As I look back at 2015 and our homeschool world I feel like we’re getting to a place (finally) where I know my daughter’s strengths and weaknesses. That’s so important because then I can tailor a learning program just for her.
We use a base program of BJU Homeschool and then I supplement with great products we get by being on the Schoolhouse Review Crew.
My daughter is a visual and audial learner. She basically can learn from reading, listening, or watching but when you apply all three it’s whamo! That’s why using the BJU DVDs works so well in our homeschool.
But then there are the topics that she has a bit of a struggle with. Certain concepts in math, some finer details in science, and what she may consider boring in history/social studies.
I’ve discovered that really paying attention and then pulling together some outside resources to help her through has been a boost in her learning experience.
I pull from all sorts of places but have found these in particular for this 2015/2016 homeschool year….
Visual Learning Systems for Science : I didn’t realize how much we would come to rely on Visual Learning Systems to reinforce science concepts that may seem confusing. The short sweet videos really helped the sweet peanut and her improved test scores prove it.
Mona Melissa Designs Advanced Math Wall Decals : We use these to reinforce long problems using money or fractions.
Liberty Kids: Love, love, love these videos. We actually watch them as a family we enjoy them so much. It does make learning fun. Your child will remember facts and details about the American Revolution without even realizing it. Remember the “Liberty Kids” are the fictional characters that bring together important happenings and people during this time. It’s given my daughter a new love for American history. A topic I once found extremely dull when I was in school.
This year, 2016, my goal is to continue on this path and pay attention to what works for my daughter. In addition to continuing to seek out great resources I want to also really pay attention to the resources we already have. Sometimes what we need is right under our noses.
No matter what may be on your lesson plan for 2016, consider the resources below. Members within the Educents community put a list together of their favorite homeschool resources. If you’d like to learn more about the resource, just click the link! If you want to get more involved in the Educents community to learn more about homeschooling and the curriculum offered on Educents, join the Educents Facebook group!
Emily of Smith Squad recommends the Life of Fred books.
“As a child, I always hated math, even though I was good at it because it was soon boring. When I heard about Fred, I knew he had to be a part of our homeschool. My kids absolutely LOVE when it’s math time, and they are learning a ton about how to apply math to every day practical situations.”
Lisa Marie of The Canadian Homeschooler uses the Writecraft and Mathcraft Units.
“The writing portion of this resource was the first time EVER that my oldest son ever willing wrote anything! He was excited to write instead of hating it.”
Allison of Just Add Coffee loves the Magic School Bus Science Experiments.
“I absolutely love Magic School bus and all it has to offer. Each month you get a different science kit to take a Magic School Bus adventure. If you search really hard, online you can even find curriculum to go with each science kit and the episode from the television series.”
Lisa of Chickens and Bunnies Homeschool loves the Life of Fred Elementary Books.
“My favorite resource at Educents at the moment is Life of Fred. There are so many to choose from I picked the Elementary Series. My kids love these books; we have them up to high school now. My most recent order was Life of Fred Chemistry. My kids will do these without arguing and love Fred and Kingie!”
Celena of The Traveling Sisterhood recommends the Times Tales Multiplication videos.
“I love Times Tales because it’s made this year’s math lessons so much easier! My kiddos quickly mastered their multiplication tables in one sitting with the movie. It’s been such a blessing–instead of drills everyday, we can take more time to learn the actual concepts behind the facts!”
Kelly of Raising Samuels loves the Magic School Bus Science Club.
“The Magic School Bus Science Club is something your child gets in the mail each month, for a year! It includes numerous experiments per month, along with most of the materials required. (except household items such as scissors and tape). It is an incredible hands-on learning experience that helps children love science and have fun! My sons who are 4 and 6 absolutely love it!”
Amy of Busy Boys Brigade recommends the Life of Fred Beginning Readers.
“Life of Fred Early Readers series has been a game changer in our homeschool! Both my 6 & 4-year-old boys beg me to do their reading lessons now that we have added Life of Fred. I have noticed an increase in their fluency and comprehension.”
Jenn of Chaotic Bliss Homeschooling also loves Times Tales.
“All three of my girls, ages 8 down to 4 loved watching this DVD and learning the stories. In 1 hour, both of my older girls had memorized their upper times tables! And the real kicker is I was only trying to teach one!”
Amy of Teaching in Blue Jeans uses Learn to Mod Minecraft with her son.
“Learn to Mod Minecraft is an amazing program that teaches my son, a Minecraft lover, important computer programming skills through a game he loves to play. The lessons are easy to use, fun and engaging. I love that he is a learning a skill that I am not able to teach him.”
Tabitha of Life Learning Homeschool uses the King Tut Mini Unit.
“My son loves history (he gets it from me), and I love to throw in “extras” to feed the need for more than what our curriculum calls for. Mini-units are great for that, and this was one of our favorites because we both love Ancient Egypt!”
Amy from Not Your Average Homeschool Mom loves Minecraft Mod Design.
“I love that you can be totally creative, and these are all hands-on. Helps to build critical thinking skills too.”
Kayla of The Arrowood Zoo loves using Magformers for lessons at home.
“I love that you can be totally creative and these are all hands-on. Helps to build critical thinking skills too.”
Shelly of Free Homeschooling 101 recommends the 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!”
Rebecca of Hip Homeschooling likes 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!).”
Teri of Mommy Wife Life recommends the 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!”
Jamie of Simple Homeschool loves Life of Fred too!
“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!”
Gabriella, Homeschooling Consultant, recommends the Number Formation Poems.
“We have these cards laminated because we know they’ll be used for years to come. My son, who learns best through rhyme and tactile input, is learning to write digits using these easy-to-remember number formation poems! I have reduced the size of the cards, added a ring binder, and now have a portable number set. We also use the cards for matching games and learning about quantity. Such a great price for all of the value provided by this set.”
What homeschool resource did you use this year that you would recommend? Leave your recommendations in the comments!!