Does anyone know of any good online resources for home schooling?
This conversation has been closed to further comments
Mandy - posted on 11/29/2008
I use homeschools.org. They are an actual school in IL. You can get all your curriculum through them and they will issue progress reports as well as report cards. They aslo have a help line for anything. You can view the curriculum on the site too.
Dee-Ann - posted on 11/26/2008
Hi Zona; I have been homeschooling now for 4 years. My best sugestion for you... is find a group of Homeschoolers in your area and reach out to them. We have a group called HIGH DAY where the moms come together and teach their children in a class like setting once a week. The other moms are so much help. Also you can get a sneak peek at the different curriculums out there. The biggest and best advice given to me was this: "You are MOM first and teacher second!" Take your time with this, do a lot of reading and math facts until you find your "curriculum style" and then just plain have fun with it.
Sandi - posted on 11/25/2008
Go to Christian Book Distributors CBD.com. There are a lot of choices on that site. Alpha-Omega is a great curriculum. That is what we used. You can also go to Bible book stores. The "big" book stores have some selection, but not as much as the Bible book store. Sometimes your umbrella groups have sales and outlets for curriculums.
Zona - posted on 11/25/2008
Juli wow thanks for all those resources I'll be looking into them. Henry is 6 but academically behind. Luckly I will be able to take him to the school so he can still see his OT and speech patholgist. He's been tested there is no diagnosed learning disability just a late bloomer, my older boy was too. Now he's in grade 11 with a B avg.
How old is he?
I think you'll find all homeschoolers have a favorite curriculum or two, and that some depend upon the age...
I began homeschooling my son in 2nd grade and we enjoyed reading a lot of books together.
but seriously, every child is different. Some kids enjoy learning by reading, some are auditory learners, and some really just HAVE to get their HANDS on stuff to learn.
Most of us are a combination of the 3 learning styles.
My favorite math curriculum is Saxom Math- they have workbook based texts for k - 3 and they do a daily 'meeting' that involves checking the weather, skip counting, hands on activity and more. I taught using Saxon from grade 2 - Algebra 2 and Saxon gets the job done well. I was a math-phobic person, but teaching using Saxon cured me of that.
You can find out more about Saxon at:
I also really love the Shurley English program. Here's more about that:
"Shurley English Method has been successfully teaching students for nearly 33 years. Founded on the principles of retained learning, this successful way of teaching English has been developed by Brenda Shurley.
Author of Shurley English
After teaching eighth grade English for one year, I felt very frustrated because my students did not retain and understand the material as well as they should after a whole year's work. I saw that they could not remember or apply many of the basic concepts that they should have already mastered in previous grades. The reason soon became clear to me. The skills they were expected to learn and use were taught in isolation with only sporadic practice throughout the year. The result was that most of my students did not like English because they did not understand it.
I knew there had to be a better way to teach language skills so that students could master and apply these skills across the curriculum. I looked for an English program that would meet the needs of my students but was unable to find one. Therefore, in 1971, I decided to develop my own. I wanted my English program to reach children with different learning abilities, to instill a love of learning, and to give students a solid skill foundation from which to build advanced writing and speaking skills. Thus, the Shurley Method was born.
Every fall, homeschool parents begin teaching grammar. Every fall, they feel that they are starting from scratch. Grammar seems to be one of the most elusive elements of Language Arts. Parents are only given definitions and examples of the concepts they are to teach. The problem is compounded when most of the skills are taught in isolation. What are parents to do? How can they find a curriculum that has a strong grammar base, gives step-by-step instructions, connects grammar and writing, and is FUN and EXCITING for children to learn? As parents struggle to find the best curriculum for their children, there are a few programs that are truly designed to meet the needs of homeschooling parents. Shurley English is one of them.
To speak well or write properly, one needs to understand the nature of language, namely its parts of speech and the ways in which words can be combined. Shurley English maintains that effective instruction in English must be founded upon an understanding of how the parts of speech work together in a sentence. A good grammar foundation gives students the skills to improve writing. Grammar is the structure of sentence composition. Through grammar, students learn how to write, improve, and expand sentences. After they have an understanding of sentence structure, students are then able to combine sentences successfully into paragraphs, essays, and reports.
Shurley English is a unique blend of traditional skills that uses an innovative approach. There are several features that make Shurley English successful. First, English definitions are taught in jingle form. The rhythm of the jingles is a marvelous tool that helps students learn and retain difficult English concepts. Next, the parts of speech are taught and reinforced through Question and Answer Flows. In the Question and Answer Flow, an oral series of questions and answers determines the role each word plays in the sentence being analyzed. The Question and Answer Flow becomes ingrained in the thought process and can be employed automatically with dependable results. Finally, students are taught to organize their writing according to its purpose. They also learn to keep focused on the topic, to revise and edit their rough drafts, and to write a final paper. The repetition of these special features gives students the reinforcement needed to apply basic grammar skills to the writing process."
I also loved
the lyrical life science program, which is creation friendly:
to the tune of "Listen to the Mockingbird"
How they move is how you know
Into which group they will go
Here are four groups with some examples
So you'll understand how they are classified
Protozoa, also called protista,
They're microscopic and are single-celled
Protozoa, also called protista
They're microscopic and are single-celled
Amoebas are a sarcodine
Pseudopods to move are seen
False feet arrange the shape to change
And remember that the sarcodines are called
All around the paramecia
You can see some moving cilia
Tiny hairs are wiggling there
And remember that the ciliates are called
This is the song a little three year old sang while sitting in a shopping cart at the grocery store. We don't think she understood what she was singing, but she surely caused a stir at the check out line! So, by all means, let the little ones listen to these songs so they will become familiar with the words when they formally study them later.
Here's the song that started it all:
The Scientific Method
to the tune of "Dixie"
Oh, what do you think a scientist does
To solve a problem found because
Many scientists are scientists
'Cause they're great problem solvers
There is a systematic way
They go about 'most every day
It's methodical and it's logical
The scientific method
A way to solve a problem, a way, a way
The scientific method is a way to solve a problem
A way, a way, a way to solve a problem
A way, a way, a way to solve a problem
It may not seem important to you
But the first thing that they always do
Is state the problem or ask a question
So, they know just what they're after
Then they review everything involved
that might help get the problem solved
By reading, researching
And gathering information...
Author: Doug Eldon
Illustrator: Eric Altendorf
Cover Design: Susan Moore
Scientific Advisors: Dr. Karen Timm and Steve Lebsack "
Join Circle of Moms
Sign up for Circle of Moms and be a part of this community! Membership is just one click away.Join Circle of Moms