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Homeschooling - Curriculum Resources
There are many ways to assemble curriculum ideas for any style of homeschooling. We tend to look for free resources, and keep a stash of workbooks that I have purchased or put together by photocopying worksheets and putting them in a duo-tangs.
Your local library is your best place to access all kinds of free curriculum. Any time you need books and videos to assist with projects, thats the place to go! For non-tangible resources, the Internet is the next best place to compile and create your own curriculum packages. There are many free places on the net that provide a vast selection of learning ideas and tools in all categories, such as language arts, science, math, history, geography, second languages etc, I'll list a few later on in this Hub.
Live as if your were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. ~ Gandhi
Online Social Networks
Online Social Networks are other ways to access information, curriculum ideas, and create communities close to home and farther way as a way to stay connected with friends and even organize your own homeschool group. My teens have created their own online forum, where they get together and share artwork, ideas for projects, share information about music, and chat.
I never teach my pupils; I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn. ~ Albert Einstein
You can purchase pre-made curriculum packages and pay tuitions for private online homeschool orientated learning centres. This option is usually more costly and often requires some dedication to scheduling.
Here are a few ideas for prepares curriculum and online school options;
Oak Meadow: Curriculum: Lesson plans, assignments, activities and readings School: Fully accredited K–12.
Saxon Homeschool: Math in Focus: The Singapore Approach, Harcourt Language, Holt Elements of Language, ScienceFusion, Houghton Mifflin Science, Holt Science and Technology, Harcourt Horizons Social Studies, and science and social studies packages for high school.
Calvert School: Pre-Kindergarten through Eighth Grade homeschool curriculum
W. B. Yeats
Education is not the filling of a pail,
but the lighting of a fire. ~ W. B. Yeats
Free Curriculum Resources
Check out The Khan Academy!
It's amazing, and I can't come close to describing all that's available; It's a library of over 2600videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and practice exercises and more. Brilliant idea, global initiative, and timely.
Donna Young this website is a place on the Internet from where you may print homeschool planners, household planners, calendars, handwriting lessons, printable worksheets or papers for several subjects.
Canada's History Featured Lesson Plans
Canada's History Writing Centre Writing Tips and Resources
Math Homework Help All tutors are Ontario Certified Teachers and online tutoring services are offered free of charge to Ontario students in Grades 7 to 10 attending a public school.
Canadian Writing Resources for Students Wordwrights Canada
Canadian Geographic For Kids Wildlife, geography, fun facts, homework help and games.
Tumble Books Audiobook (eAudiobook) collection.
The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.
~ Friedrich Nietzsche
Resources For Homeschoolers
John Taylor Gatto
By bells and many other similar techniques [schools] teach that nothing is worth finishing. The gross error of this is progressive: if nothing is worth finishing then by extension nothing is worth starting either. Few children are so thick-skulled they miss the point.
~ John Taylor Gatto
More Curriculum Options
Because homeschooling opens up the world to homescshooling families, you no longer need to keep a traditional (archaic) classroom setting, the world has really become the classroom. Visits to the grocery store, learning how to calculate the best price for products, calculating taxes, and change is an adventure in math. Visiting your local retirement centres, chatting with he residents, volunteering at the local food bank, humane society etc.. When elections are being held, use this opportunity to teach local and federal politics to your child. We have our children take a look at all the candidates, watch leaders debates and discuss who they would vote for and why? We also let our kids help us choose who we are voting for, just because they are too young to vote does not mean they are not engaged and have something to offer in terms of understanding whats best for our community. Planning field trips to museums, the zoo, fire halls, police stations and other local attractions are ways to broaden your curriculum. Getting out and interacting with your community in general offers many opportunities!
Don't forget to use your Internet search to narrow down local homeschooling resources that resonate with your interests and the area in which you live in. Its also a great idea to broaden horizons and look around the world to see what programs you can get involved in that will provide learning opportunities such as Jane Goodall's "Roots and Shoots" program. The sky isn't the limit, join your local astronomy club.