Friday, August 7, 2015

Homeschooling/Unschooling Resources to start off your "back to (home) school" time!

"Back to School" advertisements are all around you, and you can't help but get caught up in the excitement of planning for a fun year of learning with your kids. We thought we'd contribute the resources and lists that our families have found helpful in their planning. 

Whether you are following a curriculum or doing completely student-led unschooling, this is a discount source for purchasing learning materials. 

Free! Who doesn’t love free, online learning materials? This homeschool mom and blogger has put together a great list of free, online educational resources. Even better, she has them sorted by age and subject. 

Another extensive list is here:

One of our families said this about a fun website that they have enjoyed using: 
“We found a site called DIY which is, as the name suggests, do-it-yourself learning based on kids' interests.  There are different areas (art, animation, genetics, Legos, astronaut training, etc.  - it's very eclectic!) and each area has activities and challenges presented as short videos that the kids can do on their own and earn virtual or real patches for leveling up.  The site itself is free, but they also have 4 week camps on the same model that are $40 for the 4 weeks.  We signed up for stop-motion animation, one of his skills. It's fantastic for unschooling!”

A popular avenue for learning is Minecraft. Here’s “31 days of Homeschooling with Minecraft” for your Minecrafter’s enjoyment!  

Maybe you’re wondering how to “unschool” in the high school years. Here’s an example of how one family does an “unschool curriculum” for 10th grade. (They also have other posts for previous grades!)

Lastly, now that you have a fun variety of activities and learning programs, how do you keep track of what you've been doing? Several families have highly recommended this app as an easy way to track and record what you do during the year. 

We hope this gets you off to a great start in 2015!

P.S. Enjoy this homeschool comic to remind you why you're doing all this work and research! ;)

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