Educents has a huge community of educators who offer their ideas, resources, and product reviews to help guide fellow homeschoolers through the sometimes-chaotic process of learning at home.
In celebration of Homeschool Week, a handful of trusted homeschoolers selected their top homeschool resources available on Educents.
Rebecca of Hip Homeschooling
Rebecca is a homeschool mom to five young children who was homeschooled herself and blogs about her chaos over at www.hiphomeschoolingblog.com. She is married to an RCMP officer and lives in a distant corner of BC, Canada on a beautiful island in Haida Gwaii.
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Rebecca’s Pick: Magformers
“We LOVE Magformers in our homeschool! They are a high quality toy that provide hours of creative play. They are a great way to bring the fun back into your homeschool, your kids won’t even realize they are learning all about structures and geometric shapes and architecture (bonus!).”
Jamie of Simple Homeschool
Jamie is a mama to three cute kids born on three different continents. She serves as the managing editor of SimpleHomeschool.net and blogs about mindful parenting at SteadyMom.com.
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Jamie’s Pick: Life of Fred Elementary
“I love the way the math is naturally integrated into Fred’s life, showing the importance of it in day-to-day life. The chapters are laugh-out-loud funny and I often get asked to read “just one more.” I’ve never been a huge fan of math workbooks and worksheets, so the combination of math and story is a major win in my books!”
Teri of Mommy Wife Life
Teri Watters is a lifestyle & parenting blogger. She’s also a stay-at-home mom to two preschoolers ages 3 and 4.
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Teri’s Pick #1: Spectacular Space Unit Study
“A great resource for young astronomers is the Spectacular Space Unit Study. From writing, reading, math, and crafts, this complete unit, with its simple terms, will spark the interest of even your preschoolers!”
Teri’s Pick #2: Brain Quest Decks
“Using Brain Quest Decks during learning time has turned out to be a life saver! When the kids get slightly unfocused, this resource helps give them a mental break from the lesson and offers a time to refocus!”
Gabriella, Homeschooling Consultant
Gabriella Volpe is a homeschooling mom of a child with special needs, a certified teacher, and the homeschool consultant for families of children with special needs. She knows first-hand what it means to struggle with educational planning for a child who does not fit the system and is limited by resources and products intended for children without disabilities.
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Gabrielle’s Pick #1: Magformers
“Finally! A product that is easy to manipulate, reduces frustration in a child with fine motor difficulties, and is safe enough to use with a child who mouths everything! My son learns shapes and colors while working on therapeutic goals such as bilateral coordination and visual discrimination.”
“I love the light-weight feel and portability of these tools. They make focusing on reading and school work easy and fun. Children can block out background noise wherever they are: in the classroom, on the bus, or even in a waiting room.”
Gabrielle’s Pick #3: Number Formation Poems
Shelly, Free Homeschooling 101
Shelly’s Pick #1: Violin Starter Set
“The violin starter set includes everything a budding violinist needs to begin their studies. The instrument is well made and economical. The lessons that are included are a huge money saver!”
Shelly’s Pick #2: Life of Fred Books
“Life of Fred has made math lovers of my children. Kole, particularly, reads the lessons FOR FUN! I have to admit, I too have enjoyed reading them. After all of these years as a Homeschooling mother it is fascinating to ‘see’ math on a different way. Frankly, I am also grateful to have a method that doesn’t make ME want to fall asleep!”
Shelly’s Pick #3: FREE Arctic Animals ABC Worksheets
“The Educents Handwriting Worksheets (both the arctic animals and the super heroes) are easy straight to the point worksheets that are colorful and fun to use. When printed on black and white, the arctic sheets also double as artistic property for those who enjoy coloring their work to keep in their Notebooking binders.”
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