Monday, March 31, 2014

Homeschool Show N Tell

This post is linked up to Teaching Stars.Com: Show and Tell.
Vocabulary is really big in our homeschool. My daughter has always had a large vocabulary because we have always included it in our studies.

One of my favorite homeschool resources for supplementing vocabulary and reading is Vocabulary is Fun. This totally free site features sound educational games.

The games are divided into the following groups:  Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle School (6-8), and High School (9-12). My daughter uses the high school section. This makes it easy to choose the level you want quickly. You can also choose by topic and then by grade level...analogy, opposites, keyboarding games, literature, parts of speech, and so on.

The site is good for:  Phonics--including Dolch words, literature, ESL, vocabulary, spelling, foreign languages (Spanish, French, German, English, and Latin).

The flash animation games help the student make connections between words and ideas, and between words and pictures. My daughter is a right brained visual learner, so this fits her perfectly.

The site also offers super resources for various topics such as speed reading, SAT, GRE Verbal Tips, GMAT Test Prep, How to Increase Your Vocabulary...There are so many of these articles I can't list them all.

There are no sign-up fees, no sign-up process, no setting up an account, or anything like that. You simply go to the site and select what you want to work on. It's as simple as that.

Types of Learning Games Available:

Analogy Games Antonym Games Compound Word Games Context Games Contraction Games English Language Games Foreign Language Games Hig Pig Games Homophone Games Idioms Games Latin Learning Games Literature Games Oxymoron Games Parts of Speech Games Phonics Games Prefix Games Root Word Games SAT Games Spelling Games Suffix Games Syllable Games Synonym Games Typing Games Word Play Games 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Getting It All In

In years past I ALWAYS had unused curriculum at the end of every school year. Throughout the season I just couldn’t refuse all the neat homeschooling resources, especially at homeschool conventions. Can I get an amen on that one?
The last several years our homeschooling has evolved into what I call semi-eclectic unschooling. My daughter uses Time4Learing High School courses (not on a daily basis due to data restrictions) and the rest of her schooling is whatever she is interested in learning more about. She loves the video lessons at T4L, just wish our Internet wasn’t satellite…hate, hate, hate the limits on data usage! 
Using an online curriculum means no wasted resources or $$$. I don’t have to try to sell stuff at the used homeschool book fair or on swap boards anymore. Smile The bulk of my daughter’s delight directed learning is Internet based as well, so I cut out soooo much waste from the homeschool budget. We put that money to good use--books! She loves to read.
I do have one tip for those of you who are looking for ways to organize all your homeschool resources, especially online resources. I have been using a site called Springpad. It is free to use. I even keep things like recipes there. You set up virtual notebooks, task lists… You can follow other notebooks, have people collaborate with you on notebooks and more. I love that if I see something I want to store in a notebook, I just email it and the whole page is there for me. You can store homeschooling sites or just specific pages. Here’s an example.
To sum this all up, using an online curriculum and letting her choose what she wants to study means we definitely do get it all in. How about you?