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Fun Free Game Site

I found a fun site today called ABCya! The creator is a public school teacher. Her games are geared for children in K-5th grade.

Here is what the site says:

ABCya.com was designed with a focus on parents, teachers and children.  The services and features on the website reflect our focus.

The navigation features of the website are simple and straightforward.  The homepage provides links to six main grade level categories: Kindergarten, First Grade, Second Grade, Third Grade, Fourth Grade and Fifth Grade.  The grade level categories are broken down by content categories: Letters, Numbers, More (shapes, social studies, art) and Holidays.

With the guidance of an adult, children will be able to successfully navigate the website..

Grade level lessons incorporate areas such as math and language arts while introducing basic computer skills. Many of the kindergarten and first grade activities are equipped with sound to enhance understanding. Fun children’s Holiday activities are available in grade level sections!
 
 
 

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How To Homeschool

If you are new to homeschooling, then you might find this e-book about how to homeschool a valuable read. It was written by homeschooling families for homeschooling families. It is comprehensive without being overwhelming at only 12 pages. It is not a big download or a long read.

  • Learn Your Reasons for Homeschooling
  • Understand Your Child Academically
  • Learn the Laws
  • Learn About Learning
  • Get Connected
  • Go Online Your Year
  • Plan Your Day
  • Use the Right Materials at the Right Time… And For the Right Child
  • Keep a Portfolio
  • Learn the Lingo – A Homeschooling Glossary
  • Have Fun! 

AND MORE

Leave me a comment after reading the e-book telling me whether or not it helped, and why or why not. I am really interested because I recommend the book to new homeschooling families quite a bit.

 

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Picture This: Visual History

We have been experimenting with different history supplements lately. I am a history LOVER, but my daughter HATES history. Right now, we are reviewing Heritage History’s Ancient Rome. It uses living books. So far, the resource is very good, but it is probably not going to be a solid fit for my visual spatial learner.

I have heard of Drive Thru History many times. I finally decided to preview a few of the You Tube videos with my daughter. She couldn’t stop laughing. That is not a bad thing. She wasn’t laughing because it was dumb, on the contrary, she was interested in the clip. Dave Stotts humor brought on the fits of laughter.

                                          

I am particularly interested in the American & Ancient History programs. The site states the lessons are geared for 6th grade and up, but also says younger kids love the program just as much.

Since my daughter is so visual, the video lessons appeal to her learning style, and the humor doesn’t hurt. I like that the lessons are based on a Christian worldview; that is a plus. I also like the on-site locations. I don’t know about you, but I tend to engage more whenever I see places I am learning about; it helps make it more real for me. However, I feel the resource is definitely just a supplement, not a whole curriculum. We already use a super online curriculum as our core, so this would be an added bonus. I also read that the series meets curriculum standards established by the National Council for the Social Studies.

Here is what HSLDA says about the series:

Tired of getting history from a dusty old book? Check out Drive Thru History America! With a comedic style, host Dave Stotts travels through time in an H1 Hummer introducing his viewers to the people and places that helped shape the United States of America. Discover the character, faith, and experiences of America’s Founders as they developed this great country where we can worship, work, travel, and live in freedom!

If you are currently using this series, or have used it in the past, I am very interested in what you have to say. Please leave a comment for me telling me about your thoughts on the resource.  

 

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Homeschooling the “Green” Way

Hmmm? Homeschooling and going “green”–how do these two possibly relate? In the last several years, going “green” has been all the rage. Some consumers carry their own reusable shopping bags to the grocery store (some stores will rebate you when you do this), many homeowners recycle their trash, hybrid cars are selling better, I know we replaced many of our old light bulbs with energy-efficient ones, I pay most of my bills online… Now, homeschooling can get in on the act of being environmentally friendly. How is that you say? You can subscribe to an interactive, online resource for schooling needs. It cuts down on the amount of paper you use each day.
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You can still print off the worksheets you wish to use, but many times you can simply have the child look at the worksheet online and answer it without having to waste a sheet of paper that will eventually be thrown in the trash and go to the landfill. This is a great way to teach a child about being a good steward of the earth. The simple act of printing fewer reproducibles, reading text online…, helps our environment, and saves you money as well. Using an online, interactive curriculum also cuts down on storage problems, a.k.a. clutter! You don’t have tons of books lying around. While textbooks can be resold (recycled), the workbooks, worksheets, notebooks… are consumable and will eventually need be trashed, unless you are the type that stores everything. I use an interactive, online curriculum with my child and love it. I supplement our current math program with an extra CD interactive curriculum that does include a workbook. I am thankful for that one workbook because my child has problems correctly copying from text to paper. The “green business” I use for our core curriculum has a nice bonus for users in respect to record keeping. They store progress reports for me. I can get access to them daily, weekly, or monthly. I can then download them and store them on my computer when I wish. How “green” is that! Going paperless is very freeing for me. I have much less clutter and don’t have the storage problems I would if I had to print everything and file it away.

 
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Posted by on August 25, 2010 in Take Action

 

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I Love History, How About You?

I love history! I almost have a minor in it–only short two classes. My daughter doesn’t like history at all. I love to read about history, and then go see it when I can. Seeing places I’ve read about makes them come to life for me. I can picture myself as being there when things happened. However, my daughter doesn’t see it that way. She sees history as something dry and boring. How about your kids? How do they view history?

Presidents and women in history, such as the wife of a president, are important areas of study when learning about U.S. history. It’s fun to learn interesting facts about the presidents and their wives. Many times, first ladies influence their husband’s decisions. They contribute much during their husband’s time in office. A few presidents in the past didn’t have a wife while they were in office, so either nobody or another lady served as first lady.

I remember visiting Washington D.C. when I was 14. It was so exciting to see the White House, all the monuments, the Smithsonian, the Capitol, the mint… I went on a bus tour from Texas to Washington with a bunch of old folks and my grandmother. Since I was the only kid on the bus, they all treated me super. I think they actually enjoyed the enthusiasm of a teenager who loved history. What can I say, my father was a history major!

Since my daughter doesn’t care too much for history, I have to find creative ways to make it a bit more appealing for her. One way I do this is by having her learn via an online history program. When the lesson is interactive and has flash animation, she is more apt to listen and learn. Also, playing online history games makes learning a little more fun. When a child is playing a game, it’s not as threatening or

Presidents and First Ladies

“school like” for them.

I wish she had my zeal for history, but then again, I bet she wishes I had her zeal for astronomy!

 

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