Saturday, May 26, 2012

My Top Ten Favorite Homeschooling Websites

I decided {last minute} to join in on the Ten in Ten blog hop at  iHomeschoolNetwork.  This week's theme is Top Ten Favorite Homeschooling Websites.  Here are mine in no particular order.  Ready, set, go...

1.  1+1+1=1 - Carisa used to be a public school teacher who now homeschools her three children.  She and her husband are also inner-city missionaries.  Carisa offers a TON of resources (mostly for Toddlers-K), such as her Calendar Connections, themed printables, Raising Rock Stars Preschool, You Can Read sight word program, Easy Readers you can download to iPad, tablet, or print, and so much more.  Most of the resources are free.

2.  Homeschool Creations - Jolanthe is a Christian homeschooling mom of four who offers resources, printables, and encouragement for homeschool families.  We have used many of her book units (PreK-K).  Another resource I LOVE are the Read! Build! Write! Mats and Cards.  I print and laminate the cards, then the kids use them with their magnetic letters as well as word cards for typing.

Confessions of a Homeschooler | free preschool printables

3.  Confessions of a Homeschooler - Erica is a Christian homeschooling mom of 4 who shares resources, ideas and encouraging tips on how to make your homeschool fun.  She has written some of her own curriculum such as Letter of the Week (Preschool), K4 (PreK), Road Trip USA, and a Classic Literature Unit Study.  My kiddos absolutely love the Add It! and Subtract It! games/flash cards she made.  While it is a lot to print out and laminate, we have used them frequently and the kids do so well with the multi-sensory approach to addition/subtraction.  She also inspires me to be more creative in digital scrapbooking. 

4.  Making Learning Fun - So many {FREE} fun, educational printables and activities for early childhood/elementary.

The Homeschool Classrom

5.  The Homeschool Classroom - group blog made up of homeschooling Moms sharing tips, ideas, resources, and other inspirations to help all those who are currently homeschooling or discerning the call to do so.  A great variety of all things homeschooling! 

6.  Amazon - I order from this site quite a bit; from our homeschooling/office supplies, books, games, household items, and so much more.  I price check almost everything with Amazon before I make a purchase elsewhere.  I also add items to my wishlist for future reference so when I do order, I can bundle it (minimum purchase of $25 for Free Shipping).  I love the Free downloads for Kindle (I put them on our iPad).

7.  Starfall and More Starfall - "Where children have fun learning to read!"  Since we have new/approaching/upcoming readers we utilize this site almost daily.  We also have the app on our iPad.  All of our kiddos like this website and they can all work at different levels.  Starfall also has a download center with more free resources.

8.  Mommy Speech Therapy  - Heidi is a mom of four and a Speech-Language Pathologist who shares tips and techniques for moms to help their children become the best communicators they can be.  Our family is no stranger to SLPs as one of our boys was born with a cleft palate, one of our boys is on the autism spectrum, and all three of our younger boys have developmental delays.   

9.  Public Library - Our local public library has an online catalog that I use almost as much as I do Amazon. When I am searching for books I always check the library first to save money.  When I am preparing for our next "theme", I search the online catalog and request the resources (books, audiobooks, DVD's, computer games, etc.) be available at our local branch.  Then all I have to do is pick them up.  It is much less time consuming and less running around. 

Over 1500 products from Teacher Created Resources

10.  Teacher Created Resources - When I homeschooled our older children (now both graduated), I fell in love with Teacher Created Resources.  I could find workbooks on any subject and there were so many choices!  If there were specific areas the children needed extra help with, I could order a workbook that just focused on that.  I'm about to let you in on a little secret...shhh!  Their website has sample pages for practically every workbook.  I am definitely one who likes to preview what I am thinking about purchasing, but I have also been known to just print out some of the sample pages and use those.  

So there you have it!  You probably noticed that most of the websites I use are related to early elementary education.  That is because our currently homeschooled children range in age from 3-9 and have varying disabilities.  We modify a lot of the resources/curriculum we use so the children are still able to continue learning.  
The Top Ten Tuesday link up is hosted by Angie from Many Little Blessings.

Top Ten Tuesday at Many Little Blessings

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