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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

My Favorite Things(Homeschool Edition)

Lately I've been thinking about a lot of my favorite resources for not only homeschooling, but parenting, military, fitness, etc..I thought it would be fun to share some of them, so I am going to do a series of posts of my favorite things, starting today with a favorite topic of mine; HOMESCHOOLING!!

There are so many curriculum options out there and most of them worth using. Our choices often change year to year, child to child depending on their needs and our finances. I could write for days on my favorites as I have so many. So, today I am not even going to touch on the topic of curriculum itself, just share some of my favorite homeschooling related resources.

The very top of my list would have to be Home School Legal Defense Association(HSLDA) we have been members since day one over fourteen years ago. I personally wouldn't want to educate at home without them. Over the years we have contacted them with concerns about first taking our children out of public school as I had two with IEPs. They have kept us informed on changes in filing our yearly affidavits and informed when homeschooling was declared "illegal" here in my state just a few years ago. They were very involved in assisting us in my sons military enlistment. Certainly worth the ten or so dollars a month!

After HSLDA the very next thing I consider a must have is the Well Planned Day planner. I LOVE this planner! I have tried many over the years and this is the first one I have bought two years in a row! You can check older posts for reviews I've given of this favorite of mine!

To supplement our curriculum or just for fun resources I LOVE CurrClick.com I usually purchase several items a month. There are so many great items to choose from. Excellent copy work pages, note book pages, actual down loadable curriculum item favorites such as Writing Strands and more. Lots of Bible enrichment resources, art resources and more. You'd be wise to check them out now as they are having a HUGE sale with several items up to 75% off!!

To help stay motivated and encouraged I love to listen to homeschool talks given by some of my favorite speakers. I get most of mine from Best Christian Conferences.com. Some of my favorite speakers are;
Kevin Swanson
Andrew Pudewa
The Boyers
David Hazell
The Youngs
With my very all time favorite being Voddie Baucham. My very favorite talk is by Mr. Baucham as well. If I could only keep one of my talks to listen to over and over it would be Harvard or Heaven. He totally says everything I think and feel so much more eloquently than I ever could and this message sums it all up better than any other I've heard.

Other than great talks and messages like those above, the best source of encouragement(besides the Word of God of course!) comes in the mail via one of my many favorite magazines each month. I subscribe to several and at different seasons of my life different ones have been my favorites. At this particular season with my children the ages they now are, and with where we are in our schooling adventure my two favorites are Homeschooling Today andHomeschool Enrichment. Other great ones I either have or currently subscribe to are; The Old School House
Home Educating Family
Homeschool Digest
T.E.A.C.H
There are many more great ones out there to be sure, but these are the ones I regularly read.

Oh my gosh, even without discussing curriculum I could go on and on! I have so many favorite homeschool related blogs I love to read and homeschool related podcasts, and more. But dinner is calling and I have a little one who needs my attention. Perhaps I will add links to my sidebar as time allows of each of the resources I named here as well the ones I haven't mentioned yet.

Tomorrow, will be my favorite fitness resources!!

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