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    Bees are buzzing. The AC is humming. The pool is calling. And the last thing your kiddo feels like doing is pulling out a pen and paper. Yet, writing is definitely one of those muscles that atrophies when not stretched. Therein lies a lazy, hazy summertime dilemma.

    As with most things, the key to convincing a student to do something he or she doesn’t necessarily want to do is...to put some FUN in it! The following are four ideas for incorporating writing into a busy (or not-so-busy) summer vacation.

    Nature journaling

    One part description, one part illustration, two parts personality. That’s the recipe for the best kind of nature journal. As you walk through forests, along beaches, or even just through your neighborhood, let your child’s eagle eyes scope out the stuff you just might have missed. They will notice a small feather lodged between rocks. They’ll spot a millipede on the side of a lamp post. They might even be the one to discover the four leaf clover in the middle of a field. Whatever they spy with their little eye is worth journaling about. Even better, there are no rules! They may want to tell a story about what lives between the mushrooms in the woods. They may want to label each part of the robin on the fence. Mother Nature can certainly be a young writer’s greatest muse.

    Postcard exchange

    We usually host a postcard exchange on the SecularHomeschool.com forum each summer where members of SHS can privately share addresses, ages, and ...
    Published on 10-06-2017 09:00 AM
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    Our first Freebie Friday kicks off by featuring freebies that will definitely enhance your homeschool this year. Each one has been evaluated and determined to be completely secular, completely helpful, and completely FREE!!








    science4us_share_image-pngLooking for science projects for kindergarten, first grade,

    or second grade homeschool? Science4Us provides free

    science projects as part of the arrayof resources available

    on their website.



    Click here and bookmark these FREE projects and

    experiments on everything from magnetism to surface

    tension to animal habitats.










    printable-worksheets-pngPrintable-Worksheets.com is a vast collection of free

    printables for homeschoolers on an amazing variety

    of subjects including:

    • Animals

    • Continents

    • Literature

    • Math

    • Presidents

    • Science

    • Social Studies

    • States

    No matter what you are studying, you will likely find a

    complementary (and COMPLIMENTARY!) worksheet for it

    here!







    free-weekly-homeschool-planner-pngStart on track and STAY on track this homeschool year

    with a free weekly planner from SHS.

    Works with Google Drive to customize, record, and

    archive your weekly plans. No worries on "where did I

    put that?" or "did I remember to save that?" With this

    template your homeschool plans are completely editable,

    completely safe,and completely FREE!

    Published on 04-28-2017 09:00 AM
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    Our final free-trial Friday kicks off by featuring four 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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    CSJumpstartr is a web-based learning environment that introduces kids to coding in the popular Scratch graphical programming language. Kids engage with coding by creating working projects from our content-driven templates. It's project-based computer science. Every template is supported by interactive online help to guide the child every step of the way and comprehensive organizers and documentation to help them dive deeper. Customize-the-code challenges lead children to extend the templates through their own coding. Register for your free CSJumpstartr trial.


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    Innovations in Online Education provides synchronous "face-to-face" online instruction, live, with a state licensed teacher highly qualified in the subject content. To receive your free trial (sit in on a live lesson), please email Innovations with the desired subject area and they will forward you a link good to sit in on a live lesson with one of their teachers and the scheduled time of that class.


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    All About Reading Pre-reading teaches Print Awareness, Phonological Awareness, Letter Knowledge, Listening Comprehension, and Motivation to Read. Review and hands-on activities are suggested with every lesson. As a supplement to the Pre-reading program, the Feed the Puppy Alphabet Game was created to help young students discover the alphabet. This game is provided as a free demo of some of the activities you'll enjoy throughout the All About Reading programs!

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    Get started with a free homeschool subscription to Vocabulary Spelling City for building spelling and vocabulary skills as well as reading comprehension. You can use any of the thousands of word lists related to every academic subject, or even create your own. The word lists can be used in engaging games that allow your kids to read, hear, say, and write words; see words broken down into syllables and sounds, and learn how they are used in the context of sentences. Need more? A premium membership gives you access to even more games, the ability to track your child's progress over time, and a completely ad-free learning environment.


    Did you miss any of our previous Free Trial Friday posts? Click here to view those.
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