As home school conventions approach and school is starting to wrap you, one’s mind tends to go toward the products you’d like to read about in order to make decisions for next year. I like to look at catalogs and read the reviews of products from a few trusted sources. Where do you start? Here are the companies that I rely on to help me with my decisions.
Rainbow Resource Catalog The granddaddy of them all, this catalog gives a description about each curriculum product they sell. I appreciate that and refer many home school families to them for that very reason. If you would get a paper catalog it 3 inches thick and has over 1,300 pages! I just looked! Click here for their website.
Christian Book Distributors sells individual products as well as packaged curriculum.
I realize that some of you are not interested in or comfortable with putting all of your own curriculum together and want a package instead. Here is a list of companies who offer just that!
Sonlight offers a literature-based, Christ-centered curriculum from preschool through high school. I used their American History program with some modifications and read many of their read-aloud books to my sons.
Timberdoodle has been in business for 25 years and has first-hand experience with nearly all of the products they recommend.
Do you have a favorite company that offers homeschool products and curriculum that I haven’t mentioned? Feel free to add to the list.
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One of the most rewarding events that has occurred in teaching my own children and others is when letters and sounds letters go from just symbols on a page to actual words that have meaning. I think it is as exciting as the first steps a child takes when they begin walking. The world opens up and there is no stopping a reader after that!
The process of reading can be arduous for all involved. I like to find books that will help you and your child as you go through the reading process and help provide reading independence. You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You is a series that you and your young reader share together. You read one portion of a short story and your child reads the other portion. There are even times where you read parts of the book together. This is known as choral reading and is one language arts standard that is covered in primary grades. I think this is important since reading takes a lot of “brain power” and can be overwhelming, plus it’s fun!
This series can be used in several ways. You can have two of your children take turns reading aloud; a child and an adult take turns; or an advanced and beginner reader alternate reading the text. The selections are not for the student who is just beginning to read, but rather for a student who is ready for more than simple sentences such as, “See Spot Run.” These books are a bridge to chapter books for students in grades 2-3 with a collection of poems and 2 page stories that include rhythm, rhyming, and repetition; all techniques that give young readers confidence they need to succeed. I have only featured three books in this series so if you like what you see there are several more to enjoy. Another bonus is that I picked them up at the library and some of them are American Library Notable books they should be easy to find at your library. Happy reading!
You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You: Very Short Stories to Read Together, by Mary Ann Hoberman are modern-day nursery rhymes that have catchy phrases and fun pictures.
You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You:Very Short Fairy Tales to Read Together, by Mary Ann Hoberman include tales of Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and the Little Red Hen with some surprise plot twists and endings.
You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You: Very Short Fables to Read Together, by Mary Ann Hoberman is a retelling of the classic Aesop’s fables that you and your reader are sure to enjoy.
** I have been “field testing” these books for the past 3 weeks and the girls I am tutoring love these books!
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Posted in Junior, Senior High on March 12, 2012 |
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Do you have a student who likes to take pictures? Here’s a chance to have some of their photos in a student atlas. If you are familiar with Uncle Josh’s outline maps, Trail Guides to Geography Series, or Galloping the Globe series, this is the company that would like to publish their work. Read on to find out how to submit your student’s photographic masterpieces. I hope their picture is selected!
|“GEOMATTERS NEEDS YOU!Attention budding photographers, here’s a chance to have your pictures published. We are very excited to announce that our team is putting together a beautiful, full-color United States desk atlas written by Jamie Aramini. The book will contain amazing custom illustrations, but we want to include photos taken by you, our loyal customers! Each photo selected will be printed in the atlas and will include the photographer’s name alongside the picture. We’ve created a list of photos that we need to complete the project. You can submit photos of any one (or more than one) of the subjects listed. If you have other images that you feel are representative of your state, feel free to submit them as well, but remember that we only have limited space, so we cannot include every image that we receive.
Visit our blog to read the complete guidelines and how to submit your photos. We can’t wait to hear from you!”
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Yes, I live on Jupiter. Jupiter Court. You may have noticed that I gave my personal thoughts that heading. Sometimes I feel as though I am out on another planet! Sometimes I think it would be better if I were on another planet. From time to time I will broadcast a message from there that will have my musings, reflections, and most importantly, bring encouragement to you.
So, here is an encouraging thought for today: The first day of Spring is less than a month away. “Hip! Hip! Hooray!” I say.
I am yearning to plant the early crops of spinach, lettuce, and green onions. I am devising plans to fight off bugs, rabbits, and deer to save something for us from my savory harvest. I have already ordered annuals from one of my home school students and I am beginning to think of new veggies and flowers to plant this year. I am looking forward to going to the home school convention here in town with a friend. And I have saved the best spring activity for last, I am looking with great anticipation to supporting you, my home school colleagues, with portfolio reviews. I wanted to let you know you are giving the best gift you possible can to your children; a personalized education and time spent with you! Have a great week.
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