We’ve compiled a list of the “Cool Websites” published in the weekly HEAV Update and sorted them by category for your browsing convenience. We’ve even included a few categories specifically for homeschooling parents.

Please review all websites for suitability before passing along the address to your student(s). HEAV has no influence on the content of websites other than our own.

 

Art

Quotes for Teens

www.spelloutloud.com/free-quote-printables.html

Even teens can enjoy making a card or small poster by coloring a prepared quote–for themselves or as a gift. Experimenting with more advanced coloring or painting techniques* can make those who think they have no artistic talent feel good about their work.

*One possibility is outlining in heavy crayon and finishing with lighter coloring using pointillism with watercolors or other media.

 

Drawing on Pinterest

www.pinterest.com/source/how-to-draw-funny-cartoons.com

Here is a cute site with simple drawing techniques shown step-by-step. Children of early elementary age upwards can probably follow many of these little illustrated how-tos and come up with all sorts of clever and fun drawings to adorn homemade cards and endless other possibilities.

Note: Parents should monitor Pinterest sites carefully as one click can lead anywhere.

 

Teacher-Approved Crafts E-book

www.favecrafts.com/Back-to-School-Kids-Crafts/11-Teacher-Approved-Crafts-for-School-free-eBook

This free downloadable e-book will get you started on a birdhouse (you’ll never guess what the roof is made of) and other crafts for teachers, more crafts for kids, and fun back-to-school activities (save this one for later). Parental supervision is needed on most of the projects. One of the easiest crafts is a composition book decorated by strips of scrap cloth.

 

Happy Birthday to John James Audubon – April 26

www.gardenofpraise.com/ibdaudu.htm

John James Audubon, born April 26, 1785, is the father of American ornithology–the study of birds. His drawings are still among the best in the field of wildlife illustration and ones to which others are compared. Learn more about him in this biographical sketch (parents may wish to pre-read and edit certain elements). As you scroll down, you’ll come to a large selection of free, online activities such as puzzles, games, quizzes, and many other free activity and coloring pages to print. Since spring is here, be sure to look for birds to identify. An Audubon or other field guide is handy to have on outings or at home to help identify species.

 

“Galaxy Doh”

http://madebycynthiarae.blogspot.com

Modeling clays are a real kid-pleaser in most households and here is yet another recipe for some of the homemade stuff. It requires several ingredients along with cooking, but the results appear especially stellar (sorry–couldn’t resist).

 

Yarn Cowl – No Knitting, Crocheting, or Sewing

www.redheart.com/free-patterns/wrap-knot-cowl

Perhaps the words “Red Heart” on yarn make you think only of projects requiring skills such as knitting or crocheting. Likewise, do you think fabric crafts always require sewing? Here is a handy list of fiber arts crafts that do not require knitting, crocheting, or sewing!

 

Sewing a Denim Organizer

www.makeitcoats.com/en-us/discover/sewing-quilting/patterns-designs/fun-denim-organizer

Use old pairs of jeans and pockets to make a personalized organizer with pockets for pens, paper, or sewing items, as in the illustration. The nature of its construction is very forgiving and little mistakes won’t show much. Note: the project requires free registration to download the instructions.

 

Home Economics: Easy Sewing Projects

www.bhg.com/crafts/sewing/accessories/easy-sewing-projects

See this Better Homes and Gardens feature to get directions for 33 easy sewing projects that range from the practical to the whimsical and downright adorable. Make a hot coffee shield for take-out coffee cups, a retro kitchen apron, or sweet little carrot appliqués for a child’s clothes. Free registration is required to access the instructions.

 

Arts and Crafts: March Is National Craft Month – Crafts for Kids

www.fiber-images.com/Crafts_Kids/kids_crafts.html

While not glitzy, this simple site touches on categories such as bead crafts, paper crafts, and yes, their purpose is to sell you the materials for crafts–but behind those plain headings and salesmanship, there are IDEAS! How about a notebook to keep records of needlework or other hobbies? We keep academic records of all sorts, but do we keep hobby project records? The records could be of crafts, art, special dinners, and holidays…

 

Crocheted Necklaces

www.makeandtakes.com/chain-stitch-necklace
The title says it all! Crocheted necklaces are a popular craft these days. They are cheap, fast, and forgiving. Give them a try—and don’t you dare tell boys that crocheting is only for girls. Many fellows learned from visits to elderly aunts and grannies who weren’t quite up to chasing active tots.

 

DIY Art Frames from Magazines

http://blog.homespothq.com/2013/04/diy-magazine-frames/?utm_source
=crowdignite.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=crowdignite.com

The photo tutorial shows clearly how to complete this fun project and wind up with a very attractive frame. Wouldn’t it be fun to have a picture frame for a homeschool picture day?

Crafts for Bible Lessons

www.daniellesplace.com/html/winter_crafts.html

Find arts and crafts to accompany Bible lessons.

 

Recycle Christmas Cards

www.wikihow.com/Recycle-Christmas-Cards

Choose from several ways to recycle Christmas cards via wikiHow. Search terms on the Internet such as “recycle Christmas cards” will turn up lots more ideas. Some are sure to be both usefuland fun! Get started now–you know how soon Christmas comes!

 

Covered Button Bookmarks

www.skiptomylou.org/2013/12/03/covered-button-bookmarks

Save a snippet of a child’s dress or other special fabric–or just a handy scrap–in this extra-quick-and-easy, covered-button bookmark to keep or to give as a gift.

 

30 Homemade Ornaments for the Kids

http://handsonaswegrow.com/30-homemade-ornaments-for-the-kids/

Here are some ornament ideas older children can make including 6 keepsake ornaments, 10 globe ornaments, and 14 others.

 

 

Recycled Ornaments

www.favecrafts.com/Ornaments/31-Simple-Homemade-Christmas-Ornaments/ct/1#recycled

If you scroll down one section, you will see Homemade Christmas Ornaments, too. Choose the projects suitable for your family. See the left sidebar for other types of crafts; be daring and take a quick plunge into expanding your crafting skills.

 

Create with Kids

http://handsonaswegrow.com/create-with-kids/crafts

Find all sorts of arts and crafts ideas on this site that is searchable by type of activity, topic, and age. Sign up for the free newsletter if you like.

 

Fall Sensory Play – 45 Ideas!

http://nurturestore.co.uk/fall-sensory-play-activities

This UK website has loads of sensory play suggestions. You are sure to find some that appeal to you! Some activities reflect the large South Asian community in Great Britain, their culture and religion; families will need to select ones they deem appropriate for their own use.

 

Burp Cloth Tutorial

www.thehappyscraps.com/2013/05/cloth-diaper-to-burp-cloth-tutorial.html

This “Cloth Diaper to Burp Cloth Tutorial” is a good way to teach a new sewer–or Mom–more about sewing. Use it yourself or make a neat, homemade baby gift.

 

Poppies–and Why – November 11 Is Veterans Day

http://makezine.com/craft/tutorial-paper-poppy

November 11 is Veterans Day and is frequently symbolized by red poppies worn in the lapels. Prepare to commemorate the service of all who have defended their country in military uniform with a lesson in history, research skills, and arts and crafts. Try an Internet search for paper flowers, more fused plastic bag projects, and then be brave–make poppies, wear them, and thank a vet!

 

Cheap Bibs from Plastic Bags

www.crochetdynamite.com/2013/01/fused-plastic-baby-bib.html

Make cheap bibs using fused plastic grocery bags decorated by crocheted trim. Learn about this household iron fusion technique and all you can make by recycling and creating an assortment of homemade accessories and kitchen aids.

 

Knitting and Crocheting References

www.learntocrochet.com

www.learntoknit.com

www.craftyarncouncil.com/?q=helpful_resources.html

Do you remember home economics in school? Besides being a subject with daily practical uses, there are a variety of other benefits to learning various homemaking skills and handicrafts. By developing these skills, a person will gain a creative outlet, sense of accomplishment, and often, a relaxing, stress-busting hobby. You’ll have the ability to make those special homemade gifts we treasure. Pass these skills down to the next generation and, in addition to those long-term benefits, children can learn how to get organized, follow directions, and build fine motor skills.

Summer can be a great time to pick up material you didn’t have time to squeeze in during the traditional school year, but finding a way to shoehorn in handicrafts is often not a waste of time when you are trying to “get stuff done;” it is instead a way to recharge batteries by taking a break from deskwork. If you’d like to brush up on existing needlework skills, set a good example, and learn a new skill–all while teaching the kids–look at these web sites for starters. Check the resources on the website found under “Helpful Web sites” at the third link for more downloadable diagrams and/or video clips. Parents will wish to supervise as some links are to chat rooms.

 

Various Yarn Craft Bracelets

http://j.mp/18IHx1J

Need a break from heat or rain? Come inside and try one of several types of “Pretty Yarn Craft Bracelets.” Find free instructions on Grandmother’s Pattern Book along with links to more at the bottom of the page. Join the free daily newsletter to get many more needlecraft patterns (most–but not all–are knitting or crocheting).

 

Finger-Knitting Videos

www.kinderart.com/textiles/fingerknitting.shtml

This is needlework without the needles–the best kind for little kiddos! Not only does finger-knitting develop dexterity, but you can choose whether to frog it (rip it all out–“rip it, rip it!”) or start over for more ways to occupy the kids. Internet searches will turn up a number of sources.

 

“All Free Crafts”

www.allfreekidscrafts.com

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.

 

Free Lessons from Coats and Clark and Pillowcase Challenge

www.allpeoplequilt.com/millionpillowcases/education/index.html

Coats and Clark has created two types of pillowcase patterns specifically geared towards teaching children to sew–even three- to six-year-olds can participate! Teaching children how to sew provides valuable life skills, fosters creativity, and boosts self-confidence. Add to those positives, sewing a pillowcase for charity which teaches children compassion and empathy. Download the free teaching tools and patterns and get the details at the website.

 

Create from Recyclables

www.makingfriends.com/recycle_containers.htm

Sift through the various projects to see what piques the interest of your kiddos and corresponds to the almost-trash you can rescue; then make something creative and useful!

 

Patriotic Crafts

www.allcrafts.net/patriotic.htm

With Flag Day (June 14) and Independence Day coming up shortly, now might be a good time to pick out some crafts to work on as a family.

 

Free Art Resources

www.freehomeschooldeals.com/tag/art

Check this section of Free Homeschool Deals for free art resources. Don’t leave this subject out of your curriculum because you aren’t an “artist.” This is certainly an area in which you can learn right along with your children!

 

YouTube Art Instruction

www.youtube.com/user/dandanart

www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEVmIC98HyQ

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5-Dilrkj2g

Dan Frenette, a certified art instructor, has made instructional videos available on YouTube for parents and children who want quality art instruction. Parents should screen the videos to determine their suitability for their own family. If you like them, let other parents and homeschoolers know about the videos. To make it easier to navigate, see the links below for the channel, his introductory video, and the most recent video.

 

Finger Knitting for All Ages

www.keeperofthehome.org/2013/02/finger-knitting-the-perfect-winter-craft-for-all-ages.html

Keeper of the Home recommends the old craft of finger knitting to all ages; her 7- and 8-year old daughters are enjoying it. There are clear photos with good written instructions and links to items to make from your work.

 

Free Patterns for Fleece

www.sewingsupport.com/sewing-how-to/free-patterns-and-projects/fleece.html

End-of-season clearances may yield fleece at reduced rates and remnants the size to make small accessories. Check out these free patterns and see if any meet your needs–either for wearables or for sewing lessons. Plan ahead for Christmas gifts!

 

Creative Lunch and Snack Ideas

http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/24897/kids-menu

www.creativekidsnacks.com/2012/08/27/solar-system

Make a lamb from cottage cheese, and Noah’s ark from bread and cheese, for a different-looking lunch–and teach an informal lesson at the same time! Show your children that they can explore unusual art media–and get away with playing with their food! See what ideas of your own this book excerpt sparks. Click on the Creative Kid Snacks (second link) for a fruity snack that’s out of this world–and more!

 

Sock Monkeys Updated

http://www.craftpassion.com/2012/04/how-to-sew-sock-monkey.html/2

Do you have fond memories of this childhood toy or just a desire to make a trendy new version of it? See several examples of these updated monkeys at the first link; get the directions at the second.

 

Making Books

www.youtube.com/watch?v=jO2R-VvN7i0

www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5JF291burc

www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFcmoYR5PB4

Dan Frenette, an art teacher, has made three YouTube videos detailing how to make books. If you wish, you can subscribe and share them with friends or on Facebook.

 

Last Minute Gift – “Art Magnets” – All Ages

http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/homemade-christmas-gift

Use whatever arts and crafts materials you have at home and make them as simple or fancy as you wish! Just create a picture to place inside a recycled bottle top, decorate the outside rim, and affix a magnet.

 

Christmas World

www.worldofchristmas.net/index.html
This site is a holiday gold mine! From Christmas craft ideas to holiday party games, jokes, trivia, gift ideas and more, this webpage has it all!

 

Plywood Shelving

www.instructables.com/id/Making-a-Piece-of-Furniture

This creative piece of shelving made mostly of plywood was customized for a specific use and space, but it may well be possible for someone with some woodworking experience to adapt the design for homeschool, dorm, or student-apartment use. It could be a great father-son (or daughter!) project.

 

Cross-stitch for Kids

www.dltk-kids.com/type/crossstitch.htm

Get the basics and how to explain them in this piece on teaching cross-stitching to kids.

 

Melted Bead Projects to Create with Children

http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/melted-bead-projects/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium
=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TipsForMomsActivitiesForK

Use the “peg beads” meltable beads for many projects; three are suggested here that are not the flat template type project. Search the Internet for more. They have more uses than you can imagine!

 

“In Praise of Coloring Books”

www.dtenw.com/blogs/dwellwellnw/2010/may/07/praise-coloring-books

The author of this brief blog post suggests a few things to do with coloring books besides just occupy children as you wait for your meal to arrive in a restaurant. Very often, such reading will also jump-start your own ideas! She suggests some favorite sources for buying coloring books.

 

Earth Shot’s

www.earthshots.org

Celebrating the beauty of God’s creation around the world through a photography contest. The daily picture on this site could serve as inspiration for writing, photography, art, science study, or just for taking a moment to relax and enjoy the view. For more information and to submit photos, see the website’s page and select “Enter.”

 

Google Doodles Unveils Revamped Website

http://soc.li/mphQm7k

www.google.com/doodles/finder/2012/All%20doodles

The folks at Google Doodles have unveiled their new website premiering their “resolutions” at the first link. See the second link to review past doodles and gain inspiration for your own graphic-arts endeavors.

 

Ladder Bookshelves, Loft Bed, and Desk

www.instructables.com/id/Loft-beds-with-bookshelf-ladders

A woodcrafter has put together a neat bedroom set especially good for boys, though the creative moms out there could undoubtedly spiff it up for a girl. The shelves and desk make it all particularly suitable for homeschoolers. The builder says it only cost him $150 for the lumber.

 

Scratch Art

www.kidskreate.com/article_1080.htm

Here are clear and simple instructions for a scratch-off art project that kids of many ages enjoy. It uses basic, inexpensive art supplies and household objects helping keep costs down, too! As a vase of flowers is suggested as one of the better subjects to draw with this technique, it could be especially good for Mother’s Day art and cards.

Bible Study

90-Day Bible Challenge

http://biblein90days.org

What better preparation for a great start to next year’s lessons than immersing yourself in the Word? An average of 12 pages a day in most Bibles is enough to get through all of the Bible this summer. The website has resources, both free and for purchase. Don’t pass up the handy reading record that folds to fit in the Word.

 

Beta Version of Bible Gateway Is Up

https://beta.biblegateway.com

https://beta.biblegateway.com/help

https://twitter.com/biblegateway

www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLL7ii1C1vNs0ZN2_5-8MscE1waAD6iFrZ

https://twitter.com/biblegateway/lists

Whether or not you are new to Bible Gateway, the tutorial link (second one) may be a fast way to learn your way around this set of great Bible study resources. See the third link for @biblegateway on Twitter. If you really want an easy introduction, the YouTube videos have it for you! If you are really, really into Twitter, the list of affiliated Twitter sites will knock your socks off (last ).

Bible Reading Plans

www.backtothebible.org/index.php/Bible-Reading-Guides.html

Whether the New Year just scooted past you without you selecting a Bible reading plan—or the plan you chose didn’t suit you after all—it is never too late to choose one. Look at the ones suggested at Back to the Bible and jump in. Begin at the beginning or join the plan in progress, but read!

Bible Hub

http://biblehub.com/psalms/33-6.htm

Visit this website to see some basic tools for Bible study. Try looking up the Bible verse in this Update. You will note parallel verses (the same verse but in different versions for comparison), context (to see the verses before and after the one being examined), cross references (similar verse for comparison), and parallel commentaries (various commentary excerpts to explain and compare the verse under study).

 

Eight Profitable Ways to Read the Bible

http://jcryle.net/2012/01/23/8-profitable-ways-to-read-the-bible

Beloved English preacher and author, J. C. Ryle, made these pithy suggestions, beginning with “1. Begin reading your Bible this very day.” Don’t go another day into 2014 without taking time to read this short article with memorable advice. Then set your daily appointment with God. The busier we are, the more we need to carve out time to spend with the Lord and His Word!

 

The Christmas Bible Reading Plan

www.biblestudytools.com/bible-reading-plan/the-christmas-bible-reading-plan.html

Designed for personal or family reading times, these 25 New Testament readings highlight the birth of Jesus and the purpose for His coming. Related Old Testament passages are also featured daily. Although we are already into the month by a few days, you could easily catch up to today’s reading.

 

Bible Study Tools Online

http://classic.studylight.org

Your editrix is appalled she did not know about this easy-to-use set of Bible study tools, but makes haste to inform you of it. Join in (it’s free) to explore the site’s features and receive daily devotional items, if you choose. Customize the different sections to suit you and consider letting older students set up their own Bible study tools pages. Academic research is a needed skill; Bible research skills are also needed!

 

Twelve Methods for Bible Study

https://bible.org/article/12-methods-bible-study

Many of us follow church-wide study plans or have a favorite method, but even very young students can benefit from learning new ways to study the Bible. Some of the 12 ways to study that this thorough article suggests are the Character Quality Method,the Thematic Method, the Word Study Method, and the Book Background Method. All are examined in steps–some with subsections explaining even more.

 

Bible Reading and Prayer Plans

www.heartlight.org/devotionals/reading_plans

www.heartlight.org/prayerplans

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.

 

Bible Based Homeschooling {on a Budget}

http://biblebasedhomeschooling.com

This website has loads of free or inexpensive resources on all aspects of family and homeschooling topics.

 

Blue Letter Bible Institute

http://blbi.org

The Blue Letter Bible has free daily e-mail promises, Bible study tools, and this modest set of courses on some Bible basics.

 

Topical Memory Verses from JollyNotes.com

www.jollynotes.com

JollyNotes.com has daily Scripture verses and devotions (sign up for free e-mail if desired), lists of topical verses suitable for memory work or copy work sent weekly, and more. Recent topics of verse lists were gossip, a diligent work ethic, and the steadfast love of God. It’s an uplifting, challenging, and encouraging site! (The site’s creator is also on Twitter and Facebook.)

 

Favorite Bible Verses

www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Popular-Bible-Verses.php

See 238 of the most popular Bible verses. It’s a great list to memorize over the course of a few years and is suitable for daily copywork.

 

16 Psalms to Help Ease Worry

www.beliefnet.com/JesusDaily/Features/16-Psalms-for-Depression-and-Anxiety.aspx

In times of difficulty and uncertainty, we can forget to “cast our cares upon Him.” Here are some verses from Psalms especially chosen to help us deal with worries. They would make excellent copy work or memory verses regardless of our situations!

 

S.O.A.P. Bible Study Method

www.mariettacma.org/soap/soap_plan.pdf

The Scripture, Observe, Apply, and Pray–or SOAP–Bible study method can be applied to any passage. Even elementary-age students can begin to learn and use it. Print and post this simple graphic in a handy place to remind your family to apply it.

 

Bible Reading Plans–Again

www.backtothebible.org/index.php/Bible-Reading-Guides.html

www.backtothebible.org/index.php/E-newsletters.html

Did you select a Bible reading plan for the year? It’s definitely not too late. Just double-up each day until you catch up or jump in where you are–but do it!

George Mueller made it a practice to read the Bible through four times a year. If you are still searching for a plan (check the last few issues of the Update for more), Back to the Bible offers several choices of Bible reading plans, plus studies, challenges, and quizzes to make things interesting. They also have their famous classic devotionals. Subscribe free of charge to any of their newsletters (second link) to receive many of these items in daily e-mails. You can also listen to their daily radio show via the website.

 

Scripture Memory Plan

http://fighterverses.com/set-2-core-esv/week-48

Prepare for a new year with a serious Scripture memory plan. One is available free of charge at Fighter Verses (as in 1 Timothy 6:12 “Fight the good fight of the faith…”). Do an Internet search for other suggestions of Bible verses to memorize, along with methods for memorization.

 

Free Printables from Heart of Wisdom

www.heartofwisdom.com/homeschoollinks/category/free

Get free printable Bible verse memory cards, spelling list pages, copywork, chore charts, and much more.

 

Voddie Baucham Sermons

www.faithfulnews.com/main/view/205559/jesus-loves-the-church-and-so-

www.gracefamilybaptist.net/voddie-baucham-ministries

www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?SpeakerOnly=
true&currSection=sermonsspeaker&Keyword=Voddie%5EBaucham

See Voddie Baucham’s 4-minute video, “Jesus Loves the Church and So Should You” at the first link. Pastor Baucham, keynote speaker at a recent HEAV convention, and his wife homeschool their children. Check the second link for his website; hear more of his stirring sermons at the third link.

 

Free Bible Coloring Pages

www.coloring.ws/christian.htm

Do you need some simple drawings that illustrate biblical events? Print these free coloring sheets that illustrate Old and New Testament happenings.

 

Christian Resources: The Gospel According to Luke

www.blueletterbible.org/audio_video/Jesus_Film_Project

The Gospel According to Luke, by the JESUS Film Project, was the original work from which the well-known “Jesus Film” was edited. The JESUS Film has been translated into more than 1,140 languages in its run of more than 30 years to date. View the Book of Luke free online, chapter by chapter, at the Blue Letter Bible website.

 

Christian Resources: Bible Quizzing and Memory Game

www.doinggood.org/2013%20Bible%20Quizzing/instructions.html

Select the level of expertise and verse on which you wish to be tested (you may study first). Be ready to move quickly–it’s timed!

 

The NET Bible Study Site

This site has a variety of Bible study tools from simple ones, like a daily passage, to parallel translations, articles, commentary, Greek and Hebrew references, and much more. Explore a little and see if you can use this to delve deeper into God’s Word. The second link is to the “classic,” older site version.

http://net.bible.org

http://classic.net.bible.org/bible.php

 

Discoveries 4 Children – Children’s Bible Programs

http://discoveries4children.com/

While geared for children from 4 to 10 years of age, other children may still benefit from the video, coloring page, and worksheet. If you like them, you may sign up (free) for more.

 

New Research: How American Adults Read the Bible

www.edstetzer.com/2012/03/new-research-how-american-adul.html

These interesting facts and easy-to-read graphs show that, unfortunately, owning several Bibles is more common that actually reading them.

 

Simple Steps for Scripture Memory

http://biblicalevangelism.com/380

Living Waters Ministry’s School of Biblical Evangelism offers a very simple index card system to aid Scripture memory beginners. Though it only takes one short page, it’s written in complete detail with examples so that children from about fourth grade and up could probably follow it unaided.

 

Biblesinger.com

www.biblesinger.com

Biblesinger.com offers a series of free resources as well as ones for purchase. Categories include hymns with lyrics, Bible passages, crosswords and other worksheets, and more.

 

Scripture Memory for Children

www.kidstalkaboutgod.org/Ideas/BibleVersesForChildren
/tabid/583/Default.aspx

God’s Word is the ultimate way to “cleanse a young man’s heart.” Here are suggested verses and free printable memory cards to help in that task. You cannot always be with your child–but He can!

 

Art, Geography, and Bible: The Last Supper

http://tinyurl.com/7s7ahjz

This e-lesson in pdf form gives all the preparatory instructions for the teacher, the supply list (common items), stick-figure drawings you can easily replicate, Bible verses to use during the lesson, and review questions. There is even a suggested memory verse and pages made for photocopying. The lesson is designed for multi-level teaching.

 

Grace Gems Daily Devotions

http://www.gracegems.org/

This “gem” of a website will send you a short daily e-mail devotion if you like. You can read or listen to as much or as little as you wish of the shorter selections from Puritan authors and pastors. Read longer passages free on the website or buy the books if you’re interested in the entire works. Some website features include quotes, sermons, commentaries, and collections of written works divided by author and topic, or prayers. There’s much more!

 

Daily Devotion – All Ages

www.learnthebible.org

www.facebook.com/kingjamesbibledailydevotions

Get a free e-mailed or Facebook daily devotion from “Learn the Bible.” Each one features a short Bible passage or verse with teaching points for young children as well as older students or adults. Prayer suggestions help round out the brief devotional time.

 

Easter Unit Study – Updated

http://snipurl.com/22tkb78

The Teaching Home has updated their previous unit study on Easter with over 70 new links! Check it out on their website and sign up for their free newsletter so you don’t miss anything!

Biblical Archaeology

Extinct Tree Regrown

http://its-interesting.com/2013/10/06/extinct-tree-grows-anew-
from-ancient-jar-of-seeds-unearthed-by-archaeologists

See a tree grown recently from a 2,000-year-old seed discovered at the site of Herod the Great’s palace. Prior to this, the tree was extinct.

 

Video about Mt. Sinai

www.youtube.com/watch?v=18gvJwx8VyI

This archeological video about Mount Sinai shows many places one can see now that authenticate the Bible’s accounts of events on and around the famous mountain. At the end of the video you will see links to other videos on biblical sites.

 

Temple Mount Video and More

www.youtube.com/watch?v=tba4u-aLB2s&feature=g-all-u

www.youtube.com/user/ChristInProphecy?feature=watch

Tour the Temple Mount in Jerusalem with Dr. David Reagan on the show “Christ in Prophecy!” This video is part of a four-part series, “Mountains of Jerusalem.” You can see it on their YouTube channel, Christ in Prophecy (second link below). You may not agree with all his conclusions regarding prophecy, but it is hard to argue with the archaeology and sites you’ll see.

 

Archaeologists Uncover a First Temple Seal

While relics of the Second Temple are not too unusual, this find from the First Temple is an exciting discovery.

http://zionica.com/2012/05/04/archaeologists-uncover-first-temple-seal

 

Biblical Archaeology

http://christiananswers.net/archaeology/home.html

This portion of the Christian Answers website is a great starting point for any study of how archaeology consistently demonstrates the reliability of the Bible. It is divided into sections that answer general questions, those dealing with the period before the Nation of Israel came about in Bible times, and questions regarding the Old and New Testament periods.

 

Associates for Biblical Research

http://www.biblearchaeology.org/

The Bible has been proven accurate over and over by archaeological finds. Here is a website devoted to the subject! Also, they provide a Biblical perspective for each discovery.

Christianity

PRAY TODAY

http://pray-today.com/index.html
http://pray-today.com/Pray/Prayer/Bible/Search.htm
Here is a guide designed to encourage you to pray daily, indeed, pray without ceasing. The list, with its corresponding Scriptures, includes such topics as what prayer is (and is not), who God is, prayer starters, why God will not answer your prayers, and much more. See the second link on the same website for a concise selection of Bible tools.

 

Wycliffe Bible Translators Children’s Curriculum

www.wycliffe.org/Resources/Kids/FreeCurriculum.aspx

This site is chock full of links to lessons, printables, activities, games, simulations, crafts, and other materials, with levels for preschoolers through junior high students!

 

New YouVersion Bible App 5 – Free

https://s3.amazonaws.com/web-assets.youversion.com/html-email/
2014-04-08-bible-app-5/bible+app+5.html

Fans of YouVersion should be happy about this free software update. If you are unfamiliar with it, you might start with a search for “YouVersion Bible App 5” and read Amazon user reviews from five stars to one to get a range of opinions.

 

Creation Resource List

http://wildersmith.org/index.htm

Here is an excellent resource list with audios, a list of his books, and testimonials about Dr. A. E. Wilder-Smith on the topic of creation vs. evolution. Wilder-Smith debated Richard Dawkins in 1986 and, as a result, Dawkins refuses to debate creationists to this day. One person who read Wilder-Smith’s book, “The Natural Sciences Know Nothing of Evolution,” commented that it was easy to understand why Dawkins reacted the way he did.

 

Kevin Swanson – Free Book and Audio on Getting Out of Public Schools

www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=86131540410

www.EducationReformation.org

Kevin Swanson conducts a powerful interview with author Ray Fournier (a Christian public school teacher) in a challenging conversation about the urgent need to get our children out of the government schools. Hear the frank discussion about the serious reasons to remove children from government indoctrination in their formative years.

To read Fournier’s book, Education Reformation, sign up to become a member of Education Reformation and download the e-book free of charge.

Education Reformation gives homeschool parents the following:
1. A Biblical Defense for their rejection of public education.
2. An Outreach Resource to give to friends and family who are being hurt by public education.
3. A Handy Guidebook for providing a Biblical education for their children.

Ray truly believes that Education Reformation will be a great source of encouragement for homeschooling parents. He urges each of us to send the link for the free e-book to every homeschool parent we know.

 

Ten Ways to Endure Suffering

http://tinyurl.com/q6ratvr

In the midst of the season where the suffering of Christ is prominent in our thoughts, Nancy Leigh DeMoss writes that we know suffering surely will come, but God can and will give us grace and power to overcome every trial and still fulfill our purpose and mission for His kingdom. She shows how the apostle Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 10 ways to endure–to the glory of God and our own edification.

 

Free Five-Day Easter Unit Study

http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs158/
1101229843312/archive/1112850033996.html

The really nice thing about the Teaching Home’s free unit studies (besides that they’re free) is their multi-disciplinary, interactive, and family integrated nature. This is an especially neat opportunity to learn together for a change, especially if your lessons are conducted in an individual, subject-oriented fashion.

 

“Down Gilead Lane” Radio Stories

http://biblestudyplanet.com/bible-teaching-for-adults/bible-teaching-for-kids/down-gilead-lane

This popular children’s radio series is available free of charge and accompanied by a written lesson. Don’t let “lesson” scare you; it’s really just a brief additional explanation and question for thought and/or discussion. Skip it if you’d like.

 

Defend Magazine – Free Online

www.defendmag.com

This week’s quote by author Nancy Pearcey was taken from an interview that appeared in the free, online e-magazine, Defend Magazine. Parents and older students will find a rich store of resources such as interviews, reviews, and feature articles (recent ones included “God and Cosmology–What can modern science tell us about the existence of God?” and “Gary Habermas, leading Resurrection Scholar.”

 

Sermon Audios

www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?SpeakerOnly=true&currSection=
sermonsspeaker&keyword=Voddie%5EBaucham

Hear (and see) live-streamed church services; hear and see messages from classes, debates, broadcasts, sermons, and other sources. Search for messages by topic, Bible passage, or by speaker. The link provided is to the beginning page for HEAV keynote speaker, Pastor Baucham.

 

Apologetics – “Got Questions?”

www.gotquestions.org

The popular website, “Got Questions?” has prepared 3,800 answers to FAQs about the Bible and Christianity. As we approach the time when we celebrate the Resurrection and as several Bible-related movies hit the market, many of our neighbors, family, and friends will be reminded of the eternal questions of life.

 

Family Talk with Dr. James Dobson

www.drjamesdobson.org

After Dr. Dobson left “Focus on the Family,” he established “Family Talk” to help preserve and promote the institution of the family. Family Talk is not affiliated with Focus on the Family. Family Talk’s goal is to help preserve and promote the institution of the family and the biblical principles on which it is based, and to seek to introduce people to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Read free articles, listen to streaming broadcasts (or download until convenient to hear).

 

How to Guard Your Heart

http://www.biblestudytools.com/bible-study/topical-studies/how-to-guard-your-heart-html/

King Solomon instructed his son to, “Keep your heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life,” meaning that our thought life controls how we act. The late pastor and broadcaster Adrian Rogers wrote a one-page article on how to do what the Bible warns us to do–“guard your heart.”

 

Free Christian Modesty Audio Series

www.puritandownloads.com/christian-modesty-and-the-public-undressing
-of-america-by-pastor-jeff-pollard-12-free-mp3s

Pastor Jeff Pollard is the speaker in this free, 12-part audio series on “Christian Modesty and the Public Undressing of America.” The subject can be just as hard to find material on as sermons on tithing. His effort and care in study is apparent, as is his care in addressing the subject discreetly. Pastors, parents, and teachers will be challenged; the messages will help you wisely lead those for whom the Lord has made you responsible.

 

Online Christian Library

http://ntslibrary.com/Christian-PDF-Books.htm

Northwestern Theological Seminary and Christian University have assembled a collection of books in the public domain. Find Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, Pilgrim’s Progress, Mere Christianity, Matthew Henry’s Commentary, and many, many more. In addition to books, readers will see library resources (including multimedia resources such as free courses, audio and apologetics seminars, and more), research tools, reference books, and religion resources. You simply have to skim the contents to grasp the scope of material here!

 

Tracts for Mobile Devices

www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_1Nn0T0qVc

Living Waters evangelist and author Ray Comfort showcases this app in a YouTube video.

 

Family Lessons for Advent

www.focusonthefamily.com/parenting/holidays/making-meaningful-christmas-memories/celebrate-advent.aspx

Glance over these lessons from Focus on the Family and see what appeals to you. Don’t worry at all about where you are beginning or what you may have missed; simply choose what is useful and meaningful for you.

 

Puritan Hard Drive Demonstration Version

http://www.puritandownloads.com/free-puritan-hard-drive-software

The Puritan Hard Drive (PHD), a separate hard drive you connect to your computer (Windows or Apple), is now on sale, but they offer a form of the PHD one can download free of charge. Read about their extensive material from the Reformed perspective on the website. If you do wish to own the paid product, look for the frequent sale prices (two-for-one packages to share with a pastor or a family member interested in serious biblical studies) and sales extended well past the original deadlines. Endorsements include those from Voddie Baucham and evangelist Paul Washer. Sample some resources the PHD offers via their website.

 

30 Days of Thanksgiving

http://30daysofthanksgiving.com

The website says, “30 Days of Thanksgiving is simply about helping people choose to live thankful lives. Gratitude is a foundational virtue for people who have experienced the grace of God poured out through Jesus Christ.” Although already in progress, you can jump right on in if you are a social media user–Facebook to be exact. See the series of four YouTube messages that explain it; there are also daily devotionals on the website with a printable “30 Days of Thanksgiving Devotional Booklet.” Why not start a new nightly tradition of sharing a sentence of thankfulness from each family member around the dinner table?

 

How to Do Family Worship

www.oneplace.com/ministries/generations-radio/read/articles/how-to-do-family-worship-14783.html

Family worship–which can be more involved than homeschool or family devotions–may be something you practice daily, semi-weekly, or possibly only when the family is unable to attend formal services. Whether long or short, the same areas are usually covered, and often include a teaching time, worship in song, and a prayer time. Read the article to see the well-organized how-tos.

 

The Cry of the Martyrs: The Threat to Religious Liberty Around the World Video

www.frc.org/events/the-cry-of-the-martyrs-the-threat-to-religious-liberty-around-the-world

In time for last year’s International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, this presentation is one hour long beginning with a short video of interest to a broad audience. The video recounts the experience of a man imprisoned for his faith. It is not too graphic, but parents will wish to screen it first to determine its suitability for their children. The webcast was co-sponsored by the Family Research Council and Voice of the Martyrs and discussed the ongoing, and growing, assaults on religious liberty throughout the world.

 

Free Rose eCharts

www.rose-publishing.com/Assets/ClientPages/echart.aspx

Sign up for free Bible eCharts sent to your inbox weekly by Rose Bible Publishing. Printed up, they fit nicely in your Bible to keep handy, or store the files on your computer for study.

 

Oneplace.com – One-Stop Audio Broadcast Archives

www.oneplace.com/ministries

Oneplace.com is a website that archives Christian radio broadcasts so you can listen to your favorites, whether you missed the on-air broadcast or just want to listen again. Many programs are available for at least a month, some longer. Listen online or download to the player of your choice. The site also has dozens of devotionals, articles, and links to newsletters from the ministries for which they carry the archived audio.

 

Christian Alternative to Facebook

www.worldviewweekend.com/news/article/social-media-site-those-embrace-christian-worldview

If you use social media you may have noticed a problem–well, okay, several problems–with Facebook, including their shutting down conservative sites or otherwise censoring conservative speech (writing). MyWorldviewPage.com is the answer provided by Brannon Howse and Worldview Weekend.com. It describes itself as, “a social media site for those who embrace a Christian worldview.” Read more in the short article.

 

Christian Youth Worldview Conference – Memphis, Tennessee Area – January 2-4, 2014

www.worldviewweekend.com/conferences/event/january-2-2014-1030am/
contend-2014-student-worldview-weekend

Student Worldview Weekend

Cost: Free; however, travel, lodging, and meals are the responsibility of the attendees.

Sponsored by Brannon Howse and Worldview Weekend, this conference will top off the training you have given your young people before they are launched into the world on their own.

 

International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church – November 10

www.idop.org

http://info.persecution.org/IDOP2013[K1]

Voice of the Martyrs and other groups sponsor an annual International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP) near All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. This year it will be celebrated on Sunday, November 10, 2013. See the free promotional video, suggested prayers, other resources, and ways to get involved at the website.

 

False Guilt in Limited Circumstances

www.livingonadime.com/false-guilt-depriving-kids

Satan wants to steal your joy! If he can’t keep you from becoming a Christian, he’ll settle for making you an ineffective one and make you lose your witness to the world and to your kids. Read the blogger at Living on a Dime about feeling guilty when you must economize. Don’t apologize for tightening your belt–or requiring your kids to do it–when circumstances require. Your kids will thank you one day for joining them in an after-dark (free) game of tag in the yard.

 

Free Book – Israel 101 – Praying for Israel

www.salemoffers.com/campaign/pray-and-free-offer/rc/swnnewsletters

Learn about the land of Israel with this free book while learning more about praying for Israel, God’s chosen people.

 

How to Have Family Devotions

https://bible.org/article/how-have-family-devotions

Whether or not you include group devotions in your homeschool day (as opposed to working with individual Bible study material, which is common with older students), here are practical suggestions for those interested in coming together as a complete family to worship and study. Find Bible reading plans, devotional guides, Bible study material for a family, suggestions for families with young children, and much more.

 

Praying for Your Children and Future Children

www.thebettermom.com/2013/07/5-ways-to-pray-for-your-future-children

It is hard to imagine a more sacred duty to our children–the ones here and those yet to arrive–than to pray daily for them. Many parents are praying for the future spouses as well. Read the suggestions for prayer–and take a minute to exercise that priceless privilege!

 

Church History for Kids: Heroes of the Faith

www.christianity.com/church/church-history/church-history-for-kids

Read the short stories about heroes of the Christian faith such as Adoniram Judson, John Bunyan, Ida Scudder, and many more and then ask or discuss the questions at the end of the stories.

 

Praying for Our Children Monthly Calendar

www.broomfieldumc.org/clientimages/35460/pictures/prayforchildren.pdf

Keep this days-of-the-month calendar handy–in your Bible, where you usually pray–any place it will be handy. Use it often and the verses will become secondhand.

 

Sermon Audio

www.sermonaudio.com/main.asp

While you can hear live-streamed church broadcasts, the real treasure trove of this site is the over 600,000 archived sermons by some of America’s best known preachers with solid biblical messages. Search for messages by topic, Bible passage, and by speaker’s name.

 

Voice of the Martyrs Online Classroom

https://www.vomclassroom.com

www.persecution.com/public/newsroom.aspx?story_ID=NTgz&featuredstory_
ID=Mzgy&clickfrom=ZmVhdHVyZWRzdG9yaWVz

The Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) Open Classroom has free classes on persecution (you will need to register). The group’s founder, the late Richard Wurmbrand, repeatedly warned the church in the West of coming persecution and urged–begged–the Church to prepare for it. Although we in the West do not face persecution to such a degree yet, many predict it will get worse. These classes also prepare students (high school and up–parents can decide) to effectively minister to and advocate for the persecuted worldwide. “Open Classroom” means that classes are free-access, self-enrolled, and self-paced personal study. VOM expects to add even more classes soon.

By the way, if you do not know Wurmbrand ‘s story, Voice of the Martyrs will send a free copy of his biography, Tortured for Christ (second link).

 

Annual “Call 2 Fall” Prayer for the Nation – June 30

www.call2fall.com

https://twitter.com/call2fall

https://www.facebook.com/call2fall

Call 2 Fall is an annual prayer effort close to Independence Day acknowledging our dependenceon God. There are 130 Virginia churches signed up at the time of this writing; join with one of them, add your own, host a small group, or pray with your family.

 

Gospel Reading for Summer

http://rachelwojo.com/bible-reading-plan-for-children

This homeschool mom has chosen the book of John for her family to read as their Summer Reading Challenge. Read her thoughts on implementing a program to keep skills sharp while also feeding her children’s hearts.

 

Seven Ways to Praise Your Husband for Seven Days

http://rachelwojo.com/7-ways-to-praise-your-husband-for-7-days

Give Dad the gift of genuine encouragement for Father’s Day by offering sincere praise. Here are some suggestions that will encourage your husband!

 

Hymns of the Faith

www.BiblicalFocus.com/Hymn_History.html

“Hymns Of The Faith–A Ministry Of College of the Open Bible” is yet another place to look up hymn stories online. This website has short entries that would fit easily into devotions or a short story time.

 

Church Listening Pages

www.raisingarrows.net/special-features/church-listening-pages

Here are some simple printables to help children develop the habit (yes, they can be trained) of listening carefully in church–especially during the sermon, but not only then.

 

Matthew Henry’s “Prayer to be Used by Children”

www.matthewhenry.org/read/kjv-first-person/chapter-nine/#.ULpRz6w0Vac

From the 1700s comes Matthew Henry’s “Prayer to be Used by Children.” Henry was a very famous English preacher who wrote a Bible commentary still in use today. Note how many clear references there are to Bible verses in the prayer (an older child could be asked to identify the verses as a devotional exercise). Since Henry was a Presbyterian, the prayer assumes the child would have been baptized.

 

Stories Behind the Hymns

www.sharefaith.com/guide/Christian-Music/hymns-the-songs-and-the-stories/index.html

This website is exactly as it sounds! Find the stories behind many hymns we’d recognize easily, as well as stories about the writers. Family devotions aren’t complete without singing praises to God. Learning about the hymns makes them come alive in our hearts and minds. Once you start on this road, you’re hooked! There are many websites that will give backgrounds on hymns and writers along with the music in audio and sheet music form.

 

Children’s Stories from Grace Gems

http://gracegems.org/Arthur/childrens_stories.htm

Grace Gems has several old-fashioned, character-building children’s stories online that you can read to your children for a story time. They could also be used for a devotional time or an evening story.

 

Ultimate Apologetics MP3 Audios

www.apologetics315.com/2008/03/ultimate-apologetics-mp3-audio-page.html

Slightly different from the Apologetics Podcasts page recently shared here (regularly scheduled programs), these audios are a compilation of classes, speeches, and sermons on various topics in apologetics. Sit at the feet of masters in your own home!

 

Bible Printables – Coloring Pages, Lessons, and More!

www.bible-printables.com

Here are printable prayers; coloring pages to go with Bible lessons; common hymns, carols, Sunday school songs; puzzles and more.

 

16 Best Apologetics Podcasts

www.apologetics315.com/2007/10/16-best-apologetics-podcasts.html

Apologetics 315 recommends these programs as the “16 Best Apologetics Podcasts.” Most, if not all, are available free via iTunes or other media.

 

Prayer Guide for Our Country’s Leaders

www.billygraham.org/pray-for-leaders/index.asp

This short, downloadable prayer guide for our national and other leaders is just the right size to print and carry in your Bible as a reminder.

 

Apologetics – Christian Answers

www.christiananswers.net/q-eden/edn-t008.html

www.christiananswers.net/home.html

At this time of year, near Resurrection Sunday, the topics of Jesus’ life, miracles, death on the cross, and resurrection often come up. Christian Answers takes on these and other questions in sections for adults and children. You might start with the resurrection and discuss how to answer challenges or questions with your older children, then glance at the main page with its changing list of monthly questions.

 

 Andrew Murray – The Deeper Christian Life:Daily Fellowship with God

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nb81r1iTTwU&feature=youtu.be

http://librivox.org/the-deeper-christian-life-by-andrew-murray

Hear a professionally read audio from a book by Andrew Murray, The Deeper Christian Life: Daily Fellowship with God. The link is to part one of eight found on YouTube or the Librivox website.

 

Teaching Home Easter Unit Study

http://www.teachinghome.com/newsletters/newsletter338.cfm

The Teaching Home offers an Easter Unit Study intended to cover five days. There are over 70 links to material that may be useful to your family.

 

Black Christianity Before the Civil War

www.ctlibrary.com/ch/1999/issue62/62h026.html

“Black Christianity Before the Civil War: Christian History Timeline” details–in abbreviated form–some of the history of Christianity in America among blacks. Your students will meet many new and inspiring people!

 

Presidential Prayer Team

www.presidentialprayerteam.com

Inauguration Day reminds us of the need–indeed, the biblical commandment–to pray for our leaders. This non-partisan website and free daily e-mail offers guided prayer ideas and suggests a particular set of leaders from all branches of government for prayer each week. See the banners on the home page to get an idea of all the areas covered–there are a lot!

 

 Free Book of Virtues Curriculum

www.shiveracademy.com/unit-1-self-discipline.html

A homeschool mom prepared a huge set of workbook studies to go along with William J. Bennet’sThe Book of Virtues. She offers it free of charge as a download.

 

Family Activities for Winter Break

www.teachinghome.com/newsletters/newsletter264.cfm

See issue number 264 of the Teaching Home Magazine for a variety of enriching and educational activity suggestions your family can enjoy over the Christmas and New Year break.

 

The Teaching Home – Christmas Peace

http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs158/1101229843312/
archive/1111756315585.html

Issue number 354 of the Teaching Home features ways to foster family peace and take that peace-making skill out into the world.

 

Names of God Tree

www.blessedbeyondadoubt.com/christ-in-christmas-name-of-god-tree

One family describes their little tree decorated with tinsel and simple tags printed with the names of God as found throughout the Bible. Make your tags as simple or as creative as you wish. Click on the links in the blog to see a listing of the names–or do your own research!

 

Free Jesse Tree Advent Family Devotional

www.aholyexperience.com/2011/11/free-jesse-tree-advent-family-devotional

Ann Voskamp of the Holy Experience blog has shared her Jesse Tree devotional with 25 days of short, family friendly devotions to her e-mail subscribers (sign up free of charge). Each day, find Bible verses with reflections on them, a full-color ornament to cut out for your Jesse Tree, and an “action point” to put more of Christ’s love into practice.

 

Presidential Prayer Team

www.presidentialprayerteam.com

This non-partisan website and free daily e-mail offers guided prayer ideas and suggests a particular set of leaders from all parts of the government for prayer each week. See the banners on the home page to get an idea of all the areas covered–it’s a lot!

 

Free Instilling Biblical Character E-book

www.blessedbeyondadoubt.com/christian-education-free-ebook

This e-book goes perfectly with the encouragement article in the Update this week. Christian education in the home is incomplete without purposefully forming the biblical character of your children. Follow the easy steps to download your free copy.

 

Scripture Prayers Before–and After–the Election

http://40daystosaveamerica.com/40days_prayerguide.pdf

The election is less than a week away. Get suggestions of how you can pray for God’s continued grace and guidance.

 

Christian Grandparenting

www.christiangrandparenting.net

www.christiangrandparenting.net/images/stories/downloads/scriptures-to-pray-for-grandchildren.pdf

See a list of suggested Scriptures to pray for grandchildren along with prayers for grandparents.

 

Sermons on the Underground Church by Richard Wurmbrand

www.sermonindex.net/modules/mydownloads/viewcat.php?op=&cid=50

www.persecution.com

After years of imprisonment by the communist authorities in Romania, and living in a country that was far from free even when he was out of prison, Richard Wurmbrand has spoken expertly on the subject of the persecuted church. Brother Wurmbrand and his wife were eventually ransomed by Christians in the West and settled in the United States where they established Voice of the Martyrs (second link). He urged western Christians to prepare now for the possibility–indeed the probability–that they too would one day live under severe oppression. These four sermons are a place to start. His messages apply to us now in many ways, giving us pointers on our devotional lives.

 

11 Simple Theological Terms We All Need to Know

www.bibleprophecyblog.com/2012/08/11-simple-theological-terms-we-all-need_22.html

Dr. Christopher Cone of Tyndale Theological Seminary has written this article with the layman in mind. He gives brief, easy-to-understand definitions and related Scriptures for bibliology, theology proper, Christology, and eight more key terms. The article is suitable for use with high school and above.

 

Christian Resources: Hymn Studies

http://homeschoolblogger.com/hymnstudies   http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/hymnoftheday

Enrich your Christian life and strengthen your faith with these hymn studies full of details about the writers and the circumstances around which these priceless treasures were written. Read each one on the blog or sign up for the Yahoo group to have them delivered to your inbox. One Bible curriculum with which your editor is familiar suggests a hymn to memorize each week with a schedule of singing the first verse on Monday, verses one and two on Tuesday, and so on. Stretch it into two weeks to really cement all the verses in your minds.

 

Gospel for Asia Free Resources and Prayer Page

www.gfa.org/resource  www.gfa.org/pray

The Gospel for Asia website free resource page includes PDF and audio versions of books about the exciting missions work being done in South Asia. There are even a few songs. You’ll be asked to register for the site, but it’s free. Then consider using the variety of prayer teachings for yourself, your family, small group studies, or a church presentation. You may sign up for prayer request e-mails. Note: You will wish to preview items before using them with young people; some items contain graphic descriptions of persecution.

 

Foster Care Prayer Vigils – Anywhere – Ends May 27

May 20 through 27, 2012. You are encouraged to register your vigil time on the website and can indicate whether or not it is open to the public. Time for planning public events is obviously very limited, but your small group study or family can set aside time to pray for children not in permanent homes worldwide. See the website for more information.

www.FosterCarePrayerVigil.org

 

Bible Fathers Trivia Quiz

Take on a challenge and learn.

www.funtrivia.com/trivia-quiz/Religion/Bible-Dads-42585.html

 

Free Rice: Feed the Poor and Learn While Playing Games

For every correct answer, 10 grains of rice go to a program that feeds the poor. Categories have expanded to now include Humanities (famous paintings and literature); geography (flags of the world, identify countries on the map, world capitals, world landmarks); English (vocabulary and grammar); math (multiplication and basic math/pre-algebra); chemistry (basic and complete symbols); foreign language (German, Spanish, French, and Italian); science (human anatomy); and test prep (SAT).

www.freerice.com/category

 

92 Ways to Share Your Faith

Although this list refers to sharing the Gospel of John, the ideas translate well to tract distribution. The website also has a great, free devotional–e-mailed daily–if you wish. Check out the second link; free membership is required.

www.ptl.org/sharing/92ways.php

www.ptl.org/code/devotionals.php?day=1186

 

Family Worship Resolution

www.christiannewswire.com/news/9167318743.html

http://familyworshipmonth.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/family-worship-declaration2.pdf

January 29, 2012 was Family Worship Sunday, capping Family Worship Month (January). The associated website says, “Family Worship Month is a humble call to the church and to the heads of households to spend time with those you love reading the Bible, praying, and/or singing.” Read the story about the importance of family worship in the home at the first link and the suggested resolution at the second link. Many parts of the resolution are sure to resonate with you and strengthen your commitment to discipleship in your family.

 

Digital Puritan

www.digitalpuritan.net

If you enjoy reading the works of Puritans such as John Bunyan, Matthew Henry, Jonathan Edwards, and John Owen, you will be pleased to learn that many of their works, and the works of many other Puritan authors, are available free of charge in digital format. Hundreds of sermons, treatises, books, and other works can be downloaded directly to your computer and many are also formatted for e-reader devices such as the Kindle.

 

One-Minute Apologist

http://oneminuteapologist.com

www.youtube.com/user/oneminuteapologist?feature=watch

The One-Minute Apologist seeks to provide quick, credible answers to apologetic questions for people with a hunger to defend their Christian faith. The organization also has a YouTube channel.

The site says, “The One-Minute Apologist sets out to answer tough questions about Christianity, Bible Difficulties, Faith, Religion, Jesus, God, Atheism, Cults, Doctrine, Theology, Ethics, Science, Philosophy, World Religions, and more.”

 

Voice of the Martyrs Kids of Courage Series

www.kidsofcouragemag.com

Voice of the Martyrs recently came out with their new Kids of Courage series suitable for vacation Bible schools or Sunday schools (ages 5 to 13). Their regular newsletters–past and current–are now online. The program gives children an awareness of the persecuted church “without going into the gory details.” Children will learn about forgiveness and faithfulness through real stories about Christians who were persecuted for their faith.

 

Change Collegian Network

www.changeyourcampus.com

Change Collegian Network is a national campus Christian ministry with conferences, local chapters, free Internet resources, and much, much more. According to the website, it has grown “from a ministry focused on equipping college students to evangelize and defend the faith, into a holistic campus ministry, incorporating Bible study, praise, worship, and group prayer.” The group can help you organize your own chapter if there isn’t one already near you; a chapter just began at Old Dominion University with only four students!

 

Jesus Film Project and Behind the Easter Story

www.homeschoollibrary.info/2012/04/08/jesus-film-project-behind-the-easter-story

Watch the entire “Jesus” Film (two hours) or the shorter “The Story of Jesus for Children,”– both free online. Your family may also enjoy “Behind the Easter Story,” a walk through Jerusalem and environs via a limestone model and actual on-scene footage from the Holy Land. This production is presented in two 26-minute segments.

Economics

Liberty Guide

www.libertyguide.com/resources/intellectual-resources/top-ten-lists/ten-thinkers

The “Resources” section has biographical sketches with links to more; videos, articles, and links to like-minded websites.

 

Two Views of the Federal Reserve

www.dynamindspublishing.com/free/fed.html

DynaMinds Publishing produces and distributes financial education curriculum, books and games. They currently offer a free curriculum about the Federal Reserve Bank. It is designed to supplement the average high school or entry-level college economics course and aims to help teachers explain the role of the nation’s central bank in a new and multi-modal way. Created by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, it includes a DVD that provides an inside look at the role of the Federal Reserve , and an accompanying curriculum guide emphasizing key points teachers can highlight as students participate in scenarios that illustrate how monetary policies affect our economy’s well-being.

The von Mises–or “Austrian School” of economics is opposed to the Federal Reserve system. See their website for information.

http://wiki.mises.org/wiki/Federal_Reserve_System

 

Free Workbook for Teens: How to Buy Your First Car

www.thehomeschoolmom.com/free-downloads

How to Buy Your First Car is a free workbook to help teens gather the information needed to evaluate the pros and cons of purchasing a particular vehicle. Shopping for a car is an excellent opportunity to learn how to evaluate a major purchase decision, not just based on the cost of the item itself but also on the long-term cost of owning and maintaining it. The workbook guides teens through the process. There are also two downloads available for children ages 8 through 13–a country notebooking unit and a state/province notebooking unit.

 

Modules in Basic and Intermediate College Economics

http://www.fee.org/education_modules/category/basic-economics#axzz2hGUls4Px

http://www.fee.org/education_modules/category/intermediate-economics#axzz2hGUls4Px

A student who completes these modules will have a grasp of college-level Economics 101 or higher. They are independent, not for credit, and free of charge. There are numerous other economic resources available on the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) website. FEE also offers high school and college seminars in-person.

 

Foundation for Economic Education

www.fee.org/library/#axzz2XfeDr776

The Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) has many free resources such as a newsletter, online library with multimedia, and more, to fill in the blanks in economics education most of us have.

 

Budget 101

www.budget101.com

Find ideas submitted by users in categories such as crafts, DIY, gardening, holidays, frugal living, gifts, and mixes. You can post questions asking fellow frugal folks for their money-saving solutions. There are many more along with a free newsletter.

 

A Recommended Reading List

www.amyfound.org/discipling_resources/
discipled_nation/resources/great_stories.html

This list comes from the Amy Foundation, a Christian organization whose purpose is to promote good writing that will have a positive influence on society. They say to “get started with a good story” (good reading is an essential foundation for good writing). There are other recommended reading lists and resource links at the bottom of the page. Some titles may not be suitable for your family.

 

Feed the Pig Savings Advice

http://feedthepig.org

Learn the why and how of savings–and have fun!–with help from Financial Literacy. There are videos, a free weekly e-mailed tip, various calculators, articles, archived tips, and podcasts.

 

Economics and Government: Stossel in the Classroom

Stossel in the Classroom now has a free 2013 DVD available to order or to stream from the website. The ad says the DVD includes 10 new segments on a range of topics with English and Spanish subtitles, and a teacher guide (in English and Spanish) with lesson plans, graphic organizers, activity suggestions, viewing guides, and vocabulary. Some 2012 DVDs are still available, as are streaming segments from previous years. Although his main topics tend to be economics and government, they touch on a huge list of side issues and subject areas.

http://stosselintheclassroom.org/freedvd/?source=INB13

Economic Thinking

www.EconomicThinking.org

Economic Thinking has developed seminars, workshops, guest talks, and books demonstrating the role of economic freedom, property rights, and the rule of law in enabling progress and prosperity in America and around the world. They recently developed an economic curriculum, “Economics in a Box.” Economic Thinking brings the leading scholars’ market-oriented ideas to students, parents, and teachers.

 

“Economics is Fun” Video Clips

www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL06A6035D1EAF3D0E

Even if you didn’t think you liked econ, you WILL find yourself at least somewhat amused by this series from the Adam Smith Institute. The clips are very short (one- to three-minutes mostly), so there are no long boring lectures. Thus, you have an introduction that is super easy to stop, digest, and discuss with students (high schoolers or motivated younger students). The British accent, bow ties (or casual shirts), cutesy little props all help make this–as the title suggests–fun!

 

Economics in “The Homeschool Classroom” from von Mises Audio and Lectures

http://mises.org/media/categories/185/Homeschool-Classroom

http://mises.org

Find such titles as, “A Libertarian Gallop Through American History” and “350 Years of Economic Theory in 50 Minutes.” While you may not agree with all the conclusions, the lectures at the first link will give you a glimpse into Libertarian views and be fascinating discussion prompts. Enter “homeschool” in the search box (top right) at the second link for a much more extensive set of results for searching topics applicable to homeschooling on the website.

English

Free Copywork – The Lord’s Prayer

http://intoxicatedonlife.com/product-tag/lords-prayer

Get this free 18-day copywork printable and help your youngsters learn this classic Bible passage at the same time. In addition to the obvious penmanship exercise, the regular practice of copywork also improves vocabulary, dictation skills, and memorization. Choose manuscript or cursive.

 

Copywork Quotes for Older Students

www.sermonindex.net/modules/myalbum/viewcat.php?cid=355

Copywork is one way to combine several subject areas in one activity, in this case, penmanship, history, philosophy, debate and rhetoric (if you discuss the quotes and ask your students to defend their positions), spelling, grammar, and vocabulary. Here is a great list of historic quotes.

 

Thesaurus.com

http://thesaurus.com/browse/charitable

http://dynamo.dictionary.com/?mp_source=ihzyvr

Prompted by item 3.4 on charity evaluations, your editor looked up “charitable” on Thesaurus.com. You would probably be quite surprised at the plethora of information this word generated beyond a mere list of several alternate words. You can select for more common versus informal synonyms, relevance, complexity, and word length. Find the definition, audible pronunciation, and part of speech; in addition, see related terms and their synonyms (seven pages of them in this case!), numerous sample sentences, and the word’s origin and history. If you opt for free membership, you may sign up for a daily e-mailed word from Dictionary.com and make lists of favorite words (share them with friends if you care to), and access the Word Dynamo sections for games to build vocabulary or just have fun! Word Dynamo deserves an entry all its own!

 

 iPad Apps for Struggling or Beginning Readers

www.educatorstechnology.com/2014/03/40-ipad-apps-for-struggling-reading-and.html

Free and commercial apps are available to help your student read, write, spell, and even record drawings. Some apps are aimed at the youngest pre-reader, others may even streamline some processes online for you!

Little House Lessons

http://gardenofpraise.com/ingallslesson.htm

The old family favorite Little House series of books have a number of resources, from free projects and written work to entire unit studies.

Older students–and their parents–may be interested to learn more from digging up the story behind Rose Wilder’s trip to Russia. In her younger years, she supported the Bolshevik Revolution, but her travels there resulted in the Discovery of Freedom.

(Note: parents will wish to decide if some of the difficult subjects in Ms. Wilder’s life are suitable for their students.)

 

Link Literature with Activities

http://craftsandartforchildren.blogspot.com/2011/04/very-hungry-caterpillar-crafts.html

Author Eric Carle and his hungry caterpillar have lots of pint-sized fans. If there is a fan in your house, take a look at these suggestions from Crafts-N-Things for Children. Note the list of activities by age in the center column of the page and the holiday and seasonal lists below it. Try an internet search for activities related to your child’s favorite books or authors (Dr. Seuss + crafts +/- activities).

 

Tracing Lines Worksheets for Pre-writers

www.worksheets4children.com/2013/07/TracingLinesWorksheetsForKids.html

Simple exercises can help students who are pre-writers with fine motor skills–and free a little of your time.

 

More Than 50 Journal Jar Writing Prompts

www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/50-Journal-Jar-Writing-Prompts-74197

Print up these colorful paper slips with writing prompts and pop them into a Journal Jar. Add to it whenever you come across more good ideas. Rotate them with other batches of prompts to keep the ideas from getting stale. Do you let the kids assign you a writing prompt? Do they see you writing– other than a shopping list?

 

Classic Children’s Books to Read Online

www.wegivebooks.org/collections/classics

Save on books and even on gas for trips to the library and add a book to your child’s internet library. The classics section is most likely to feature suitable books.

 

Corner Bookmarks

http://simplycharlottemason.com/store/corner-bookmarks

http://simplycharlottemason.com/store/narration-bookmarks

Print these free corner bookmarks from Simply Charlotte Mason. Once you see the simple shape, it will be a quick step to an art lesson and making your own. Note also the free narration bookmarks.

 

Free Notebooking Pages Resource Center

http://notebookingpages.com/free-resource-center

Whether you use notebooking as a homeschooling style or not, students will appreciate attractive papers on which to do assignments or copywork. Grandparents will be thrilled to get examples of current work on nice paper too. The Notebooking Pages website has a good selection of free pages that are always available and has special freebies for those who subscribe to their newsletter.

By the way, if you are unfamiliar with “notebooking,” check out the information from the Homeschool Mom and Notebooking Pages. There are more sites listed and an Internet search will turn up others.

www.thehomeschoolmom.com/teacherslounge/notebooking.php

http://notebookingpages.com/notebooking

 

Book Adventure

www.bookadventure.com/Home.aspx

Book Adventure is a fun, free way to motivate your child to read! Kids in grades K-8 can search for books, read them offline, come back to be quizzed on what they’ve read, and earn prizes for their reading success.

 

Grammar Monster

www.grammar-monster.com

The website offers English tips in categories such as punctuation, a daily grammar tip, confused words, parts of speech, and more. You can even submit a grammar question.

 

Word Hippo

www.wordhippo.com

What’s next? Now there is a website that will look up antonyms, synonyms, rhyming words, and much, much more.

 

100 Most Often Misspelled Words

http://grammar.yourdictionary.com/spelling-and-word-lists/misspelled.html

Challenge yourselves (parents included) and see how you do with this list of commonly misspelled words–and learn the correct spelling. It’s part of your “one-time-only” first impression in writing.

 

Watson’s Complete SpellerOral and Written

http://searchworks.stanford.edu/view/5613192

http://books.google.com/books?id=cU4XAAAAIAAJ&source=gbs_ViewAPI

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.

 

Vintage Speller – Three Thousand Practice Words by Westlake

http://books.google.com/books?id=iE4XAAAAIAAJ&source=gbs_ViewAPI

Three Thousand Practice Words: With an Appendix Containing Rules for Spelling, Rules for Capitals, Etc., by James Willis Westlake, 1874, is available as a free Google e-Book. Webster wasn’t the only one who wrote spellers! If you love vintage school books or the art and science of spelling, you’ll love this volume. Spelling lessons are arranged alphabetically and are made up of upper level words. Part II is “difficult words” and Part III, “proper names.” Part IV, homophonous words in the form of dictation exercises, may be useful to many and entertaining to logophiles (and the general reading public). The appendix is almost another speller in itself with several more parts! Truly a rich resource for older spellers and their teachers who want to be excellent spellers.

 

The Online Books Page

http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu

On this site–a project of the University of Pennsylvania–you will find a list of links to over a million books available online. Parents will wish to screen first, as content and suitability will vary…but we will get you to read today!

 

The Hiding Place

http://thebestnotes.com/booknotes/Hiding_Place_Summary/

Use The Hiding Place as your search term in the website search box to find a free study guide to the classic book by Corrie ten Boom (or click on the link below). After you finish the book study, view the film with family members who are, in your judgment, ready for this emotional story that contains factual WWII violence. You can download or print the study guides. By the way, did you see Corrie’s quote in Section 5, “Worth Repeating”?

Note: some books on the site may not be suitable for your family.

 

High School English Resources

http://www.smarrpublishers.com/free.html

www.smarrpublishers.com/moodle/course/view.php?id=52

www.smarrpublishers.com/SG-6020.pdf

Smarr Publishers offers many free resources on their website, including A Guide to Critical Writing, Grammar, and StyleMoping Melancholy Mad: An Introduction to Poetry, and A Research Project in Ten Lessons, all by Robert W. Watson.

The text, study guides, and answer keys for An Introduction to the Short Story by Robert W. Watson can be found at the second link.

A downloadable PDF of the student guide for Moping Melancholy Mad: An Introduction to Poetrycan be found at the third link.

 

Janice Campbell’s “Books Boys Like” List

http://pinterest.com/janicecampbell/books-boys-like/

Janice Campbell, who homeschooled her four boys from preschool through early college, suggests these not only as good books, but ones boys like to read.

 

Confusing Words Index

www.gingersoftware.com/english-online/spelling-book/confusing-words

Here is a website designed to explain words often confused in the English language. Begin with the alphabetic index and browse through it, bookmarking the page for future reference. There is a free e-mail list along with a blog.

 

A Recommended Reading List

www.amyfound.org/discipling_resources/discipled_nation/
resources/great_stories.html

This list comes from the Amy Foundation, a Christian organization whose purpose is to promote good writing that will have a positive influence on society. They say to “get started with a good story” (good reading is an essential foundation for good writing). There are other recommended reading lists and resource links at the bottom of the page. Some titles may not be suitable for your family.

 

Specialty Dictionaries and Glossaries

www.alphadictionary.com/specialty.html

This website goes into all sorts of professional fields and subspecialties to offer a selection of special dictionaries. It may be worth bookmarking for future reference.

 

Word of the Day for Children

www.drgoodword.com

Dr. Goodword’s Word Wizard Club is open to kids and English learners of all ages! Subscribe free of charge to the simplified word of the day features (reviews, puzzles, spelling helps) with Goodword Junior. Then explore the other activities of this new, online club for kids.

 

Classics-Based Writing – Condolence Letters

http://schoolhouseteachers.com/schoolhouse-teachers/classics-based-writing

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bixby_letter

This is an introduction to a lesson in a paid subscription, but there are still great pointers to be gained from “Writer’s Toolbox” and what follows for this lesson. The lesson happens to be on writing condolence letters modeled on a letter by Abraham Lincoln. The introduction is at the first link; the second link is the Wikipedia article on the letter with the text of the letter. Get your FREE, one-year subscription to schoolhouseteachers.com when you register for the convention and access this course–and lots of others–year round!

 

“Alt Codes” Chart for Special Keyboard Characters

www.tedmontgomery.com/tutorial/altchrc.html

Do you wonder why your computer is missing the cents symbol or heart that other computers seem to have? Here is a chart with both common and unusual keyboard characters and how to teach them to your computer.

 

Handwriting Day – January 23 – Penmanship Tools Online

http://donnayoung.org/penmanship

With the rising use of texting, e-mail, and word processing software (such as Microsoft Word), students get less and less practice in the fine art of penmanship. Donna Young has many forms of handwriting tools from letter animations to printables for both manuscript and cursive to aid in developing proper letter formation. Why not celebrate Handwriting Day with a special note to a loved one or shut-in?

 

Free Automatic Bibliography and Citation Maker

www.easybib.com

Although students should know the basics without this handy gadget, it does make a good checker after they have done it on their own. It will come in very handy when you need to know how to correctly cite a rather obscure source such as a court case, online video, or digital file.

 

World Wide Words

www.worldwidewords.org

Your editor is a logophile and has enjoyed this site’s free, weekly newsletter for years. The site’s British owner describes the site this way:

“The English language is forever changing. New words appear; old ones fall out of use or change their meanings. World Wide Words tries to record at least some part of this shifting wordscape by featuring new words, word histories, the background to words in the news, and the curiosities of native English speech.

 

Latin Phrase List

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Latin_phrases_(full)

Find a very handy list of almost all the common Latin phrases likely to be used in literature in the Wikipedia compilation. Browse randomly (how about one a day?) or look up as needed in the alphabetical listing.

 

The “Long ‘S’”

http://18thcenturybibleman.wordpress.com/2012/07/09/the-long-s

Have you encountered old print texts (18th-century primary source material, for example) and wondered about the letter “s” that looks a lot like our modern “f”? Here is a brief explanation. An Internet search will turn up much more information if you are interested.

Be-a-Voice Network

Voice of the Martyrs offers an opportunity to write letters to, or on behalf of, our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world; speak to your own church or others about the needs of the persecuted; and focus on prayer for the persecuted church. See the website for all the details.

www.be-a-voice.net

 

What Makes a Book Good

Harvey and Laurie Bluedorn, of Trivium Pursuit, suggest ways to determine if a book is suitable for children.

http://www.triviumpursuit.com/articles/what_makes_a_book_good.php

 

Spellcheck.net

http://www.spellcheck.net/

A free online spellchecker. Copy and paste a piece of text, click “spell check” and all the spelling errors will be highlighted. A pull down menu is used to give you suggestions with the most likely choices. It is amazingly accurate.

 

Purdue’s Online Writing Lab (OWL)

http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl

Purdue University has a website with over 200 free English resources useful to students and teachers from about seventh grade on up. Taking a quick look at the site will give you an idea of what’s there and if it will be of use.

 

Preparation for Playwriting Contest in April

http://ywp.scriptfrenzy.org

Preparatory notes are already up on the NaNoWriMo website prior to their playwriting contest called “Script Frenzy,” which is in April. Your students may want to take a look in case they are more interested in writing plays or movie scripts than novels.

 

Preschool through Ninth Grade

www.spelling-words-well.com/spelling-word-games.html

See a variety of spelling games; some may be played online, and others require paper or a Scrabble board–lots of free ideas! There are also worksheets, word lists by grade, and lessons from preschool through ninth grade.

 

Notebooking

www.thehomeschoolmom.com/teacherslounge/notebooking.php

http://notebookingpages.com

What is notebooking? Check the first link to read more. If you subscribe to the free newsletter at NotebookingPages.com, you’ll have access to many free sample pages to try out notebooking. There are more sites listed and an Internet search will turn up others.

 

OurDictionary.com Teacher and Student Resources

http://education.yourdictionary.com/

There is an extensive list of links to aid teachers, parents, and students.

 

New Curriculum from World Magazine Publishers – Sample Lesson

www.writewithworld.com

www.learnwithworld.com/pdf/writewithworld/sample.pdf

“Write with WORLD” is the two-year middle school writing curriculum developed by education and media professionals.” The developers say, “Learn about this groundbreaking curriculum that uses fascinating current events, insights from over 20 media pros, and a compelling Christian worldview to motivate and teach students effectively.” You can test drive it via this sample lesson.

 

Confusing Words

http://www.confusingwords.com

“Affluent” or “effluent”? “Effect” or “affect”? Confusing Words addresses those questions, as well as similar questions about the 3,210 words that are most troublesome to writers. Use the Confusing Words search engine to find the word in question, along with its definition, and to see it used in a sentence.

 

Dictations Online

http://www.dictationsonline.com/

Are your students ready for challenge? Select from the 63 graded dictations (read with a mild British accent–it’s easy to adapt with a little practice). Make sure your students know that a “full stop” in British usage is a period in U.S. grammar terms. It is also printed on the page. Listen to a complete read-through, then click on the spot indicated when ready to write. After a demonstration of an elementary level, children will get the hang of how it works. High schoolers may benefit from reading some of the books used in the upper level dictations such as 1984,Oliver TwistJane Eyre, and other well-known works of English literature. Parents will wish to choose passages that are suitable for their family.

 

WordCount

http://www.wordcount.org/index2.html

WordCount (TM) presents the 86,800 most frequently used words in the English language. According to the site, “Each word is scaled to reflect its frequency relative to the words that precede and follow it, giving a visual barometer of relevance. The larger the word, the more we use it. The smaller the word, the more uncommon it is.”

 

Homeschool Writers

http://homeschoolwriters.com 

A one-stop site for information on many of the writing contests open to homeschoolers. The site was created by a homeschooled girl at the age of 11. She crafted a chart to show such summarized information as due dates, ages, prizes, and topics. She has even added an e-mail reminder feature to let you know of approaching deadlines. There are also curriculum reviews and literature recommendations.

 

Type Phonetic Symbols for English

http://ipa.typeit.org

The website says, “This page allows you to easily type phonetic transcriptions of English words in the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). You can edit your text in the box and then copy it to your document, e-mail message, etc.”

Geography

Recipes from 50 States

www.allfreecasserolerecipes.com/Editors-Picks/Recipe-Roundup-Representing-the-50-States/ml/1

Enjoy a sampling of recipes from this yummy list that represents all 50 states. Whatever state you are studying or visiting will be all the more fun.

 

Mission Friends Curriculum

www.lcms.org/page.aspx?pid=1016

Here is a wonderful way to learn about others and become more aware of all God’s blessings to us. This free printable missions curriculum from the Lutherans has many applications for an elementary geography and missions exploration. Find 18 lesson pamphlets for different countries with maps, recipes, vocabulary, and more. In addition, there are bookmarks, dot-to-dot and coloring pages, “passports,” and printable copies of real country stamps from around the world. Start on the curriculum page and navigate to the other pages via the left sidebar.

 

Israel Video Network

www.israelvideonetwork.com/category/jerusalem

See a variety of gorgeous videos that showcase the unique beauty of the home God gave to His chosen people. Some videos touch on biblical topics–one demonstrated carrying the Ark of the Covenant.

 

Christmas in Australia Unit Study

www.amonco.org/christmasinaustralia.html

A Montessori teacher has assembled a list of links to help you explore Christmas “down under”–quite a change of pace. Sample Aussie edible treats, learn how they celebrate (it’s summer there, you know), and examine some maps of Australia. Do as much or as little as you’d like, and enjoy the time with your family!

 

Geography Awareness Week

www.joshuaproject.net/start.php

The third week in November is designated “Geography Awareness Week” in the U.S. Although much of the observance is secular (evolution, globalism) and may not be suitable for children to use directly, parents can glean from resources on the Internet and make a special emphasis on geography. See how many places you can look up or find on the globe from news stories each day. The Joshua Project linked here is one way to look at the geographic and cultural features of an “Unreached People Group” each day–and pray for them. They can e-mail the item daily, free of charge. Many other Christian ministries and missions groups have similar prayer focus calendars, e-mail, or pamphlets.

 

Israeli Culture for Kids

http://blog.dinolingo.com/2011/05/04/israeli-culture-for-children

This brief, one-page summary of Israeli culture is a starting point to introduce younger children to another country’s food, clothes, customs, and more. It is a brief overview with generalizations and is incomplete, but for young ones, it may suffice–and spark an interest in further exploration and study!

 

National Geography Bee

www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee

It’s never too early to prepare or just to have fun “playing” it at home! (Shhh…don’t tell the kids they’re learning.)

 

Geography: 50 States

www.50states.com

This website is an awesome reference for a state study, trip planning or review, and more. Look up state nicknames, mottoes, birds, flowers, trees–even current events.

 

The National Library of Scotland

http://www.nls.uk/digitallibrary/index.html

An online digital library of many Scottish-related resources, including maps, a timeline of key events in Scottish history, stories from World War I, The Murthly Hours (a book of prayer from 1280), and so much more.

Health

A Special Treat that Anyone Will Love – Almond Butter Cookies

http://thevedge.org/2014/01/chewy-almond-butter-cookies-gluten-free-vegan-5-ingredients

Here’s another vegan and gluten-free treat you can share with folks on a limited diet (if they can have sweets). Folks not on any restricted diets will never know these cookies use substitutes for the standard ingredients–we promise!

 

Medical Terminology Worksheets

www.helpteaching.com/questions/Medical_Terms

More than ever, it is crucial that each of us becomes our own health-care advocate. Since moms are most likely to be the ones both teaching and taking children to the doctor, this is a natural subject to learn right along with the kids! Your young students will learn more than they realize when they get to quiz you. Studying common medical terminology is a natural part of vocabulary with its many Latin and Greek root words, prefixes, and suffixes. These 25 pages of free worksheets can be arranged any way you like, printed, or reviewed online.

 

Stroke Recognition – ACT F.A.S.T Video

www.youtube.com/watch?v=CpR5_LQCyzk

Teach this easy stroke recognition sequence that even older elementary students can learn. Review and drill it regularly to add another tool to your self-care toolbox. Recognizing strokes early is key to limiting the damage they can cause. Note: You can remember another possible sign of a stroke with an extra “T” for “tongue.”

Ask the person to ‘stick’ out their tongue. If the tongue is crooked (deviates to one side) it could also be an indication of a stroke.

Also, since the video was produced in the UK, it uses their 999 emergency phone number. Make sure the kids remember to dial ours when they act out the scenario to practice. They’ll love role-playing and taking turns being the patient!

 

Toaster Fires and Four Family Fire Safety Tips

http://247moms.com/2012/10/toaster-fires-are-for-real/

Learn from one mom’s experience about toaster fires and see her simple family fire safety tips.

 

Online First Aid and Online CPR Certification

http://onlinefirstaidcpr.com

This website offers certificates in both CPR and first aid after completion of online courses. Fees are modest if you wish a certificate, but the courses themselves are free. If you need certification, please ensure the institution with which you are dealing accepts online certificates; however, the education could help anyone become competent in this critical area.

 

Five Things You Need to Know about West Nile Virus

http://healthland.time.com/2012/08/20/5-things-you-need-to-know-about-west-nile-virus/?iid=hl-main-lede#ixzz24IhLoYx8

Learn what West Nile is, the symptoms, how to prevent it, how it’s treated, and the areas where it is prevalent.

 

Clubhouse Jr.‘s Olympic Fitness Challenge

http://bit.ly/NRmJVR

To win a prize for participation, one had to begin around June 1 and mail accumulated points by August 31, but it should be easy enough to substitute any small “prizes” of your own for your family for dates you determine. Enjoy fitness ideas such as bowling, fishing, croquet–even walking the dog.

 

Nutrition and Health:  Caffeine Chart

http://coffeetea.about.com/od/caffeinehealth/a/How-Much-Caffeine-Is-In-Coffee-Tea-Cola-And-Other-Drinks.html

Have you ever wondered how much caffeine is in your favorite drink? Here is a detailed breakdown–mostly about coffees, teas, and sodas. Many people (ordinary lay people who simply enjoy the drinks and medical types) have concerns about caffeine. This chart, as well as other information widely available on the Internet, can be a real eye-opener for you and your students who are studying health and nutrition.

 

The Case of the Contaminated, Reusable Grocery Bag

www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/05/the-case-of-the-contaminated-reusable-grocery-bag/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120510

http://laundry.about.com/od/stainremoval/a/How-To-Keep-Reusable-Grocery-Bags-Clean-And-Safe.htm

The infamous norovirus that has ruined so many cruises, struck a teen soccer team and some parents after one player became sick and contaminated a bag holding snacks, etc. Read the story that illustrates the imperative need to wash or wipe down reusable grocery bags regularly. The second link provides information on how to keep reusable grocery bags safe.

 

20-Minute Daily Exercise Plan

http://lifehacker.com/5909383/a-20-minute+per+day-plan-to-get-in-shape-for-people-too-busy-to-exercise?tag=exercise

“A 20-Minute Daily Exercise Plan for People Too Busy to Work Out” proposes a six-day-a-week exercise plan for basic fitness. It rotates upper body, lower body, and core exercises, and includes explanatory videos.

 

First Aid: A Graduation Requirement?

Some parents have gone so far as to require the Boy Scout’s Eagle Scout requirements (whether or not their child is in Scouts–or a boy), thinking these are simply valuable life skills in which our young people are rapidly losing competence as we move toward an urban existence. If a child is not in Scouting, some substitutions may be needed (being consistently active in groups other than Scouting, for example). You may need to find assistance to fulfill some requirements.

www.scouting.org/scoutsource/BoyScouts/AdvancementandAwards/eagle

Lifeguard training is part of the Boy Scout requirement! Junior lifeguards can train during the years from 11 to 14. Senior lifeguards begin at 15. At LEAST know how to recognize a swimmer in distress (It may not look as you would expect.), and do a rescue from poolside, without going into the water.

www.redcross.org/portal/site/en/menuitem

In-person classes are almost always better because you get to practice CPR on dummies and get direct feedback from trained instructors. Find Red Cross classes on this page, listed by zip code. The more training/equipment one is qualified to use, the better!

www.redcross.org/portal/site/en/menuitem

Although your kids may “know it all” when it comes to child care with wall-to-wall, 24/7/365 siblings, an official card for care-giving and babysitting (ages 11 to 15) can’t hurt.

www.redcross.org/portal/site/en/menuitem

Look for plenty of extra information in the sidebars of all the pages. Check with your local hospital;  they may know of other groups.

 

Get Kids in Action

http://www.getkidsinaction.org

Get Kids In Action, a partnership between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Gatorade Company, aims to increase physical activity among children to reduce and prevent obesity. The website has one section for parents and another for kids. The kids’ section is heavy on Flash animation but looks to be interesting. The adults’ section includes resources to help your child maintain or reach a healthy weight; inspirational material on helping your child find healthy, fun activities; basic nutritional information that is relevant to kids; and straight talk on the myths and facts surrounding childhood obesity.

 

BBC’s Interactive Body

http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/humanbody/body/
index_interactivebody.shtml

The BBC has a nice interactive website where you try to fit parts of the human body where they properly belong. It includes five different games about organs, muscles, senses, the nervous system, and the skeletal system. Also on the page is the “puberty demo.” Discover the changes that take place during puberty and understand the science behind them.

Civil War Learning While Playing

www.moc.org/education/fun-games?mode=appomattox

Play games online (like a form of the old memory game) or try a project (make a drum). There are more to check out at the website from the Museum of the Confederacy.

 

Geoguessr Online Game

www.geoguessr.com

This online game sets you down in a random spot on the globe and you then figure out where you are. Use the clickable features to turn around 360 degrees for an overall view, to move forward on the road or turn and go the other direction, or to zoom in on items that may provide more helpful details. Look for clues such as road signs, terrain, flora, fauna, architecture, etc., and then click on the accompanying map to make your guess and see if you are correct (you can click and drag the map, as well as zoom in on locations, to make your guess more precise). To increase the learning factor of the game, look up locations on a search engine and find out more about them.

 

What Did They Eat? You Can Help Research, Too!

http://menus.nypl.org

Are you ready to apply academics–or learn new skills–to food in historic settings?

The New York Public Library has digitized more than 17,000 historic menus containing over a million dishes. Visit the site and go to the “Catch of the Day” area to read about some of the seafood menus; look over “Today’s Specials” about unique culinary creations. Type words into the search engine (such as “baked Alaska” or “Chicago”) to get an idea of the database’s contents! Did you know that a visitor (that’s you) can help out by transcribing menus and geo-tagging the locations and places mentioned in the menu. Find the details on the website.

 

Reformation Day – October 31

www.teacherhelp.org/holidays4.htm#reformation

Find links to activities and information on Martin Luther.

 

Online Maps Tell the Story of Buildings

www.wired.com/wiredscience/2013/10/building-ages-map-gallery

See a gallery of interactive maps that tell the age of buildings in several major cities in the United States and abroad. Learn what led to building spurts and inaccurate results. What a fascinating potential local project for an ambitious student.

 

State Study

State Birds Coloring Pages
www.purplekittyyarns.com/coloring-pages/state-birds-coloring-pages

State Flags Coloring Pages
www.purplekittyyarns.com/coloring-pages/state-flags-coloring-pages

Why not work a mini unit study on U.S. states into the schedule this fall? These coloring pages are fun for the little ones while challenging enough for older children as well. Plus, they’d make great lap-books! Which state’s motto is “Virtue, Liberty, and Independence”?

 

U.S. History, Constitution, and Economics Courses

http://online.hillsdale.edu/home

Register now for another free online class from Hillsdale College, “Economics 101,” which begins September 23. Hillsdale offers free, not-for-credit online courses taught by its faculty. These online versions are based upon those in the college’s undergraduate Core Curriculum, which all their students must complete prior to graduation. In addition to lectures, these online courses feature readings, study guides, quizzes, and discussion groups. There is also an opportunity to receive certificates of completion for each course. High school students and up, along with their parents, would gain a great deal from them.

 

Constitution Day – September 17

www.constitutionfacts.com

Plan ahead for this event! Find the usual Constitutional facts and resources as well as four new interactive quizzes with which to challenge yourself or friends. There are still the familiar treasure hunts, word finds, crosswords, and more! You can even order a free pocket copy of the Constitution.

 

Historic Sites in Virginia Tourism

www.virginia.org/HistoricSites/?t=eNews&eM=9&eNL=historicsites

Cooler weather will soon make it a bit more welcoming outside, so don’t miss the fantastic history outings Virginia has to offer. Explore the Virginia Tourism website for events and venues of interest and be sure to verify information with the organization before you make final plans. Occasionally, something out of date sneaks into the website.

 

The Library of Congress American Memory Collections

http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/browse/index.html

Browse the American Memory Historical Collections from the Library of Congress. View historical images, maps, sound recordings, manuscripts, motion pictures, and more. Primary sources are important!

 

Cato Institute Free Online Course

www.cato.org/cato-university/home-study-course?utm_content
=buffer71734&utm_source=buffer&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Buffer

The Cato Institute is a libertarian organization that is now offering you an opportunity to listen, read, and study at your own pace. See if you agree or disagree with their positions. Have you seen the free Hillsdale College history and Constitution courses (an Internet search will find them)?

 

Around the World in 60 Days

www.thrivingfamily.com/Features/Magazine/2013/around-the-world-in-60-days.aspx

Are you interested in some painless and downright fun geography? Get a free downloadable map, itinerary, passport, and stamps for “Around the World in 60 Days” from Focus on the Family andThriving Families magazine.

 

Take a History Tour of American Education

www.johntaylorgatto.com/historytour/history1.htm

You may be surprised by the real history of modern education and its purposes. It began with three good purposes, but those have been sidelined in favor of a fourth–control of the minds of the young. This article contains lots of bullet points and graphics and is a super-quick read. And a MUST read for anyone who pays taxes (funds the school industry–that’s all of us), has children (most of us) or lives on the planet surrounded by the products of the industrial school (uh–all of us).

 

Hillsdale College Constitution and History–New Courses and a Podcast

http://online.hillsdale.edu/

http://heav.org/blog/2012/10/13/cool-sites-october-17-2012/#3.7?utm_
source=Update+10%2F17%2F2012&utm_campaign=October+17&utm
_medium=email

Hillsdale College offers several free college level courses on the U.S. Constitution and history (manageable for younger students with adult guidance). Now those courses are joined by a podcast just one minute long. Anyone can find room to squeeze that in to learn as an educator and/or for students middle school age and up. Check their website and a previous HEAV item for more information.

 

Hillsdale College’s “Constitution Minute”

http://constitutionminute.hillsdale.edu

The Constitution Minute is a series of brief, informative radio messages designed to improve your understanding of the meaning and history of the U.S. Constitution.

 

U.S. Printables

www.usa-printables.com

Find free printables for U.S. symbols, maps, landmarks, and historic events, famous people, and multiple simple pages for each state.

 

Judeo-Christian Influence on American History

http://standing-tall.com/history.htm

The marvelous graphic layout invites you to peruse facts about our founding documents, Presidents, and more. Great links to other websites too.

 

Newly Revised – Confirmed Quotations from the Founding Fathers

www.wallbuilders.com/LIBissuesArticles.asp?id=138585

David Barton continues his research to back up famous quotes, searching for their origins in primary source material.

 

Liberty Library of Constitutional Classics

http://constitution.org/liberlib.htm

Find a list of the classic books and other works on constitutional government, works without which no liberal arts education is complete—and works high schools and colleges consistently omit. Additional works cover topics in the areas of culture and comparative religions.

 

Student News Daily

www.studentnewsdaily.com

Sign up for a free daily current events item with quiz and discussion questions from a conservative perspective. The website has editorial cartoons, quotes, a weekly opinion piece, and resources to help students learn to recognize bias in the media. If it has been a while since you visited the site, take a minute to see all the new features.

 

U.S. Constitution Catechism

www.monticellocollege.org/sites/default/files/
files/Elementary_catechism_on_the_Constitution.pdf

This study aid was first published in 1828, coincidentally the year another classic–Noah Webster’s dictionary–appeared. Few people today realize that the question-and-fixed-answer style most familiar with teaching foundational doctrine to children in liturgical churches has also been applied to other subjects.

All About Presidents Notebooking Unit

 


www.thehomeschoolmom.com/schoolroom/unit_studies/office-of-president-unit-study.php

“All About Presidents” is a detailed notebooking unit that can be used to research and report on the office of the President of the United States. A free president report unit, which can be used to report on the president(s) of your choice, is also available. Sign up for the free newsletter from TheHomeSchoolMom and get a free country unit study too.

[Note: This material is being shared by permission. Please direct friends to the website if they would like their own copy.]

 

Old Time Radio: “Adventures in Research”

http://archive.org/details/Adventures_In_Research

Listen online or download mp3s of the old radio shows, “Adventures in Research” (both formats are free). More than 80 14-and-a-half-minute programs feature titles such as “America’s First Invention,” “The First Skyscraper,” and “A Sprig of Mint.” You’ll have to listen to discover the secrets behind the stories.

 

U.S. National Debt Clocks

http://zfacts.com/p/461.html

The data is all here for a look at the U.S. National Debt in charts, graphs, and running clocks. Make sure you’re sitting down.

 

Introductory Videos

www.youtube.com/user/animateeducate

A dad, attorney, and formerly homeschooled student (grades 1 through 12) has created a series of short, animated videos on topics in law, government, and politics. The YouTube videos, approximately five minutes each, could be a useful teaser for lessons in social studies.

 

Ben’s Guide to U.S. Government (Franklin, That Is)

http://bensguide.gpo.gov/benfranklin

Benjamin Franklin was born on January 17, 1706. See biographical information on the homepage and find grade-appropriate U.S. government sections in the little kites at the top of the page (they’re a bit hard to see). At each grade level, you will note different sections of civics information–elections, glossary, games and activities, branches of government, etc. Click on them to reveal related links.

 

Flag Conservation Video

www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHV7v7lGuQM&list=UUVkLIEcXk6uxBGikeRQ-UpQ&index=1&feature=plcp

See a short video on how the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond conserved a Civil War flag. Visit the Museum’s website to see programs that might interest your family.

 

 William Wilberforce and Free Amazing Grace DVD

www.amazinggracemovie.com/index.php#

The official website of the 2006 movie, Amazing Grace, has resources suitable for homeschool, family devotional use, Sunday school, and youth groups. Church and church school leaders can request a free DVD of the movie! If you head a homeschool co-op, you could ask if that qualifies. Click on “Resources” in the banner to access free hymns, sheet music, a study guide, and links to much more.

 

Election Sermons Are Traditional

http://archive.theamericanview.com/index.php?id=888

www.wallbuilders.com/libissuesarticles.asp?id=60

http://tinyurl.com/9gdghth

Did you know that election sermons have been a tradition in America since before the founding of the country? Read the details in the article, “Election Sermons Urged Election of Christians Only, Men Who ‘Subjected Themselves to the Rule of Christ’s Kingdom.’” Wall Builders has an example pictured at the next link; see the final link for all the election references on their website.

 

Vote Smart Voter Guide

http://votesmart.org

This is a bi-partisan voting guide searchable by states, topics, and more.

 

Memorize the (U.S. Constitution) Preamble Kit – Available Only in September.

www.knowledgehouse.info/ConstitutionMemorization.pdf

Get this free four-page PDF from Knowledge House by September 30 to help your students memorize it.

 

Revolutionary War Lapbook

http://livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com/2012/08/revolutionary-war-4freedom-at-last.html?showComment=1347410673362#c8274342734180256438

Get a link to this free, unit-study lapbook on the developer’s website and see how she implemented it with her family. Check recent Updates for mentions of upcoming opportunities to visit Virginia historical sites such as Colonial Williamsburg and Yorktown that are pertinent to this lapbook/study. The project is a great follow-up if you have already visited.

 

United States of America Half Staff Flag Notifications

www.halfstaff.org

A number of flag sales websites have the black nylon streamers to add the “half-staff” signification to flags you fly from fixed brackets on the side of your house. Please be prepared to honor our fallen heroes. You can look up “flag etiquette” and get the details of proper half-staff procedures for regular flag poles if you need them. There are several sources for e-mailed or social media notifications of “half-staff alerts.” See the links below for more information.

 

U.S. History Timeline

www.historycarper.com/resources

Check this basic list of dates in early American history and see if it sparks interest in further studies. There are links embedded in the list, most of which go to primary sources.

 

Cato Institute Free Audio Home Study Course

www.cato.org/cato-university/study_course

These audio presentations will interest those who desire to learn more about political science, especially from the Cato Institute’s libertarian perspective, but it does discuss a lot of general political science. It’s fairly weighty stuff, so parents may wish to listen with high schoolers, and possibly pause and discuss. College students and adults will likely do well on their own.

 

The “Confessio” of Saint Patrick

www.robotwisdom.com/jaj/patrick.html

Read the only writing we are sure St. Patrick really wrote (translated from Latin), available on one long-ish page. Middle schoolers and up can probably read it themselves. It’s an autobiography of sorts.

 

March is Women’s History Month

www.historyswomen.com/womenoffaith.html

Here is an amazing list of women of great Christian faith you may wish to study during the emphasis on women’s history.

 

Hillsdale College Resources

www.youtube.com/user/hillsdalecollege

http://kirbycenter.hillsdale.edu

View video of past Hillsdale events. Subjects frequently focus on history, the Constitution, and politics. See a recent program, “The 2012 Election: America’s Moment of Truth,” which is part of the free First Friday series held at the Kirby Center in Washington, D.C. See the center website for details if you wish to register for events, receive publications, or familiarize yourself with other free resources.

 

American Memory Timeline

www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/
presentationsandactivities/presentations/timeline

“Primary sources are essential to the teaching of American history, but finding the correct sources for your students can be intimidating. The Library of Congress’ American Memory Timeline cuts through the clutter and organizes primary sources into eras and topics. Each section has a short overview and links to primary sources of different types, many with transcriptions.”

(Tip from the Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Gazette. To subscribe, please send an e-mail to teachergazette@cwf.org with the subject heading “subscribe.”)

 

Presidents Day and Black History Month

www.teachinghome.com/newsletters/newsletter267.cfm

See the Teaching Home archives, issue number 267 for items relating to the special history focus for February, Presidents Day, and Black History Month.

 

TimeTravelers

http://www.timetravelers.org
TimeTravelers offers students tangible rewards and a sense of continuing adventure and accomplishment. They are encouraged to explore the many exciting things in the history of America that took place right here in Virginia. As they travel back in time—many years or many centuries—they learn about people, places, and events that have shaped our world today. TimeTravelers now includes art, science, and children’s museums; botanical gardens; state parks; and wildlife areas.

 

Big Blue Marble in Hi-Def

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7151/6760135001_58b1c5c5f0_b.jpg

Challenge the kids to name as many features as they can of earth as seen from space in this high definition photo.

 

American Minute

www.americanminute.com

The American Minute is a free daily e-mail (and website) with a short episode from history, usually with pithy quotes. The website also has audio versions for easy listening (perhaps while mom ducks out for a moment!)

 

Time-Lapse Videos from Around the World

www.tecca.com/pictures/16-epic-time-lapse-videos-from-around-the-world

Take a break and tour the world–from the Midnight Sun in Iceland to the Sydney Opera House. You’ll enjoy stunning time-lapse photography in these 16 shorts. The website suggests using the full screen and HD options for optimal viewing. Mute the sound or turn it up! Each film has a brief description with interesting details.

 

Ancient Egypt

http://www.ancientegypt.co.uk/menu.html
The British Museum’s website about Ancient Egypt, this site has 10 sections, including: Egyptian life, geography, gods and goddesses, mummification, pharaohs, pyramids, temples, time, trades, and writing. Highly interactive and informative.

 

Digital Egypt for Universities

http://www.digitalegypt.ucl.ac.uk/3d/index.html
This site offers 3D models of such things as the different tomb types from Prehistoric and Old Kingdom Egypt, pyramids, the Min Temple, and much, much more.

 

History for Kids

http://www.historyforkids.org
An online history and science encyclopedia for children, this site is currently published by Professor Carr, who holds a PhD in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and is an associate professor of History at Portland State University.

 

Lewis and Clark

http://www.lewisandclark.org
The website for the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, this site is dedicated to preserving the Lewis and Clark Trail and sharing information about Lewis and Clark and the Crops of Discovery.

 

Naval History

http://www.naval-history.net

If your student is interested in specific, detailed information on aspects of naval warfare, this is a good place to start. This website is researched, written, and designed by Gordon Smith, who dedicates the website to the memory of his father, Ordnance Artificer George Smith, who was lost in the sinking of HMS Charybdis off the Brittany coast on October 23, 1943. Because he is in the UK, he has a British perspective of naval history. He covers the areas of Pax Britannica, World Wars I and II, and the Falkland’s War.

 

The Labyrinth Project for Medieval Studies

http://labyrinth.georgetown.edu
The Labyrinth Project, sponsored by Georgetown University, provides free, organized access to electronic resources in medieval studies. The Labyrinth’s easy-to-use menus and links provide connections to databases, services, texts, and images on other servers around the world. You can search for maps, audio and video materials for children, primary texts, and more.

 

American Journeys

http://www.americanjourneys.org
American Journeys contains more than 18,000 pages of eyewitness accounts of North American exploration, from the sagas of Vikings in Canada in AD1000 to the diaries of mountain men in the Rockies 800 years later. Read the words of explorers, American Indians, missionaries, traders, and settlers as they lived through the founding moments of American history. View, search, print, or download more than 150 rare books, original manuscripts, and classic travel narratives from the library and archives of the Wisconsin Historical Society.

 

Top 100 People in American History

www.theatlantic.com/doc/200612/influentials
Atlantic Monthly’s list of the top 100 most influential people in American’s history. Do you agree? Why or why not? This could be a good essay and discussion starter.

 

Interactive U.S. Budget Graphic

www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/02/13/us/politics/2013-budget-proposal-graphic.html

Mouse over each bubble to see the area of the new proposed U.S. budget it represents, dollar amount, and percentage change–just the facts, no commentary.

 

 

Voices of the Presidents

www.lib.msu.edu/cs/branches/vvl/presidents

Did you know you can listen to 21 of the U.S. presidents, from Benjamin Harrison to the current president?

 

Contact Information For U.S. Representatives, Senators and Governors

http://conservativeusa.org/mega-cong.htm

This is a list of fax numbers for all congressmen, congresswomen, and senators, as well as links to their official websites. Note that representatives and senators have ended the use of real e-mail addresses and only use web forms. This list also contains contact information for all U.S. governors.

Tip: Fax your letters instead of mailing them because congressional mail security screening can delay postal letters by a few weeks, particularly during security alerts.

 

Jamestown 1607 – Could You Have Survived?

www.jamestown1607.org/storiesnation.asp
Watch the prequel and first two episodes (two more coming soon). Explore the facts in the “learn more” sections, make your choices, and then check them against the realities of history. Can you make it through “the voyage, the starving times, and the Virginia Indians?” How would you handle basic survival, free enterprise, race relations, and democracy?

 

Codes, Ciphers, and Spies

www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/spies
The British National Archives online have a page with real codes from history to use in a game. Read about codes, code breakers, and spies through the centuries.

 

Wessels Living History Farm Website

www.livinghistoryfarm.org
The site has more than 400 stories weaving together varied information about the twentieth-century history of agricultural innovation, along with bits of more general twentieth-century history. To do this, the site relies on a series of oral history interviews in kid-sized streaming media segments that bring a historic period or event alive for students today.

Literature

Suessville

http://www.seussville.com

A website dedicated to celebrating the creativity and imagination of Theodor Seuss Geisel. It’s an interactive site with videos, games, teacher resources, and a page for parents.

 

April Edition of “Knowledge House”

www.knowledgehouse.info/KHnews/04-2012.html

Get links to a free 50-page e-book of Edgar Guest poetry, a great quote of the month, free household notebook pages to print, and much more.

 

Paris Review

http://www.parisreview.org/literature.php

Welcome to the DNA of literature—over 50 years of literary wisdom rolled up in 300+ Writers-at-Work interviews, now available online for free. For the first time, you can read, search, and download any or all of over three hundred in-depth interviews with poets, novelists, playwrights, essayists, critics, and musicians whose work set the compass of twentieth-century writing and continues to do so into the twenty-first century.

Logic

eLogic GalleryAristotle to the Present by David Marans

http://humbox.ac.uk/3682

www.triviumpursuit.com/blog/2013/06/17/logic-gallery-by-david-marans

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.

 

The Fallacy Detective News Archives

www.fallacydetective.com/news

Brothers Nathaniel and Hans Bluedorn, whose family is behind the Trivium Pursuit website, generate super, free resources to help parents teach logic. Check out the huge list of archived material for its potential as an informal introduction to logic.

 

Free Online Christian Logic Course

www.crownofchrist.net/logic12.html

Biblical Reasoning; A Complete Course in Christian Logic was compiled by Scott David Rocca of CrownofChrist.net. There are 12 complete lessons, along with tests, plus an incomplete 13thlesson which ends saying the project is under construction. It remains a worthwhile introduction to the subject, probably suitable for high school and above. Parents without a background in logic would find it well worth their time.

 

Your Logical Fallacy Is…

“Your Logical Fallacy Is” is a useful tool for learning logic and reasoning. Logical fallacies are flaws in reasoning that are commonly used. Rolling your mouse over any of the icons gives the name and definition of the fallacy; clicking the icon takes you to a page with a more detailed explanation and examples.

http://yourlogicalfallacyis.com

 

The Fallacy Detective

www.christianlogic.com
Nathaniel and Hans Bluedorn are the sons of Harvey and Laurie Bluedorn (www.triviumpursuit.com). They have been homeschooled all of their lives and live near New Boston, Illinois. They have co-authored The Fallacy Detective, a book on logic for children and adults. At their website, you can pester them with questions on logic, read interesting articles, read through message boards, and even sign up for a “Logic Loop” via e-mail.

Mathematics

GeoGebra

www.geogebra.org/cms/en

On GeoGebra’s homepage, look through “About,” “Download,” “Community,” and “Materials” when you visit. If you like what you see, consider downloading the free GeoGebra app to use the 4,400 learning activities offered. You’ll find interactive geometry, algebra, statistics, and calculus software. Check the “Featured Materials” to see the newest materials, look over the “Best Worksheets” and the popular tags. Use the Community area to ask questions and share resources.

 

Homeschool Math

www.homeschoolmath.net

Get free worksheets, lessons, instructional videos, games, and more at this math site designed for homeschoolers.

 

Thirty Days Free Trial

www.adaptedmind.com/smartpractice.php

AdaptedMind, an online math program, is offering a 30-day free trial of their innovative math-teaching method. Kids can watch teaching videos, earn skill points, and collect badges for skills mastered. Lessons can be customized for different learning styles and move at the child’s own pace. Check out some of their free videos to see how they teach math concepts.

 

Kids, Chores, and Allowance

www.hsclassroom.net/kids-and-chores

Need some ideas having to do with kids, chores, and allowance? Lauren from Mama’s Learning Corner has compiled some great resources!

 

WebMath

www.webmath.com/index.html

WebMath features help with a wide range of mathematical topics from practical everyday categories such as figuring a tip or the wind chill factor all the way to help with math from kindergarten through calculus. Among other functions of the site is a drop-down menu with huge list of math subjects. The website will answer math problems and show how the problems were solved.

 

Printable Tangram Puzzles

www.activityvillage.co.uk/tangram_puzzles.htm

Strategy games and other puzzles are helpful in developing logical thinking and mathematical ability. For example, chess is famous for this. Tangrams help develop geometric thinking, logic, and spatial reasoning–and it’s a fun game. Allow free play and challenge your child to construct “pictures” with the pieces, either by matching the printed patterns or by using his own creativity. An Internet search will turn up many more tangram puzzles. Since the pieces could get a lot of handling, it will work best if you print the puzzle pieces themselves on card stock. Alternately, you could print paper pieces in the prescribed shapes to trace onto cardboard such as cereal boxes, or use commercial tangram sets.

Notes: Explain any spelling differences to your students as this is a British site. The Activity Village website is a fantastic resource, although not all material may be suitable for your family. Parents will need to supervise access.)

 

Free Printable Sudoku Puzzles

www.puzzles.ca/sudoku.html

Find hundreds of Sudoku puzzles in easy, medium, and hard difficulty levels.

 

Snow School: Snowflake Science, Snow Math, Snow Reading, and Snow Projects

www.freehomeschooldeals.com/snow-school-snowflake-science-snow-math-snow-reading-and-snow-projects

The title says it all. Find any number of projects related to snow–so take a Snow Day and learn too!

 

Printable Play Money

www.printableplaymoney.net

Use these free printables that (legally) replicate U.S. currency to play store or bank, or to work out real world math problems.

 

Winter Wonderland Worksheet – Math for Middle Schoolers

www.fi.edu/school/math/winter.html

Here is a worksheet for math enthusiasts or middle school students who need to brush up on math word problems during the Christmas break.

 

Puzzles

http://www.qbyte.org/puzzles

This site presents mathematical puzzles either for the deceptive simplicity of their statement or the elegance of their solution. Explaining how an answer is derived is more important than the answer itself. To this end, hints, answers, and fully worked solutions are provided, together with links to related mathematical topics. Further references are provided with many of the solutions. The puzzles are intended to be fun, with an educational element.

 

Favorite Ice Cream Flavors

www.spelloutloud.com/2011/06/favorite-ice-cream-flavors.html

See how to sneak a math lesson into a poll on favorite ice cream flavors. The blog post even includes suggestions to allow use with preschoolers and kindergarteners. If you need more people to poll, take a survey of your homeschool co-op, neighbors, Sunday school class, etc.

 

Art of Problem Solving

www.artofproblemsolving.com/Alcumus/Introduction.php

Alcumus currently offers free access to math problems and video lessons designed to challenge strong math students (for students about 10 years old and up). Subjects range from pre-algebra to algebra II.

 

Math Contests

http://www.HomeschoolMathContests.com

Dedicated to math contests open to homeschoolers, this site includes curriculum reviews and helpful articles. The website was originally designed by a nine-year-old homeschool student.

Music

Making Music Fun

www.makingmusicfun.net

Making Music Fun offers many free resources and even has a “Homeschool Teacher Index” page (under “Music Library” near the bottom of the homepage). There is a section on composers with free printable coloring pages, word searches, and biographies. Use their free beginning lessons on music theory and instruments of the orchestra. The site has a free newsletter too. Material is geared toward elementary school students.

 

“Listening to Music” from Yale

http://oyc.yale.edu/music/musi-112#overview

This high school and college level course, via the “Open Yale” program, has videos, print notes, and books you may buy (or borrow from the library) if you wish. The professor helps students learn how to listen and understand Western music using a variety of musical styles ranging from Bach and Mozart, to Gregorian chant, to the blues.

 

Free Sheet Music

http://www.free-scores.com/index_uk.php3

Free sheet music categorized by instrument or artist.

 

Free Gershwin Unit Study

http://buff.ly\QbfJro

Are you doing a composer study in your homeschool? Learn about George Gershwin in this free unit study from Mary, a former public school teacher, now a homeschool mom, who loves to teach about music.

Preschool

Pencil Practice (Special Education Helps, Too)

www.schoolsparks.com/kindergarten-worksheets/category/tracing-worksheets
This website offers printable worksheets to fortify fine motor skills along with more ideas for you to try at home

The previous website was found at this Pinterest board, which is the work of a family of a child with special needs, but the pencil practice applies to anyone. Scroll down to find lots of varied pencil play printables. Perhaps a young sibling wants to “do school.” Maybe the special material could help your family. www.pinterest.com/msamymc/kinder-goodies

 

Helping Picky Eaters

www.superhealthykids.com/newsletter-signup.php

Thanks to Joyce Herzog, a gem of the homeschool movement, who suggested this link to help parents deal with overly picky eaters. It is said to be a gradual, easy program and the website has a newsletter you may subscribe to if you like.

 

Snowball Hopscotch

www.education.com/activity/article/snow-ball-hopscotch

Here is a winter twist on a very old game. Bundle the kids up and let them hop around–whether or not it snows where you are!

 

ABC Printables and Activities

www.first-school.ws/theme/alphabet.htm

Take a look at this great site (remembering not to overdo worksheets) for ABC printables, lessons organized by letters, and dozens of themes and activities. It is suitable for toddlers (18 months) through kindergarteners. Check the sidebars for more resources.

 

Discovery Boxes

http://theimaginationtree.com/2013/08/15-discovery-box-activities-for-preschoolers.html

Here are gorgeous photos with adorable babies engrossed in discovering things for themselves with items from themed Discovery Boxes. Some themes are magnetism, ramps and chutes, and tubes and beans–there are lots more! Just click on the picture’s title to go to the page that tells all about it.

 

Toddler-Made Christmas Ornament

http://craftsandartforchildren.blogspot.com/2009/12/toddler-made-christmas-ornament.html

For a quick, easy keepsake decoration, try this simple idea that uses a clear glass ornament and folk art paint.

 

15 Toddler Craft Ideas

www.favecrafts.com/Crafting-with-Kids/15-Toddler-Craft-Ideas/ct/1

Enjoy some crafts you might not have tried before via this selection on FaveCrafts.

 

Hanging Bird Treats

www.favecrafts.com/Easy-Kids-Crafts/Hanging-Bird-Treats/ct/1

The birds will be thankful and your kids will enjoy this simple craft. An internet search will turn up more bird-seed crafts.

 

Pine Cone Toss

www.toddlerapproved.com/2012/09/fall-pine-cone-toss-simple-counting-game.html

This simple game will not only help teach counting and other math skills, it’s great for developing hand-eye coordination, motor skills, and even sportsmanship. Besides, it will help get the pesky pine cones out of the way before mowing.

 

10 Mazes for Preschoolers

http://handsonaswegrow.com/mazes-for-preschoolers

Among the ideas is making mazes with chalk (on the driveway or chalkboard), with blocks, or with masking tape. Enhance the maze with letters or numbers to follow. The author suggests that mazes are not just mere recreation, but are “about problem solving and figuring how to get to that end goal.”

 

Preschool Toolbox

http://thepreschooltoolboxblog.com/?p=3966

See the printable fall play dough math mats (five kinds) and other resources the site offers. Lots of possibilities for extension activities will come to mind with these ideas as springboards.

 

35 Uses for Crayons Besides Coloring

http://handsonaswegrow.com/35-kid-activities-with-crayons/?
utm_source=crowdignite.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_
campaign=crowdignite.com

What to do with all the crayons? Here are 35 uses for them besides coloring. Frame a photo, make luminaries, make a wreath, and many more ideas!

 

Toddler Bucket List

http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/29432/25-super

Find “25 Super Simple Activities: Bucket List for the Toddler Years” with loads of ways to occupy a kidlet while you teach. They’re also fantastic fun ways to spend time with junior.

 

Chore Charts

www.chorecharts.net

Here are free printable charts to help remind children of their responsibilities (less nagging by parents), help motivate children to be consistent and to improve, and help remind parents to keep kids accountable. Refer to Item 3.4 in the September 18th Update for suggested tasks.

 

“Drawing and Storytelling with a Purple Crayon”

www.teachpreschool.org/2013/09/drawing-and-story-telling-with-a-purple-crayon

Do you remember Harold and the Purple Crayon? This article is less about that exact book and more about using a well-known (or well-liked by you) book and teaching from it. Having your child make a drawing inspired by the book and then tell about it (telling his story aloud) is a great pre-writing activity. Try the suggested “complete the drawing” exercise from a paper you supply with a squiggle or shape on it. Look for more “Harold” stories in the library.

 

ABC Printables

http://sarahatbeyondallmeasure.blogspot.com/2009/04/free-educational-program-download.html

“A, B, C” worksheets are free to print and will provide plenty of practice with letters. Works with a Windows operating system only.

 

Devotional Lessons for Preschoolers (and Up)

www.thrivingfamily.com/Additions/family-faith-archive.aspx

Check under “Age-Specific Faith Activities” for preschool-level ideas you can incorporate into homeschool or family devotions. By the way, school-agers, tweens, and teenaged kids have not been left out.

 

Learning with Stamps

www.activity-mom.com/2013/08/learning-with-stamps.html

Nope, not postal stamps, the kind that may be languishing with other items in Mom’s craft supplies. Here are some very simple ideas for using them. We think it will spark creative ways to use other supplies you already have on hand in new ways!

 

101 Amazingly Awesome Things to do with Your Preschooler

http://southerndisposition.blogspot.com/2011/06/101-amazingly-awesome-things-to-do-with.html

You may have come up with a lot of these ideas on your own–and dismissed them as being unworthy of your time. On the other hand, your child may indeed think they are fabulous if you leave what you are doing and spend just a few minutes of dedicated time with him (some activities are that brief). Besides, lying on a blanket looking at clouds can be restful. Now wake up and go spend time with the little one!

 

Preschool and Kindergarten: An Illustrated Field Trip

www.daisycottagedesigns.net/2013/02/preschool-at-home-alligators-turtles.html

Demonstrating how they do “Preschool at Home,” one family photo-illustrates their field trip to a manatee sanctuary. Since the trip was impromptu, the mom was unable to prepare her usual pre-field trip activities, but she offers suggestions for what she would have done if she’d had more planning time. Take a look and see what ideas you can add.

 

ABC Fast Phonics

http://abcfastphonics.com

Here are some free, interactive phonics exercises that cover a bit of the basics.

 

Christmas in July–Hurry!

http://happyhawkins.blogspot.com/2011/12/homemade-christmas-gift-1.html

Well, okay, you can start to think about Christmas in July–that will count. Here is an idea for a quiet book or just a collection of activity pages; an older sibling could make (or contribute to) one for a younger sibling. Use felt or construction paper and stick-type glue–or any other you can add your creative touches to! The little pieces of felt aren’t terribly expensive even if lost, but do give an opportunity to learn to care for craft or game pieces with inexpensive materials. Crafts really do teach!

 

Happy Birthday, Beatrix Potter – July 28

www.peterrabbit.com/en/beatrix_potter/beatrixs_life

Happy Birthday to children’s author, Beatrix Potter, who was born July 28, 1866. Learn about her life in the timeline and find something fun to do in the “Fun-and- Games” section.

 

19 Easy Toddler Activities and Preschool Crafts

www.allfreekidscrafts.com/Learning-Activities-for-Children/19-Kids-Crafts-for-Toddlers-and-Preschoolers/ct/1#0YYRjZVoXhsAVrhZ.99

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.

 

Free HSLDA Membership for Parents of Preschoolers (and Younger)

https://www.hslda.org/registrations/preschoolmembership

The Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) is offering free membership to families whose oldest child is a preschooler. HSLDA has many free resources online, and its members get an added level of support through their ability to call or e-mail any of their educational consultants for personalized advice. If your oldest child is not yet five years old, you may be eligible for free membership for parents of preschoolers. Check the website for more and spread the word!

 

Unit Study – Beginning Money and Economics

http://home-school-online.blogspot.com/2011/08/homeschool-unit-study-beginning-money.html

Did you know children in this young age range can learn the beginnings of economics? Begin with vocabulary, add identification of currency with basic math, and finish with arts and crafts–you knew a homemade piggy bank was coming, didn’t you?

 

Summertime Bucket List: 50 Activities for the Kids

http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/13269/50-summer-bucket-list

While the older kids are planning their trip(s)–see 3.4– the younger set could be occupied working their way through a summer playtime bucket list. Here are 50 activities that your kids will love. It helps that most items on this “to do” list are free or cheap and are done at home! The activities take varying amounts of time and supervision, so there is sure to be one that meets your needs at a given time. Try out fizzing sidewalk paint, a pill bug race, or make “dirt soup.” Be on the lookout for bits of things to go into a summer memory jar at the end of the season. Some children who are above kindergarten age may also participate happily.

 

Fathers’ Day Crafts

www.makingfriends.com/dad.htm

Here are some simple, kid-friendly crafts your crew could make to give Dad for Fathers’ Day.

 

Vertical Vegetable Gardening

www2.fiskars.com/Gardening-and-Yard-Care/Projects/Garden-to-Table/Recipes/Expert-Tips-for-Vertical-Vegetable-Gardening#.UZT6nNzvuSp

Do you think you have too little space to garden? Do you think your junior gardener can’t handle a real plot of land and will simply abandon it to you for care? The idea pictured could allow several children to have individual “gardens” stacked in a small space as a manageable introduction to gardening. Get some expert tips for vertical vegetable gardening along with recipes! Having children grow vegetables themselves is sometimes suggested for getting young, picky eaters to try those nutrient-rich foods.

 

Age-Appropriate Kids’ Cooking Lessons

www.kids-cooking-activities.com/kids-cooking-lessons.html

Believe it or not, the suggested lessons begin with two-year-olds! The ideas listed provide a good example of the amount of learning possible from everyday life activities. Lessons continue with age groups that go all the way to “senior chefs” (16- to 18-year-olds).

 

Coloring Pages and More

http://biblebasedhomeschooling.com/free-bible-printables

Here are a variety of Bible-related coloring pages and Scripture memory pages.

 

Golden Books Online

www.randomhouse.com/golden

This small site is probably primarily to make us reminiscent of our favorite childhood books so we’ll buy them from Golden Books for our kids, but there are a few printables related to the books, a few games, and a little more when you have time to explore. You won’t get lost–but you will have an overwhelming urge to dig out your copy of The Golden Egg Book by Margaret Wise Brown!

 

World Book’s “Typical Course of Study”

www.worldbook.com/typical-course-of-study

The writers of World Book Encyclopedia have compiled a general list of what they think children in preschool and kindergarten should learn. Such a list for this age group is often reassuring, as it consists mainly of normal household tasks (dressing himself, putting away toys) and the most basic academics (understands big and little, has books, and is read to daily). If an area of learning has not yet been mastered, it is easy enough to go ahead and introduce it, remembering each child develops at his own unique rate.

 

“Preschool for Free at Home”

www.freehomeschooldeals.com/homeschooling-for-free-and-frugal-preschool-for-free-at-home

For all the fancy curricula out there, homeschooling little ones doesn’t have to be pricey! This site offers frugal ideas, from checking out storybooks at the local library to learning days and months from a calendar.

 

More Than 40 Activities for Two-Year-Olds

http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/24737/activities-for-two-year-olds

Even somewhat older children will enjoy the fun as you spend some focused time with your two-year old. Some activities are silly and fun, others are ones that help them develop specific skills, and still others are creative in nature.

 

Seven Different Sets of ABC Pages and Other Activity Printables

www.honkingdonkey.com/activity-pages/alphabet

Choose from farm-themed ABCs, ABCs and words, “Animal and object ABCs,” “Classic ABCs,” and other styles. There are also math sheets all the way up to simple algebra and geometry; puzzles (mazes, word searches, dot-to-dots, and more); coloring (some may not be suitable for your family)

 

Traveling with Toddlers and Preschoolers

www.carschooling.com/2009/09/traveling-with-toddlers

With spring here, you will probably spend more time going to and from outings–and summer travel is right around the corner! Here’s a whole page full of suggested educational, fun, and diverting ways to pass the time in the car.

 

Printable Alphabet Activity Books

www.mrprintables.com/printable-alphabet-book.html

Attractive graphics that you can customize will make these little printables useful if you want hands-on booklets.

 

Making Musical Instruments

www.redtedart.com/2012/10/15/musical-instrument-crafts-for-kids

Choose any or all of these homemade instruments–if you have sound nerves and lots of ear plugs! These ideas are sure to spark some of your own, and Internet searches will turn up many more DIY musical crafts. You’ll enjoy happy music-making after you make the instruments–we love crafts with a purpose!

 

“Playing with Your 21-Month Old”

www.activity-mom.com/2013/02/playing-with-your-21-month-old.html

Wondering what to do with your toddler? See this post for photos–with captions!– illustrating some straightforward ideas of activities to do with your little one. See links at the end of the post about activities suggested for toddlers ages 13 months to two years.

 

Fun Phonics

www.funphonics.com

This free, basic phonics program includes some U.S. geography as a bonus. Also, see links to other phonics sites. The reading booklets previously sold are free to download and print now.

 

Kids Learning Station Printables

www.kidslearningstation.com

Here is another stash of free printables with the usual early childhood categories: colors, shapes, numbers, letter, etc. The site offers additional areas such as music, weather, space, family, and the body, and has some sheets for older students too.

There may be some not suitable for your family.

 

Article: “Teach Me to Play”

http://hsbapost.com/2013/02/08/teach-me-to-play

The blog post relates a formal study that concluded, “Unstructured play positively affects social, emotional, and cognitive development,”–as if parents needed anyone to tell them that! There is a good deal more in the blog post sure to provide food for thought, even if you do not agree completely with the writer’s schooling approach.

 

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss – March 2, 1904

www.seussville.com/printables/geah_recipes.html

Dr. Seuss’s birthday is coming up. There are plenty of resources on the web for any “Seussologist,” but you could start the day with green eggs and ham.

 

Dramatic Play Ideas

www.earlylearningactivities.com/PDF/drama.pdf

Skim through these suggestions from moms, home daycare owners, and commercial daycare operators to see if they spark new ideas for your little ones. (Note: Not all their suggestions will be suitable for your family.) Thrift shop bag sales (“All you can stuff in a paper grocery sack for $_”) are great sources of old clothes for dress up. Unneeded and long out-of-fashion styles from grandparents are a cost-free gift idea!

 

Easy Valentine Cards

www.inlieuofpreschool.com/2012/02/artsy-valentines-cards-from-flop-to.html

See a clever idea for a finger- or brush-painted card suitable for young artists. There are also links to more cards at the bottom of the page.

 

Age Appropriate Chore List

www.raisingarrows.net/2011/08/age-appropriate-chore-list

Many parents wonder what household chores are appropriate at what age. Here is one mom’s list–beginning with babies!

 

Therapy Crafts and Kids Crafts

www.craftbits.com/therapy-crafts

www.craftbits.com/kids-crafts

The therapy crafts are suggested for use by “diversional therapists, art therapists and occupational therapists”–but they are usable by families, too! The crafts and activities are especially designed for children with special needs or for one who is ill, but anyone could enjoy them. (Some activities are also highlighted for use by the elderly–a great way to include older grandparents whose activities are limited.) Find detailed instructions and the purpose of the individual craft.

The website has the usual assortment of crafts suitable for kids, but what makes the site special is the tidy materials list and “Craft Toolbox” that contains the time requirement, suitable ages, and an easy link to any comments.

 

Games for Playground Balls

http://grandparents.about.com/od/projectsactivities/
tp/Kids_Ball_Games.htm

Find simple directions for at least 10 different games to play with old-fashioned playground balls. Parents and grandparents will be able to teach a variety of different games to their families and neighborhood children. Find your family favorites–and have a ball! (Sorry–we couldn’t resist.)

 

The Kids’ Chalkboard

www.kidschalkboard.com

The Kids’ Chalkboard has many art project ideas, ABC and number activities, craft recipes, and loads of other educational and fun activities for preschoolers. There is also a helpful list of what to expect from a child of preschool age along with one state’s list of skills kindergarten children should learn. Remember, you know your child best and each child develops on a unique timetable.

 

Happy Birthday, Jesus (on a Great Site!)

http://preschoolstorytimes.blogspot.com/2012/12/happy-birthday-jesus-storytime.html

http://preschoolpost.com/blogupdate/2012/12/05/happy-birthday-jesus-a-new-story-time-plan-that-celebrates-the-reason-for-the-season

Use any of the ideas suitable to your needs or beliefs to plan a birthday party for Jesus with your family, friends, co-op, or Sunday school class. Find songs, a Bible verse bracelet, a finger play, a story, and art. Finish off the gathering with snack time! The main website, which may be useful at other times, is at the second link.

 

Free Printable Advent Coloring Pages

http://ministry-to-children.com/advent-coloring-book

This Advent series has pages suitable for any Christmas-season coloring. Note the additional links to more related printables at the bottom of the page. Those pages in turn have more resources linked.

 

 Homemade Marbles

www.allthingsscouting.com/2007/11/haw-to-make-clay-marbls

www.landofmarbles.com/marbles-play.html

This link is just one of many available online for homemade marbles. Use polymer modeling clay, regular pottery-type clay–or even the flour-salt dough variety to home make everything! Parents can research YouTube for videos showing traditional glass marble making and for visual demonstrations of making marbles at home.

See the second link for several marbles’ games variations.

 

How to Play Marbles

http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/play-marbles

Marbles is a great, old-fashioned game that does not require batteries or electricity, and also has many variations. Games such as this teach fine-motor skills, and the importance of taking turns, following rules, and picking up (prevents falls, loss, and younger siblings getting them into their mouths!).

 

15 Colorful Activities Celebrating Fall Colors

http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/fall-colors-2

While most of these varied art and other subject activities will appeal to the younger children, older siblings will be interested in some as well.

 

“Hey Parents–Why the Rush???”

www.thehomeschoolvillage.com/2012/10/hey-parents-why-the-rush.html

Among the issues each family must decide for itself is what to teach and when. Could you be causing frustration because you are trying to keep up or compete with other homeschoolers (or the world)? She suggests fun ways to teach a child “with the attention span of a gnat”!

 

Learn the Colors of the Rainbow

www.kiwicrate.com/projects/Roll-and-Color-Game/322

Everyone remembers learning colors with Roy G. Biv. This simple game is fun to make and fun to play!

 

Pilgrim and Indian Puppets – Craft and Activity

http://kidscraftsblog.hyglossproducts.com/2011/11/21/pilgrim-and-indian-puppets-thanksgiving-craft-activity/

These simple stick puppets are made of paper bags and felt (substitute construction paper or craft foam if that’s what you have). Children will need varying amounts of adult help according to age. Children can act out all of the Thanksgiving lessons coming up.

 

Indoor Bowling

www.activity-mom.com/2012/08/toilet-paper-roll-craft-bowling.html

Simple toilet paper tubes and paper muffin cups make an easy craft and a great rainy day activity. Charlotte Mason was a big advocate of handicrafts as teaching tools. They teach following directions; the ideas of supply organization, preparation, and clean up; and fine motor skills. Of course, some crafts can lead to lifelong hobbies with relaxing (or invigorating) creative outlets, thoughtful homemade gifts, or even paid crafting!

 

Indoor Camping Trip

http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/camping-an-indoor-family-adventure

Read about and see lots of photographic evidence of the joy some little boys experienced on an indoor camping “trip.” It’s how to go camping–and take the high chair!

 

Sticky Note Hunt

www.activity-mom.com/2012/08/sticky-note-hunt.html

Here are a few ideas for conducting a sticky note hunt for shapes, letters, colors, and words.

 

Learning Letters

www.activity-mom.com/2012/08/learning-letters.html

See examples of and get directions for making quite a few attractive visual and tactile (kinesthetic) ways to make learning letters fun and easy.

 

ABC Fast Phonics

http://abcfastphonics.com

Designed to supplement more comprehensive phonics programs, ABC Fast Phonics is a free tutorial using cartoons and sounds to teach basic phonics concepts.

 

Tips for Bread Baking with Kids

http://littlewondersdays.blogspot.com/2012/08/tips-for-baking-bread-with-kids.html

Novice bread bakers will benefit from this list of well thought out bread baking tips. It’s a great list to read over before you embark on the Great Bread Baking Adventure!

 

Preschool and Kindergarten Curriculum (of Real Life Activities)

This article is chock-full of everyday, life-learning activities from arts and crafts, to nature, to playtime, to math and pre-reading activities you can work into your day.

www.besthomeschooling.org/articles/lillian_jones_ps_kdgtn.html

 

Free “Ants” Unit to Download

Download a free “Ants Preschool Pack” from “2 Teaching Mommies.” See the other freebies they offer too!

www.2teachingmommies.com/2012/05/free-ant-preschool-printables.html?spref=tw

 

Four Tips to Get Great Deals on Quality Children’s Books

The writer (a homeschool mom) suggests you find pickier sales, familiarize yourself with great books, think about what you need for this year, and go early and take cash. Read the whole short article for more information, including some of her favorite types of books and a couple of “don’ts.” You’ll save money and be a happier shopper.

http://moneysavingmom.com/2012/05/4-tips-to-get-great-deals-on-quality-childrens-books.html

 

Early Years Read-Alouds

Simply Charlotte Mason.com has a suggested read-aloud list for children ages three through five years. Learn more about each title by clicking on the title. Preview books to see if they are appropriate for your family.

https://simplycharlottemason.com/planning/eyguide/eyreadalouds

 

“Smile Smarts!” Oral Health Activities

Smile Smarts! is an oral health curriculum for students in preschool through grade eight divided into age appropriate groups of materials. The lessons are flexible and come with lesson plans, support materials, hands-on demonstrations, activity sheets, and suggestions for even more oral health-related activities, such as career information in the dental field for older students.

www.ada.org/390.aspx

 

The Gardening Tot

http://hsbapost.com/2012/04/17/the-gardening-tot

Aside from the fact that little kids love dirt (we did not need to be reminded, did we?), there is so much more to it that we grown-ups tend to overlook. Take advantage of their natural inclinations and help them create art, study nature, begin to learn scientific observation, not to mention learn how to grow their own food and flowers! Then top it off with fun-in-the-sun scavenger hunts, guessing games, and running around outdoors. What more could a kid want?

 

Could My Child Have Autism?

www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/03/120326160700.htm

ScienceDaily, an online newsletter, carried an article that outlined 10 possiblesigns of autism-related delays to look for in babies as young as 6 to 12 months. Some experts believe interventions begun even in infancy can improve outcomes for a child on the autism spectrum, a condition most commonly diagnosed between the ages of 2 and 3. Look for links on the same page to related stories.

 

Household Math and Science Activities

http://members.tripod.com/~Patricia_ F/mathscience.html

Find lists of suggested activities in most categories of math and science. Some examples are to classify blocks by size or have a shape/color hunt. By the way, the best activities are where the child does the work–have him seek the item in question, rather than you getting them and asking the child to choose “which one is …”.

 

Typical Subjects of Study

http://homeschooling.about.com/cs/learning/p/coursep.htm

See what many consider good topics for preschoolers and kindergarteners to study.

 

Even Kindies Learn about the Heart

www.spelloutloud.com/2012/03/human-body-learning-about-heart.html

Even if these ideas (many based on purchased curriculum) don’t “grab yer heart” (sorry–had to do that), there are loads of free printables, hands-on learning, and crafts ideas–many for little ones.

 

Dripless Honey Spread

www.livingonadime.com/texas-road-house-honey-butter

Try this for a dripless honey treat or search the Internet for another version of the recipe for honey butter. Even little ones can learn kitchen tricks like lightly greasing a measuring cup before measuring sticky honey.

 

Special Needs Resources

http://homeschoolcentral.com/special.htm

Experts advise starting early when it comes to intervention for children who have special needs. Parents may find helpful information in the extensive list of links for homeschool-related resources for any special needs in the family.

 

Activity Kits

www.realsimple.com/work-life/family/kids-parenting/fun-activities-for-kids-00000000060098

See suggested items for kits for travel, a “day at the office,” visiting grandparents, sick day, or restaurant. You can decide what to include and the slideshow will be sure to spark ideas of your own for kits for other uses.

 

Music and Young Children

http://wtim.es/vEXHFR

The article challenges the conventional wisdom on the effect classical music supposedly has on babies. Studies seem to show positive effects in children who are quite young–even premature babies; perhaps not exactly the “Mozart Effect” often touted. Read how the exposure to good music is a great introduction for lifelong enjoyment, how rhymes and melodies seem to help set the stage for reading and other language development, and about other benefits of various types of music involvement, such as lessons.

 

Animal Videos

www.itvwild.com

Select by animal to find a video clip or episode; clips make nice breaks and rewards. TV shows are also available, as are games. Parents may wish to screen first to ensure biological details are age-appropriate for your children.

 

Toddlers and Homeschooling

http://hsbapost.com/2012/02/03/toddlers-and-homeschooling

Wondering what to do with your toddlers while you homeschool your older children? Rachel at The Homeschool Post blog lays out a 6-part strategy in this article.

 

Free Alphabet Printables

www.edhelper.com/alphabet.htm

Download a variety of traditional ABC worksheets, tracing pages, and much more from edHelper.

 

40+ Tips for Road Trips

http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/tips-for-road-trips-with-toddlerspre-schoolers

Find more than 40 ideas to make your next road trip with the little ones easier. Tips are divided into categories such as games and activities, art, snacks, and must-haves. See the article for even more categories!

 

Virtual Zoos

www.homeschoollibrary.info/2012/04/05/virtual-zoos

All ages will enjoy visits to these virtual zoos when you just can’t get to one in person. There are nine from which to choose!

 

“Zooborns” Animal Babies

www.zooborns.com/zooborns

The Zooborns website has the latest news on animal babies from zoos and aquaria worldwide–and boy are they CUTE! Search the sidebar list of animals to see the babies from aardvarks to zebras or search by zoo. Check the list of baby animal names to learn what a baby eel is called. Find out what galagos, gerenuks, and gundis are. There are even free Zooborn apps for android and iPhone (great way to entertain a fidgety kiddo while waiting in the checkout line!).

Reading and Phonics

“MSO Homeschool”

www.msohomeschool.com

Tracy Taylor, a homeschooling mom of four from South Carolina, has compiled reading materials drawn from her time as a first grade teacher and reading interventionist. She has created a website dedicated to helping parents teach their children to read. It contains background information on the reading process, book lists, online resource lists, and other homeschooling ideas. She offers an e-booklet for sale with her information in it. If you have any questions or feedback, feel free to e-mail her at tracy@msohomeschool.com or tracy.taylor0717@gmail.com.

 

Using Games to Teach

http://tinyurl.com/d7p69ra

A recent issue of the (free weekly e-mail) “Homeschool Minute” put out by the Old Schoolhouse® Magazine covered using games to teach. In addition to a number of concrete suggestions and websites, there are important tips on how to do it constructively so you also have fun and build family ties while teaching. By the way, games go way beyond just the little ones!

 

Synthetic Phonics

www.synthetic-phonics.com/phonics_activity.html

See an overview of various (mostly free) phonics systems and activities. Many of the activities may be used in isolation. Not all the websites listed may be suitable. Best of all–do plenty of reading aloud to your little ones!

 

Mnemonic for Cannon vs. Canon

www.spelloutloud.com/2012/03/human-body-learning-about-heart.html

“Cannons” go BOOM! See the double letters in the middle of each? “Canon” (as in law) can say, ”No!” See the “no” in the middle? Hope this little trick helps. The Holy Spirit can wonderfully enable us to teach–even inspiring parent-educators with little things such as this.

 

Starfall

http://www.starfall.com

Dedicated to helping children learn to read, Starfall, has many resources for beginning readers. The website is offered free as a public service. It also provides writing journals and books at a very low cost, to be used with the website or separately.

Science

Repurposing Plastic Containers for Seed Starting

http://readbetweenthelimes.blogspot.com/2012/03/repurposing-containers-for-seed.html

Need some green during these bleak cold-weather months? This site explains how to reuse commonly found plastic containers to start seeds indoors. Plant herb seeds for a handy kitchen herb garden or simply learn how to start seeds you will later transplant into your outdoor garden next spring. Just thinking about gardening may warm you up!

 

Jefferson Lab Presents Frostbite Theater

http://education.jlab.org/frost

If you are unable to attend one of Jefferson Lab’s Physics Fests, you can still see Frostbite Theater presented by Jefferson Lab. Are you dying to know what happens to a carnation when it is cooled to 321 degrees below zero? Is it too humid to conduct your own static electricity demonstrations? Do you like to watch neat science videos? If so, then Frostbite Theater is for you!

Tune in and see air liquefy inside a balloon, watch film canisters blow their lids as trapped liquid changes to gas, learn how to build a cloud chamber, observe how nitrogen and oxygen react to fire, and much more! It’s a fun site that the whole family will enjoy.

 

Build Cool Gadgets and Watch Science Videos

www.youtube.com/user/SonicDadDotCom

SonicDadDotCom features a cool physics video on gyroscopes and videos on building (mostly ballistic) gadgets like a crossbow from Popsicle® sticks, a parachute, an indoor boomerang, and more!

 

Developing Scientific Vocabulary and Other Science Skills

www.csun.edu/science/books/sourcebook/chapters/1-vocabulary/index.html

The index page linked here is a gateway to myriad resources for developing scientific literacy, reasoning, understanding, problem solving, research skills, and resources for teaching science.

 

Wild Music

www.wildmusic.org

Play an audio form of the concentration/memory game (select a level), test your hearing and compare it to animals, and see if you can tell different thrush songs apart in this interesting web version of a traveling exhibit. Note: The site presumes Darwinian evolution.

 

Firefly Watch

https://legacy.mos.org/fireflywatch/how_to_participate

This citizen science project lets anyone count the fireflies in their own backyard. All the instructions are on the website and just about any member of the family can help.

 

Perseid Meteor Shower – Night Skies – Peak Is August 11-13

http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/everything-you-need-to-know-perseid-meteor-shower

http://stardate.org/nightsky/meteors

http://astronomy.com/perseids2013

www.classicalastronomy.com/news/anmviewer.asp?a=164&z=30

Go ahead and check for late meteors tonight–and consider signing up for one of the many available astronomy interest e-mails. Some linked below include EarthSky, Space.com, Stardate.org, and Astronomy.com.

 

Stormy Weather

www.weatherwizkids.com/weather-tornado.htm

We are reminded by recent weather in the U.S. that this time of year can bring severe storms. Parents know best when and how much info to present to their children, so review the resources and see if any of the many topics and resources meet a need in your home. The site recommends the material for students who are approximately eight years old and up.

 

Rip Current Awareness Week

www.ripcurrents.noaa.gov

http://soa.li/SR2HhnC

We missed the dates (June 2 through 8), but it’s never too late to learn good safety information. Does your family know what rip currents are and why they are dangerous? Good spots to begin include the NOAA/National Weather Service page and the Red Cross rip current page.

 

Backyard Ballistics Teacher Resources

www.backyard-ballistics.com/teachers.php

The website that accompanies the classic guys’ book, Backyard Ballistics, comes complete with a section of “Lesson Plans and Classroom Activities.” Do follow all recommended safety measures for a learning experience that’s a real blast (sorry, your editrix couldn’t help herself) and leaves the kids–and adults–eager for more.

 

Free Online Videos

www.nwcreation.net/videos

Find hundreds of free-to-see online videos in the creation science field. Some are seminars and convention presentations, while others are full length DVDs you may choose to view online or preview before buying as a resource. More than one interpretation of creation is represented, so parents will wish to screen first.

 

NASA Kids’ Club

www.nasa.gov/audience/forkids/kidsclub/flash/index.html

NASA has a neat site with several fun interactive games featuring brainteasers, space exploration, math, and other subjects.

 

Free Middle School Chemistry Curriculum

http://bit.ly/14CVqMf

This free set of lessons produced by The American Chemical Society, Middle School Chemistry, is a school quarter-length (8 to 10 weeks) introduction that covers basic chemistry and scientific investigation. You can download each chapter in pdf form, complete with lesson plans and teacher’s manuals! Each lesson should take less than an hour.

 

Make a Light Bulb

http://invention.smithsonian.org/centerpieces/edison/000_lightbulb_01.asp

With adult supervision, a student can follow these instructions to make a light bulb.

 

NASA – Astronomy Picture of the Day

http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html

See the NASA astronomy picture of the day for inspiration and a reminder of what an awesome God it is we serve. Aside from simply enjoying the image and reflecting for a minute, the photo could serve as a writing or art prompt.

 

Make Oobleck or Gak at Home

www.skiptomylou.org/2013/01/08/oobleck

www.skiptomylou.org/2009/07/24/how-to-make-gak-slime

Here are a couple recipes for fun. Make “oobleck” or “GAK” at home–but be prepared for a hard time getting the kids back to lessons! Some Internet searching will reveal potential science lessons for this fun stuff.

 

Old Time Radio: “Adventures in Research”

http://archive.org/details/Adventures_In_Research

Listen online or download mp3s of the old radio shows, “Adventures in Research” (both formats are free). More than 80 14-and-a-half-minute programs feature titles such as “America’s First Invention,” “The First Skyscraper,” and “A Sprig of Mint.” You’ll have to listen to discover the secrets behind the stories.

 

Animal Lapbooks

www.squidoo.com/animallapbook

This set of resources, directions, and ideas shows even beginners how to construct any number of lapbooks related to the animal kingdom. It’s geared towards fourth grade students and up. Note that some materials may assume evolution.

 

Snow Science

www.its.caltech.edu/~atomic/snowcrystals

See photos, movies, physics info, and more–all about snowflakes.

 

Free Issue of Creation Illustrated Magazine

www.creationillustrated.com

Get a free sample copy of Creation Illustrated, a creation science magazine that bills itself as “The Christian answer to National Geographic.” Click on “Get a Free Issue.” The editors and publishers are a Christian couple who homeschooled their daughter.

 

Free Astronomy Classes and Lesson Plans

www.examiner.com/article/excellent-free-astronomy-classes-and-lesson-plans-online?CID=PROD-topic-email-articles

Select from a list of resources from NASA to Yale and for students from seven-year-olds to college age.

[Note: As ads may not be kid-friendly, parents will wish to check out these resources themselves. Hint: stop scrolling down when you reach “Suggested by the author.” Also, material may assume evolution, but parents can edit.]

 

Space Station Spotter

http://spotthestation.nasa.gov/index.cfm

NASA has just initiated a new, free service that notifies you when the International Space Station (ISS) passes overhead in the mornings and evenings. Choose to receive either an e-mail or text message when a good opportunity to see the ISS occurs (not the hard-to-spot passes)–it’s great for kids.

 

The Science Mom (Has Math, Too)

www.the-science-mom.com

Find science activities and experiments in a dozen or more categories, science fair exhibits, and an explanation of scientific principles. There are also a smaller number of math items.

 

Science Toymaker

http://sciencetoymaker.org

Save money by making your own cool science toys–and learn too. Don’t tell the kids their Christmas presents are educational!

 

Eggstraordinary Science Eggsperiments

www.kathysclutteredmind.com/2012/09/eggstraordinary-science-eggsperiments.html

See the varied science experiments at your fingertips–all using eggs!

 

Hurricane Central

www.weather.com/weather/hurricanecentral?cm_cat=twc_hurricane&cm_pla=NHC&cm_ven=Twitter

Hurricane Central, from the Weather Channel, can help your family track the storms and learn lots about them. See all the little features labeled around the page in small print, such as a storm encyclopedia, weather glossary, and preparedness information.

 

Visual Record – Every Hurricane and Tropical Storm Since 1951

http://t.co/sxHV9cCV

See an amazing image that shows every hurricane and tropical storm since 1951. Read an explanation of how it was created.

 

Baby Flamingoes (and Other Animals)

http://bit.ly/Ot6SwP

The National Zoo in Washington, D.C. says a new baby flamingo has hatched. Read more and see the pictures in this article, then explore their other animal resources.

 

Free Monthly Supercharged Science Tele-Class

www.superchargedscience.com/freeteleclass.htm

www.superchargedscience.com/freestuff.htm

Every month, homeschool mom and engineer, Aurora Lipper, holds a free online tele-class for people who subscribe to her free newsletter, “Supercharged Science.” Enjoy the live interactive video class with Aurora, ask questions and learn in a fun, exciting way. Find out about the next one on the website. Subscribe to the newsletter at the second link. Explore the free experiments any time!

 

Wildlife Webcams

http://explore.org/ – !/live-cams/player/brown-bear-salmon-cam-brooks-falls

Too hot to go outside? Thunderstorms? Take a break and watch some really cool bears–cooled by the Brooks River in Alaska! If that’s not enough, choose from the nearly 20 cameras available all over the world.

 

Answers in Genesis

www.answersingenesis.org

A mega-site of scientific evidence in support of the Genesis Creation account, including a short chronology, articles, radio programs, resources, and lots more.

 

Pet Wiki

Pet Wiki is another addition to the “wiki” genre, with categories that include dogs, fish, horses, cats, reptiles, birds, rodents, and other pets.

thepetwiki.com/wiki/Main_Page

https://twitter.com/#!/ThePetWiki

 

PBS’s NOVA “scienceNOW”

www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/sciencenow/educators/subject-anth.html

There are teacher guides for programs in the subject areas of anthropology and archeology, chemistry, earth science, forensics, health science, life science, mathematics, oceanography, paleontology, physics, social studies, space science, and technology-engineering. View the episodes online and use any of the before and after activities.

(Note that evolutionary content is included; parents may wish to determine if material is suitable for their family.)

 

Nature Study Resources

http://sbees.blogspot.com/2008/02/nature-as-teaching-tool.html

See many varied suggestions for books and Internet resources related to “nature study.”

 

LEGO Bricks in Space

http://aux.legoeducation.us/Forms/LEGOSpace.aspx

LEGO offers free downloads of educational materials to allow students on earth to build along with astronauts on the International Space Station. LEGO bricks are not included.

 

Cold Weather Chemistry

http://snipurl.com/21nw6gp

This newsletter from Home Science Tools tells how to make your own chemical hand-warmers and has other winter-themed science. The newsletter is free and Home Science Tools are also on Facebook and YouTube.

 

Silent Nature Walk for Winter

http://handbookofnaturestudy.blogspot.com/2012/01/silent-nature-walk-winter-nature-study.html

Bundle up and remember outdoor studies during the winter. You might need to shorten the time in consideration of the weather, but the outdoors is still a great place to learn!

 

Eugenics Archive

http://eugenicsarchive.org/

How quickly we forget. As bioethicists (term used loosely) actually begin to suggest seriously that we return to such practices as forced sterilization and abortion, a look into our not-too-distant past may help. Maybe. Parents may use this for their own information or with mature students.

 

Our Universe: Here and There – NASA Photos

www.weather.com/outlook/weather-news/news/articles/our-universe-here-and-ther_2012-02-06

See awesome photos of the Creator’s handiwork in NASA photos on the Weather Channel website.

 

Celebrate Urban Birds

www.birds.cornell.edu/celebration

www.facebook.com/pages/Celebrate-Urban-Birds/71397573269

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology sponsors the Urban Birds websites. There are free educational resources, citizen-scientist projects, contests, free newsletters–even a gardening section–and more. Explore the website and see what’s there.

 

Volcano Webcams Worldwide  

http://sincedutch.wordpress.com/2012/01/02/112012-all-the-volcano-webcams-of-the-world

Here are links to most of the known webcams covering the volcanoes of the world.

 

Supercharged Science Freebies

www.superchargedscience.com

To get a free science experiment activity book, along with weekly science experiments emailed to you (all for free), simply visit:

 

The Animal Diversity Web

http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/index.html

A database of animal history, distribution, classification, and conservation from the University of Michigan, this site includes a large searchable encyclopedia and a virtual museum.

 

Weather

http://www.wxdude.com

This weather education site, from national TV meteorologist Nick Walker, is designed especially for kids, parents, and teachers and includes lots of information pertaining to weather and meteorology. There is a special section with music videos that feature Nick Walker teaching about weather.

 

American Association of Physics Teachers

http://www.aapt.org

American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) was established in 1930 with the fundamental goal of ensuring the “dissemination of knowledge of physics, particularly by way of teaching.” In addition to helping you learn more about traditional teaching methods, they can help you learn new teaching methods that use modern technology to entice your students with the wonders of science.

 

Invention Dimension

http://web.mit.edu/invent/invent-main.html

Read up on the inventor of the week and the featured links (both archived), play one of three games, take the trivia challenge (which changes monthly), or get the inventor’s handbook at MIT’s inventions website. If you submit your answers to the trivia challenge, you have a chance at the free t-shirt each month. The answers are all found in their archives.

 

Genesis Park

www.genesispark.org/genpark/park/park.htm

A website dedicated to presenting evidence that man and dinosaurs were created together. This site is a gold mine of information that is easily accessible through menus and lots of graphics.

 

Fun Break – Tinker Ball Game

www.inventionatplay.org/playhouse_tinker.html

Make your own Rube Goldberg Machine to get a tennis ball into a shallow container. The game features realistic sounds and mechanical actions. Vary the play by limiting the number of tools used or by using as many as possible. Kids and adults will enjoy this fun learning game.

Testing

SOL Tests

http://education.jlab.org

This website includes the released 2004 SOL tests and has an archive of the tests going back to 2000. Test categories include: 3rd grade math and science questions; 5th grade math, science, and technology questions; 8th grade math, science, and technology questions; high school algebra I & II, geometry, earth science, and chemistry questions. To access the SOL practice tests or to play the $1,000,000 math-and-science quiz, click on the “Games & Puzzles” icon.

United States of America

Contact Elected Officials via USA.gov

www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml

Use USA.gov to contact elected officials. Find e-mail and mailing addresses, phone numbers, and more for your local, state, and federal officials.

 

Flag Day

Enjoy this celebration of the history of our nation’s flag in historical information, flag etiquette, e-greetings to send, a flag archive, a quiz, crafts, and the pledge–plus more!

www.theholidayspot.com/flagday

 

Memorial Day

Annie’s website has loads of holiday-themed pages of links, so bookmark this for other holiday resources. There are many history links, links to other Memorial Day pages–even BBQ links–all you need to enjoy the weekend with your family and teach your children why we observe Memorial Day.

By the way, be sure to check your local area for opportunities for you and your family to honor those who have died in service to our country. Some venues offer free or reduced admission to veterans, active duty service members–maybe even their families as well–on or near patriotic holidays.

www.annieshomepage.com/memoriallinks.html

 

Factory Tour USA

http://www.factorytoursusa.com

This site celebrates American imagination and industry. What better way to appreciate those qualities than to visit and tour America at work! The information on this site is maintained by many people throughout the United States who enjoy visiting American industry.

 

Studentjobs.gov

http://www.studentjobs.gov

Studentjobs.gov is OPM’s official job site for students, and it’s filled with great resources, tools, and links to helpful information. Search for federal jobs and apply online, create and store a resume, assess your skills and interests in the Career Interests Center, learn about specific federal agencies or the federal hiring process, and more!

For the Parents

“Ignite the Fire of Your Passion” Christian Marriage Series

http://tolovehonorandvacuum.com/tag/ignite-the-fire

Read about the Ignite the Fire Marriage blog series where three bloggers all write on the same topic on a given day, so you can read this post and then follow the links to see their unique take on how we can ignite the fire in our marriages.

 

Facebook Changes – Parent Suggestions and Tutorials

www.tecca.com/guides/everything-you-need-to-know-about-facebook-timelines

Facebook users will have noticed the new feature–Timelines–for Facebook pages. Learn from several tutorials about working with the format and about protecting your children if they are using Facebook (scroll down for the latter).

 

Marriage Builders

www.marriagebuilders.com

What is the opposite of showing love? Dr. Willard F. Harley is the author of His Needs, Her Needs. He identifies the most common “love busters” in marriage (or any relationship): selfish demands, disrespectful judgments, angry outbursts, annoying habits, independent behavior, and dishonesty. At Dr. Harley’s Marriage Builders website you will be introduced to some of the best ways to overcome marital conflicts and some of the quickest ways to restore love.

For the Family

Character Qualities Not Measured by Tests

www.thehomescholar.com/blog/character-qualities-not-measured-by-tests/10930

Lee Binz, the Home Scholar, reminds us that schooling is about more than just academics. Read her short article to brush up on the character qualities we want to teach our kids. Are yours learning them? Congratulations to parents and kids alike! Any lacking? The new year is a great time for new efforts.

 

College4Kids Career Academies

www.pvcc.edu/instructional_divisions/workforce_services/
piedmont_futures/career_academies.php

Piedmont Virginia Community College offers classes designed to help kids explore various careers. College4Kids Career Academies, for students in grades 3 through 12, provide students with the opportunity to learn hands-on from PVCC instructors. Project-based classes allow students to explore career areas while learning new skills and having fun. For more information, see the website.

 

Merry Christmas in Many Languages

www.theholidayspot.com/christmas/worldxmas/manylanguages.htm

More than 100 ways to say Merry Christmas!

 

Hillbilly Housewife Crock-pot® Cooking

www.hillbillyhousewife.com/category/recipes/crockpot

This helpful site is chock full of frugal homemaking tips, and this particular link will take you to the first of several pages filled with time- and money-saving recipes for your slow cooker. Some even include video instruction. If you’re looking for ways to trim the food budget and free up time during the busy holiday season, this might be a good place to begin.

 

Internet Scavenger Hunt

www.vickiblackwell.com/hunts.html

Whether you use a pre-written one from online, do it yourself from scratch, or blend the two, the internet scavenger hunt can be a good way to teach without the kids realizing it! Check out this page with its many variations, pick and choose what is suitable for you, and sit back (while keeping an eye on the computer) to see what the kids learn.

 

How Do You Say Thank You?

www.etailersdigest.com/greetings/saythanks.htm

Isn’t it great that God does not need a translator? If you need a translator to help you say, “Thank you,” here is that phrase in more than 200 languages.

 

Winter Emergency Information for Children and Teens

www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/winterweatheremergencies.html

www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/winterweatheremergencies.html#cat8

With the weather so chilly so soon, it seemed a good idea to provide additional information on winter preparedness. Note the special sections labeled for children and teens.

 

Free Knoala App

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/knoala/id639651078?mt=8

Download the free Knoala app on iTunes. Enter your kids’ ages and get suggested activities. You can also upload your own ideas and photos to share with other users.

For more information, see these websites:

www.knoala.com

www.techlicious.com/blog/free-knoala-app-offers-crowdsourced-playtime-ideas-to-keep-todders-busy

 

Fall Foliage in Virginia

www.virginia.org/enewsletters/fall/9252013

Find information on fall foliage tours, apple picking, and fall festivals. Virginia is blessed by four seasons–don’t miss this one! (Note: The Shenandoah National Park is temporarily closed due to the government shutdown.)

 

September is Preparedness Month

www.vaemergency.gov/news/news-releases/2013/NPM

Explore the links on this brief page and take some steps towards being more prepared if a natural disaster or emergency strikes.

 

50 Activities for Autumn

http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/18391/50-activities-for-autumn

Many of the activities involve a learning activity in addition to being just plain fun. For example, number 19: “Make s’mores on the patio with your kids–use a solar oven to warm them. Try experimenting and adding extra ingredients to your s’mores…” Here is your chance to research the many models of relatively simple, homemade solar ovens before the next power outage makes you really wish you had already done this one! Enlist the aid of the kids in the house. Perhaps the simplest is the foil-lined pizza box. Let the kids brainstorm the second part (added ingredients) and have fun with what could be some odd-but-tasty s’mores’ add-ons.

 

Parents: Not all activities in the list may be suitable for your family.

“How to Peel, Cut, Core, and Dice”

www.thekitchn.com/how-to-peel-cut-core-and-seed–174347

“How To Peel, Cut, Core, and Dice: 20 Tips & Techniques for Fruit and Vegetable Prep” is chock full of just the right way to handle the produce in your life without sacrificing the quality of expensive food or your fingers!

 

Printable Kids’ Daily Routine Checklists

http://shar.es/zQDWh

Use these free printables for children’s chore or daily routine charts. Choose the boy’s or girl’s color scheme and select from the suggested tasks or insert your own.

 

Daily Housekeeping Schedule

http://time-warp-wife.blogspot.com/2011/12/free-printable-daily-housekeeping.html

Look this over to see if it or an adaptation of it will streamline how you organize routine housekeeping chores. A cleaner, less cluttered house in less time equals less stress and a happier household! The free printable provides a handy reminder in a central location for the family to see.

 

House Cleaning Schedule

http://time-warp-wife.blogspot.com/2010/09/home-maintenance-schedule.html

Here is an organized printable schedule to help you keep a lid on the house while you dedicate a large part of your day to education. The simple chart suitable for the fridge or bulletin board is divided into daily upkeep chores (dishes, laundry) in addition to tasks for each day specifically (Monday, bathrooms; Tuesday, bedrooms; Wednesday, kitchen, etc.). Your editor suspects she knows the Fly Lady!

 

“Lifeschooling” Video with Kirk Cameron

http://hedua.com/media/lifeschooling

The website introduces the two-minute video with, “Actor Kirk Cameron allows the viewer a chance to look into his decision to homeschool in Hollywood. Following the video, you may walk away with a new perspective in mind–Lifeschooling.” He has other videos on the site too.

 

Plan a Trip (or a Virtual One!)

http://earning-my-cape.blogspot.com/2012/06/summer-project-plan-trip-or-virtual-one.html

The process of trip planning can teach a lot, from research skills to budgeting one’s time and money. Children will learn to organize their thoughts in planning and their possessions for the trip. Planning builds anticipation, brings up questions, and maximizes learning. Enjoy!

 

Free Chore Charts

http://biblebasedhomeschooling.com/free-15-min-chore-lists-from-heart-of-wisdom

Download and print free charts of “15 Minute Chore Lists” from the Heart of Wisdom and “Bible Based Homeschooling–{On a Budget}.” Seeing goals and tasks on paper makes them real to younger thinkers and may help parents guide children to develop good habits/character.

 

Growing Wisdom YouTube Channel

www.youtube.com/user/growingwisdom?feature=watch

www.youtube.com/watch?v=LaQHEtngJlE

www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=am1Tso2l3kc

This Massachusetts gardener has absolutely marvelous ideas, tips, and projects–even a lovely bird video–that may interest you. The whole family can get involved. Your editor watched a neat project to build a relatively inexpensive greenhouse for year-round growing, using rebar, heavy plastic, thin flexible piping, sand bags, and bags of soil ready for use. See the bird and greenhouse videos at the second and third links. Get growing!

 

Five Easy Ways to Spring Clean the Outside of the House

www.citibank.com/womenandco/article/5-easy-ways-to-improve-your-homes-curb-appeal.jsp

Whether you are selling or staying–or rent or own your home–here are five easy and fast ways to improve the outside look of your house. Start with a power wash; read more in the short article.

 

The Grieving Mother

www.raisingarrows.net/the-grieving-mother

If you or any other woman you know is a grieving mother, please consider this warm, reverent, and comforting page within “Raising Arrows.” It tells the story of Emily Sophia who passed into the arms of Jesus at seven months of age. There are several links to solid resources which may help ease the burden of a woman who has lost a child–at whatever age. Many share your pain; may God be with you and give you peace.

 

Garden Activities with Kids

http://www.teachinghome.com/newsletters/newsletter275.cfm

http://www.teachinghome.com/newsletters/newsletter276.cfm

These two issues of The Teaching Home e-newsletter focus on a great addition to your homeschool curriculum–gardening! Both issues provide practical tips for getting kids involved in growing some of their own vegetables (it tastes better when you grew it yourself) and learning along the way.

 

Georgia Virtual Learning Shared Resources

http://www.gavirtuallearning.org/Resources/
SharedSpanish1%28WLCopy%29.aspx

The Georgia Department of Education offers virtual learning courses free of charge. Among them is this introductory Spanish course. The sidebar contains links to courses in German and French, as well as more advanced courses in Spanish.

 

Mother’s Day Recipes

www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Holiday—Celebration-Recipes/Mother-s-Day-Recipes

Okay, Dad and kids, Mom’s big day is coming soon. Here’s one place with multiple categories to look for The Perfect Mother’s Day Recipe. Sift through (sorry–couldn’t resist) breakfast, brunch, and baking recipes; breakfast recipes for Mom and for kids; simple recipes and more. Planning ahead helps.

 

Garden Ideas

www.homemadesimple.com/en-us/garden/pages/home.aspx

From planning a garden (hurry!) to inexpensive crafts the whole family can do, here are several categories of garden-related activities. They count as homeschooling too–bird watching is science; seed starting, learning about tulips, and growing strawberries are all applied horticulture–not to mention fun!

 

Free Courses on Coursera

www.coursera.org

This website offers free college-level courses, many of which offer a “Certificate of Accomplishment” if all assignments are done–it’s not credit per se, but is evidence to show a brick-and-mortar school ability and self-direction. As the courses are from secular institutions, parents should supervise closely. Courses are offered in several languages from schools all over the world, but one can narrow searches by language to find those taught in English. What a chance to challenge one’s mastery in a foreign language by taking a course in it! Some classes are do-able by students ages 13 and up, but the site recommends most are suitable for students at least of high school age. Many classes are offered in real time, so check right now for ones beginning soon! Lee Binz, the Home Scholar, recommends it.

 

Free Household Printables

http://printables.yourway.net

Find more than 250 free printables to help you get your life more organized and running at its best. Areas covered include “Home Management Notebook,” holiday printables, and more. The site owner also solicits your ideas for more!

 

Museum Memberships

www.astc.org/members/passlist.htm

The Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) Passport Program begins its new year of shared admission on April 30, 2013. Read up on the program details that allow family members to join one museum and get free general admission to other participating museums. Grandparents are sometimes happy to contribute to the effort and can take the kids to a fun and educational spot during visits. Check with the museum you contemplate joining to see if they offer membership reciprocity with other museums, historic sites, and zoos (AZA). Current lists are at the site.

 

10 Necessities for Your Car Emergency Kit

http://shar.es/jaAvg

Grandparents.com offers suggestions for what everyone needs to carry in the car for emergencies. The obvious things like jumper cables, auto fluids, and water–for cars and humans–are joined by trusty duct tape, a first aid kit, and a few more items. Ask your kids if they think they know what the 10 things are. (There’s Life 101 sneaking into the game again!)

 

Ten Uses for Plastic Milk Jugs

www.livingonadime.com/recycling-plastic-milk-jugs

There’s nothing thriftier than reusing what would ordinarily be trash. Here are gardening and other uses for the humble empty milk jug.

 

Produce Selection, Handling, and Storage

http://thehomesteadsurvival.com/fruits-vegetables-selecting-handling-storing-tips/#.UQbD72c72Sk

See these tips for selecting, handling, and storing produce to get the best and make it last. You’ll save money while you eat your daily fruits and veggies.

 

February 2013 Activity Calendar

http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/calendar

Find a variety of family activity suggestions (one for each day of the month) including build a tower with candy hearts (fine motor skills), create a pipe cleaner sculpture, and much more.

 

Classic Games in Fabric

www.homemadesimple.com/en-us/crafts/pages/homemade-dominoes.aspx

www.homemadesimple.com/en-us/crafts/pages/classic-game-blankets.aspx

These are instructions for no-sew versions of hopscotch, tic-tac-toe, checkers, and dominoes, but one could always sew them. Since they are mostly composed of straight lines, an experienced sewer should be able to teach basic pattern drafting and sewing instructions for them. Even fairly young children should be able to help cut out and glue the no-sew variety. Why fabric? It’s quiet for one thing!

 

Free Travel Guide

www.virginia.org/TravelGuideForm

Order your free 2013 Virginia Travel Guide to get the latest in tourist info on our beaches, scenic drives, small town treasures, and more. Note the additional publications available, including a coloring book.

 

Online Security – Password Managers Are Not Enough

http://bit.ly/U4UGVD

Most people know the standard tips for selecting passwords such as using upper- and lowercase letters in addition to other symbols (&%#). Since it is recommended you not reuse the same passwords, you’ll need a paper record booklet to record all of them–which could be lost or inaccessible. The same applies to online password managers which could go offline. Here is another solution.

 

Internet Archive Tutorial – Don’t Give Up on “Dead” Links

http://archive.org/web/web.php

http://www.nps.gov/yell/kidstuff/Alphabet/index.htm

http://web.archive.org/web/20100213073719/http://www.nps.gov/
archive/yell/kidstuff/Alphabet/index.htm

Did you ever click on a link only to be told the page was not found? If you encounter this, don’t give up yet! Go to the Wayback Machine at the Internet Archive website and paste in the URL (http://www…). Note that the Archive already has “http” entered. Remove it if your link already includes it. If you are not familiar, try out this example:

Let’s use an example from Ben’s Guide in 3.7. In the K-2 section, under “Ben’s ABCs,” there is a link for the Yellowstone Online Animal Alphabet Book. Unfortunately, when you click on it you get the dreaded 404 error–”page not found.” Highlight “Yellowstone Online Animal Alphabet Book,” gently right click, and select “copy link address,” to obtain the URL to paste into the Wayback Machine. Paste it in, click “Take me Back,” and you will see some dates with blue circles indicating the page was archived on that day. Click on one of those and it will take you (in a moment) to a form of the page desired. As with many such pages, some images are missing, but the text is there. In this case, it is not too difficult to go to a paper encyclopedia, Wikipedia, or other site to see a picture of the animal. Print a picture from “free images” searches or the child could draw a picture if you are constructing a booklet.

Below are links to the Wayback Machine portion of the Internet Archive, the URL for the missing page, and the link to the archived page. Try the steps above before using the links below.

 

Kim Komando Video – “How to Remove a Computer Virus”

www.tvkim.com/watch/2555/kim-on-komand-how-to-remove-a-computer-virus

Radio computer expert, Kim Komando offers advice in a video titled, “How to remove a computer virus.”

 

Grocery Lists

www.freeprintablegrocerylist.com

Save this site and see the various customized styles of shopping lists for use all year; see the top 10 on this page, but check out the sidebar for links to categories with all 45 specialized lists and menus. The lists will help you organize your shopping, pantry stores, and even improve your health! There are lined blank lists, itemized checklists, and lists written with diabetic or gluten-free diets in mind. Happy, Healthy New Year!

 

Growing a Winter Garden

http://frugallysustainable.com/2012/11/grow-one-a-winter-garden

Even if it is one herb plant, you can grow something now! See the possibilities and get instructions at the website–andz lots more on winter gardening in other articles.

 

Spice Substitution Chart

http://homecooking.about.com/library/weekly/blspicesub.htm

What do you do when you have begun a recipe and discover you lack a certain spice? Sometimes it just isn’t convenient to run to the store. Here is a chart with possible substitutes. (The results will not be identical to those of the original recipe, but should be acceptable–even enjoyable!) The page also has links to an herb substitution chart and to a page of spice blends and mixes (with links to the recipes).

 

Winter Care for Houseplants

www.bayeradvanced.com/articles/winter-care-for-houseplants

How easy is it to include horticulture with homeschooling when it’s right in the house with you? Check this article for tips on winter care for your houseplants. Many can be started with a cutting from a friend’s plant and potted very inexpensively. Some will grow in a glass of water! Internet searches will provide more information if needed.

 

Seasonal Stationery Printables

www.freeprintablestationery.net

www.pageborders.net

www.pageborders.net/category/new

If you send out the famed family Christmas letter or just want pretty seasonal paper for a note, here are free printables so you can choose just the right one(s) for that particular use.

 

Top 101 Fall Crockpot Recipes

www.blessedbeyondadoubt.com/101-fall-crock-pot-recipes

Here are 101 Crockpot recipes for main dishes and soups, beverages, desserts, and side dishes.

 

What to Carry in a Car

www.lewrockwell.com/orig13/moyer-a1.1.1.html

The recent storms have highlighted the need to be prepared no matter where you are when an emergency strikes. See how to prepare for many emergency situations by taking time to set up supplies–and preparing yourself.

 

November 2012 Activity Calendar

http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/calendar

This calendar has activities all the way from sailing paper boats in the bathtub to remember the Mayflower to candle making. You’ll find loads of ideas here!

 

“Teen Finishes His Own Mortgage-free Tiny House at Age 17″

www.tinyhousetalk.com/teen-tiny-house

Although this teen was not homeschooled, what a project this would make for a high school-age homeschooler (or family?)! The Tiny House Newsletter and website has followed this young man’s progress for a few years now. Some of these tiny houses (under 200 sq. ft.) can be built for only a few thousand dollars, depending on scavenged or salvaged materials and the features chosen. In the end, the teen will have learned a trade and have a place to live for the cost of miniscule amounts of utilities. Workshops are held all around the country, but some have embarked on the enterprise and self-taught along the way.

 

November is National Adoption Month

http://homeforeveryorphan.org

This past Sunday was Orphan Sunday. Russian Ministries, in partnership with the Home For Every Orphan, is one effort to place children in loving Christian families. See this website or do an Internet search for other resources to learn more. Pray for the 143 million children without families worldwide.

 

Hearty Fall Soups

www.seriouseats.com/2012/10/hearty-soup-recipes-for-fall-vegetable-chicken-beans.html?ref=pop_serious_eats

Some are 30-minute soups, some are vegetable soups, and some are chicken soups–but we bet none are the standard soups you know!

Instilling Pro-Life Values in Your Children

http://bit.ly/RGG4yJ

These ideas for parents to help them instill pro-life values in their children are sure to have ones suitable for your family.

 

Stain Removal for Yucky Stains

www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/cleaning/stain-removal/stain-remover-00100000085633/index.html

Check out the best stain removing products and cleaning tips for yucky stains from Real Simple (some using less expensive homemade cleaners).

 

Sewing Simple Rainbows

http://childhood101.com/2012/07/simple-kids-sewing-sewing-rainbows

This simple embroidery or basic sewing introduction is suitable for kindergarteners and up. To go along with the sewing project, review the biblical account of Noah and the Ark and remember that the rainbow is a constant reminder that God always keeps His promises!

 

Needlework: Free Crochet Lessons

vsb.li/ddl6RQ

This free curriculum contains 23 crochet lessons. If you don’t crochet, why not learn with your child?

 

Foods to Avoid Feeding to Dogs and a Recipe for Safe Dog Treats

www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+1659&aid=1030

See a veterinarian-reviewed list of foods to avoid. Instead giving your pet store-bought treats that have recently sickened pets and undergone recalls, try this simple recipe.

Keep an eye out for sales on organ meats and buy them when they’re cheap. Boil the gizzards, hearts, livers, etc., until cooked. Cut large organ meats into chunks for easier cooking if desired. Cool the meat on a plate until it is cool enough to handle, and then dice it into bits about the size of large peas. Spread the pieces in a single layer in baking pan or on a cookie sheet and bake overnight at your oven’s lowest temperature until the meat is dry and hard. Store the treats in a sealed baggie in the freezer, then use them sparingly while training your dog or as an occasional treat.

[This recipe from your editor was approved by the family’s vet.]

 

Geocaching 101

www.geocaching.com/guide

This really is a great introduction to the educational and fun hobby of geocaching. By now, most of us have heard the word, but many of us still do not know many of the details. This site will cover the basics for you and it does the job in a clear, organized way!

 

Kid-made Toys for Pets

http://c4k555.org/pets.html

Here is a page full of small toys for pets that children of various ages can make from simple household objects.

 

Small Notebook

http://blog.hartsfabric.com/2012/07/tutorial-fabric-notebook.html

Create a small journal, assignment book, note-jotter, or whatever you need, in just the right fabric–yours!

 

September is Preparedness Month in Virginia

www.vaemergency.gov/sites/default/files/Kit.pdf

www.vaemergency.gov

www.ReadyVirginia.gov 

Coming right up before you know it is September, Preparedness Month in Virginia. Hurricane season runs through November 1 and recent storms have shown us how an emergency can crop up any time with very little warning. State of Virginia websites have step-by-step, detailed information to guide families in preparing a kit for all sorts of emergencies. Kids can help a lot; make it a family project and a challenge, not a scary emergency! For a fill-in or downloadable family emergency plan worksheet, go to ReadyVirginia.gov and click on “Make a Plan.”

 

DIY Kids

What do you do if the kids have outgrown the “art-on-the-fridge” stage? Former Update editor writes, “DIY kids build portfolios of these things they make in the real world. Along the way kids learn new skills, use technology constructively, and begin a lifelong adventure of curiosity–and it causes them to spend time offline, too.”

See the website to learn more about DIY, explore the site, or join. The FAQ page may answer many basic questions. All facets of membership are currently free.

https://diy.org

https://diy.org/about#faq

 

31 Ways to Use a Mason Jar in Your Kitchen

Whether you seriously want to replace plastics (like the author of the article), or just want to find creative uses for the jars we all have stashed somewhere, this article is for you! To start with, there are great ideas for gathering free jars and then many ways to use them. The traditional jars have much more to offer than just storage.

www.keeperofthehome.org/2012/04/31-ways-to-use-a-mason-jar-in-your-kitchen.html

 

Top Ten Things Pro-Life Youth Can Do This Summer

See a list of pro-life things students can do this summer, from wearing pro-life T-shirts to organizing a prayer group. If you are 18, make sure you register to vote!

www.lifenews.com/2012/05/25/top-ten-things-pro-life-youth-can-do-this-summer

Homemade Energy Bites Recipe

Grind and mix a few yummy ingredients and freeze–no cooking!

http://moneysavingmom.com/2012/05/4-weeks-to-fill-your-freezer-homemade-energy-bites-day-18.html

 

Stop Yourself from Falling for Fakes!

This short article from Lavasoft gives some common warnings to help computer users avoid malware, phishing scams, and the like. Even if you already know these, perhaps a student in your family does not.

www.lavasoft.com/mylavasoft/company/blog/stop-yourself-from-falling-for-fakes

 

Window Washing Hints

Combine these “Hints from Heloise” with a tip from your editor’s hubby: he was raised using nothing but newspapers and water for window-washing and sticks with it to this day. Can’t get much cheaper!

http://shar.es/2eR2C

 

Christian Filmmaking: Free Introductory Course

Send an e-mail to freecourse@adventfilmgroup.com with the subject line “Send Link to Free AFG Online Course.” The Advent Film Group will send you a link to see their “introductory online course to better understand the new Christian Film Movement: What makes it different. How Hollywood is responding. Why it’s important. And how you can get involved.” (Content is appropriate for all ages.)

 

What to Do About “Family” Assignments

In the homeschool setting, some families choose to skip these lessons, while others have a different approach. See the resources here if your family includes an adopted child! There’s a great, free download about tackling these assignments.

www.adoptionlearningpartners.org/catalog/downloads/tackling-tricky-assignments.cfm

 

Three Big Rules Your Kids May Be Breaking Online

Failure to launch: Growing up in today’s digital age gives kids easy access to information. But that easy access reduces the time it takes kids to think through their actions and causes many of them to stumble. Check out this insightful article by Sierra Filucci—it’s filled with practical advice on keeping your kids safe in this internet age.

http://almenconi.blogspot.com/2012/04/3-big-rules-your-kids-may-be-breaking.html?
utm_source=April+25%2C+2012+Media+Update&utm_campaign=Feb+15%2C
+2012+email&utm_medium=email

 

Do You Investigate Before You Donate?

Part of being thrifty means making charitable dollars go as far as they can. Here are two websites that can help.

One of the premiere groups founded to promote financial accountability among church-related organization, the ECFA, describes itself as, “Helping Christ-centered organizations earn [the] public’s trust through developing, [and] maintaining accountability standards and God-honoring ethical practices.”

http://www.ecfa.org/

A secular group, Charity Navigator, has earned a reputation as a thorough investigator with strict standards. You can check on a specific organization or search for organizations based on categories such as animals, education, religion, and several others. There are a million charities in the U.S., so if a charity is not listed, they may just haven’t gotten to it yet–it does not necessarily mean anything negative per se.

Do you know many telemarketer-fundraisers give as little as a penny (or less!) on the dollar to the group they are supposed to help?

www.charitynavigator.org

Charity Watch is another good website.

www.charitywatch.org/toprated.html#veterans

 

Farmer’s Market Fun  

http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/kids-fun-at-the-farmers-market 

Enjoy a field trip/scavenger hunt at your next farmer’s market day! Suggestions are in the blog item.

 

Non-Edible Recipes Crafts-n-Tips

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NonEdibleRecipesCrafts-nTips

“NonEdibleRecipesCrafts-nTips” bills itself as the “ideal group for frugal folks!” Find pet treats; household cleaners; health and beauty aids; card-making, memory boxes, scrapbooking, and more.

 

Kids Cooking Activities

www.kids-cooking-activities.com

The whole family can enjoy fun with the kids in the kitchen. Our thanks to the submitter who added, “Cooking with kids increases their chance of a lifetime of eating healthy.” There is a free monthly newsletter, if you like. The site and newsletter have recipes, contests, tips, and other helpful things such as international recipes and science experiments!

 

Decorate a Shelter-Space

http://t.co/s3jULtjF

Frightening weather can frighten children, so enlist their help to decorate a safe place to shelter.

Pro-Life Student Resources

www.abolishabortion.com

Among the pro-life resources and opportunities on this website are options that include using social networking tools (Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and more) to promote life. See the page under “3. Act: Get started saving lives” that has job and internship openings. Other resources are listed under “2. Learn” to help students (high school and college age) and parents learn about the pro-life cause.

 

Crunchy Veggie Salad

www.livingonadime.com/crunchy-veggie-salad

Bacon, sunflower seeds, and raisins are some of the surprise ingredients in this Crisp Veggie Salad. Be sure to let the children at your house help measure and mix the goodies into the salad course for your next dinner. Include them and teach at the same time by talking about nutrition, preparation, cooking, and clean-up as you do steps for which they aren’t quite ready.

 

Supercook

www.supercook.com

Supercook is a search engine that lets you search thousands of recipes by ingredients. You can save money on groceries by using ingredients you already have at home instead of letting them go to waste. You can also add variety to the menu with new dishes from familiar ingredients.

 

Gardening: Issues 275 and 276 of The Teaching Home

http://www.teachinghome.com/newsletters/newsletter275.cfm

http://www.teachinghome.com/newsletters/newsletter276.cfm

These two issues outline the practical, economical, and eternal lessons to be learned by family gardening. Spring has sprung and “time’s a wastin’!”

 

Do You Have A “Camping Checklist”?

http://theblogfrog.com/1505278/forum/148005/do-you-have-a-camping-checklist.html

Do you have a “camping checklist”? Even though these folks have lived in an RV for 12 years, they still found it useful to make a camping checklist. See if the short blog entry has useful tips for you.

 

Steps to Building a Seven-Day Survival Kit

http://ready.alaska.gov/outreach/DHSEM%207%20Day%20Survival%20Kit.pdf

Although developed for Alaska, the list applies most places. The nice feature of this list is that it is a 24-week plan to slowly build a survival kit for your family. You will undoubtedly find you already have many of the items (gather them in one place if possible); other items can be purchased over time, making the task easier.

 

Plan It–Don’t Panic! (Six-Week Meal-Planning Challenge)

www.keeperofthehome.org/2011/09/you-asked-for-it-plan-it-dont-panic-a-6-week-meal-planning-challenge.html

If you need some step-by-step help with menu-planning or just some motivation to get it done, this blogger did a series on her blog called “Plan It–Don’t Panic.”

 

“15 Foods You Should Never Buy Again” (Make Your Own)

www.rd.com/slideshows/15-foods-you-should-never-buy-again

See a list of over-priced, unhealthy, and easy-to-make foods with suggestions on how to make replacements that are much healthier and less expensive–and not hard at all.

 

Recycling Sweaters into Boot Socks

http://feelinfeminine.com/?p=9371

See several ideas for recycling old sweater sleeves into warm and practical boot socks or leg warmers.

 

Sewing-Kit-in-a-Jar

www.marthastewart.com/272417/sewing-kit-in-a-jar

What a great way to teach sewing basics and foster independence! Help each child who is old enough assemble his own kit and begin sewing on his own buttons; progress to repairing hems, mending very small tears, and other clothing maintenance.

 

Valentine’s Day Memory Date

www.nationalmarriageweekusa.org/images/toolkit/ValentinesGreatDate.pdf

Use any appealing ideas that suit you from this tip sheet on a Valentine’s Day “Memories” theme date. If you “eat in,” order your favorite take out or delivery, or make your spouse’s favorite dish. Hubbies, get a single flower with a ribbon on the stem or a seed packet and homemade coupon good for planting!

 

Dave Ramsey Resources for Financial Literacy Month

www.daveramsey.com/article/liveable-literacy-practical-money-knowledge-you-can-use-today/lifeandmoney_other?ectid=1204cnlextra_3

Some of the links on this page of freebies include tips on teaching finances to kids.

 

April Edition of “Knowledge House”

www.knowledgehouse.info/KHnews/04-2012.html

Get links to a free 50-page e-book of Edgar Guest poetry, a great quote of the month, free household notebook pages to print, and much more.

Kitchen Cleaning Tips

www.livingonadime.com/easy-cleaning-kitchen 

Living on a Dime (website and free newsletter) sends tips to make kitchen cleaning easier. Be sure to note the sidebar links to even more household and homemaking tips. Moms work hard–take advantage of all the easy, economical tips!

 

Hold That Thought

http://www.holdthatthought.com

Hold That Thought is a Christian-based company which produces notebooking materials that help build reasoning, research, and writing skills, all with an emphasis on visualization and the spiritual growth of each student.

 

SuperKids

http://superkids.com

This is a website for parents and teachers who want the best in education for their children. SuperKids provides reviews and ratings of educational software, practical and fun tools for online and offline use, news about important educational issues, and views of visionaries and policymakers.

 

Homeschool Radio Show

http://www.homeschoolradioshows.com

Although the name of this websites is Homeschool Radio Shows, it actually is useful for anyone. The Erskine family, a homeschooling family from Canmer, Kentucky, has taken old-time radio shows and dramatic performances and made them available for you to listen to for FREE on a weekly basis. In addition, they have other programs and materials from yesteryear available for purchase.

 

Howtoons

http://www.howtoons.org

How-to guides in comic book format, Howtoons are designed to encourage children to be active participants in discovering the world through fun, creative, inventive play-that-matters, and to rely a lot less on mass-consumable entertainment. As with all recommendations, HEAV urges you to review the materials before passing them along to your children.

 

Birthday Party Ideas

http://www.birthdaypartyideas.com

BirthdayPartyIdeas.com provides a place where everyone can share ideas for children’s birthday parties in a very simple and organized format. If you are one of those people who likes to create birthday parties that are special and unique—parties that your guests and children will remember forever—then these ideas should help get you on your way.

 

Homemade Chalkboard Paint

www.livingonadime.com/homemade-chalkboard-paint-recipe

See if these suggestions for homemade chalkboard paint work for you, or possibly inspire another DIY project with purchased chalkboard paint. One mom even made a whole chalkboard wall!

Food Safety News

www.foodsafetynews.com

Keep up on food recalls, alerts, and breaking news in the world of food via this free e-mail.

 

LiveBinders – Bookmark Organizer

http://hsbapost.com/2011/11/04/draft-ready-livebinders

This short introduction in the Homeschool Post blog explains LiveBinders, a free service that enables computer users to organize their bookmarks.

 

Internet Archive

http://www.archive.org

This website offers a wealth of information in digital format, including text, video, audio, and much more. The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) public nonprofit founded to build an “Internet library,” with the purpose of offering permanent access to historical collections in digital format to researchers, historians, and scholars.

For the Teacher

Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network

http://hsbapost.com/2013/09/20/ultimate-homeschool-radio-network

The brand new Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network has free audio files to download or listen to live. Dads will enjoy it too. The site owners quip, “Poke a few sticks at the conventional and remind people constantly about the freedom to be found in the Gospel, while discussing what it means to ‘Homeschool in Real Life.’”

 

More than 200 Flashcard Sets!

www.printableflashcards.net

Choose from 234 different sets of free printable flashcards that may help your students study. Virtually all subject areas are included from common ones within math and music, states and grammar, to beginning words and more. Some of the unusual topics include Morse code, semaphore flags, and dental anatomy (find these by clicking on “Miscellaneous flash cards” in the left sidebar).

 

Free Language Learning

www.duolingo.com

Duolingo is a free online learning center with courses in French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, or Italian. Lessons allow you to read, type, listen, and repeat phrases so that you can learn to speak and write a foreign language at the same time. You can also sign up with friends and keep track of each other’s progress.

 

Homeschool-Friendly Colleges

www.homeschoolingteen.com/category/homeschool-friendly-college

Here is a list and some basic information about homeschool-friendly colleges and universities. Caveat: Being considered homeschool-friendly doesn’t necessarily constitute an endorsement of that school.

 

WatchKnowLearn

www.watchknowlearn.org

Thousands and thousands of videos organized by topics and subjects are free for the watching. Caveat: Common Core has crept into the site, so exercise care.

 

Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) e-lert Newsletters

http://www.hslda.org/elert

Look at the many free services offered in the form of webpages and newsletters from HSLDA. Do you fit into one of the several special interest groups featured in newsletters or pages on their website? Some categories are struggling learners, high schoolers, toddlers to tweens, and more.

 

Boyschooling

www.holyspiritledhomeschooling.net/boyschooling

www.facebook.com/Boyschooling

Welcome to this website, a community of families homeschooling boys. Snag a free chapter of the eBook Boyschooling: The Fine Art of Homeschooling Boys. It’s true, boys are different! Pick up ideas and resources dedicated to a godly approach to raising and homeschoolng boys.

 

10 Ways to Organize Craft and School Supplies

http://shar.es/yR6Hm

Stacie Nelson at Motherhood on a Dime suggests “10 Ways to Organize Craft and School Supplies” using recycled materials.

 

Flash Cards

www.printableflashcards.net/make_flash_cards.php

If there are flash-card fans at your house, take a look at the selection of free printable cards (pre-printed and blank) on various subjects. These learning tools are used from preschool through graduate school, in both premade and homemade versions.

 

Free Unit Studies at Homeschool Share

www.homeschoolshare.com/ant_lapbook.php

www.homeschoolshare.com/what’snew.php

Take a look at this sample study on ants to get a quick look at unit studies, then poke around the site to see more. The templates and ideas posted here are all authored by your fellow homeschoolers. Have you ever done a unit study with your family that you could share? Sign up for the free newsletter (second link) if you’d like to be notified about anything new.

 

Top 10 Categories – Rewards that Teach

www.homeschooling-ideas.com/free-home-school-printables.html

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.

 

Free Online Homeschool Planner

http://sherigraham.com/a-simple-plan-free-online-lesson-planner-for-the-homeschool-family

A Simple Plan is an online lesson planner designed to help you organize and plan every school year. You can plan lessons, make assignments, keep grades, schedule events, and do much more! Some features include a calendar, a lesson planner, book lists, reports to print, and more.

 

Free Unit Studies Index

www.thehomeschoolmom.com/schoolroom/
unitstudies.php#sthash.eG7yIJXA.dpbs

Have you thought of trying unit studies, but didn’t want to buy one? Do you want to learn as a family, gently keep up skills (or learn new ones during “summer vacation”), or get the most out of a trip? Look over this extensive list of free unit study plans arranged alphabetically. Some suggestions are for one age/grade, but cover multiple subjects within the framework of one topic. Others include activities to draw in multiple ages as you all learn about different subjects connected by one topic.

 

Charlotte Mason Methods That Don’t Look Like “School”

http://simplycharlottemason.com/timesavers/narration

These methods can be used with children who are not ready for formal testing, those not old enough for formal lessons, or just as a break from pen-and-paper tests and lessons. They work well for sick days, vacations, and summer. Who knew LEGO castles, modeling clay, and geometric or cookie cutter shapes could help with story-telling? How about enjoying family theater night (yes, parents have to do a skit with homemade costumes, too) or drive-time stories of how you once did something Laura Ingalls Wilder did in the book you just read to them?

Want more? Plan a menu, follow a budget, shop for, prepare, and serve a Father’s Day dinner. Design and produce your own gift wrap from brown paper or white butcher’s paper using art media of your choice. Have each child draw or write a paragraph for a Christmas in July family letter. Brainstorm for more ideas with an older child playing family secretary; take turns at it if you have enough children. Even coming up with the ideas becomes a lesson!

 

Virginia Tourism Website

www.virginia.org/directory/historicsites

As summer nears and many families will seek a day outing or longer to see some of our home state, some folks may have come from another area and not be aware of the many places–some very close to home–to see. Check the Virginia Tourism website and subscribe to their free newsletters to see a representative sample of spots to see. Sites are divided into such categories as historic sites, family, outdoors, and such. Explore the site when you have time to get the feel of it and become acquainted with the options and filters. Start with the banners and work down–then go!

 

Free Download in May – Homeschooling for FREE & Frugal

www.freehomeschooldeals.com/free-ebook-homeschooling-for-free-frugal

Download a free copy of Homeschooling for FREE & Frugal/Saving You Money for the Homeschool Life! That one won’t need much explaining either! The e-book has over 60 pages of resources, thoughts from fellow homeschooling families, practical tips drawn from their real life experiences, and encouragement as you pray for wisdom to squeeze a bit from the budget for “just one more book.” Ha!

 

Free Curriculum Planner

www.littlelearninglovies.com/LZenCart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=88&products_id=236

The “Little Learning Lovies” website has a 40-week and/or full year curriculum planner free to download. Get it while it’s available; we don’t know how long it will be there. If the offer has expired, do look around because there is quite a bit free for the downloading! Look for “Free!” at the bottom of “Categories” in the left sidebar. Also, at the time of this writing, a farm-themed memory game is free to download. Whatever you get free, you will need to go through the registration for new customers (or log in as a returning customer if you are), add the item(s) to your cart, and complete checkout. It will not charge you anything as long as it shows $0.00 as the cost.

 

Free Financial Freedom E-book and Phone Consultation

http://tinyurl.com/acr3mm7

Focus on the Family is among those sponsoring a free e-book and phone consultation to help you on your way to financial fitness. Talk to someone who understands and can help you with a free debt analysis and financial fitness book based on biblical principles.

 

Virginia Birds List

www.thevlm.org/files/doc/VLM-BirdingCup-SpeciesList.pdf

Do you know what birds are found in Virginia? Start by printing this handy list (check off birds as you observe them), gathering your birding gear, and getting outdoors–with the kids!

 

How to Load Your Dishwasher Like a Pro

www.dishwashersinfo.com/Features/How-to-Load-Your-Dishwasher.htm

Do you want clean dishes with less work? There really is a professional video that demonstrates the way to load your dishwasher to get the best results! You’ll find out how to make the machine do its job–instead of you having to rewash by hand.

 

The Virginia Home Education Magazine – Free!

www.heav.org

A quarterly magazine published by Home Educators Association of Virginia, this publication is full of encouraging articles for homeschool families.

 

The HEAV Update – A Free Weekly Newsletter

www.heav.org

The Virginia Homeschool Update is a free, weekly e-newsletter for Virginia homeschoolers. Find out about homeschool and educational activities across Virginia, learn about cool educational websites, and more!

 

Free Educational Apps for Kids

http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/free-educational-apps-for-kids

Here is a very large list of free apps for Android and iPad in categories such as science, language (English and others), and math. Some individual listings have as many as 50 apps! If you have mobile devices, they can entertain and educate while you are waiting around–or you could get radical and have them take a book!

 

Online Timers to Help Manage Time

www.makeuseof.com/tag/10-types-online-timers-everyday-stuff

Choose from ten different types of timers, ranging from a “Do-nothing-for-two-minutes” break (great for prayer, too) to a traditional chess clock. Check out the others and see if any can help you manage your day. By the way, one helps limit Internet time!

 

Winter Studies and Lapbooks

www.squidoo.com/winter-lapbook

Choose from numerous resources related to winter. See recommended books, lapbook and booklet ideas and examples, activities and puzzles, and a good teaching video on lapbooks. If you have ever wanted to try lapbooks, this page can help you experiment with them.

 

“Best Way to Save Money Homeschooling”

www.homeschoolbuyersco-op.org/?source=HSM-2012-08-13

The Homeschool Buyers Co-op allows homeschoolers from all over to band together and get great discounts usually only available to large group buys–because when co-op members join together, that is what they become! There are also free resources you’ll see when you explore the site.

 

World Alphabets

www.omniglot.com/writing/alphabets.htm

Older students may appreciate a glance at the alphabets of the world, past and present. The artistry is amazing!

 

Spanish Word of the Day

www.onlinefreespanish.com/aplica/wordofday/theword.htm

For a gentle introduction to the language, listen to a new Spanish word each day and hear it used in a sentence as well. You could keep a card file of learned words to review from time to time for mastery.

 

Reverso Free Translation

http://www.reverso.net/text_translation.aspx?lang=EN

Here is another free word or text translation website to try.

 

Create a Home Library

http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/library-for-children

In the blog post “Library for Children {free},” the author describes how her family assembled a child-friendly home library from the books they already had on hand.

 

“Short List of Books We Could Not Do Without”

www.triviumpursuit.com/blog/2012/08/20/contest-for-free-books-short-list-of-books-we-could-not-do-without-what-would-you-add

While many other book lists suggest curriculum or books for different ages to read, Trivium Pursuit offers a list of reference books they consider essential. Note the comments below the original blog post to see what other homeschoolers might add.

 

Classical Curriculum List

www.classicalcurriculum.com/ModelCurriculum.htm

This suggested curriculum list for a classical style education could be useful to many, whether or not you are using the classical method.

 

College Entrance Requirements for Homeschoolers

www.collegeguide.org/itemdetail.aspx?item=f6837a32-967f-4d49-a174-72a13b6560bf&page=2
This link to a page in the College Guide allows readers to select from about 30 colleges and universities to see at a glance the entrance requirements the institutions set for homeschoolers.

Our thanks to Mary Blount, editor of the H.E.A.R.T. Newsletter (of Williamsburg), in which the link was shared.

 

Free Online Text-to-Speech MP3 Maker

http://vozme.com/index.php?lang=en

Use this free online text to voice device to create an MP3; listen online or download it to a portable device.

 

Autism Resources – Timberdoodle and HEAV

Timberdoodle’s Autism Center includes a blog, resources, product reviews, and more from a long-time homeschool company.

www.timberdoodlecompany.com/doodleblog/category/special-needs-and-homeschoolers/

Your own Home Education Association of Virginia resource pages on special needs have many helpful links for you. Let your homeschooling friends know about it too!

www.heav.org/basicinfo/specialneeds/index.html

You may also shop on HEAV’s site for pertinent books (and get a discount if you’re a member). Be sure to click on “next page” to see the additional materials.

www.heav.org/store/special_gifted/index.html

 

Sheppard Software

This website has grown over the years to now include many broad categories: USA, the world, animals, language arts, health, science, math, preschool, and brain games. Categories have subsets such as SAT and medical jargon under language arts.

www.sheppardsoftware.com

 

Free Digital Homeschool Planner

http://thehomeschoolmom.com/gettingorganized/
homeschool_planner_plus.php


The Homeschool Planner Plus is a free spreadsheet-based customizable planner that tracks an individual student from elementary through high school. The course planner lets you see at a glance what you are covering from year to year, while the report cards and transcripts can be used as a permanent grade record. Also included are a reading log, attendance sheet, and a course details-assignment sheet. Site owner Mary Ann Kelley encourages feedback atmaryann@thehomeschoolmom.com.

 

10 Free AP and SAT Subject Test Prep

www.montereyinstitute.org/nroc/nrocdemos.html

Tuck this away till the kids are old enough to need it, or review advanced test prep for yourself now.

 

Homeschool Freebie of the Day

www.HomeschoolFreebieOfTheDay.com

Check the site each weekday for a free resource related to homeschooling. Sign up at the website for a free reminder e-mail, which will contain an extra item not posted on the website. The daily item is usually not available for additional time, so do check daily to see if you can use it.

 

12 Mobile Learning Science Applications for the iPod Touch

www.teachscienceandmath.com/2010/08/20/12-mobile-learning-science-applications-for-the-ipod-touch

The Teaching Science and Math website has online resources for educators in all grades and early college. This link is to free programs that can be used with the iPod Touch and relate to biology, astronomy, natural history, and geography. Note: This is a secular site so parents may wish to screen for references to evolution and other objectional content.

 

Five Ways To Homeschool Free

www.homeschoolnetcast.com/home/2011/7/6/5-ways-to-homeschool-for-free.html

Ask friends for extra materials; Google for “Homeschool Free” or “Free Homeschool Curriculum;” check the library (for more than just books); volunteer for homeschool groups, co-ops, or conventions (there are often freebies, discounts or first pick of leftovers at used curriculum sales); join a homeschool group which lends materials.

Read the whole article for more details.

 

Homeschool Enrichment Magazine

www.homeschoolenrichment.com

This is a magazine for homeschool families, published by a homeschool family! Each issue is full of articles that address not only curriculum and graduation requirements, but that also encourage you in your Christian walk and give advice on how to enrich your homeschool experience.

 

Bookmarking Service

http://del.icio.us

I have six or seven computers that I use during the week. I use this website/service to make my bookmarks accessible to me as I go from computer to computer. But what takes this to the next level, and makes it useful for even those fortunate enough to work on just one computer, is the “social networking” aspects. Using a “TAG” system, you can see others’ bookmarks for the same topic. What makes eBay, Amazon, and Google such smash hits is the “social” aspects of the technology, through which the user can rely on the opinions of others.

 

Valentine’s Day Resources

http://del.icio.us/tag/valentine

Find links to websites for Valentine’s Day.

 

World War ll Resources

http://del.icio.us/tag/wwii

Find resources on World War II. I must warn you that you can stumble upon some weird people. Just because a person has TAGGED sites relating to “gardening” doesn’t mean they don’t have other interests that are of no interest to you. However, the really great website links I have found using this service are well worth the occasional weird link.

 

Brainpop

http://www.brainpop.com

BrainPOP is a website which features hundreds of educational topics covering English, math, science, social studies, health, and technology, all correlated to national education standards for grades 5-8. A subscription costs $79 per year, but anyone can participate in two activities per day at no charge.

Thrifty

Moving Tips

http://modernproverbs31woman.com/moving-help
Does the new year include a move for your family? Here are some tips that might make it easier for you, including questions to ask yourself and practical tips.

 

Selling Your Old Cell Phone

www.cnet.com/8301-17918_1-57560098-85/how-to-sell-your-phone-for-cash-smartphones-unlocked

Did you get a new cell phone for Christmas? Here is an article from CNET with tips on selling your old mobile devices.

 

20 Things the Rich Do Every Day

www.daveramsey.com/blog/20-things-the-rich-do-every-day

So what do the rich do every day that the poor don’t do? To start, the rich avoid junk food (think how much they save in medical and dental bills!) and the rich get regular exercise (another great health habit). Find more in the article on Dave Ramsey’s blog.

 

Money Saving Mom Website and Newsletter

http://moneysavingmom.com

This well-established website describes itself saying, “Money Saving Mom® is an upbeat and encouraging blog dedicated to helping you find money-saving coupons and deals, inspiring you to wisely manage your time and resources, and challenging you to live your life with intention and purpose.” Skip around the website and see if it seems useful to you and then subscribe to the newsletter. It’s free, and you can unsubscribe at anytime.

 

Thrifty Christmas Yard Décor

www.allfreechristmascrafts.com/Outdoor-Christmas-Decorations/Thrifty-Christmas-Yard-Decorations

This is just the beginning of the ideas on a crafty website where your worst problem will be choosing what to do first. This craft uses your old plastic milk jugs to make colorful yard lights!

 

Shelves and Storage

http://abusementparknation.com/amazing-do-it-yourself-home-ideas-16-pics/

These 16 pictures show clever ideas for storing books, spices, or wardrobe accessories and using repurposed objects as shelving and storage. See an underused closet get a new life as a mini-mudroom and two items get transformed into chalkboards. Guess where the rain gutters and garden trellis wind up.

 

DIY Photo Coasters

http://thefrugalgirls.com/2010/11/how-to-make-photo-coasters.html

Trying to come up with an inexpensive, yet thoughtful, gift to make and give for Christmas? Here’s a tutorial explaining how to transform photographs into coasters using plain, white ceramic tiles.

 

Free Printable ABC Sheets

http://www.abcoloring.net/2013/07/FreeMyAnimalAlphabetPack.html

Cute little animals to color and letters to trace make a nice piece of (very informal) stationery to occupy little ones, and then you can mail them to far-flung relatives. Have everyone who is with you this Thanksgiving write a brief word to the recipient after the kids color the pictures. This is a great project for youngsters who not yet ready for regular lessons still like to “do school” alongside older siblings.

 

“Homeschooling on a Shoestring”

http://hslda.org/earlyyears/Shoestring.asp

Vicki Bentley has an article up on the Home School Legal Defense Association website with advice for parents of toddlers to tweens. She notes that while it is technically possible to homeschool with only a Bible and a library card, she suggests a number of other great ways to economize that are somewhat less drastic in the cost-cutting department.

 

National Split Pea Soup Week – Begins November 11

www.food.com/food-holidays/split-pea-soup-week-1111

Split pea soup is healthy, inexpensive, filling, and easy! How can you pass this up?

 

Free E-book – Nine Ways to Transform Old T-shirts

www.allfreesewing.com/Refashioning-and-Upcycling/9-Ways-to-Transform-Old-T-Shirts-eBook#Yhw4OKxkPFEBPTDs.99

Use the ideas here to make use of old T-shirts (or free ones given out as promotional items), learn sewing skills, and perhaps make gifts.

 

Good Cheap Eats – Soups and Stews

http://goodcheapeats.com/2011/10/soups-and-stews-to-love

Organize a recipe swap with other homeschool moms to get the best fall food. Find some inspiration here at the Good, Cheap Eats website.

 

Feed the Pig – Savings Advice

http://feedthepig.org

Learn the why and how of savings with help from Financial Literacy–it’s even fun! There are videos, a free weekly tip, various calculators, articles, archived tips, and podcasts.

 

Affording the Homeschool Life

www.facebook.com/groups/594052600614228/?hc_location=stream

www.freehomeschooldeals.com

Find these friendly, helpful folks on Facebook and on the blog (second link). The owners say, “Affording the Homeschool Life” is a group for homeschool families to share tips, tricks, and resources for all frugal living topics. Feel free to post questions and please join in the conversation.”

 

The Best Time to Buy Anything During the Year

http://lifehacker.com/5973864/the-best-time-to-buy-anything-during-the-year

Lifehacker offers their guide to the best time of year to purchase specific types of merchandise less expensively, from computer monitors to carpet.

 

Apple Recipes

www.livingonadime.com/homemade-apple-recipes/

It’s apple season! Take advantage of lower prices and better quality by buying fruit in season. Here are some wonderful ways to enjoy this healthy and delicious fall fruit!

 

Soap Dispenser Refills

http://fullofgreatideas.blogspot.com/2010/10/diy-foaming-soap-refill.html

If you love foaming soap but are not such a fan of the price, see this blog on ways you can refill the dispensers inexpensively.

 

Live Dirt Cheap

www.livedirtcheap.com/fun-cheap-things-to-do.html

Live Dirt Cheap has coupon sources, tips, recycling ideas, and more ways to help your family save money.

 

Homemade Laundry Detergent

www.livingonadime.com/homemade-laundry-detergent-2

“Living on a Dime” has tons of potential money-saving ideas for helping almost anyone trim the budget. Homemade laundry detergent is one idea many homeschoolers–and others–count on weekly (daily?).

 

DIY Greeting Card Kit – A Simple Gift for Giving or Sending

http://247moms.com/2012/12/diy-greeting-card-kit-simple-gift-for-giving

With commercial cards having gone way up in price, it is more common than ever to think of that very practical arts-and-crafts project, the homemade card. This short and illustrated blog post lists ingredients for you to pre-assemble in zip-top bags. The writer suggests keeping the bags near another homemade helper, the card occasion notebook (or as we call them, our “paper brains”). The article includes a link to free printables–one to track thank you notes and another to a birthday calendar. Cleverly done kits might even be suitable as gifts, especially to older relatives on limited budgets. Be sure to include stamps, address labels, addresses, and fill out the calendar as well as you can.

 

Repurposed Containers

www.homemadesimple.com/en-us/homeorganization/pages/repurposed-container-ideas.aspx

Meet needs for little to no cost by recycling what you already have. Explore more than a dozen of your editor’s favorite finds from the world of blogging. Do you know the old saying, “Use it up, wear it out; make it do, or do without!”?

 

Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-Free

http://thesimpleveganista.blogspot.com/2013/03/sriracha-cashew-cream-sauce.html

Nothing says we all can’t enjoy some wonderful and different foods found searching for recipes on sites that cater to special diets. Expand your hospitality possibilities! Here is one place to start.

 

50 Ways to Save Money

http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/save-money

This blog post presents 50 general tips on how to be frugal, in addition to separate groups for groceries, household, personal, and entertainment. There are a few links to other posts too.

 

Women Auto Know

www.womenautoknow.com

Women may prove easy targets for unscrupulous repair shops or tradesmen, as numerous undercover camera investigations have shown. Women Auto Know takes aim at one area of fix-it know how. Become familiar with its resources now and you will be a tougher target when you have a break down or need to perform regular maintenance.

 

Dollar Store Crafts

http://voices.yahoo.com/easy-impressive-dollar-store-crafts-12197098.html?cat=7

Check out this unusual idea for home décor and follow the links to other dollar store crafts.

 

Free Software Blocks Ads

http://download.cnet.com/Adblock-Plus-for-Chrome/3000-33362_4-75118867.html

http://download.cnet.com/Adblock-Plus-for-Mozilla-Firefox/3000-11745_4-10636539.html

Not only are online ads incredibly annoying, they tempt you to blow the budget as you conduct your normal computer activities. Compatible with Firefox and Chrome, “Ad Block Plus” comes to the rescue. Read reviews and evaluations from CNET’s editors and from your peers, other day-to-day computer users, and decide if these free programs are suitable for you. Additional research of other Internet sites is recommended.

 

Printable Baby Book

http://crochet4prr.150m.com/1babybook.html

If you are pinching pennies but still want a place to record baby’s data for posterity, here are cute pages on which to note the essentials. Decorate a notebook or folder as they suggest or search the ‘net to find a folder or notebook that suits you.

 

“What if I Had No Money for Curriculum?”

http://jimmiescollage.com/2010/12/what-if-i-had-no-money-for-curriculum

One mom wrote how she would manage with “just an Internet connection, printer, and Kindles.” Even if you do buy curriculum, check her website suggestions to see if any may be useful.

 

“What if I Had No Money for Curriculum?”

http://jimmiescollage.com/2010/12/what-if-i-had-no-money-for-curriculum

One mom wrote how she would manage with “just an Internet connection, printer, and Kindles.” Even if you do buy curriculum, check her website suggestions to see if any may be useful.

 

Budget 101

www.budget101.com

Find ideas submitted by users in categories such as crafts, DIY, gardening, holidays, frugal living, gifts, and mixes. You can post questions asking fellow frugal folks for their money-saving solutions. There are many more along with a free newsletter.

 

G. A. Henty Classics Free for Kindle

http://contentedathome.com/2013/02/free-kindle-books-g-a-henty

G. A. Henty books are popular with many homeschoolers. Now you can get a number of them free for Kindle. It could be a good way to try out some of his books free of charge–even if you are a “real” book fan.

 

Grow Food from Kitchen Scraps

www.homemadesimple.com/en-us/garden/pages/regrow-food-from-scraps.aspx

Grow some vegetables from scraps left over in the kitchen. Plants that can be grown this way include celery, green onions, and potatoes. See the short article for more and the how-tos that go with it.

 

Reuse Soda Can Tabs

www.homemadesimple.com/en-us/homeorganization/pages/repurposed-soda-can-tabs.aspx

It may sound a little odd, but here are seven ways to reuse what would usually be mere trash. Ideas range from practical picture or art hangers to crafty bracelets! While on that page to see the ideas, note articles linked at the bottom of the page on reusing hangers, tissue boxes, and pie tins. Teach the art and science of clever reuse to your children early.

 

Clothes Mending Guide

http://ht.ly/l0w8E 

Make items feel like new when you repair rips, missing buttons, and misaligned zippers with these mending instructions. Mending has gone out of fashion–but it saves lots of money!

 

50 Ways to Save Money

http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/save-money

This blog post presents 50 ways to be frugal in a general category in addition to groupings for groceries, household, personal, and entertainment. There are a few links to other posts too.

 

Five Easy Ways to Spring Clean the Outside of the House

www.citibank.com/womenandco/article/5-easy-ways-to-improve-your-homes-curb-appeal.jsp

Whether you are selling or staying–or rent or own your home–here are five easy and fast ways to improve the outside look of your house. Start with a power wash; read more in the short article.

 

May Issue of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine

www.thehomeschoolmagazine-digital.com/thehomeschoolmagazine/201305/#pg1

Remember to take advantage of the generosity of our friends at The Old Schoolhouse Magazineand see the current issue of this well-known magazine. There is sure to be something for everyone. And don’t forget to claim your free subscription to SchoolHouseTeachers.com–brought to you by TOS–when you register for the convention!

 

Ten Things to Do This Summer for $1 or Less

www.scjohnson.com/en/family/family-economics/more-with-less/12-05-30/Ten-Things-to-do-This-Summer-for-1-or-Less.aspx

Some of the activities on this list may be new to you–such as tour a local factory or make homemade snow cones! Be sure to check the comments for more thrifty ideas and maybe share a few ideas of your own.

 

Learning A-Z Teacher Appreciation Online Open House – Register Now; Open House Is May 3-7

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases-test/learninga-zcom-to-thank-teachers-by-opening-websites-during-teacher-appreciation-week-91752879.html

Learning A-Z will once again open their paid websites for a free week to honor teachers, but each subsection will only be open for a day or two. The sites cover six aspects of reading, writing, math, and science.

 

20 Do-It-Yourself Homemade Art Supplies

www.freehomeschooldeals.com/20-do-it-yourself-homemade-art-supplies

These art supplies may not only be thriftier than their store-bought cousins, but they’re often available 24/7 since you may well have the “recipe ingredients” already.

 

Recycled Backyard Projects

http://birdsandbloomsblog.com/category/recycled-backyard

Now that it is spring, our thoughts naturally turn to the growing plants outdoors—and indoors! Recycle an old dustpan into a bird feeder. An old Altoids tin becomes a simple and inexpensive gift for the garden enthusiast in your life. Convert a cardboard box of your choice (they used “Animal Crackers®”) into an indoor planter. Get more ideas from the Birds and Blooms “Recycled Backyard” page.

 

Duggar Resources

http://duggarfamily.com/content/duggar_recipes

If you somehow missed the news–the Duggars are coming to the June HEAV Convention! Here are recipes the family has amassed over the years, in addition to financial tips, homeschool recommendations, and marriage resources. Some ideas will save money, some will save your credit rating, some will help save your sanity, and some will help save a marriage–and saving a marriage is priceless!

 

Freely Educate

www.freelyeducate.com

Freely Educate is great site for parents, homeschoolers, and other educators to find a wide variety of quality, free educational offers. New ones are posted most weekdays.

 

Mr. Printables for Kids

www.mrprintables.com

Find such categories as stationery, learning, activities (games, puzzles, coloring, and more), parties, holidays, crafts, and more! These resources will come in handy in so many areas of life.

 

Top 10 Thrifty Homeschool Blogs

http://hsbapost.com/2013/03/27/top-10-thrifty-homeschool-blogs

Check out these 10 blogs for ideas–all selected by other homeschoolers–as the Top 10 Thrifty Homeschool Blogs.

 

Museum Memberships

www.astc.org/members/passlist.htm

The Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) Passport Program begins its new year of shared admission on April 30, 2013. Read up on the program details that allow family members to join one museum and get free general admission to other participating museums. Grandparents are sometimes happy to contribute to the effort and can take the kids to a fun and educational spot during visits. Check with the museum you contemplate joining to see if they offer membership reciprocity with other museums, historic sites, and zoos (AZA). Current lists are at the site.

 

Free Financial Freedom E-book and Phone Consultation

http://tinyurl.com/acr3mm7

Focus on the Family is among those sponsoring a free e-book and phone consultation to help you on your way to financial fitness. Talk to someone who understands and can help you with a free debt analysis and financial fitness book based on biblical principles.

 

Homemade Baby Gift: A Hankie Baby Bonnet

http://houseofbeautifuldogs.blogspot.com/2012/02/tutorial-how-to-make-baby-bonnet-from.html

This sewing tutorial shows how to turn a gorgeous hankie from an estate sale, yard sale, or Grandma’s attic into a beautiful baby gift for as little as $.25–if you are able to discover a bargain. Create a future heirloom as well as a cherished gift. Crafters may find a hobby or business opportunity.

 

Ten Uses for Plastic Milk Jugs

www.livingonadime.com/recycling-plastic-milk-jugs

There’s nothing thriftier than reusing what would ordinarily be trash. Here are gardening and other uses for the humble empty milk jug.

 

Saving Potato Water

http://features.beliefnet.com/heloisehints/2013/02/saving-potato-water.html

Who knew that saved potato water (water you boiled potatoes in) could be saved and used in bread and rolls, soups, and other dishes–even in chocolate cake? Read more in this short tip.

 

PVC Pipe Bike Rack

http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/24391/how-to-make-a-bike-rack

Here are directions for a bike rack that even younger children can help assemble. Organize that jumble of bikes in the garage and get ready for warmer weather and family outings.

 

Uses for Recycled Magazines

http://chrysti.squarespace.com/always-chrysti/2010/9/24/100-ways-to-creatively-reuse-old-magazines.html

Here are links to tutorials on making jewelry, furniture, crafts, and more, all from old magazines!

 

Repurpose a Playpen or Crib into an Indoor Laundry Rack

http://thehomesteadsurvival.com/indoor-laundry-rack-from-a-repurposed-playpen-or-crib/#.UQYGy2c72Sk

If you have an old (and possibly unsafe) wood slat playpen or crib, here is one way to get more use out of it–convert it into an indoor clothes drying rack with these directions.

 

Produce Selection, Handling, and Storage

http://thehomesteadsurvival.com/fruits-vegetables-selecting-handling-storing-tips/#.UQbD72c72Sk

See these tips for selecting, handling, and storing produce to get the best and make it last. You’ll save money while you eat your daily fruits and veggies.

 

Back to Basics Mini-Challenge

www.kitchenstewardship.com/2013/01/04/back-to-basics-10-week-baby-step-mini-challenge/#RJJjKM06ioHC6q7H.99

Check out these 10 categories to see if any appeal to you. Some will certainly help save money (using more dry beans) and some might encourage you to eat more healthful foods, protecting that precious commodity – your good health.

 

List of Free Kindle Books

www.freehomeschooldeals.com/kindle-homeschool-the-gigantic-list-of-free-kindle-books

http://www.freehomeschooldeals.com/free-kindle-books-middle-school-and-highschool-textbooks

Thousands of Kindle e-books–including classics, children’s stories, cookbooks, DIY manuals, and more–are available free of charge from Amazon. The following site offers a list of freebies updated regularly and geared towards homeschoolers. Find books on subjects from the U.S. Constitution to National Parks.

 

CurrClick Freebies

www.currclick.com/index.php?keywords=+&x=0&y=0&author=&artist=&pfrom=0&pto=0

If this page doesn’t work, simply go to the homepage by clicking on the logo of this downloadable curriculum site and looking lower along the left sidebar for the “Free” symbol. The site always has lots of smaller free items and sometimes big ones! Sign up for their newsletter and get reminders about the freebies! Don’t miss CurrClick at the convention this June!

 

Free Block-of-the-Month Quilting Course

www.freelyeducate.com/2013/01/teaching-practical-skills-heres-a-free-year-long-block-of-the-month-quilting-course.html

Parents, would you or your children like to learn to sew or quilt with structured lessons from your own home? Would it be even better if they were free? You will get a whole month to do one block, and will have a small quilt suitable for a small project (wall hanging or pillow) at the end of the year.

 

Homeschool Co-op and Free Homeschool ID

www.homeschoolbuyersco-op.org/homeschool-id

Many discounts for educators or tickets for students require valid identification as a homeschooler. Two of the best ways to obtain a homeschool ID card are to join HEAV or HSLDA. If a need arises before you have a chance to do those, you may print your own free ID card via the Homeschool Buyers Co-op or buy a professionally made version from them. The Co-op is a way to save money by arranging to join quantity discount buys too.

 

Free Family Handyman Newsletter and DIY Goofs Contest

www.familyhandyman.com/great-goofs–soap-on-a-slope

Get ideas and instructions for all sorts of indoor and outdoor projects. Select any of the free newsletters by clicking on “Free Newsletters” in the upper right corner. You can also read about others’ DIY goofs or enter your own for cash (if published).

 

Free Printable Word Search Puzzles (Adults and Kids)

www.puzzles.ca/wordsearch.html

Choose from dozens of themes for word search puzzles. There are separate levels for adults and children. Some puzzles can be worked online without printing.

 

Save on Groceries When You’re Sick

www.livingonadime.com/save-on-groceries-when-sick

In this blog post, “Living on a Dime” site owner, Tawra Kellam–who has health issues–passes on a number of useful tips for feeding a busy family even when you don’t feel like cooking.

 

Cabbage Recipes

www.cheriestihler.com/CC/recipes.html

Cabbage is a less common source of Vitamin C and a relatively inexpensive food, so this lady collected over 200 cabbage recipes. They require varying amounts of time, effort, and other ingredients to complete, but do use cabbage. Sort through the categories and find some you like. Steamed, sliced cabbage with a little butter, salt, and pepper is the cheapest form, and a super-easy veggie to serve!

 

Turn Paint Chips into a Dry Erase Calendar

http://lifehacker.com/5873452/turn-paint-chips-into-a-dry-erase-calendar

Turn an old picture frame and paint chips into an inexpensive, reusable monthly (or weekly) calendar. You’ll need 35 chips, a 12″ x 16″ frame, and a dry erase marker to create your own version.

 

Free Printable Calendars for 2013

www.printable2013calendars.com

Pick and choose to customize whatever style of calendar pages you need. If one month has a unique schedule (such as an expected baby or a long road trip), you can print just that month in a different style that meets your needs.

 

Last-Minute Gift – Skateboard Sling

www.skiptomylou.org/2012/11/25/snowboard-and-skateboard-sling-by-the-boy-trifecta

Directions say this sewing project is simple enough for beginners. Whip one up–or let a learner try it–and make a snowboard or skateboard carrier.

 

31 Days of Giving on a Budget

http://moneysavingmom.com/2012/12/31-days-of-giving-on-a-budget-teaching-children-to-give-day-3.html

This particular day happens to discuss helping even the youngest children give to others. The other 30 days have additional ideas to help families give even when budgets are tight.

 

Bookshelf with Planks of Wood and Two Ladders

www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/31-insanely-easy-and-clever-diy-projects?sub=1624957_371725

If you need more shelf space and lack the time or skills to build, try this. As the title suggests, you’ll need ladders and wood!

 

31 Ways to Earn Extra Cash Before Christmas

moneysavingmom.com/2012/11/31-ways-to-earn-extra-cash-before-christmas-flipping-the-coin-day-31.html

Some ideas will be quite obvious (make a budget and stick to it), but there may be some that will be new to you and help you find a little extra money.

 

Free Printable Grocery Lists

http://www.freeprintablegrocerylist.com/

Shopping without a list can be disastrous on the budget! Download free, printable grocery lists for any occasion, and never be caught “open-handed” again.

 

Free (Bad) Apps Can Steal Your Data

www.komando.com/apps/category.aspx?id=10183&utm_medium=nl&utm_source=notd&utm_content=2012-10-29-article_2-cta

Read Kim Komando’s recent article warning about malware masquerading as free apps and learn about security for your mobile devices.

 

Sale Candy Makes Inexpensive Holiday Wreaths

www.livingonadime.com/candy-christmas-wreath

Get your free candy Christmas wreath PDF e-book from Living On A Dime® and take advantage of any sale candy you come across. Site owner Tawra Kellam says it may only cost $2 to make the sweet treat and decoration–if you can resist eating the candy as you are making the wreath!

 

Found Object Art as Centerpiece

http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/fall-crafts-for-kids

Use a found object art activity as your Thanksgiving centerpiece and you have a thrifty tip that will let the kids showcase their talents and help the budget too.

 

Jan Brett Freebies

www.janbrett.com/index.html

Subscribe to Jan Brett’s newsletter (or just visit her site) for fabulous, printable material from seasonal coloring pages and full-color bookmarks fancy enough to give as greeting-card gifts (print on cardstock), to teaching material for younger kids and drawing lessons sophisticated enough for adults! A famous children’s author/illustrator, Jan keeps sharing new resources year after year and offers access to older, archived items.

 

Free Christmas Planner

www.familieswithpurpose.com/frazzle-free-christmas.html

www.facebook.com/familieswithpurpose

Yes, it’s time to jump in now for a “mostly Frazzle Free Christmas.” (Sign up now to be alerted earlier next year and get the full eight-week version.) You can download an e-Book, checklists, and printables free of charge. Be sure to tell family and friends so they can relax and enjoy the moments more fully. See the second link for their Facebook page.

 

$5 Dinners

www.5dollardinners.com/2012/09/fill-your-freezer.html

This popular website features inexpensive–and in this case, cook and freeze ahead–meals for a family dinner. Back to school times can be hectic; it could be a good time to make some dinners ahead and be ready for a no-time-to-cook evening.

 

Breakfast Tips from Living On A Dime®

www.livingonadime.com/newsletter/text-newsletter082312.txt

www.livingonadime.com

Never let lack of planning or preparation rob you of a smooth-running, nutritious start to the day! These organizational tips for breakfast could be a cooking lesson for students too. The first link is to the printer-friendly version of the free newsletter and the second link is to the website’s homepage.

 

One Harvest Food Ministries

http://oneharvest.com

One Harvest essentially fills the void left by the end of Angel Food Ministries with their discount food boxes. To find a location near you, click on “Locations” on the red banner. The search feature may work best if you enter the town and full state. Try “Norfolk, Virginia” to see results in the entire Hampton Roads area.

If you don’t find one in your town, try nearby towns to which you are willing to drive. Also, your church may consider becoming a partner (host) site. Click on “Become a Partner” to join the effort to bless people with a lower-cost food source. There are now sites in several southern states, including Virginia and North Carolina.

 

Thrifty Ideas and Music: Opera for Everyone

http://www.operaforeveryone.com/mesite

Opera–frugal?! Yes! On this site find free downloads of the famous “Opera for Everyone” series (with printable teaching manual!) and a few links to more resources for learning about this sometimes neglected part of music appreciation.

 

Free Thanksgiving Worksheets and Printables Galore!

Use some of the serious educational material (especially the last three in the listed set of resources in the site), coloring sheets, games, and loads more on many age levels. Great as a filler or to keep kids out from underfoot. Enjoy!

www.blessedbeyondadoubt.com/free-thanksgiving-worksheets-and-ideas

Find labels, place cards, menus, and a traditional kids’ Thanksgiving placemat to print.

www.whateverdeedeewants.com/2011/11/give-thanks-free-printable-thanksgiving.html

Get a selection of free Thanksgiving-themed recipe cards, notepads, and shopping lists to enrich your holiday. Why not tie up a small bundle of recipe cards with your Thanksgiving recipes and give them to guests?

http://moms-diner.com/printable-recipe-cards-notepads-shopping-lists/

 

LivingOnADime.com

www.livingonadime.com

Mom, Tawra Kellam, although not a homeschooler, is an expert on stretching a budget in a frugal family with kids. If you haven’t visited her site before–or if it’s been a while–check out all the areas of life she covers in their own well-organized categories. There is something there for everyone!

 

Free Printable Family Trees

www.familytreetemplates.net

There are a dozen or so choices of styles and numbers of generations in these free family tree templates.

 

Free Printable Road Trip Games

http://moneysavingmom.com/2012/05/free-printable-travel-games-and-activities.html

Download and print the games, see the travel bag tips, and a bit more to make your travels more fun.

 

Free Medical Reminder App

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/intelecare/id364901067?mt=8

If you need regular medication, or a family member does, this free app will help remind you. It can also remind you of appointments and other health-related needs. Reminders can be sent by e-mail, text messages, and voice calls.

 

Frugal Easter Ideas

www.livingonadime.com/?s=Easter+recipes&submit.x=0&submit.y=0&submit=Search

See sales tips, do-it-yourself egg dyes, ways to use leftovers, and ways to minister to others; this set of articles has much to choose from.

 

Price Comparison Shopping Site

www.shopwiki.com

Find useful cost comparisons of all categories of consumer goods on one handy website!

 

Gluten Freely Frugal

www.glutenfreelyfrugal.com/2012/02/09/make-your-own-gluten-free-flour-mix

Many are affected by in intolerance to foods with gluten and therefore use substitute products–some of which can be costly. Here is a “GF” flour mix to make from scratch from the Gluten Freely Frugal website. There are other free resources on the website listed under freebies, under recipes, and elsewhere on the site.

 

“Tips to Help Save on Gas”

http://wapo.st/HSdqVa

http://midatlantic.aaa.com/Outreach/GasInformation?
zip=20009&stateprov=dc&city=washington
&devicecd=PC&referer=www.google.com

http://gasbuddy.com

First, a look at the car, then the driver: check tire inflation, dispense with unneeded vehicle weight, and plan errands. Next, keep the gas tank at least half full of fuel at all times. Then, alter your driving style to minimize braking, avoid the left lane–and keep your speed down. See the article’s full edition for a discussion of air conditioning vs. open windows. Consider gas reward credit cards, but read the rules carefully and always pay the full balance if you choose that route (sorry about the pun). Also, read the article for details on how much shopping around makes sense. Lastly, check fuel price websites such as AAA’s. Some sites, such as Gas Buddy’s, have phone apps too.

 

Free Virginia Travel Guide

www.virginia.org/TravelGuide

Request a free copy of this 226-page Virginia Travel Guide via the website. You may see other offers too.

 

Easy Custom Skirts for about $10

www.fabrics-store.com/blog/?s=High-low+skirt.

Follow the easy pattern and directions in the photo-tutorial for a customized, warmer-weather, high-low linen skirt. The fabric can cost as little as $10. If you use lightweight fabric, just tack in a simple lining to the bottom edge of the inside waist area, or wear a slip. There are more skirts under this post, which you can also make exactly the length and size you wish, and in a fabric you choose. The website has a good selection, or you can visit your favorite store.

 

25 Ways to Save on Groceries

www.tipsonlifeandlove.com/parenting/25-ways-to-lower-your-grocery-bill?mcd=p_Yahoo_17082&cp_type=p_Yahoo&prefd=a_art17082

While you may do many of these thrifty things in your home, some may be new. Consider trying out a new idea. Challenge your children to critique these ideas or add more of their own.

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