Friday, December 5, 2008

Add Some Fun to your Homeschool Curriculum

I found a great site the other day. It is called They have free pages to print off, plus some great package deals.

I actually have always incorporated this into my school in some form or another but never had had such beautiful sheets to use.

Spend some time on their website and research what notebooking is. The kids really get into this kind of thing.

Free & Affordable Notebooking Pages (& More!)

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Calvert Homeschool Curriculum Review

We have been using Calvert and I said I would give my opinion.
It is a very solid choice for anyone. It just isn't a fit for us.
My son is special needs and he needs more hands on work. It feels very
ridgid to me. However on that note I still feel....
It is a good foundation to go from because it lists the objective for
each lesson. I have been using the objective as a basis for my lesson
and then going from there and doing our own thing.
The lesson plans are very easy to understand. The worksheets that go
along with the program are not too much busy work, which I really love.
If you have any questions about it, let me know.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Homeschool Music Curriculum

For many years I have gone back and forth with if I should be having an actual music curriculum. I love music. I have played the piano since I was about 4. Although I am rusty at it now. I played the alto saxaphone in band for 4 years and was first chair. My family are muisicians/singers on my mother's side. Although I was taught music in public school, I really think that music is something that can be taught without using curriculum. Even if you are not musically inclined. Music lessons is a good way to start. Singing around the house. Getting a recorder and a recorder lesson book is also another way to incorporate music in your homeschool day.

I came across two really good sites today, which will give you a good resource for music.

The first one , has piano music on it from various composers.

The seconde one, which is where I found the first one, is called Garden of Praise. This lady has put together a whole bunch of resources for you and the majority of them that I looked at were FREE. Free bible lesson pages that you can print out too on various books of the bible. She also has a website link with composers and the eras they were from. There is a lot of help on this site and I will be adding it to my favorite sites!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Calvert it worth taking a look?

I just came across Calvert. I have to say that it looks like a rounded curriculum for homeschoolers.

It has lessons already planned out. What could be better than that?
I have also heard that students using the curriculum test very well on standardized testing.

I am going to be using it with one of my kids and will let you know how I like it.

Have a GREAT day!

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Writing Ideas for Homeschoolers

Need a writing idea? Have the kids pretend they are a reporter and go get the latest scoop from family members. Help them write down 5 questions they can ask each person in the family. When you are done, go and put it together in some newsletter form. There are great programs for this right on your home computer. Print it out and have them mail it to Grandma and Grandpa and other family members. You can even start doing it quarterly and it can count towards a lot of their subjects. Writing, Grammer, and Spelling. There can even be more subjects woven into it depending what the contents are about. Eventually, who knows they could even start selling them online and offline and make some money.

Friday, July 6, 2007

Yearly Testing Resource

I always buy from the same place every year for my yearly testing requirements. I buy from Christian Liberty Press. If you click on the link it will take you right to the testing page. They have the nationally-recognized California Achievement Test (1970 edition). You purchase the test from them, they mail it to you and then you mail it back to them, they score it and send the results back to you very fast. They are reasonably priced. What I like about CLP is that there is no time frame to get the test back to them and you can order it any time of the year, not just in April. You also do not have to have a degree to administer the CAT.
At the time of this post it is only 22.00! Here is the direct link to the form.
Have a GREAT day and Happy Homeschooling!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

ATTN Home School MOM's

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