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Fun Extras for Home Schoolers

Here are some links to check out:

Geography Challenge for Canadian Students

Lego Play Book Giveaway

Learning Notebook Idea - very good. Daily Theme Ideas -  Written by an Alberta Home Schooler! 

Help Dyslexic Kids to Read - through Art!  This link looks so good .  I think it would be fun for everyone - Dyslexic Games

Morning Board and Calendar Time for younger Home Schoolers - very good tutorial.

I hope you are enjoying home schooling this week.  Any of the above would add fun into your home school AND would be fun extras to book! 

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The 10 Best Home School Links shared on Facebook lately!

The below are the best of the links shared on Facebook in the last two weeks. I especially love the *5 Things to Expect if You Home School*. Enjoy!
WOW - One of the best HSing Articles I have read lately. Very good! 5 Things to Expect if you Home School
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The Joy of Home Schooling our Children (AND Merry Christmas!)

Well, the countdown to Christmas has begun, although for many of us, Christmas (and celebrating our Savior) is a way of life. Home Educating our children is also a way of life for many of us.....

It's been years since Richard and I began home schooling our children AND embraced the home education life style. That decision actually changed our lives and the lives of our children. It was a *very good* decision and one that we have never regretted.

Sure - it is the path less traveled, but it has been totally worthwhile for our family. I can get a little emotional at times over all the good memories we have made, and the education we all have received. I am a different person (and mother) than I was before we started to home school. I have learned so many things in the last 20 years. AND I am totally thrilled that our graduated daughters (26 and 21) still love learning and continue their life education at this time. I am thrilled at the motivation to learn that our younger daughters (15 and 13) have as well. It really has been A WONDERFUL LIFE. (smile)

I saw a very simple blog this week that I would like to share with you. It has a lot of pictures and a short sentence under each picture, but I am still thinking about what she shared. It really spoke to me and I hope it speaks to you. Sometimes.....

And I will also take this time to wish you and yours a Merry Christmas. I always strive to remember that Jesus is the Reason for the Season, and I hope in the midst of our busy December days, that He is the reason for the season for you, too.{jcomments off}

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Great Educational Extras Online

Wow, it is really important to know yourself, hey? I am either a *do a lot* or *do nothing* blogger. I don't do a *little* well. I have been busy - like all of you, I am sure, getting back to home schooling our children this fall. Just been busy - getting everything going and done.

BUT September has been a great month already! We have gone full speed ahead with our home educating plan. I have added in some online educational links for our girls - all of which are working well. (Both of them are already blogging - a great writing extra!

One of the first things I did this fall was this great Learning Assessment for all of us.
 
Both of our girls like Free Rice - It is great for review. They keep track of how many grains of rice they earn a day - almost always aim for 500 to 1000 grains of rice. (You earn 10 grains of rice for every right answer and the rice you earn is donated to needy people in third world countries. Neat idea.) I encourage them to try different sections often.
 
One daughter LOVES Lumosity, which is like a brain gym / logic website. It isn't a free website (most of the others mentioned here are free), but it has been a wonderful extra in our home.
 
I also signed up for a Canadian Current Events Newsletter through our Home School Board. It is pretty affordable - $20 per student. There are 3 different age categories. We have really enjoyed the discussions and activities we have done for the first newsletter. (I know I looked at the first newsletter and was praying about how to include it in our month. There are 36 pages - on 4 different topics. I realized the easiest way for us, would be to cover one topic a week and that is working really well for us! ) The first topic was on the Tsunami in Japan, and the biggest Garbage Patch in the World - out in the Ocean. That was horrific to see and has really inspired us to cut down on our plastic purchasing.
 
They also are doing a Bible Study online with http://ubdavid.org/ . It is non-denominational and looks really good. There are different levels for the different ages AND your children can do it online OR have the lessons mailed out.
 
I'm also thinking of Spark Teens, which covers nutrition, exercise tracking and more. It looks good, too.
 
They have never done this much online, but they are both older and I think all of the above websites have value. They are great extras. (Oh, and I trust our girls to do what they are supposed to be doing. ALWAYS pay attention to what your children are doing online!) Happy Home Educating!
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Check out *Animal School*!

I'm not sure where you are in your educational journey OR on your educational journey with your children, but I'd strongly encourage everyone to watch Animal School and think about what that means to you personally and what it means concerning each of your children.

I know the first time I saw it, it hit me very hard. 

One of the best things about Home Educating our children, is our ability to treat them as individuals and to encourage each of them in the way they should go.  As you watch it, why not pray that God would speak to your heart about what you need to do for AND with your children, and if homeschooling is part of it.  If it is, check out the other blogs on the site - there is a lot of encouragement and tips available.  {jcomments off}

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