Planning for High School Success

Planning for Homeschool High School Success with Homeschool High School There’s not ONE right way to homeschool high school, but planning is such an important part of setting yourself up for success! Let’s talk about how to choose courses that will help mold teens’ character while giving them excellent life preparation, then how to plan to implement them over the 4 years of high school.

Homeschool high schoolers must be ready to face adulthood: educationally, spiritually, emotionally, physically, socially. As a homeschool parent, YOU get to help them prepare for the independence of adulthood. Here are tips for planning for high school success!

1) Set Long-Term Goals

Prayerfully think about what kind of young adulthood God has called your homeschooler to. Can you write a “wish list” describing his/her educational preparation, spiritual maturity, health, and social/relational skills? Keep it in perspective, of course:  a homeschool mom may plan her kids’ path- but God will direct their steps. You don’t want to get in His way, but thinking about the long-term picture will empower you to pray and help you make wise decisions.

2) Create some Short-Term Goals

Short-term goals are one-year-at-a-time goals for each year of high school. These will be the areas that you want to cover educationally each year with your homeschoolers. Here are some general thoughts about what to include:

Language Arts/Literature

Think about covering the common literature categories over the 4 years of high school. These common categories are typically recognized as British Literature, World Literature, and American Literature (in no particular order). Then add other categories that interest you and your teen, like Great Christian Writers, C.S. Lewis Studies, or why not blend topics for more general studies? Be sure to include vocabulary study, but incorporating that into your literature study is fine; using literature study guides is a great way to do that AND build a basic skill set for literary analysis.

Language Arts/Writing

Each year needs lots of writing of various types. Be sure to include a Research Paper, several Essays, and varied types of Creative Writing (poetry, short stories,journal entries, letters, song lyrics).

Grammar can either be learned using a stand-alone curriculum or (for students who have already mastered the basics) by editing their writing assignments and learning the nuances of good grammar as they correct their mistakes.

Maths

Include Algebra I, II, Geometry, and Financial Literacy (higher maths or business math may be a good choice according to your homeschool high schooler’s strengths and needs).

Social Studies

Most families study American History, World History (try integrating World History with Philosophy for a meaningful course!), Civics, Economics, Geography, Social Sciences (courses like Psychology or Sociology), and special topics of interest. These don’t need to be studied in any particular order, but make sure you spend time each year earning a credit of Social Studies.

Science

The commonly required sciences with lab experiments are Biology, Chemistry, and Physical Science (or Physics). Additionally, consider studying Health (or Human Development), specialty Courses such as Advanced Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology, Astronomy, Environmental Science, or others that fit with your child’s plans for college or career after graduation.

World Languages

It doesn’t matter which language you pick, but your student needs 2 or 3 years of the same language for the high school transcript.

Fine Arts

Music, visual art, dance, drama, photography…so many options, and one credit  is the absolutely minimum.

Phys Ed

This can be earned in many ways, but your teen needs at least 2 years of credits.

Career Exploration

This is one of the most valuable AND most-often-overlooked courses in high school. Varied numbers of credits need to be earned according to student needs. Help your homeschooler recognize what God has already done in his/her life and where He might be leading.

Religion

This is material that can be studied in many ways; choose an approach that fits your family.

Drivers Ed

You don’t want to play chauffeur the rest of your life, do you? 🙂

Electives

Elective courses are the ones where you get to choose what will uniquely complement your teen’s personality, areas of interest or passion, calling from God for ministry, and more. Use these to develop skills/talents, explore new areas of development, or add power (SPARKLE) to the high school transcript making it extra-attractive to colleges.

Planning for high school success means considering the generally agreed-upon requirements for a high school education AND considering the unique needs of your teen and your homeschool family. By giving both considerations time and importance, you will find the plan coming beautifully together for homeschool high school!

 


If you enjoyed this blog, please check out The Homeschool High School podcast on the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network!

Sabrina and Vicki are your Big Sisters as they share the experience they’ve gained in over 20 years of homeschooling. They are the talky-2 of the 6 Sisters at 7SistersHomeschool.com. They are often joined by their other sisters, Kym and Marilyn OR other 7th Sisters! When YOU join us at The Homeschool Highschool Podcast, YOU will be our 7th Sister, too! Hooray!!

Come be our 7th Sister each week for The Homeschool Highschool Podcast, Tuesday mornings at 9:00 am EST!

The Best of Vintage Homeschool Moms – A Birthday, Giveaway, and Special Gift For You!

It’s Felice Gerwitz birthday and we are celebrating! We want to take a moment  this week and wish Felice a Happy Birthday and thank her for all she has done to impact the homeschool world. This radio network is only the beginning! If you don’t know, Felice Gerwitz is a Christian wife, mother, and educator-turned-homeschool-mom in 1986. She began homeschooling as a trial and never looked back as she homeschooled her five children, who are now all grown and finished with their homeschool journey!  In 1994, Felice founded Media Angels in 1994 and has authored several books over the years.  As a former teacher with a degree in Elementary Education, Learning Disabilities and Early Childhood Education, she publishes curriculum with a Biblical Creation focus and many other educational online products that can be found on at Media Angels Membership.  Felice believe the message of Biblical Creation is vital and is convicted that it should be a focus for homeschooled Christian families.

Felice is the host of Vintage Homeschool Moms, the podcast that helps you preserve the best of the past while blessing future generations with the fruit that comes from putting God first. Felice’s topics range from home education, child rearing, enterprising moms , SAHM (Stay at Home Moms), WAHM (Work at Home Moms), and so much more.  Felice also is the host of A Few Minutes with God and Writing and Podcasting Advice on the sister station of this network, the Ultimate Christian Podcast Network.

This week we want to feature Felice’s podcast by sharing with you the top 10 podcasts of all time for Vintage Homeschool Moms. Stay tuned to the end for a special giveaway that you won’t want to miss!

#10 – Let’s Talk About Discipline That Makes Sense And Works with Felice Gerwitz
Podcast #127
What do you do when discipline doesn’t work – or what about discipline methods that are unfair. What about just being your kid’s friend? Yes, there are all kinds of different types of advice about discipline but in this podcast Felice explores discipline that makes sense – and actually works.

#9 – Let’s Talk About the Top 10 Reasons to Homeschool Your Middle to Highschool Student with Felice Gerwitz
So, you think middle schoolers are a handful or what about your highschooler? Are you ready to help them pack to leave home? If you are a homeschool family that isn’t often the case. Yes, homeschooling does not always solve every problem but I believe that homeschooling is the answer for your middle or high school student. As a middle school teacher, I could tell you stories, which I won’t that would convince you! However, it is better to pray, seek God and listen to this podcast as I share some ways to get your kids off to a great start!

#8 – Let’s Talk About Organizing Your Life! Podcast 94
Here we go – let’s tackle the tough topics! What is your family scripture verse? Do you have a life goal? A plan?
“A life without a plan is one that is navigated poorly!” ~ Felice Gerwitz

#7 – Let’s Talk About Homeschool Hacks with Felice Gerwitz
Do you need some shortcuts? Some things that really work in your homeschool? How about while on the road, or with many kids? In this episode of Vintage Homeschool Moms Felice Gerwitz celebrates the podcast network’s third birthday with some wonderful guests from the network who want to share some exciting tips with you. You’ll learn about ways Melanie Wilson saves time by allowing her children to check their work, and she shares with you the concept of 20%. The Roadschool Moms share their adventurous lifestyle of homeschooling on-the-road, and ways they incorporate group learning and the backpack for on-the-go learning fun.

#6 – Let’s Talk About – Homeschooling After Public School
Transitioning to Homeschool from Public school – Felice gives her best tips to parents who are transitioning their kids from the public school environment to homeschool.  Learn from her experience as an educator and homeschool mom.

#5 –What I Wish I Had Known Before I Began Homeschooling

Meredith Curtis and Felice Gerwitz have years of homeschool experience and in this podcast they share some of the things they wish someone had told them when they started their homeschool journey.  Listen in as they share some much needed information.

#4 – Let’s Talk About Homeschooling 101 Pre-K to Kindergarten
So, you are a homeschooler or you are thinking about homeschooling. Well, welcome to homeschooling 101 – today we are going to delve into the BEST advice for homeschoolers. Don’t get bogged down on the methods such as Charlotte Mason or Classical – Unit Studies, Unschooling or Eclectic. See what fits you and watch our children – and pray – it is amazing what you will learn.

#3 – About….Organize Your Home Before School Begins
Grab your lunch and listen to Meredith and Felice as they discuss getting your home and homeschool year organized before school begins. What you do by way of preparing will go a long way in helping you when the school year begins. Do you know where everything is? If not, now is the time to get it together – join us for helpful hints and tips from two veteran homeschool moms!

#2 – Let’s Talk about Great Ideas to Organize Your HomeSchool
Felice and her daughter Christina discuss scheduling your homeschool year, your curriculum, books as well as how to make changes when curriculum choices don’t work.  Christina (Gerwitz) Moss was homeschooled K-12 and graduated from FGCU with a degree in Communication, and minor in Anthropology. She is married and homeschools her children. She has six children grades 3 and down. She is the co-author of the Truth Seekers Mystery Series.

#1 – Let’s Talk About Living Books Library
Are you interested in collecting living books? Have you wondered how to set up a living books library in your area, or where you can find the nearest one? Michelle Miller is today’s special guest and she shares her years of experience with you. Michelle is a “pioneer” in this area and shares her expertise with you. She has built an extensive library and teaches others how to do this as well.
Information about beginning your own living books library.

These 10 podcasts are only the beginning of the wealth of knowledge shared from a Homeschool Mom who has “been there!”  Find MORE by clicking here to go to the Vintage Homeschool Moms podcast page for all her episodes.

And NOW for the presents!

Let’s give Felice a very Happy Birthday gift by commenting below on this blog post!  Everyone who comments will be entered into a giveaway where one person will be selected to receive the Premium Bundle from Media Angels Membership

ALSO – On June 11th ONLY you can use the code BIRTHDAY60 to get 60% off of the Creation, Premium, or Forever bundle at Media Angels Membership.

For those of you who missed the June 11th deadline, we are extending the discount for the entire week until June 17th – but for 25% off (USE THE CODE BIRTHDAY25)

Felice has worked tirelessly, behind the scenes to bring you this network for free. Join us in making making this a very special birthday.

~Joy Rhodes (Webmaster) and Gina Glenn (Social Media Manager)

Making Memories as a Family: Summer Edition

making memoriesAs the school year comes to a close and summer is right around the corner, it is important to prioritize making memories as a family. When planning trips, weekend outings, or summer camps make sure I’m sure you are like many other homeschoolers and family needs are at the center. Making memories together will only increase family unity and stories that will be remembered and retold for years.

Choose a Destination that …

1. Matters to Family Heritage

Family heritage is so important to know and pass on to your kids. Not only will your child be able to understand basic genealogy, but researching family heritage can be fun! Flip through some old photo albums of relatives and tell your kids the story of how their grandparents met. Visit the town where they met and find the house where each grew up. If you can do this as a couple, this is fun as well!

Does your family have an annual family reunion? Maybe consider going so that your kids can meet the people in the pictures hanging on your wall or sitting on the shelf. Still not jazzed about packing the kids in the car and heading to Small Town, USA? Research interesting places around the location of the get-together. Perhaps there is a county fair, national park, or town museum nearby. Even window-shopping down Main Street can be a new and exciting experience for a suburban kid.

2. Reinforces your studies

We planned a trip to the mountains in order to collect rocks for an upcoming Geology study the coming year. It was a wonderful time or climbing and hiking. The kids enjoyed a train ride in the mountains and we were blessed to stay at a cabin owned by friends. The entire trip was well within our budget and best of all, one we still remember years later. The rocks were used over and over again in studies throughout their homeschool years and now are used by my daughter with her children as she homeschools! Another year we took a trip to the Florida Keys. Actually, several trips. This was used as research for our Truth Seekers Mystery Series novels.

Another time we visited the DC area and the Smithsonean Museums. We studied American history that year and this was a culmination of our studies. How wonderful to see a the Constitution and visit the artifacts in the American History Museum. These memories were revisited by my daughter and I when she visited colleges in that area during her high school years.

  • What are you studying this upcoming year?
  • Is there any way to reinforce a study?
  • Can you plan a trip in advance or even after the fact that will be enjoyable for the entire family but also further your studies?

3. Increases family time

Going on a family vacation means doing things together. Whether that is hiking, visiting museums or on a cruise. Many times “family vacations” mean separating the kids from the parents. We all need time away to regroup, but a family vacation should center around doing things as a family and exploring together. How else can you talk about your vacation if you didn’t experience it together?

4. Focuses on Faith

A family we know takes a pilgrimage every summer with their family. They have toured the shrines in Europe, walked along the Via Delarosa – the path that Jesus walked in Jerusalem, visited the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel. While this is outside of our budget, for them it was important. They saved money all year long with this trip in mind, and it was on a tight budget staying at convents whenever possible. They told the children ahead of time if they wanted to purchase souvenirs, they needed to bring their own money. Once home, they gathered family and friends and we viewed their movies and still shots and visited these beautiful sites alongside them. What a wonderful legacy they leave their children as well as sharing it with us, their friends!

5. That includes extended family

One year we tied a family trip to Canada, a place I lived for three years as a child to a family reunion in upstate New York. We were able to combine alone time with our family. After walking the streets of Niagra Falls, my son asked if we could read books by the fireplace, a tradition started at home–since the hotel had a fireplace! After a few days drove our rental car to our location in New York, for extended family fun, which included a horseback ride on trails through streams and hills.

Recently, after picking up my daughter at her college location, I realized that Long Island, New York was only four hours north. We visited the city while staying with my cousin and his wife. My second-cousin, who attends a college in Manhattan took us on a nine-mile hike throughout the city, showing us sites and insiders locations. On Sunday we enjoyed a family reunion with my cousins, the last time I visited them was as a teenager.

Memories that last a lifetime are easier said than done. It takes time, planning and a budget. There were many years that we could only afford day trips, and truthfully my family still prefers a weekend camping to a ten-day trip! Patrick Patton may have popularized the saying, “A family who prays together stays together,” however it is something we say as well! You don’t need a long or expensive vacation to make memories. Remember to spend time as a family laughing and enjoying each others company!

You may also be interested in several sessions I recorded for the 2018 Homeschool Moms Conference. This conference is a wonderful addition to your education, moms–and I’m sure you’ll agree. Check it out!

 

Are you a Work At Home Homeschool Mom? (Giveaway)

Are you a work from home homeschool mom?Have you desired to work from home but don’t know where to start? As a homeschool mom, I could not imagine fitting one more thing into my already bursting schedule. But then the invitations to speak at homeschool meetings, then conferences began–soon, I was writing books. I’ve worked from home as an author since 1992 when I wrote my first book but it was several years later before I launched my Media Angels brand, and a few years later that I incorporated my business, and register trademarked the name. Whew! This was all in the pre-Internet and pre-Facebook days. How I wish I had an amazing podcast for work at home, homeschool moms that I’m about to share with you!

Let’s fast forward and look at what we have today.

Social media is a way of life for many. Even if you are not on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest you have an Internet connection and email, or you would not be reading this! The online world gave a platform to stay-at-home, SAM, and work-at-home moms, WAHM! And… drum roll please, I am so happy to introduce Heather Bowen to you and her new podcast the Homeschool Blogging Podcast. Heather is a long time online friend that I finally met in person at a blogging convention. Heather. Heather is the poster child for work at home homeschool mom! She began homeschooling while she still worked full time as a nurse. The Lord put that on her heart.

Do You Want To Be A Work At Home Homeschool Mom?

She shares her story in her new podcast, and first episode here.

Take a look at Heather’s Podcast

She is a blogger at Life of A Homeschool Mom where she shares information about homeschooling, saving money and so much more. In addition, she is the proud and fairly new owner of Homeschool Blogging. It was designed many years ago as the place to find information about homeschooling and blogging and balancing life in the process. She has given the website a facelift and it is absolutely gorgeous! It promises to be a wonderful place for work at home homeschool mom information!

As homeschool moms, our kid’s education and well being are so important. Relationships with our spouse, finding time for meal planning and household is important as well. So now, we are adding a business on top of our already busy schedule! What’s a mom to do? Listen in weekly to the Homeschool Blogging Podcast where Heather Bowen will share her insider’s tips with all of you. Heather is a successful blogger and runs five blogs (don’t try this at home — just kidding!). She is an expert and she is here to help.

Let’s give Heather an Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network welcome! Please post your welcoming comments here and listen to Heather’s podcast. And, you could end up a winner! One person will be blessed, we are selecting one of you to win the ultimate homeschool mom gift — curriculum! One Premium Media Angels Membership Bundle will be the prize. The number will be selected at random by our Media Angels team! The contest ends on May 28th!

Welcome, Heather Bowen and may you be blessed by the love and support from all of our podcasters on this network as well as those who listen in!

Be sure to subscribe to Heather’s podcast on iTunes, GooglePlay, and all podcast apps!

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If you want to maximize your savings during the Build Your Bundle sale,  you can do it in a cinch with the Ultimate Shopping Guide to Build Your Bundle.

I’m going to show you how to get $5000 worth of curriculum for $370.

You’ll need  to make 7 different (separate) transactions. The check out is super easy, so don’t stress over that!

Know that these are all digital products. You’ll need to follow the download directions at check out. It’s helpful to screenshot your purchase or make a note.

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Order #1 –

Charlotte Mason Bundle $49.00
Elementary Bundle #1 $39.00
Elementary Bundle #2 FREE

Order #2-

Elementary Bundle #3 $39.00
Upper Grades Bundle #1 $39.00
Upper Grades Bundle #2 FREE

Order #3-

Character Bundle $29.00
Early Learning Bundle #1 $29.00
Early Learning Bundle #2 FREE

Order #4-

Early Learning Bundle #3 $29.00
Parenting Bundle $29.00
Fine Arts Bundle FREE

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Homeschool Helps Bundle #1 $19.00
Homeschool Helps Bundle #2 $19.00
Unit Studies Bundle FREE

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Homemaking Bundle $15.00
Special Needs Bundle $15.00
Brother & Sister Bundle FREE

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Mystery Bundle $10.00
Thematic Units Bundle $10.00

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You may not have children in all the ranges the Bundles cover, and you may not have an interest in each product in the Bundle, but let’s look at each of the Bundles together. You’ll soon discover that they have such tremendous value you can pick and choose among products in each Bundle, save some product for another time, whatever your heart desires. 🙂

Early Learning Bundle #1

$225.89           $29.00

This Early Learning Bundle is full of preschool and early learning resources you will love using with your little ones.

Inside you’ll find a fun math unit, sight word practice, a full reading curriculum, Bible curriculum, a craft pack, a phonics, and penmanship curriculum, a life skills pack from Skill Trek, and much more.

Early Learning Bundle #2

$228.30           $29.00

The Early Learning Bundle #2 contains so many resources for your little ones at 87% off!

  • Sight Word Early Readers
  • Preschool Basic Skills Bundle
  • Phonics & Penmanship Curriculum
  • 2 Complete Reading Curricula
  • A full homeschool program targeting students in K3-K5
  • Raising Lil’ Rock Stars Through the Bible A to Z – a full preschool curriculum
  • A math resource
  • And more!

Early Learning Bundle #3

$207.65           $29.00

If you have an early learner and you are looking for curriculum, this bundle is for you. Take a look at what’s included:

  • Animal Play – a program for 2-3-year-olds that uses colorful books, songs, games, and activities about animals to introduce the alphabet, numbers, shapes & colors.
  • Fruit for Tender Hearts – a homeschool program targeting students in K3-K5.
  • Kindergarten Complete All-Inclusive Set (over $140 value alone!)
  • Other supplemental resources for teaching early learners

Elementary Bundle #1

$360.10           $39.00

This bundle for elementary students is so full of awesomeness! Inside you will find The Mystery of History, Writing Through Ancient History, a complete handwriting curriculum, Bible activity book and American history resources.

You will also get your hands on science resources, such as Ellen McHenry’s NEW geology curriculum, and the Learning About Science Collection. Math, spelling, and a full first-grade curriculum valued over $160 round out this bundle and make it a must-have at just $39!

Elementary Bundle #2

$357.47           $39.00

Our Elementary Bundles are always super popular and full of great products and this year is no exception!

Inside you will find the best-selling audiobook for The Mystery of History and a folder book to go along with it from Bright Ideas Press. You will get your hands on a full vocabulary curriculum, science resources, a full year geography curriculum, and a life skills curriculum for elementary students from Skill Trek.

Also included are grammar resources, a cursive handwriting curriculum, a devotional study for making wise choices, a complete first-grade curriculum valued at over $160 and more – all for just $39!

Elementary Bundle #3

$349.16   $39.00

The Elementary Bundle #3 is overflowing with language arts resources! Looking for a reading curriculum? Look no further. You will get 2 complete reading curriculum levels from Homeschool Complete in this bundle, along with the full Word Family Readers curriculum and other language arts products for spelling and grammar.

Your students will enjoy learning about habitats, animals, scientists, the solar system, and weather with the fun science curriculum found in this bundle.

If geography is your thing, you will love the research guide to the 50 states that’s included! And our very own Truth Seekers Mysteries with Study Guides (valued at 53.94) and Media Angels books are a Cathy Duffy Top Curriculum pick.

There is so much more to be found in this fun bundle that is priced low at just $39 – 89% off!

Charlotte Mason Bundle

$348.81           $49.00

We hope you are as excited as we are with the products contained in the Charlotte Mason Inspired Bundle!

Some of the products found in this bundle include:

  • The Mystery of History Volume III Audiobook & Folderbook
  • Primary Unit Program from Train up a Child Publishing (valued at $95 alone!)
  • Wayfarers: Revolution from Barefoot Meandering
  • BiblioPlan’s Early Modern: Remember the Days Audiobook
  • Writing Through Medieval History
  • Charlotte Mason Planners
  • High-quality copywork
  • A course on Shakespeare
  • And More!

Upper Grades Bundle #1

$352.76           $39.00

The Upper Grades Bundle #1 includes a popular worldview book from Master Books, math resources, art history curriculum and a Bible activity book.

You will also find A Wrinkle in Time Online Book Club and  Design Your Own Literature-based High School Courses from Train up a Child Publishing.

There are so many awesome resources included in this bundle for just $39, along with The College Prep Writing Curriculum: Write to Achieve! that is normally priced and $167.97!

Upper Grades Bundle #2

$342.74           $39.00

This bundle is geared toward middle school and high schoolers and contains 2 math resources, language arts, writing curriculum, and history resources.

You will also find a Bible curriculum, a devotional on making wise choices, a course on Shakespeare for 7th-12th Grades, life skills curriculum from Skill Trek, and more!

Essay Styles for High School from Train up a Child Publishing is regularly priced at over $40! Grab this bundle for just $39 and save 89%!

Unit Studies Bundle

$172.83           $19.00

The Unit Studies Bundle is full of resources you will use for years to come in your homeschool, and it’s 89% off!

Take a look at some of the features of this bundle:

  • Country study notebooking pages for almost 200 countries
  • United States study
  • BiblioPlan’s geography unit
  • History & government resources
  • Science resources
  • Artist study
  • Holiday unit studies
  • And more!

Character (Building) Bundle

$223.82           $29.00

Our Character Bundle is always a best-seller and this year it is full of high-quality Biblical resources that you can put to good use in your home.

You will find resources for:

  • Growing as a Proverbs 31 woman
  • Building a Godly marriage
  • Missionary studies for the whole family
  • Children’s Bible activities
  • Child training tools
  • Scripture reading plans
  • Prayer Selections
  • Faith Journaling Pages
  • Hymn Study Pages
  • And MUCH MORE!

Don’t miss out on this faith-building bundle that is 87% off!

Thematic Units Bundle

$207.88           $10.00

The Thematic Units Bundle contains 21 individual products for all sorts of unit study fun. The wide variety of resources in this bundle includes something for everyone.

Your children will enjoy:

  • Watching a movie and writing a report
  • Nine themed writing prompts (with 180 total writing prompts)
  • Practicing fractions using Legos®
  • Writing a book report with the Book Report Pack

In addition, you get the tools to do a country study, teach how to compare and contrast, as well as teach your children about holidays with fun lapbooks and unit studies.

Learn about famous scientists, celebrate Black History Month, and make learning fun with the language arts resources included – all for just $10…95% off!

 

Special Needs Bundle

$180.00           $15.00

Help equip your special needs children to excel to the best of their abilities. This Special Needs Bundle, valued at $180 includes a wealth of resources for helping your child with behavior and social skills and working memory skills.

Also included are resources for strengthening the midline and auditory and visual processing.

You cannot beat this price for just $15!

Homeschool Helps Bundle #1

$259.83           $19.00

This homeschool helps bundle is marked 93% off the total retail value and contains resources that will help you get re-focused on what’s really important.

Learn about different homeschooling methods, get questions answered, discover ideas on how to re-vamp your homeschool, find encouragement, and more! Also included are charts, graphs, templates, organizers, and homeschool planners.

Homeschool Helps Bundle #2

$272.10           $19.00

This homeschool helps bundle is a STEAL at 93% off! Chock-full of tools to help you whip your homeschool into shape – 8 ebooks and 5 e-courses:

  • Homeschool Planners
  • Organization and Scheduling Helps
  • Convention Planner & Journal
  • Encouragement for your Homeschool Journey
  • And More!

With 3 products valued over $50 each, can you afford NOT to get this bundle for just $19?

Mystery Bundle

$210.32           $10.00

This is the 3rd year we have offered a Mystery Bundle and it is better than ever before! Do you remember getting grab bags from the Dime Store when you were a kid? It was so much fun digging into the brown paper bag to find out what awaited you. The Mystery Bundle is just like that, but full of homeschooling resources!

This bundle is, well….a mystery, so we cannot tell you what’s in it – but for just $10 bucks here is a sneak peek into the contents:

  • Two history resources
  • Geography bundle
  • Themed unit study
  • A FULL reading curriculum
  • Copywork
  • Language arts supplements
  • Math products
  • 2 Homemaking resources

This bundle is geared more for elementary students with some resources suitable for early learners as well. There are no upper grades materials in this bundle.

Priced at 95% off, you will get over $200 in products for just $10 – it’s totally worth the mystery!

Brother & Sister Bundle

$154.70           $10.00

This is a fun bundle with products for both boys & girls. Help your children learn how to get along better with the Let’s All Get Along Bible study for siblings. Teach them life skills with Skill Trek (one for boys & one for girls!)

With fun unit studies, paper dolls, cookbooks, and more – your kids will be so delighted with this bundle, priced at just $10 – 94% off!

Parenting Bundle

$264.78           $29.00

The Parenting Bundle contains a wealth of resources to arm you with the tools you need for success in your parenting and child training.

Some of the features of this bundle include:

  • Parent/child Bible study on how to choose good friends and be a good friend
  • Learn how to remove daily chaos with the routine approach
  • Develop a parenting plan that takes your child’s unique needs into account
  • Use family vision boards to strengthen the family culture
  • How to deal with a difficult child
  • Train your kids to be leaders and not followers
  • And much more!

Homemaking Bundle

$274.74           $15.00

The Homemaking Bundle not only contains homemaking goodies but also work-from-home resources.

Get access to organizers, calendars, chore charts, record keeping, office organization tips, and more. Skill Trek’s homemaking set includes info on meal planning, storing leftovers, budgeting, and more. Still trying to figure out how to get your body back in shape? The Homeschool Mom Fitness Program is perfect for you.

Interested in learning more about working from home? Have you tossed around the idea of starting a blog? Yes! Homeschool moms can earn money working from home. Learn how with these helpful resources.

Get re-charged, encouraged, and motivated to be the best homemaker you can be – all for just $15!

 

The Takeaway

With a plan, a budget, and a philosophy of education that reflects your own family you can conquer homeschool overwhelm. A try before you buy approach to curriculum shopping, like the Build Your Bundle sale is a great way to start.

 

PS. Here is the FAQ for how the Build Your Bundle works. Their awesome Customer Support can be found here.

 

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Over $300 in Freebies and Exclusive Discounts - FREE with Any Purchase!

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Seriously. Do you have homeschool curriculum overwhelm? I know that sounds like a crazy question. But, how many hours do you spend looking for the perfect curriculum? How much money do you spend on curriculum that you end up never using? How often do your choices end up in tantrums or tears? Maybe even your own!

My Story with Homeschool Curriculum

My oldest child had attended a private Christian school, classical in nature. He would come home in the evenings with homework that consisted of repetitious parroting. The idea was learning took place by rote memorization. It made sense at the time, but I did feel strongly that we could do just as well at home without the private school price tag.

I received a copy of World Magazine in the mail and I ran across an ad for the Noah Plan. The idea behind it of applying Scripture as our main source for reasoning spoke to my heart. I ordered the Plan. When it came I sat on the floor surrounded by a giant dictionary and big red books. And I cried! I was overwhelmed!

I’m sure you can relate. I spent a lot of money, a lot of time, and a lot of tears on something I’d never seen or handled before. Though in my case it worked out, for many years–so, it turned into a happy ending. But, it would’ve been great to have had a full-size sample of the program before I put down so much money.

Options for Curriculum Shopping

So, you might be wondering what are your options concerning curriculum shopping? If you have “overwhelm,” join the crowd, but it doesn’t have to be that way. What’s the remedy?

  1. Know your educational philosophy
  2. Have a plan

If you don’t visit a homeschool convention where you can see, touch, and ask questions, you can find yourself a little shy about spending a significant amount of money on a product.

There are online samples from many vendors and curriculum providers, but sometimes a sample isn’t enough to really try out the curriculum. Sally might love the sample because it’s new and different but may end up not liking it after a couple of weeks.

You can visit Amazon, eBay, and used or consignment bookstores to try to get some curriculum on the cheap. There are even some great Facebook groups that specialize in freebies.

If you decide to buy or sell online or in a group, keep in mind the following:

  • price-comparison shop among eBay and Amazon
  • ask for pictures
  • check the edition
  • know the condition
  • ask if it’s marketed up on has writing inside
  • ask if they have permission to sell it (some things have a copyright that prohibits resale)

Maximizing Savings and Eliminating Trial and Error in Curriculum Shopping

While completely free homeschool curriculum is great and can save you money while you’re trying something out, you sometimes want more than the freebie version.

A complete, free, and sequential homeschool curriculum is hard to find. There are a couple of popular ones out there, like Ambleside and Easy Peasy and they are pretty awesome. But, what if you’ve even tried that? You might be looking for multiple grade levels and some variety. And the last thing you want is the feeling of “overwhelmed.”

Some additional sources of free curriculum visit:

  1. Pinterest
  2. Facebook groups
  3. Google
  4. Free printables
  5. Homeschool websites dedicated to freebies

Stop Searching for Freebies and Start Planning Your Homeschool Year – minus the “overwhelm”

If you’re ready to stop searching for freebies and start planning your homeschool year, you’ll want to check out the Build Your Bundle sale. It’s a once-per-year sale that combines high-quality curriculum into super affordable bundles. No samples! No “freebies” – all bonafide curriculum from top curriculum providers are crazy limited-time pricing.

If you want to maximize your savings during the Build Your Bundle sale, here’s how to do it. I’m going to show you how to get $5000 worth of curriculum for $370.

You’ll need 7 different transactions. The check out is super easy. Know that these are all digital products. You’ll need to follow the download directions.

Price for all bundles using the Buy 2, Get 1 free deal is $370.

Here’s the breakdown:

Order #1 –

Charlotte Mason Bundle $49.00
Elementary Bundle #1 $39.00
Elementary Bundle #2 FREE

Order #2-

Elementary Bundle #3 $39.00
Upper Grades Bundle #1 $39.00
Upper Grades Bundle #2 FREE

Order #3-

Character Bundle $29.00
Early Learning Bundle #1 $29.00
Early Learning Bundle #2 FREE

Order #4-

Early Learning Bundle #3 $29.00
Parenting Bundle $29.00
Fine Arts Bundle FREE

Order #5-

Homeschool Helps Bundle #1 $19.00
Homeschool Helps Bundle #2 $19.00
Unit Studies Bundle FREE

Order #6

Homemaking Bundle $15.00
Special Needs Bundle $15.00
Brother & Sister Bundle FREE

Order #7 (remaining Bundles)

Mystery Bundle $10.00
Thematic Units Bundle $10.00

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You may not have children in all the ranges the Bundles cover, and you may not have an interest in each product in the Bundle, but let’s look at each of the Bundles together. You’ll soon discover that they have such tremendous value you can pick and choose among products in each Bundle, save some product for another time, whatever your heart desires. 🙂

Early Learning Bundle #1

$225.89           $29.00

This Early Learning Bundle is full of preschool and early learning resources you will love using with your little ones.

Inside you’ll find a fun math unit, sight word practice, a full reading curriculum, Bible curriculum, a craft pack, a phonics, and penmanship curriculum, a life skills pack from Skill Trek, and much more.

Early Learning Bundle #2

$228.30           $29.00

The Early Learning Bundle #2 contains so many resources for your little ones at 87% off!

  • Sight Word Early Readers
  • Preschool Basic Skills Bundle
  • Phonics & Penmanship Curriculum
  • 2 Complete Reading Curricula
  • A full homeschool program targeting students in K3-K5
  • Raising Lil’ Rock Stars Through the Bible A to Z – a full preschool curriculum
  • A math resource
  • And more!

Early Learning Bundle #3

$207.65           $29.00

If you have an early learner and you are looking for curriculum, this bundle is for you. Take a look at what’s included:

  • Animal Play – a program for 2-3-year-olds that uses colorful books, songs, games, and activities about animals to introduce the alphabet, numbers, shapes & colors.
  • Fruit for Tender Hearts – a homeschool program targeting students in K3-K5.
  • Kindergarten Complete All-Inclusive Set (over $140 value alone!)
  • Other supplemental resources for teaching early learners

Elementary Bundle #1

$360.10           $39.00

This bundle for elementary students is so full of awesomeness! Inside you will find The Mystery of History, Writing Through Ancient History, a complete handwriting curriculum, Bible activity book and American history resources.

You will also get your hands on science resources, such as Ellen McHenry’s NEW geology curriculum, and the Learning About Science Collection. Math, spelling, and a full first-grade curriculum valued over $160 round out this bundle and make it a must-have at just $39!

Elementary Bundle #2

$357.47           $39.00

Our Elementary Bundles are always super popular and full of great products and this year is no exception!

Inside you will find the best-selling audiobook for The Mystery of History and a folder book to go along with it from Bright Ideas Press. You will get your hands on a full vocabulary curriculum, science resources, a full year geography curriculum, and a life skills curriculum for elementary students from Skill Trek.

Also included are grammar resources, a cursive handwriting curriculum, a devotional study for making wise choices, a complete first-grade curriculum valued at over $160 and more – all for just $39!

Elementary Bundle #3

$349.16   $39.00

The Elementary Bundle #3 is overflowing with language arts resources! Looking for a reading curriculum? Look no further. You will get 2 complete reading curriculum levels from Homeschool Complete in this bundle, along with the full Word Family Readers curriculum and other language arts products for spelling and grammar.

Your students will enjoy learning about habitats, animals, scientists, the solar system, and weather with the fun science curriculum found in this bundle.

If geography is your thing, you will love the research guide to the 50 states that’s included! And our very own Truth Seekers Mysteries with Study Guides (valued at 53.94) and Media Angels books are a Cathy Duffy Top Curriculum pick.

There is so much more to be found in this fun bundle that is priced low at just $39 – 89% off!

Charlotte Mason Bundle

$348.81           $49.00

We hope you are as excited as we are with the products contained in the Charlotte Mason Inspired Bundle!

Some of the products found in this bundle include:

  • The Mystery of History Volume III Audiobook & Folderbook
  • Primary Unit Program from Train up a Child Publishing (valued at $95 alone!)
  • Wayfarers: Revolution from Barefoot Meandering
  • BiblioPlan’s Early Modern: Remember the Days Audiobook
  • Writing Through Medieval History
  • Charlotte Mason Planners
  • High-quality copywork
  • A course on Shakespeare
  • And More!

Upper Grades Bundle #1

$352.76           $39.00

The Upper Grades Bundle #1 includes a popular worldview book from Master Books, math resources, art history curriculum and a Bible activity book.

You will also find A Wrinkle in Time Online Book Club and  Design Your Own Literature-based High School Courses from Train up a Child Publishing.

There are so many awesome resources included in this bundle for just $39, along with The College Prep Writing Curriculum: Write to Achieve! that is normally priced and $167.97!

Upper Grades Bundle #2

$342.74           $39.00

This bundle is geared toward middle school and high schoolers and contains 2 math resources, language arts, writing curriculum, and history resources.

You will also find a Bible curriculum, a devotional on making wise choices, a course on Shakespeare for 7th-12th Grades, life skills curriculum from Skill Trek, and more!

Essay Styles for High School from Train up a Child Publishing is regularly priced at over $40! Grab this bundle for just $39 and save 89%!

Unit Studies Bundle

$172.83           $19.00

The Unit Studies Bundle is full of resources you will use for years to come in your homeschool, and it’s 89% off!

Take a look at some of the features of this bundle:

  • Country study notebooking pages for almost 200 countries
  • United States study
  • BiblioPlan’s geography unit
  • History & government resources
  • Science resources
  • Artist study
  • Holiday unit studies
  • And more!

Character (Building) Bundle

$223.82           $29.00

Our Character Bundle is always a best-seller and this year it is full of high-quality Biblical resources that you can put to good use in your home.

You will find resources for:

  • Growing as a Proverbs 31 woman
  • Building a Godly marriage
  • Missionary studies for the whole family
  • Children’s Bible activities
  • Child training tools
  • Scripture reading plans
  • Prayer Selections
  • Faith Journaling Pages
  • Hymn Study Pages
  • And MUCH MORE!

Don’t miss out on this faith-building bundle that is 87% off!

Thematic Units Bundle

$207.88           $10.00

The Thematic Units Bundle contains 21 individual products for all sorts of unit study fun. The wide variety of resources in this bundle includes something for everyone.

Your children will enjoy:

  • Watching a movie and writing a report
  • Nine themed writing prompts (with 180 total writing prompts)
  • Practicing fractions using Legos®
  • Writing a book report with the Book Report Pack

In addition, you get the tools to do a country study, teach how to compare and contrast, as well as teach your children about holidays with fun lapbooks and unit studies.

Learn about famous scientists, celebrate Black History Month, and make learning fun with the language arts resources included – all for just $10…95% off!

 

Special Needs Bundle

$180.00           $15.00

Help equip your special needs children to excel to the best of their abilities. This Special Needs Bundle, valued at $180 includes a wealth of resources for helping your child with behavior and social skills and working memory skills.

Also included are resources for strengthening the midline and auditory and visual processing.

You cannot beat this price for just $15!

Homeschool Helps Bundle #1

$259.83           $19.00

This homeschool helps bundle is marked 93% off the total retail value and contains resources that will help you get re-focused on what’s really important.

Learn about different homeschooling methods, get questions answered, discover ideas on how to re-vamp your homeschool, find encouragement, and more! Also included are charts, graphs, templates, organizers, and homeschool planners.

Homeschool Helps Bundle #2

$272.10           $19.00

This homeschool helps bundle is a STEAL at 93% off! Chock-full of tools to help you whip your homeschool into shape – 8 ebooks and 5 e-courses:

  • Homeschool Planners
  • Organization and Scheduling Helps
  • Convention Planner & Journal
  • Encouragement for your Homeschool Journey
  • And More!

With 3 products valued over $50 each, can you afford NOT to get this bundle for just $19?

Mystery Bundle

$210.32           $10.00

This is the 3rd year we have offered a Mystery Bundle and it is better than ever before! Do you remember getting grab bags from the Dime Store when you were a kid? It was so much fun digging into the brown paper bag to find out what awaited you. The Mystery Bundle is just like that, but full of homeschooling resources!

This bundle is, well….a mystery, so we cannot tell you what’s in it – but for just $10 bucks here is a sneak peek into the contents:

  • Two history resources
  • Geography bundle
  • Themed unit study
  • A FULL reading curriculum
  • Copywork
  • Language arts supplements
  • Math products
  • 2 Homemaking resources

This bundle is geared more for elementary students with some resources suitable for early learners as well. There are no upper grades materials in this bundle.

Priced at 95% off, you will get over $200 in products for just $10 – it’s totally worth the mystery!

Brother & Sister Bundle

$154.70           $10.00

This is a fun bundle with products for both boys & girls. Help your children learn how to get along better with the Let’s All Get Along Bible study for siblings. Teach them life skills with Skill Trek (one for boys & one for girls!)

With fun unit studies, paper dolls, cookbooks, and more – your kids will be so delighted with this bundle, priced at just $10 – 94% off!

Parenting Bundle

$264.78           $29.00

The Parenting Bundle contains a wealth of resources to arm you with the tools you need for success in your parenting and child training.

Some of the features of this bundle include:

  • Parent/child Bible study on how to choose good friends and be a good friend
  • Learn how to remove daily chaos with the routine approach
  • Develop a parenting plan that takes your child’s unique needs into account
  • Use family vision boards to strengthen the family culture
  • How to deal with a difficult child
  • Train your kids to be leaders and not followers
  • And much more!

Homemaking Bundle

$274.74           $15.00

The Homemaking Bundle not only contains homemaking goodies but also work-from-home resources.

Get access to organizers, calendars, chore charts, record keeping, office organization tips, and more. Skill Trek’s homemaking set includes info on meal planning, storing leftovers, budgeting, and more. Still trying to figure out how to get your body back in shape? The Homeschool Mom Fitness Program is perfect for you.

Interested in learning more about working from home? Have you tossed around the idea of starting a blog? Yes! Homeschool moms can earn money working from home. Learn how with these helpful resources.

Get re-charged, encouraged, and motivated to be the best homemaker you can be – all for just $15!

 

The Takeaway

With a plan, a budget, and a philosophy of education that reflects your own family you can conquer homeschool overwhelm. A try before you buy approach to curriculum shopping, like the Build Your Bundle sale is a great way to start.

 

PS. Here is the FAQ for how the Build Your Bundle works. Their awesome Customer Support can be found here.

 

PPS.
Pick your favorite shopping guide to get you started planning! Just click & go below.

 

Click here for shopping tools!

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How to Fit Science Into Your Busy Homeschool Schedule

How to fit science into your busy homeschool schedule | sample schedules & organization tips

How to Fit Science Into Your Busy Homeschool Schedule

How to fit science into your busy homeschool schedule- start with organization. Ideally science would be taught every day. Realistically that’s not always possible as children grow and have many subjects to cover.

What does organization have to do with science?

Studying the principles of science requires an organized approach. Don’t let the fear of how much time science will take factor in to your decision about whether or not to teach it! There’s no such thing as a perfect homeschool mom. Or perfectly organize done.

How do I get organized?

I’ll tell you what worked for me. I began on my knees in prayer. That’s been the mainstay of our homeschool life and life in general. Yet, what I lacked was an organized approach. I ended up going around in circles and feeling frustrated by the end of the day.  What I discovered is there are a million ways to organize your life and your homeschool. You just need to pick one and start applying the principles right away. Here are some to choose from:

Dealing with Interruptions in Your Homeschool Day

Start by having a basic schedule or routine.  This helps you know where to pick up where you left off when things get hectic. This helps you to have “planned interruptions.” Take the time to work on a simple schedule or check list that you can start using today for success in your homeschool tomorrow. Specifically regarding science, here are some suggestions:

Five Combinations for Teaching Science

  1. First method – textbook / workbook, experiment books
  2. Second method – textbook, questions done orally, research books, experiment book
  3. Method 3 – science as a single subject: scope and sequence, books on the topic to read, and experiment books
  4. Method 4 – unit study approach: books to read on the topic, biography, experiment books.
  5. Fifth method – family chooses topic (as a single subject) books to read on the topic, research books, and experiment books

A Very Doable Sample Schedule for Teaching Science

Three Days Per Week

Remember, these are suggestions. You make the decision that’s good for your family.

Approximate time spent teaching on a three days per week schedule:

  • K-3, 60-70 minutes per day
  • 4-8, 80-90 minutes per day
  • 9-12, 85-85 minutes per day

Approximate time spent teaching on a three days per week schedule:  K-3, 60-70 minutes per day 4-8, 80-90 minutes per day 9-12, 85-85 minutes per day

Two Days Per Week

Again, while these are what worked for us and what I recommend, please do choose a length of time that fits your own family.

Approximate time spent teaching on a four days per week schedule:

  • K-3, 90-100 minutes per day
  • 4-8, 120-130 minutes per day
  • 9-12, 125-135 minutes per day

Approximate time spent teaching on a four days per week schedule: K-3, 90-100 minutes per day 4-8, 120-130 minutes per day 9-12, 125-135 minutes per day

One thing to remember is that when using the unit study approach to science, you’re not just teaching science in this approximated time- you’re teaching several subjects! That’s a time savings!

 

Check out the New Creation Science Podcast!

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Media Angels Creation Bundle Membership Site

 

Get an entire K-12 Creation Science Curriculum for less than $70.

About Our Books:

Why should you teach your children about Creation? Because everything else they read that is remotely science related teaches evolution as FACT. Shouldn’t your children learn there is more than one side to the story? We do and we consider this our mission at Media Angels.

About the Study Guides:

These study guides include a readable outline of the main points in the Creation vs. evolution discussion, the major talking points you should know and ways to educate the children in these points with hands-on activities and experiments. This series isn’t a read-it-one-time and forget it!

If you want a course in Creation Apologetics for kids, this is it!

Additional Resources

Activity Packs for each of the study guides which contain hands on activities you can photo copy for your family.

Creation Kids Classes: On Demand

-Six weeks worth of classes — one per week for ages K-8th grade (high school if you’ve never studied Creation).
-Audio Recordings
-Handouts and Websites to visit
-Further research
-Bonus interviews

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Teaching Science in Your Homeschool | Using the Scientific Method

Teaching Science in Your Homeschool | Using the Scientific Method

Teaching Science in Your Homeschool | Using the Scientific Method

The scientific method provides a sequential way to teach the process of scientific inquiry to your students. This takes the pressure off of the teacher and allows her to count on the process. In a word, it makes teaching science in your homeschool doable.

What is the scientific method?

It’s following a sequential series of steps in an attempt to find an answer to a scientific question. When a question is asked, such as, “What does a plant need in order to grow?”, you follow a series of questions to (hopefully) come up with an answer. It’s not always the answer you expect or want. But, the process of discovering the answer is what’s referred to as the scientific method.

What are all the steps and what do all the steps in the scientific method mean?

There’s a basic 8-step process of inquiry. The steps and their definition are:

  1. Question- What is being solved?
  2. Research- What do I use for study?
  3. Hypothesis- What do I think the answer is?
  4. Materials-  What’s my list of items needed for experiments?
  5. Procedure – What are the sequential steps taken in executing the experiment?
  6. Experiment- A test or hypothesis.
  7. Observation – Careful examination of what’s taking place.
  8. Conclusion: a synopsis of the experiment

You can create a simple checklist based upon this process (which I include in my Study Guide, Teaching Science and Having Fun) based on these 8 definitions.

Is the scientific method for all grade levels?

The scientific method is ideal for all grade levels, including your younger ones. While I love nature study and hands-on activities (and advocate them!), a balance of using worksheets in science for our observations was important. While you wouldn’t expect a preschooler to write out the steps, they can be drawn or even talked through.

Can we do experiments without writing out the steps of the scientific method?

The scientfic method can be simple enough for a preschooler and complex enough for a graduate student. When conducting experiments, using this simple but throughout method of inquiry and recording your observations serves many purposes.

  • it provides a record of learning
  • it’s a ready-made hands-on approach to learning
  • troubleshooting an experiment failure is easier
  • cross-curriculum application, such as math or history, is made easy through notation

In conclusion, teaching science using the scientific method is a sound and proven way to approach the subject of science in your homeschool.

CHECK OUT the New Creation Science Podcast!

___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Media Angels Creation Bundle Membership Site

 

Get an entire K-12 Creation Science Curriculum for less than $70.

About Our Books:

Why should you teach your children about Creation? Because everything else they read that is remotely science related teaches evolution as FACT. Shouldn’t your children learn there is more than one side to the story? We do and we consider this our mission at Media Angels.

About the Study Guides:

These study guides include a readable outline of the main points in the Creation vs. evolution discussion, the major talking points you should know and ways to educate the children in these points with hands-on activities and experiments. This series isn’t a read-it-one-time and forget it!

If you want a course in Creation Apologetics for kids, this is it!

Additional Resources

Activity Packs for each of the study guides which contain hands on activities you can photo copy for your family.

Creation Kids Classes: On Demand

-Six weeks worth of classes — one per week for ages K-8th grade (high school if you’ve never studied Creation).
-Audio Recordings
-Handouts and Websites to visit
-Further research
-Bonus interviews

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Setting Up a Science Lab in Your Homeschool

Setting up a science lab in your homeschool on a shoestring budget in no time at all.

Setting Up a Science Lab in Your Homeschool

Experiments don’t have to come from ready made kits. You can be about the business of setting up a science lab in your homeschool.

There are many great experiment books that require materials you can find at home. For example, your an make an electric motor using magnets, batteries, cork, pins, a knitting needle, copper wire, clay, a small base of wood, a knife, and tacks. Most of us have these things in our home. A ready made kit isn’t ncessary.

Plan to organize your science lab supplies

There are many sources for lab supplies, but my favorites are the do-it-yourself kind.  You can use tackle boxes, plastic totes, and even pencil boxes to store your lab supplies. Keeping these items on hand saves money in the long run.

Finding materials for your homeschool science lab

There are many places you can find even the hardest to find materials. The hardware store, an arts supply store, an electronics store, and of course- Amazon. But, what do you buy? What do you need to have on hand?

Lab equipment on a shoestring budget…

  1. large magnifying glass
  2. eye droppers
  3. coffee filter paper
  4. thermometer
  5. labels
  6. candles
  7. baby food jars
  8. spice jars
  9. heat-proof measuring cups
  10. measuring spoons
  11. a balance
  12. kitchen scale
  13. funnels
  14. sieve
  15. timing device
  16. metal spoon
  17. scissors
  18. sharp knife
  19. small brushes
  20. string
  21. paper
  22. pencils

Biology, chemistry, and physics use the above list and additional specialized equipment. A non-comprehensive list includes:

  • tweezers
  • sharp metal pick
  • plastic tubing
  • flashlight
  • microscope
  • dissecting kits
  • petri dishes
  • Bunsen burner
  • safety goggles

For a comprehensive list, I recommend my book, Teaching Science and Having Fun.

Creating a Safe Place for your Homeschool Science Lab

While much can be done at the kitchen table, there are some special considerations to take when performing experiments and setting up your lab. I recommend:

  • a clutter free space that is well lit
  • the kitchen or bathroom sink ready with soap, water, towels, and free of dishes, etc.
  • keeping a basket with emergency things such as a small fire extinguisher, eye wash,  goggles, and non-latex gloves
  • kitty litter to get spills up quickly
  • a chemical mask
  • a basic first aid kit
  • a carpet free flooring

Setting up a science lab in your homeschool doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated. With a little planning you can have one ready to go!

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