Living on one income can make budgeting and saving money for buying homeschool curriculum and homeschool supplies difficult. Homeschooling should not put you in debt. Not with the many places to get inexpensive curriculum and the online resources to make much of your own curriculum. Teaching resources are abundant online. The following articles will help you in finding and developing homeschool curriculum and supplies that will be easy on your budget and help save money for other purchases. You'll also find a link list to our favorite suppliers.
How to Avoid "Over-buying" Curricula
Have you ever been so wooed by a product description that you have purchased it right on the spot? Or so convinced by friends or cyber-buddies that your children’s education will not be complete unless you use a certain curriculum? Perhaps you have felt so intimidated about teaching a certain subject that you have purchased everything available on the topic to be sure that you cover it adequately and not leave holes in your children’s education.
Top Ten Tools for Homeschooling Parents
Every profession requires tools, and homeschooling is no exception. While it’s possible to homeschool your children with paper, pencil and a few good books, we homeschoolers tend to be a curious lot, always on the lookout for fun new products to add to our homeschool.
Which math program am I going to purchase for my reluctant daughter? Is there anything that will motivate my teenage son to do more than sleep, eat, and play video games? There probably isn’t a perfect book, program, or resource for your child, but you can do far better than hit or miss if you follow some simple guidelines.
Purchasing 101: Forget the Curriculum; What Else Do I Buy!?
What do I buy? It's a question that both excites and intimidates the new homeschooler. Curriculum purchases are hard enough, but what about everything else? What will you really need in your homeschool?
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How to Make a Timeline Easily!
I receive many questions from new and veteran home educators over the course of a year. In the past two months, however, there has been one question that has surfaced more than any other and that is… “How do we make a timeline?” This is a great question and armed with knowledge and the right tools, it is not as hard as it might seem.
Geography: The Lost Piece of the History Puzzle
The “where” of history is just as critical to the story as the “who” and “when”. To close our eyes to geography while studying history is very similar to learning math without manipulatives. It can be done, but it leaves holes in the complete picture, very much like putting together a puzzle without all the pieces. History is like a puzzle – the way that it all fits and connects together. People, events, artifacts and literature are all pieces in that puzzle. And so are the places.
Helping Your Child Learn History
If you look for the meaning of "history" in the dictionary you may be surprised to find that history is not simply the past itself. The first meaning of history is "tale, story," and the second meaning is "a chronological record of significant past events." The opening of tales for children—"Once upon a time"— captures both the story and time nature of history.
Science, It Can Be Done
I’ve met many homeschool parents who pay only passing attention to science or ignore it all together. That really is a pity since so much of God’s creation is fascinating and science helps us to apprehend that God’s ways are higher than ours. Science needn’t be difficult and whether your experiments work or fail they should always be fun.
Helping Your Child Learn Science
Science is not just a collection of facts. Facts are a part of science. We all need to know some basic scientific information: water freezes at 32 degrees Fahrenheit (or 0 degrees Celsius), and the earth moves around the sun. But science is much more.
Helping Your Child Learn Math
As our children go about their daily lives exploring and discovering things around them, they are exposed to the world of mathematics.
Becoming a Reader -- Helping Your Child Become a Reader
You could say that your baby starts on the road to becoming a reader on the day she is born and first hears the sounds of your voice. Every time you speak to her, sing to her, and respond to the sounds that she makes, you strengthen your child's understanding of language. With you to guide her, she is well on her way to becoming a reader.
Activities -- Helping Your Child Become a Reader
What follows are ideas for language-building activities that you can do with your child to help her build the skills she needs to become a reader. Most public libraries offer free use of books, magazines, videos, computers, and other services. Other things that you might need for these activities are not expensive.
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