Monday, October 19, 2015

This month's Carnival of Homeschooling is up at: Notes from a Homeschooled Mom

The October edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling is up at: Notes from a Homeschooled Mom.

The carnival starts off with:

At this point in my homeschooling career, I am 3 years post homeschooling. My youngest child is well into the swing of her Jr. Year in college.  Someone recently asked me why I continue to blog about homeschooling and stay involved.  My answer was, because there are children that would fare better with an individual education. My days of slamming public schooling is long past. I have seen kids do poorly on both sides the argument and I have seen children on both sides do exceedingly well.  But whether people homeschool all the way through, or transition in or out of homeschooling, we need to respect and support each persons decisions.  This carnival of homeschooling features families that utilize or have utilized both homeschooling and traditional schooling.  


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Monday, October 12, 2015

Homeschool materials we use for 3rd Grade

These are the materials we are using for our 3rd grade son (who has a visual and language processing disorder).

Explode the Code – We are working our way through the series. 

Oral Language Exercises

First Language Lessons

Daily worksheets that I create myself – The date, a sentence , a few math problems.

Bob Books

Anything we can find about Dinosaurs.  Some of our favorites are Dig A Dino Excavation Kits.

Snap Circuits Jr.

Singapore Math 

Life of Fred Math Books

Story of the World

What your # Grader Needs to Know

Brain Pop

Peterson Handwriting

We do work on phonetics, but because of his processing disorder, he cannot read phonetically fast enough to gain fluency.  As a result, we focus on flash card reading.  We found online a list of all the words in the scriptures in the order of frequency.  I used this to create flash cards.   Since we read together as a family, he gets to practice the words in regular use.  He has a flashcard reading vocabulary of about 200 words, which goes surprisingly along way.  

For example, here are a few of the words that he recently mastered.

having   then    death    save     themselves     cause     house     Israel     Lord     give     called

We also use the online program Fast Forward.  This is an expensive program.  We have home access through an Educational Specialist.  

Science Class at Rock-it Science

Drama/Music/Dance Class 

Gymnastics classes - 3 hours per week

Cub Scout program

Homeschool Co-op Classes (Art, Choir, Lego's, etc. )

Friday, October 09, 2015

Reminder - Please send in a post or two for the October edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling

This is just a quick reminder, you have three days to send in up to three posts about homeschooling for the October edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling which will be held October 13th.

The October edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling will be at Notes From A Homeschooled Mom.

You can send in up to three posts about homeschooling via with an email to:

Please include:

 Title of Post(s)
 URL of Post(s)
 Name of Blog
 URL of Blog
 Brief summary of the post(s)

Or you can submit your entries via Google Forms.

Please send in the entries by October 12th at 6:00 PM PST.

I have a reminder mailing list. If you would like email reminders, please tell me. 

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