Some of my favorite homeschool resources are products that helped my kids review or learn something without me having to be involved.
Having 8 kids, there were many years when I had multiple students in the elementary grades. Review is such an important thing at that time, as we want them to get their math facts, or phonics sounds, etc. down pat. This is where some of those well loved resources came in to play for me.
These were like games to my kids, but yet they were learning and reviewing. It saved me time daily that I would have been spending doing flashcards with multiple children, or other types of review/teaching.
Being able to review on their own as part of their school work, gave my kids a sense of independence, while taking away some of my fear about whether they were really “getting” it.
Below I am going to share several of my favorite resources that helped make school a little bit easier for me.
Each child repeats a given drill each day until he can complete it correctly with in that drill’s suggested time goal (two to five minutes). Most kids can advance one drill Level about every two weeks or ten tries, although individual rates vary.
This is just another way of doing math drills with your kids. It worked well for a couple of the kids that didn’t write fast, and were frustrated with Calculadder.
For one of my kids, I got the 10 day book set. This set of lessons is to bring the student to mastery in 10 days. It has a lot of review, but with a variety of methods to keep it interesting.
Quarter Mile Math is a self-competitive race that your kids play on the computer. It motivates students to do mental math problems at their fastest possible rate. When they answer a problem correctly, the next one appears instantly. Correct answers accelerate their car or riderless horse in real time as they race against their previous best five races. They see their progress race after race after race.
This talking laptop is an interactive game. Match correct answers to questions and learn about space, history, geography, and more. Kids can play against themselves, or a sibling, and even in teams.
My kids loved this, and spent many hours playing it. (while learning!)
This is a great resource to help your kids learn their phonics. The parent does the workbook pages with the student, and then they do practice on the computer with the CD.
It is an effective, step-by-step intensive phonics program for teaching reading to beginners of all ages. Not anything flashy, but it gets the job done. Having the kids be able to do some phonics practice without me was a great time saver daily.
This is a fun learning game for kids. They learn history and geography while playing the game, and also how to make wise choices as they avoid hazards and face the many challenges of frontier life.
Go hunting, buy the right supplies, talk to Indians and fellow travelers and much more.
Kids will also get to learn the complete story of the Donner Party.
What are some of your favorite homeschool resources?