3 of My Favorite Homeschool Things

I’m having so much fun reading about other homeschooling mom’s favorite things this month! I love our curricula so I feel no need to change anything (except maybe the reading – the program Lisa is using for her emerging reader looks really neat!), but it is fun to get a little virtual peek into a few homeschool classrooms.

This mom shares her favorite planner, history, and reading programs, including a completely FREE curriculum!

Here are a few of my own favorite homeschool things:

The Well-Planned Day Student Planner

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The Well Planned Day Student Planner is very thorough, compact, and so easy to use. Plus it’s really pretty, which is a huge bonus for my artsy fourth grader! My daughter absolutely loves writing in this planner and she has it double as a regular calendar as well. I will occasionally write her lessons in this planner for her and I have no need for a teacher planner because this one is enough for us.

(On a side note, even though I’m not using a teacher planner this year, I do use The Well Planned Day’s new blog planner and I absolutely love it! Planners are 15% off through Sept. 30.)

The Mystery of History

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I cannot recommend The Mystery of History highly enough. My kids LOVE this history program and they LOVE the audio lessons that are read by the author, Linda Hobar. This is a four-year chronological history program that starts at creation and goes to present day.

I love how Mrs. Hobar connects Biblical History with World History, especially in Volume I – (something that I didn’t even know was possible until I began homeschooling)! For example, did you know the first Olympic games happened just 16 years before Jonah was swallowed by the big fish? I learned that just from reading the table of contents from Volume I!

Depending on our schedules, some years we do several of the suggested activities and other years we just listen to the audio lessons and move on.

All in One Homeschool

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The All in One website is such a blessing to my family! We don’t use it for every subject (although we could!) but I do use it with my kindergartener to help her work on her reading skills, and we’ve recently started using it for music class as well (I plan to start All in One gym soon too!).

The site doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles but once we got the hang of it, we found that it’s really easy to use. It’s also very well thought-out and thorough, and the price (FREE) can’t be beat!

Well, those are three of my favorite homeschool things – what are some of your favorite homeschool things?

Davonne (7 Posts)

Davonne Parks is a married Christian homeschool mom who began teaching her children at home in 2009. She blogs about cultivating a heart for motherhood, as well as organization and simplicity, at DavonneParks.com. Davonne believes that some of life’s richest moments happen when we embrace the beauty of imperfection as we extend grace to ourselves and others. She’s written two eBooks, “101 Time-Saving Tips for Busy Moms” (free to her blog subscribers) and “28 Days to Timeliness: Tips and Confessions from a Semi-Reformed Late Person.”


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President’s Day {Internet} Scavenger Hunt

President's Day Scavenger Hunt

Who doesn’t love a good scavenger hunt? Just for today, toss those history textbooks under the bed, grab some pencils and paper, fire up the laptop (or mobile device or desktop computer) and challenge your kids to find the answers to the following questions. There are some fun (and silly) little known facts along with the more serious. How about taking the challenge with them or offering a small prize (cherry pie, anyone?) to the contestant who finds the most correct answers in the shortest amount of time.

Spoiler alert: answers are provided below — be sure to obscure them before giving the questions to your history hunters!

Come back here after you’re done; let us know how you did and what other cool facts you may have discovered that you didn’t know before.

George Washington

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  • Where did George Washington live during his presidency?
  • Did George Washington introduce the mule to America?
  • What was his favorite subject in school?
  • How did President Washington view political parties?
  • How many children did George Washington have?
  • What was George Washington’s middle name?
  • In 1775, Washington was appointed commander of what army?
  • Did George Washington wear a wig?
  • What provision did George Washington make in his will for his slaves?
  • What did Martha Washington do with all the letters George sent her?
  • What branch of the US military did Washington’s presidency found?
  • Washington left money in his will for Liberty Hall Academy which later became which university?
  • In 1754, Washington led an attack that started which world war?
  • How much did Washington pay a Dr.Watson to have one of his teeth pulled?
  • How many times was George Washington wounded in battle?

Sources: Key Facts About George Washington and President’s Day Scavenger Hunt

Abraham Lincoln

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  • To which political party did Abraham Lincoln originally belong?
  • What were Lincoln’s two nicknames?
  • When Abraham Lincoln was seven years old he did something he felt really bad about. What was it?
  • Abraham Lincoln was essentially homeschooled, receiving less than a year of formal education. He cleaned his math problems off his board with what tool?
  • What plant killed Lincoln’s mother?
  • in 1830, Abraham Lincoln’s family moved from a farm in Indiana to what state?
  • Lincoln and his wife Mary Todd had four sons. One died while they were in the White House. What was his name and how old was he when he died?
  • With what politician did Lincoln engage in debates concerning the question of slavery?
  • Lincoln ran for the Senate against Stephen A. Douglas. The vote was 54 to 46 — who won?
  • Where did Lincoln store his important papers?
  • What famous speech did Lincoln make in Pennsylvania in 1863?
  • After receiving a letter from Sarah Hale, what national holiday did President Lincoln establish?
  • Where did General Robert E. Lee surrender to General Ulysses S. Grant?
  • What play was Lincoln watching when he was shot?
  • Does Abraham Lincoln have any direct descendants?

Sources: Timeline of Abraham Lincoln for Kids, Abraham Lincoln for Young Readers, Abraham Lincoln Web-quest, Lincoln Fast Facts and  President’s Day Scavenger Hunt

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Answers

{George Washington}

  • Not in the White House; in New York and then Philadelphia
  • Yes
  • Math
  • He disapproved of them, feeling they were divisive
  • None of his own; he had two step-children
  • He didn’t have one
  • The Continental Army
  • No
  • He arranged to free those slaves belonging to him upon his wife’s death
  • She burned them
  • The Navy
  • Washington & Lee University
  • The Seven Years’ War
  • 5 Shillings
  • He was never {seriously} wounded in battle

{Abraham Lincoln}

  • Whigs
  • “Honest Abe” and “Illinois Rail-Splitter”
  • He shot a turkey; he never hunted again
  • A knife
  • White Snakeroot
  • Illinois
  • “Willie” died from typhoid fever when he was 11
  • Stephen A. Douglas
  • Stephen A. Douglas
  • He tucked them into his tall black hat
  • The Gettysburg Address
  • Thanksgiving
  • Appomattox Court House in Virginia
  • Our American Cousin
  • No, in fact he only had one son live to reach adulthood and marry
Angela (27 Posts)

Angela is co-founder of Mosaic Freeschool and a homeschooling mom to two never-been-to school kids. Born in Southern California and raised on the East Coast, Angela had a bit of an unconventional education, but did not consider homeschooling seriously until her first child was born. Believing that young children learn best from those that love them most, Angela and her husband John chose homeschooling for their two boys. She is dedicated to the advancement of alternative education choices, creating the web-site Raising Autodidacts in 2011 to further explore the idea of fostering the self-taught individual. In June of 2013, she started an instructional writing service called Gathering Ink .


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Homeschool Resources for the U.S. Constitution

If you read my blog at all you know where I stand when it comes to our country.
I am all about making sure our children know American History. So, here are some resources specific to the US Constitution.

Homeschool Resources for the Constitution

 

 


Preamble. I am sure mom’s remember this one!

What are some of your favorite Constitution resources that you could add to this list?

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Katey K (14 Posts)

Mama Kautz is a self proclaimed Jesus Freak. She drinks her coffee iced, even in winter. She is a Patriot who writes about her homesteading and prepping journey, with teens, and a touch of their homeschool lifestyle. Married to The Principal, they live on 5 acres in North Idaho where she enjoys the simple life and watching her chickens.


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