Homeschool Helps, Reading

Eye Can Learn

The purpose of Eye Can Learn is to provide parents with fun eye exercises to enhance their children’s visual processing skills for better academic performance and improved attention. If you know a child who struggles, the underlying cause may be vision – even if the child has 20/20 eyesight. Children also need to be able to track a line of print, coordinate they eyes for single vision, make fast focusing shifts, and accurately interpret what they see.

The site has several games and activities to help with tracking, perception, visual discrimination, focusing and more. This is a terrific resource for any child having issues with reading and/or visual perception. Be sure to read the Getting Started page before diving into the fun and very helpful activities.

CLICK HERE to go to the website!

History

American Revolution Lesson Plans & Activities

From the Jamestown Settlement & American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, create a revolutionary experience in your homeschool using one of these colonial America-related lesson plans and activity guides. Topics include: How do we know about Colonial life? What challenges did the Continental Army face? What was everyday life like in colonial Virginia?

Also on the site are “Anna’s Adventures – Activity Sheets & Videos”, where you can test your success as a colonial farmer, learn how to play the marching drum, download a popular strategy game in colonial times, and even make pickles the old fashioned way!

CLICK HERE to go to the site!

History

The Timeline of Food

Ever wonder how the ancient Romans fed their armies? What the pioneers cooked along the Oregon Trail? What your great-grandparent’s favorite dessert was? Who invented the potato chip…and why? So do we!!!

Food history presents a fascinating buffet of popular lore and contradictory facts. Some experts say it’s impossible to express this topic in exact timeline format. They are correct. Most foods are not invented; they evolve.

Whether you’re looking for the origin of coffee or hamburgers in America, or want to know who invented Twinkies or Coca Cola, this fascinating food timeline – with hundreds of clickable notes and lots more in-depth information when you want it –  makes the history of food both fun and educational.

CLICK HERE to go to the website!

Writing

Learning to Write the Slow and Steady Way

If your elementary age student is having trouble writing, check out this simple but very helpful step-by-step resource site. HelpWithWriting.com offers a sequential program divided into five units or “building blocks”, each containing a short movie, a lesson, and seven free printable worksheets to reinforce each lesson.

from the website:

Helping With Writing.com is a website to guide you, the parent, on how to support your children with all their writing projects; the objective of this site is to improve your children’s writing. I begin with basic sentence structure and take you step by step through mini movies, lessons, and worksheets ending with your children being able to use nouns, collective nouns, prepositions and verbs correctly in all their writing. Write On!

I have designed the program so that your children build their writing skills taking baby steps (no tricks of the trade or hoops to jump through), but simple. I recommend that they do one worksheet per day to build a strong foundation and gradually develop their skills. Taking bite sizes pieces everyday is easier for them to digest than a huge turkey dinner all in one sitting.

Childrens’ attention spans are short and sweet.  Work within their limitations.  Slow and steady wins the race.

CLICK HERE to go to the website!

Math

Simple Math Games

HelpingWithMath.com offers loads of simple math games for elementary grade students. The games here are not filled with lots of hyper animation and distractions, and have solid learning value. Games include times tables, place value, rounding, ordering numbers, skip counting, fractions, and many more. If you’re doing elementary level math, you will probably find several games here you can incorporate into your homeschool for reviewing lessons and some educational fun.

They also have a huge collection of worksheets, flash cards, and other printable resources to help teach and reinforce math concepts. No login or account required.

CLICK HERE to go to the site!

Language Arts

Helping with Verbs

HelpingWithVerbs.com is designed to help students improve their writing through the correct use of verbs in sentences.

There are six main lessons on the site, each with a series of printable worksheets that can be worked through by students. These provide lots of examples and opportunities for practice through extensive and varied exercises. The lessons teach students how to use verbs in their everyday writing.

Each worksheet is packed with information on historical events, the natural world and/or legendary people — so students not only develop their written communication skills, but they also learn about the world around them. This takes the focus away from the grueling grammatical exercises and puts the focus on the information.

CLICK HERE to go to the site!

Just for Fun

Christmas with Mother Goose #2

Christmas with Mother Goose (PDF e-comic book)

This year we found yet another delightful vintage collection of Christmas comic book stories for young at heart readers of all ages, by the incomparable Walt Kelly! These feature Mother Goose characters and of course good ol’ Santa in some truly classic children’s comics and poems – very funny and well written, with some of the best artwork ever done for young children’s comics. This is “just for fun” stuff your kids will adore. And if you want some educational value from it, check out the “months of the year” story for little ones learning just that. Don’t miss it!

RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key and click the link, and save to your mac!

Holidays, Just for Fun

Christmas with Mother Goose #1

Here’s a delightful vintage collection of Christmas comic book stories for young at heart readers of all ages, by the incomparable Walt Kelly! It features the classic Mother Goose characters in some truly classic children’s comics and poems – very funny and well written, with some of the best artwork ever done for young children’s comics. Don’t miss it!

To download this PDF comic book, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save as” to your computer.
(It’s a big file… 22 megs, so allow a little time for it to download.)

History, Holidays, Living Books

The First New England Christmas

“The First New England Christmas: A Story of Life in the Colonies” by Stone & Frickett (PDF ebook)

Today’s resource is this excellent short story of the first Christmas in New England, in the year 1620. If you’ve been curious as to how the early Pilgrims celebrated Christmas, read this – you may be surprised at what you discover!

To download this PDF ebook, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key then click the link and save to your mac.

Audio, Living Books

Rip Van Winkle & The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Audio Dramatizations!)

Washington Irving was an American short story writer, essayist, biographer, historian, and diplomat of the early 19th century. He is best known for his short stories “Rip Van Winkle” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” published in 1819.

In “Rip Van Winkle” a lazy villager named Rip Van Winkle falls asleep in the Catskill Mountains and wakes up 20 years later, having missed the American Revolution. Here are two great AUDIO versions of this classic tale.

Rip Van Winkle (Old Time Radio version)
Rip Van Winkle (Walter Houston narration)

Next, in “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, you’ll hear his famous story of a mean spirited, dim-witted schoolteacher named Ichabod Crane and the events leading up to his meeting with the headless you know who. Oooo! Great fun! (28 minutes)

Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Click the links above to play these audios online, or to download, RIGHT CLICK and “save as” to your computer!