I know it has been quite some time since I posted anything

but I have a semi-good excuse lol.  My main computer was stuck by a power surge and I have been using a laptop.  My old hard drive on my main computer is shot and I don’t have access to my favorite homeschooling goodies to post :(  but never fear!  I have my main computer back and Hodge Podge Homeschooling is up and running once again.  I hope to have some great things to share with you soon.

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5 Must-Have, No-Cost Resources for Homeschooling

I received these in an email from KnowledgeQuest (www.KnowledgeQuestMaps.com):

Top 5 Must-Have No-Cost Homeschooling Resources

(These are not listed in any particular order because they are all good!  Bookmark or sign up for them all!)

  1. Jim Erskine’s Freebie of the Dayhttp://www.homeschoolfreebie.wholesomechildhood.com/.  If you are not aware of this site, then I am excited to share it with you.  Jim works with homeschool publishers to provide you with 1 freebie each day.  The link to the freebie is only active for 24 hours, so you have to act fast, but these are quality offerings and not just filler junk.  Trust me, I have participated in this program and we have given away a full U.S. geography curriculum on one occasion and another full ebook on another occasion.  Other publishers are doing the same thing.  So sign up using the “Join List” tab at the top of the page.
  2. The Old Schoolhouse’s Teacher Toolbox – http://www.thehomeschoolmagazine.com/E_News/index.php#teacherstoolbox.  Most of you are probably aware of their Freebie Friday newsletter (if you are not, then sign up for that one as well).  But the Teacher Toolbox newsletter is a lesser known treasureThe Teacher’s Toolbox is a great way to inject something extra into your teaching plans especially when you are homeschooling on a shoestring.
  3. The Homeschool Mom Unit Studies - http://www.thehomeschoolmom.com/schoolroom/unitstudies.php.  Actually, the entire Homeschool Mom site is a gem and you should spend some time there getting familiarized with it and find out what it has to offer.  But I specifically highlighted the unit study page because unit studies are a great way to homeschool your children especially if you are working with limited funds.  You can teach them all the same topic but at varying levels.  You can often utilize library books and online information resources – all for free. 
  4. Donna Young Printables and Resources - http://donnayoung.org/index.htm.  Yes, this site is a treasure trove of lessons, planners and forms.  There is a form for everything you could ever need.  I especially like her diplomas!  If you are looking for a specific form, a planner or a lesson for a certain subject, make sure that you check here!  Donna Young has so many useful forms and resources that you will think you have hit the jackpot.
  5. Homeschooling ABCs Free 5 Day MiniClass http://www.homeschoolingabcs.com.  Sometimes when you are throwing it all together yourself and not using pre-made curriculum, you can start to wonder if you are on the right track.  Worry no longer… sign up for the free 5 day mini-class at the site above and receive information on:

Ø      What to Teach and When

Ø      4 Steps to Homeschooling Success

Ø      Homeschooling on a Dime

Ø      Getting the Help You Need

Ø      Planning and Scheduling

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As of June 28, 2009 Progressive Phonics is FREE (thank Socorro for the email)

FROM THE SITE:

Progressive Phonics all-in-one reading program

Progressive Phonics is an all-in-one reading program that is easy, fun, and totally FREE—that’s right, totally and completely free!

And with Progressive Phonics, ANYONE can teach a child to read and write in just a few minutes a day, which makes it ideal for parents, teachers, tutors, volunteers and home-schoolers.

 No experience necessary. Just pick a book and start reading it with your child/students.

 Matching handwriting worksheets and activity sheets for each book — when children write what they learn, they learn it better.

 Also teaches the essential sight-words (phonics rule-breakers) that most phonics programs fail to teach.

Instant access — download and use today. (Free registration required, but there are sample books you can look at before registering.)

Our books can be read on-screen or printed on your color printer. Each book takes 4–8 minutes to print and uses as little ink and paper as possible.

But don’t judge a book by it’s home page. Read one of our books with a child and see for yourself.

www.progressivephonics.com

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Free Grammar Course

English Banana offers a very comprehensive free grammar course.  Some of it is geared to English as a second language learners, but can very easily be used as a core curriculum for native English speakers as well through middle school.  There are games, coursebooks, and much more at www.englishbanana.com and best of all it’s FREE.

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Love virtual tours?

How about over 300 free virtual tours?  All on ONE website?  Look no further!  http://www.virtualfreesites.com/museums.interest.html

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Webrangers Program offered by the US National Park Services

From the site:

The National Park Service’s on-line Junior Ranger program for kids of all ages. If you love your National Parks, Monuments and Historic Sites, this site is for you.  Play more than 50 games and learn about your National Parks.

Share park stories and pictures with other WebRangers around the world in My Community.  Now there are 83,259 registered WebRangers; 3,538 have earned WebRangers patches by completing all of the activities.

http://www.nps.gov/webrangers/

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FREE Science Curriculum – Classic Science – Elementary Life Science

and not only is the elementary life science curriculum free, but Mr. Q has so generously included links to online resources that correspond with each lesson.  Big props to Mr. Q for providing such a wonderful resource :)
http://www.eequalsmcq.com/index.htm

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