Top-Notch Tuesday Link-Up Party #11

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♥ The Character Corner

A Homeschool Mom’s Greatest Enemy

♥Growing Book by Book

Book Based Summer Activity Calendars

 

♥Imaginative Homeschoolers

TESTING: A Homeschooler’s Story

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Elementary College Savings + College Savings Giveaway!

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When should I start saving money for my child’s college fund?

I hear this question quite often and it’s a great one!  It’s never too early to start saving money for college. Here are a few reasons to start saving now:

  • Rising College Costs – It’s no secret that the price for college is going up every year! You will be more prepared to handle this rise in costs if you begin saving when your child is preschool or elementary age. I you would like to estimate what the cost of college will be by the time your child is ready to attend check out this calculator http://www.finaid.org/calculators
  • Savings Benefits – I’m sure you’ve heard the popular saying by Benjiman Franklin “A Penny Saved is A Penny Earned”, this couldn’t be more true! No matter how little you save, every cent makes a difference in affording your child’s higher education.  Set up a savings plan and stick to it! The internet is full of creative and simple options for making a college savings plan. It doesn’t need to be fancy or a huge amount of money saved. Here is a good example of a little goes a long way: if you save $14 per week (two dollars a day) in an account that earns 1% interest, you will accrue more than $12,400 at the end of 17 years.
  • No Debt, More Investment – Many familes rely on student loans to send their children to college. Saving money NOW can reduce your need for a student loan in the future. If you open a savings account now, you will begin earning interest, instead of paying interest into a  loan. The best graduation gift you can give your child is to help them leave college debt-free! An investment that is definitely worth it!

Remember…Saving Early = Saiving Smart

Watch your money grow with your child! Another great option is to use a 529 Plan instead of just a savings account. A 529 plan is an education savings plan operated by a state or educational institution designed to help families set aside funds for future college costs. It is named after Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code which created these types of savings plans in 1996. To get a more in depth look at a 529 plan check out this YouTube video:

 

Are you ready to start saving? It’s never to early…just jump right in! You will be amazed at how your savings will grow! For more info on college savings these are my favorite resources thus far:

http://www.savingforcollege.com/ Offers too many resources to name 🙂 But, a few are webcasts and a free downloadable family guide.

http://www.collegesavings.org/ Anything you every wanted to know concering 529 plans and scholarships.

 

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Top-Notch Tuesday Link-Up Party #10

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♥ There’s No Place Like Home

Just Let Your Kids Play, Already!

♥Our Unschooling Journey through Life

100 Days of Art

 

♥Tidbits of Experience 

Planning For A Kingergarten Homeschooler

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Top-Notch Tuesday Link-Up Party #9

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Embark on the Journey

Enjoy the Blessing of Homeschooling Your Way

♥ Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool – Plus!

Choosing Between Homeschool Mom & Homeschool Teacher

 

♥Up Above The Rowan Tree

Nature Study (When You Don’t Know What You’re Doing!)

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Top 10 Online Games for Homeschool Math

Math GamesOnline math games are super simple yet effective and fun way to add variety to your homeschool math routine! Whether you are introducing a new concept, reviewing or rewarding a student, online math games are a great resource. I have compiled my top ten online math games that we use in our homeschool. Almost all are free or very low cost…making these choices even better 🙂

1.Johnnie’s Math Page

Johnnie’s Math Page is the place to find hundreds of fun and engaging math activities for students and their teachers. It is broken down by topic and also grade level. This site also has free worksheets and math videos.

Johnnie's Math Page
2.Math Chimp

Math Chimp creates and collects the best free online math games, videos & worksheets. This website is broken down by grade level but also provides a free ultimate math cheat sheet!

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3.Math Game Time

Math Game Time provides simple games by grade level or topic. I like how this website also provides games for pre-k.

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4.Number Nut

Number Nut isn’t “games” but “quizzes”. This is handy in drilling math facts that otherwise would get very boring doing online on a worksheet. The homepage is arranged by topic making it easy to find the quiz you need 🙂

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5.ABC Ya

ABCYa.com isn’t just math games but other subjects as well! It is broken into grade levels K-5 only. The games are colorful yet effective and fun!

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6.Education.com

Education.com is excellent homeschool resource! I use them for many purposes…one being for their online math games. The games are arranged by subject, grade level, and topic. I suggest spending some time on this site looking around…you won’t be disappointed by what you find.

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7.Fun School

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8.Math Games

Is a super fun website that is broken down into grade level and topics. I like this website because it has a feature that allows the teacher or parent to track their students progress.

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9.Math Playground

Math Playground offers a large variety of games with basic skills, logic, and word problems. Arranged by topic and grade.

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10.Fun Brain

Funbrain.com is the ultimate math arcade! The games are attractive and fun 🙂 Games are arranged by grade level.

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Top-Notch Tuesday Link-Up Party #8

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♥ Happy Hearts Homeschool!

Our Homeschool ABC’s

♥ A Kinders Garten Vintage Homeschool

Seed Science Activities & FREEBIES!

 

♥ Mommy & Her Men

Mommy & Her Men: 10 Days in the Fruits of the Spirit {Day 1 ~ An Overview}

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Top-Notch Tuesday Link-Up Party #7

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♥ Tots and Me…Growing Up Together!

 Creepy, Crawly, Buggy Round Up

♥ Inspire My Artist

How do I find time for art?

 

♥ Tree Valley Academy

Earth Day Vocabulary Learning Games and Activities

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3 Tips for Simplifying Homeschool Curriculum Shopping + Free Printable

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It’s April and it’s that time of year again…to begin choosing next year’s curriculum. I know, I know…some of you are thinking “What?!? I haven’t even made it through this year’s curriculum.”

I completely understand coming down to the end of your school year…your kids haven’t been focused since spring break and all you can think about is how your going to make it through your schedule.

“You want me to think about starting a whole new year?”

Well, yes  but, not in a complicated way…

Let’s make this super SIMPLE!

First, don’t be drawn in by what appears to be the “perfect” curriculum …if it promises your two year old will be reading in a month, chances are it’s too good to be true!

There are many curriculum companies that bombard the homeschool world with promises of what your child will be able to do after completing their curriculum. Maybe, your child will be able to do some of these but, each child is unique just like each homeschooling situation.

In order to avoid these “traps”, I highly recommend you go by your child’s learning style. I have a whole blog post about choosing the right curriculum, read about it here. Don’t just purchase a curriculum because it promises great success!

Second, make a wish list and RESEARCH!

Through out the year I run across curriculum that interests me ethier by blog posts or word of mouth. But, how am I going to remember these come the end of the year? I’ve done it, loved a curriculum and wanted to research it and possibly purchase it but, could not remember the name of it! The simpliest way to keep up with all your great curriculum finds is to create a wish list. But, remember this list doesn’t need to be complicated… I have a notes section at the back of my planner that I just jot down any curriculum of interest throughout the year…see, super simple 🙂

Remember, just because the curriculum seems really great and interests you doesn’t mean it is a great fit for your family! Take your time…RESEARCH the curriculum…it could save you lots of $$$ 🙂 But, this step doesn’t need to be complicated either…remember, we are keeping it simple!

Simple Research Steps…

~ Ask other homeschool moms

~ Check out blog posts or YouTube videos

~ Seek out professional reviews you can trust, such as  My #1 Curriculum Resource

Third, make a plan and shop around!

I have created this printable to help me stay organized and simplify the curriculum purchasing process {no, need to make this stressful or complicated, homeschoolin’ mommas 🙂 }

First, assign each child a particular color of ink.

Next, I keep each subject together, that way if I am shopping at a homeschool convention or curriculum fair I can keep track of what I need easily.

Last, I always highlight each item that has already been purchased or what I already own.

To help each of you out, I am sharing my printable for FREE: {Click to print or download0}

Curriculum Printable

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Coming soon, I will reveal our curriculum choices for the upcoming school year!

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Top-Notch Tuesday Link-Up Party #6

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♥ How to Guru

Homeschooling High School: How To Make A Four Year Plan

♥  Kathie from The Character Corner

5 of My Best Homeschool Tips From 31 Years – The Character Corner

 

♥ Tina from Dynamic Homeschool Plus

16 Water Preschool Trays!

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Homeschooling with Play Dough

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I don’t think I have ever met a child that didn’t love play dough! I know in our house if I pull out play dough Sweet Pea and Tutti Frutti could play for hours…hey, I even like to join in 🙂 Since, it’s something they really enjoy I knew it would be great to find a way to incorporate it into our homeschool. There are so many educational activities you can do with play dough and it’s not just for pre-school!

Super Simple & Educational Play Dough Ideas for Every Subject:

  1. Science: Create your own bug, bug fossils, create your own animal
  2. Math: Fractions, numbers, arrays, addition, shapes, angles
  3. Reading & Spelling: Sight word mats, build a story, spelling words
  4. Art: Set up a Play Dough Creation Station
  5. Geography: Continents, countries, landforms, layers of the earth
  6. Bible: Recreate bible stories, biblical characters
  7. Social Studies: Holidays – decorate your own play dough Christmas tree, create an American flag, make your own turkey. Create our national symbols.
Printable play dough mats are super fun and simple to use! Play dough mats are one of my favorite ways to incorporate hands on fun everyday. If you would like to see exactly how to do some of these and get even more great ideas visit my Homeschooling with Play Dough Pinterest board.
Play dough is so versatile and inexpensive making it a great item to have on hand in your homeschool supply. If you don’t have any there are many super simple recipes to make your own! Making your own play dough could even turn into a science project with the kiddos 🙂
Homemade Play Dough Recipes
  1. 2 ingredient homemade play dough
  2. Jello Play Dough
  3. Essential Oil No Cook Play Dough

 

Surprise your kids, pull out the play dough! I am sure they will be eager to learn and create a master piece 🙂

 

 

 

 

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