May 28, 2010

What is Your Most Valued Homeschool Resource?

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Today’s post is written by you – our readers.  You have an opinion and we want to hear it! 

What is your most valued resource you’ve used in your homeschool this school year?

Yes, I’ve challenged you by having you pick just one! ☺  Tell us the what and the why in the comments section – because it’s all about you today.

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Tristan said...

What a hard question! I would have to say that for my oldest is it Math U See. She was using saxon for 3 years prior and not understanding math. This year we started at the beginning with MUS and she now understands and even somewhat enjoys math!

For my younger children it is Rocket Phonics! A very kinestetic, fun way to teach a child how to read! (Read my original review here: http://ourbusyhomeschool.blogspot.com/2009/09/rocket-phonics-review.html

Evenspor said...

That's easy: The internet!

Free downloads, ideas, place to take notes, ebay...

Danielle said...

Games. I'm cheating a little bit by not choosing "one" thing, but there have been so many great ones that are reinforcing what we're learning and that are just plain fun! Some of our favorites are:

The Scrambled States of America
Mastermind
Blokus
Scrabble Slam!/Scrabble
Bananagrams
Made for Trade
Farkle
Quirkle
Hyper Dash
Boochie
Set

Shannon Watson said...

I have two: all of the local online homeschool groups that kept me informed of opportunities (e.g. homeschool conventions, field trips, free/discounted admission days for homeschoolers at local museums, etc.) and our county conservation district (who maintains our forest preserves and such). :D Both of them have helped me expand my horizons for what to do with my kids on any given day - the academic part is fairly easy (we love the library, my kids are avid readers who know how to safely use the Internet, they use writing in a bunch of ways every day,e tc.) but those two things have helped me connect them more easily and directly with the world at our doorstep. :)

Dana ♥ said...

Ok - so most of you are cheaters by picking more than one! But since they are such good things to share, I'll let it slide (heehee)☺

In thinking about my answer, I realize that my google reader has been the most valuable.

Why? because it is full of posts from you, and you, and you and you. The ideas I've read about from others (including those on Latter-day Homeschooling) have motivated and inspired me. Our homeschool has changed so much in the past few months, to be better than ever. Thank you all!

Alexa said...

Ha, well, my kids are very young, so I'm not sure if this counts, but Kumon workbooks! Love those things!

JRoberts said...

We love the English from the Roots Up flashcards. My boys were in French Immersion until I started to homeschool so these little cards are really helping us to think about English in a totally new way.

Jean said...

I think my favorite resource for the year was Classical Writing, the writing program that is demanding and not easy and totally worth it.

Amy said...

I agree with Dana. I have received so many great ideas from blogs. We have had a crazy year, we moved part way through the school year, and I am really trying to get things more organized for our new school year. Thanks to so many "out there" I feel like I will have a better handle on school now.

Gabby said...

My daughter is preschool age, so this might not apply to most, but my favorite 'school' resource is our Signing Time DVDs. She loves watching them and I love that she is learning ASL signs at the same time.

educatingmommy said...

Probably the internet, since I can get ideas from so many sources there.
But if that is too broad, then the book 'Leadership Education' by Demille is my favorite resource. It gives me inspiration and helps me keep on track, sends me back to prayer and getting to know my children and their unique missions, and that always helps me to know what they need for homeschool!

Chocolate on my Cranium said...

For us it would have to be the internet. My oldest two use it for their high school correspondence courses. My younger ones use it for the free games from Starfall, and we are constantly looking up videos to supplement our learning with the other kids. Getting free worksheets, lapbook plans, etc is great too!

DeEllen said...

I was trying hard to think of just one... and then Evenspor's post and I must agree. The internet is an invaluable resource for homeschooling. The library comes in at a close 2nd.

Frankie said...

Netflix.

I know that may sound strange, but I have used it a great deal for school this year. We use it for studying Shakespeare, and thanks to Diane Hopkins, and her science video recommendations, we have seen some fabulous science documentaries.

Donna said...

Well I would have to say my kids. They are my greatest resource by far. All the rest is just books and stuff. If you read this post you would see why.
http://flowersnplaid.blogspot.com/2010/05/ssshhhh-dont-tell-kids.html

Suzuki Mom said...

Well, My kids, the library, and the internet in general are obviously at the top...

But if you want a single internet resource, I have to say

www.milestonesacademy.com

(very close is our free math curriculum- MEP math, and our free foreign language resource - First Steps auf Deutsch (also avail in french and spanish) - but it would be cheating to mention them... lol!)

Anonymous said...

The Library!

{leah} said...

I would have to say my workbox system. This really is the only thing that keeps me {some what} orginized.

Cheshercatmm said...

Since I have to pick one, I'm going to roll all the good ones into the tool that I use to access them, which is my little ACER netbook. At only 2 lbs and 10 inches, I haul this thing everywhere, and I even had to spend 2 weeks without it and felt like my right arm had been severed off. We virtual school, so I can't access our curriculum without it. I love all the online resources I can access, such as Discover the Scriptures, Notebooking.com, and you guys, of course! It also keeps me in the know with the constant e-mails about events and information I get from our homeschool group. It even keeps me organized with Outlook calendars, reminders, and tasks. At only $250 from Wal-mart, it is definately my most valued resource!

Melody said...

Learning about Thomas Jefferson Education. Particularly the book 'Phases of Learning' by the Van DeMille's. I don't endorse every idea in the book/educational philosophy but it has helped me to FINALLY after 5+ years to consolidate my OWN philosophy of education for our family.

I feel like I'm finally off the Public School Conveyorbelt, off the Charlotte Mason conveyor belt, off the Well Trained Mind conveyor belt and I ain't hoping on the TJed conveyor belt either. LOL

Free at last! :-)

Laurie said...

For my 4 year old, Unifix cubes. She could play with those things for hours! Patterns, addition, all sorts of made up games...

For my 6 year old, PAPER! Seriously. Any kind, any color. If it's around, she uses it - for letters, stories, drawings, collages, everything! In fact, I just found a sweet note on my pillow from her. :)

Anonymous said...

I would have to say that my most valued resource is other homeschooling families! It gives me encouragement to see that their older children are happy and sociable and intelligent! I know that my children can be like that as well.

Judi said...

The library!

Tristan said...

Gabby - we love Signing Time too! It is wonderful!

To everyone else - so many of the things you mention we enjoy too. :)

Plain and Precious said...

I'm surprised that no one has said my favorite resource...Thrift stores!

I couldn't homeschool without them! We have purchased everything from tables and chairs to bookcases and filing containers. We have found science project materials, arts and craft supplies, educational wall hangings such as maps and calendars, and BOOKS!

OH THE BOOKS! Wonderful books on so many different things! Art books, music and composer books, gardening books, science books of all category and level, cooking books, history books both real and anthologies. I've found unused handwriting workbooks, McGuffy readers, singapore math books, Harvard classics, childrens encyclopedias, and Video and DVD historical films and tons of educational magazines like National geographic. (Not to mention all the fiction and non fiction.)

Of course we sometimes have to find a companion book or maybe a workbook to go with a good textbook we've found, but we then go to our other favorite thrift store. . . Ebay.

And lest ye think I spend all my time rummaging through the thrifts stores to get all these great resources, I'll be honest in telling you that I rarely make it to mine more that twice a month. But by keeping my eyes open I am amazed at what great treasures I can find.

Cindy said...

Because this is my first year of homeschooling the most valuable resource has been other homeschool parents and their advice and help. Thank you!!

country@heart said...

This has been our first yeat in the Church as a family and also our first year as home-schoolers. I would have to say that my daily as well as yearly planner I just couldn't live without. Best year ever!