The girls with their friends – some of the best kids ever.

Here are some links that I’ve found useful in my family’s homeschooling journey so far, or possibly plan on using at some stage in the near future.  Check in regularly as I’ll update this every month or so.

Let me know if there’s any broken links.

General Education

TED talks by Sir Ken Robinson (about 18m each):

John Gatto Taylor – an interesting read about modern schooling (free to read online)
Children’s justice booklist – Christian site with a list of books to inform about poverty, orphans, street kids, child labourers, children of war, HIV/AIDs.
Teach Children to Swim – lesson plans and instructions

Homeschool Writers

Educating the Wholehearted Child – Clay and Sally Clarkson
Our 24 Family Ways – Clay and Sally Clarkson
Beyond Survival – A Guide to Abundant life homeschooling – Diane Waring
The Well Trained Mind – A Guide to Classical Education at Home – Susan Wise Bauer
The Missions Minded Child – Ann Dunegan
The Missions Minded Family – Ann Dunegan
For the Children’s Sake – Foundations of Education for Home and School – Susan Schaeffer Macaulay
A Holy Experience – Ann Voskamp’s beautiful blog
I Take Joy – Sally Clarkson’s words of wisdom

Choosing Curriculum

Cathy Duffy Reviews – thoroughly researched options for choosing homeschool curriculum
Classical Education – Susan Wise Bauer’s blog
Charlotte Mason Method – Simply Charlotte Mason, a great source for all things CM.
Wholehearted Approach – Clay and Sally Clarkson’s website
Unit Studies – a great article from Valerie Bendt on the unit study approach
Unschooling – the best blog I’ve found so far about Christian homeshooling
Five in a Row – unit study approach to early education

Preschool and Early Elementary

DLTK Crafts for Kids
Enchanted Learning
Shirley’s Homeschool Pages
Resources for Christian Teachers
First School
Parenting Our Kids – free worksheets
Cultural Paper Dolls
Viking Paper Dolls
Printable Stickers and Charts
Sunday School Printables
1 plus 1 plus 1 equals 1 – lapbooks and totbooks
Links to all things free for homeschoolers
ABC Teach – some for purchase, some free
Colour Me Masterpieces – colouring pages of famous works of art
Mana Kids – online Maori language activities
Children’s Nursery and its Traditions
Garden of Praise – art appreciation lessons
Outline Map Printables
Kids for Birds (NZ)
Guest Hollow – homeschool printables and curriculum

Unit Studies and Lapbooks

Homeschool Share – free literature-based unit studies, lapbooks and resources
Heart of Wisdom – free lapbooks, digital scrapbooking, unit studies (plus some for sale).
Homeshool Helper – free lapbooks and resources
Notebooking Pages – products for sale with some free samples
Notebooking Nook – products for sale with some free samples
The Notebooking Fairy – free printable notebooking pages
Homeschool in the Woods – some of the best history and timeline resources you’ll find (with free samples)
A Journey Through Learning – quality lapbooks for purchase
Lapbook Lessons – free lapbooks and lessons
Practical Pages – a treasure chest of free resources and encouragement from Nadene
Dynamic 2 Moms – lapbooks, notebooks and planners
Jimmie’s Collage – Charlotte Mason-style resources
CurrClick – lapbooks and unit studies available for purchase for every budget and range of topics.  Also heaps of free samples and free lapbook and notebooking pages.
Nutrition for Healthy Kids – free homeschool curriculum for nutrition and health (based on Weston A Price principles).
Amanda  Bennett lapbooks and unit studies – available for purchase

Nature Journaling

Assemble your own nature journal with these pages:

Handbook of Nature Study
Donna Young nature journal pages
HomeschoolShare nature journal pages
Squidoo nature journal pages
Nature Journaling for Kids

Mini Office

Creating a mini office lapbook is a great way of having some of those important reference materials in one place, as well as being a fun project to do together!

Mini office lapbook/worksheets
Mini Office pages at ‘Practical Pages’

Other Supplements

Roads to Everywhere (Sonlight)
Red Shift (Sonlight)
Last in Line – Home Educating in NZ (Sonlight and NZ supplements plus other goodies – also a really great Kiwi Gal behind the wheel)

Story of the World
Red Shift (SOTW)
Well Trained Mind – movies and documentaries to supplement SOTW
The Chronicle of the Earth – chapter by chapter lapbooks and resources for Vol 1 and Vol 2 (be sure to check this one out)

Mystery of History
Mystery of History supplements

Book of Centuries – timeline at Simply Charlotte Mason
Guest Hollow – timeline plus other printables on this site
Homeschool in the Woods – beautiful timeline books (printed or electronic) and timeline figures
Australian History in pictures and stories – timeline figures and e-book (or printed)

Online Reading Programs

StarFall – free
Reading Eggs – free trial and then subscription

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