Author: olsk_mercado

Free Worksheets for Homeschooling

I’ve found that worksheets give the children a semblance of attending school like they used to. I started homeschooling my children in middle school and they have gotten used to how “regular” schooling is. As much as possible I try to find free worksheets for homeschooling that have Answer Keys and are plenty in content. Here are some sites that offer free worksheets for homeschooling that you can download. Teachers pay Teachers (K-12) All subjects Education.com (K-12) All subjects Have Fun Teaching (K-12) All subjects EZ School (K-12) All subjects BBC (K-12) All subjects School Express All subjects cK-12 (K-12) All subejcts Worksheets are integrated in each lesson plan...

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The Last Bully: A Book on Bullying

Reading is a very important part of our life. I’ve been reading since forever and I wanted my children to enjoy the same rapture, excitement, sadness and adventure I felt when I was reading so naturally when my youngest son was born I wanted to develop his reading skills as early as possible. Hugo the Happy Starfish: The Last Bully is a good example of a book that can help develop characteristics like respect. Bullying is a very important issue that should be covered no matter what the age. My son thoroughly enjoyed this book and wanted to read...

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Free Virtual Museums and Field Trips

Field trips are one of the things that my children look forward to. Since we started homeschooling they won’t be able to experience that but there are ways around it. Obviously we can go on field trips as a family but it can be quite costly and there are limited places to visit. An inexpensive alternative is going to virtual museums and field trips. These require no cost except for your internet use and time. Here are some virtual museums and field trips that I found for us to use. I concentrated on those that provided an actual tour experience...

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Recommended Apps for Kids

My youngest son enjoys the recommended apps that I’ve been able to download for him. I came across a website that features free and discounted apps available for that day. Smart Apps for Kids has featured plenty of apps that are age appropriate and has a focus on learning. You can sign up to receive an email alert of their latest free and discounted apps. These are some of the apps that I’ve downloaded either for free or at a discounted price. The apps below may no longer be free but these are apps that are worth purchasing for the educational content they provide. This is not a sponsored post and I am not receiving any earnings from recommending these apps. Goodnight Moon $2.99 (iPhone and iPad) A children’s classic, Goodnight Moon is an exact copy of the hardcover book. Your child can even write their name on the inside cover. The figures in the book actually move which your child will get a kick out of. It’s a read to me book with a musical feature. There are also Goodnight Moon ABC and 123 books that you can purchase. Backyard at Twilight: A Stella and Sam Adventure $2.99 (iPhone and iPad) My son loves the activities in this app. Stella and Sam have a backyard adventure discovering insects and constellations. It has 4 chapters and 3 games to play wherein they...

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Our Homeschool Schedule

We’re on our 5th week of Homeschooling and it has been a challenge. Being a work at home mom with 2 homeschoolers has definitely needed time, energy and concentration. Being new to homeschooling we haven’t yet established a smooth routine but we have been able to get the work done with a homeschool schedule. We don’t stick to the time schedule rather it works as an outline for what we would like to accomplish for that day. For now I plan the lessons by week and see how the kids go. We focus on different topics but keep it...

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