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    Published on 04-21-2017 08:00 AM
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    Our third free-trial Friday kicks off by featuring three more terrific programs that you may or may not have tried before. This is your opportunity to test out these secular curricula and programs for yourself before deciding if they are right for your homeschool.



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    Hands On Equations is a concrete approach by Dr. Henry Borenson for teaching fractional equations to gifted kids in grades 2 - 4 and average kids in grades 5 - 8. Your kids will LOVE this hands-on​ approach ​to fractional linear equations. ​This video will show you how easy it is to solve equations such as 2y + 1/3 y + 4 = y + 20, thereby enhancing student self-esteem and interest in mathematics.



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    Working memory is critical for learning to read and spell. If your student has poor working memory, they might have difficultly learning. All About Reading and All About Spelling are designed to help your child retain the information taught. Through short routine lessons, engaging activities, hands-on manipulatives, review, and a mastery-based approach, All About Reading and All About Spelling can strengthen working memory. This free e-book provides a demonstration of methods utilized throughout the lessons.



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    Mindprint Learning provides personalized learning profiles and individualized academic pathways centered around a student's unique profile of strengths and needs based on a research-backed assessment of the student's executive functions, memory, complex reasoning, and processing speed. Our personalized learning platform for parents, schools and education professionals is the only affordable and scalable solution to accurately identify how each child learns best and provide follow-on strategies for each child to succeed. Create your free Mindprint account.



    Did you miss last week's Free Trial Friday post? Check it out HERE
    Published on 04-18-2017 10:51 AM
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    2. General Homeschooling,
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    Ever feel like hitting the “reset” button on your homeschool? I’ve asked myself many times throughout this journey, “What would I do differently if I could do this year over again?” I’ve become convinced, though, that the one thing I would consistently change is how much time we spend out of doors. I think I have created far too many excuses over the years for why we couldn’t go out, instead of excuses for why we could.

    But, why?

    Hopefully, you don’t need too much convincing that spending more time with your kids outside is a good idea, but just in case…

    • getting enough vitamin D is essential to hormone production
    • studies have shown that artificial light can contribute to nearsightedness
    • our circadian rhythms are tied to sunlight...more outside time could mean better sleep!
    • indoor air-pollutants are 25-62% greater than outside levels
    • sitting too much results in impaired fat-burning capacity
    • spending time in nature has been linked to improved attention spans and boosts in serotonin

    Oh, and I almost forgot this one. Getting outside is FUN!!!

    But, I live in ________.

    Yeah, we can fill in that blank too. The city? An apartment? A dangerous area? None of which should prevent us from high-tailing it to our nearest park, greenspace, safe neighborhood, or athletic field as often as humanly possible. If you’re still struggling, plug in your location to this resource and let it find outdoor havens for you. Think of those spaces as a “shared backyard” and make the most of them. Bring along your favorite books or an ongoing project and read and work with the birds and bees as your background noise instead of the A/C. Visit a farmer’s market or outdoor flea market and sample some of the wares. Take a walk on a pier if you live near enough to a waterway. Watch a community softball team practice; you might just inspire the next little pitcher!

    But, we don’t have enough time.

    I’m about to speak to you as a fellow secular homeschooling friend, instead of as a blogger, here. You ready? If you are homeschooling and you don’t have time to go outside, you are DOING IT WRONG! If you’ve been homeschooling, even for a New York minute, you realize that education at home takes
    about 75% less time than it did in the classroom. ...
    Published on 04-14-2017 08:00 AM
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    2. Curriculum,
    3. Site News

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    Our second free-trial Friday kicks off by featuring three more terrific programs that you may or may not have tried before. This is your opportunity to test out these secular curricula and programs for yourself before deciding if they are right for your homeschool.



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    Find the resources and help you need at Homeschool Helping Hand. Don't wait for a convention to network with other homeschoolers. Attend live online help sessions to get inspiration from a homeschooling consultant and other dedicated parents. Find the resources you need in just a few clicks with free Resource Sets. Every homeschooling family can use a Helping Hand! Sign up for your trial membership today.




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    In All About Reading Level 1, your student will learn letter sounds, phonograms, consonant teams, blending, syllables, sight words, and so much more. You'll also find solutions to common problems with beginning readers, such as letter reversals. Letters b and d particularly can cause some confusion in children. Download this free ebook to test drive the 4 methods for solving letter reversals outlined in the Teacher's Manual for Level 1.



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    The Adventurous Mailbox offers a series of adventure books for kids (8-12) that arrive in an exciting package from abroad. The captivating stories offer a deep look into the cultures of the world through rich characters and a whole lot of intrigue and humor. Kids can also join a “top-secret” online community where they can keep exploring the world and have heaps of fun. TAM also has 100s of engaging lessons for download in our Teacher’s Lounge. Sign up for your Free Trial of The Adventurous Mailbox today.


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    How do you get your child excited about reading? The engaging activities in All About Reading will have kids clamoring for reading lessons and eagerly wanting to learn! All About Reading uses a multisensory approach when teaching reading, so lessons include various hands-on activities. Would you like a free demo of these activities? In this bundle, you'll find a sampling of 10 activities found throughout Levels 1-4 of All About Reading.



    Did you miss last week's Free Trial Friday post? Check it out HERE


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