Welcome to the February Homeschool Collection. The new Crew year has begun and we have two great products for you to read about: Year 2 of Geography for Kids by Let’s Go Geography and The Unbreakable Faith Course by Pilgrim’s Rock.
We have some wonderful guest posts from our Crew for you to look over
- Exploring Nature with Children by Amanda H from Hopkins Homeschool.
- Ten Ways to Use Fairy Tales in Your Homeschool by Danielle P of Confessions of a Fairy Tale Mom.
- Mastering Study Skills by Yvie from Homeschool on the Range.
Yvie from Homeschool On the Range
- Making a Historic Newspaper – Bring a time period or historic era to life through a homeschool newspaper! This activity incorporates many styles of learning and modalities of intelligence, and will help to cement the concepts and events you are studying…
- Free Homeschool Convention Planner – The ultimate list of 2020 homeschool conventions, plus a convention planner to help you organize your weekend and keep track of workshops and vendors. Take this FREE 20-page convention planner to your next event!
- Wilderness Survival for Kids – In “My Side of the Mountain,” Sam runs away to the wilderness to escape his family. He is tested and discovers strength and self-confidence. Today, the Boy Scouts teach survival skills in their Wilderness Survival badge. A century ago, we all knew these things, but now they must be learned on purpose…
- Should You be You-Tube Schooling? – The advantages and disadvantages of using YouTube for school, plus a look into several alternatives to the platform to boost audio-visual learners!
Richie from Homeschool & Humor
- The Longterm Benefits of Homeschooling [With Research] + Free Workbook – Are you wondering about homeschooling your children, but just not sure how much of an impact it could possibly have on them? How would it benefit your family? You wonder, is it even worth it? Every homeschool mom has been at these crossroads, curious about the benefits of homeschooling and if home education is the right direction to take. Relax and breathe with these reassurances: After thorough research, you may be pleasantly surprised at the overwhelming factual evidence and data that proves just how much your children will benefit from homeschooling, including such benefits in anti-bullying, love of learning, higher test scores, character development, and, yes, even socialization! Immerse yourself within this intensive scope into research data acquired just for you on the longterm benefits of homeschooling your child. And for added guidance, a free customized workbook is included in the article to help you pen to paper how your family can benefit from homeschooling.
- 10 Best Games To Play For Family Game Night – Looking for some fun family games with educational values? Check out these top 10 fun family games to play at home that teaches cooperative play, strategy, and teamwork! Young children up to grown folk will love all of the games in this list.
Annette from A Net in TIme
- The Stretching He Causes – A Poem considering the growth created when teaching a lad, he stretches me and makes me more than I was before.
- Science Experiment Fails – Things you can do when you have a science experiment that doesn’t turn out as expected.
- Reading Aloud with Teens – The benefits of having read aloud books even with your high school students. read together, it’s good for both of you.
- Turkey Vegetable Soup – My son needed food for a fundraiser, turkey vegetable soup was our answer. The recipe follows. 🙂
Kristen from A Mom’s Quest to Teach
- Journaling through the Bible: Daniel Explains the Second Dream – Looking for mercy in the Bible and stumbling upon a dream of Nebuchadnezzar.
- Day in the Life of a Homeschooled 11th Grader – How does our 11th grader complete his homeschooling during a typical day?
- Teaching the Old Testament to Children: Review of What God is Doing – Looking for a way to teach lessons from the Old Testament? What God is Doing: Old Testament Object Lessons for Kids by Anne Marie Gosnell offers 25 object lessons for teaching your children important Bible lessons.
- Book Club: Book Review of More Than We Remember – A Mom’s Quest to Teach reviewed the newest book from Christina Suzann Nelson where the lives of three women intersect during the course of one summer all because of one fateful event.
Tracy from Happy Homeschool Mom
- McGuffey’s Eclectic Readers Free PDF Downloads – Here are 6 FREE McGuffey Eclectic Readers PDF downloads in one convenient location! We have used these readers daily for many years for copywork and dictation. Check out these amazing classics that work for kindergarten through 6th grade!
- Elderberry Syrup: A Simple Recipe That Kicks Colds and Flu to the Curb – Did you know that in a clinical study, flu patients who took elderberry syrup recovered 4 days earlier than the group that didn’t take the syrup? I’ve tried many home remedies, but elderberry syrup has been the most effective natural treatment for colds and flu that I’ve found.
- Help for “b” and “d” Reversals with “Beady Eyes Glasses” Trick – It’s not unusual for young children to need help correcting “b” and “d” reversals. If your child confuses the letters “b” and “d” when reading and writing, here’s a memory trick that will help.
- Child Writing Numbers Backwards? Try This Quick Fix – Does your child write his numbers backward? In just a few minutes, children can learn to write their numbers correctly with this fun memory trick using “hungry” and “full” numbers.
Lisa from Homeschool Notes
- How to Make a Letter Writing Kit – Making a letter writing kit encourages independence, because everything your children need for writing letters is in one place. Read about what to include in your letter writing kit and how to introduce letter writing to your child. Free download of a friendly letter sample is included.
- When to Teach Your Child to Read – In this article we’ll talk about why you shouldn’t start reading instruction too early, what signs to look for that show your child is ready to read, and when to slow down, if necessary. When we know what not to do and know what to look for, we can rest assured that we’re helping our children get off to a positive start in reading.
- Change the Way You See Your Preschool Writer – We hesitate to call preschoolers writers, because they are limited in what they can produce on paper. Their drawings can be unrecognizable, and they don’t have a grasp on letter formation, let alone letter knowledge. How many times has your preschooler proudly brought you a piece of writing and you had to ask, “What does it say?” Read about how to change your perspective and learn practical ways to treat them like writers.
Alyssa from Teaching with Faith
- Shape Freebie – Here is a great way to reinforce or teach rectangles to your preschooler. It is a small lap book that can be printed for your child.
- Farm Review Week – This is a great resource of a variety of farm related preschool activities.
Jennifer from Homeschool Fanatic
- Buh-Bye February Blahs – How to banish the blues that homeschools often encounter in February.
- 10 Ways a Homeschooling Mom Can Lover Her Husband – Keeping our marriage in check while homeschooling.
Amy from Cattle Upon a Hill
- Fun and Free Chicken Homeschool Activities – Are you looking for fun and free chicken homeschool activities for your children? Today, I will share with you fun and free chicken activities for your homeschool. There are so many chicken resources, but how do you know which ones are worth doing?
- Simple Instant Pot Cottage Cheese – I had a life-changing experience when I learned how to make my own Instant Pot Cottage Cheese last night. You see, I am kind of a no-frills kind of cook, but I love to make my own dairy products from scratch. We have a family milk cow and I am always looking for new ways to utilize the milk.
- The Homeschool Teaching Summit 2.0 – Have you been feeling overwhelmed with all your daily tasks? Are you burned out from trying to do everything including homeschooling? Do you just feel generally ill-equipped to balance parenting and homeschooling and homesteading and the rest of regular life stuff?
- Is Raising Bottle Calves Profitable? – Do you have a few acres and looking for a way to make it profitable? Have you dreamed of having a barnyard full of animals? Are you looking to engage your children on the homestead and teach them responsibility at the same time? Raising bottle calves can be both fun and profitable. We have raised bottle calves as a way to teach our children responsibility while helping them earn money for their future.
Megan from My Full Heart
- Dragonfly Magnets – Instructions on how to make pretty dragonfly magnets using packing tape for the wings.
- How to Make a Butterfly Feeder – Instructions on how to make this fun butterfly feeder using an empty plastic soda bottle.
- Symmetrical Butterflies – Instructions on making symmetrical butterflies two ways.
- R is for Routine – I share our routine with a 6th grader, 4th grader, 2nd grader and 14 month old.
Dawn from Schoolin’ Swag
- Around the World in a Day: Disney World Geography Lessons – Using Epcot as a fun way to learn about geography and world cultures
- Hymn Study: Sweet By and By – A free hymn study for Sweet By and By
- Field Trip Friday: Kennedy Space Center – Kennedy Space Center is an amazing field trip opportunity with lots of follow up options.
- 2020 Reading List Updates – A fun list of great books to read!
Karen from Tots and Me…Growing Up Together
- Penguin Unit- Lesson 1 How Penguins Stay Warm and Dry plus a Shape Penguin Craft – This is the first lesson in our Penguin unit. We learned about Antarctica and added in science by discussing how penguins stayed warm. The children made a shape penguin in a snowy environment craft.
- Penguin Unit- Lesson 2: Emperor Penguins – In this second lesson, we focused specifically on Emperor Penguins. We read a book, made a paper plate/toilet roll craft of the daddy penguin standing in the snow holding an egg on his feet. Then we added math by measuring how tall an Emperor penguin is.
- Penguin Unit- Lesson 3: Comparing Penguins of the World – In this third penguin lesson, we learned about other penguins in the world, learned the name of eight of them, and discovered some fact about them. We added in geography by placing the different penguins on a map. Then we added math by measuring the sizes of the different penguins. We made a handprint penguin craft, and an all about penguins lapbook.
- Under the Sea Unit: Introduction and All About Fish Book – We began an Under the Sea unit, discussing different creatures that live under the sea. The children made an under the sea craft. We also made handprint fish pictures and put together a book about fish.
Sharon from The Secret Life of Homeschoolers
- How to Help Your Reluctant Writer Be a Creative Writer – Here are some useful tips which will help your reluctant writer fall in love with creative writing.
- How to Make Cool Op Art Flowers with Kids – Op Art is a fun activity to add to your homeschooling art class. Try these pretty optical illusion flowers with your kids today.
- Lego Balloon Cars: A Fantastic to Teach STEM – Lego and STEM are a perfect combination. Teach STEM concepts with these fun Lego Balloon Cars. Your kids won’t know they are learning.
Debbie from Homeschooling Dietitian Mom
- 10 Healthy Dinner Ideas – I know how much fun new recipes are. No matter how many cookbooks, how many awesome cooking and food websites I become aware of, I still get excited when I find a new tasty recipe to try. This is why I decided to roundup these 10 tasty dinner ideas that your kids will love as well!
- 10 Things the Bible Does Not Say About Race – There is a lot of conflict today related to the concept of race. And there are a lot of accusations flying around. But what exactly does the Bible say about race? Or better yet, what does the Bible NOT say? Here are 4 things the Bible does not say about race.
- Who Was St. Patrick? – As a Protestant, I’m ashamed to say that I have never heard about St. Patrick in church. Maybe somewhere he was discussed, however, I don’t remember learning about him in church in the 30+ years I’ve been a Christian. I researched him on my own and this is what I found.
- 10 Ways to Encourage Math and Reading – Does your child hate school? Mine does. Part of the reason for this is that he has a rough time with the writing process. He also has had an extremely difficult time learning his math facts, and spelling is a nightmare. We have tried so many things! Some have worked, some haven’t. Find out which ones here.
Teresa from Teresa Brouillette
- St. Patrick The Early Missionary – free printables – Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day by remembering we are all called to be missionaries. Here are resources to focus on the true history of a young man called to share the gospel in a foreign land.
- Reading To Children – Regularly reading to children is the best habit parents can establish. Although it can feel challenging, there are creative ways to keep kids engaged.
- When the Baby is the Lesson – If you’re feeling overwhelmed trying to homeschool older kids with a crying baby and busy preschooler, be encouraged. There are lessons happening that you may not be seeing.
Sarah from Mustard Seed Adventures
- Must Have Manipulatives for Preschool to Kindergarten – With so many wonderful resources out there, it’s hard to choose exactly what you need for hands on activities for your young homeschooled children. This is a list of our favorite, must have manipulatives for preschool to kindergarten!
- Our Top 5 Reasons We Chose to Homeschool – Everyone has specific reasons for why they wanted to homeschool, this is our top 5 reasons.
Patty from A Mother’s Random Thoughts
- Homeschooling Tips for the First Timer – Tips for the beginning to homeschool
- How to Have More Joy in Your Homeschool – Steps to finding joy in your home everyday no matter what your circumstances are.
- Teaching Children to Be Kind to One Another – Working with your children to be kind to others through random acts of kindness
- Bring the Bible Into Your Homeschool Curriculum – Practical Ways to bring the Bible into your homeschooling
If you are looking for some more wonderful homeschool inspiration be sure to take a look at our January Homeschool Round UP.