My Favorite Things: Homeschool Edition

My Favorite Things: Homeschool Edition

Trying to get our homeschool curriculum from the states into our last country of residence was a logistical nightmare bit of a challenge. Getting our homeschool curriculum into our current country is almost enough to make me put the kids on the neighborhood bus headed to the local madrasa. (Arabic for school) Ok, not really, I write for effect.

I’ve had to start thinking outside the box when it comes to curriculum ideas and pester my teacher friend Candice to death in search of things to help “enhance” our educational experience. Fortunately, there is a plethora of options if you are willing to do the research and sort through the good, the bad and the down right stupid. Don’t tell my boys I used that word, m-kay?

But what’s even better than sorting through the 89,763 options? Having someone do it for you. So, here is a little gift for you. These are a few of my favorite homeschool helps. I use the word homeschool because that’s where I am today but these are also great for any parent wanting to enhance what your child is focusing on at school or pre-k.

Storyline Online

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My mother in law loves to read to my boys when we are in the states and as a result my boys have a long list of books they want her to read. Unfortunately, the distance makes reading in your grandmother’s lap a challenge. The Storyline Online Website allows my kids to sit and watch some of their favorite stories being read to them by famous actors and actresses. It pales in comparison to a grandparent but we’ll take what we can get.

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As evidenced in a recent blog post, I’m still figuring out what to do with the baby escape artist while the other boys are doing school. In the meantime I have used ABCya! often to aid in reinforcing skills we are learning in our daily curriculum and to keep the younger boys focused while I am working with the older ones on the more intense subjects.

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I don’t know many 80’s kids that can resist the urge to jump in and sing along when they hear, “Butterfly in the sky….I can go twice as high.”

That same wonderful information we learned watching Reading Rainbow has not only been added to Netflix, it’s been developed into a website for children and families. The website does charge a fee of $9.99 for one month, $29.99 for six months or $49.99 for a year subscription but I think it’s worth it. I’ve paid for other websites in the past and regretted that decision but this one did not disappoint. We use it often for video field trips, online library or a quick story-time break from school.

Some of these may be old news that has just made it around to me but I hope you can find something in here that is useful. I’d love to hear from you. What are the homeschool helps you use the most or the things you’ve found for your school kids to help make the journey a little easier?

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