Homeschool Posts

Friday, April 27, 2012

Friday Freebies: Downloadable Textbooks for Your Homeschool!

Every once in a while I stumble onto something really neat without really trying.

This is truly remarkable.  CK12 offers (for FREE) a collection of customizable textbooks for download.  Over 80 texts are available at this time.

Customizable, you say?  How does that work?

Rather than simply downloading a textbook from cover to cover, you create a “Flexbook” which allows you to select the whole text or just particular chapters, creating a unique textbook.  It can then be shared in any of 3 formats:

  • printable pdf
  • online e-reader
  • html---interactive with videos and links

Some of the available CK12 textbooks (not customizable) can be downloaded in their entirety for your Kindle!

Subjects:  mainly math, science, and technology, but also SAT prep, a bit of US history, and a bit of language arts.

Age range:  Mainly high school, but also a few 6-8 grade level texts.  I’m going to be taking a closer look at the middle school math and science myself. ;0)

Click here for previous editions of Friday Freebies.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

5 Ways to Beat Back the Being Sick Blues

First I get sick.  David has his wisdom teeth out.  Emmie gets sick.  Mary gets sick.  Now both boys are sick.  Add it all up and you have about 3 weeks of undone plans in our homeschool.  We’re getting the basics mostly done, but not much else.
What do you do when illness and other stuff gets in the way of unit studies and math assignments?
  1. Enjoy the opportunity to slow down and read some good books together. 
  2. Watch a documentary.  Or a musical.  Or even a cartoon.
  3. Recognize that math will still be there, even if you are doing it in the middle of July.
  4. Take advantage of life experiences to learn about the human body and how to care for it.
  5. Curl up under a blanket tent with flashlights and tell stories.
Soon we will all be well again, but a little break here and there is not a horrible thing.
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The Kids Caught Daddy’s New Bug (Stamp Collecting)
Good Habits Lead to Virtue

Why We Keep the Scissors Up High

Because just cutting paper (or even hair) is so boooring. Winking smile

Friday, April 20, 2012

Friday Freebies: Greek, Cells, geography, and more!

A year of Biblical Greek study for FREE at Kids Greek! This year-long course includes complete lessons to view online, audio for correct pronunciation, printable worksheets, reviews after every 3 lessons, and a help forum (you need to register to use the forum).

Find free resources for studying the Cell, including lapbook elements at Cynce’s Place.

Jolanthe at Homeschool Creations has some awesome geography printables to add to your history studies.

You’ll find a ton of resources for studying Ancient China in this Squidoo lens.

Check out previous editions of Friday Freebies at this link.

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