What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God. We should accustom ourselves to think of our position and work as sacred and well-pleasing to God, not on account of the position and work, but on account of the word and faith from which the obedience and the work flow. ~ Martin Luther

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Teaching Resources

This is how I found Corynn yesterday during naptime. She was out like a light-and in the funniest position I just had to get a picture or two. Guess sleep just kind of popped up on her. She must have been tired!

Which I am feeling right now-but it is a GOOD tired, as opposed the the tired I was feeling a few days ago. By the way, thank you all for your warm and generous comments about our 'incident' the other day. I really appreciate the support and kind thoughts and prayers you all so willingly offer me. I felt much better the next day, after the initial shock had warn off. The children seem no worse for the wear, though we did make our way into said Walmart this morning (with Matt) and Corynn brought up that this was where the "naughty man" had been. Still, it seems as childhood innocence can be blissfully sweet, as I was the only one really shaken by the whole thing.

Now-WHY do I feel happily overwhelmed? I'll tell you.

This internet is just SUCH a vast, tremendous, overwhelming source of all and any information that you might devote a braincell to in your life.

I mean, golly.

I could be on here for HOURS and HOURS and still not find all the wonderful craft tutorials out there, offered for free and at my disposal.

Now that I am homeschooling, I am able to find websites and curriculum's at every button click, units studies by the dozens and information by truckload.

I mean, if I had all day to be on the computer, I don't know that I would need to spend a single NICKEL on homeschooling books! It's all accessible to me, if only I had the time!

Here are a few particular places I will most definitely be using...in a smaller capacity now and in their entirety at a later date. Perhaps you might enjoy them as well?!

Homeschool Share was just referred to me by Tamara of Training Hearts. It is also the one that got me started on this multi-hour information expedition. (Thanks alot TAMARA! hehehe) This is website where homeschoolers share unit studies, lapbooking ideas, websites, etc. that they have used and enjoyed. I love word of mouth...really do! If these women take the time to write all the information and provide all the links, they must have really thought it worthwhile!

Composers for Kids is a great tool for older children studying music. Teaches you to compose, has a detailed list of composers with information, photos, and samplings of each.

THIS one is my FAVORITE! State by State unit studies-all for free! These are based off of Gale books-but you needn't have the books to use the FANTASTIC resources! Complete lapbook and unit studies with FABULOUS information-all for free. I am in love with this site. I am already planning a Pennsylvania unit ( a bit more simplified) for Corynn. AWESOME.

Oklahoma Homeschool has a nice variety of DETAILED (and that is an UNDERSTATEMENT) unit studies and timelines for free. Just check out the one for Thanksgiving if you don't believe me! They also have things for purchase. Are you overwhelmed yet?!?

This one is for your littlest ones, Kiz CLub has lots of fun preschool thru third grade crafts, phonics help, etc.

And one more, just to put you over the top... Preschool Express. Obviously, also geared for the younger child. This too looks like a fun resource. Though I didn't get a chance to go through it all, I do look forward to doing so. SOMETIME!

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