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Back-to-homeschool-200x200-16’s Back to Homeschool Resource Awards  are here!

Want to check out some of the companies/websites/resources that made the list?  Here are just a few:

The Keystone School – The Keystone School offers flexible education programs for K-12 students. Whether your student wants to study full-time or just needs individual classes, they offer more than 170 courses from credit recovery to world languages and AP.  Students can enroll at any time.

Learning Advantage – Learning Advantage offers a variety of hands-on teaching aids and educational products (games, toys, manipulatives and more). Based on the concept of learning by doing, sensing, and feeling, their products complement various learning styles and are designed for grades Pre-K to adult. You can check out their many products here. The company offer free shipping on orders over $75.00 to the contiguous U.S.

Learning Technics – Learning Technic’s Physio-Neuro Therapy helps reprogram the brain, allowing students with all types of learning difficulties learn and enjoy learning.  It helps “problem learners” improve their basic ability to learn. For sample tests that can be conducted at home to help determine if your child has neuro-processing weaknesses, click here.  You can download their free e-book, When Bright Kids Can’s Learn here.

Lindamood-Bell – Lindamood-Bell teaches children and adults reading and comprehension.  The company believes all students can learn to their potential—including those previously diagnosed with dyslexia, autism spectrum disorders, or general learning challenges.  You can click on the following links to learn more about all what they offer: Their ApproachTheir InstructionTheir CentersTheir Academy.

Want to see even more companies that made the Back to Homeschool Awards list?  You can – just check out this link.




Tips for Successful Online Homeschooling




Tips for Successful Online Homeschooling

This is a guest blog post from Forest Trail Academy


Many parents are slowly moving away from conventional schooling and are adopting online homeschool programs for their children. The reasons are simple – more flexibility, more engagement and yes, more success!

However, for your endeavor with online homeschooling to be successful, you need to ensure that you do a few things right. The sheer volume of information available can be overwhelming and sifting through it can take a considerable amount of time and effort on your part. With these few tips, your job is sure to get a lot easier.

Tips to keep in mind when choosing an online homeschool

While there are several different aspects you need to keep in mind when selecting an online homeschool program for your child, these key areas will help you avoid some of the major pitfalls.

1.    Accreditation, accreditation, accreditation

This particular aspect cannot be stressed upon enough. Make sure the online homeschool or high school you plan to enroll with has all the necessary accreditations. There is nothing worse than finding out that the diploma your child has earned is worthless just because the school doesn’t have the right accreditations. Schools with the right accreditations as stipulated by state and federal regulations provide students with access to certified online homeschool curriculum. This ensures that the online homeschool program your child has enrolled with meets certain standards of quality.

2.    Choose an online homeschool program that’s best for your child

Every child is unique in his or her own way. This is primarily where online homeschooling scores over traditional schooling. Different schools offer different types of homeschool or high school programs that cater to different needs. You need to find one that is best suited for your child’s learning abilities and one that offers online homeschool curriculum that will maximize your child’s potential. Make sure that the program offers engaging learning methodologies since nothing kills a child’s learning aptitude like boredom.

3.    Pick an online homeschool that works for you

Most online homeschools offer flexible scheduling in terms of completing coursework and assignments. Make sure you find one that is flexible enough for your needs. Being able to schedule study time around your own work schedule can be extremely advantageous for working parents and for children involved in extracurricular activities like sports or music. Some students tend to study better in the mornings while others in the afternoon. With online homeschooling, these aren’t concerns since your child can log in to the course material at any time and virtually from any place with a good internet connection.

4.    Make sure the online homeschool offers support

For parents accustomed to conventional learning environments, adapting to online homeschooling can be difficult. It is important that the online homeschool program you select for your child comes with support integrated into it such as an online tutor or student advisor. This can prove to be extremely useful during the initial stages when you’re trying to figure out the ropes of your online learning environment.

5.    Mix it up

Ensure that your child is exposed to a variety of activities at regular intervals. Boredom is a primary cause for children losing interest in their studies, which is why online homeschool curriculum has been designed to be interactive and engaging. So make sure you make the most of it!


Do you want to know?




Do you want to know what homeschooling companies made the list?

Here are just a few:

M is for Monster –  M is for Monster makes preschool a breeze.  That’s because the company delivers preschool curriculum and materials  to your door every month.  Now you can play with your child and foster a love of learning WITHOUT stressing out about curriculum and whether you have enough glue! Plus, your child will love the activities!  You can read reviews here. You can sign up now and save $15 off your first order of $40 or more, and you can join their Monster Club for ongoing savings and news.

Math-AidsMath-Aids.Com is a free resource for homeschoolers, students, parents, and teachers. The site contains over 100 different math topics with over 1,200 unique math worksheet generators covering Kindergarten through 12th grade. These generators allow you to customize and create an unlimited number of PDF printable math worksheets to your specifications instantly. You can print them immediately or save them for later use.

NextLesson – NextLesson helps connect learning to the real world – thus making learning more relevant and fun.  The company offers over 10,000 K—12 resources on topics that students care about. These topics include sports, movies, books, technology, and more.  The lessons are aligned to state standards.

Ogburn School Online  – The Ogburn School provides quality education to students seeking a non-traditional approach to learning, providing a challenging curriculum that engages students from primary through secondary instruction.  You can click here to learn about their various programs.

Pioneer Drama Service – Pioneer Drama Service offers over 1,000 wholesome plays – perfect for homeschoolers, homeschool co-ops, community groups, church groups, and more.Pioneer’s script prices and affordable royalty fees give homeschool groups the opportunity to put on a production that will bring their community together – and make for a true creative learning experience.

Want to see even more companies that made the Back to Homeschool Awards list?  Check out this link.



Back to Homeschool DIY Lap Desk

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I love a lap desk!  I bet you do too.

Here are some links for DIY  lap desks –

You can make this a back to homeschool project!

Fun – and fun learning is forever learning!

Homeschool Resource Awards



Have you heard?’s Back to Homeschool Resource Awards have published!

Want a peak at some of the companies/websites/resources that made the list?  Here are just a few:

Global Student Network – Global Student Network offers fully accredited K-12 online curriculum – you can choose from 7 full curriculum programs.  They also offer  Honors courses, ACT/SAT prep, and Career & Technical Education.  GSN choices include: Plato, Accelerate, GradPoint, Apex Learning, A+ Courseware, Odysseyware, Ignitia (Christian), and more. These options fit all learning styles, interests and needs and everything is under one roof.  Global Student Network has  served thousands of families worldwide since 2004.

Harrisville Designs – Harrisville Designs is a small, family owned and operated business specializing in the design and creation of children’s fiber arts craft products.  They offer premium quality, Made in America products including fun potholder kits as well as traditional knittingweaving and felting projects. –, the #1 homeschooling community on the internet, is your go-to resource for everything homeschooling. We offer a vast array of homeschooling resources for beginning-advanced homeschoolers. These include our resource guide listingsmagazinesnewslettersblog posts, podcastsproduct reviewsTop 10 lists, homeschooling events and so much more.

Homeschool Complete – Homeschool Complete offers an all-inclusive curriculum for K-1st graders, which has a Biblical worldview.  The curriculum integrates all subject areas within thematic units. These thematic units appeal to children and provide activities for all learning styles.  The company offers curriculum, curriculum bundles, flashcards and more.  Plus, the curriculum was developed by a homeschooler.

Want to see more companies that made the Back to Homeschool Awards list?  Check out this link.


What Companies Made the List?




Want to see what companies/resources made’s Back to Homeschool Resource Awards list?

Here are a few that made the list:

Time4Writing – Time4Writing curriculum helps elementary, middle and high school students build skills and master the art of writing at all levels. The writing process includes learning to think, asking good questions, building confidence, and getting your thoughts out. Computer-based lessons and dedicated, certified teachers motivate and walk students through this process.

University of Nebraska High School The University of Nebraska High School offers online courses for homeschool students.  You can use the courses to supplement your existing program or your child can complete their diploma program,  UNHS fits into your student’s schedule as the courses are self-paced and your student can enroll any time of the year.

UnLock Math – UnLock Math offers Pre-Algebra – Geometry online Math courses (Calculus will be added soon).  The website offers video instruction; interactive, adaptive and automatically graded questions; unlimited practice and review; reference notes, progress reports, and more.

Virtual Image Speech and Language Services – Virtual Image Speech and Language Services is an online company that offers home-based speech therapy services for individuals with speech and language delays.  Experienced and highly trained Speech Language Pathologists offer evaluations and therapy in the following areas: articulation, receptive and expressive language, fluency, pragmatic and social language disorders. Virtual Image Speech and Language Services eliminates the barriers involved with finding quality therapists outside of the home.

WRiTE BRAiN BOOKS – WRiTE BRAiN BOOKS is a great supplement to any writing program or curriculum. This unique writing experience is delivered through inspired writing activities and high-quality materials, including beautifully illustrated, wordless books that invite students to interpret the images and tell their own stories. With WRiTE BRAiN BOOKS, every student becomes a published author of his or her own children’s books, receiving professionally printed and bound copies of every book they enter into the company’s online Book Builder. Watch as your students’ creativity is ignited, their confidence is boosted, and their writing skills grow by leaps and bounds.

Want to see more companies that made the Back to Homeschool Awards list?  You can.  Just check out this link.



Why Cook with Kids?

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Why Cook with Kids?

Exposure to scratch cooking helps kids develop a mature palate and a taste for fresh, wholesome ingredients. The earlier kids become accustomed to nutritious foods, the less likely they will acquire a taste for processed foods.

Kids are much more likely to eat what they make. Is there anything more fun than eating your art project? Cooking creates a sense of ownership. When kids help in the kitchen there are fewer meal-time battles and more willingness to try new foods.

Meals prepared from scratch usually contain more nutrients and fewer calories, chemicals and sweeteners than pre-packaged foods and restaurant meals.

Cooking together provides a natural way to discuss nutrition and the impact that food choices have on the environment. The more educated children are about food, the more likely they will appreciate your suggestions to eat something healthy.

The earlier they learn how to cook, the sooner they will learn an essential life skill. It’s hard to imagine that teaching a three year old how to break an egg could result in culinary protege, but kids often become quite talented in the kitchen. This makes messy floors worth it down the road when they start to cook for you.

Spending time in the kitchen gives them confidence. Kids thrive on feeling accomplished. Cooking is an ideal way to boost self-worth and teach responsibility. There is nothing cuter than watching children proudly serving their food to others.

Preparing meals together means quality time as a family. Cooking with children when they are young offers an opportunity to communicate with them on a regular basis. Your time chatting and cooking in the kitchen together becomes even more important as they reach the adolescent and teenage years.

What else do they learn? Science, language, counting, fractions, budgeting, weighing, sequencing, measuring, problem-solving, sharing, fine motor skills, reader, and learning about other cultures- to name just a few important things!

Excerpt from Easy Meals to Cook with Kids by Julie Negrin © 2010

Have you heard?



Have you heard?’s Back to Homeschool Resource Awards have published!

Want to peak at some of the companies/websites/resources that made the list?  Here are just a few:

Homeschool Programming – Homeschool Programming offers self-study computer programming and digital literacy courses for homeschool students! Your student can learn to code, create websites, games and apps, or become more comfortable with important computer-usage skills. No teacher expertise required.

Hooked on Phonics – The Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read program was developed and designed for children of all needs, whether just learning to read, struggling to read or simply wanting to become more proficient readers. The program uses interactive games, engaging stories and videos, creative play, and an awards system to make learning to read a fun experience.  The Hooked on Phonics system fully synchronizes with your computer, tablet, or phone, making it usable anywhere, on any device. You can try it now. With Hooked on Phonics, your child will learn to read, guaranteed!

Integrated Listening Systems (iLs) – iLs is a natural, medication-free program that incorporates music, fun activities and language to integrate brain function for attention and learning.  iLs trains for brain/body integration through a staged approach, starting with the fundamentals of sensory integration and then extending through more complex cognitive functions, including language, self-expression and social skills. iLs has been used in some of the top clinics in the world, and it is now available for homeschool use.

Institute for Excellence in Writing – IEW equips homeschooling parents with the methods and materials to train their students to become confident and competent communicators and thinkers. Using the four language arts—listening, speaking, reading, and writing—IEW methods work for students of all ages and levels of ability, including those who are gifted, have special needs, or are English language learners.

Want to see ALL the companies that made the Back to Homeschool Awards list?  Check out this link.




Back to Homeschool Awards!

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Have you heard?’s Back to Homeschool Resource Awards have published!

Want to check out some of the companies/websites/resources that made the awards list?  Here are just a few:

Educents – Educents is the first and only online marketplace for educational resources and products. Save up to 100% and discover thousands of interactive lesson plans, engaging books, hands-on science kits and so much more! Free shipping + activity pack on any order.  Use code: GETREADY

GeoMatters – GeoMatters is the publisher of educational materials that make learning come naturally. They produce a complete curriculum, entitled the Trail Guide to Learning series, that ties every subject but math together in a meaningful and engaging way. They also offer geography curriculums, maps, readers, history resources, educational cookbooks and more!

Gifted and Talented –’s Redbird Mathematics: Advanced Edition is an adaptive K-7 course developed by Stanford University. The online course offers students over 15,000 exercises, 500 instructional modules (including multiple forms of instruction for key concepts), 50 digital manipulatives, and 75 games. Additionally, students tackle real-world STEM challenges. Students who take this course can finish 2+ grades ahead.

Want to check out ALL the companies that made the Back to Homeschool Awards list?  Then check out this link.


Construction Utensils – SO CUTE!

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The website Constructive Eating has such cute products!

Pictured above = the construction utensil set.  It includes one Fork Lift Fork, one Front Loader Spoon, and one Bull Dozer Pusher. No paints are used to color the product. The utensils are manufactured using only FDA approved materials – NO Lead, NO Bisplenol A (BPA), NO PVC, and NO Phthalates.

The site has a Garden Fairy line of eating utensils, plates, etc., as well.

We think they’re so cute!

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