Recommended websites, games and books

Some of the very best

MACHE   Minnesota Association of Christian Home Educators; MACHE has great homeschool resources and helpful articles available on their website. I highly encourage you to attend their annual conference in April.

 

portrait5HSLDA  Home School Legal Defense Association; a homeschool organization that helps homeschool families with legal issues as well as many other aspects of home educating their children.

 

National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI)  **see the latest NHERI report on research about homeschooling

 

Smoothing the Way  Mary James; a course for those just getting started in homeschooling

 

Cathy Duffy’s curriculum reviews:  great curriculum reviews written by a veteran homeschooler

 

Let’s Homeschool High School: Transcript Template

 

Building Your Own Curriculum: Facebook Group

 

Credits Before College—Cheri Frame  Cheri’s emphasis is on getting college credit using the CLEP program, but she also has great info on many aspects of homeschooling through high school and getting college credits inexpensively. Cheri also offers Career Direct Assessments.

 

Cultivated Lives—Heather Haupt  Heather is a homeschool mom, speaker and bloggerq

Career/Personality Testing with Career Direct  

Village School of the Bible:   Provides a deep and thorough study of God’s Word plus college credit as well.  For high school students and above.  http://villageschoolsofthebible.org/

Sparknotes:  A great resource for information and a quick overview of many subjects and pieces of literature.

Jesusonline.com: A resource for free Bible studies and discipleship material to help you disciple your children to know and love the Lord.

Recommended Games for Learning

Language Arts:

 

Some wonderful games for developing reading readiness skills are: (these may contain affiliate links)

Peaceable Kingdom Alphabet Go Fish Letter Matching Card Game - 52 Cards with Box

Here are some games for developing phonics, reading and spelling skills:

Bananagrams WildTiles Vocabulary Building and Spelling Improvement Lettered Tile Game for Ages 7 and Up

ThinkFun Zingo Sight Words Early Reading Game

  • Quiddler (ages 8-adult, includes solitaire version)

Once our children are fluent readers there are some fun games for the older child that continue to build language arts skills:

Taboo Board Game

Early Math Skill Games:

  • Candyland  This classicis fors  for ages 3-6 and helps teach colors as well as building fine motor skills for little ones. It’s a great introduction to games!
  • Chutes & Ladders  Another classic game for preschoolers up to age 7 that helps children learn to play games while building basic counting skills. 
  • Snakes & Ladders  Another classic game for kids that helps reinforce counting and numbers learning. For ages 6+. this version is magnetic so it’s great for on the go learning! 
  • Hungry Hungry Hippos  Another great preschool to early elementary age game that’s wild and crazy but helps kids learn to count!

Elementary math skills:

Math Marks the Spot:  for ages 5+ to teach number recognition, colors, adding and subtraction

  • Snap-it Up Math  In this fast-paced game, players pick and pass numbers as fast as they can, using adding and subtracting as they do. Great for ages 6+.
  • Sum Swamp Addition & Subtraction  Imagine hiking through a swampy path using math skills such as adding and subtracting to find your way! Great for ages 5+.
  • Roll-a-dollar (money game)  Using die with coin amounts on them you shake and try to earn a dollar!   Player shakes 4 dice at a time, and they get 2 rolls per turn –  if  they don’t reach a dollar, no points earned. One point for every time you reach a dollar on a turn. 20 points wins! You can also use the die to match what’s on the die with actual money to learn money value. 
  • Dino Math Tracks If you have a child that loves dinosaurs, this game is for you! It teaches place value, counting, addition, and subtraction for children ages 6+.
  • Smath  Playing crossword with numbers for ages 6+.  Great for learning addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. 
  • Uno  Earn points from others players when you go out first. Teaches matching, colors, numbers and strategy for ages 7+.
  • Skip-O  One of my all-time favorites because I played it with my grandma, teaches number order and strategy, for ages 7+.
  • NMBR9 (ages 8+ – strengthens adding, multiplication skills, plus critical thinking skills & spatial recognition)          

 

 

  • Math War (deck of cards without face cards, each layer turns over 2 cards, adds them together, whoever has highest points gets all the cards for that round)

 

  • Dominoes (child makes up problems as they put the dominoes together) Double Six Professional Dominoes - White with Black Dots, Case Color May Very
  • Right Start Math – A math curriculum for the hands on learner that has a wide variety of games

 

 

 

  • Dragonwood a game with dice for ages 8+ a fun way to practice basic math skills

 

  • Sushi-go  A fun game for 8+-year-olds that reinforces probability, strategic thinking, and visual discrimination

Act Your Wage (Dave Ramsey) – a great way to teach your kids money management and budgeting for ages 10+.

Online Math games:

Recommended reading for the home school parent

The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling
     by Debra Bell

    A great book for those just getting started in home education.

 

Charlotte Mason Companion
     for those interested in learning more about the Charlotte Mason approach to education.

 

Educating the Wholehearted Child
     by Clay & Sally Clarkson

     Excellent resource for home educators with a lot of helpful information.

 

The Three R’s
     by Ruth Beechick

     A simple but very helpful book that helps set the overall goals of teaching the “three R’s.”

 

Homeschooling at the Speed of Life
     by Marilyn Rockett

     A helpful book for learning how to set priorities in your homeschooling.

 

The Way They Learn
     by Cynthia Tobias
     A great book on learning styles.

 

The Christian Homeschool
     by Gregg Harris
A great resource to understand homeschooling; Contains a chapter on Delight Directed Studies.

 

Shepherding a Child’s Heart
     by Tedd Tripp

     Teaches the importance of looking at the root issues of the heart when disciplining.