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Free Republic Homeschool Forum 2008-2009
July 24, 2008 | Tired of Taxes

Posted on 07/24/2008 10:19:49 AM PDT by Tired of Taxes

Free Republic Homeschool Forum 2008-2009
A spot for homeschoolers on Free Republic to share information

Once again, we are reviving our Free Republic Homeschool Forum where homeschoolers can share tips and talk about curriculum for the upcoming year.

Below is a list of educational books, curricula, and other resources recommended by homeschoolers on Free Republic. This list was compiled, updated, and reformatted using the suggestions many of you gave on our last thread. (If any corrections are needed, please advise.)

Feel free to add more of your favorite books and products to the comments below. Which curriculum has worked well for your family? Share advice with other homeschoolers.

A big, hearty CONGRATULATIONS to all homeschoolers who graduated this year!

And, as always, many, many thanks to Jim Robinson and Free Republic for the continued support!


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1 posted on 07/24/2008 10:19:50 AM PDT by Tired of Taxes
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**** HOMESCHOOL RESOURCES (in alphabetical order) ****

Disclaimer: The website links below are provided only to give more information on each item. They are not intended as solicitations. Free Republic does not officially endorse any of these products. We are merely a group of Free Republic homeschoolers sharing information with each other.

*** ARTS & CRAFTS ***

Draw Write Now (Art, penmanship, and storytelling)
Sewing Made Easy

*** CATALOGUES FOR HOMESCHOOL PRODUCTS ***

Rainbow Resource
R.O.C.K. Solid, Inc.

*** COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES ***

Ave Maria University
Grove City College
Immaculata University
Patrick Henry College
Thomas Aquinas College
Christendom College
Franciscan University of Steubenville

*** COMPLETE CURRICULUM PACKAGES ***

A Beka
AlphaOmega Lifepac
My Father’s World
Seton Home Study School
Sonlight
Winter Promise (History, English)

*** COMPUTER & TECHNICAL SKILLS ***

e-Learning Center

*** CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS ***

Bright Blue Thinking Book, The
Building Thinking Skills
Fallacy Detective, The
Mind Benders

*** DIPLOMAS & TRANSCRIPTS ***

North Atlantic Regional High School (in Lewiston, Maine)

*** DRAMA & THEATRE ***

Acting Magic

*** DUAL CREDIT ***

St. Petersburg College

*** ENGLISH (LANGUAGE ARTS) ***

Analytical Grammar
Easy Grammar Systems
Educators Publishing Service(Explode the Code, Ridgewood Grammar, Wordly Wise & more)
Explode the Code
Horizons
Institute for Excellence in Writing
Phonics Pathways
Play ‘n’ Talk
Reader Rabbit (CD)
Ridgewood Grammar
Rod & Staff
Saxon Phonics
Shurley English
Spelling Power
Spell to Write and Read
Straight-Forward English (Garlic Press)
Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons
Vocabulary from Classical Roots (also see Educators Publishing Service)
Word Journeys
Wordly Wise
Words Their Way
Writing Strands (See Institute for Excellence in Writing)

*** FOREIGN LANGUAGES ***

Power Glide

*** FREE ONLINE - LESSON PLANS & STUDIES ***

AAA Math
Baltimore Curriculum Lesson Plans
Baseball/Sports (free online unit lessons):
(a) PBS Fantasy Baseball (PDF file)
(b) The Batting Cage
(c) Fun with Baseball Stats
(d) Learning from Baseball
(e) Physics in Sports connection (online video)
Basic Facts Worksheet Factory (Math)
Children’s Literature Lesson Plans & Resources
Core Knowledge Lesson Plans
Discovery
edHelper.com
Little House in the Big Woods (Laura Ingalls Wilder)
(Also see: Laura Ingalls Wilder Teacher Resource File
Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit Lesson Plans
Mater Amabilis (Charlotte Mason)
Math Fact Café
Ocean studies (Smithsonian)
OLI Carnegie Melon
Scripps National Spelling Bee Study Zone
Super Kids Math Worksheet Creator

*** FREE REPUBLIC THREADS ***

String Theory ‘blog

*** HISTORY ***

1776, by David McCullough
Famous Men of Rome (Greenleaf Press)
Greenleaf (Famous Men series)
Kingfisher History Encyclopedia
Patriot’s History of the United States, A
TRISMS
TruthQuest History: Age of Revolution I, II, III

*** HOMESCHOOL FORUMS, STORES & SWAPS ***

Love to Learn
Home for Homeschoolers, A
Homeschooler’s Bookshelf
Homeschooler’s Curriculum Swap
San Diego Homeschooling
Veg Source HomeSchool Talk & Swap

*** HOMESCHOOL GUIDES ***

Homeschooling Revolution, The
Homeschoolers’ Success Stories (by Linda Dobson)
Homeschool Your Child for Free (by Laura Maery Gold, Joan M. Zielinski)
Man’s Unconquerable Mind (by Gilbert Highet)
Well-Trained Mind, The

*** HOMESCHOOL MAGAZINES / NEWSLETTERS / NEWSPAPERS ***

The Link
Homeschool Humour

*** LAPBOOKING ***

Live & Learn Press
Currclick

*** LATIN ***

Latina Christiana
Latin’s Not So Tough

*** LEGAL ADVICE ***

Home School Legal Defense Association

*** LITERATURE ***

100 Good Books
100 Great Books
Books by Charles Dickens
Books by G.A. Henty
Children’s Literature Lesson Plans & Resources
Eragon (by Christopher Paolini)
Hardy Boys & Nancy Drew
Hobbit, The & Lord of the Rings (also see “Lesson Plans”)
Homeschool Detectives series
Homeschooler’s Bookshelf
Laura Ingalls Wilder books (also see “Lesson Plans”)
Little Britches (book series) by Ralph Moody
McGuffey Readers
Narnia (book series) by C.S. Lewis
Redwall series
Spiderwick Chronicles, The
Starfall Store
Stobaugh’s American Literature
Williwaw (by Tom Bodett)

*** MATHEMATICS ***

Key-To Series
Math-U-See
Miquon Math
Saxon Math
Saxon Math 54
Singapore Math
Straight-Forward Math (Garlic Press)

*** MUSIC ***

San Francisco Symphony for Kids

*** RECORDKEEPING ***

Donna Young’s Free Printables
The HomeSchool Mom

*** REFERENCE BOOKS ***

Usborne books
DK Eyewitness books

*** SCIENCE ***

Bob Jones Chemistry
Home Science Tools
Jason Project
Rainbow Science
Home Science Tools
Moody Science Videos
Noeo Science
Tobin’s Lab

*** TELEVISION & VIDEO ***

PBS Mail List

*** UNIT STUDIES ***

TRISMS

*** VIRTUAL SCHOOLS ***

Educere K-12
Florida Virtual School
Switched on Schoolhouse

*** WEBSITES ABOUT HOMESCHOOLERS & HOMESCHOOLING ***

Successful & Famous People (who were homeschooled)

*** YOUTH GROUPS ***

American Heritage Girls
Boy Scouts of America
4-H


2 posted on 07/24/2008 10:21:21 AM PDT by Tired of Taxes (Dad, I will always think of you.)
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To: metmom

Ping to metmom


3 posted on 07/24/2008 10:22:45 AM PDT by Tired of Taxes (Dad, I will always think of you.)
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To: Tired of Taxes

Wow. Thanks for the info. already forwarded the thread to my wife. Thanks again.


4 posted on 07/24/2008 10:24:02 AM PDT by LearnsFromMistakes (No longer welcome in my own 'happy place'.)
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To: Tired of Taxes
I recommend Core Knowledge to the curriculum resource list. http://www.coreknowledge.org
5 posted on 07/24/2008 10:26:28 AM PDT by Excellence (Why do scoundrels like Ayers gravitate to public education when Plan A fails?)
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To: metmom; DaveLoneRanger; taxcontrol; netmilsmom; perfect_rovian_storm; DoughtyOne; ...

FYI: The educational resources many of you recommended on our last Homeschoolers’ Forum have been added to this newly updated list. Thank you!


6 posted on 07/24/2008 10:27:54 AM PDT by Tired of Taxes (Dad, I will always think of you.)
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To: Tired of Taxes

I would be very interested to see how high schooling homeschoolers like their science curriculum.

I teach a coop class on chemistry and biology to homeschoolers, and have been using apologia. But I have to admit I am not happy with it. It’s too “conversational” and very week on outlining and clarity to me. I was looking at Bob Jones, which seems strong on basics.

Within the next few weeks we need to purchase biology. We have microscopes and lab equipment, but I was having trouble figuring out exactly how they conduct labs from the BJU website. Does anyone have any thoughts on this? Any ideas?


7 posted on 07/24/2008 10:31:21 AM PDT by I still care ("Remember... for it is the doom of men that they forget" - Merlin, from Excalibur)
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To: I still care

Wow. That’s weak, not week.

Even though my specialty is science, I CAN spell.


8 posted on 07/24/2008 10:33:10 AM PDT by I still care ("Remember... for it is the doom of men that they forget" - Merlin, from Excalibur)
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To: Tired of Taxes
I use Homeschool Tracker to keep track of all of my lessons, attendance and reports. It keeps track of grades and will give you a grade by quarter or semester. It covers everything and the best part is it's free.

Some other companies I like:

Veritas Press
Area 127
Curriculum Click - I found a great download for printables (household and school) on this website called Master Planner. It had 160 different printables for about $7.00 and it was totally worth the money.

9 posted on 07/24/2008 10:38:25 AM PDT by TightyRighty (I enjoy well-mannered frivolity.)
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To: Tired of Taxes

read later


10 posted on 07/24/2008 10:49:48 AM PDT by LiteKeeper (Beware the secularization of America; the Islamization of Eurabia)
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To: 2Jedismom; aberaussie; adopt4Christ; Aggie Mama; agrace; Antoninus; arizonarachel; AT7Saluki; ...
This ping list is for articles of interest to homeschoolers. DaveLoneRanger has asked me to take over the management of this list. I hold both the Homeschool Ping List and the Another Reason to Homeschool Ping List. Please freepmail me to let me know if you would like to be added or removed from either list, or both.

11 posted on 07/24/2008 10:49:56 AM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: Tired of Taxes

Excellent! Thanks so much. This year we’re going to follow Ambleside Online curriculum, found at amblesideonline.com. It’s a free curriculum that follows the spirit and content that Charlotte Mason used in her school in England in the 1800’s. Lots of great, classical literature, short lessons, emphasis on nature and the outdoors. I think it will be a good fit for us.


12 posted on 07/24/2008 10:50:32 AM PDT by ChocChipCookie (Homeschool like your kids' lives depend on it.)
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To: Tired of Taxes

Ping to RightWingTeen. Look like great resources for my kids.


13 posted on 07/24/2008 10:54:22 AM PDT by MaineConservative (Charlie Summers -- an Iraqi Vet and businessman for Maine's CD-1)
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To: I still care

We used Abeka and it seemed to be pretty thorough. We never did do much with BJU. It just wasn’t very popular in our area and you couldn’t find it used very easily. People around here tend to use Abeka. Several I know did use the Apologia, but opinions were mixed on it.

My daughter took some old NY Biology regents tests to see how she’d do and she did very well on them. Close to 90, IIRC.


14 posted on 07/24/2008 10:54:59 AM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: Tired of Taxes

Where can I find good information on making high school transcripts? My son starts freshman year this semester.


15 posted on 07/24/2008 10:55:35 AM PDT by HungarianGypsy
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To: Tired of Taxes

Homeschool graduate, no kids yet to homeschool. I can attest that a number of titles on your list are excellent from personal experience - particularly Writing Strands and Saxon Math.

You might add some courtship links :) although my homeschooled husband and I found each other on FreeRepublic, I believe other homeschoolers have found soulmates on more, er, romance specific forums.


16 posted on 07/24/2008 10:58:55 AM PDT by JenB
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To: Tired of Taxes

We used The Prairie Primer for one year in grade school using the Little House books. It was fine for grade school.

For English grades 1-6 and reading grades 1-3 we used Rod & Staff publishers. Their curriculum is very low cost and the English is great for teaching grammar and mechanics.

They also have a section in their website where you can bring up actual pages out of their books to see what the format is and how they teach it.

http://www.rodandstaffbooks.com/


17 posted on 07/24/2008 11:01:03 AM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: JenB

although my homeschooled husband and I found each other on FreeRepublic,
***Well, that’s pretty freeping cool...


18 posted on 07/24/2008 11:01:59 AM PDT by Kevmo (A person's a person, no matter how small. ~Horton Hears a Who)
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To: JenB

I’d be interested to know of homeschool/courtship sites. I operate courtshipconnection.net, which is not a match-making site as such (although a couple did meet through it). It is more for courtship discussion and links to articles and resources on courtship, and there has always been a strong homeschool influence there. I need to get back to updating it and would appreciate tips on current courtship sites and information, to update the now-musty Body of Knowledge area of the site.


19 posted on 07/24/2008 11:05:16 AM PDT by Liberty1970
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To: Tired of Taxes

We have been discussing ways to fast track kids through high school to avoid the liberal agenda and other idiocies:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1315730/posts?page=84#84

Proposal for the Free Republic High School Diploma.
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1316882/posts

I have been using the tag “chspe” to remind myself & others about the articles that have discussed this approach.


20 posted on 07/24/2008 11:05:33 AM PDT by Kevmo (A person's a person, no matter how small. ~Horton Hears a Who)
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To: HungarianGypsy
Where can I find good information on making high school transcripts? My son starts freshman year this semester.

So does one of mine (I'm trying not to panic), and I hope to read lots of advice here. ;-) I think the Donna Young website under "Recordkeeping" has free transcript forms. Others here have recommended NARS (see "Diplomas & Transcripts") which gives official credit (fees involved).

21 posted on 07/24/2008 11:13:43 AM PDT by Tired of Taxes (Dad, I will always think of you.)
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To: Liberty1970

Can’t help you there, we didn’t really spend much time looking for courtship materials. If you’re updating your site, make sure you have information about internet courtship! The hardest thing in our relationship was that we were very far from each other and our families so most of the traditional courtship strategies I’d heard of just didn’t work.


22 posted on 07/24/2008 11:16:42 AM PDT by JenB
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To: Kevmo
although my homeschooled husband and I found each other on FreeRepublic,
***Well, that’s pretty freeping cool...


It was a thread about homeschooling too.

Since we are on the subject... someone should write a book 'How To Meet And Marry On The Internet Without Getting Axe Murdered'.
23 posted on 07/24/2008 11:49:24 AM PDT by TalonDJ
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To: TalonDJ
If anyone is looking for lab science at home...

Castle Heights Press
24 posted on 07/24/2008 11:51:42 AM PDT by TalonDJ
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To: Tired of Taxes

How about the Calvert curriculum?

Although we no longer use the entire package, it’s a great, rigorous boxed curriculum, especially for early elementary school years.

http://www.calvertschool.org


25 posted on 07/24/2008 11:53:15 AM PDT by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: TalonDJ
someone should write a book 'How To Meet And Marry On The Internet Without Getting Axe Murdered'.

Hmm. Chapter 3: "Have Your First Date be a Group Outing with Lots of Friends. With Guns."

I seem to recall that strategy worked well.

26 posted on 07/24/2008 11:56:46 AM PDT by JenB
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To: Tired of Taxes

Here’s my best advice, get your kids involved in one or two activities and excel at them. Don’t get so “socialized” that the kids just touch on 50 different groups and things. As you’ll see from my tagline, I’m involved in Boy Scouts. Find a home school friendly Pack or Troop for cub and Boy Scouts and get involved. It teaches young men the correct things of life.

On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.

My daughters were in Girl Scouts for a while, but it wasn’t the same. However, a new Christian centered organization is coming on strong. If you have young girls, find or start an American Heritage Girls troop.


27 posted on 07/24/2008 12:24:57 PM PDT by cyclotic (Support Scouting-Raising boys to be men, and politically incorrect at the same time.)
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To: I still care
Our kids attended a local Community College for their Math and Science courses. They got their high school credits, and got some college credits which were transferred to the four year colleges to which they were admitted!

The only requirement from the Community College for them to take classes was that they take a placement test. This gave the school a benchmark by which to determine at which level they should start. For example, our daughter didn't do well on the writing part, but extremely well on the Math. Our son was just the opposite. They both enjoyed their classes, and because some of theirs were at night, they had quite a mix of students; some closer to their age, some older, and going back to school to finally get their degrees. It was quite enlightening for our kids.

28 posted on 07/24/2008 12:42:09 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: HungarianGypsy; Tired of Taxes
Loretta Heuer wrote an excellent book, The Homeschooler's Guide to Portfolios and Transcripts.

I'm a procrastinator, and knew I needed some oversight, so I registered our 2 homeschoolers with NARHS (North Atlantic Regional High School), so they'd have an accredited diploma at the end of it all. It's not that expensive, and it was great for my peace of mind. I still had to prepare a portfolio and transcript at the end of each year, and submit the evidence of their having done the work required for each course. This meant that at the end of four years, all that work was there, and credentialed, and the school submitted the information to the Admissions offices of the colleges to which our kids applied. I didn't have to do a portfolio for EACH college application.

Our daughter graduated in 2006, and our youngest son will be graduating this month, and will head off to college in August!
WHEW!

29 posted on 07/24/2008 12:52:45 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: JenB; TalonDJ
"Have Your First Date be a Group Outing with Lots of Friends. With Guns."

*snort*

30 posted on 07/24/2008 12:54:11 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: SuziQ

do they need any kind of transcript before enrolling? many of the online schools required a transcript ahead of time.


31 posted on 07/24/2008 12:55:29 PM PDT by HungarianGypsy
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To: HungarianGypsy
Nope, you just contact the school and send in the registration form. You will need to provide them with a Curriculum Worksheet, which shows the work your student will be doing, and give them the information about textbook publishers, etc. That's so the school can be sure that the materials you intend to use are actually high school level material. You can click on the NARHS website ,and it will give you all the info you need. You can download their Student Manual, and from there, can print out the Registration form, Curriculum worksheet, etc.

If your student has already attended high school, you can have the school send NARHS the transcript, and NARHS will blend that information into their own records, showing the credits your student has already earned.

I liked NARHS because our kids were able to create their own courses, and get credit for their work! Our daughter taught herself Japanese, and Digital Video Editing and we just provided proof in the form of translations of Japanese works and grammar instruction books, and sent them DVDs of some Anime Music Videos that she created for the Video Editing course. You can be very creative in how the subjects are studied, and the kids will stay interested and learn SO much!

32 posted on 07/24/2008 2:34:59 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Tired of Taxes

Another resource homeschoolers might want to take advantage of, or look into.

*Better Late than Early* is a book by Drs. Moore and Moore and is excellent for understanding how kids learn and early childhood education. I read it some years ago and would strongly recommend it to anyone with small children. The book can be found through Amazon. I didn’t know if posting the link was permitted since it’s selling something.

http://www.moorefoundation.com/
http://www.moorefoundation.com/article.php?id=3


33 posted on 07/24/2008 3:05:52 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: LearnsFromMistakes; All

LearnsFromMistakes sent the list below from his wife. (Thank you again!)

Buy/Sell curriculum:
http://www.homeschoolclassifieds.com/
http://market.hslda.org/Auction/xcAuction.asp
http://www.thecurriculumcoop.com/

Naturally Simple Homeschooling: http://www.naturallysimple.org/FreeorlowpriceOnlineHomeschoolResources.htm
http://www.homeschoolplanet.com/

Lapbooking:
http://www.dinah.com/
http://www.tobinslab.com/
http://www.geocities.com/gibsevengang/lapbooks.html

Letterboxing in North America:
http://www.letterboxing.org/

Math Worksheets:
http://donnayoung.org/math/
http://www.edhelper.com/math.htm
http://www.smartalecbooks.com/
http://www.superkids.com/aweb/tools/math/
http://themathworksheetsite.com/

rent calculators: http://www.rentcalculators.org/

Unit studies:
http://www.waldsfe.org/Study%20Topics.htm

Music Forms:
http://highland.hitcho.com.au/musicforms.htm

Spanish: http://www.jvlnet.com/~liliana/Spanish_Numbers.html

to keep portfolio’s of student portfolio…
http://www.osportfolio.org/
http://donnayoung.org/forms/planners/

Educational board games: http://edweb.sdsu.edu/courses/edtec670/cardboard/CardboardCognition.html

Trivia games: http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/web_games_menu.htm
http://www.funbrain.com/

Science:
http://www.bartleby.com/107/indexillus.html

Maps:
http://www.netstate.com/states/symb/seals/ia_seal.htm
http://www.worldatlas.com/webimage/countrys/namerica/namera.htm

History:
http://historylink101.com/

presidents:
http://www.presidentsusa.net/


34 posted on 07/24/2008 6:03:14 PM PDT by Tired of Taxes (Dad, I will always think of you.)
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To: TightyRighty
can't wait to hit the Area 127 booth at our homeschool convention this weekend...

i also like: Memoria Press, Veritas Press (as you do), Pennywise Learning, Peace Hill Press and Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers (for Latin and Greek material)...

35 posted on 07/24/2008 6:40:43 PM PDT by latina4dubya
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To: latina4dubya
One of our favorite books for Latin and Greek roots was "English From the Roots Up" The kids enjoyed learning the roots of common, and not so common, English words, and it was terrific for learning vocabulary.
36 posted on 07/24/2008 8:07:15 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: I still care

I’m glad you asked that question. I just spent months searching for a high school biology book for our eldest child. Every book I found either was too expensive, didn’t include enough information, and/or included controversial topics that had nothing to do with biology. So, I’ll be checking into the biology curricula recommended here, too.


37 posted on 07/24/2008 9:22:04 PM PDT by Tired of Taxes (Dad, I will always think of you.)
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To: MaineConservative; RightWingTeen

Ping to RightWingTeen. (I think I was pinged by mistake.)


38 posted on 07/24/2008 9:24:55 PM PDT by Tired of Taxes (Dad, I will always think of you.)
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To: All; Excellence; TightyRighty; ChocChipCookie; metmom; JenB; Liberty1970; Kevmo; TalonDJ; ...

Thanks for all of your input. The next Homeschool Resources list will be updated with the resources and links you recommended.


39 posted on 07/24/2008 9:38:47 PM PDT by Tired of Taxes (Dad, I will always think of you.)
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To: SuziQ
One of our favorite books for Latin and Greek roots was "English From the Roots Up"

that's one of my favorites! we've gone through all 200 roots... and i still have my son hit them once a week.... i do not want him to forget them... it helps that we do Latin... the roots come up all of the time...

40 posted on 07/24/2008 9:46:10 PM PDT by latina4dubya
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To: I still care
There are a number of links to interactive (virtual) labs (and other activities) on The Biology Corner, but for the worksheet type activities, answers aren't given, which may be difficult for non-science types.

The Science Spot says it is a middle school site, but it has some worksheets that are good for physical science (sometimes taught in 8th grade, sometimes in 9th, sometimes at a more advanced level in 11th)...answer keys are given for most worksheets, and there are also some links to interactive sites.

41 posted on 07/24/2008 10:00:56 PM PDT by Amelia
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To: Tired of Taxes
Every book I found either was too expensive

I'm not sure about lower grades, but college textbooks can frequently be purchased through Amazons' used book section quite inexpensively.

(If I was the last person in the world to figure that out, pardon me for butting in...sometimes I've gotten new books much cheaper than the price of used books at the college bookstore, and with 2 in college it helps considerably...my favorite "game" at the beginning of the semester is "beat the bookstore's prices")

42 posted on 07/24/2008 10:09:10 PM PDT by Amelia
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To: Tired of Taxes
Don't forget petfinder for those that prefer the 'wild dogs' method of child raising.
43 posted on 07/25/2008 6:08:30 AM PDT by TalonDJ
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To: Amelia

A friend of my kids said that she bought the used books so cheaply on Amazon, that she made money selling them back to the college bookstore.


44 posted on 07/25/2008 6:44:24 AM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: metmom

I believe that...as I say, I love buying the books online just to see how much more cheaply I can get them! (although the bill is often a “gulper” either way...)


45 posted on 07/25/2008 6:57:17 AM PDT by Amelia
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To: Amelia

It’s like going to the dollar store. Yeah, it’s great, everything is a dollar...

Until you realize you just spent $40.


46 posted on 07/25/2008 7:14:41 AM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: Tired of Taxes

I haven’t had a chance to check out Abeka biology but I know it has good lab manuals.

I’ve peeked at some BJU. Some higher schools diss it, because it is Christian oriented (aka not big on evolution) but I found it was one of the few curricula that I didn’t have to outline and make extra handouts. It has good natural outlining built into the text.

Apologia was a big disappointment to me. I guess it’s good if you have no science background, because the book is a running conversation. He comes from the reasearch analytical background, but I found my kids didn’t process it into memory as well. It’s good if you can’t figure out how to do something.

People have told me for Physics the Apologia text is good. I didn’t like it for Chemistry.


47 posted on 07/25/2008 9:21:06 AM PDT by I still care ("Remember... for it is the doom of men that they forget" - Merlin, from Excalibur)
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To: Tired of Taxes

A good site for used curriculum is vegsource. It’s vegetarian site, but for some weird reason they have a huge homeschooling swap board.You have to search for it, I never can find the link when I need it. But I’ve bought lots of cheap curriculum from there.

Also, as I said I teach science. I’ve found older editions are MUCH cheaper. People hold over from their college days, when they found if they had a early edition it made problems. But if you are doing the work by yourself, it doesn’t matter if the pages or problems don’t mesh with others.

I actually tell kids to bring in older edition books to my class, and we just share the problems. I’ve found the text doesn’t really change that much. Just the colors and page numbers.


48 posted on 07/25/2008 9:28:49 AM PDT by I still care ("Remember... for it is the doom of men that they forget" - Merlin, from Excalibur)
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To: metmom

We purchase almost all of our books through Amazon. Before buying, I either preview the book online (sometimes I find previews on other sites if Amazon doesn’t give one), read the reviews customers post, or go to a store and review the book myself. Still, sometimes the books aren’t appropriate after all. In fact, I’m in the process of returning a few for a refund now. That’s why I find the recommendations here so valuable.

After reviewing so many books (and now returning a few), I now keep a warning list of books to avoid and the reasons why. I don’t want to forget which books I shouldn’t purchase. That reminds me, eventually, I’d like for us FR homeschoolers to share information on books to avoid, too, as most of us are probably buying online.


49 posted on 07/25/2008 9:52:07 AM PDT by Tired of Taxes (Dad, I will always think of you.)
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To: I still care

Thanks, I know other homeschoolers who use Vegsource, too. It’s listed in the links above under “Homeschool Forums, Stores & Swaps”, but I haven’t tried it yet. Most of the homeschoolers where I live are natural foods enthusiasts and vegetarians. Maybe that’s why so many homeschoolers are there.

I may be one of the few people who didn’t resell her college textbooks. I kept all of them, so we have college textbooks on geology, for example, but nothing on biology!

I noticed PBS sells a video series called “Core Biology”, but it’s very expensive, and I don’t want to spend the money without knowing if it’s appropriate. That reminds me, we need a DVD/CD category. If the packages are opened, they can’t be returned for a refund, so it would be good to know which are OK to buy before purchasing.


50 posted on 07/25/2008 10:17:12 AM PDT by Tired of Taxes (Dad, I will always think of you.)
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