 8- Easiest lemonade recipe ever: Stir equal parts lemon juice, water, and sugar until the sugar is dissolved. 9- More experiments! I think we'll be making lemonade all summer--it was very popular!! I may share at any of these parties! You’re Doing It. | Vitafamiliae. 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. My in-laws very sweetly stayed a little longer to keep us all afloat. The kids had doctor appointments, my stupid arm slowed me down, and Ravenous Finn needed me often, as babies do. 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. Too often in the so-called “Mommy wars,” we compare ourselves to others and say, “But I’m not doing it like her.” Yes. I guarantee it isn’t as pretty as you want it to be. But stop and think: YOU DID IT TODAY. I Take Joy | 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. Classical afterschooling (Curriculum Fair 2012) | Simple Homeschool. Times Tales DVD: Learn multiplication tables quickly & easily! GMG Study ~ Proverbs 31 Woman. Of America and war (2012 curriculum fair) | Simple Homeschool. Frolic and Farce. Water Cycle Wonders. Toddler Game with Felt Dot Cards – Toddler Toddler: Activities Games Arts Crafts Fun.

Science Experiment: Make Colored Fire. Free Zoo Pack. Hands-on Knots. Reader Raid: A Happy Homeschool. Walk Beside Me LDS Preschool: U is for Utah Pioneers | Confessions of a Slacker Mom. Educational Freebie: Baby Birds Preschool Pack. Preschool Lesson Plan: Life Cycle of a Butterfly « Nurture Mama. Sewing Cards | A Toddler Craft. Have you visited your state’s Capitol Building? at Mom's Travel Tales :: Sharing the adventure of family travel. SUBWAY KIDS™ Tutorial: Homemade Sidewalk Chalk.

Free Math Practice Problems for Tests and Contests. The Big Handbook of Nature Study (Free PDF) | FreeHomeschoolDeals.com. 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 - Homeschool.com - 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.

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