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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Homeschooling sites we love

I will start this list off with the sites that I am currently using, and then add to it from the wisdom of several other homeschooling moms who are farther along in their journeys.  In the next couple of days I hope to go over each website in more detail.  Hopefully this will be a help to any other homeschooling mom that's just starting out.  I know I needed all the help I could get when I first started last October!

http://www.sonlight.com/  We use the P 4/5 curriculum for kindergarten.  LA K, too, along with Handwriting without Tears.  Explode the code can be bought through this website also. 
http://www.aop.com/  We are using Horizons Math K, and will be using it again next year.  Definitely like it!
http://www.confessionsofahomeschooler.blogspot.com/  This is more for my preschooler, but each letter is fun, and most activities are easy to make, use and reuse.  She loves doing them, and there is enough variety that she doesn't get bored repeating a couple of them throughout the week.
http://www.makinglearningfun.com/  I use this to print extra worksheets for both kids.
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/  Used mainly for art activities.  You can buy a year's membership for $20, but I just use the free stuff.
http://www.funshineexpress.com/  Occasionally, we use the Christian supplement from this website.  For $7 per month, I can get a Bible story with a month's worth of daily activities, questions, etc, plus 2 worksheets each week per child.  This website also has wonderful ABC and number tracing pages, plus numerous kinds of coloring pages. 
http://www.bobbooks.com/  These are the easy readers we use instead of Sonlight's Readers K.  He reads 1-2 books per week. 
We also supplement every couple of days with the workbooks that can be bought at Walmart- Super deluxe mazes, hidden pictures, ABC dot to dots, etc.  My preschooler uses the Preschool workbooks, too. 
http://www.donnayoung.org/  This is a great website to get some help getting started, planning your curriculum, etc.  She also posts the world standards for each grade, so that you can tell what your child should be learning.
http://www.hslda.org/ Use this website  if you have legal questions about homeschooling in your state.  They have each state's current laws about homeschooling.
http://www.homeschoolbar.com/  Cool little online toolbar that has a phenomenal amount of links for different subjects, different interests, etc. 
http://www.christianbook.com/  Good place to get discounted workbooks, etc.  Watch for the sales. 

The following sites I have not used yet, since my kids aren't quite old enough for some of it, but they come highly recommended from other moms I know.
http://www.bjupresshomeschool.com/  Christian curriculum
http://www.abeka.com/ Christian homeschooling
http://www.scottforesman.com/ spelling
Educators Publishing Service (used to be http://www.eps.com/) wordly wise 3000, Vocabulary from the roots up, and Ridgewood Analogies. 
http://www.teachingtextbooks.com/  Math
http://www.letteroftheweek.com/  Preschool through 2nd free curriculum
http://www.mfwbooks.com/  My Father's World
http://www.fiarhq.com/  Five In A Row
http://www.apologia.com/ Science
http://www.dltk-kids.com/  more printables
http://www.starfall.com/  Reading and games for kids to play online
http://www.superteacherworksheets.com/  Speaks for itself. 

Whew!  That was certainly alot of information.  I hope that it helps someone out there in their journey to homeschooling.  If you have any questions, please ask!  If I don't know the answer, I can contact someone that does!  :)