Black Friday and Cyber Monday Equal Homeschool Curriculum Savings

I personally really appreciate all the sales that occur this time of year.  Over the past few years, I've discovered that this is, amazingly, a great time to stock up on curriculum I know I'm going to use with my kids.

Here are some examples of some of the sales currently happening:

New Apologia Press Writing Curriculum FREE DOWNLOAD

New writing curriculum is always a cause to celebrate.  Recently, well-known homeschool author and speaker, Debra Bell, has written the first book in a homeschool writing curriculum series entitled Writers in Residence.

Wednesday's Wonderful Website: Free Online Piano Lessons for Kids

I recently ran across the website, and the more I look at it, the more impressed I am.  The creator of the website, who is also the online instructor, Joseph Hoffman M.M., does a fantastic job of introducing children to basic music principles. 

Wednesday's Wonderful Website: Free Calendar Binder Printables

Little Sparkle is excited to be doing first grade work this coming school year.  The curriculum we're using does a lot of hands-on activities for math.  One topic covered is the calendar. That's why I was thrilled when I saw a friend pin a link to some free calendar printables. Interestingly, I had originally intended to just buy a "teaching calendar" which would allow Little Sparkle to change the days, dates, months, weather; etc. on a pocket chart we'd hang on the wall.  When I showed her the website with the free calendar printables, she said she wanted to do those!

Wednesday's Wonderful Website: Dance Mat Typing

Here's a great site to check out!  BBC's Dance Mat Typing helps children learn keyboarding skills.  There are several different levels and also "stages" within each level.  My son did one stage this morning and was rewarded with an animated song at the completion of the stage. We will definitely be visiting this site again.

Getting Rid of the School Mentality

For those of you who homeschool, here's a great article called "Letting Go of the School Mentality."  

Wednesday's Wonderful Website: Molly and Buttercup

Looking for a safe way for your child to correspond with a pen pal?  According to my latest issue of Practical Homeschooling, offers a one year e-mail pen pal program for only $15.  Your child would receive two e-mails per month:  one from Molly and one from Buttercup.  Your child can also e-mail each character back.  If you prefer snail mail, there is a $25 per year postcard subscription available.  Sounds like a great way to encourage writing!

Wednesday's Wonderful Website: World Continents and Oceans Game

We spend a lot of time during our school year going over geography.  I think it's important for kids to know where different places in the world are actually located...and to even know the NAMES of different places is important.  When I ran across THIS site, I thought it would be a good way for my kids to practice some of what we've gone over this year.

Wednesday's Wonderful Website: Cinquain Lesson

Last week I had posted information on a site that went through how to write a haiku.  We're still studying poetry for writing, and I wanted to work on cinquains this week.  I found a great graphic organizer to help with that over here. Check it out!

Wednesday's Wonderful Website: Toondoo

Over on, your children can create their own cartoons!  Cute site.  (*There is a paying option and a non-paying option. Your child/children can do enough on that site without you having to pay anything!)  ENJOY!!!


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