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Teachers Pay Teachers is a wonderful resource to get inexpensive school resources, and lots of freebies. You an also sell materials you create. Just today I downloaded four free educational resources, and have been using these creative materials to make our school day more lively. Registering is free.

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Free History Resources

One of the several things I love about homeschooling is teaching my young children history. In many schools, they barely touch on history, and focus mostly on the civil rights movement. Anna is in second grade and we are studying the Revolutionary War. History is her favorite subject, and I get to re-learn right along with her! We went with our homeschool group to a battlefield where costumed actors explained how foods were made, demonstrated candle dipping, basket weaving, and my daughter even commanded a cannon to be fired. This kind of hands-on learning is what makes learning exciting, and retention more probable.

We are using free materials from the blog “Notebooking Nook” for our Revolutionary War lapbook. As we study different key players and events during this time using library books, we also have been watching a video series on YouTube called “Liberty’s Kids.”  I just go on YouTube and look for episodes. Anna is very interested in Native American history, so we will be studying that next. Anna also discovered a new-to-us historical fiction series called “Dear America.” Between this series and the American Girl books, she cannot get her nose out of historical fiction!

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Poetry Study

This is our first year homeschooling. Every day I get excited about something new to teach Anna, or something new I’ve learned myself. I always thought of poetry as being something suited only for preschool story hour, or hippies playing bongo drums. My second grader loves poetry though, and as she plowed through all Shel Silverstein’s books with great excitement, lots of loud, giddy laughter and enthusiasm, I started to think that maybe poetry might be a good tool to get her even more excited about writing. [click to continue…]

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