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Posted by on Apr. 8, 2009 at 1:56 PM
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Please post free resources, webistes curriculum and products here. Thanks

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Choosy
by Group Admin on May. 5, 2009 at 12:10 PM

Earn a FREE book in the Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program!


April 29th, 2009 | posted by ChoosyHomeschooler

Motivate your child’s summer reading with the Barnes & Noble annual Summer Reading program!

Last summer, Barnes and Noble provided 190,000 free books and participants read 2.3 million books! This year, children can join Percy Jackson and The Olympians on their summer adventure as part of their own summer reading journey.

For more information, see the Barnes & Noble annual Summer Reading program.

Choosy
by Group Admin on May. 5, 2009 at 12:14 PM

Create Online Projects, Reports, Assignments, Posters, and More! FREE!

Name of Product: Web Poster Wizard

Link to Product/website: http://poster.4teachers.org/

Web Poster Wizard is a free tool that helps teachers/parents create easy webpage worksheets online for class or homeschool use. These worksheets can include photos and educational resource links for students to learn more. With Web Poster Wizard, students can display assignments, like book reports or science projects, online. They simply follow the easy instructions for completing their projects. Once the assignments are finished, students can go to the URL site where their project is displayed. They can also share this URL with others, if desired.

In order to use the free Web Worksheet Wizard tool, teachers/parents must first register to create classes. A class code is then automatically created for each class. It is also necessary to log in each time you use the tool.

Homeschool Uses: The Web Worksheet Wizard can be used with children in grades K-12 and with nearly any subject. Homeschooling parents can take advantage of the management tools to help organize their classes/curriculum. This is especially good for those teaching various age groups. Parents can also create assignments based on whatever they’re currently covering. For instance, you could choose to create book reports for reading/LA. History projects could include biographical timelines, family history posters, historical event timelines, etc. Numerous science-related projects could be covered using this tool. The possibilitiesare endless.

Content and Safety:  “Students are not allowed to put last names, email addresses, or other identifying information on their projects.” Content is based on what the teachers/parents decide their worksheets or assignments should cover. You can also use the Teacher Feature to archive all your students’ work and choose whether to keep this page private.

Nikki’s Experience Using the Product: The first thing I did was register, which I found was a very simple and painless process. No personal information was required, other than an email address. I then created a worksheet and a poster assignment.  Even though I do not have much experience creating these types of items, it took very little time and effort for me to do so.  In fact, it was quite easy!

Choosy
by Group Admin on May. 11, 2009 at 10:48 AM
Where Does Your Food Come From? What was Life Like in 1845? Learn and Create with this FREE tool!

Name of Product: Harvest of History/The Farmers History

Link to Product/website: http://www.harvestofhistory.org/explore.html

Description of Product: “The history of New York State agriculture is the story of our collective past. Explore the Village to find out where your food comes from, how and where it grows, and compare life in 1845 with our modern world. Then produce your own movie with the Village Videomaker. Our interdisciplinary curriculum for fourth-grade teachers explores how agriculture has been, and still is, an integral part of our lives in New York State.”

Description of Product: Harvest of History takes your family on a virtual trip through the history of farming, continually comparing and contrasting today with 1845. They provide four curriculum modules, along with essential questions and many suggestions for other activities to keep your child engaged. Their curriculum is based on New York state educational standards.

Although there isn’t a sign in needed, the site does provide a Harvest Code (automatically generated series of letters and numbers) that enables you to leave and come back to start over. Once the child has explored the farming village, they visit the village videographer and develop their own video to show what they have learned. To explore the virtual village you will need a free Adobe download.

Choosy
by Group Admin on May. 16, 2009 at 3:50 PM

FREE Google Tools

While there are numerous Google tools available, my picks for homeschoolers include the unique search tools: Google Scholar, Google Book Search, and the Google Custom Search Engine. I have used all of these tools and found them to be excellent sources for researching various topics of interest.

Google Scholar is a free search engine that indexes scholarly sources such as research papers, journals, abstracts, citations, etc. The most relevant results can be found on the first page and may include one or more related articles or various versions of the same resource. Each result also includes bibliographic information. When using Google Scholar, you can use the “Library Search” feature to find nearby libraries that offer books pertinent to your search. Other features of this tool include the “group of” link, which allows users to search for digital or physical copies by showing links to the target journal article. The “cited by” link provides abstracts of articles that have been cited while the “related articles” link provides a list of articles that are closely related to those searched. The help link provides a more in-depth tutorial for using this tool.

The Google Book Search (I love this one) tool is great for finding books on nearly any given subject with just one search, making it much easier and less time consuming for both students and educators to find exactly what you’re looking for. I have found many useful books in my genealogy and family history quest by using this tool. Homeschoolers may find it useful for research projects, additional lesson plans, and more. With many of the out-of-copyright books, you can browse through the entire book online and even download it to your computer (in PDF, which requires Adobe Reader). Other books offer limited previews of sample pages, short snippets of the text, or simply bibliographic information. Use the “About this book” link to locate similar titles. Results will also include links to booksellers and libraries where you can obtain other copies of the books.

Summary: Google Tools for Educators offers numerous options for anyone teaching children. Homeschooling families should find the previous tools, as well as many others, helpful for various curriculum activities and lessons.

Choosy
by Group Admin on May. 18, 2009 at 3:57 PM
Learn About Art Sculpture and Create Unique Projects at Home! Here is the website: http://www.childrensmuseum.org/artsworkshop/index.htm

You can read more in detail about this products uses for homeschooling by clicking here
Choosy
by Group Admin on Jun. 1, 2009 at 4:26 PM

Free tool to Organize your Books

 

Name of Product: BookBump

Link to Product/website: http://www.bookbump.com/

Whether it’s books you’ve read, or books you want to read, BookBump offers an easy and effective way to keep track of them. Use of the site is FREE and, after a quick registration process (confirmed through email), you’re ready to begin building your personal Library! Their search function lets you find a book by ISBN, title, author, keyword, or a combination of all. Then simply click on the book you want to add it to your list

Click here For More Homeschool Uses`

Choosy
by Group Admin on Jun. 29, 2009 at 9:01 AM

Got What it Takes to Survive in a Dwindling Economy? Take Part in Life-Like Simulations and Put Your Financial Skills to the Test!


Name of Product: Sense and Dollars

Link to website:http://senseanddollars.thinkport.org/home.html

Description of Product: “Walk through a ‘virtual life’ and see if you have the skills to survive on your budget…Sense and Dollars was designed to give kids in middle and high school effective ways of earning, spending, saving and investing money in a safe interactive environment.”

Nikki’s Description of Product: Sense and Dollars is a free educational site that teaches kids about money management. At the Sense and Dollars Clubhouse, they can learn about various topics pertaining to money. Earning Money shows them different ways for raising or making money, while Spending Money teaches them about spending their money wisely, including how to manage money and how to understand credit. Saving Money gives them different ideas for saving or investing money. In addition to these tutorials, kids can take part in fun, interactive simulations that mimic real-life situations and test both their current finance knowledge and math skills. In these activities, kids will balance their needs and wants with realistic income and expenses in order to make financial decisions.

Full Review about this Free tool and homeschooling uses

Choosy
by Group Admin on Jul. 7, 2009 at 10:28 AM

Spark an Interest or Passion for Reading and Help Your Child See the World in New, Exciting Ways!

July 6th, 2009 | posted by ChoosyHomeschooler

Free Children Stories is a great tool to help parents teach their children, and is great for adding to your existing language arts curriculum. These stories are short and simple, yet endearing. They are like the books I grew up reading, books that made you want to read, that fostered a love for reading! This site is really easy to navigate, making it easy for kids to use with little or no help.

Full Article


Choosy
by Group Admin on Jul. 27, 2009 at 5:10 PM

Share Your Child’s Greatest Moments or Simply Keep Up with Important Dates/Tasks Using This Indispensable Online Tool!

KeepandShare free file and calendar hostingName of Product: KeepandShare®

Link to Product/website: http://www.keepandshare.com/

Eliminating the need for separate websites and programs, KeepandShare simplifies creating, organizing and sharing information with their suite of user-friendly applications. Supporting hundreds of file types, which can be created on-site or uploaded, the applications offer a broad range of functions and are easily customizable. Add in the ability to share with any number of people you choose, go public, or keep it all private, and this tool gets even better.

Full Description and Homeschooling Uses

Choosy
by Group Admin on Aug. 2, 2009 at 5:19 PM

Contest for Homeschool LEGO Fans!

August 2nd, 2009 | posted by ChoosyHomeschooler


Hey homeschool LEGO fans! WIN A LEGO GIFT CARD!

The Little Brick Schoolhouse is  launching a new forum where homeschool LEGO enthusiasts can discuss all things pertaining to LEGOS!  To kick things off, this month they are having a CONTEST.

POST THE MOST in the Little Brick Schoolhouse Forum and win a $10.00 LEGO e-Gift Card!

Go to http://forum.littlebrickschoolhouse.com/index.php for contest details. Start posting now to start winning!  Contest ends August 31, 2009.

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