Posted on Jul 14 2013 in Cool Sites by admin
3.1 Christian Resources: Bible Reading and Prayer Plans
3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Free Software Blocks Ads
3.3 Toddler through Preschoolers: 19 Easy Toddler Activities and Preschool Crafts
3.4 Logic: eLogic Gallery, Aristotle to the Present by David Marans
3.5 Printables: Top 10 Categories – Rewards that Teach
3.6 Arts and Crafts: “All Free Crafts”
3.7 English: Vintage Speller – Watson’s Complete Speller: Oral and Written
While many families begin a read-through-the-Bible plan in January, others begin with their “school year” which may begin as early as August. If you are in the latter group, Heartlight ministry offers several different Bible reading and prayer plans from which to choose. Internet searches will turn up many more so this is a great time to do your research and make a prayerful selection. No matter what you choose, ask God to help keep you faithful in it! An accountability partner can help.
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With ideas that range from traditional egg carton caterpillars to a glass xylophone (parents needed here!), you’ll find something fun to do with the younger crowd. Some activities are suitable to keep and re-use such as the indoor putt-putt set, homemade board games, and a teepee for hours of pretend play. Find an almost inexhaustible list in the left sidebar for even more possible things to make and do; choose ones that are suitable for your family. Categories for older kids will offer more playtime ideas, including educational activities.
Get the free downloadable version of this logic resource and see a little bit of what our forefathers said about logic that made them include it in every course of study. The book is recommended by Trivium Pursuit; the quotes would make great copywork.
In addition to the printables offered in this resource (lots of coloring, word searches and crosswords, and number puzzles), add an Internet search for “free logic puzzles,” another great category that will help strengthen thinking skills. Teachers have long rewarded early finishers with a worksheet containing a fun activity. The practice may translate well to the homeschool, but everyone will have to decide for himself.
When the heat or a thunderstorm demands an indoor break, consider having a pre-selected craft activity ready. This website has categories by age group and by craft type (homemade toys, edible crafts, and crafts to go back outdoors to name a few). It’s all very well-organized for you.
Watson’s Complete Speller: Oral and Written, by J. Madison Watson is a marvelous book for educators that takes you back to 1878. It delves more deeply into the background of spelling and oral speech than most will want to formally incorporate into their teaching, but parts of it are useful for anyone, especially for use by educators as background. The sentences would make great copywork. It can be found free of charge as an e-book on Google Books. The rules and background are more detailed than the previously featured speller.