Sunday, April 19

Favorite Homeschooling Resources

I have a long list of files saved regarding home education. They include some of our favorite books, teaching resources, games and websites. Every once in a while, we'll be reading a book together from the library and I think, "oh, my, what a great book, I'll have to read this again with the little kids when they are older." And I'm terrified that I'll forget about it. Or which book it was.

So here is my list. I'm sure it will grown and evolve over time. Maybe you'll find a few treasures here too.


1. Bird Songs: 250 North American Birds in Song by Les Beletsky

I can't love this book enough. The kids have been learning, and loving to learn, asking to learn, a bird song a day. They imitate the call or song in their little whistle-y noises and run excitedly to find me when they recognize the bird outdoors.


1. Zoom Science
2. Christian Liberty nature readers.
Creation based science readers in story format. These are wonderful, entertaining and very educational.
3. The Magic Schoolbus DVD's


1. Explore a Castle
2. Viking Exploration
3. Jamestown video and audio
4. Desperate Crossing: the untold story of the Mayflower
Interesting, fun story of the Pilgrims. One section toward the beginning that we skipped that talked about Pilgrims and "the birds and the bees".
5. The Story of the World by Susan Wise Bauer

Spelling and Phonics

1. Customized Spelling list and games
2. Fuzzy Lion Ears
3. Starfall


1. Madlibs


1. How to Draw with Pastels

2. Art Projects for Kids
3. Sketching Outdoors in Spring by Jim Arnosky

Scripture Memorization

1. Scripture Alphabet


1. Manner cartoons


1. Abby Mystery series by Pamela Walls
2. Little House on the Prairie website
3. Standard Bible Story Reader
4. The Diary of a Real Boy
(the library carries this one too)

Shopping Resources

1. Ambleside Online

2. Dover Publications
sign up for Dover's free samples. Every week I get a link in my inbox to printable samples of their books. My kids love these!
3. Timberdoodle Timberdoodle is a fabulous resource for not-dull homeschooling products. We love a lot of the games and art supplies they carry.


Tesa said...

Thank you so very much for sharing/posting your book list. I have also appreciated the running list on your side bar. My family has enjoyed many of the books you note there that your family is currently reading.
I am very excited to look into the book of bird songs! That one looks amazing!

Beth said...

THANK YOU! I love hearing what other homeschool moms treasure. I haven't been homeschooling long enough to have my own list, but this is a great inspiration to start one.

Do you have a particular curriculum that you enjoy (in addition to your list), or do you you simply design your lesson plans own as you go?

Unknown said...

I am in college and I am a science major. The Magic school bus is STILL very educational and informational to me.

Also, when I was being homeschooled, I loved the schoolhouse rock videos. I am not sure they are still around, but I'm sure you could find them on Youtube or something

Lynn Hasty said...

Hannah, we use many of these as well, but quite a few are new to me. Thank you so much for sharing.


Della said...

Starfall is wonderful, isn't it? I put my daughter on it when she was three, basically to keep her busy while I took care of little ones. I had no idea she knew her letter sounds till one day I heard her singing her letter sounds while on the site! We are currently using their writing journal and it's great. We also use the Nature Readers and I love them! Thanks for the links and have a great day!

Anonymous said...

I have a question... since you do homeschool, is that in anyway a problem for you to do foster care? Does the state require you to not homeschool if you have foster children in your home? I know it must different from state to state.
just wondering

Robin ~ Linton Cottage said...

Thanks so much for the ideas and links!! These will be of great use to us.


h west said...

Hee. Hee. Hee. Love the MadLibs for 'Grammar'. From one homeschooler to another. . .

Me said...

Tesa, yes, yes - check out that bird book. Sadly, I think the number of times we can renew it from the library is running out!

Beth, I plan my own lesson plans since I've never found a curriculum that fits our family. To be truthful, the thought of being tied down to a lesson plan, the same style and make, day after day terrifies me! I like to be able to do as much unschooling as possible, lapbooks one day, nature journaling, kitchen math, etc. I'll plan a post on all that.

Thanks, Jennifer for the schoolhouse rocks tip. I'll check them out. I "vaguely" remember them.

Thanks, Lynn and Della. I'd love to hear what other treasure you use.

Hi Sue. We can homeschool our children and do foster care. Pretty sure you can in every state. However, we could not homeschool a foster child. I have heard that some parents do it until the agency finds out and makes them enroll them in pub. school. This shouldn't be too much of an issue for us as we plan on just taking in babies.

H West, our daughter reads great and can narrate a story fantastically but she has a very hard time remembering what an adjective is or identifying other parts of speech. So, yes, mad libs are fantastic, aren't they?