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7 Ways to Prepare for Back to Homeschool

If you are like me, it’s almost time for school to start up again! I’m both the mom and the teacher; today I’ll share tips on getting back into the homeschooling routine.

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1. Determine academic goals for each child

Determining academic goals for each of my children is by far the most important goal to prepare for back to homeschool. I think about how my students performed in different subjects during the previous year. Are they behind in anything? Are they ahead? Our curriculum is tailored specifically for each child (as much as is possible) so they don’t waste their time with something too difficult for them or they don’t get bored with something too easy.

2. Choose and purchase curriculum

After I have the academic goals for my kids set, I carefully choose the best curriculum for my children. It must meet their needs. For example, one of my kids has dyslexia, so I use a particular reading and spelling curriculum with her that I don’t use with the others. Also, this year will be the first time I have a student in high school, so I am choosing curriculum he needs to a create a good transcript for college-entry.

3. Determine character goals for each child

One of the many blessings of homeschooling is that we can work on character issues. Each of my kids has different areas that we need to work on. For some, it’s perseverance and not giving up when something is challenging. For some, it’s focusing on the task at hand. For others, it’s being kind to others.

4. Organize drawers and bookshelves

I still have books on our school-room shelves that we used last year and won’t use this next year! One thing I do each summer before school starts is get everything cleaned off (and drawers cleaned out) so we can start fresh for the year. It helps all of us when things are organized. I store books and curriculum we won’t be using on some other bookshelves away from our school-room. I try to keep out only what we need so things aren’t too cluttered.

5. Come up with a workable house-cleaning plan, teach it to the kids, and practice before school starts

Summer is the time to rethink chores around the house. I make a list of what needs to be done, and then think about whether those jobs are actually getting done. I figure out who can do what, and then teach them how to do it!  I have a handy paper chart for each child in our dining area that lists the whole week’s chores at a time. The kids check off when they finish something (like taking vitamins, brushing teeth, clearing the dishwasher, washing a load of clothes, cleaning a bathroom, and picking up their room). They can easily see what needs to be done, and I can easily see who has completed what.

6. Buy school supplies (for the whole year during summer sales)

I love July and August because we purchase our school supplies with the awesome sales, enough to last the whole year!  I’ve learned that I still sometimes run out of certain items, so I am making sure to buy even more this year. They won’t spoil, so as long as I have space to store them (which is another good reason to clean off those bookshelves and drawers), it won’t hurt to get too many supplies.  You can’t beat a bottle of glue for a penny, and it’s no fun buying school supplies for four times the price come January.

7. Have some fun so you’re ready to work hard in the fall

We have spent some summers doing year-round schooling, especially the years when I had a baby born and we took some time off during the school year. But this summer, we have done almost no school work, and it’s been great. The kids (and I) will be ready to get back to it at the end of August after having a fun and restful break!

 About the All-Star Blogger

Screen Shot 2015-08-26 at 11.27.47 AMGena has been married 16 years is a homeschooling mom of 8 blessings, ages 14 down to 3.You can find her blogging about homeschooling, homemaking, and family life over at I Choose Joy! She has a brand new music appreciation curriculum coming out in August called 21 Lessons for 20th Century American Music Appreciation. Be sure to join her on Facebook, Pinterest, Periscope, and Instagram to read great reviews and enter awesome giveaways!

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1-Click Funding for Teachers by Educents

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We haven’t had Teacher Wallet for long but we’re already creating new features to make it easier for you to use.  With the Back to School frenzy almost over, it’s time to share your Teacher Wallet with community members and get the support you need.  

You can now use Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and email to request a deposit of funds. From your dashboard or your homepage – IT’S JUST ONE CLICK.  

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20 Books for Kids Who Love Animals

My kiddos love to read and, along with most of their friends, they also love animals. This is our list of books featuring furry friends along with books that are on our reading list. Each book has been previewed by at least one member of my family or has been researched thoroughly and is known to be great for 4th to 8th graders. We hope your middle schoolers will enjoy these books for animal lovers!

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The Tale of Despereaux

by Kate DiCamillo

The Tale of Despereaux is a story of Despereaux Tilling, a small mouse who doesn’t behave like an ordinary mouse. With a well-paced story and memorable protagonists, this is a great chapter book to read aloud.

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The Cricket in Times Square

by George Selden

The Cricket in Times Square is a charming animal fantasy book about Chester Cricket’s adventure in New York City. At the start of this classic children’ book, the country cricket arrives at the Times Square subway station by accident, your kids will love what happens next. 

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The Incredible Journey

by Sheila Burnford

The Incredible Journey is a classic animal adventure book. Three animals — a Siamese cat, a bull terrier, and a Labrador retriever — make an incredible journey through the Canadian wilderness in search of their family and their home. The pets face hardship, starvation and wild animals on their adventurous journey. Cat and dog lovers will especially love this heart-warming animal story.

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Rabbit Hill

by Robert Lawson

In this gentle chapter book, animals on Rabbit Hill are anxiously waiting for the arrival of new folks. Author Robert Lawson creates a few vivid animal characters, such as gentleman-like Father Rabbit, worry-prone Mother Rabbit, grumpy Uncle Rabbit and Little Georgie the rabbit. It is a charming and sweet animal fantasy story.

See also: How Teachers Use FarFaria Reading App in the Classroom

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The Mouse and the Motorcycle

by Beverly Cleary

One of my favorite books as a child! Ralph the mouse makes friends with a boy named Keith, the owner of a toy motorcycle, and goes on many adventures. This may be especially great for boys who may not be as apt to read because it’s filled with action and adventure.

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Charlotte’s Web

by E. B. White

Charlotte’s Web has to be one of the best children’s books ever written. In this Newbery award-winning chapter book, a pig named Wilbur forms a strong friendship with a spider named Charlotte, who also lives on the farm. Charlotte saves the pig’s life by spinning words on her web. E. B. White creates a very memorable character in Charlotte.

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Stuart Little

by E. B. White

Stuart Little is a classic chapter book that has delighted generations of children. A mouse born into a human family, Stuart Little goes through many adventures. His biggest adventures occur when he leaves home in search of a lovely bird named Margalo. Like The Mouse and the Motorcycle, this one is filled with adventure. 

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The Horse and His Boy

by C. S. Lewis

While The Horse and His Boy is the third story in the Chronicles of Narnia Series, it stands alone in the series and does not need to be read before or after the other Narnia books (though they are all wonderful books). On this long journey, a boy and his horse have many adventures and are joined by a brave aristocratic girl named Aravis and her talking horse called Hwin. 

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The Tiger Rising

by Kate DiCamillo

The Tiger Rising is a book that will touch your heart. Walking through the misty Florida woods one morning, twelve-year-old Rob Horton is stunned to encounter a tiger – a real-life, very large tiger. Rob and his new friend prove that some things – like memories, and heartaches, and tigers – can’t be locked up forever. 

See also: What exactly IS close reading?

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Misty of Chincoteague

by Marguerite Henry

Misty of Chincoteague is a classic children’s book in the genre of realistic fiction. Paul and Maureen, two of the main characters, set their eyes on Phantom, the wildest horse on Assateague Island. They work really hard to earn enough to buy the horse. In the end, they have to decide whether to set Phantom free or not. 

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Catwings

by Ursula K. Le Guin

Catwings is a story about the adventures of four cats with wings as they leave the city and find a new home in the country. This easy-to-read animal fantasy book will also appeal to children whose reading level may be below grade.

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Henry Huggins

by Beverly Cleary

Henry Huggins is a humorous story about a boy and his dog, Ribsy. After third grader Henry Huggins finds a stray dog at a drugstore, hilarious adventures follow. Kids in third grade through sixth grade will enjoy this funny chapter book in the genre of realistic fiction.

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Wild Thing

by Dandi Daley Mackall

The first in the Winner the Horse Gentler Series, this book is the perfect read for horse loving girls. As Winnie teaches her horses about unconditional love and blind trust, God shows Winnie that he can be trusted too. Readers will be hooked on the series’ vivid characters, whose quirky personalities fill Winnie’s life with friendship and adventure. For younger readers, there is a similar series called Backyard Horses.

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Island of the Blue Dolphins

by Scott O’dell

In the Pacific there is an island off the coast of California that looks like a big fish sunning itself in the sea. Around it, blue dolphins swim, otters play, and sea elephants and sea birds abound. Once, Native Americans also lived on the island, and when they left and sailed to the east, one young girl was left behind. Based on a true story, this is the story of Karana, the Native American girl who lived alone for years on the Island of the Blue Dolphins. 

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The Magician’s Elephant

by Kate DiCamillo

The Magician’s Elephant is a timeless fable filled with the largest themes – hope and belonging, desire and compassion – with the lightness of a magician’s touch and the unpredictable help of an elephant. 

See also: How to Help Your Child Enjoy Reading

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The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

by Kate DiCamillo

There is a reason why so many of Miss DiCamillo’s books have made our list—she is an incredible author and a great weaver of animal stories. Edward Tulane was a china rabbit who was very pleased with himself, and for good reason: he was owned by a girl named Abilene, who adored him completely. And then, one day, he was lost… Kate DiCamillo takes us on an extraordinary journey.

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The Case of the Jewel Covered Cat Statues

by Cindy Vincent

Perfect for cat lovers and mystery lovers alike, Buckley and Bogey, Cat Detectives, find their next big case to be their most complicated ever! It all starts when someone hides a mysterious package in their Mom’s antique store – in the middle of the night! This is one case that really keeps them on their paws!

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The Wanderings of Clare Skymer

by George MacDonald

In The Wanderings of Clare Skymer, a homeless boy wanders through the countryside of nineteenth-century England. With his faithful dog, young Clare Skymer finds adventure among tramps, thieves, wild animals, and fellow refugees from society, and perseveres through his devotion to God. 

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Ribsy

by Beverly Cleary

Newbery Medal-winning author Beverly Cleary gives Henry’s dog, Ribsy, the center stage in this dog’s-eye view of the adventure of a lifetime. Good ol’ Ribsy’s ever-curious mind has always gotten him into scrapes, but this time he may have gone too far. After a comical turn of events, Ribsy finds himself in the wrong station wagon with the wrong children. Ribsy will do anything to find Henry, but there’s plenty of excitement to be had along the way—and scoring a touchdown for a local high school team is only part of the fun!

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Socks

by Beverly Cleary

Socks is one happy cat. He lives the good life with his affectionate owners, Mr. and Mrs. Bricker. Ever since the day they saved him from a life spent in a mailbox drop slot, Socks has been the center of their world. And he always has everything he needs—tasty kitty treats and all the lap room he could want! But when a new baby arrives, suddenly the Brickers have less and less time for Socks. Little Charles William is the one getting all the attention. Socks feels left out—and to show it, he starts getting into all sorts of trouble! What will it take to make Socks realize just how much the Brickers care about him?

Have you read a book about your child’s favorite animal? Share it with us!! 

About the All-Star Blogger

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Celena Marie is a historical fiction writer and graduate school student majoring in Elementary Education. She’s been homeschooling her four kiddos for five years and absolutely loves it!  She blogs about motherhood, homeschooling, travel, and fashion on The Traveling Sisterhood.

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Writing Activities for All Ages to Practice Typing

Learning to be an effective writer can launch students into a life of success. Studies have shown that for people ages 18 and younger, it is two times easier to learn to type properly. It’s important that kids know how to type because it’s a time-saver. Typing cuts down your writing time by half! Ask your writer to practice typing by completing these activities – compose an essay, journal entry, or report!

Writing activities using the WriteWell App

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The WriteWell app is a simple and intuitive web-based tool that makes writing fun and effective. With its unique visual and tactile interface and library of interactive essay templates, WriteWell is a convenient tool for teachers and students at home or in the classroom. Check out all the writing activities your student can use with WriteWell!

Create a Short Story – Use the WriteWell short story template to create a unique and exciting story. The template guides writers through the story arc by asking, “What happens next?” and giving useful words and writing supports along the way.

Book Reports and Reviews – With three templates (literature, biography, and nonfiction), your writer can share their opinion and recommend a favorite book. Each template is crafted to address the genre of the book and help guide writers through their recommendations.

Compare and Contrast Essays – Young researchers can explore their world by writing compare and contrast essays. Take your Venn Diagrams to the next level by encouraging your researcher to write about their findings.

Science Lab Report  Help budding scientists create their hypothesis, plan their experiment and report their findings with WriteWell’s Science Lab Report template. With academic vocabulary and a sample lab report to guide them, students can spend more time experimenting and less time searching for the right words.

Personal Narratives – Take your daily journal entries to craft personal narratives and memoirs. Using the personal narrative template, writers can focus on a special event or important day in their lives.

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What educators are saying about WriteWell

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“WriteWell has helped my students stay organized and focused on their writing. It has given my reluctant writers reassurance and my advanced writers a chance to grow even further.” – Danielle Kopp, English Teacher

“I really like the reminders in each box. I have students who need to be told every time to have an attention grabbing sentence and a thesis in the introduction, so it is nice to have it already in place.” – Megan Wilberton, High School Teacher

“WriteWell allows me to teach structure and organization of different types of essays. I also like how it is flexible – it can be used a graphic organizer early in the writing process or as a writing tool to create a final product.” – Hetal Patel, Social Studies Teacher

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How you can use WriteWell App

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Parents:  Make homework time easier and more engaging with the writing templates. Your student has access to literacy specialist created supports for writing within each template, guiding them along through the writing process.

Teachers:  Support your students from struggling through more advanced writers with access to a variety of template genres and grade levels. Each WriteWell template section has unique sentence starters, useful words and sample sentences. Creating a community of writers in your classroom has never been easier!

Homeschoolers:  Using the visually appealing web-based app with tons of writing supports along the way, it’s simple to create fun and engaging writing projects.

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Save 50% on Magic School Bus Science Club + Free Shipping

SPECIAL OFFER: Through the end of the week you can receive 50% OFF a year’s subscription through Educents… and FREE shipping in the Continental United States! Ships to Canada for $2/month. This deal is amazing… just $10 per month, DELIVERED!
If you have children (ages 5-12) who enjoy the Magic School Bus books or videos – and if you like doing science experiments with them–then you’ll LOVE The Magic School Bus Science Club!

Developed by a team of Harvard graduates, scientists, and educators, the award-winning Magic School Bus Science Kits are delivered monthly right to your doorstep. Children will explore science through experiments that will spark an interest and curiosity in science.

Each kit includes a colorful manual based on The Magic School Bus characters, as well as everything you need to complete at least seven experiments related to that month’s theme.

What is included?

1 year subscription includes 12 Magic School Bus kits + FREE SHIPPING in the Continental USA (Ships to Canada for $2/month).

Each kit includes:

  • Detailed, large 12-page colorful manual that is full of experiments and topic information
  • Each manual is based on the popular Magic School Bus books and TV series
  • Includes an adult section so that adults with no science background will find the kits easy to use
  • Materials and information necessary for a range of interactive experiments
  • Online Clubhouse for further exploration on each kit topic
  • Certificate of Completion
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Would your family have fun with this? If so, now’s a great time to sign up:

Through the end of the week you can receive 50% OFF a year’s subscription through Educents… and FREE shipping in the Continental United States! Ships to Canada for $2/month. This is an incredible deal! It’s just $10 per month, DELIVERED!

The first kit will ship on September 15th!

You can even create and print off your own gift cards to let your children know about the surprise.

Enjoy your exploration alongside Ms. Frizzle!

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Volcano Science Experiment for Kids Using Household Ingredients

Science lessons get really exciting when volcanoes are added to the curriculum. Learning about volcanoes can involve science AND history. Volcano Experiment - Educents Blog

 

Volcano Facts for Kids

Before you jump into the volcano science experiment, share these interesting facts about volcanos with your little learners:

  • There are about 1,900 active volcanoes on the earth. This means they have erupted recently or they might erupt. Some volcanoes are extinct. Over 80 volcanoes have been found in the ocean.
  • Most volcanoes happen on fault lines, or cracks in the Earth’s surface.
  • Most of the earth’s volcanoes are in the Pacific Ocean, in an area called the Ring of Fire.
  • The word “volcano” comes from Vulcan, the Roman god of fire.
  • Lava from volcanoes can reach temperatures of 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Volcanoes spew out ash and toxic gases, as well as lava and lava boulders.

Volcano Science Experiment for Kids

Check out these kids use household chemicals to recreate a volcanic eruption!

Using the Volcano Kit from the video, little scientists are asked to mix chemicals to make the volcano erupt! This will be an experiment that Young Scientists will want to repeat again and again!

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Get an exciting new Magic School Bus Science Kit delivered to your doorstep every month for a YEAR! These science experiments for kids include hands-on experiments with magnets, water, bacteria, fungus, lights, rainbows, and more!

Educents has the award-winning Science Kit subscription for 50% off (Get free shipping within the U.S. and $2/kit shipping to Canada)!

 

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Reusable Maps for Learning on the Go

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World Maps are so exciting to explore. The best way to engage a student learning about the world, is to ask them to label it. The Mini Peel & Play World Map Set on Educents provides students all the materials they need to explore and label a world map. Better yet, the map is small enough to stick onto the car window while you’re traveling. It’s also easy to move the map from room to room in your house – the map has a safe adhesive that allows students to stick the map to a surface over and over again.

The Map In Action

Check out the Mini Peel & Play World Map in action during this video.

Click here to find the Mona MELisa Mini Peel & Play World Map at a discount on Educents!

Activity Ideas

Looking for ways to make the Mini Peel & Play World Map interactive? Use these activities:

Label the oceans – use the labels to point out oceans around the globe.

Ask your student to match the sticker with its continent. What does your student see in that continent? What is the climate there? Is that continent above or below the equator?

After your student has placed all the sticker labels on the globe, s/he can refer to the map while responding to these writing prompts:

  • Name all of the oceans in the world.
  • Locate your home on the map. If you wanted to visit Australia, which direction would you need to travel?
  • How would you travel to Europe – by foot, by boat, or by plane?
  • Which direction does a ship need to sail to travel from South America to Africa?

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Mona MELisa Mini Peel & Play Sets go beyond the World Map. Learn about all the themes and ways to use the sets in your lessons.
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: Math, science, geography, spelling, counting

Great for: all ages, visual learners, kinesthetic learners (kids will love touching the pieces and moving them around from place to place), auditory learners (sets can be combined with verbal instruction)

Parents: Stick your sets to a car window, on any wall at home, or on your child’s bathroom mirror to practice counting while brushing teeth.

Teachers: This tool will save you hours preparing any of your lessons. The labels are made and ready to go!

Homeschoolers: Provide hands-on lessons for your students! Visual learners will love the colorful map, and kinesthetic learners will enjoy sticking and unsticking parts of the map.

What’s included?: The Mini Peel & Play sets are fabrics with a safe, adhesive backing. The sets measure 11 by 17 inches.

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Bonus!! You can download ready-go-to lessons to accompany the Peel & Play sets. Check out the World Map Teaching Guide.

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Best Curriculum Guide 2015

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Welcome to The Educents Best Curriculum Guide of 2015! We’ve pulled together some of our favorite tried and true, as well as brand new curriculums and tools for the year based on user reviews, ease-of-use and educational quality. Learn more about each curriculum below!

 

Rosetta Stone for Homeschool

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Rosetta Stone Homeschool features a foreign language curriculum specially designed to provide homeschool students with a rich, fully interactive and engaging language-learning experience, while giving parents the tools and resources needed to manage student progress without extensive planning or supervision. Rosetta Stone Homeschool is self-paced and designed to make it easy for parents to offer language learning even if they don’t understand the language their students are studying. Students are instantly captivated by Rosetta Stone so they stay engaged. Plus, with positive reinforcement and quick results, their language-learning confidence soars! Rosetta Stone provides up to five levels of instruction in select languages, beginning with a foundation of listening comprehension, speaking, grammar, reading and writing. With Rosetta Stone, your children will do more than learn about a language. They’ll learn to use it. Parent Administrative Tools let you track your student’s progress with just a few mouse clicks. You’ll see which exercises they have completed, assess how well they’ve done and determine how long it took them to finish. You will also be able to select predefined lesson plans and generate progress reports, documenting student achievement for college and job applications. Check out their curriculum here.


 

Schola Publications

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You see many phonics and Latin programs for sale, and they may look similar. We invite you to take a moment and discover the difference other parents and teachers have for yourself……

1] Did you know that English DOES make sense and you can confidently teach spelling, handwriting, reading, grammar, composition, literature and even Latin in one seamless method?   

2] Utilize this proven technique of brain function learning versus memorization to unlock the greatness in each child.      

3] Let me help you learn Latin and teach it to your student at the same time, earning high school foreign language credits as you build advanced English grammar and vocabulary skills.   

4] You can teach a child at any level all their language arts subjects or Latin in about 45 minutes per day!  

With over 30 years of experience, if you allow me, I consider it an honor to demonstrate these methods and much more…. while optimizing your budget. Author: Barbara Beers

Unlock “The Road” to unlimited possibilities!


 

WriteWell

Mother and Son with WriteWell logo_ADsWriteWell is an innovative online writing platform that makes writing fun and engaging for kids in grades 4-12. WriteWell helps students produce clear and well organized essays by walking them through the writing process. Students write directly into WriteWell’s innovative “write in chunks” interface by following grade-appropriate supports that tell (and show) the student what to write in each paragraph. WriteWell offers content for a variety of writing styles and grade levels. Write better and more efficiently with a simple and intuitive writing tool. You can also try it for free!


 

PetraLingua

PL_Educents_CurriculumPetraLingua teaches the basics of Spanish, French, German, Chinese, Russian or ESL English. The courses are available online and in langauage learning sets, and they are suitable for children 6 – 10, for families and schools.

Multilingualism is linked to a variety of cognitive benefits, including early reading, better listening perception, improved problem-solving skills, and higher scores on school tests which is why PetraLingua created PetraLingua for Families. Children’s natural sense of curiosity motivates them to learn a new language without any effort, by exploring. With the clear PetraLingua course structure, it’s very easy to plan your lessons by introducing new vocabulary with videos and songs, using interactive exercises to repeat the new words, and practicing with the activity book and flashcards.

The PetraLingua for Schools program covers the curriculum of the first 2-3 years and offers all the necessary elements for a beginners language course including step-by-step vocabulary introduction with video lessons and songs, and lessons organized on a progression pinciple, starting from a child’s closest experiences. The program also features lots of revision possibilities with interactive games, activity book and flashcards, different activities to keep young learners interested, and a teacher’s board to track student’s progress. The PetraLingua Homepage offers a free demo lesson for each language and detailled lesson plans are available.


 

Time4Learning

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Time4Learning is an online, interactive curriculum for PreK-12th. It can be used for homeschool, skill building, and summer study. Time4Learning combines the technology kids love with the education they need to make learning fun! Real life concepts are taught with animation, adding a sense of humor, to make lessons engaging. The curriculum can be used by following Time4Learning’s lesson plans or you can use the activity finder to hone in on a particular area of study. For example, if you want to work on fractions and nouns only, you can. With automated reporting, adjustable grade levels, and support, Time4Learning helps customize a curriculum to your child’s needs. Give your children the tools to work independently, study confidently, and excel in the comfort and safety of their own home.

Over the past decade, Time4Learning has helped over 400,000 homeschool students including gifted, special needs, and mainstream, discover their learning styles and instill a love for learning. Whether you’re looking for homeschool curriculum, skill sharpening, or looking for educational summer fun, Time4Learning can help! Time4Learning is available on tablets now, perfect for traveling. Their award-winning curriculum is available all year long, is student-paced, and accommodates every family’s schedule, even on the go!


 

Time4Writing

T4W-BrandBanner-250x250Time4Writing.com offers 8-week online writing courses for elementary, middle and high school students. Each online course is led by a certified teacher who provides one-on-one instruction, personalized feedback and guidance along the way. Time4Writing offers basic, intermediate and advanced courses that teach topics such as grammar, sentence structure, paragraph writing, essay writing, sentence writing, writing for the SAT and research papers. Each course includes fun, interactive lessons and writing assignments. Students can easily access the virtual campus with their own secure login from any computer or mobile device with an internet connection. The writing process includes learning to think, asking good questions, building confidence, and getting your thoughts out. Students work on their schedule, at their own pace. Once an assignment is submitted, students receive constructive feedback from their teacher within one business day. Parents can also log in to monitor reports and purchase additional courses. In addition to teaching students the ins and outs of a particular area of writing, Time4Writing also teaches students how to think and express themselves clearly and confidently. Time4Writing curriculum helps elementary, middle and high school students build skills and master the art of writing at all levels. Courses come with a 14-day money-back guarantee.


 

CTC Math

1173892_520018168075191_1983056766_nCTC Math specializes in providing online video tutorials which take a multi-sensory approach to learning. Favorably reviewed in Cathy Duffy’s 102 Top Picks and The Old Schoolhouse Crew Review the lessons are short and concise to help your student break down concepts and appreciate math in a whole new way!

The lessons are taught the traditional way, not to a “test” and CTC Math is NOT aligned to Common Core. Each one of the video tutorials are taught by internationally acclaimed teacher Pat Murray who is renowned for teaching math concepts in a simple, easy-to-understand way (and in only a few minutes at a time). CTC Math has seen students who struggled with math are now getting fantastic results! And ones who were doing OK before are now doing brilliantly.


 

MathScore

UntitledYour children will ask to play MathScore because they genuinely think it is fun – but when you watch them play, you realize they are getting rigorous math training!  Since when did math become fun? Making math practice feel like a game is what makes MathScore so special. Developed by MIT graduates, MathScore’s proprietary adaptive algorithms keep students motivated because the content adapts to be just challenging enough (not too hard and not too easy) for students to believe they can succeed. This motivation leads to improved performance and fast learning. Multiple public school studies showed a direct link between time spent on MathScore and improvement on standardized tests. Read the testimonials at www.MathScore.com to learn about how the more time a child spent “playing” MathScore, the more their test scores increased! Best of all, MathScore is free to start. Take as long as you need to experience real success, then pay to unlock the rest of the content when ready. MathScore supports grades K-9 and parents of all ages.  Also, kindergarten is 100% free!


 

Leadership Education

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Discovered and articulated by Oliver and Rachel DeMille, Thomas Jefferson Education, or “TJEd,” (pronounced “tee-jay-ED”) is an educational philosophy and a methodology by which great individuals throughout history have been educated. Thousands of families and professional educators are applying those same principles today, with amazing success.

The 5 Habits of Highly Successfully Homeschoolers will show you the “secrets” of excellent homeschooling. Use coupon code EDUCENTS-15 to get 80% off your copy here!

AND! TJEd is also offering their premium parent training, the 7 Keys Certification ($160 value) – free when you sign up for their newsletter here!

Remember, an investment in your education is not a withdrawal from your kids’. It will pay dividends on a gold standard for generations to come!

TJEd.org “An Education to Match Your Mission”


 

Kirkwood Education Online

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Kirkwood Education Online offers much more than academic curriculum. Students are guided through seven stages of character development with exercises that promote spiritual growth, interpersonal skills, and strong work ethic. Every curriculum concept is taught and demonstrated by instructional video and interactive computer lesson. Academic achievement accelerates as students learn to take responsibility for their own education.

Students earn weekly printable award certificates highlighting academic progress. Powerful positive affective experiences occur when a student has invested energy into reaching an objective, and that accomplishment is then recognized and validated.

Parental involvement is the single most critical factor in a child’s academic success. Kirkwood Education Online facilitates this involvement and affords parents the opportunity and tools to ensure their child has complete mastery of each curriculum component before moving on to the next.

Maintaining accurate records is one of the most daunting tasks of homeschool parents. Kirkwood Education Online effortlessly maintains accurate records and provides parents an at-a-glance overview of their child’s achievement and academic progress in real time.

Kirkwood Education Online is committed to providing homeschool families with a system of education that will enable every child to develop the skills of success and fulfill their God-given potential.


 

Kuato Studios – Safari Tales

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Safari Tales is an enchanting animal adventure game that encourages exploration in reading and vocabulary skills by casting kids as both adventurer and storyteller.

From Kuato Studios, one of the world’s leading learning-through-play developers, children play as five baby animal friends, exploring an African savannah teeming with wildlife, mini games and artifacts to discover and collect. Kids learn countless facts about the various environments, inhabitants and items they encounter on their way, building knowledge and enhancing reading skills.

At the end of each play session, the child’s adventures, discoveries and achievements are converted into a beautiful interactive storybook. Each tale can be read with parents, strengthening literacy, reasoning and enquiry skills.

Curious kids can also construct over a thousand different questions to ask an in-game guide, Darwin, who will supply intelligent and fact-filled answers. By scrolling on-screen world wheels, kids see how words join together to create different sentences, aiding skills in sentence structure, reading and creative thought.

Through the game’s ‘Parent Corner’, mom and dad can tailor gameplay, setting reading ages and can control game length from a variety of session times, ensuring playtime fits the family routine. Safari Tales is available on iOS and Android, priced at $3.99.


 

GiftedandTalented.com

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GiftedandTalented.com was born out of 25 years of research at Stanford University. They provide adaptive, online K-12 courses in mathematics, language arts, science and computer programming. Their flagship course, Redbird Mathematics: Advanced Edition, features the latest in adaptive instruction, gamification, and digital project-based learning. Redbird Mathematics won the 2015 Association of American Publishers award for best mathematics resource. This online, K-7 math course offers students over 15,000 exercises, 500 instructional modules (including multiple forms of instruction for key concepts), 50 digital manipulatives, and 75 games. Additionally, students tackle real-world STEM challenges.

Students who take GiftedandTalented.com courses can finish 2+ grades ahead. Watch this 3-minute video to learn more about Redbird Mathematics: Advanced Edition.


 

Cover Story Writing

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Middle schoolers love this Language Arts program! In this exciting video-based curriculum from Daniel Schwabauer, the creator of the popular One Year Adventure Novel, 6th–9th graders take a guided tour of the universe of “Story” as they create content for their own magazine.

Students write poems, short stories, nonfiction articles, letters, and many other short pieces, all for a magazine of their own invention. They also learn to notice and record their thoughts and ideas by following the creative structure of The Remarkable Journal of Professor Gunther Von Steuben.

DVD-based and parent-friendly, the program comes with an optional 12-lesson grammar component, included with purchase. Cover Story‘s approach to grammar de-emphasizes memorization of latinate terms and emphasizes true comprehension.

Cover Story transforms writing for both strong writers and reluctant writers. It is fun yet practical, and inspires kids to communicate, through a magazine, what they are already passionate about. As noted curriculum reviewer Cathy Duffy writes, “the delivery and learning methods are so different that even reluctant writers are likely to enjoy the process.” Watch demos at CoverStoryWriting.com.


 

One Year Adventure Novel

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The One Year Adventure Novel writing curriculum guides students (grades 8–12) step by step through the process of writing a compelling, fully structured novel in one school year. DVD-based, self-directed, and parent-friendly, it is ideal for homeschool students!

Young writers, no matter how much natural talent and discipline they have, need training in understanding “Story”—what makes a story work. With honesty, passion, and humor, author Daniel Schwabauer takes students behind the scenes of novel-writing. Extensive support resources that come with a curriculum license welcome young writers into a vibrant Creative Community where they can thrive as writers. They can join an active online Student Forum to give and receive feedback on stories, watch monthly webinars on writing topics, participate in contests, and more.

The course is worth one full high school English credit.

Whether you have a student who loves to write, and you know they need training to take their gift to the next level—or a student who could just use a fun change of pace from traditional English curriculum – we recommend this fascinating high school English course! Watch demos at OneYearNovel.com.


 

Applied Scholastics Online

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Applied Scholastics Online Academy is a fully accredited non-profit K-12 organization dedicated to helping students acquire real life skills and critical thinking through home study. Applied Scholastic’s vision is that by embracing the uniqueness of the individual they create students who love learning and truly use what they learn to ensure a successful future. Applied Scholastics provides parents with effective teaching tools and step-by-step curriculum designed to make learning enjoyable. For more information contact: Registrar@AppliedScholasticsOnline.com.


 

Risas y Sonrisas

RyS_250pxRisas y Sonrisas, “Laughter & Smiles”, is what this award-winning Spanish program is all about…making learning and teaching Spanish fun!

The curriculum is multi-grade appropriate for grades K-5. It provides a variety of creative resources to keep all learning styles engaged – colorful visual aids, catchy songs, ASL (American Sign Language), games, role playing, books, workbooks, online activities and more.

The curriculum covers beginners to advanced concepts in Spanish. The focus is on vocabulary acquisition and practical conversation rather than formal grammar. What sets this homeschool language program apart from others is that it not only includes DVDs, CDs, an instructor manual and workbooks – it also includes a myriad of hands-on learning activities that allow children to explore and manipulate the language they’re learning.

Knowing Spanish is not necessary with the media tools provided in the program and you will learn with your child! The curriculum was developed by native Spanish speaker and teacher. Best of all…children love learning with “Laughter & Smiles!”


 

Character is Higher Than Intellect

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Character Is Higher Than Intellect is based on a 5-level Hierarchy: 1) Self-discipline; 2) Responsible Behavior; 3) Honesty to Self; 4) Honesty to Others; 5) Reverence for Life (for the public school version) and the Creator of Life (for Private Schools and Parents) which encompasses all values. The curricula have a powerful teaching methodology utilizing high-interest media, role-plays, examples and non-examples of the concepts or values being taught.  When the methodology is coupled with high-interest stories or scenarios that capture the interest and enthusiasm of the learner, they become involved in the learning process through role-plays and other student involvement techniques, then deep, vital learning occurs; also retention, and transfer is maximized. That is because learners remember: 10% of nonsense syllables; 35% of factual material; 50% of what is heard; 65% of what is seen and heard; 100% of what they feel. The lessons in Character Is Higher Than Intellect are designed to be at the feeling, 100% retention level.  There is curriculum for every level, written specifically for that level. You’ll love teaching it and watching enthusiastic students learn vital, life-shaping values, principles and concepts.


 

Conceptual Academy

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Self-study courses in physics, chemistry, and physical science created and presented by best-selling textbook authors and respected college professors Paul Hewitt and John Suchocki are now available for grades 8 – 12 through ConceptualAcademy.com.

Each course includes hundreds of video lessons featuring the authors’ recorded classroom lectures, studio presentations, and screencasts. These video lessons reach a broad range of learning styles while providing the context students need to make sense of the textbook, which is sold separately.

Each class within a self-study course is further personalized with the author’s written messages guiding the student through the content. Carefully selected homework assignments, worksheets, chapter summaries, and unit exams allow students to articulate and confirm their understanding. Home-based lab activities are found within the textbook as well as within a separate lab manual.

These are genuine, full-length science courses for the college liberal arts major made affordable for high school students seeking an enjoyable introduction to upper level science.

Home school group facilitators may request an instructor’s account through which customized courses can be created. Contact Conceptual Academy for more information.

Conceptual Academy’s chemistry self-study courses were reviewed by Cathy Duffy, known for her rigorous assessments of homeschool curricula. Click here to see full list of self study courses.


 

Life of Fred

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Not sure where to start? Read more about the Life of Fred books on the Educents Blog. Instead of nothing but dry exposition and endless drill exercises, these books contain fun stories about Fred Gauss, a child prodigy math genius. During his hilarious adventures, he encounters every day math situations that call for solving mathematical problems. Children actually want to read these books. The stories carry on through the exercises, leading the student through them. Many of the books have a series of quizzes called Bridges every few chapters. Passing a quiz means the student is ready for the next chapter. Some books have all the problem solutions in them, while others have separate answer keys or companions.


 

Math Mammoth

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Math Mammoth Light Blue Series constitutes a full elementary mathematics curriculum for grades 1-7. It is mastery-oriented and organized into chapters by topics.Thus, in each chapter the curriculum concentrates on one theme and its connecting topics (such as place value, multiplication, or geometry). Each grade level typically contains 8-10 chapters. The curriculum focuses strongly on conceptual understanding, and visual models and exercises are used extensively. Mental math and number sense are also emphasized. The curriculum is nearly self-teaching for many children, since the full explanations of concepts are included in the student books, thus it requires fairly little preparation time from the teacher. The curriculum also meets and exceeds the Common Core Standards.


 

Complete Curriculum

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Complete Curriculum publishes distinctive K-12 digital texts and provides an engaging web-based instructional interface.Your students will experience engaging supplemental activities, real-world application exercises, and 21st- century skills with development activities. Their cutting-edge technology takes students beyond the textbook into a world where what they learn becomes more than answers on a page. It becomes a part of their experience. Further, their program allows educators to supplement and customize each daily lesson in an affordable, accessible and effective curriculum that provides streamlined instruction, practice, reinforcement and testing. By blending academic, social and interpersonal skills development, Complete Curriculum texts promote teacher and parent involvement in catalyzing a student’s learning ability— in and out of the classroom. Developed by a consortium of teachers, academics and editors, Complete Curriculum texts organize and present content that enables parents to actually participate in helping their child to study or complete their homework, and enables home-schoolers to affordably ensure the curriculum they are teaching their children meets the required grade level content expectations. It also enables beginning educators to confidently engage their students and immediately produce on the first day of class. Experienced educators can creatively adapt each lesson and text to their preferred teaching style and methods.

 

Thanks for checking out our Best Curriculum Guide of 2015! We hope you discovered some new curriculums and learned something new about your favorites as well. Happy learning!

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31 Days of Back-to-School Giveaways

 

Win over $9,000 in prizes in our 31 Days of Back-to-School Giveaways! Whether you’re looking for math curricula, educational games, language courses, history fun, or a Florida vacation – we have a giveaway for you. Scope out our 37 giveaways and be sure to use every entry option to better your chances of winning! Best of luck!

 

2 Night Stay in Destin, FL & 2 tickets to Bluegrass at the Beach Sept. 12th ($1,310 value)
Unforgettable vacation rentals and Emerald Coast beaches go together like Bluegrass at the Beach! Enjoy a 2 night stay with ResortQuest and Bluegrass at Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village Sept 12. Enter to Win

 

 

COW Writing Fluency Web Application from Alieo Games ($99 value)
COW is a writing fluency web application that motivates students to write through gamification and sharing. It also gives useful analytics and helps teachers organize writing portfolios and practice. Enter to Win

 

 

3 Night Stay in 2 Bedroom Condo at Bahama Bay Resort & Spa in Orlando, FL ($450 value)
Enjoy a 3 night stay in a 2 bedroom condo. Close to Disney yet far from ordinary with 4 pools, nature trails, restaurants and sporting activities right on site. Enter to Win

 

 

8 Books from Bethlehem Books ($125 value)
Bethlehem Books is offering your choice of any 8 titles. They can be print or ebook titles with a possible upward value of $125. Enter to Win

 

 

“The Writer’s Jungle” from the Brave Writer Program ($79 value)
The centerpiece of the Brave Writer program, The Writer’s Jungle teaches the homeschooling parent how to become an effective writing coach. Enter to Win

 

 

Ocean Forest App with Bingo Game, Books, and more from Bright World ebooks ($67.99 value)
Bright World is a learning experience for children ages 5-8 merging nonfiction text with 3D animation & gaming to expand children’s knowledge of the world around them and their vocabularies. Enter to Win

 

 

Constitution Quest Game ($49 value)
Constitution Quest Game: The most fun & effective way to learn the text of the U.S. Constitution! Play w/ 2-4 teams of 1-2 players. Enter to Win

 

 

Friends and Heroes Homeschool Unit Study 1 ($29.99 value)
Win a Friends and Heroes Homeschool Unit Study. Plus, save up to 20% on resources for homeschool, church and family during August! Visit the F&H website for details. Enter to Win

 

 

Soap Dispenser, Cold Key Chain Plus, and Cold Original Plush Toy from GIANTmicrobes ($26.85 value)
GIANTmicrobe’s microbe-shaped soap dispenser and cuddly Common Cold companions are a fun reminder to wash away germs. Perfect for adults, children, and everyone in between! Enter to Win

 

 

Redbird Mathematics: Advanced  Edition for K-7th grade from GiftedandTalented.com ($60 value)
GiftedandTalented.com is the culmination of 25 years of research at Stanford University. With our K-7 math course, students can advance 2+ grades with our online, adaptive curriculum. Enter to Win

 

 

Orlando Fun Fest Package 8 Tickets from Group Travel Odyssey ($225 value)
GTO is a web-based travel tool for teachers, parents and group leaders. Log on and request quotes for accommodations, dinner, theaters, attractions and more. Enter to Win

 

4 Happy Kids Songs Albums & Activity Workbook ($33 value)
Dr. Mac, child psychologist, offers dozens of songs and activities shown to improve character, social and emotional skills. Teacher’s Choice and iParenting Media awards. 3 free award-winning songs hereEnter to Win

 

Potholder Deluxe Set from  Harrisville Designs ($26.95 value)
Harrisville Designs’ Traditional Size Potholder Deluxe has enough cotton loops to make 6 potholders! Their Loom is made of sturdy metal, not plastic. Enter to Win

 

Ancient History Course 2015-2016 from History Unboxed ($280 value)
Tour 8 major ancient civilizations. Discover history through crafts, recipes, art, games and stories. Everything ships to your door… just open the box and start learning. Enter to Win

 

1 KidCoder: Beginning Web Design course & video from Homeschool Programming, Inc. ($85 value)
Homeschool Programming offers award-winning, self-study computer science courses. We teach students to create their own websites, games, and apps. Fun for all students! Enter to Win

 

 

4 Books from Jennifer Swanson Books with new release, Brain Games ($40 value)
In the new fascinating, interactive book, Brain Games – based on the NatGeo hit show – kids explore the brain, learn how it works, plus fun facts and crazy challenges. Enter to Win

 

 

4 Night Stay in a 2 Bedroom Condo in Gulf Shores & Orange Beach from Kaiser Realty ($1,000 value)
Enjoy a wonderful 4 night stay in a 2 Bedroom condo in Gulf Shores & Orange Beach! Blackout Dates from 6/13/16 – 7/24/16 apply. Winning certificate will be mailed. Expires 12/31/2016. Enter to Win

 

1 Year of Safe Email for Kids from Kids Email ($38.95 value)
Safe Email for Kids! Kids Email provides tools for you to keep your kids safe while using e-mail. They are the #1 Kids Email provider. Enter to Win

 

Back to School Bundle from The Learning Journey International ($60.96 value)
The Learning Journey International makes award-winning toys, games, puzzles and electronics with a strong educational focus. Fun, safe and quality products for the entire family! Enter to Win

 

“Love Poured Out for Viet Nam” Audio Book by Living Stones Publications ($29 value)
Living Stones Publications seeks to make connections heart to heart via publishing. They publish in print, digital, and audio. They have books, games, and teaching tools. Enter to Win

 

Dark Matter Glow-Maker Kit from Marbles: The Brain Store ($34.99 value)
Marbles: The Brain Store offers a smart collection of hand-picked & expert-tested games, gifts & gadgets to build better brains. Dark Matter is a glow-in-the-dark coordination & creativity booster. Enter to Win

 

 

12 month Home or Class Subscription to Mathletics (up to $249 value)
Win either a 12 month home ($99 value!) or class ($249 value!) subscription to Mathletics – the award-winning K-12 online math resource! Love learning math! Enter to Win

 

Digital K-12  Language Course Semester in Spanish, French, Chinese or German ($119 value)
Middlebury Interactive’s engaging language courses offer K-12 students the opportunity to immerse themselves in language and culture in an interactive, online environment with self-paced courses. Enter to Win

 

 

R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey Physics 1 Curriculum for Grades 3-6 From Pandia Press ($47.99 value)
RSO Physics 1 (3rd-6th grade) presents concepts in a way that young people can apply to everyday play and work. Topics include work, Newton’s laws, magnetism, electricity, and quantum physics. Enter to Win

 

12 Pencil Grips from The Pencil Grip –  50 winners! ($21.48 value)
The #1 grip recommended by teachers and occupational therapists. The Pencil Grip is the original ergonomic writing aid and continues to set the standard. Comfortable for righties or lefties. Enter to Win

 

Complete PetraLingua Language Set in Spanish, French, German, Russian, or Chinese ($75 value)
PetraLingua Sets – All you need for a beginners language course: video lessons, songs, interactive exercises, activity books, flashcards. For schools and families. Enter to Win

 

Rosetta Stone Language for Homeschool Level 1 ($159 value)
Rosetta Stone Homeschool features a foreign language curriculum specially designed to provide homeschool students with a rich, fully interactive and engaging language-learning experience. Enter to Win

 

5 Boxed Sets of Bible Story DVDs from See the Light Shine ($375 value)
Each boxed set contains 5 DVDs. Over 17 hours of content. SEE the artist draw. DRAW 15 step-by-step art lessons. Spanish Language Tracks included. Enter to Win

 

Dinosaur Challenge, Star Gazer and Global Ranking from SimplyFun ($88 value)
Build academic, social and emotional skills to prepare your children for the new school year with board games and activities from SimplyFun. Building smarter kids and stronger families through play! Enter to Win

 

Math Rescue DVD program from  Systematic Mathematics for 8th grade & above ($82 value)
Non-consumable DVD program for students 8th grade or above struggling in math. Provides a solid foundation and builds confidence. We say NO to Common Core! Enter to Win

 

7 Tools to Teach Your Child About Money ($250 value)
Amanda helps parents teach children and teens about money by offering you 7 FREE tools that are fun, engaging, and hands-on with lessons that will last your child a lifetime! Enter to Win

 

6-Month Subscription to Time4Learning for Pre-K through 12th ($900 value)
Time4Learning is an online, interactive curriculum for PreK-12th. Our automated system teaches and grades lessons, tracks progress, and works with a variety of learning styles.
Enter to Win

 

1 Time4Writing Course of Your Choosing for Grades 2-12 ($99 value)
Time4Writing helps elementary, middle, and high school students build skills and master the art of writing at all levels with computer-based lessons and dedicated teachers. Enter to Win

 

Math Bundle Deluxe from Times Tales ($69.80 value)
Trigger Memory Co. produces products that are creative and out-of-the-box. They put their creative math products into one bundle called the Math Bundle Deluxe! Enter to Win

 

4-Night Stay in 2 Bedroom Beach Condo at TOPS’L Beach & Racquet Resort in Destin, FL ($2,400 value)
Get away to TOPS’L Beach & Racquet Resort in beautiful Destin, Florida, courtesy of ResortQuest! Sugar-white sand, emerald green water & award-winning tennis facilities await…
Enter to Win

 

Kidstart Activity Book for Kindergarten from Triumph Learning ($47.48 value)
Integrated kindergarten math and literacy activities ideal for your homeschool curriculum, supporting the way you teach and the way your children learn. Enter to Win

 

The Writing Course Curriculum by Dr. Fred Lybrand – 5 Winners! ($129 value)
CURE RELUCTANT WRITERS. Thousands prove our unique writing system works. It’s a curriculum, it’s a supplement, and it’s the coolest way to learn to write. Enter to Win

 

Remember: the giveaways close on August 31st, so you only have a couple weeks left to win your vacation in the sun or year-long curriculum! And feel free to share your favorite prizes on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest!

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Should we still teach cursive handwriting?

Do your kids know how to write in cursive? As schools begin to accommodate new standards, the question remains if cursive handwriting will stay on the lesson plan. At least 41 states do not require public schools to teach reading or writing cursive, according to USA Today. The discussion around learning to write cursive has provoked many opinions of what’s important for future generations to know. Some suggest children should learn programming instead of how to write cursive. Others claim we lose motor skills swapping out a pen for a keyboard. The pros and cons of learning cursive has been weighed, but what will be the final decision?

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Do you think cursive writing should still be taught to kids?

Here’s how the Educents community responded:

How will they ever be able to read historical documents such as the constitution, etc if they don’t learn to read and write in cursive? -Sara J.

No, it’s not relevant anymore. Learn typing instead. -Robert C.

I don’t think it has been taught in our school for at least the last 10 to 15 years. Cursive writing will become a lost art in America. I think it should still be taught. -Claudia A.

Cursive?Honestly, it’s no longer important. Teach them to sign their name; then teach them to convey their thoughts, and be persuasive, via oral and written communications. Why would we want to spend valuable school time, beyond a day or two, teaching someone to sign their name in cursive? Why don’t we spend time teaching calculations via abacus or slide rules?  -Gary F.

Yes. When my teenager who has always been homeschooled started public high school, his classmates couldn’t read his papers because he wrote in cursive and no one else did. His teacher said he always knew which paper was Hayden’s even if he forgot to put his name on it! -Kelly B. 

Yes! It’s part of my children’s 2nd grade homeschool curriculum. They just started doing it, and they are so excited about it. :) -Angela M. 

I’m a former primary teacher. Second grade is rather young to begin, but the kids are always excited about it. Don’t worry if they have difficulty mastering it at first; they will when the brain and muscles are ready. -Kathy F.

I can read Shakespeare, Mark Twain and the Bible among other things all without ever needing cursive. Just don’t get the hype. -Mike E.

Handwriting Resources for Kids
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Web Learning Resources for Kids

Writing Programs - Educents Blog

  • Learn to Mod with Minecraft – Did you know kids can learn how to code by modifying (or “modding”) Minecraft®? Kids learn how to code in Java® and apply it to Minecraft® themed problems!
  • The WriteWell App – A simple and intuitive web-based tool that makes writing fun and effective. With its unique visual and tactile interface and library of interactive essay templates, WriteWell is a convenient tool for teachers and students at home or in the classroom.
  • Handwriting Worksheet Wizard – StartWrite helps teachers, homeschoolers, and parents create handwriting lessons quickly and easily. This program saves hours in lesson preparation time, yet allows you to easily create fun, meaningful worksheet to teach handwriting.

What do you think?

Should we still teach kids how to write cursive? Why or why not Leave your thoughts in the comments!