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Last chances to win!
We have a few more chances to win great prizes in our Great Homeschool Giveaway. Just leave a brief review on TheHomeSchoolMom of a resources you have used – each review is an entry to win. You can leave your reviews here, and read all the contest details here. Current and upcoming prizes include:
- Compass Classroom: Dave Raymond’s American History, Parts 1 & 2 (retail value $200)
- Notebooking Pages: Lifetime Treasury Membership(retail value $99.95)
- Knowledge Quest Maps: Map Trek Complete Collection eBook Set (retail value $47)
- Lighthouse Educational Products: Bacteria Growing Kit (retail value $9.99) and Cuisenaire Rod Kit (retail value $9.99)
- Brookdale House: The Fun Spanish Level 1 (retail value $14.95-19.95)
- The Shorter Word: Baktar, A Tale from the Andes and King Alfred’s English (retail value $25.20)
- The Old Schoolhouse Store: $25 Gift Certificate
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Mary Ann Kelley
Glencoe, a division of McGraw-Hill, publishes free online study guides for many of the works of literature in their collection. From Animal Farm to Cyrano de Burgerac to Where the Red Fern Grows, the books featured have 20-30 page guides that cover author background, the meaning of the work, active reading activities, responses to the reading, and more.
Free the Slaves works in poverty-stricken areas of the world to eradicate slavery using a wholistic approach. Education about modern-day slavery is part of their goal to “set the history books straight. Slavery did not end in 1865. Slavery is one of the most terrible human rights abuses taking place today, yet many people aren’t aware of it.” There are 5 downloads available at the linked page, and several films ranging from 2-10 minutes that expore modern day slavery.
Rob is an artist dad (he worked for Ford drawing cool car art) that loves doing art with his 3 kids. He decided to share some of his how to guides online to help other families, and he has done it right. Art for Kids is easy on the eyes with a simple site design and has great tutorials and ideas (look under art supplies for tips on what to use and how – despite its name, the link is not a store). Kids will love his How to Draw a Minion tutorial.
April is National Poetry Month, and Poetry.org is the place to go for all things poetry. The homepage linked above includes 30 ideas for celebrating, and the National Poetry Month page has more resources including a poster download. April 24 is Poem in Your Pocket Day, when “people throughout the United States select a poem, carry it with them, and share it with others throughout the day. You can also share your poem selection on Twitter by using the hashtag #pocketpoem.”
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Kids Blog Their Unit Studies
You get the homeschool version of a Virtual Learning Environment (a fancy way of saying learning that is enhanced by the Internet).
Homeschooling parents can use what they already know about unit studies and notebooking to have their children create their own unit study blogs on specific topics — their own VLE’s.
To get started with helping your child create a unit study blog:
- Use free blog sites like Blogger or WordPress.
- Have your child blog a current unit study topic or academic focus
- Consider helping your child make separate blogs for different subjects — just as notebooking addresses specific subjects with a notebook for each
- Set the privacy settings to meet your needs — subject area blogs don’t need to be public to be effective
For example, a child doing a unit study blog on volcanoes might include:
- A question list — things the child wants to know about volcanoes
- A library list — books from the library about volcanoes. Maybe she could even note where she found the books on the shelf or how she used the library catalog to find books on the topic.