Monday, September 8, 2008

Homeschool Freebies/Resources

After posting about the Book-it program last night, it occurred to me that there are other wonderful resources I use that some homeschool moms out there might not know about. So I thought I'd share a couple of my favorites:

Homeschool Freebie of the Day - this site has a free download every DAY! Also, if you sign up for their e-mail list, when they send you the list of what that week's freebies will be, there's also a link for a "members only" freebie, so that makes 6 freebies per week! Even if you're not a homeschooler you may wan to sign up for the e-mail list, many of their downloads aren't homeschool specific (today's is an mp3 of the story of Pinnochio, I plan to load it into the mp3 player on my GPS and let the kids listen to it in the car sometime when they're bored) and w/ the weekly e-mail you can check that week's list and make note of which days have things you're interested in.

CurrClick - each week Currclick offers one ebook free.

Hands of a Child - HoaC offers a quarterly freebie, grab the Zebra one now, it's only there until 9/16.

Here's what I do, even if I don't think it's something I'll ever use, I go ahead & download it. I have a "Homeschool" folder set up in "My Documents" and within that folder I have folders for each subject (Bible, Science, History, Reading . . . ) I save the download into the appropriate folder, then if we're going to be studying a specific topic, I just check the folder. So, this summer when A decided she wanted to learn about the solar system this year, I just checked the science folder and sure enough, at some point I'd downloaded a preschool level Planets unit, that we are currently using (w/ some adaptations). When the Ladder of Life books weren't meeting our needs for Bible, I looked through my Bible folder and found the Proverbs paperdolls, which we are LOVING! (granted in that case I went ahead & bought the additional sets, but still, it let me try them and know they'd meet our needs first).

So keep your eyes open, you can quite quickly create a large file of resources to pull from as needed :)

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