Homeschool for Free: Learn to Read

Starfall   a fun interactive site for learning letter sounds – don’t miss the Download Center, the Scope & Sequence, and the Site Map

Progressive Phonics  books and activity sheets

Literactive  lessons, activities, books, & worksheets

Kids Learning Station  phonics worksheets

Student Center Activities   (K-5) phonics; also covers reading strategies, parts of a book, etc.

First 55 Come Alive!  Montessori lessons for the first 55 words a child will read

Striveney  1000 interactive online exercises (British)

Reading Lessons  step-by-step lessons & books

ABC The Key  online video lessons

Fun Fonix  worksheets (great stuff if you can get past the crazy spelling LOL)

Blend Phonics  by Don Potter – based on the work of a master teacher born in 1902

Reading for Primary Teachers  this site is a bit overwhelming to navigate, but has so much to offer

ABC Fast Phonics   phonics tutorials with sound & cartoons

Reading Bear  beginning vocabulary & phonics

Stairway to Reading  help for the struggling reader

FreeReading  open-source reading intervention program

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And the Winner Is …

Congratulations Amy!!

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I will have the giveaway winner posted soon!

We have been battling a tummy bug this week … always fun with a big family.

On the bright side, I think I lost a couple of pounds! :)

Homeschool for Free: Preschool & Kindergarten

free preschool & kindergarten curriculum

Preschool & Kindergarten can be taught for just the cost of printer ink & paper!

Do you have several little ones of different ages? Choose the Preschool program that you like and then add math & phonics for your Kindergartener. Life is so much easier for Mommy if everyone is doing the same thing!

Letter of the Week  complete plans for every letter; also lessons for older & younger students

A Rhyme a Week  30 nursery rhyme units w/downloads (I used this to teach a preschool Co-Op class)

Hubbard’s Cupboard  Bible-based for 2s, 3s, & 4s

Preschool by Stormie  monthly themes

Preschool Palace the current month is always available for free

Kids Learning Station  hundreds of free worksheets

Wee Folk Art  homeschool companion guides – Waldorf

ABC Jesus Loves Me  Bible-based weekly lesson plans

The Perpetual Preschool  huge list of themes & activities

Everything Preschool  themes, lesson plans & printables

First-School  lots of great printables

Alphabet Soup  themes & holidays

The Virtual Vine  themes & units; lots of links to great resources

The School Bell  themes; resource links (her Numbers Families unit is my top pick for Kindergarten math!!)

Preschool Alphabet  lots of Alphabet themes

Teaching Toddlers  seasonal activities for little ones

Read to Me and ABC  letter of the week books & activities

3 Dinosaurs printable preschool packs

Our Preschool Homeschool  26 weeks of plans

God’s Little Explorers  28 weeks of Bible themes

Check out my 5 Days of Homeschooling Preschool for Free series for ideas on how to plan out your preschool for the year.

Homeschooling Preschool for Free

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A Day at the Pond

Yesterday was gorgeous with perfect Spring weather, so we gathered the fishing poles and headed down to the neighborhood pond at the end of our street.

We look forward to the adorable baby ducks each year!

At first, all we attracted was a flock of pigeons.

Sweetpea made the first catch of the day.

Funny Girl’s was the biggest.

Warrior Boy was proud of his little friend.

All the little fishy friends went back into the water to grow bigger. No fish dinner for us, but a fun afternoon was had by all!

Homeschool for Free: Complete Curriculum

Free Complete Curriculum

Did you know that there are several free Complete Curriculum plans available? Some are guidelines with links to free resources; others provide the coursework.

Maybe one will work for you!!

Ambleside Online  (K-12) inspired by Charlotte Mason; heavy focus on classic literature & uses many free ebooks

Mater Amabilis  (K-8) Charlotte Mason inspired for Catholics

Old-Fashioned Education  (K-12) uses free old texts found in public domain

The Puritan’s Home School Curriculum  (K-12) uses free old texts with a Reformed emphasis

Core Knowledge  (PreK-8) from the popular series What Your __ Grader Needs to Know

Free World U  (K-12) complete curriculum using flashcards

Baltimore Curriculum Project  (K-5)  broken down into monthly plans

Lesson Pathways  (PreK-5) weekly topic units that link to web resources

Oakes-Homeschool-Consulting  (PreK-12)  wiki with a course of study & resource links

Head of the Class  (PreK-5)  curriculum based instruction, videos, worksheets

Vermilion Parish  (PreK-12)  various curriculum resources

SAS Curriculum Pathways  (6-12)  web-based curriculum for core subjects

Homeschool College USA  (9-12)  for students interested in using college-level exams during high school

PASS Books  (various) complete workbooks – they may not be available online permanently, so download now & save for later *Update* It looks like these are no longer online. Check the comments for info on ordering a free CD. Thanks Darcy!

Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool  (K-12)  Christian curriculum by a mom of 6

St. Aidens Homeschool  (PreK-5)  lesson plans and activity pages

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Now That REALLY Works for Me

A few months ago, I received an email from Kristen of We Are That Family that said some of my WFMW tips were going to be included in the new        That Works For Me! e-book.

To say that I was thrilled would be an understatement! But I will be honest, at the time I wasn’t sure that I would really be interested in buying it.

Now that I have the e-book in my hands on my computer, my opinion has changed drastically! It’s FANTASTIC!!

Consider That Works For Me! your new How-To Manual! I can’t even imagine the time & effort that must have gone into selecting the 800+ tips.

The e-book is broken down 24 categories. It is interactive, so you can click on a tip in the Table of Contents without having to scroll through the whole thing.

And the best part? A portion of the sales will go to Mercy House.

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Homeschool for Free: Scope & Sequence

Free Scope Sequence

Once you step away from boxed curriculum, a scope & sequence will help you choose the right courses for your homeschool.

Just remember that this is a tool and not a must-do list! Follow God’s leading and choose what will benefit your children.

Are you planning out a high school path? I recommend checking the website of your local school district for graduation requirements. You can also check the admission requirements on college websites if your child is college-bound.

Here are some helpful lists to get you started:

World Book

Curriculum Maps

Core Knowledge Sequence

Benchmarks Online

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The Home Stretch: Planning

This time of year is always when we knuckle down and get ‘er done.

No one around here wants to do summer school!

It is also the time when homeschool parents begin to make plans: what worked? what didn’t? what new subjects are needed?

I am still venturing into the foreign land of high school. 1 year down, 3 to go!

Budgets are tight and I want to help possibly lighten your load.

I’ve posted a link to my free homeschool curriculum ebinder before. Over the next few weeks, I will be breaking those links down into specific posts.

There are so many wonderful resources out there, but I think the hunt can be overwhelming to some.

{The hunt is my favorite part! It is the execution of said wonderful resources that is my hangup LOL.}

I hope to show that homeschooling doesn’t have to cost an arm & a leg!

Happy Planning!!

Easter Week Activities

Here are some wonderful activities to help your Littles grasp the last week of Jesus. If you would like to Pin, please first follow the link to the original post :)

Easter Story Activity Book

Easter Story Hunt Puzzle

Easter Activities & Crafts

The Easter Story in Nature

A Sense of the Resurrection

Easter Printables Set

Cross Shapebook

Pastel Cross

Paper Cross Lesson

He Has Risen

Family Activities for the Week of Easter