The Best Books for New Homeschoolers

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For parents who are newcomers to homeschooling or are just considering the idea, how-to books can be goldmines of information. The trick is to glean what will work for your family, and leave the rest. Here are some great resources.

The Best Books for New Homeschoolers

Cathy Duffy’s 100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum

Duffy is a respected curriculum reviewer and a veteran homeschool mom. This book, written from a Christian perspective, is very helpful in figuring out learning styles, for both parents and children. Duffy guides parents in deciding what their homeschooling goals are and helps to match up families with curriculums they’re likely to enjoy. She categorizes the curriculums by such measures as parental prep, hands-on activities, amount of writing, ease of use, etc.

Mary Pride’s Complete Guide to Getting Started in Homeschooling

Weighing in at 620 pages, this book takes its title seriously. It covers everything a new homeschooler would possibly need to know, from learning styles to homeschooling methods to organization to support groups and co-ops. Pride, who is publisher of “Practical Homeschooling” magazine and mom of nine, includes other voices and opinions throughout the book. She also offers recommendations for further reading.

The Homeschooling Book of Answers by Linda Dobson

This down-to-earth book answers 101 of the most common questions about homeschooling, like “How will my child make friends?” “How much does it cost?” and “Is it possible to homeschool my child with special needs?” Dobson and her contributors provide honest answers, including the good, the bad and the ugly of homeschooling. It is realistic as well as idealistic. Dobson has also written other helpful books for newbies, including “Homeschooling the First Year” and “The Ultimate Book of Homeschooling Ideas.”

Things We Wish We’d Known, compiled and edited by Bill and Diana Waring

Full of been-there, done-that advice from some of the country’s most famous homeschooling parents, this book is a treasure trove of wisdom that comes only through experience. These pioneers and leaders share their secrets with us so that we can avoid their pitfalls and re-create their triumphs.

Educating the Whole-Hearted Child

Written from a Christian perspective, this book provides a glimpse into the home of Clay and Sally Clarkson, homeschooling advocates and parents of four. They emphasize using whole books and turning your home into a place where children will love to learn. For newcomers who don’t want to re-create school at home, this book is a breath of fresh air and inspiration.

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Free Online Resources for Teaching Geography and a Giveaway!

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We know the words “fun” and “Geography” don’t generally go together. But we bet you’d agree that they should! Get great ideas for a geography-rich classroom, discover lessons and activities to help increase your kid’s knowledge on geography!

Free Online Resources for Teaching Geography

Scribble States

Kids will have fun (and most likely – adults too!) “connecting the dots” with a virtual pencil. Then they have to answer a multiple-choice question about which state (in the United States) they just drew.

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More geography games & quizzes than I’ve ever seen in one place! You’re sure to find the country or region you are studying here.

Overlap Maps

Quickly compare the size of countries, states, provinces, and some bodies of water by selecting one country from the “Overlap This” menu and select one country from the “Onto This” menu.

Maps of the World

You can get loads of free map printable here.

World Geography Games

This website brings many entertaining and stimulating map games to improve your geographical knowledge.

Capital Toss

Capital Toss is an educational geography game for kids. The object of the game is to match states and countries to their capital cities.

Math Trail

Here’s a fun way to combine Geography & Math! This features a series of map based math trivia challenges.

Homeschool Geography Giveaway!

To give you even more inspiration and to help make teaching geography super-fun, we’re giving away these amazing map-making resources to one lucky reader!

Make Your Own Maps

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This multimedia book and DVD kit covers the entire world! Featuring 160 ready-made maps of every country and major geographical area, it’s a revolutionary new resource for the home (to remember a vacation, for example) and the classroom.

 

Globes in A Box

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This includes everything you’ll need to create your own unique models of our world, this kit features a globe stand and a CD with a variety of map projections that can be printed out on adhesive inkjet paper (included).

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Free Printable Homeschool Planner Worksheet for High School

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One of the most common struggles parents face when homeschooling high schoolers is helping them learn how to manage their time and priorities effectively. It’s a skill that will help them now and later in life.Teaching your child how to organize and manage his or her time is one of the most valuable skills you can teach.  Not only will it help prepare them for college and work, but it will also give them a sense of security and control in knowing exactly what is expected each day.

It took a bit of trial and error but by the time my oldest daughter was in her “junior” year (I use the term loosely. I know you homeschool parents know what I mean, though), we finally found a system that worked for us. Based on what I created for my own children, I worked with a designer (because, no, I’m really not good at fancy graphic design) to make one for you and your high schooler.

Take advantage of this Free Printable Homeschool Planner Worksheet for High School by simply printing out what you need and use a simple three ring binder to keep it all organized.  Every Monday, have your high schooler fill out his or her schedule for the week in the schedule column. You can work together to complete the assignments and chores portion in advance as well, but we found it better to complete those at the beginning of each day, since there are times when assignments and chores need to be more flexible. You can even have your teenagers put all of their completed assignment behind that day’s page and you have a neat, tidy, way of keeping your homeschool records together!

Just click the image below to be taken to the download page for your Free Printable Homeschool Planner Worksheet for High School!

The daily planner page is absolutely free but if you’re looking for something more, be sure to take a look at the entire planner system. It’s packed with 23 printable planner pages for high school homeschoolers that include a weekly planner, project planner, study guide, monthly calendars and so much more!

PS – If you’re looking for a Free Printable Homeschool Planner Worksheet for Kids, you can find it here!

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Awesome New Magic School Science Club Kits

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SPECIAL OFFER: Through the end of the week you can receive 50% OFF a year’s subscription through Educents… and FREE shipping in the Continental United States! Ships to Canada for $2/month. This deal is amazing… just $10 per month, DELIVERED!

 

If you have children (ages 5-12) who enjoy the Magic School Bus books or videos–and if you like doing science experiments with them–then you’ll LOVE The Magic School Bus Science Club!

Developed by a team of Harvard graduates, scientists, and educators, the award-winning Magic School Bus Science Kits are delivered monthly right to your doorstep. Children will explore science through experiments that will spark an interest and curiosity in science.

Each kit includes a colorful manual based on The Magic School Bus characters, as well as everything you need to complete at least seven experiments related to that month’s theme.

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Each kit includes:

  • Detailed, large 12-page colorful manual that is full of experiments and topic information
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You can even create and print off your own gift cards to let your children know about the surprise.

Enjoy your exploration alongside Ms. Frizzle!

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Free Printable Thanksgiving Puzzle Activity Puzzle for Homeschoolers

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Last week, we gave you a fun little printable Memory Match game from preschoolers; this week, we’ve got something for the older ones.

This Free Printable Thanksgiving Puzzle Activity for homeschoolers has a maze, word search, dot-to-dot and more!

Click the image below to download and print. Don’t forget to check out our Ultimate List of Thanksgiving Books to read too!

 

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Free ABC Summer Snacks Cookbook

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Here’s a great way to keep your preschooler learning (and snacking) all summer long! These ABC Snacks Summer Snacks Cookbooks from All About Reading combine yummy, easy-to-create snack recipes with fun activities and helpful teaching tips—all designed to support important pre-reading skills.

The ABC Snacks Series features more than 40 snack recipes along with fun activities and helpful teaching tips—all designed to support important pre-reading skills.

To get yours, just sign up for the All About Learning Press weekly email newsletter and get instant access to:

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Enjoy our original ABC Snacks Cookbook, which includes snack recipes, tips for teaching pre-reading skills, and a list of 26 picture books to accompany the snacks. You’ll find a unique and healthy snack for each letter of the alphabet!

ABC Snacks Summer Snacks Cookbook 
The ABC Snacks Summer Snacks Cookbook features a total of 10 fun summery snacks that your child will love! Also included are our handy tips for teaching pre-reading skills and a suggested picture book to supplement each snack.

12 Months of ABC Snacks 
The 12 Months of ABC Snacks Cookbook adds twelve new snacks to the original ABC Snacks lineup! This cookbook features a new seasonal snack for each month of the year. There are snacks for St. Patrick’s Day, Memorial Day, Easter, and much more! It’s a whole year’s worth of snacks…all in one place.
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Fun and Easy Homeschool Science Experiments

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Teaching science – it’s one of those things that homeschool parents either love or hate.  Whichever side of the camp you’re on, these fun and easy homeschool science experiments from Educents can add some creativity to your lessons!

Check out these science experiments, science freebies, and science books that will make science fun for everyone.

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Magic School Bus Polymer Group Pack

Seat belts everyone! Get ready to grow amazing polymers! Young Scientists grow super balls, snow, rainbow beads, crystal gels, and polymer flowers while learning about the importance and science of super-absorbent polymers.

This kit provides enough materials for 30 students and is great for the co-ops, science enrichment, boys and girls scouts, camps, and a Magic School Bus birthday Party!

Discounted Magic School Bus Polymer Group Pack on Educents

 

FREE – Osmosis: The Colorful Celery Experiment

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Are you teaching your kids about osmosis?
Perhaps it is a part of your science curriculum, or maybe you want to just do a little experimenting… The Colorful Celery Experiment is the perfect introduction to Osmosis. Your students will learn how water moves with this fun experiment.

It’s Science Time! Osmosis Freebie on Educents

 

Science Story eBooks – 50% OFF

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Also learn about the nervous, digestive, immune, skeletal and circulatory system with a five part series from Human Body Detectives eBooks.

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Magic School Bus Inspired Planet Study – 30% OFF

Plan games, worksheets, and coloring pages to expand your young astronomer’s understanding of space!

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More Science Resources

Looking for more inspiration for science experiments? Check out these resources:

  • The Young Scientists Club – Engage boys and girls around the world in an educational science adventure that lasts a lifetime.
  • Science printables for older kids – Teach With Fergy offers printable task cards, complete science units, PowerPoint lessons, and more!
  • STEM Mystery Books – Teach science and math with these books full of dozens of one-minute mysteries that kids love to solve!

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Save 50% off Green Kid Crafts Ocean Science Box!

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Get ready for Not-Back-to-School with Green Kid Crafts’ Discovery Boxes!

From now until midnight on 8/2/15, you can receive their August Ocean Science Discovery Box for less than $10 (50% off) when you start a new subscription! (You can cancel anytime.)

Your pint-sized oceanographers will go on a journey to the deep blue sea with SIX different projects. They’ll make their own “motion ocean” while learning about density and ocean wave formation, design coral reef bubble paintings, “save” felt sea life caught in nets and learn about bycatch, create a mock oil spill and learn about oil spill science, and make glowing jellyfish for bath time. PLUS new subscribers using the code OCEAN50 will receive a free bonus wall map of the world’s oceans and continents. Green Kid Crafts’ award-winning Discovery Boxes pack a lot of fun and learning into convenient packages.

Each box contains lots of Creativity and STEM Science Kits, extension activities, and free online extras. Projects are designed for ages 3-10. Use code OCEAN50 from 7/31/15-8/02/15 to get your 50% off!

 

 

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Free Minions Math Printables

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What makes you happy? Minions? Freebies? Well, how about Minion Freebies?

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These free math activities on Educents offers 22 printable pages of math activities for Minion fans. It covers addition, subtraction, measurement, money, and more!

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  • Minion Addition (to 12)
  • Minion Subtraction (to 12)
  • Minions Making Ten
  • Minion Measurement
  • Minion Money Match
  • Missing Minion Numbers
  • Minion Number Cards

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If you’re looking for more ways to make math learning fun, check this out:

Early Math Musical DVDs

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This DVD set from Rock ‘N’ Learn is a fun way to boost math skills for the early grades. Like the Minions, these DVDs have fun characters your little ones will love to get to know! Math facts are easy to learn with fun music and exciting animation. Learn all about counting coins and bills and practice making change. Kids will learn to tell time to the hour, half hour, and minute using traditional analog clocks. Includes Addition & Subtraction Rap DVD, Money & Making Change DVD, and the Telling Time DVD.

I hope this math freebie made by Amy of Teaching in Blue Jeans makes you happy. Download the Free Minion Math Centers, then go ahead and do a little dance! 🙂

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Get 15% Off Little Passports!

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