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4 Math Curricula Homeschoolers Love

It is always surprising to me how many people claim they are bad at math or hate math when it is a necessary part of daily life. People don’t seem to realize they use it all the time to figure out the tax or exchange on a purchase, to figure out the best deal at the grocery store, to figure out how much yarn to purchase for a pattern, and so much more! Math can be quite the four letter word, but your child can come to enjoy the subject with the right curriculum.

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4 Math Curricula Homeschoolers Love

If you’re looking for a comprehensive homeschool math curriculum catered to your child’s learning style, you’ll love these 4 math curricula homeschoolers love, for beginners through college, and from the mastery method to story-based. Check them out!

Math Mammoth Mastery Based Math Program

Grades 1-7

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Math Mammoth is a comprehensive math program that is ideal for homeschool families with multiple children. It’s the most pedagogically sound math program we’ve ever used in our homeschool. It includes placement assessments and lessons that cater to your child’s learning preferences. Choose between computer-based work or printable chapters and worksheets.

Check it out.

Life of Fred Math Books

Kindergarten/Primary to College

Life of Fred Elementary Math Series

If the drill and kill approach is not helping your child fully grasp math concepts, try a new method. If your kids prefer reading books to completing math worksheets, check out Life of Fred math books. These supplement books weave math lessons into funny, fictional stories kids enjoy reading.
These books contain more than silly stories – every chapter includes a “Your Turn to Play” section where kids apply the real world math concepts Fred (the main character) has learned. One of the most-sought after curricula.

Check it out.

Horizons Math Curriculum

Kindergarten/Primary to Grade 8

horizons

Filled with over 100 attention-grabbing lessons, these easy-to-use Alpha Omega curriculum sets include colourfully illustrated student books covering math concepts. Each set comes with a helpful teacher’s guide with daily lesson plans, answer keys, and worksheets. Your child will learn elementary math concepts in a teacher-guided, interactive format.

Learn more about K – 4 curricula
Learn more about Grade 5 – 8 curricula

 

Downloadable Math Riddle Worksheets

Grades 3 to 6

Math Riddles by Math Galaxy

Add some light-hearted fun to math time! Enjoy these affordable, silly, convenient printables with your child. Review math concepts while giggling over the math riddles included in Math Galaxy’s worksheets. Choose from more than 300 pages of printable down loads that add a little fun to lessons.
Topics include time, money, multiplication, division, and more.

Check it out.

What math curriculum do you love from the above list? Or what math curriculum do you recommend? Please let me know in the comments below!

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

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Used Homeschool Curriculum Sale (Not Back to School Blog Hop)

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Used Homeschool Curriculum Sale

I was gathering together used homeschool curriculum off my shelves so we can purchase the curriculum we need this year, when I found out that the 7th Annual Not Back to School Blog Hop added a used homeschool curriculum week! Perfect!

Below, you will find books and curricula in great condition, some still brand new! Preference will be given to those living in Nova Scotia between Cape Breton and Halifax, since we can all easily avoid the shipping hassle and I can deliver it to you on our travels in the next week or two. I will only consider shipping within Canada with PayPal payment, including exact shipping, in advance. Email me at kimberly@homeschoolinginnovascotia.com if you would like to purchase. Feel free to ask any questions you may have in the comments below.
Phonics and Reading

homeschool curriculum saleThe Phonics Road to Spelling & Reading Level One – reg $249 US – Sale $125
Complete Package Includes: Student Binder, Teacher Binder, full set of drill cards, full set of teacher DVDs, all in as new condition. The only thing missing is some of the blank building code worksheets in the student binder which can easily be reproduced using the masters in the teacher binder as well as some of the First Readers to illustrate (17 are still present) as these were used by my daughter. We loved the program but she learned to read and write quickly and we did not need to complete the entire thing.

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Little House in the Big Woods Reading & Composition Guide – The Phonics Road Level 2 Sale: $40
Brand new, never used. Includes Teacher Training DVD, complete Teacher’s guide, and student package. Reg. 64.95 US PLUS book Reg. $6.99 = Reg. $71.94

homeschool curriculum sale*SOLD*Phonics Pathways: Clear Steps to Easy Reading and Perfect Spelling – 9th edition (Reg $42.99) Sale: $20

 

 

homeschool curriculum saleRead, Write & Type Learning System: Wordy Qwerty CDRom AND JingleSpells CD by Talking Fingers (reg $35 US) Sale: $15.
For Grades 2-4.

 

 

homeschool curriculum saleDisney Princess Reading Comprehension Workbook (Reg $4.95) US. Sale: $3.
Brand new, never used

homeschool curriculum saleStrawberry Shortcake books, $2 each or $7 for all four: All Aboard Reading Level 1, Beginning to Read (Reg. $5.99 ea): Strawberry Shortcake: The Berry Big Storm, Strawberry Shortcake: The Berry Best Friend’s Picnic, Strawberry Shortcake’s Filly Friends Strawberry Shortcake’s Snow Day (reg. $6.99)

I Can Read Level 2 (Reading with Help): Prince Caspian – This is Narnia (reg $4.99) Sale $2

Math

used homeschool curriculum saleTeaching Textbooks Math 5 (version 1.0) CD-ROM Set. These CDs are $99.95 new. Sale: $30

homeschool curriculum sale
Teaching Textbooks Math 6 (version 1.0) CD-ROM Set. These CDs are $99.95 new, Sale: $30

Bible

Homeschool curricula for saleHow Do We Know God is Really There? Apologia (Reg $16 US) Sale $8

Homeschool curricula for sale*SOLD*Colour the Bible: Book 6 – 1 Timothy-Revelation Sale: $1.
My kids had the whole set but they didn’t get to this one, except to scribble in pen on the first page to change “Christ Jesus” to “Jesus Christ” because they thought it was backwards LOL.

Homeschool Curricula for SaleA Tale of Two Kingdoms (reg $21) AND companion lesson book, God’s Unfolding Story of Salvation (reg $20) by Canadian author Heather Kendall – Sale $20 for the set

Logic

homeschool curriculum sale*SOLD*The Critical Thinking Co.: Critical Thinking Book One for Grades 7-12+ (Reg $24.99 US.) Sale: $20
Brand new, never used.

Grade 5 Workbook

*SOLD*Advantage Test Prep Grade 5: High-Interest Skill Building for Home and School by Creative Teaching Press (Reg. $9.99) Sale: $5
Brand new, never used.

Science

homeschool curriculum saleScience Quiz Whiz for Grades 1-3 by The Learning Works (Reg. $21) Sale: $10 Brand new, never used. 128 pages full of tear out quiz cards.

homeschool curriculum saleScholastic Science Readers: Human Body Level 1 – (reg $4.99) Sale: $2
Ages 5&6

Latin

homeschool curriculum salePrima Latina: Introduction to Christian Latin – Teacher Manual (Reg. $18.25) and Prima Latina CD (Reg. $8.95) Sale: $12.
For Grades 2-4. Reproducibles have been torn out but are still present. I never bought the student workbook, everything you need is in the manual.

Usborne Books

*SOLD*Usborne Little Ballerina Dancing Book with dance-along CD – (reg $19.95) sale: homeschool curriculum sale$10 Ages 3+
*SOLD*Usborne Beginners Ballet – (reg $6.95) sale $4 Ages 4+
*SOLD*Usborne Starting Ballet with Internet Links – (reg $6.95) sale $4 OR $15 for the set
Ages 4+

 

Usborne Young Puzzle Books: Puzzle School $2homeschool curriculum sale
Ages 4+

 

homeschool curriculum saleUsborne Fantasy Puzzle Books: Dragon Quest – (reg $12.95) Sale: $7
Ages 8+
homeschool curriculum sale*SOLD*Usborne Puzzle Adventures: The Pyramid Plot – (reg $5.95) Sale: $3
Ages 8+

Usborne The Great Castle Search – (reg $11.95) Sale $6
Ages 4+

Usborne 1001 Things to Spot Long Ago – (reg $11.95) Sale $6 Ages 3+homeschool curriculum sale

Are you selling your used homeschool curriculum? Feel free to post a link in the comments below, and link up with the Not Back to School Blog Hop here.

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

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2014 Reader Favourites

2014 reader favouritesHappy New Year! 2014 is over. Can you believe it? It’s always interesting to see which posts were the most popular (had the most page views) over the course of a year. Knowing what you, my readers, love most helps me determine what to give you more of in 2015! I hope this post also helps you catch some posts you may enjoy and missed the first time around! Here are your favourite posts of the year!

2014 Reader Favourites

Number 1: Sewing a Frozen Elsa Costume (Part 1-3)

sewing a frozen elsa costume

Collectively, these three posts about the process of making an Elsa costume for my daughter’s dance solo, are the favourite post. There must have been a lot of little Elsas running around this year.

Number 2: Teaching Kids to Knit

teaching kids to knit
I love knitting and thoroughly enjoyed teaching my own kids to knit, starting when they were each about 4 years old. Here you will find some tips for getting your children started.

Number 3: Educational Board Games

educational board games
Board games are a big part of our homeschool and our lives in general. In my opinion, all board games are educational. Here you will find some of our favourites and what your kids can learn from them.

Number 4: Day in the Life Week 2014

day in the life
Here you will find out what a typical day is like in our homeschool, with one Gr. 11 and one Gr. 6 student this year.

Number 5: Not Back to School Day 2014

not back to school day 2014

We love to celebrate the first day of homeschool as a Not Back to School Day with other homeschoolers each year.

Number 6: Culinary Arts in the Homeschool – Cake Decorating

cake decorating
My 10 year old daughter has been heavily into cake decorating this year. I share what she’s been up to and a great resource to help with the culinary arts in your homeschool.

Number 7: Delay Formal Math?

Math
Delaying formal math is a surprising concept for some homeschoolers, but it has worked well for us. We waited until each of our kids were around Gr. 4 until we introduced a formal math curriculum. Read what we did instead and how it worked.

Number 8: Curriculum Week 2014

curriculum week

Every year we share what curricula we are using (or planning to use). Read about our 2014-2015 curriculum plan.

I hope you enjoyed Homeschooling in Nova Scotia in 2014! I’m looking forward to sharing in 2015. Did you have a favourite 2014 post? Have you made any New Year’s Resolutions for you or your homeschool? Please let me know in the comments below!

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

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2014 “Not” Back-to-School Blog Hop: Curriculum Week

curriculum week

I can’t believe it’s that time of the year again already! It seems just yesterday I was composing a post for the 2013 Curriculum Week and here it is, planning time once again. I’m still in full summer mode. Surprisingly, my children asked if we could start homeschool early this year! That’s never happened before, LOL. I’m not completely ready with everything we are going to use this year, so I will give you a rough sketch. In general, we are continuing on with our blend of following The Well-Trained Mind combined with Tapestry of Grace in our classical-eclectic way with a little bit of unschooling thrown in for good measure.

For both children:
Tapestry of Grace, Year 3 (covers History, Geography, Language Arts/Literature, Bible) combined with reading & curriculum suggestions from The Well-Trained Mind
The Periodic Table of Elements Coloring Book – we will be continuing to go over the table of elements together, one element at a time, as last year
Rosetta Stone French – we will be continuing on with it again this year – my youngest going at a slower pace than my eldest

For my 15 year old:
Teaching Textbooks: Geometry (need to pick this up when we can)
Henle Latin – possibly continuing with this, I need to have a discussion with my son on whether he is dropping this and just sticking with French this year
The Well-Educated Mind – we are using this as a supplement for our studies of Literature
A Rulebook for Arguments & Classic Rhetoric for the Modern Student (we didn’t find a used copy last year but are hoping to this year) – for our Rhetoric studies
Photography/filmmaking – my son started doing some promotional photography and videos over the summer and will continue to work on this over the year for credit

For my 10 year old:
Teaching Textbooks: Math 6 – we didn’t finish last year and are continuing
Prima Latina/Latina Christiana – my daughter wasn’t keen on studying Latin last year, so we are going to try again this year

And I will be keeping track of everything using The Ultimate Planning System and My Home School Grades!

What curriculum are you using this year? Are you excited about something new you found at a homeschool conference? Join in the 6th Annual “Not” Back-to-School Blog Hop and check out what curricula other families are using:

curriculum week

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

This post contains affiliate links, if you click through and buy I make a few pennies in order to keep up Homeschooling in Nova Scotia.

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2013 “Not” Back-to-School Blog Hop: Curriculum Week

Not Back to School Blog Hop - Curriculum

It’s planning time…Here we are about a month away from the beginning of our homeschool. I am not anywhere near ready to start thinking about it! We just finished performing in a children’s play last week and are back in rehearsals for Les Miserables for the second round of performances. Furthermore, I am up to my neck in music to learn for an upcoming theatre workshop and musical revue. Phew! I do have a lot of curriculum mapped out in advance, since we are continuing along the same path again this year, and much of what I need for my 9 year old is already on the shelves, having been used by my eldest. We basically follow what The Well-Trained Mind suggests, with some tweaks and additions. So, here is our rough curriculum plan this year.

For both children:
Tapestry of Grace, Year 2 (covers History, Geography, Language Arts/Literature, Bible) combined with reading & curricula suggestions from The Well-Trained Mind
The Periodic Table of Elements Coloring Book – we will be continuing to go over the table of elements together, one element at a time
Rosetta Stone French – we finally bought this last year because it has been on sale, and will be continuing on with it this year – my youngest going at a slower pace

For my 14 year old:
Teaching Textbooks: Algebra 2 (already purchased at Conference)
Astronomy: A Self Teaching Guide
Henle Latin – we are continuing with this (I need to pick up book 2)
The Well-Educated Mind – we are using this as a supplement for our studies of Literature
A Rulebook for Arguments & Classic Rhetoric for the Modern Student (I have to pick this one up, hopefully used) – for our Rhetoric studies

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For my 9 year old:
Teaching Textbooks: Math 6
Various Astronomy books (already on our shelves)
Prima Latina/Latina Christiana
Mind Benders – my daughter has zoomed gleefully through this whole series of Critical Thinking Co. books and I believe she only has 2 left!

And I will be keeping track of everything using The Ultimate Planning System and My Home School Grades!

What are you using this year? Are you excited about something new you found for this year’s studies? Feel free to join in the 5th Annual “Not” Back-to-School Blog Hop and check out what curricula other families are using:

nbts-blog-hop-2013

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

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Free Webinar: How to Use the Curriculum You Already Have to Inspire a Love of Learning

How to Use the Curriculum You Already Have to Inspire a Love of Learning
Wednesday August 22nd 9pm Atlantic Time (7:00 p.m. CST)

And you thought you were just buying high school curriculum for your homeschooler! Join homeschool veteran and curriculum expert Kelly Negvesky as she explains how to instill a love of learning in your children with the curriculum you already planned to use this fall.

What a great topic – I’m looking forward to this webinar especially!



How Combining High School & College will Pave the Way for Success in College and Life Beyond
Wednesday August 29th 9pm Atlantic Time (7:00 p.m. CST)

Join Dual Credit Expert Kelly Negvesky as she discusses the “how to’s” of dual credit—from high school transcripts to the methods of acquiring credit—-in 60 minutes Kelly will help you become an expert in dual credit, and give you the tools and information you need to make the right dual credit decision for your child.

To register and for more information: http://www.collegeplus.org/prep/webinarseries

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

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Free Reading Curriculum for Kindergarten/Primary & Grade 1!

This free reading curriculum, designed for Kindergarten/Primary and Grade 1, includes one online video and these three books:

  • Phonological Awareness and Phonics Student Center Activities
  • Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension Student Center Activities
  • Teacher Resource Guide (accompanied by a Professional Development DVD)

It was all created for classroom use, but after having taken a look at it, I believe it could easily be used for homeschoolers as well.

Go to the Florida Center for Reading Research Website to download.  Enjoy!

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

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HomeSchool and More Open House Aug 26-27

HomeSchool and More is a curriculum supply store located in Atlantic Canada.  Their Back to School Open House will be held on August 26th and 27th from 9 AM to 5 PM each day. If you can’t make it to New Brunswick, they will accept phone, fax and e-mail orders with credit card or e-mail money transfer (not PayPal). AND they are offering Free Shipping on orders over $300!

They have lots of inventory in stock to have you ready for Back to School. Many new products available since their 2011 catalogue was published, so check out their website: www.homeschoolandmore.ca

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

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“Not” Back to School Blog Hop: Curriculum Week

Not Back to School Blog Hop You know what – I am not yet completely prepared for the fall *gasp*!  It has been a crazy busy summer, and I am looking forward to getting everything in line in the next few weeks 🙂  Here is what I DO know we’re using so far…

For both children:
Tapestry of Grace, Year 3 (covers History, Geography, Language Arts, Bible) combined with curricula suggestions from The Well-Trained Mind (which I still have to look up!)
Dr. Jay Wile’s new Science Curriculum (FREE for Canadian homeschoolers, ask me how!)
How to Teach Science – we will be using these free lessons to go over the table of elements

For my 12 year old:

Teaching Textbooks: Pre-Algebra
Henle Latin
The Write Foundation

For my 7 year old:
MathRider and Star Wars Math
Prima Latina

On my wish-list is Rosetta Stone French – it’s on sale right now but I’m not sure it’s in the budget this year…

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

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My Top 10 and the TOS Homeschool Crew Blue Ribbon Awards 2010-2011!

The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Crew 2010-2011 year has come to an end!  Of the 24 products I’ve reviewed since the Fall of 2010, we have some favourites in our homeschool :) Below, are my favourite 10, in most cases they are now used on a pretty much daily basis in our home or homeschool.  Because I have a hard time ranking them in order (they’re all so terrific), they’re in alphabetical order…

  • BigIQKids – an absolutely fantastic learning tool for Math, Spelling, and U.S. Geography.  My children love this online program so much that they still logon every single day, with no prompting needed from Mom 🙂
  • Collectorz – I’m still leisurely cataloguing all of the many, many books on our shelves – what a great organizational tool!
  • Lanschool – has been a terrific tool to monitor my children’s time on the internet – I haven’t had to blank any screens yet, but it’s nice to hold that option over my son’s head sometimes, LOL.
  • MathRider – has improved since my review: new quests and new dragon lands.  My daughter especially loves this program and her basic math facts continue to improve.  We loved it so much that we went ahead and bought it after the review trial time was over 🙂
  • Nutrition 101 – will continue to be enjoyed by all family members, with its wealth of information and recipes.  It’s especially come in handy since hubby and I found out our cholesterol is a little high.
  • Speekee – my daughter loved this online program for learning Spanish.  We are going to have to come back to it again in future – we’re hoping to learn some Spanish in preparation for a mission trip to the Dominican Republic.
  • WonderMaps – we’re going to be using these versatile maps for our entire homeschooling career!
  • Wits & Wagers Family – the best thing about this fun game is that it’s very short.  This makes it easy to squeeze in a game with the whole family between hubby’s two jobs.
  • The Write Foundation – we’re continuing to use this with my 12 year old son.  I’ll be using The Write Foundation’s great writing curriculum again when my daughter’s old enough.
  • Yesterday’s Classics – we continue to read these great e-books which tie into our curriculum daily on our iPod touch 🙂

The TOS Homeschool Crew has announced its Blue Ribbon Awards!  You can see what ALL the crew members voted were the best picks this year HERE.  Check them out, because I didn’t get to review all of the wealth of products reviewed by the crew as a whole.

What a fun year and what a blessing it has been, experiencing wonderful products I may never have discovered otherwise!  Not to mention all the great friendships that we all have formed.  I am pleased to announce that I will be returning to the TOS Homeschool Crew for the 2011-12 season, starting in just a few weeks!  Stay tuned :)

Love, Luck &
Laughter,