Homeschooling Blogs and Online Resources
While I am definitely a believer in and lover of the written page (I just love being able to turn the pages of a book and feel the pencil in my hand), I also think that to keep my kids in with the times, it's important to have a good mix of 'old school' books and technology! Blogs are chock full of information (much more up to date than the book that was published in 1981, even if it is a good read), tips, and fun ideas that you can use right that moment. There are also games, printable worksheets, and those inspiring stories by other moms who are trying to do the same thing as me! Here are some places I visit often for ideas, inspiration, and general help!
A great resource for preschool and kindergarten! No fuss lesson plans that cover most all the bases. Easy to use and navigate.
Printables for every subject! Coloring pages, fill-ins, games, info pages, fun worksheets to supplement whatever subject you'd like to cover.
All kinds of printable activity sheets and craft/game ideas. Subscribe for free to their email and they'll send updates for fun things to do each week!
Northwestern University's Gifted Learning Links. This offers online classes for gifted learners. Even better-they give you websites where you can get their textbooks and do it yourself! :)
A very useful site full of free lesson plans, Unit Studies, and all kinds of Educational Activities!!
The kids version of the Original Discovery Channel! Some education with a lot of edutainment, but still a fun resource!
Our 'domicile' is Idaho, since that's where I'm technically from. This site for homeschooling in Idaho has all kinds of great resources! I also recommend looking up other states' sites as well, as there are some AMAZING sites out there! (One of my favorites is OK's hs site!)
This is a UK based site full of great stuff for all things preschool/kindergarten! Some great resources, printables, lesson plans, etc. They have a great calender that gives all sorts of random 'celebrations' for every day of the year! (Did you know that March First is World Book Day?) Also has Classroom 'bulletin board' printoffs and things to make your room look very fun!
Some great websites for info on lapbooks:
- Lapbooking 101
- Make Playdough: Has lots of homemade recipes...but aside from that, they also have a page with links to lapbooking sites!
- In the Hands of a Child: The original lapbooking people!
- The Happy Housewife: Lots of good fun on her blog. This page has info and examples of some lapbooks.
- Jamie's Collage: another good blog with some great info on lapbooking!
- Homeschool Share: A great site. This is the link to the free lapbooking ideas.
- The Ultimate Lap Book Handbook (has great reviews!)