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Wierd Science – The Curiosity Files

Join Professor Ana Lyze as she leads you and your students on a wild scientific adventure, searching for “outlandish insects, rare diseases, unique gems and more” (from Introduction to The Dung Beetle).  The Curiosity Files is a new series of Unit Studies by The Old Schoolhouse, focusing on unusual scientific subjects.  We were captivated from […]... Read More
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Speekee Spanish for Children

I have been attempting to teach my son Spanish since he was preschool age.  Not being fluent myself, I don’t quite have the whole converstional thing down, and so far none of the programs we have tried have quite clicked for us.  Until Speekee.  Speekee teaches Spanish through total immersion, using fun puppets, catchy music […]... Read More
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Teaching Love For Music – Peter and the Wolf by Maestro Classics

I remember listening to Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf” with my mom when I was small.  I don’t recall if it was narrated or if mom told me the story while it was playing.  All I know is that it was the beginning of a lifetime of music appreciation.  Maestro Classics goes far beyond the […]... Read More
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See N Read – Reading Tools That Rock!

See-N-Read Reading Tools are simple, effective aids to reading.  Just lay the small, gray plastic guide on your page and line up your text in the window.  See-N-Reads can benefit anybody, from beginning readers, to adults struggling to get through all the fine print in a contract.  My son was so excited about the See-N-Read […]... Read More
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No More Flash Cards! Math Facts Now!

My son has a love/hate relationship with math.  He hates it and tries to refuse to do any of it when he is struggling to grasp a concept.  Once he’s got it and can fly through the problems, he loves it.  He loves addition, hates subtraction.  Loves word problems involving money.  Hates word problems that […]... Read More
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Tiny Planets – Science and Space Exploration

Tiny Planets websites are a complete learning tool for 3-5 year olds and an exciting enrichment experience for older children.  Co-created by Sesame Workshops, the producers of Sesame Street, and endorsed by Montessori Centre International, Tiny Planets uses games and safe social interaction to provide an engaging science and space exploration experience. Tiny Planets encourages […]... Read More
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The Old Schoolhouse

The Old Schoolhouse Magazine has enlisted Mrs. D to help review homeschooling curriculum this year.  I am on the “younger crew” (I so like the sound of that!), reviewing selections for preschool through elementary ages, though some material may be modified/appropriate for older students as well.  I am really excited about this. I am starting […]... Read More
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I Wanna Be a Firefighter!

This past month at the Homestead School we’ve been changing things up a bit.  We’ve taken a break from our normal classroom routine to do some in-depth studies on individual topics.  This is called the Unit Study method, and incoporating the 3R’s, science and religion into a Unit Study is quite a challenge.  Luckily, we […]... Read More
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Homeschooling the Homestead Toddler

Well, the goat herd is recovering nicely from last year’s dog attacks.  New babies are joining the herd, and mommas are in milk.  Soon we will be offering goat’s milk soap in the store again. This month I would like to talk about homeschooling.  Although I have spent several years homeschooling my older children through […]... Read More