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#151 shinyhappypeople

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Posted 16 May 2017 - 03:55 PM

I think I might be a little bit in love with this high school level US History curriculum.

 

Teaching American History - From the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University. Uses primary sources to guide students through US history.  There's also an optional monthly faculty-led discussion webinar.


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Posted 17 May 2017 - 11:27 AM

Well.  In a crazy turn of events, that was foreseeable had I been looking... I have almost no more money to spend on curriculum.  And older DD is starting high school.  Guess who's doing most of their shopping from this list and our library?

 

(We're fine.  This is a temporary glitch in our financial situation.  And, I do have a little money, but most of our planned spending is temporarily going away.  Sigh.) 

 

 


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Posted 17 May 2017 - 12:45 PM

Well. In a crazy turn of events, that was foreseeable had I been looking... I have almost no more money to spend on curriculum. And older DD is starting high school. Guess who's doing most of their shopping from this list and our library?

(We're fine. This is a temporary glitch in our financial situation. And, I do have a little money, but most of our planned spending is temporarily going away. Sigh.)


It's fortuitous that you're *very* close to a nice lady who can really hunt up some fantastic free resources!
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Posted 17 May 2017 - 12:52 PM

Guide to Grammar & Writing

 

The Art of Watching Films - modern textbook, from archive.org

Film Appreciation -  Series of YouTube lectures, from MIT Open Courseware

 

 


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Posted 17 May 2017 - 01:02 PM

It's fortuitous that you're *very* close to a nice lady who can really hunt up some fantastic free resources!

 

Actually LOTS of nice ladies :) 


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Posted 19 May 2017 - 11:13 AM

Better Lesson: Master Teacher Lessons, English/Language Arts

 

Let's Book It - Instructions to make mini-books, foldable graphic organizers and power point presentations.

 

 

 


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Posted 19 May 2017 - 11:37 AM

Scholastic Lessons & Ideas - lesson plans, unit plans, discussion guides, extension activities.  


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Posted 20 May 2017 - 09:06 AM

Adding Guerber books to History or Literature, as appropriate:  

 

The Story of the Chosen People

 

The Story of the Thirteen Colonies by H.A. Guerber

 

The Story of the Greeks

 

Myths of Greece and Rome by H.A. Guerber

 

Legends of the Middle Ages, Narrated with Special References to Literature and Art

 

The Story of Modern France -- "modern" meaning 1715 to 1910

 

The Story of the Romans

 

The Book of the Epic: The World's Great Epics Told in Story by H.A. Guerber

 

Legends of the Rhine

 

 

Also:

 

Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb

 

Fifty Famous Stories Retold by James Baldwin


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Posted 20 May 2017 - 11:14 AM

Four pages! Whoo hoo!

I've been on the lookout for freebies to add to this thread. Most of the resources are for middle school and high school

 

The Amazing Handwriting Worksheet Generator- Create worksheets with three fonts: print, cursive and d'nealian. Not curriculum but a great resource for handwriting practice and copywork.

 

Harmony Arts a Home- I found separate free resources. Great resource for a high school fine arts credit!

Grade 9- Music Appreciation

Grade 10- Music Appreciation

Grade 11- Music Appreciation

Grade 12- Music Appreciation

Grade 12- Art Appreciation

 

Agriculture in the classroom- California Ag in the Classroom and Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom

because it's important for kids to know where their food comes from, right? Plus it counts as science.

 

Science News for Students- great for those science geek kids.

 

Hippo Campus- similar to Khan Academy but not as extensive.

 

Actuarial Foundation- Math and personal financing for grades 4-12. The personal finance is definitely for high school and adults.

 

Money Talks- University of California developed this for high school and college students. Discusses personal finance, business sense, entrepreneurship and more.

 

ETA: Vocabulary Word Study for ACT and SAT prep. Very visual


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Posted 20 May 2017 - 11:34 AM

I admit, I've been feeling just a scooch whiny about needing to use free resources for almost everything.  I mean, it's one thing to say that, in theory, it could be done. It's another thing entirely to actually do it.  

 

Anyway, I looked through the World History section and, while there's plenty of decent stuff there, nothing excited me.  So, I did some more digging online and found this BBC podcast: A History of the World in 100 Objects which, I believe, will be a pretty amazing fit for my older daughter.   

 

So, even if you don't need free resources, but have older kids who struggle to read lengthy texts (like my DD), or hate history, or need something a bit lighter because the rest of their studies are so heavy... here you go.  It's not a complete course, but a clever, engaging jumping off point.  

 

And if I hadn't  needed to attempt free for the upcoming year, I would have probably not come across it.  So, everything is working together just as it needs to.

 

Kismet.  :cool: 


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Posted 20 May 2017 - 12:36 PM

Four pages! Whoo hoo!

 

:) I had the same thought.  

 

The resources you shared are pretty great.  Thank you.  Especially HippoCampus.  It has MUCH nicer videos than Khan.



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Posted 20 May 2017 - 04:44 PM

Discovering Psychology -- video series



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Posted 20 May 2017 - 05:07 PM

Sorting through more Annenberg stuff:

 

Against All Odds: Inside Statistics -- video series

Algebra In Simplest Terms -- video series

Art of the Western World -- video series

Economics U$A -- video series

Invitation to World Literature -- video series

Destinos: An Introduction to Spanish and Nuevos Destinos -- video series

French in Action -- video series 

 


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Posted 20 May 2017 - 05:32 PM

Sorting through more Annenberg stuff:

 

Against All Odds: Inside Statistics -- video series

Algebra In Simplest Terms -- video series

Art of the Western World -- video series

Economics U$A -- video series

Invitation to World Literature -- video series

Destinos: An Introduction to Spanish and Nuevos Destinos -- video series

French in Action -- video series 

 

The "Destinos" link appears to be the same as for the Invitation to World Lit.  The link should be:  http://www.learner.o...s/series75.html


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Posted 25 May 2017 - 11:05 AM

I admit, I've been feeling just a scooch whiny about needing to use free resources for almost everything.  I mean, it's one thing to say that, in theory, it could be done. It's another thing entirely to actually do it.  

 

 

Yup!

 

Theory and doing it are not the same thing at ALL.

 

When there is no money for books, other stuff is breaking down, too. It is like the domino effect. and once one thing goes down, the pace of other stuff going down just accelerates exponentially. Before you know it, you are standing in a mess that looks like a bomb went off. 

 

Oddles and oodles of "Free" stuff isn't free anymore, without the proper tools to view it and print it. You don't have time or focus to muck around. What was fun in the past is a burden now.

 

Sometimes, when you have a little money, or feel safe to charge something, look for bottlenecks that prevent you from accessing "free" stuff. One of my biggest recent charges was to remove a major bottle neck. Maybe I was "Irresponsible" but maybe I wasn't. My stress level dropped instantly. My head got clearer. I had access to lots more.

 

I still have some smaller bottlenecks, I'm choosing to leave in place for now. I'm working around them the best I can. It is a juggle. Too many balls are in the air. One unexpected issue, and all the balls fall on the floor at once. Today. Sigh! Balls are hitting the floor. I'm realizing some stuff is going to ripple out. Why? Because the rain started earlier than I expected. That is all it took to make a big mess that I am watching build, and can only laugh. I'm hitting all those smaller bottlenecks, one right after the other. I might have to pick one to throw some money at, or end out spending more money in the long run.

 

Trying to do too much for "free" all at once, sometimes can make a spectacular mess that takes more money to get out of than buying some stuff would have.

 

It rained earlier than I expected. That is it. :lol: and now. :lol: It is funny, because I don't have kids. My life can just tumble around me, and people give me a pass they won't and probably can't give moms. If I just say "Oops!" and laugh, people will often laugh along with me.

 

It rained. That is it. and now. :lol: 

 

I need to get off the computer and start dealing with my mess. 

 

Shiny :grouphug:


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Posted 25 May 2017 - 04:22 PM

Yup!

 

Theory and doing it are not the same thing at ALL.

 

...

 

It rained. That is it. and now. :lol:

 

I need to get off the computer and start dealing with my mess. 

 

Shiny :grouphug:

:grouphug:   <hands Hunter an umbrella>  I'm sorry you're going through a messy time, but it sure is nice to hear your voice again :) 

 

I think that the challenge for me is that I can't necessarily have everything I *want* so I need to want what I can have.  I'm blessed with a lot, and we are nowhere near destitute.  We're just putting money that *would* be used for curriculum towards something that is far more urgent.  The urgent situation is stressful, but we'll be okay.  This too shall pass.

 

I've become mildly obsessed with understanding Charlotte Mason's approach because it's something I've always liked, and it should be possible to do it fairly well using mostly just our library.  It's something I can have that I actually want, because it's basically about the method, a pencil, a notebook, and a lot of really good books. 

 

Hunter and everyone.....  you know all those awesome threads we've done over the years about homeschooling under adverse circumstances, or on a tiny budget, or Hunter's challenge threads... will you help me compile them?  I'll compile them in one post and then try to link to that post in the big thread.  


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Posted 25 May 2017 - 04:34 PM

Can one of the moderators add an empty post, or more than one, under the first post?





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Posted 26 May 2017 - 11:13 AM

I'd forgotten about ERIC... there's an enormous amount of material for teachers.  It will be interesting to wade through it when I have a bit more time.

 

Teach a Child To Read with Children's Books --  "This guide shows parents how to combine story reading, phonics, and writing to help their children develop into skilled and motivated readers. "   You can download the full text as a pdf 



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Posted 26 May 2017 - 04:25 PM

Just found this tucked away on another forum thread. This 8th-12th grade Literature and Composition curricula was developed by another Hive member: Wordly Wise

 

 


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Posted 27 May 2017 - 10:22 AM

Went to add a couple new links and got this error: "content too long."   :( I deleted my "why I'm doing this" prologue and was able to add the links.  Now I need to condense, edit, and generally streamline the rest of the list.

 

ETA: What a cool problem to have.  There are simply too many free resources to list in one post.   :thumbup1:


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Posted 28 May 2017 - 08:41 PM

S.E.A. Lab Science Experiments and Activities. -- "A series of science experiments and activities designed for secondary school students taking biology, chemistry, physics, physical science or marine science courses"

Marine Conservation & Science --  high school curriculum by U Miami Shark Research

Marine Science Lesson Plans (K-12)


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Posted 30 May 2017 - 09:24 PM

Shortcut to Manuscript: The Direct Path to Fluent Manuscript Handwriting -- which I happened to come across in another thread, because clearly Hunter's been holding out ;) 

 

In other news: I'm eventually going to be culling links and pasting them into a new "Additional Resources" post which will be linked to from the original post.  So... yeah.  That'll be a thing at some point.


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Posted 31 May 2017 - 06:54 PM

For phonics there is Sound City Reading

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Posted 01 June 2017 - 12:48 AM

Would it make sense to pin this thread to the curriculum forum?



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Posted 06 June 2017 - 11:37 AM

Google Classroom is now available to regular gmail users. Very nice if you teach a co-op class or have a teen who likes to check-the-digital box. https://support.goog...r/6020279?hl=en



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Posted 06 June 2017 - 12:35 PM

The Math Learning Center has some free lessons and publications.  I used them when DS was in K and wanted to do some math worksheets.  They have their 1st edition practice books available for free for K-5th.

 

https://www.mathlear...sources/lessons



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Posted 06 June 2017 - 05:50 PM

Went to add a couple new links and got this error: "content too long." :( I deleted my "why I'm doing this" prologue and was able to add the links. Now I need to condense, edit, and generally streamline the rest of the list.

ETA: What a cool problem to have. There are simply too many free resources to list in one post. :thumbup1:


Sometimes lack of room forces us to choose the best of the best, and makes it easier for us to only have the best at front and center.

One of the hardest issues with free is choosing which free to use. Write down your primary goals. I think when you started the thread, you were thinking a lot about free not being free.

Ezrabean says when culling, to never start with what you think you want to keep. She says peel away from the outside one layer at a time. Start culling those things that are the hardest for low income families to use, such as lots of pages to print or uses lots of data.

If the post includes too many links, then it is too long for an overwhelmed low-income mom to follow up on. Choose for that overwhelmed mom, what you think she should check out first. Remember, she might be on a library computer for just one hour, or eating up data on a cell phone, and have a hungry tired child wailing on the floor at her feet.

I didn't post that manuscript pdf? That is weird. I always post that link. Hmmm.


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Posted 06 June 2017 - 06:05 PM

I don't know if tapatalk is malfunctioning, but I'm seeing all sorts of stuff repeated.

There are two writing links smashed together. A CM link and Ben Franklin link that look like one combined CM Ben Franklin article on writing. :lol:

I just looked. At least on the first few pages, the only Blumenfeld and Don Potter links are to the math. That is odd for me. :D Maybe I was feeling like a broken record and afraid of being annoying.


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Posted 07 June 2017 - 07:16 AM

I posted this in the high school math thread, but I think it would be a good addition here: http://www.flippedmath.com/

 

"Flipped" (kind of like DO) Algebra- Calculus. Free for the printing.


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Posted 07 June 2017 - 11:39 AM

adding this one to high school math-- Beginning and Intermediate Algebra 

 

That linked page has the student book, solutions (to the odds), workbooks, and videos.

 

I like this one better than the College of the Redwoods algebra; not quite as dry, and more conversational in tone.


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Posted 12 June 2017 - 09:30 PM

I found this 1935 math textbook series for grades 3-6. It is in full color and includes texts, workbooks, and Teacher Guides.

http://forums.welltr...ks-answer-keys/



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Posted 13 June 2017 - 04:27 PM

Sometimes lack of room forces us to choose the best of the best, and makes it easier for us to only have the best at front and center.

One of the hardest issues with free is choosing which free to use. Write down your primary goals. I think when you started the thread, you were thinking a lot about free not being free.

Ezrabean says when culling, to never start with what you think you want to keep. She says peel away from the outside one layer at a time. Start culling those things that are the hardest for low income families to use, such as lots of pages to print or uses lots of data.

If the post includes too many links, then it is too long for an overwhelmed low-income mom to follow up on. Choose for that overwhelmed mom, what you think she should check out first. Remember, she might be on a library computer for just one hour, or eating up data on a cell phone, and have a hungry tired child wailing on the floor at her feet.

I didn't post that manuscript pdf? That is weird. I always post that link. Hmmm.


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Over the next few days I hope to update the original post.  

 

In the meantime, I think we should sort through the resources and create a sort of "box curriculum" that meets the needs of moms like the ones you describe, divided by general grade levels (maybe pre-K/K, lower-el, upper-el, etc.)  

 

If she's already overwhelmed, it might be nice to have good math, phonics, etc. resources that don't require too much data or printing, etc. vetted by an experienced homeschool mom and ready to go.  What do you think?