Home Schooling

I’m asked often about what resources we use for homeschooling and since we do not use just one source I thought I would share some of the info I glean from here. As it changes or I find more I will add it here.

My youngest was so traumatized by the bullying she endured while in public school (never imagined how bad 1st grade could have been) we did “Deschooling” (a period of unstructured learning) and “Unschooling” her first year. Since then we went through several different curriculum, but ended up using an eclectic mix of many. We use a mix of Unschooling, Sudbury, Robertson, Charlotte Mason, and weekly Torah studies.

This is a great video that explains a little about some of the aspects we incorporate into our homeschool…

If you have not seen the movie Class Dismissed, then I highly recommend watching it.

https://www.facebook.com/ClassDismissedMovie/

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My first suggestion if you decide to home school is to join the Homeschool Legal Defense Fund and find out what is required specifically for your state to home school.  We are very blessed to be in Texas which is great for homeschooling! http://www.hslda.org/

Not all of these are secular based curriculum, some are. The ones that are not are easily adapted to your personal beliefs and your individual child and family. Homeschooling is never a one size fits all because every child and every family is different. You as the parent know what is best for your child and your family, so just use what will work for you and your family.

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A good article on Unschooling…

http://www.joyfullyrejoycing.com/#!unschooling-essentials/ct7n

An article on what Eclectic/Classical Homeschooling is…

http://eclectic-homeschool.com/classic-literature-for-middle-school/

Sudbury Model

Here is information on the Sudbury model, we use some aspects of this, especially following the interest based learning for the kids…
http://sudburyschool.com/content/sudbury-model-education

Robertson Curriculum

We use many aspects of the Robertson Curriculum, I like the program of study and many of the resources, we just exclude some of the books that do not fit. Avoid the Henty Collection if you are trying to stick to more secular curriculum.
http://www.robinsoncurriculum.com/

http://www.jandmranch.com/project/implementing-the-robinson-curriculum-step-by-step/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/robinsoncurriculum/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/RobinsonCurriculumMarketplace/

A2 (A Squared)

A2 is one I had picked up many years ago that has each grade level lined out on one disk so it is simple and covers each subject. It can easily be adapted to a more secular lesson plan.
http://www.accelerated-achievement.com/

Charlotte Mason…

https://simplycharlottemason.com/what-is-the-charlotte-mason-method/

https://simplycharlottemason.com/planning/curriculum-guide/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1445273695729787/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/346244875505944/

Ambleside…

https://www.amblesideonline.org/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/18541076090/

Easy Peasy Homeschool Resource

We used Easy Peasy when we first started. It is completely FREE and a great way to transition into homeschooling if you are just really not sure what to do next. Daily lessons are completely laid out for you. Can be easily adapted to fit a secular perspective.

Preschool – 8th grade:  https://allinonehomeschool.com/

Highschool:  https://allinonehighschool.com/

Paid Options

http://www.opententacademy.com/

https://www.homeschoolacademy.com/

http://whenyouriseup.com/

Organization & Tracking

For tracking lessons, planning, etc, I use a free online scheduler. It also will generate report cards, track time, track credits for high school. I’ve used it for a couple years and really like it. You can set up the years lessons, holidays, school year, and student accounts for each child. Each child has their own log in and can pull up their daily lessons, check off when they are done. Then you can log in to your teacher account and approve what they did, or make any adjustments that need to be made.

http://www.homeschoolskedtrack.com/

And if you are more of a paper gal 🙂 here are some free planners that are really great and also have some homeschool planning page options.

http://www.thehandmadehome.net/2016/06/free-planner-2017/ http://misstiina.com/blog/free/planner-printables/

This article explains how to line out a whole year of lessons using file folders if you prefer paper over computer…

http://www.meetpenny.com/2014/08/entire-year-homeschool-lesson-plans/

Homeschool Curriculum Groups

https://www.facebook.com/groups/hscurriculumswap/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Homeschool.Curriulum.Marketplace/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Minecrafthomeschool/

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Resources by Subject:

Math

We like using Saxon Math, 1st editions, for math. Once your child masters flashcards on addition, subtraction, multiplication & division, you can start them on the Saxon 5/4. We do a lesson a day, sometimes two.

The first number in the title represents a loose grade level recommendation for average math students, while the second number represents an advanced grade level. For example, Math 54 is loosely indicated for average 5th graders and advanced 4th graders.

For more information and groups to connect with using the Saxon Math:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/rcsaxonmath/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/441768659255706/

I am working on collecting and digitizing the Test booklets and Answer Keys as it has gotten very difficult to find them intact. The books are much easier to find.

Check out what Answer Keys and Test Booklets we have available so far.

Recommend 1st editions for the 5/4 thru Advanced Math. 2nd ed for Calculus.
5/4, 1st ed.
6/5, 1st ed.
7/6, 1st ed.
8/7, 1st ed.
Algebra 1/2, 1st ed.
Algebra 1, 1st ed.
Algebra 2, 1st ed.
Advanced Math, 1st.
Calculus, 2 ed.

Here is a great article on the Unschooling/Sudbury method of math.
http://www.besthomeschooling.org/articles/math_david_albert.html

PHET: INTERACTIVE SIMULATIONS FOR SCIENCE AND MATH
University of Colorado, Boulder
https://phet.colorado.edu/

ALGEBRA 1: Complete Course! Every chapter and every lesson is here, including examples, chapter reviews, and tests. You’ll have access to 73 VIDEOS with lectures and over 700 solved exercises, plus ENTIRE TEXTBOOK. All for Free. You can also purchase the entire course on DVD and the Textbook if you prefer to work offline.
http://www.algebrafree.com/

GEOMETRY: Complete Course. 55 animated videos.
http://www.geometryfree.com/

Science

Access NASA’s publicly funded peer-reviewed research here…
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/funder/nasa/

Access millions of scientific articles, journals, and peer-reviewed research covering a wide range of topics. Great for research on current topics you may be studying.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/

Interactive Periodic Table of the Elements, in Pictures and Words © 2005-2016 Keith Enevoldsen
http://elements.wlonk.com/ElementsTable.htm

PHET: INTERACTIVE SIMULATIONS FOR SCIENCE AND MATH
University of Colorado, Boulder
https://phet.colorado.edu/

English, Literature, Reading & Writing

Writing Reviser. Revise your writing with the help of this tool. It allows you to focus on your purpose and audience, essay structure, and use of written language (sentence economy, variety, power, and clarity). You’ll learn to ask questions experienced writers ask automatically. As a result, you’ll begin to express yourself with greater precision and power.
https://www.sascurriculumpathways.com/portal/#/info/1759

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy organizes scholars from around the world in philosophy and related disciplines to create and maintain an up-to-date reference work.
https://plato.stanford.edu/index.html

Project Gutenberg offers over 53,000 free ebooks: choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online. Most Project Gutenberg ebooks were previously published by bona fide publishers. These ebooks may be freely used in the United States because most are not protected by U.S. copyright law, usually because their copyrights have expired.
http://www.gutenberg.org/

Library of Congress Classic Books. Explore bygone eras, time-honored tales and historical narratives. Adventure awaits in these classic books online.
http://www.read.gov/books/index.html

Open Culture. Over 800 free ebooks, classics & literature
http://www.openculture.com/free_ebooks

Thousands of free classic ebooks for ipad, sony ereader, kindle, nook, android and other mobile devices. Searchable by Author or by title. Available authors: Alcott, Louisa M; Austen, Jane; Barrie, James M; Baum, L Frank; Benedict, Elsie Lincoln; Benedict, Ralph Paine; Bronte, Emily; Bronte, Charlotte; Burroughs, Edgar Rice; Carroll, Lewis; Chaucer, Geoffrey; Chesterton, Cecil; Chesterton, G K; Christie, Agatha; Collins, Wilkie; Conrad, Joseph; Crane, Walter; Da Vinci, Leonardo; De Cervantes, Miguel; Defoe, Daniel; DeWitt, David Miller; Dickens, Charles; Dostoevsky, Fyodor; Dumas, Alexandre; Eliot, George; Gibbon, Edward; Grahame, Kenneth; Grimm Brothers; Haggard, Henry Ryder; Hardy, Thomas; Hesse, Herman; Hodgson Burnett, Frances; Homer; Hugo, Victor; Isham, Frederic S; Joyce, James; Kafka, Franz; Kipling, Rudyard; Lawrence, D. H.; London, Jack; Machiavelli, Niccolo; Melville, Herman; Milton, John; Montgomery, Lucy Maud; Plato; Poe, Edgar Alan; Pollard, Josephine; Potter, Beatrix; Russell, Bertrand; Sewel, Anna; Serviss, Garrett P; Shakespeare, William; Shelley, Mary; Stevenson, Robert Louis; Stowe, Harriet Beecher; The Bible; Tolstoy, Leo; Tressell, Robert; Twain, Mark; Verne, Jules; Virgil; Wilde, Oscar; Wells, H. G.; Whittman, Walt; Wodehouse, P. G.
http://www.freeclassicebooks.com/index.htm

The Harvard Classics / Dr. Eliot’s Five Foot Shelf, is a 51-volume anthology of classic works from world literature, compiled and edited by Harvard University president Charles W. Eliot and first published in 1909.
https://archive.org/details/harvardclassics

The Arno-Schmidt reference library. GASL is the abbreviation for “Society of Arno-Schmidt readers”. The aim of the society founded in 1986 is the promotion and dissemination of interest in the work of the German writer Arno Schmidt (1914-1979).
*This page and most works are in German. Google translator can translate the page into English.
http://www.gasl.org/wordpress/?page_id=70

History, Government, Law

Library of Congress…
https://www.loc.gov/

The Library of Congress Memory collections…
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/index.html

A Biography of America presents history not simply as a series of irrefutable facts to be memorized, but as a living narrative. Prominent historians — Donald L. Miller, Pauline Maier, Louis P. Masur, Waldo E. Martin, Jr., Douglas Brinkley, and Virginia Scharff — present America’s story as something that is best understood from a variety of perspectives. Thought-provoking debates and lectures encourage critical analysis of the forces that have shaped America. First-person narratives, photos, film footage, and documents reveal the human side of American history — how historical figures affected events, and the impact of these events on citizens’ lives.
http://www.learner.org/resources/series123.html#

American Heritage Education Foundation 
http://americanheritage.org/programs/

Electives:

Foundation For Economic Education (FEE): FREE Online Courses and In-Person Workshop Materials for Economics and Entrepreneurship
http://courses.fee.org/

Art Lessons: 1st-8th Grade curriculum. Concordia University Chicago’s link to Artists and Their Art: Sharing Visual Stories, a tool to promote visual literacy through artwork.
https://www.cuchicago.edu/experience/arts/visual-arts/art-lessons/

Art Notebooking Pages:  Curriculum for a year if you study one artist per month for a school year. This homeschool mom created created these wonderful notebooking pages (2 sets that are slightly different) to go along with the Art lessons above.
http://www.tinasdynamichomeschoolplus.com/art-units/

Free online Digital Photography course by Stanford Professor Mark Levoy
An introduction to the scientific, artistic, and computing aspects of digital photography. Topics include lenses and optics, light and sensors, optical effects in nature, perspective and depth of field, sampling and noise, the camera as a computing platform, image processing and editing, and computational photography. We will also survey the history of photography, look at the work of famous photographers, and talk about composing strong photographs.
Free photography course

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Additional Free resources…

Notebooking Pages: Free Membership available with Step-by-step email tutorials, 600+ pages, 100s of FREE notebooking and homeschooling printable pages
http://travelwiththetycksens.com/notebookingpages

Homeschool Central has been providing free resources since 1996 for the homeschool community. http://www.homeschoolcentral.com/

SAS Curriculum Pathways is provided at no cost to students and educators in traditional, virtual and home schools, as well as other teaching and learning environments. Interactive, standards-based resources in the core disciplines.
https://www.sascurriculumpathways.com/portal/#

The Annenberg Foundation. Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum, media and telecommunications to advance excellent teaching. http://www.learner.org/

Math, science, computer programming, history, art, economics, and even more free online classes.
https://www.khanacademy.org/

Free, high quality resources for teachers and students.
http://www.ck12.org/teacher/

OpenEd: Free K-12 Classroom Assessments, Homework, Videos, Lesson Plans
https://www.opened.com/search

World Book. Free education resources. Includes K-12 curriculum guide.
http://www.worldbook.com/free-educational-resources/free-educational-resources

A handy video that explains how to use the World Book Curriculum Guide and Open Ed to create lesson Plans for your child

Additional Resources…

Nonprofit NFS provides Homeschool discount laptops. Microsoft Education Product Policy allows NFS (an Authorized Microsoft Education Reseller) to provide discount laptops to Homeschool families at the same price and with the same software as traditional public school facilities.
http://notebooksforstudents.org/homeschoollaptopdiscount.htm

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Free College Textbooks…

http://collegeopentextbooks.org/

Free Online college Classes…

AMERICAN STANDARD UNIVERSITY: A World Class Online Free Creditable Education & Free College Textbooks
http://www.asuonlineusa.com/college-courses/

https://www.coursera.org/

https://www.edx.org/

http://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm

http://online.stanford.edu/

https://iversity.org/

https://www.futurelearn.com/

http://www.open.ac.uk/about/main/

https://www.duolingo.com/

https://www.codecademy.com/

http://www.openculture.com/

https://www.mooc-list.com/

 booklineOur Personal Belief’s, Incorporating Judaism into Homeschooling

My daughter and I converted to Judaism and it has been difficult to find purely Jewish or secular home school resources so we piecemeal many different ones to suite our personal needs. We school year round and base our school year around the Jewish calendar. This allows us to take off for Sabbaths, Holy Days, regular holidays, and make adjustments for planned or unexpected days off throughout the year. Each week we study the weekly Torah portion and attend Jewish history, Hebrew classes, and monthly Sunday School (for the kids) at our Synagogue with our Rabbi.

For study at home we like using the weekly videos from Aleph Beta, they also have extra lessons that correspond with each weeks videos. They have basic memberships, premium, and a teacher membership, that also works great for homeschoolers and has weekly classroom lessons to go with the videos. https://www.alephbeta.org/

Chabad also has a children’s and family section and also have daily readings and videos that we enjoy. http://www.chabad.org/

Another great, and new site is Torah through Literature,  Judaism based classical literature… http://www.torahthroughliterature.com/

A few other Jewish resources….

http://jewishhomeschool.blogspot.com/2012/01/interview-with-jewish-homeschooling-mom.html

http://www.torahtots.com/home.htm

http://www.chinuch.org/

Shalom Sesame

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This is no where near a comprehensive list, but it is a few of the resources I have found helpful in our home school journey, I hope they help you also, and as I find more I will add them.

Rachele

If you have found a great free resource that you have found very helpful please let me know so that I can add to the above list. Occasionally links change, if you come across any broken links please let me know.

Thank you

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