There are so many options available to homeschooling your children today, and the online resources are growing all the time. I would love to help you learn how to homeschool with online resources to supplement and teach your children with just what you are needing and know how to locate some great options for your family.
How to Homeschool With Online Resources
I'm sure you have seen a lot of online resources that could be used for homeschooling, but maybe you just aren't sure how to implement them into your curriculum or how to supplement with them to actually use them in different ways. I love to ‘bookmark' or ‘favorite' online resources that I can search through to find exactly what I'm working to include in our homeschooling.
I love using online resources that have games to make learning fun and entertaining, while being educational. From early learning during the preschool years, and even solidifying concepts for elementary grades, online games can be really helpful to those struggling to learn through just books or need a little reinforcement to get faster with the concepts.
I love having one day a week where we focus on adding games to at least one of our subjects to keep our children excited and motivated in their learning.
Worksheets are one of the online resources that are growing in popularity within the homeschooling community. Worksheets from learning to write the alphabet, to word finds, to labeling the body and globe, to a number of ideas to get a child working on a theme or subject and demonstrate what they know.
I use worksheets all the time to supplement many subjects. If my child needs a little extra work on a math fact or quizzing on geography, I love printing out a worksheet and see what they retained, and where I need more focused learning, as the worksheets help me gauge where they are in their progress.
Hands-on learning is one of my favorite ways to teach, and some times it is hard to keep finding new activities to introduce new concepts. I love saving the ideas that I come across, and scrolling through these resources when I need new inspiration and activities to inspire learning with things I have around the house to teach what we are doing in homeschooling.
We do hands-on activities several times a week, so having fresh ideas are really important for me and my children.
With digital products becoming more popular, online resources can also include workbooks with theme learning for all ages and grades. I enjoy using these to supplement our living books, when a subject needs a little more attention, but I don't desire to buy a full curriculum to teach it.
Lessons plans are becoming more and more available online, so bookmarking them when you come across them can really help when you decide to add that topic to your homeschooling. Having someone else pull together the what and how of your homeschool can really eliminate a lot of the behind the scenes work, so you can focus on the actual learning and get more out of each subject.
Kids love to do experiments to see how science actually works. The more you can add this to your homeschooling, the more interested your children will become in the reasons because how, and apply themselves more to their learning because their interest has been perked with an experience.
Having your child participate in science fairs can also be a great way to add science projects, and get your children having fun with experimenting on their own and enjoying writing papers to explain it.
Homeschooling mothers are great at researching curriculum for the needs of their children, but how often do they really look for resources to help them become better at homeschooling their children? I want to introduce you to an educational tool for the homeschooling mother that last a lifetime and perfect for those teaching preschool through high school.
An Educational Tool for the Homeschooling Mother
Often times, homeschooling mothers take the advice of friends or ‘homeschool speakers' to help guide them through the huge selection of homeschool curriculum to choose the right fit for each of her individual children. Many times, these types of decisions can leave a mother second guessing her choices and pulling together different plans mid-year. What I have found is that homeschool mom's need more time to prepare themselves for the task of teaching their children, amidst taking care of a home and feeding their family.
One of these things that I find has helped mother's in homeschooling their children is when they find a method that works and can fit any curriculum, while building independent learners that continue into life learners.
Whether you are using a boxed curriculum, or a classical approach to learning, this video Course will give you insight and purpose in teaching your children of all ages the key principles necessary to true education, while building your confidence in a proven method of education that has developed lovers of education, even if they struggled to read, write or enjoy the process of learning all together.
The Charlotte Mason Way Course is a lifetime membership that allows the members to watch, learn and implement the principles that matter most to them at the present time. Each video runs between 22 and 32 minutes long, giving not only the insights from the Charlotte Mason method of education, but also practical ways to implement them in today's homeschool without overwhelming the mom in the process.
Here are the topics for each of the 14 videos, plus the two bonus videos:
- The Charlotte Mason Way Explained
- How to Teach Multiple Ages
- How to Build Habits
- How to Create Your Own Curriculum
- How to Teach Preschool
- How to Implement Memory Work
- How to Teach Narration and Writing
- How to Implement Nature Studies and Journaling
- How to Teach Science
- How to Teach History Using Binder Books
- How to Teach Geography
- How to Teach Music and Art
- How to Teach High School
- How to Evaluate Your Child
TWO BONUS VIDEOS: One video is samples from our Binder Books and another video is samples of our nature and science journals!
Before you begin planning next year's assignments, use this educational tool to help you build your confidence, find the right fit for you family and adapt a method that works, giving you joy in your homeschooling days. You will love The Charlotte Mason Way Course.
Spelling can be so difficult for some children, which makes it more challenge to teach them if you are using the conventional way of spelling that doesn't work for some children. I love to implement as much hands-on approaches in early years of homeschooling to not only help my children who are struggling but to give them the ability to learn faster by incorporating their hands into the learning. That is why I love this hands-on approach to spelling!
A Hands-On Approach to Spelling
We I came across All About Spelling, I was so excited to try it with my unmotivated learner. He wasn't struggling to spell, he just wasn't enjoying it and because of that he wasn't motivated to give it his best. When I implemented this into our homeschool he loved it and his spelling improved immediately. I had only wished that this was around when my older two was younger because my struggling reader would have really benefited from this hands-on approach of spelling.
Now, I'm using All About Spelling – Level One as a learning box activity with my youngest and he is doing it quickly.
I love how everything you need is all provided, including how to work through each level for a mastery of the spelling words included in each level.
For the hands-on approach to spelling, we use the magnetic letters and the spelling cards, along with a metal pan to keep our work in one place.
I pull a few spelling words cards, in the same word family, together with magnetic letters and have him build the letters.
Notice that the vowels are red and the consonants are blue. As they develop their spelling skills they will begin to use multi-lettered phonograms that are also colored coordinated. LOVE IT!
Once he is done building the word, he moves his finger to the left and we work on sounding out the word together. When we are done, he will spell the word and say it again, before building the next word in the word family.
This kit is excellence!
Although it is designed for homeschoolers, this would be an excellent way to help your children who are struggling with spelling at school. Just have them make up their own spelling cards from their spelling list at the beginning of the week and then each evening, they can build the words for their spelling practice for the test at the end of the week.
Check out all the resources from All About Spelling and turn your spelling time into a hands-on learning time.
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Geography can be a difficult subject to teach if a child isn't interest in maps. Learning how to teach geography with books, as it is taught in the Charlotte Mason way, can really open up the interest of a child and give them excitement about the dry facts of cities, states and countries. Starting your children with learning about geography with books is a sure way to get them interested in geography and building on their knowledge for all future learning.
How to Teach Geography with Books
To teach geography with books, you need to start with the right books. The right books will be the kind of books that include adventure and can hold a child's attention. I have always used a series of books to introduce geography with my children and it has always been successful, as these have become cherished books in our home library.
I seem to use these books from Holling C. Hollings in the same system each time I use them to teach my children. I will share the books in the order that I read them aloud to my children. (These are also perfect books to teach narration as well). Each chapter is only one page, with the exception of Minn of the Mississippi. The illustrations are captivating and aid the younger children in developing narrations skills while keep their attention as parts of geography unfolds.
The trick to adding geography is to always find the place on a map after the reading. A great way to do that is to mark it on a printable map that the child can color on their own.
Paddle-to-the-Sea is a story of a little carved canoe with an Indian that travels through the Great Lakes to the Atlantic ocean and the adventures he experiences along the way.
Tree in the Trail is a story of a tree in the middle of the Santa Fe trail during the western expansion.
Seabird is a story of an ivory carved seabird that travels with a boy through his life as a sailor in America during the early sailing history.
Minn of the Mississippi is a story of a turtle that travels the mississippi. I purposely hold this book off until later years because of its references of evolution and the longer chapters.
Other books by Holling C. Hollings that you may enjoy:
Many children have a difficult time mastering the skills of timelines and narration. Taking the printable timeline figures from Homeschool in the Woods, while enjoying a little craft time with them, will allow your children to grow in narration and help them be more interested in giving you more details because it increased their attention with a hands-on element.
An Interactive Timeline for Narration
Most homeschoolers use a timeline on their wall or in a book of some kind. Young children can go through this activity but may not really make the connection on their own of what it really means. For our children, it became easy for them to understand a timeline when associating it with people and events that we were studying in History and making connections with others that lived in that time period.
Over time, it was easier and easier for our children to make the connection and base everything off from what they already knew and understood up to that point.
Here is how to create this Interactive Timeline:
First, you will need to purchase the Homeschool In the Woods Timeline Figures on CDs. This is one of the best investments we have made in our homeschool journey because we have used it every year for all of our children and will keep using them for years to come. I love non-consumable curriculum!
I love to use the full length timeline figures, however some of the figures only have head bust images of certain people, and these are still okay to use, as well. Print off as many of the images as you would like to cover, remembering that the CDs have them organized in chronologically or alphabetically. You can even print off events, with people from the event. For an example, the American Revolution and people from that time period.
Each of the timeline figures can be printed with or without text. For this purpose, I used the ones without text. I then write the name and dates that are the printouts onto the back of the images. I then have my children color them.
Next, I add two graphics per laminating sheet and then laminate them for longer use.
Once they are done laminating and cooling, I cut out each one.
I then add double sided tape to the back of the popsicle sticks and attach it to the back of the laminated image. Be sure not to cover up the name and dates, for the children to remember when working with them in their narration. You can color code your popsicle sticks to be for a certain time period or event, if you like to go that far into creating these interactive timelines for narration.
Here is how to use this Interactive Timeline:
Narrate a Biography
Younger children would be thrilled to have the interactive timeline image and be able to retell an oral narration while holding it. If they are a reader, having the name and dates will help them mentally see this information, as they narrate, for a way to memorize the facts for quicker recall.
Narrate an Event
If a child was asked to retell all they knew about an event, like the American Revolution, you can give them a large amount of interactive timeline images that they helped to create over a term of learning and give you a great narration by picking up the different images at different parts of the story. The more they learned of the different people during this period of history will help them make the connections of the timeline and the people who lived during this event.
Free Time Play
Children who grow up on learning history through living books, often times will fill their free time with play that reenacts things that they learned. These interactive timeline images can easily become as enjoyable as paper dolls in their creative play.
Have your children put on a puppet show with these interactive timeline images. They can really enjoy this experience with several images that could carry on a conversation with each other. Children will ask for more narration time if you used the power of a puppet show for the way they delivered what they retained in their lessons.
With all the devices today that give you movie making abilities, your older children will love using these interactive timeline images to create a movie to retell what they retained from their lessons. Building skills, while narrating will be something that any techie loving child will find all kinds of way to make learning fun.
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If you are looking for a foreign language to teach your children that will also be a great way for them to learn more about scriptures, a great option would be to learn Biblical Greek. Although it may sound like a hard thing, I would love to share with you how to teach Biblical Greek at home.
How to Teach Biblical Greek at Home
Hey Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! A Biblical Greek Worktext is a 36 lesson curriculum. I had the opportunity to review Level 3 which starts with guiding your child through a review of the Greek alphabet. If you want more time to work on the foundation of Greek, you can start with either Level 1 or Level 2 before moving into Level 3.
The Worktext is a consumable curriculum that is spiral bound that allows the student to easily work through the daily assignments, right into the book.
The Level 3 Answer Key is very important and necessary. It breaks down all the assignments, with details for the teacher to implement for each lesson that is covered on a weekly basis.
In addition to the student completing one page a day, as their assignment, they are also assigned to practice the flashcards daily. These are perfect for the short lessons for those following the Charlotte Mason way of educating their children.
Each lessons has vocabulary work that ties together with the flashcards, along with a check box for the daily practice of the flashcards. There is an optional pronunciation CD that can be used in Level Three and Level Four, which would make it easier if you struggle with foreign language and want to ensure your children are learning how to pronounce the vocabulary properly.
As they move through the curriculum, they will build on their sentence building skills, as they practice turning English into Greek and Greek into English. This will be easy for you to correct, as the answers are found in the Answer Key.
If you like to see how much your child retains in their studies of Biblical Greek, you can use the consumable quizzes and exams to evaluate their progress, as they move through the curriculum.
Hey Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek is one of the best curriculums that I have seen for children that are ready to add foreign language to their lessons. The simplicity of the lessons, the addition of flashcards and pronunciation CD and the useful lesson plans and answers provided in the Answer Key makes this a good thing to having your children dig deeper into scripture, as they learn Biblical Greek.
*I received Hey Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek Level 3 for a review and was compensated for my honest opinion for this curriculum.