Here is an ever growing list of links associated with home schooling and resources for home schooling.

Note: All of these are links to external websites. WISDOM is not responsible for any content accessed by the below links.

BOOK LISTS FOR HOMESCHOOLERS (NEW)

BUSY BAGS FOR HOMESCHOOLERS (NEW)

  • Busy Bags 101 - Busy bags are an awesome way to keep toddlers and preschooler quietly occupied.
  • Tried and True Busy Bags - Busy bags are for times when little ones need to be kept busy for a few moments: waiting at an appointment, when Mama needs to make a call, or even out at a restaurant.
  • Wooden Toddler Busy Box - Busy boxes are really a win win. They’re entertaining for toddlers and help mom stay sane.

GAMESCHOOLING (NEW)

  • A Master List of Games - We love to learn through games. There is a game for almost any concept or subject area and we keep a huge collection in our home.
  • Best Educational Games - One of my best homeschool tips is to play while learning. Check out the best educational games, online games, free printable games, and board games.
  • Gameschooling 101 - Discover the joys of gameschooling and how it can boost learning at home.
  • Periodic Table Game for Kids - Need an idea for teaching the Periodic Table of Elements to Kids? You are in the right place. I am so glad you stopped by! You will love this periodic table battleship game.
  • 10,000 Dice Game Rules and Scoring - One of our favorite games is 10,000 dice game. It’s a fun and easy game that’s simple to play with a group of people.
  • Sticks Card Game - This is a variation of a card game "Phase 10". Instead of 10 phases of requirements that everyone must do, this game has random challenges on sticks. (It also makes a great homemade gift!)

Home Education Support

Favourite home school blogs

  • Grace Grow Edify - Creating strong roots at home through faith and education
  • Hip Homeschool Moms - Huge website of tips and encouragement for homeschoolers.
  • Homeschool Your Boys - My desire is that Homeschool Your Boys will be a place where parents are inspired to teach their sons in a way which will most engage their minds and their hearts.
  • Live Life with Your Kids – Wherever you turn on this blog, you’ll find encouragement to be intentional, relational and heart focused in all areas of family life.
  • Our Homeschool Life - I imagine sometimes that if I didn’t homeschool them, I would at least have a few hours each day when the house was clean, but homeschooling is how we roll so a messy house is usually how we roll.
  • Practical Pages – This Charlotte Mason–inspired blog is a treasure trove of practical tips, art & projects, free pages & and high quality educational packages.
  • Raising Arrows - Large Family Homeschool Life
  • Rock Your Homeschool - Learning doesn’t have to be boring or stressful. Find out how to make it a positive experience for your kids & you!
  • Simple Homeschool - I never planned to become a homeschooling mom, but stumbled into it when doing some initial research into educational options for our kids. I love the advantages homeschooling gives my kids, and this lifestyle fits perfectly with who we are as a family.
  • Table Life Blog - All the small things we do in our homeschools each day add up to something big.
  • This Reading Mama - Hi! I’m Becky, a homeschooling mama with 4 blessings who keep me on my toes (and knees).

HOMESCHOOL - CHRISTMAS & MORE (NEW)

  • Christmas I Spy Printable Worksheets - Looking for a fun christmas activity that is no-prep because it uses free printable christmas worksheets? This super cute Christmas I Spy is a great way to have fun, work on visual discrimination, and work on counting too.
  • Christmas Jokes for Kids (Paper Chain Countdown) - Whether you make our paper chain advent calendar below or just use the Christmas jokes on their own, kids will love listening to a new Christmas joke each day.
  • Snowman Painted Rocks - “Here’s a fun craft idea for winter – paint some snowman rocks! We chose to make each snowman consist of three rock sections so that we can mix and match the pieces in all different combinations.” (Also good for a Busy Bag activity)

HOMESCHOOL CURRICULUM REVIEWS

  • Cathy Duffy Homeschool Curriculum Reviews - Cathy Duffy has been reviewing curriculum for the homeschooling community since 1984. She also reviews other resources she believes are important for those interested in homeschooling, education, the origins debate, and related political and spiritual topics. While we stretch beyond homeschooling, our primary goal always remains the same: To help families successfully educate their own children!
  • Home School Base – curriculum reviews for all subject areas.

HOMESCHOOL CURRICULUM SUPPLIERS

  • Please click here for our list of curriculum suppliers
  • Master List of FREE Homeschooling Curriculum - Yes, there are tons of wonderful and free homeschooling curriculum options available. I’ve had years where curriculum just wasn’t in the budget for us, so that is how I began the journey of finding a free or frugal way to homeschool.

HOMESCHOOL - EDUCATIONAL EXTRAS (NEW)

HOMESCHOOL - ELEMENTARY RESOURCES (NEW)

HOMESCHOOL ENCOURAGEMENT & TIPS

  • What is a Morning Basket? - “A Morning Basket is a time in the day when everyone in the family can come together and learn together about specific subjects. All ages can homeschool together doing activities like reading aloud, studying the arts, or even efficiently combining students for subjects

HOMESCHOOL - FALL EXTRAS (NEW)

HOMESCHOOL HIGH SCHOOL

CAREER PLANNING

  • Career Fit - We all know that there’s more to being a good fit for a job than just how smart you are and your personality type - and yet, that’s the focus of almost all career advice.
  • Career Insite - This is your one-stop guide to career planning. You’ll find everything you need to plan your work and learning here.
  • My Blueprint - Simple student portfolios and career education resources.

HOMESCHOOL - HISTORY

  • Christian History (12 volumes) – ‘The Christians: Their First Two Thousand Years’ takes the reader on a journey spanning seven continents, dozens of empires, hundreds of nations, thousands of moments of inspiration and billions of souls.
  • Mystery of History is a chronological, Christian, complete world history curriculum. Easy-to-use, historically accurate, and Christ-centered.
  • Story of the World – Suitable for early and middle grades, this four-volume set covers the sweep of human history through time and place, giving students the background needed to gain meaning from the past.
  • The Ultimate Geography and Timeline Guide – A resource book for teaching geography to children in kindergarten through twelfth grade.

HOMESCHOOL - KINDERGARTEN (NEW)

HOMESCHOOL PRESCHOOL (NEW)

HOMESCHOOL RESOURCES FOR MULTIPLE SUBJECTS

HOMESCHOOL - SUMMER EXTRAS (NEW)

  • Water Balloon Target Practice - “It was quick & easy to set up, fun (and wet) for the girls to play and they didn't even realize they were working on basic math skills.”

HOME SCHOOL - WINTER RESOURCES & MORE (NEW)

  • Snow Volcano - “I wanted to incorporate some science into all this fun snowy play, so we made a snow volcano and it turned out even cooler than expected! The best part is that it was so simple to make and it entertained the boys for hours!”

INFORMATION - ALBERTA EDUCATION RESOURCES

LEGO LINKS

  • Homeschooling Using LEGO Bricks - You probably already have a giant pile of LEGO bricks in your house. Why not use them to act out scenes from a favorite book (instead of writing that book report)? Or do as we do in our homeschool—act out important events from history. (AND so many more ideas!)
  • 8 Creative, Simple Ways to Homeschool with LEGO - Do your kids love LEGO too? If so, you’ll love these ideas for incorporating these nifty little toys into your homeschool. After all, the kids are more willing to sit still for a bit when lessons involve one of their favorite playthings. Capitalize on that fact!
  • Teeny Tini Mini Lego Projects to Build - Build some teeny tiny LEGO® projects like tiny vehicles, tiny animals, little bitty robots, and more!
  • More Teeny Tiny Mini Lego Projects - We’re back with more teeny tiny mini LEGO® projects to build! It’s really fun to create all kinds of little LEGO® creations with just a few bricks.
  • Build a LEGO Number Line - Use bricks to make a LEGO® number line! These number line activities will feel more like play than learning, which is always a win for math time.
  • Lego Animal Mosaic Building Cards - Kids will love following the patterns on these LEGO® Animal Building Cards. There are 8 different animals to build, and the ideas will also inspire kids to create their own designs!

MATH RESOURCES

  • Chegg ($18.95 a month – Homework help and Exam Prep)
  • Hooda Math Games – 500 Math Games for all ages
  • Illuminations – Educational Online Exercises (K-12)
  • IXL (memberships are available through WISDOM) - IXL is the world's most popular subscription-based learning site. IXL provides unlimited practice in more than 6000 math and English language arts topics. Interactive questions, awards and certificates keep kids motivated as they master skills.
  • Khan Academy –Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom.
  • Life of Fred – Each section tells part of the life of Fred Gauss and how, in the course of his life, he encounters the need for the math and then learns the methods
  • Mathletics (memberships are available through WISDOM) - Mathletics is the engaging online math program made for hybrid classrooms and home learning. Set your students fun practice and fluency activities, challenge their thinking with problem-solving and reasoning questions,
  • Math Games (K to Grade 6)
  • Math Game Time (Pre-K to Grade 7)
  • Math is Fun Multiplication Drills
  • Math Nook (K to Grade 12)
  • Math-U-See Placement Tests
  • Multiplication.com – All games center around learning the multiplication tables.
  • The Ultimate Homeschool Math Comparison - A great blog comparing many homeschool math curriculums.

MENTAL HEALTH for HOMESCHOOLERS (NEW)

  • 40 Ways to Relax in 5 Minutes or Less - We’ve rounded up 40 ways to relax and relieve stress, fast.
  • Homeschool Burnout - What You Need to Know about Rest - Let me encourage you sweet mom. You aren’t the only one who has felt this way. We all feel discouraged, disheartened, and disillusioned sometimes. And those feelings can get quite intense. We simply get tired. Physically, emotionally, and spiritually tired.
  • Teaching from Rest - “Eventually, I felt the Lord leading me to let go of everything, to lay down everything I was doing, and start over from scratch. To spend an entire year learning to rest and then re-evaluating which, if any, activities we wanted to add back in.”
  • 10 Simple Ways to Reset Your Mind, Body and Soul - My technique for getting out of a slump is to focus on doing things that are going to improve those areas of your life. Once you give your mind, body, and soul the attention they deserve, you’ll feel refreshed, rejuvenated, and more content with your life.
  • The 3 R’s of Homeschooling During Troubled Times - During troubled times, homeschool life cannot continue as normal, and parents are even more prone to worry. Even in the hardest season, however, you can continue to homeschool. Three different Rs become essential to continue homeschooling with excellence or maybe simply with sanity.
  • The Ultimate Guide to Doing a Brain Dump - One of the easiest time management hacks, especially for moms with anxiety, is doing a brain dump. If you’re trying to organize your life, doing a mind dump and clearing your head is so simple and effective.

NATURE STUDY

  • 1000 Hours Outside – The entire purpose of 1000 Hours Outside is to attempt to match screen time with nature time.
  • Handbook of Nature Study – Home of the Outdoor Hour Challenge
  • Nature Study Freebies - Do you love nature study? Find great themed freebies on nature study for your homeschool: nature study notebooks, nature study journals, logs for nature study, and more.
  • Nature Study Ideas - This 10-day series will help inspire you with nature study ideas that take a simple approach.
  • 101 Nature Study Ideas for Homeschoolers - Welcome to a treasure trove of nature-inspired learning prompts. We made a (long!) list of 101 nature study ideas to encourage your children to marvel at the incredible patterns and beauty found in our natural world.

NEW TO HOMESCHOOLING (WHERE TO START) (NEW)

PROGRAM PLANNING RESOURCES

  • WISDOM’s Education Program Plan - Your Education Program Plan (EPP) is your most important document. It defines your home education program, assures your authority, and prevents imposition of provincial testing. Your plan is flexible, and you may change it at any time in the year. Your current (or revised) plan must be approved by your facilitator and kept on file in the WISDOM office.
  • My Child’s Learning – A Parent Resource – This resource will provide you with a better understanding of Alberta’s curriculum and related information for your child. This tool can help you discover what your child is learning, how they’re assessed and what resources are available to help them be successful from Kindergarten to Grade 12.
  • World Book Typical Course of Study – This American resource has a page showing what is taught in each grade. It is very helpful for putting together Program Plans for your child.

READING RESOURCES

  • Bob Books is a true first reader series, designed to make helping your child learn to read simple and straightforward. The clean layout, short words, and simple phonics make learning to read a fun and natural step for a child that knows the alphabet.
  • Explode The Code is a research-based, multisensory program geared to improving literacy with direct, systematic, phonics instruction. Explode The Code’s classic print program includes a sequence of skills-based student books with coordinating placement tests and instructional support.
  • Five Popular Homeschool Reading Curriculums Explained (& How to Choose)
  • Gutenberg – over 49,000 free books for download
  • How to Read Aloud Everyday! - (by Sarah Mackenzie) I‘m convinced that the minutes and hours I spend reading to my children are the best invested moments of my entire life.
  • How to Set Reading Goals for your Children - a great tutorial on how to set reading goals. “Teaching our children to move past passive reading to dig deep into a book, decipher the meaning behind the author’s words, push past inaccuracies, and have meaningful conversations about what they have read, now THAT is my ultimate goal.”
  • Letter of the Week – created by a homeschool mom for children from birth to age 11.
  • Mrs. Perkins Dolch Words – a website dedicated to providing teachers and parents with everything they need to teach Dolch sight words to their children.
  • Reading Bear is the first free program online to teach beginning readers vocabulary and concepts while systematically introducing all the main phonetic patterns of written English, all using innovative rich media.
  • Starfall (K to Grade 3) Free
  • Bethlehem books - Bethlehem Books is a small, home grown publishing company dedicated to restoring to children and families a treasury of wholesome, character-building literature.
  • Eighth day books - Eighth Day Books has specialized in classic books across the disciplines of art, science, and the humanities since 1988. We're selective, offering an eccentric community of books based on this organizing principle: if a book (be it literary, scientific, historical, or theological) sheds light on ultimate questions in an excellent way, then it's a worthy candidate for inclusion in our catalog.

RECIPES FOR HOMESCHOOLERS (Quick & Easy!) (NEW)

  • The Best Vegetable Dip - A family favorite for years!
  • Muffin Tin Mondays - Basically you just use a muffin tin, load it up with a variety of different foods and serve the muffin tin as your child’s plate for lunch (or dinner).
  • Texas Brownies - Another family favorite - quick and easy!
  • Tiger Bars - These were on the back of the Chipits Butterscotch bag. So good!

SCIENCE RESOURCES

SPECIAL NEEDS

UNIT STUDY RESOURCES (NEW)

  • Homeschool Share – This is a place where homeschool moms share literature based unit studies they have created. It is a GREAT resource for up to age 12.
  • Unit Studies Made for Dads to Teach - “It is our stated goal to have fathers lead this unit study with their families, where applicable. Every situation is different and not all families will have fathers or male role models. However, if this is a possibility for your family, we hope it is a brand new way to get dads excited, encouraged, and involved.”

UNIT STUDY - OCEANS (NEW)

USED BOOKS AND CURRICULUM

  • A Likely Story Used Books - A Likely Story offers a huge selection of gently used, quality books for the whole family! To request a digital catalog, please email Emily at
  • There are a number of Home School For Sale Curriculum Pages on the WISDOM Home Schooling Home School Support Group List - on page 4.

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