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Spelling Fun in Your Homeschool

Spelling doesn’t have to be boring or tedious. Spelling can be fun! Toss those work sheets and spelling tests aside and give some of these resources a try for spelling fun in your homeschool. Spelling is important. Because spell check doesn’t catch everything!

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The Homeschool Buyers Co-op – Don’t Miss This Month’s Specials!

The Homeschool Buyers Co-op is a free homeschooling organization for all homeschoolers! Co-op membership is free and allows homeschooling families access to discounts from over a hundred educational suppliers. They also sponsor “GroupBuys” for curriculum packages that save homeschooling families money. On the site you’ll find free information, such as databases of free curriculum, field trips, and educational contests and scholarships. I highly recommend this – we have participated in a number of Group Buys, both digital and physical, from Lego to art, and we haven’t been disappointed! Click here for more information.  Don’t miss this month’s specials – focusing on Language Arts!

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

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The Write Foundation – Part 2 – Review

Since writing my Review of The Write Foundation’s Essay Writing Curriculum – Part 1 (Lessons 1-15), I have received Part 2 (Lessons 16-30) of the curriculum to use and review.  Many upgrades and revisions have been made to the curriculum overall, based on reviewers’ input.

Assignments continue to include essays and poetry.  Essay topics include National parks and the Bible, and timed essays are included.  Mind Benders are recommended as a warm-up each lesson (we love Mind Benders in our homeschool).  Games have been adapted for use with as few as one student (when before they were explained for use in a co-op setting).  There is now a Daily Schedule mapped out for using a Lesson per week, and for a Lesson over two weeks.  I love how easy it is to adapt this curriculum to fit into our schedule, and in fact The Write Foundation won a Blue Ribbon from TOS for Most Adaptable Resource for the 2010-2011 year.  I like this program’s stance on Wikipedia “Wikipedia may be used for general brainstorming but never a quote” because I wholeheartedly agree!

My son hasn’t worked through the entire curriculum yet, as we’ve been working leisurely through it, and we will continue to enjoy using it this homeschool year 🙂  I highly recommend checking out this curriculum for your children age 11-18.  There are three levels to choose from: Sentence to Paragraph Writing, Paragraph Writing, and Essay Writing.

As mentioned in my The Write Foundation Review – Update post, the curriculum now only costs $70 US for the entire package – Lessons 1-30.  Shipping is available to the U.S. and Canada (shipping to Canada costs $20).  International orders only may choose an e-book version, for $70 and no shipping costs.  All three levels (sentence, paragraph, essay) are also available as a package for only $180 US.  Order directly through The Write Foundation’s website.

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

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Time4Learning Special – $4.99

Time4Learning.com is offering special December trial pricing, only $4.99 for your first month!  Time4Learning is a student-centered online curriculum that combines 1000+ animated lessons, printable worksheets and graded activities to teach standards-based math and language arts. Science, social studies and art are also provided as a bonus for most grades.

If you would like to read my past review on Time4Learning, click HERE.

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

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The Write Foundation Review – Update

This past month I wrote a review on The Write Foundation.  I am very pleased to share that because of mine and my other TOS Homeschool Crewers reviews, The Write Foundation has made some terrific changes!

  • Wording in the Instruction Manuals is being changed to apply not so much only to a co-op setting, but private homeschool families as well
  • The Introduction has been updated to make it easier to understand how to teach TWF
  • The Instruction Manual paper is being upgraded
  • The Shipping Packaging is being upgraded
  • The Additional Resources that were once available on CD are now instead a free download with your purchase.  As a result, **Prices have been dropped!!** That’s right, instead of $100, each level of TWF is only $69.95 US!  WOW!

Love, Luck &
Laughter,