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Come Sit By Me or Five in a Row - Parent reviews

*A young Home School Mom asked the below question on Facebook:
Any reviews on 'Come Sit by Me' and 'Five in a Row'/ 'Before Five in a Row'? By the end of the year I will have ages 5, 3, 18months, and newborn. It seems like something a busy mom could handle but I would love to hear others experiences with some of these.
A few of the answers were:
*I did both the Come Sit By Me books - just loved them - so easy to sit & read a story...then do a quick activity. Activities cover all areas of curriculum for little kids...add in some baking - maybe some counting and you are good to go! I just finished up with the 2nd book last month - looking to sell it.
I did the books 3 times with my 3 girls...highly reccomended!
*We did Come Sit by Me, It's Canadian, Loved it! especially the Section across Canada, (Sugar Bush, Prairie Dust), then we got my dad to tell stories of the Prairie - the drought and the dust storms.
*I *personally* think Five in a Row has better *classic* books, but Come Sit By Me books are easier to get (and are Canadian, too). I am keeping all our Five in a Row books forever (grandchildren).
 
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Core Curriculum Recommendations for Elementary (Facebook suggestions)

*A New Home School Mom asked for curriculum recommendations for an 8 and 10 year old.
Here are some of the answers:
*Math U See, Galloping the Globe, Life of Fred
*http://cathyduffyreviews.com/ is very helpful.
*This is a free online curriculum. You can adapt it how you like. It has excellent book suggestions, especially if you enjoy good literature and nature study. http://amblesideonline.org/
*For Canadian social studies resources: https://www.donnaward.net/
*http://www.rightstartmath.com/
*Here is my list of favorites for the core subjects: Math: Saxon, Singapore math, Life of Fred, or A Beka. Social: Story of the World, Science: Real Science forÂÂ Kids or Exploring Creation by Apologia (if you are christian), and L.A. : Writing with Ease (writing), First Language Lessons (grammar)
*These are all good suggestions from you ladies! Isn't it true though that curriculum needs to be tried on? I went through a few over the years. Try one, if it works great, if not move on and try again! And I agree with keeping it fun and playing games...and the decompression time from school to homeschool is soooooo important! :)
* I recommend traditional homeschooling, rather than aligning, personally
 
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AMAZING Story of the World Resources for Vol. 1 and 2

I know so many home educators love Story of the Wold and when I saw this link a few months ago, I shared it with a few online elists.  It is great.  Includes movies and documentaries to supplement both volumes.  It has card games, reviews, quizzes and so much more.

If you are using Story of the World - volume 1 or 2 - check out this online resource!

Story of the World 

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Great educational extra for early Elementary Children - Making Friends Paper Dolls

=) - this has been a favorite in our home for a long time.

It's a huge website with crafts and more, but we especially like the Making friends paper dolls.  It's great fun for little ones to color and play with...  Great fun for early elementary kids to color and practise cutting out!

AND great fun for older kids to have on hand when they babysit young children.

I've even had the big kids color the puppets and cut them out for little ones AND then I have laminated them and added popsicle sticks for a reusable activity!

They have added many educational costumes for different countries, holidays and more, which have been fun extras for Country Days, and holidays.  I even printed out the Japanese costume for our younger girls to color when we hosted Japanese exchange students.

Why not check the site out?

(I will also add the caveat that any site I share needs to be checked out by home schooling parents.  I personally don't recommend letting your child check out any site you have not approved of, and personally don't let my preteens / young teens on the internet by themselves unsupervised.  As well, I check the site history of older teens - that could probably be a blog all by itself!  =) )

http://www.makingfriends.com/f_Friends.htm

 

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