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Making Wise Choices with Free Homeschool Materials (and Giveaway)

Free Homeschool Materials | Making Wise with Free Homeschool Curriculum

Free homeschool materials are so popular right now. I don’t see this trend going away. It’s too easy to google and find all kinds of free resources. But, let’s be wise when it comes to these freebies.

Making Wise Choices with Free Homeschool Materials

When you start your homeschool curriculum search, it doesn’t take long to realize you’ll be spending some money. However, most homeschool families are also single-income families. This can make it appealing to school your children completely on the freebies you find online. I want to challenge you to start with a strong homeschool mission statement or philosophy of education before you start down the freebie-only road. Make sure the free resources align with the overall goal you’ve sent for your homeschool.

Developing a Mission Statement for Your Homeschool

This doesn’t have to be complicated. Start with a simple list of the things that are important to you. Answering these questions can be a good start:

Simple Mission Statement

Answering these basic questions can help you create a simple mission statement that can guide your purchases or choices of free homeschooling curriculum. A simple mission statement might be something like this, “Our homeschooling model is based upon our Christian faith and desire to establish that Faith as the foundation upon which all curriculum choices are made. Academics are a top concern, as it’s important to our family that our children be able to reason and communicate not just their faith, but all things. We will work together as parents to ensure we stay committed to these basic ideals.”

Methods of Homeschooling

Once you’ve developed a basic mission statement, you can begin to look at the different methods of homeschooling. Knowing HOW you plan to education your kids is as important as WHY you’ll educate them at home.

Here are some helpful podcasts that can assist you in determine your method of homeschooling:

Understanding the Value of Free Curriculum

For most homeschooling moms, free curriculum is a supplement to their main curriculum. It might even be something we fall back on when times are tough. Looking at how curriculum is developed and the role of free curriculum can also help you make wise choices.

Give a listen to Is Free Curriculum Really Free? by Felice Gerwitz to get a better understanding of the pro’s and con’s of  free curriculum.

Felice Gerwitz has been a curriculum writer and developer for over 25 years and knows the painstaking hours that go into the development of curriculum. She’s spoken on the importance of using your homeschool mission and method to make your homeschool as successful as can possibly be.

She joins her voice to that of Carol Topp & Cindy West in their episode, 5 Warnings Against Frugal Homeschooling.

Her desire to provide quality, affordable homeschool materials gave birth to MediaAngelsMembership.com where you can homeschool your entire family starting at just $15 per month.

Make a Wise Decision

Knowing that for most of us, we’re homeschooling with eternity in mind. Choosing the very best in homeschooling materials and methods are something we take seriously. Free homeschool material has a place in the education of your children, but I challenge you today to think about how far you go with frugality. If you choose a free homeschool curriculum, look for one, such as Ambleside Online or Easy Peasy which offers a more cohesive approach.

You can make use of homeschool curriculum swaps, resale or homeschool consignment stores, eBay, or Amazon. Check out these resources:

PS. Here are some additional resources you can try to save money on other areas to better afford homeschool materials

To Help You on Your Homeschooling Journey

We’re all moms here (and dads!) and we know what it’s like for money to be tight. To kick of your back to homeschool, Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network is participating with our blogging friends to bring you the following giveaway! …  (be sure and see our privacy and giveaway policy).


Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network partners with Back to Homeschool Giveaways

Another (home) school year is upon us!

Some of you may have already started your year, or some of you might school all year long, or some of you might be making those final curriculum decisions before your new year starts.  Whatever boat you are in, I’m sure you could use a little extra money for homeschool curriculum or resources.  Am I right?
I’ve gotten together with some fellow homeschool bloggers and we are pooling our money together to bless two homeschool families with a gift card to spend on their homeschools.  How does $250 sound in helping you buy curriculum, books, games, puzzles, or whatever educational supplies you might need?  Two people will win a $250 gift card to Timberdoodle!!

We know homeschooling can put financial strain on families – whether it’s from living on one-income or buying curriculum for multiple children – the financial aspect of it can be stressful.  Our hope is that we can bless a couple of homeschool families (although we wish we could bless many more) so they can buy the curriculum and supplies they need.

Enter to Win

To enter for your chance to win, simply use the Rafflecopter form below to enter.  Now I know that is quite a few entries for you, but each of these bloggers generously chipped in their own money to bring you this giveaway, so I hope you will take the time to do all of the entries.  And hey, the more entries you do, the better your odds are of winning!

Giveaway ends Aug. 15, 2018 at 11:59pm ET.  Must be at least 18 years of age.  Must be a resident of U.S. or Canada to enter.  Selected winners will have 48 hours to respond to email notification to claim their prizes or another winner will be drawn.  By entering this giveaway, you agree to be added to the email lists of the participating bloggers.  Please be sure to read the Terms & Conditions upon entering the giveaway.
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Schoolhouse Rocked Interview with Garritt and Yvette Hampton

Schoolhouse Rocked | The Homeschool Revolution | Interview with the Hamptons & Israel Wayne

Join Israel Wayne as he interviews the Hamptons about their new film, Schoolhouse Rocked: The Homeschool Revolution.

Support the Film.


There’s a revolution transforming American education, more than 2 million students strong, and it’s not happening in the classroom.

Schoolhouse Rocked: The Homeschool Revolution is feature-length documentary, currently in post-production and coming to a theater near you. This timely film is intended to encourage and equip homeschool families to start strong and finish well. The movie follows host, Yvette Hampton as she travels the country with her family. She talks with education experts, curriculum developers, college and university faculty and administrators, and homeschooling families at every stage in the process.  From kindergarten to college graduation and beyond. As viewers follow Yvette on this journey and share in her challenges and victories as a homeschool mom, they will gather the necessary resources and encouragement to homeschool their own children with excellence.

PRO-HOMESCHOOLING MOVIE

Schoolhouse Rocked is not an anti-public school movie. It is not an anti-government, anti-vaccination, anti-classroom, anti-NEA, or anti-Department of Education movie. Schoolhouse Rocked is a PRO-HOMESCHOOLING MOVIE. We believe that the slow, steady decline of the public schools, coupled with a rising desire among parents to take control of their children’s education and training has lead to the explosive growth of the homeschool movement – The Homeschool RevolutionSchoolhouse Rocked seeks to be a leading force in the next wave of that revolution.

 


Join Israel Wayne

Join Israel Wayne every month as he discusses life, theology, Christian Apologetics, education, family and cultural issues from a Biblical worldview. Israel is an author and conference speaker.  He speaks at homeschooling conferences, and churches, as well as marriage and parenting seminars.

Finally, the information he teaches around the nation will be available to listeners like you. Each broadcast will be about a half hour and will feature interviews and thoughtful commentary from Israel and his guests.


Homeschool Answers Book Bundle

The decision to homeschool is difficult.  There is so much to learn, and there are often radical changes that take place in your family. Unfortunately, not everyone will be supportive.

Well-meaning friends and relatives may believe you are going to “ruin your child.” How can you make sure that you have laid a good foundation for your child’s future? How can you respectfully defend your choice to those who disagree with you?

The Bible is full of instructions on how God desires His children to be educated. IF GOD has a definite opinion about the issue of education, wouldn’t you desire to find out what it is and how best to implement HIS WISDOM?

The Kitchen Explosion

Finish Well Radio Show, Podcast #069, The Kitchen ExplosionIn “The Kitchen Explosion,” Episode #069, you will get an inside look at a bustling high-energy homeschooling family. Sometimes in an attempt to make history come alive, I, Meredith Curtis have gone too far. How about you? Have you stepped out with enthusiasm only to have to call the fire department? Should we play it safe or step out with courage to live the adventure? I think learning should be fun and exciting! There is so much to learn everywhere, every day. Even if sometimes, there is an explosion in the kitchen.

 

 

 


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Being World Changers, Raising World Changers!

We offer books and ebooks to help you homeschool to the Glory of God!

 

 

 

 

 


Show Notes

Studying 100 Years War. Wanted to Make it Come Alive.  Gunpowder. Smoky fields.

Making Smoke Bombs. Didn’t realize how dangerous. Pretty pink flame and KABOOM!

Just to make it clear: I believe in safety.

 

The Quest for Adventure

Instilled in us by the Lord who is the God of the Adventure Story.

The Flood, The Tower, Elijah and the Prophets of Baal, Fiery Furnace, Daniel in the Lion’s Den, Lazarus, The Resurrection.

 

Try Something New

Fly an Airplane

Pick Up an Instrument

Write a song….or a poem….or a novel

Pets (Cat Show, Skipper)

 

Do It a Different Way

Painting a Map on the Bathroom Wall

Make a Website

Interview Someone Who Was There

Make a Radio Show

 

Get Your Hands Dirty

Dissections. Yuck!

My labs in college.

Panning for Gold.

Gardening

 

Travel

Learning Never Takes a Vacation.

Sand Crab Hunting

Sea World Passes

Teddy Roosevelt’s House Sagamore Hill, NY

Let’s Stop in Puerto Rice on the Way to Pittsburgh

 

Parties

Medieval Banquet

Luau

Victorian Teas

Olympic Games

Passover Feast

Sock Hop

Literary Party

The Kitchen Explosion

Reasons to be an Exclusive Homeschool Group

Should public-school-at-home parents be joining your homeschool group? Or perhaps your group desires to be more exclusive and have all members be “independent” or “traditionally” homeschooling.

 

On the I Am a Homeschool Group Leader Facebook page, a question was asked about the pros and cons of mixing homeschool and public-school-at-home students in your group-or, put differently, being inclusive (open at all) or exclusive (limiting membership). Many homeschool leaders contributed their experiences and reason for their group’s decision. In this episode of the HomeschoolCPA podcast, Carol Topp will share some of the reasons that some groups are exclusive and do not allow public school students into their homeschool group including:

 

  • Leaders cannot serve everyone!
  • Overcrowding pre-schools or other activities in the homeschool group
  • Public school students have their own groups and support networks
  • It’s easier to be exclusive. There were too many disagreements in inclusive group
  • The group could lose a place in homeschool sports competitions if public school students are included

 

In the podcast Carol mentioned the Facebook  group for homeschool leaders I am a Homeschool Group Leader. Join 400+ homeschool leaders for ideas, encouragement and respective exchange of ideas. https://www.facebook.com/groups/72534255742/

 

 

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Homeschool Co-ops:
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Need more information on how to start and run a homeschool co-op? Carol Topp’s book, Homeschool Co-ops: How to Start Them, Run Them and Not Burn Out  is packed with helpful tips and advice from other homeschool leaders.

Starting a homeschool co-op can be easy! This book Homeschool Co-ops: How to Start Them, Run Them and Not Burn Out will give you ideas, inspiration, tips, wisdom and the tools you need to start a homeschool co-op, run it and not burn out!

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Homeschooling Methods

Homeschool Methods can be a confusing topic. There are so many approaches. Join Brook & Israel as they discuss the options.

Homeschooling Methods can be a confusing topic. There are so many approaches. Join Brook & Israel as they discuss the options.

Homeschool Methods

  • Brook explains that our methods may change based on our newness to homeschooling.
  • Our methods may change based on the season of life we are using.
  • Charlotte Mason method
  • Textbook method
  • Israel discusses the approaches and how it might vary child to child.
  • Online Schooling -Can be viewed as similar to video school.
  • Unit Studies
  • and much more

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Join Israel Wayne and his wife Brook, every month as they discusses life, theology, Christian Apologetics, education, family and cultural issues from a Biblical worldview. Israel is an author and conference speaker who often speaks at homeschooling conferences, and churches, as well as marriage and parenting seminars.

Finally, the information he teaches around the nation will be available to listeners like you. Each broadcast will be about a half hour and will feature interviews and thoughtful commentary from Israel and his guests.

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The decision to homeschool is difficult. There is so much to learn, and there are often radical changes that take place in your family. Unfortunately, not everyone will be supportive.

Well-meaning friends and relatives may believe you are going to “ruin your child.” How can you make sure that you have laid a good foundation for your child’s future? How can you respectfully defend your choice to those who disagree with you?

Many studies indicate that Christian youth are leaving the Church, and anti-Christian education has been linked as a major factor in this equation. The Bible is full of instructions on how God desires His children to be educated. IF GOD has a definite opinion about the issue of education, wouldn’t you desire to find out what it is and how best to implement HIS WISDOM? Order your copy here.

Subscribe to Family Renewal HERE.


Special Thanks to Our Network Sponsor – Well Planned Gal

Rebecca from the Well Planned Gal understands the challenges of working within a budget, managing multiple children, and trying to keep up with a variety of information. That is why she created popular planner bundles!

Combine organizational tools with year long encouragement by bundling Well Planned Day planners with the popular Family Magazine. For a limited time, Save 30% with one of her popular planner bundles. Each bundle contains 2 planner products with a one-year subscription to Family Magazine.

Click Here to Go to Well Planned Gal


1,001 Homeschool Days at the Beach

Finish Well Radio, Podcast #067, 1,001 Homeschool Days at the BeachIn “Homeschool at the Beach,” Episode #067, Meredith Curtis & Laura Nolette take you back in time to 1,001 homeschooling days spent at the beach and share what they explored and discovered about sand, ocean, marine life, tide pools, crabs, shells, tides, sunburns, swimming, and water safety.  So, next time, you decide to homeschool at the beach, don’t feel guilty! There are so many ways to teach geography, marine biology, oceanography, architecture, health, safety, and earth science lessons at the beach. Best of all, you can rest, relax, and play.

 

 

 


Proclaiming Jesus through Bible Studies, Classes, Websites, Blogs, and Podcasts!Proverbs 3:13-14 by Laura Nolette and Powerline Productions, Inc.

 

 

 

 

 


Show Notes

Let’s go back in time to the year 2000. We were two thirty-something moms who loved the beach and had nine children between us. And so the adventure began. And continued. We have logged many hours at the beach.

“Finish Math and let’s go to the beach!”

 

Marine Biology Observation

Bird watching

Dolphin sighting

Manatee sighting

Shark sighting

Fish in the water

Exploring around on the shore

Crab Hunting at Night with Flashlights

 

Marine Biology

Sea Life: Seaweed, Crabs, Sea Stars, Jellyfish, Fish, Hermit crabs, Mole Crabs

Beach Grass

 

Oceanography

Low Tide/High Tide moving stuff for tides

Currents

Rip Tides

Ingredients of Sand

Shell Collecting (What animal lived in this shell)

 

Earth Science

Erosion of Sand on rocks and shells and driftwood

Beach Erosion after Storms

 

Architecture

Bridges

Draw Bridges

Sand Castles (dealing with water drainage, etc.)

Bridges (Over Intercoastal Waterway)

Lighthouses (Ponce Inlet)

Beach Houses (notice how they are designed to protect from flooding)

Fort at Saint Augustine

 

History

Treasure Coast Museum

Ponce de Leon Lighthouse Museum

Saint Augustine Fort

Saint Augustine

 

Geography

Mapping Route to Beach

Looking at Maps of Beach for Inlets, Harbors, Islands, etc.

Landforms: Ocean, Shore, Rivers

Sand Dunes

 

Human Anatomy/Health/Safety

Burying One Another in the Sand

Water Safety

Rip Tide Safety

First Aid (e.g. Jelly Fish Sting)

Tanning, Skin Care, Skin Protection, Sunburn First Aid

 

Food & Nutrition

Planning & Packing Lunches, Snacks, Drinks for Hydration

 

Art

Sand as a Medium/Building Sand Castles

Photography of Nature

Photography of People

Scrapbook the Memories

 

Collections

Shell Collecting

 

Character/Leadership

Packing for the Beach

Serving (carrying stuff, setting stuff up)

Leadership (getting things ready to go, packing up when they leave)

 

P.E.

Climb Lighthouse

Walk Along the Beach

Frisbee, Touch Football, Paddle Ball

Swim, Body Surfing, Surfing, Skim Boarding

 

Homeschool Resources

Quick & EZ Unit Study Fun by Meredith CurtisJoyful and Successful Homeschooling by Meredith CurtisSeven R's of Homeschooling by Meredith CurtisUnlocking the Mystery of Homeschooling High School by Meredith Curtis and Laura Nolette

 

 

 

 

 

 


Special Thanks to Our Network Sponsor – Well Planned Gal

Rebecca from the Well Planned Gal understands the challenges of working within a budget, managing multiple children, and trying to keep up with a variety of information. That is why she created popular planner bundles!

Combine organizational tools with year long encouragement by bundling Well Planned Day planners with the popular Family Magazine. For a limited time, Save 30% with one of her popular planner bundles. Each bundle contains 2 planner products with a one-year subscription to Family Magazine.

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Summertime Favorites – Girls, Again

Free homeschool podcast about raising girls.

Summertime Favorites – this month replaying some of Homeschooling IRL’s best episodes for the summer! Enjoy! —-This is not the first time we have tackled the topic of girls on the podcast. On Episode 10, we talked about many of the common pitfalls we have observed in homeschool families raising daughters. From restrictive environments to preventing any access to higher education, we dove into tough topics.

On this episode, we are getting very practical, especially as it relates to raising daughters into the pre-teen years. Join us as we dive into the discussion on how to navigate the tricky years of hormones and body changes as we sit down to talk about girls, again.


SHOW NOTES:

PREVIOUS PODCASTS:
HomeschoolingIRL Episode 10: Girls

MUSIC USED:
Thank Heaven For Little Girls by Maurice Chevalier – BUY IT HERE ON iTunes

ARTICLES REFERENCED:
Your Daughter’s Hormones – Homegrown Mom Blog

 


Special Thanks to Our Network Sponsor – Well Planned Gal

Rebecca from the Well Planned Gal understands the challenges of working within a budget, managing multiple children, and trying to keep up with a variety of information. That is why she created popular planner bundles!

Combine organizational tools with year long encouragement by bundling Well Planned Day planners with the popular Family Magazine. For a limited time, Save 30% with one of her popular planner bundles. Each bundle contains 2 planner products with a one-year subscription to Family Magazine.

Click Here to Go to Well Planned Gal