Home Schooling links...or random home schooling things I've run across

13 April 2014

Not my picture but if you click on it, it will take you where I got it from :)


So many places on the web where does one start? Well I am going to post a bunch of LINKS! I do love links and even better links to freebies. So enjoy!

General

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Signup/referral:cofeelover ; my referral link Tons of freebies and paid products too. Made for teachers by teachers. So you know they work well at least in their classrooms.

http://www.currclick.com; Many subjects, freebies, pay what you want. There is Secular and non secular studies, some full curriculum and more!

http://curriculumshare.com/; Tons of things here plus people selling items they don't want or trading. 

http://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=Home%20schooling; Yup another massive home for all things home schooling. Printables, ideas, projects and more!

http://www.freehomeschooldeals.com; Lots and lots of resources that are...yup free ( ifound the lego teaching stuffs here)

http://clickschooling.com; It's part of the Homeschool Buyers Co-op site but offers different printable curriculum each day of the week.

http://homeschoolencouragement.com; Different subjects but with the use of LEGOS.

Math

http://www.cimt.plymouth.ac.uk/projects/mepres/primary/#year3; just change the grade you need. This is free math up to grade 9 with everything you need as well as some interactive textbooks (online) 

https://www.khanacademy.org; Free to join. Can do placement to see where your kiddo needs to be for math. Tons of videos to help with math concepts and more.

http://math911.comPre-Algebra, Introductory Algebra, College Algebra, Trigonometry, Calculus, Statistics

http://www.homeschoolmath.net; tons more links for math.

Language Arts

http://www.sfreading.com/resources/ghb.html; You can print all the consumable parts but not the textbooks :)

http://www.mhschool.com/reading/treasure_workbooks/national.html; Same as above...you can find some of these books on Scribd unlocked. You can NOT print the textbooks. I personally talked to them on the phone about this.

http://home.pct.edu/~evavra/kiss/wb/PBooks/index.htm; Has moved here: http://www.kissgrammar.org/

http://www.dailygrammar.com/archive.html; can't beat free and there are 440 lessons with 80 quizzes.

http://amblesideonline.org/curriculum.shtml; Uses project Gutenberg a lot but gives you so much more to work with as well. There is a section for Bible that you can disregard if your doing secular teaching.

http://www.classicalhouseoflearning.com; Classic lit., Grammar and logic. PDF format with teacher's guides, lessons and more.

Science

 http://www.pandiapress.com/ Secular Science. You do have to buy the curriculum it's not terribly pricey like I have seen somethings on Amazon. The store is here.

http://wateronthefloor.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/general-science-currriculum-using-magic-school-bus-dvds.pdf; you can get the videos from Youtube and the books from the Library. BTW Mrs. Frizzle ROCKS!



http://eie.org/engineering-adventures/curriculum-units; Some are available some you can just download.

Social Studies


http://www.freethechildren.com/get-involved/we-school/resources-curriculum-and-lesson-plans; more stuff from the same sight but geared to 3rd grade and higher. All downloads

http://www.weday.com/we-act/classroom-resources-and-lesson-plans/educator-resources; just pick grade, what your looking for and country. And subjects come up

http://www.gosocialstudiesgo.com/#!about-us/c1a4e; this the about page. They have US history, world history and world religion. Tons of stuff for the kiddos to do.

http://americanhistory.si.edu/exhibitions/online; no money to travel to a museum will click on the link and away you go!


http://exchange.smarttech.com/index.html; Tons of free or paid programs, free to register.

Foreign Languages

http://livemocha.com; 35+ languages to learn all for free

http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages 33+ languages to learn

http://www.word2word.com/; Extensive list of languages

https://www.duolingo.com; Offers a couple of languages. Uses the Immersion method. I'm doing German with this one.

http://www.fsi-language-courses.org/Content.php; Was created by the U.S. government but are Public Domain

http://www.learnalanguage.com/: Many Languages 


Well I hope you enjoy the massive list of links I have found.

                                                 

Curriculum the difference between secular & non-secular; and reading ramblings


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So your gonna homeschool like me Sweet. Welcome to the millions of parents who are and have been doing it for years. I'm sure you have done what I did pour thousands of hours into the curriculum that you are going to use. Yeah me too...I've been to Currclick, teacher's pay teachers, scribd and more. Only problem that I have noticed and you might have to is what's the difference between "secular" and "non-secular" when it comes to studies. I can sorta answer this.




And there you have the definitions of what each one means...confusing to say the least. Now for the fun part of homeschooling. There are many reasons why one chooses to home school their kiddos. We are doing it for reasons that were mentioned in another post.

So the massive con that I have noticed that most curriculum one looks for is very "non-secular" and that's fine but when you want to go out side of this curriculum it's a nightmare; between trying to find the grade you need and the cost being enough to make a car payment what is a parent that is limited in $$$ to do?

You can search Google for hours and Pinterest too. The issue is the same not enough secular curriculum or you can find one book but not the next, and of course what does your child have to say about the books you have picked? It's mind numbing and yes my head hurts and I question myself sometimes and my sanity. It's when my son comes up to me who is one of the most reluctant readers I have ever met asks me....Will I be able to read Captain Underpants when you teach me? Why heck yeah you can read about Captain Underpants why do you ask? My teacher...yup you heard it his teacher won't let him read these books. I ask him why and of course no answer.

I did my own digging on this and found the following: Captain Underpants is and was designed for the reluctant reader. Now that he is in to book 5 most the books in the ever growing series is between 3rd and 4th grade reading level. Helps give them the basic understanding of chapter books that is exciting and has you wanting to know what will happen next.

So with this new found love reading I get his opinion on all areas of study he will be doing. I say for reading curriculum this is a pro...all the way!

I still fight through the cons of curriculum because there are so many more options for the "non-secular" groups of home schooling. The "secular" groups have to fight and research for topics that fit our kiddos.  I just hope that sometime soon some of these publishers will lower their prices (Yeah you Pearsons, MacMillian/MacGraw Hill, and others) so that we too can give our kids the best education out there!

Weekly Planners...the search is over!

06 April 2014

Don't this look pretty?


So the next step of this homeschool journey is lesson planner. I have searched google, pinterest, currclick and teachers pay teachers to find what I was looking for.

Hours of my life staring at my laptop screen and eye strain later I found my planner and the bonus is that it's edible...not as in you can eat it, but you can change what you need to suit you. I LOVE this planner and can't wait to print more of it.

You can find the planner here. This is created by another blogger user that happens to be a teacher. This baby is color coded and has a place for sight words, spelling words, math skills and more. I LOVE IT! I edited the template to fit what I needed for homeschool such as field trips and reading books instead of groups. I changed the subjects of learning to follow how my son wants his lessons to be. Which by the way he loves having a say in his education.


This is what the planner looks like...I will say this.....This planner was created as a freebie by Mrs. Lindsay. She did not pay me nor am I endorsing her for any monetary gain or free product or what have you in the legalese of letting you all know that I am getting nothing return for writing this post. I just love to share great things that I find for homeschooling or what have you on this blog. She has more freebies, but I will say that most of what she has to offer is for 1st grade. Still worth checking out!

I'm so super happy to have finally found my planner that I can customize for us. You will need power point to download this planner.  Enjoy!



Our newest adventure....HomeSchooling

30 March 2014



This is something that we didn't walk into lightly or didn't do research on. It's a mutual agreement between us and our son. So no negative comments.

We decided  to home school our son because of the following reasons. Every...and I mean every Monday he comes home complaining how bad his school day was. It's either he fell behind in his work or something and he lost his recess. I'm sorry my boy is a very bright cookie and loves recess cos he can run and jump and get some of that pent up energy out. His homework packet for the week is any where from 8-15 pages for the whole week. These pages are back to back and he really doesn't retain much of what he's taught.

Reason 2: While my son is your average 7 year old outdoor type of kiddo, he's usually bouncy and can't sit still. He gets frustrated very easily...and mean very easily. The school isn't the one dealing with him smacking himself in the head calling himself stupid. I know as well as any parent that this is a "learned" behavior and I can tell you this...WE NEVER do that to him. He's a very sensitive lil boy that loves his friends and looks out for those with special needs due to his sister. But to see and watch this happen all the time with him hearts my heart as well as any mother who see/hears this.

Reason 3. I know I can teach him better. This core curriculum standards mess is that a mess. They are calling borrowing regrouping...um what the heck is any way? He loves the math that we as parents and grandparents grew up on doing and some cases are still doing. It kinda falls under the if ain't broke why fix it? We can help boost him on subjects that he struggles with, expand him outward on subjects he's thriving in. All this with no distractions...which does have me question his school on this one. 

Question: There are 14 kiddos in his class currently in Public School and his teacher is actually a Special Education teacher...can any one explain to me how he's falling behind and his teacher isn't noticing the distractions in her class from the back of the room? 

Answer: I'm not sure either.

Reason 4. They say he may have ADHD. While I know first hand what a kiddo with ADHD acts (my brother had it), my lil man doesn't really show the typical issues associated with ADHD. Yes he's easily distracted and slightly hyper...but he's 7 years old and loves being out doors not cooped up in a class room for hours on. I will say his public school is pretty awesome about the NO medication and working with the parent...but here we are going into April after asking back in Feb. for him to be tested. WE are DONE!

Homeschooling isn't for the light hearten as there is  tons of research that needs to be done. You need to know what your state laws are and the requirements that a parent must know for home schooling. Some states are really friendly and some states ask for simple things like here in FL. Here in FL we need to keep attendance, documentation of assessments to see where our kiddos are thriving and where they might need extra help. We need to submit a report card of sorts to show what subjects they have taken and how well they are doing. With that said and done there is also another option that gives the homeschooling parent a little more room to play is an umbrella school. 

An umbrella school is a school that is registered with the state as a Private school but backs the parent in their homeschooling choices. I'm thankful that I do live in a state that gives many options for schooling my lil man. He's super excited about being homeschooled. It's his choice, he has a say in HIS education. Not what the state says nor the public schools say. He has voice and I have based his curriculum on those choices. 

Researching the curriculum that knew he needed I have found a great and many choices, advice, opinions and reviews of said curriculum. I have an awesome site that is for teachers by teachers. Many of what they have to offer have been used in homeschooling as well as public education. I'm so thankful for these teachers and the site they have created. Some items are free (my fave word) and some you pay for...and they aren't expensive at all. They have everything and then some for every grade. You can check em out here. Then there are the umpteen million of blogs and resources from Pinterest. It's made the idea and calmed down the the thought in your brain WTH was I thinking. 

Homeschooling has come a long way from revolutionary times to what it is today. I'm not saying that Public School is bad in any way shape or form, but it might not be the right option for some kiddos. I'm proud to say that I am a Home School Momma!

Everything old is new again

16 March 2014




Ok I have to give it up to the internet and upcycling. I have seen so many wonderful projects that take something old and make it new again. I had seen this project in my Facebook page feeds from Budget 101, but the only difference was the post that Budget 101 had done the door picture frame had hooks on it.

I looked at it with Mr. Handy man here in my home and we both really liked loved the idea even more so with the hooks to make it functional. I even knew where I wanted it to put it in the house.

If your like me and have that one wall in your home that SCREAMS; Do Something With Me. I hear ya wall and I think this would make a great crafty home project for you. And the pictures I would use would help kinda build a family tree. I then saw another project that would go great under it....yup I wanna do that too. It was taking a bookcase (not presswood) laying it on it's side and putting a foam cushion on it. I gasp with joy and soon will be hitting up craigslist here in sunny Florida to find what I need.

The link for this project is under the picture and I couldn't help but share this tutorial that a fellow blogspot user wrote. If you want to make the same project she shows you how and has all the before, working on, and end product of her project. Check her out! I can't wait to do this for my home. As ya all know I am freak about antiques...I love, love, love them.

 Stop by send her some love, and comment too....and no she's not doing a giveaway or anything. I just like to share and a word of kindness goes so far.

Always something...I know you can relate

04 March 2014

Every dang on day!


So I wake up this morning with my son and what do I see? My kitchen is a hot mess, dining room table is a catch all of everything and lets not even get into the TV left on....WTF!

I know here in my little corner of the web/paradise of Florida it's cest la via but seriously am I the only one who knows to clean??? Stupid question obviously...but seriously I am not the only adult that can clean and heck my 7 year old is picking up bad habits from dad...i.e. dirty clothes on the floor. After I do my bible study page for the day...which you can check out here I will be doing the following:

1) Finish the laundry mountain that never seems to end.
2) Sweep and Mop
3) Clean both bathrooms
4) Make sweet tea cos well when in the south we do drink alot of sweet tea.
5) Va paper work, CRSC paper work and then go from there!

A new mission a new binder...the Veterans Affairs Medical Binder

18 February 2014

                                             This image belongs to Damandalynn...I borrowed it :)


Today we start a new adventure in Operation Fort Couch/ Fishing Hole...VA appointments. Don't get me wrong I'm happy for my hubby, but keeping track of the VA medical stuffs is kinda like the army...I'll explain!

1) You will need to have triplicates of everything...even if you don't think you do; you do!

2) There are so many appointments that yeah you want a month-at-a-glance calender...check em out here

3) You will need to keep track of who they saw, when they saw them and what was talked about...TBI's are not fun and most are known to cause issues with short term memory. You will want a form like this one.

4) You will also need a log to keep track of medications, cos just like the military it's alot and you can't nor can your veteran always remember what medication is for what...not when you have almost a full pharmacy at your house. Check this one out here, there are many to choose from!

5) Lets not forget the insurance information. Our heroes can fall under at least 3 different types of insurance depending on if it's tricare, Veteran Affairs and Medicaid for those that get SSI-DA (Social Security Disability Assistance). It's so hard to keep track of which does what and when you need to give them which ever card...so check out the pinterest printables here.

6) Lab work...when I think of lab work I think of the song shots, shots, shot. With most of us cargivers not able to access medical records or we are still waiting on them...this should help keeping track of everything and anything! Check it out here.

7) Misc. forms and printables...There are a ton on pinterest and lord knows I love pinterest. But there is one site that has alot of professional forms. It's free to download, just make sure your acrobat reader is up to par, you have lots of paper and ink. For medical forms click here. For Pinterest and their vast array of medical printables check it out here.

I will say this as much as I love printerest I am not fan of all the uber cute PDF forms they have on there that are from esty shops. I'm sorry...most of us can't afford that with the strict budgets we have or will have soon. There are many of these lovely forms/printables that are free and for that I can't be thankful enough. We as caregivers must and have to keep track of so much information...I'm amazed we can even think sometimes. I hope that you all find these helpful and if there is something more I need to add please let me know!
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