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Monday, January 31, 2011

Donna Young's Homeschooling Resource Page

Have you ever visited Donna Young's Homeschooling Resource pages?
They are incredible and extremely useful! 
*Nature Journal Sheets
*Chore Makers
*Handwriting Worksheets
*Book Lists (according to subjects)
and so much more!

DonnaYoung.org is a printable and information provider of items which are of use to those who homeschool, teach, run a household, and work in an office. DonnaYoung.org offers free homeschool planners, homeschool planning tips, calendars, household planners, and printables in various subjects.

Friday, January 28, 2011

U.S. Mint Lesson Plans

Did you know that the U.S. Mint provides Lesson Plans for your classroom?
All grades, many subjects, many ways of learning something new!
Language Arts, Math, Science, Technology and Social Studies are covered, as well as Grades K- 12!
Very nice resources provided, too.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Time Management Tips

Time Management Suggestions

Set your priorities. The first milestone was the realization that teaching my daughter to read was the most important thing to focus on at that time. Her two big brothers could afford to take a break, if necessary, while I concentrated on her for awhile. I found that my children who are not struggling can catch up in a short time. You may decide that it is necessary to ease up on the amount of curriculum you cover with them during the school year and spend some of the summer break working to pick up the slack.

Realistically look at your daily schedule. What activities could we drop, or at least put on hold for a while? Music lessons, sports, field trips, even extra church activities may need to be set aside. Remember, this is not a permanent situation. It is often more difficult for us as mothers to give the extra activities up than for our children.

Extend your teaching time. For me this meant getting up earlier in the morning. It is much more productive for me to get myself to bed earlier and have more hours in the morning than to plan to get things done after the children have been put to bed. The energy I hope to have in the evening hours is somehow nonexistent. As for my children, I began making sure they were up, breakfasted and ready for the school day by 8. Look at your schedule to see what works best for your family.

Delegate within the family. My husband encouraged me to look at my daily tasks and determine which of my responsibilities I could turn over to the children. For example, we set up a simple breakfast and lunch menu and my three older children (10- and 8- and 7-year-olds) were each responsible for one day a week. As a mother, your time is more stretched. It is important to free yourself from some of the more repetitive tasks. Generally, our children can take on a lot more responsibility than we give them credit for. Once the initial (rather messy) training period is completed, this turns out to be a real blessing.

Delegate outside of the family. Recently, someone suggested hiring a homeschooled teen in the area to come over for an hour a day to do some of the teaching with the other children. It is important to note that I, as parent, am the one who needs to be focusing on my struggling learner. If funds are tight, consider instead checking history, science, and literature videos out at the library to keep your other children productively entertained during the tutoring session.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Interactive Weather Maker Online

What would it be like to be a real weather person - not just someone who reports the weather, but someone who can actually control it? Well here's your chance.
Using our Interactive Weather Maker, you'll be able to turn a sunny day into a windy day. Or create a rainy day. And if you create the correct conditions, you can make a blizzard - complete with a whiteout!

Typing Tutor: FREE Typing Program

Rapidtyping.com - Learn and Practice Typing

Fast typing is a skill that is extremely useful in life, although not all children get properly trained in typing. While many schools often try to offer typing to some degree, usually funding and resource limitations either limit or prevent typing classes.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Why Does Salt Help with Snow and Ice?

Ready for a really simple, really cool experiment?
  • Take an ice cube from your freezer and place it on a plate.
  • Sprinkle a pinch of salt over one half of the ice cube.
  • Put the plate with the ice cube in the refrigerator.
  • After about 10 minutes, take the ice cube out and observe what has happened.

My 8 yo son and 11 yo niece did this today and they made their observations, now, what do you notice about the salted side of the ice cube?

Thank you to Wonderopolis! Wonderopolis.org is a great site that introduces a new idea to your kids everyday!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Free Printable Certificates and Rewards

Children love to receive stickers, bookmarks and certificates as recognition of a job well done or progress made within the classroom or home.

Reading Certificates, Special Award Certificates, Diplomas, Certificates, Sticker Charts, Reward Charts Certificates that you can color yourself and MORE!
The link is at Activity Village. co.uk

Understanding Dysgraphia

Dysgraphia (dys=difficulty, ill, impaired, bad, abnormal; graph=write; ia=state of, act) is the state of having poor writing ability.

If you have a child with sensory issues or who has this disorder, then you will be interested in reading the following article found at "Homeschool Montgomery"

Dysgraphia comes in three forms. One is poor handwriting beyond what would be within a normal range; the next is the inability to transfer thoughts from the brain onto paper, and the third form is a combination of both. There are numerous causes or reasons for this condition. The good news is that in most cases, this is not a permanent state. Rather it is frequently developmental and a child can often actually ‘outgrow’ dysgraphia.

Read the rest of this great article here: Understanding Dysgraphia

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Teach With Games

Teach With Games Website has FREE Printable game samples, to see if learning with games is right for your child.
and TODAY, CurrClick is having a GIVE-AWAY of Multiplication Games, Level One for FREE!
Just sign in and add it to your cart to download.

By the way, if you don't know about Curr Click, it is a great website that has curriculum resources, a lot of them for FREE, just click the FREE STUFF LINK on the left-hand side of the page.

Human Body Movie

The Human Body Movie -
an interactive, learning movie by the
KidsKnowIt Network
Learn about your body and what makes it tick!

Their Free Educational Movies bring your student on a fun and interactive journey through the world around us. Each movie begins by introducing students to the topics that they will be learning about, and ends with an online quiz. In order to successfully complete each online video, your student must watch, and then successfully answer the quiz questions with 80% or higher accuracy.

Students who do not obtain 80% comprehension will be instructed to watch the movie a second time, and then again try to answer the quiz questions.