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January 30, 2015

FREEBIE FFEBRUARY Sneak Peek

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FREEBIE FEBRUARY–28 days of FREE educational goodies! FREE trials, FREE books, FREE courses, FREE printables, FREE toys, FREE and helpful information, plus so much MORE! Over 200 freebies in all! Yes—it will take you a while to scroll down the page! But how great!

We’re still working of the event…..inputting freebies….but here’s a sneak peek of some of the products we’ll be offering:

-          Free PDF copies of Homeschool.com’s popular book “Homeschooling & Loving It!”

-          Free toys from ALEX Toys

-          Free trial – The Homeschool Planet® Homeschool Planner from the Homeschool Buyers Co-op

-          Free Level 1 Program from Rosetta Stone

-          Numerous freebies from Educents

-          Free 2-month math trial from ALEKS®

-          Free toys from the internet toy store 4Knowledge-4Fun

-          Free books and activities from Fundanoodle

-          Free yearbooks from Picaboo Yearbooks

-          Free play from Nessy Learning

-          Numerous pre-school freebies from Mother Goose Time

-          Free PDF of Joyful Homeschooling written by Homeschool.com’s very own Rebecca Kochenderfer

-          Free Adventurer Packages from The Adventurous Mailbox

-          Free art lessons from Art Achieve

-          One semester language course from Middlebury Interactive Languages

-          Free typing programs from eReflect

-          Free First Form Latin from Memoria Press

-          Free online reading program from ESA

-          FREE 16-page e-book: A Brief History of English Spelling by Barbara Beers

-          FREE e-book Teaching Boys, written by Andrew Pudewa and Woody Robertson

We’re really excited about FREEBIE FEBRUARY! We’re counting down the days!

 

BTW, if you’re a company or blogger that would like to be involved—there’s still time—just e-mail Ann@Homeschool.com!

January 29, 2015

IXL – Product Review

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This is a Homeschool.com product review.  All our reviews can be seen here.

 

IXL offers kids unlimited online practice in math and language arts (pre-K-12th for Math and Grades 2nd- 8th for language arts). With their family membership you receive unlimited access to all their content–all grade levels and skill levels—which is a huge plus for homeschooling families.

The site provides a focused online environment for learning, but it’s also a fun place to be. Attractive images and awards and certificates are hidden throughout the site—which really gets kids excited. Heck, I was thrilled when I won an award! You might have trouble getting your kids off of IXL!

Things I particularly like about IXL—

  • Unlimited questions in over 4,000 skills—wow!
  • Fun and colorful practice formats—I did enjoy them.
  • Children get access to all grades, so there’s nothing stopping them from moving ahead when they’re feeling confident about a topic, or going back a grade level for a little review. Great for homeschooling one or multiple children.
  • IXL uses real-life math problems—math problems that encourage kids to think and to recognize how math is part of their everyday lives. I think this is really important.
  • Questions adapt to children’s ability, so as kids practice and get question correct, the questions become progressively more difficult. Kids can take things at their own pace, but still feel challenged to do their best.
  • The problems are generated algorithmically, rather than drawn from a question bank, so kids can practice, practice, practice, and never see the same problem twice (how cool is that?)
  • If a child gets the wrong answer, s/he receives immediate feedback and question-specific explanations to solidify his/her understanding of the concept. This lets kids learn from their own mistakes.
  • The site offers awards and certificates to print out as your kids reach important milestones—perfect for the refrigerator. IXL is a practice environment that rewards hard work—which is a life skill for sure!
  • IXL sends weekly e-mail updates on your child’s progress—information on exactly which problems your child missed, what he’s having trouble with, how your student has progressed over time, and how much knowledge has been understood and retained.
  • IXL has an app for the iPad, Android, or Kindle tablet—for mobile math practice.

Want to know which math skill kids learn in each grade? Click here to find out. Click here for the language arts skills. When you’re on these pages, you’ll notice that IXL aligns to the Common Core and to the standards of all 50 states. Although IXL aligns to the Core and to state standards, you don’t have to use them in your homeschool to use IXL (IXL pointed this out to me—they know you want to go above and beyond the CC/standards and they’re supportive of this).

If you think about it—it’s nice to know what the Core/state standards require—that way you can meet them….and surpass them.

January 28, 2015

FREEBIE FEBRUARY is almost here!

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Woo Hoo! It’s almost FREEBIE FEBRUARY!

(It’s Homeschool.com’s biggest events of the year!)

 

FREEBIE FEBRUARY–28 days of FREE educational goodies! FREE trials, FREE books, FREE courses, FREE printables, FREE toys, FREE and helpful information, plus so much MORE! Over 200 freebies in all!

We’re still working of the event…..inputting freebies….really, it’s so exciting!

Please check back on 2/1–and throughout February.  You’ll be glad you did.

January 27, 2015

KD Novelties – Product Review

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This is a Homeschool.com product review.  All our reviews can be seen here.

 

I must be up front – I love personalized books/songs/toys, etc. I think they’re a great way to engage kids.

Knowing that, you can imagine how thrilled I was when I came upon the KD Novelties site—as they have MANY options for personalized books (e-books, soft cover and hard cover books), personalized photo books (your child’s name and picture throughout the book, and on the cover too!), personalized CDs, personalized DVDs, gift sets, book baskets (also great for gift giving), and more.

Regarding the personalized books, each book includes—

  • Your child’s name, age, and hometown
  • The name of your child’s friends or relatives
  • A personalized message from you (very nice)

Personalized books are a great addition to your homeschool library because they–

  • Promote reading/reading comprehension.
  • Can complement your language/English lessons
  • Come in a variety of subjects, including sports, holidays, religious themes, cartoon characters, animals, and more (great for a variety of interests)
  • Benefit struggling readers — if you have a child that doesn’t like to read, personalized books may make reading a more personal, relevant, and fun experience

I personally received and reviewed Terrance the Giraffe. In this book, my child helped Terrance the Giraffe through a difficult time when he was teased for being different—so the subject matter taught positive values and depicted my child as being kind—I liked that. And it’s now her favorite book! I think ordering another one (or two) might be in order–maybe a book basket too! Shipping is free on orders of $50 or more–another plus!

Really, I like everything about this site.

January 26, 2015

The Science of NFL Football

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With the Super Bowl just around the corner, why not delve into the science of NFL football this week.

NBC Learn, NBC Sports, the National Science Foundation and the National Football League, help unravel the science behind professional football. Lessons cover such topics as the Pythagorean Theorem, Torque & Center of Mass, Newton’s Third Law of Motion,plus so much more.

Your kids might love this–and think how you’ll be able to impress everyone with your own knowledge when you attend the Super Bowl party of your choice!

January 23, 2015

Even More Top 100 Educational Websites!

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Every year, Homeschool.com publishes our Top 100 Educational Websites. This list is informational, helpful, and a resource homeschoolers look forward to receiving.

Our 2015 list published on Monday!  Just some of the companies that made the list:

Drawing with Children/Monart Schools
http://monart.com

ArtAchieve
https://artachieve.com/

Music Vision International LLC
http://www.softmozart.com

HomeschoolPiano
http://www.homeschoolpiano.com and http://jazzedge.com

ABCya!
www.abcya.com

Picaboo Yearbooks
www.picabooyearbooks.com

Bookemon, Inc.
http://www.bookemon.com

MetaMoJi Corporation
http://business.metamoji.com/education-solutions/

Internet Marital Arts (IMA)
www.internetmartialarts.com

Songs for Teaching
http://www.songsforteaching.com

Forest Trail Academy
http://www.foresttrailacademy.com

Virtual Schools of Excellence
http://www.myvsoe.com

Halstrom Academy
http://halstromacademy.org

 Freedom Project Education
https://www.fpeusa.org

If  you’d like to see the entire list, please click here.

January 22, 2015

World Book Product Review

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This is a Homeschool.com product review.  All our reviews can be seen here.

Founded in 1915, World Book, Inc. is a leading publisher of authoritative, age-appropriate, and reliable educational materials for children and adults. You probably used World Book when you were a child—I know I did.

Now, World Book is online—it’s not the World Book of your childhood. It’s SO much more—and they offer a ton of educational content! On the World Book website you can browse by category (online and digital learning, encyclopedias, desk reference and children’s books), by subjects (activity, animals, geography, history, mathematics, reading, science, and more), by age, and by price—it’s easy to find what you’re looking for. And options you might not be aware of which include Incentive Publications (supplemental student resources and professional development titles for educators) and Bright Connections Media (colorful and creative children’s books).

I reviewed the World Book Online one-year subscription, which includes so much! Specifically—

  • Articles are written at your student’s level. Your child can choose which database works for him/her.
  • Five complete databases are available. These include—

 

  • World Book Advanced: Designed for high school and college students, World Book Advanced includes an online encyclopedia, multimedia, eBook, and primary source databases, fully integrated in a single search. And the primary sources are great!

 

  • World Book Student: This online learning website includes articles from The World Book Encyclopedia, a Biography Center, dictionary, atlas, an extensive multimedia collection, thousands of editor-selected websites, and much more. I needed to do a little research—and I found the info I needed–quick and easy! And I trusted the info, which is a HUGE plus.

 

  • World Book Discover: Designed for differentiated instruction, Discover includes reference articles, text-to-speech capabilities, learning and life skills activities, research tools, multimedia, and interactive video. The subjects covered are diverse, and include religion, how to do research, and life skills such as how to purchase a car. Really, a lot is covered here!
  1. World Book Kids: Based on World Book’s Discovery Encyclopedia, World Book Kids is a children’s learning website that includes thousands of easy-to-read articles, engaging images and illustrations, interactive games and activities, and teacher resources for children.
    I enjoyed the animal and science experiments sections quite a bit. Do you know what an Axoloti is? Or how to make your own wormery? I didn’t—but I do now! And the games and activities are fun. A child would really enjoy this portion of the site—just clicking on whatever is of interest.
  2. World Book Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos: Offers World Book’s editorial content, media, and interactive features in Spanish. Is your child learning Spanish? What a great resource for practicing his/her skills!

 

  • A consolidated layout that makes it easier to find research tools, videos, audios, and more in convenient drop-down tabs (it’s very easy to find things).
  • Illustrations, maps, audio files, videos, eBooks, primary source documents, and more.
  • A consistent cross-platform user experience across desktop, laptop, and tablets (very nice!).
  • Easy access on smartphones and tablets (because we all know our kids love their smartphones and tablets! Perfect for kids on-the-go!).

The World Book has been around forever (well, 100 years!), and that’s because WB provides accurate information, it’s easy to use, and in this day and age, it’s safe! You can’t beat that!

January 21, 2015

More of the Top 100 Educational Websites

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Every year, Homeschool.com publishes our Top 100 Educational Websites. This list is informational, helpful, and a resource homeschoolers look forward to receiving.

Our 2015 list published on Monday!  Just some of the companies that made the list:

Read Naturally, Inc.
www.ReadNaturally.com

Essential Skills Advantage (ESA)
www.LearnWithESA.com

Nessy Learning
http://www.nessy.com/us

Fortuigence
http://www.fortuigence.com

Reading Kingdom
www.ReadingKingdom.com

Time4Writing
www.time4writing.com

Bookopolis
http://www.bookopolis.com

Schola Publications Inc
http://www.thelatinroad.com

VocabularySpellingCity
www.spellingcity.com

Easy Grammar Systems
http://www.easygrammar.com

Language Lizard, LLC
http://www.LanguageLizard.com

A Book In Time
http://www.abookintime.com

Gifted and Talented
http://giftedandtalented.com

Mother Goose Time
www.mothergoosetime.com

TestRocker, Inc
http://www.testrocker.com

Memoria Press
http://MemoriaPress.com

Egglo
http://www.egglo.com/

And many, many MORE!

January 20, 2015

Top 100 Educational Websites

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Every year, Homeschool.com publishes our Top 100 Educational Websites. This list is informational, helpful, and a resource homeschoolers look forward to receiving.

Our 2015 list published yesterday!  Just some of the companies that made the list:

Educents
www.educents.com

Homeschool Buyers Co-op
www.homeschoolbuyersco-op.org

Stubby Pencil
www.stubbypencilstudio.com

Time4Learning
www.time4learning.com

Standard Deviants Accelerate
http://www.sdaccelerate.com/homeschool-parents/

IXL
http://www.ixl.com/

Lesson Planet
http://www.lessonplanet.com/search

ShillerMath: Montessori Math at Home
http://www.shillermath.com

Kungfu Interactive Pte Ltd
www.kungfu-math.com

McGraw-Hill Education/ ALEKS
http://www.aleks.com/

How to Smile
howtosmile.org

FortunaPix
http://www.fortunapix.com

Science4Us.com
www.science4us.com

Fascinating Education
http://fascinatingeducation.com

Times Tales Multiplication Program
http://www.timestales.com

And many, many more!

We sure hope you enjoy our Top 100 Educational Websites of 2015!

January 19, 2015

Top 100 Educational Websites of 2015!

 

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Every year, Homeschool.com publishes our Top 100 Educational Websites. This list is informational, helpful, and a resource homeschoolers look forward to receiving.

Our 2015 list published today!

We sure hope you enjoy our Top 100 Educational Websites of 2015!

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