Posted in Free Homeschooling Resources, Homeschool Information

Can You Homeschool on a Shoestring?

Potential homeschoolers are always asking if homeschooling is expensive and how to make it more affordable. So, can you homeschool on a shoestring? Absolutely!

homeschool on a shoestring

Can You Homeschool on a Shoestring?

Entire homeschool curricula can be found online, as can books, games, worksheets, you name it. I don’t know how homeschoolers did it before the advent of the personal computer! To peruse a whole bunch of homeschooling freebies I’ve found, you can click on Free Homeschooling Resources to see a list of everything I’ve shared in the past.

Online resources:

Other than using the internet, here are some simple things that we do or use to save money in our homeschool…

  • Library – we do not buy books we can find at the library – I use our local library’s website to search from home and can take a trip to the library weekly
  • Dollar store – there are so many things we can use at the dollar store, from bristol board and tape, to books and workbooks
  • Freecycle or any free exchange group – we used to belong to our local Freecycle group before it closed down and then joined a Facebook exchange group. We’ve received all sorts of great books and freebies as well as gifted unwanted items to others
  • Re-usable curriculum – we use Tapestry of Grace. Once you’ve bought all 4 years of the program, you have the outline for all 13 years of school, for as many children as you have. Plus, I have always saved the curricula that I use with my eldest to use with my youngest when she gets to that level.

There is also a book named Homeschooling on a Shoestring that you may want to check out for more ideas.

What’s your favourite resource for homeschooling on a shoestring? Please let me know in the comments below!

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

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Please note: This article was originally published in August 2010 and has been revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

Posted in Reviews

Free Blog Planner – Review

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Have you ever found out about something that you didn’t know existed and didn’t realize you needed? I have! I had no idea what I was missing, not having a blog planner to organize my blogging life. Now I don’t think I could do without this wonderful, free blog planner I chose to review!

Homeschoolcreations.net is owned by Jolanthe. She offers a variety of free printables, including a wonderful blog planner. Once I downloaded the pdf, I thought about printing it off at the local store, but it turned out that the cost was a lot more than I thought. To save, I decided to print it off myself, in colour (because I thought I would be more likely to use a pretty planner – I love the colours). I even bought myself some inexpensive coloured pens and a great, translucent binder for just a few dollars, complete with divider tabs and a back pocket.

Planner binder

I love that it includes colourful, translucent divider tabs. I also keep my business cards and return address labels (both free from Vista Print) in the back pocket so I have what I need to mail out giveaway prizes for my blog. Now everything is in one place and organized!

So what does this blog planner include?

  • 12 month-at-a-glance pages with a monthly focus list
  • room to track reviews and giveaways
  • space to jot notes and ideas
  • weekly post trackers, including social media reminders
  • monthly website analytics tracker: RSS, Facebook, Twitter, etc…
  • a place to keep track of affiliate program info
  • a Twitter hashtag tracker
  • weekly blog meme tracker
  • mileage sheet (for those blog-related trips & conferences)
  • website username & password sheet
  • and room to jot down all those wonderful post ideas

Planner binder

 

It really contains everything I need! In addition to the wonderful monthly & weekly planning pages, I love the Additional Planning Helps. I keep them under a separate tab in my planner.

Planner binder

One of my favourite pages is “Ideas in my head” – now I jot down those ideas when they come to me and I have a list of things to blog about! I even printed out a couple of extra pages, one for each of the additional blogs I manage for one of my marketing jobs.

Planner binder

I also keep some extra pages printed out under a separate tab, such as the weekly pages, for those months that have an extra week.

Planner binder

Now go ahead to Homeschoolcreations.net and download your own free, printable blog planner!

I had many different blog planners to choose from to do this review. I looked carefully through each of them and liked the variety of features this one offered the best. I have compiled all of the blog planners I chose from on this Learnist Board if you’d like to take a look at them all in one place: Free Blog Planners!

I wrote this review as part of the Mosaic Reviews Team. All opinions are my own.

 

Posted in Free Homeschooling Resources

Mark Kistler FREE Virtual Christmas Art Camp!

Photobucket Receive a FREE GUEST PASS for Mark Kistler’s Virtual Christmas Art Camp! Simply go to markkistlerlive.com and click on “Contact” at the top of the page to email Mark Kistler and request a FREE GUEST PASS.  This is a great way for you to see how your  kids like the online classes, and decide if you want to spend $19.95 registering them for the  Vacation Holiday Art Camps and other upcoming classes.  Just FYI: You do not need a camera or a microphone to attend.

Love, Luck &

Laughter,

Posted in Free Homeschooling Resources, Resources

Free Symbols of Christmas Project Pack from The Homeschool Buyers Co-op

Get your free Symbols of Christmas Project Pack from In the Hands of a Child through The Homeschool Buyers Co-op right now.  This pack includes a 7-day Planning Guide, 15 Hands-On Activities, Related Reading List, 11-page Research Guide, and Answer Key. Introduce your students to symbols that include the Advent wreath, Advent calendars, Christmas cards, Christmas gifts, Christmas trees, ornaments, holly, poinsettias, the Nativity, candy canes, Christmas colors, and much more!  It’s a free download, so check it out!

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Posted in Free Homeschooling Resources

FREE Online Art Classes with Mark Kistler!

Photobucket Mark Kistler is offering FREE, LIVE internet video art classes streamed on:

Mondays and Tuesdays at 12 noon Atlantic (10am Central Time), 4pm Atlantic (2pm Central), 8pm Atlantic (6pm Central), and 10:30pm Atlantic (8:30 pm Central).  Saturdays at noon Atlantic (10 am Central) and 2pm Atlantic (noon Central).

YOU DO NOT NEED A CAMERA OR A MICROPHONE, you will be communicating via built in student texting, hand raising and response icons.  You will need:

1.  A laptop or desktop computer (iPads and tablets are not compatible at this time).

2. High speed Internet access (you will be streaming “Skype” type real time video).

3. A pencil and some paper for an AWESOME drawing adventure!

CLASSES ARE FREE FOR YOU THROUGH OCTOBER 30! Feel free to visit one session or a dozen lessons!

Here is how you join a Virtual Classes.

1.  Visit www.markkistlerlive.com

2.  Look at this cool site and look at last weeks drawing lessons in the “Lesson Gallery”.

3. Go to the “Contact” tab and an email requesting your free “Be My Guest” Pass.

 

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Posted in Free Homeschooling Resources, Homeschool Information

Homeschool Super Heroes Begins Tonight – Free!

Homeschool Super Heroes!

Begins tonight.  Don’t miss these fantastic, free interviews to kick start your homeschool year!

  • Kerry Beck
  • Tiany Davis
  • Linda Lacour Hobar
  • and more!

The first one is happening right now, but you can also catch the replay:

Monday – 8/20/2012 at 9pm Atlantic time (8pm EDT)
Kerry Beck – “Jumpstart Your Homeschool This Year”

Enjoy!

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Posted in Free Homeschooling Resources, Homeschool Information

Free Webinar Series June 12-28 – Innovations in Higher Education

Education Innovators. 6 Exclusive Webinars. One Mission: Disrupting Higher Education.

In this ‘Innovations in Higher Education’ webinar series, hear from leaders like Andrew Pudewa (Institute for Excellence in Writing), Rick Green (Wallbuilders and Patriot Academy), Rick O’Donnell (Former Director of Higher Education for the State of Colorado and Texas), and others.

Click here to learn more about this webinar series

The first webinar, was on Tuesday, June 12, 2012. Register now, the next one is tonight 🙂

 

3 Keys to Navigating the Massive Change Coming to Higher Education

Rick O’Donnell – Former Director of Higher Education for the State of Colorado; Education Innovator and Entrepreneur
Webinar date: 6/14/12

Start time: 9pm ADT * 8pm EDT • 7pm CDT • 5pm PDT

Webinar details Register now
 

It’s Not the Degree ~ It’s What You Know

Andrew Pudewa – Director of the Institute for Excellence in Writing; Renowned Speaker and Education Reformer
Webinar date: 6/19/12

Start time: 9pm ADT * 8pm EDT • 7pm CDT • 5pm PDT

Webinar details Register now
 

Know Why You Go: Life is Too Short to Just Earn a Degree!

Dewey Novotny – Founder of LifePurposePlanning.org; Writer and Speaker

Webinar date: 6/21/12

Start time: 9pm ADT * 8pm EDT • 7pm CDT • 5pm PDT

Webinar details Register now
 

Dual Credit: Alternatives to the Conveyor Belt

Kelly Negvesky – Curriculum Specialist and Dual Credit Consultant

Webinar date: 6/26/12

Start time: 9pm ADT * 8pm EDT • 7pm CDT • 5pm PDT

Webinar details Register now
 

What the Founding Fathers Knew About Education that Matters Today

Rick Green – Host of WallBuilders Live w/David Barton & Founder of Patriot Academy; Historian and National Speaker
Webinar date: 6/28/12

Start time: 9pm ADT * 8pm EDT • 7pm CDT • 5pm PDT

Webinar details Register now

 

Click here to register for one or all webinars now.

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Posted in Homeschool Events, Things to Do, Places to Go

World Education Games 2012 – Math, Science, Spelling – Register now!

Once again, World Math Day is approaching…on March 7th!  Along with World Spelling Day on March 6 and the new World Science Day on March 8th, they make up Mathletics’ World Education Games!  We participate every year and my children have so much fun!   And not only do they drill their math and spelling skills (and now Science too) in an extremely fun way, but they also learn about Geography and flags of the world just by competing with other students around the world.  There’s even a world map download on the site 🙂

Each of the World Education Games is free and a lot of FUN!  Register now and you can practice for a whole month on the site.  Be a part of this great education event, whether you’re a teacher, parent, homeschooler, or student.
  • Students take part in real-time math, spelling, and science challenges using the using the Mathletics game engine.
  • Student play live with other students around the globe.
  • Your students will love it! Be part of setting a Guinness World Record!
  • It will create an amazing buzz around Math, Spelling, and Science.
  • Designed for all ages and ability levels.
  • Simple to register and participate. All you need is internet access.
  • Great prizes
  • And it’s absolutely FREE!!

HURRY, registration opened today and you get a whole month now to practice!  One registration gets you access to all three of the World Education Games.

Enjoy!  You might see us taking part – look for “Hidden Hill Homeschool” 🙂  Adults can play too!
Love, Luck &
Laughter,
Posted in Free Homeschooling Resources, Resources

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,

Posted in Free Homeschooling Resources, Resources

The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling – Free e-book!

The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling is absolutely free right now on the Amazon Store.  It’s in Kindle format, but don’t despair if you don’t have a Kindle – everyone can read it!  You can download the free Kindle app on your iPod touch, iPod, Android, or Blackberry and then “buy” the free book, which appears automatically on your Kindle app.  OR download the free Kindle app on your desktop or laptop.

Enjoy! I’ve been wanting to read this for years.

Love, Luck &
Laughter,