Tuesday, June 2, 2009

My Favorite Homeschool Resource

As I've mentioned on a previous post, I do send my children to public school, but I also consider myself to be a homeschooler. I like to supplement their school experience and fill in gaps I see in their curriculum and explore other areas of interest. As a former public school teacher, I recognize the importance of instilling a love of learning at an early age and the key is making learning fun. For Talk About It Tuesday, I thought I would share my favorite home learning resource.

This book, Home Learning Year by Year, is my most used guide. It is written by Rebecca Rupp and is filled with so many wonderful ideas, whether you are a full-time homeschooler, a supplementing homeschooler or are just looking for fun ideas for projects at home. Her subtitle is "how to design a homeschool curriculum from preschool through high school" and you can see that I have many bookmarks sticking out from my copy!

Each grade is separate and then is divided into subject matter: language arts, mathematics, history and geography, science, foreign language, art, music, health and physical education. Within each subject heading, there are the "norms" for that grade. Following that, there is more detail regarding what resources are available both in print and online. There is so much detail in this book, without becoming overwhelming, and I have honestly turned to it over and over. I have also found that most of the resources have been available thru my local library.

I cannot imagine the time that this resource has saved me in deciding our at home curriculum. I hope that you will take a look and that you find it useful as well!


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