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.
HSLDA 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
- Kate Milner, katemilner.info; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Cheri Frame, creditsbeforecollege.com; email@example.com
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
Some wonderful games for developing reading readiness skills are: (these may contain affiliate links)
- Alphabet Memory games: for preschool/kindergarten age children
- Alphabet Go Fish Matching Game:
- Alphabet Bingo:
- Alphabet SlapJack:
- StarMall Alphabet Letters Matching Puzzle ABCs Flash Cards with Animals for Kids
- Alphabet Adventure (Leapfrog) Kindergarten: (need Leapfrog Interactive Learning system to use)
- Sequence Letters (for phonemic awareness once a child knows alphabet)
- Snap it Up Phonics & Reading (ages 6+ – teaches phonics/reading)
Here are some games for developing phonics, reading and spelling skills:
- Candyland (add sight words to the color cards & have your child read the card as they move)
- K- 5 Reading Activities by Rachel
- File Folder games for Reading (grades 1-3) Build key reading skills—word families, long and short vowels, consonant sounds, parts of speech, compound words, and more – make your own file folder games with these templates:
- Scrabble or Scrabble Junior
- Quiddler (ages 8-adult, includes solitaire version)
- 10 Reading Comprehension Card Games (grades 3-5)
Once our children are fluent readers there are some fun games for the older child that continue to build language arts skills:
- Taboo (age 13+)
- Huggermugger (ages 12+) builds spelling and vocabulary skills as well as thinking and strategy skills. Lots of fun!
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:
- 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)
- Right Start Math – A math curriculum for the hands on learner that has a wide variety of games
- Yahtzee (great game for ages 8+ that helps with adding, subtracting, strategy, and grouping skills)
- Money Bags Coin Value Game for ages 7+ to teach money skills
- 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:
- Prodigy Math online games for learning math
- Adapted mind math – math lessons & games for grades K-6
- Khan Academy – free online courses, lessons and practice
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.