Homeschool Curriculum in the Digital Age

I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for ways to save in our homeschool budget.  I try to use whatever thrifty resources I can, which often includes digital products. I was an old school holdout for years before I came to accept digital homeschool curriculum and books, but the practical side of me (read: frugal) won out.

Homeschool Curriculum in the Digital Age ~ 6 Advantages of Using Digital Homeschool Curriculum

 

Advantages of Digital Homeschool Curriculum

There are some advantages to digital homeschool curriculum that I’ve come to appreciate in the past few years:

  • it’s available instantly when you need it
  • it doesn’t take up room on your bookshelf
  • it’s easily portable (we like to read on our Kindle)
  • you can print what you choose when you choose
  • it can be used for more than one student and printed multiple times (depending on the particular copyright permissions of the material)
  • it is generally less expensive than print materials

One of the great resources I discovered last year is the Build Your Bundle -Homeschool Edition. Not only does it offer great prices on digital curriculum, it’s very customizable to suit your individual needs! I love that! There are bundles for Charlotte Mason, copywork, math, science, history, language arts, middle school, high school, preK and elementary, just for boys, and just for girls. If none of those meet your needs, you can build your own bundle with selections of your choice. Does it get any better than that?

Yes, it does. Why? Because not only does it offer pre-assembled bundles, but you can actually build your own bundle of resources! Perfectly customized and individualized, just like homeschooling!

 

Build Your Bundle Details

The 2015 Build Your Bundle Sale is here!
2015 Build Your Bundle Homeschool Sale
There are several individual bundles, priced starting at $10. The 2015 Build Your Bundle Sale will consist of the following bundles, plus, of course, the BUILD YOUR OWN OPTIONS!! These bundles are full of products from popular publishers!

  • Preschool-Kindergarten
  • 1st-3rd grade (2 bundles!)
  • 4th-6th grade (2 bundles!)
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • Charlotte Mason
  • Notebooking
  • Copywork
  • Unit Studies
  • Just for Boys
  • Just for Girls
  • Character Bundle
  • Just for Moms (2 bundles!)
  • Fine Arts
  • Special Needs Bundle
  • Non-Faith Based/Secular Bundle

 

 

The Build Your Bundle Sale is ONE-WEEK ONLY – May 25th – June 1st 2015.

Don’t miss the BIGGEST homeschooling sale of the year.

Do you use digital homeschool curriculum? Why or why not?

 

Happy homeschooling,

 

Sara (64 Posts)

I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.


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A Year’s Worth of Art Lessons with See the Light Art Class Complete Set Giveaway!

 

The Homeschool Post is very excited to host a mega giveaway for See the Light! It’s an exclusive opportunity to win the ENTIRE SET of See the Light Art Class on DVD. That’s ALL 9 DVDs with Master Artist Pat Knepley making art approachable for every level of artist.

I’ve written about my experience with See the Light art in our family. We have enjoyed the lessons and look forward to them in our art time.

See the Light Art Class Lessons

The Art Class set includes a year’s worth of lessons with easy-to-follow instructions.

VOLUME 1 The Basics

VOLUME 2 Shape & Space

VOLUME 3 Value & Color

VOLUME 4 Color Blending Techniques

VOLUME 5 Proportions For Composition

VOLUME 6 Texture & Form

VOLUME 7 Perspective For The Landscape

VOLUME 8 Balancing & Foreshortening

VOLUME 9 The Portrait

You can even try three free lessons with no obligation, just to get an idea of the quality and educational value of Art Class.


Pat Holt, founder of See the Light, is enthusiastic about providing quality art lessons for homeschool families. She is generously offering a giveaway of one complete set of the Art Class DVDs to one of our readers! It is valued at $99.99 and provides a full year of art instruction for the whole family.

You can find See the Light on Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, Google+, and Instagram. Don’t forget to sign up for their free email newsletter to get the latest updates and specials, as well as free lessons!

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Sara (64 Posts)

I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.


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Map Travelers: A Unique Curriculum Approach to Geography and Cultures Study (A Review)

Learning geography is always more fun when there are hands-on projects that allow learners to experience the countries and cultures that they’re learning about. My younger girls and I have been traveling around the world this year studying geography and the cultures of the people who live in the countries that we study. So I was happy to have the opportunity to review Map Travelers, a unit study style geography curriculum.

Map Travelers: A Unit Study Approach to Geography & Cultures for the whole family {review}

Map Travelers is a twenty-one week geography and cultures curriculum. The curriculum is a unit study based curriculum with suggested reading, suggested movies, notebooking pages, and hands-on projects and crafts. It can be used with multiple ages, so it makes a nice family unit study. The variety of activities provides something for every learning style, which also makes it a good fit for most of the children in the family.

At the beginning of the curriculum are some instructions for use and a clickable menu. The menu shows one week of activities for an overview of
the world, and then each week covers a continent or world area. Some continents only have a week. Some have multiple weeks. Clicking on the week’s link takes you to a schedule grid for that week.

Map Travelers Table of Contents     Map Travelers schedule page

As emphasized in a “how to use this” guide at the beginning of the curriculum, these schedules are flexible. There is work scheduled for four days of the week. The work is divided into categories- Country; Project; Recipes; Movies; and Creative. Under each category are ideas suggested for the days of the week. When a project is given, instructions for completing the project are below. Occasionally there are outside links to find instructions or printables.

There is a list of suggested reading for each week’s continent or area. There is also a passport file. This can be printed, and the child can stamp or sticker it as they “travel” to various country. At the end of the curriculum file, there are printable notebooking pages that go with various countries of study and there are printable tickets to place on the pages as the students “travel” to various countries.

Map Travelers sample page Map Travelers passport Map Travelers sample page

My thoughts about Map Travelers:

  • I love unit studies that are designed for the whole family to use. We’ve always enjoyed doing these together.
  • It is very nice to have notebooking pages so that the children will have a nice completed project at the end. I think notebooks and lapbooks are an excellent way for the child to be able to look back and see what they’ve learned.
  • The curriculum is extremely flexible. Although there is a general schedule for each week, this can be easily adapted to use however you like. Right now, I’m using it as a supplement to the geography curriculum we already had. It’s great for this because I can look up the continent or country we’re studying and find other great activity or reading ideas or find notebooking pages to add to our study. It could also be used as a stand alone curriculum. The activities for each week aren’t very time consuming, so you could either take the days as they are scheduled or you could consolidate your geography study into one or two days of the week.
  • I like that there are reading and movie suggestions for the weekly studies. The book suggestions are divided by fiction and nonfiction. I wish there were some grade recommendations for them, so that I could have an idea without having to click on each to see the book (links to Amazon, so you can read details or purchase there).

Map Travelers is a good, flexible geography curriculum that offers reading, notebooking, and hands-on activities. It can be used as a whole family study or with one child or group of children. It’s reasonably priced , and there are options to purchase single continent studies or purchase the whole thing on CD- instead of a digital download. This makes it a good choice for a family geography curriculum.

 

Map Travelers unit study The Facts:

 Curriculum- Map Travelers geography curriculum (available as digital download or CD)

 Price- $19.95 for full digital download (other options available)

 Age recommendation- Any ages

 

 

 

 

 

Disclaimer: The Homeschool Post received this unit study at no cost for the purpose of the review. We were not required to write a positive review, nor were we compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed are those of the author. We are disclosing this in accordance with the FTC regulations.

 

 

Leah (5 Posts)

Leah Courtney is a homeschooling mom of four. Her days are filled with being a mom, homemaker, and teacher. In her (very rare) free time, she enjoys blogging, reading, and reviewing books and curricula. These days she’s learning the joys of being a mom of teens. You can read about her family and homeschooling life at As We Walk Along the Road.


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