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I figured I'd ask what everyone likes in the free/cheap resources?

 

I'm planning to try KISS Grammar and I may also try some MEP to supplement our Math Mammoth. However, this will be our first year and I have no idea if I will even like these resources once I start using them! I think it would be nice to have a list of stuff other people have tried and liked.

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We like MEP. We just use the worksheets (not the teaching suggestions in the lesson plans) as a supplement to CLE. (CLE doesn't necessarily NEED supplementation; I just like how MEP makes them think a bit differently, and they love the fact that they get to color and figure out patterns and fun stuff like that).

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I really, really like MEP. I didn't at first, and used it as a supplement. It is now our main. I plan to use KISS next year, after going through Nesbit's Grammar Land (on Google books).

 

I use Ambleside as well. And for a teen / adult Linney's Latin Class has free lectures for a public domain book (First Year Latin, Google books).

 

HTH

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Ambleside Online and Old Fashioned Education.

 

 

I'm not using either one of these, but I've always said that if I had no budget for homeschool (but still had internet access and a printer!), then I'd definitely follow their suggestions. I did consider using OFE when dd was in 1st grade, but I could see where it would get too time-consuming once I had several levels to teach (and I didn't take the time to figure out how I would combine later on). I do prefer "real books" in my hand to printouts, but I do still look at OFE's suggestions from time to time and we have read a couple of random books (that I printed out) here and there.

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Tanglewood Education

Free Create Your Own Curriculum Ideas, some lesson plans, book lists, resources, etc. Inexpensive Book of Centuries, Nature Notebook, Almanac.

http://www.tanglewoodeducation.com

 

Masterpiece Art Instruction

Free lesson plans, instruction

http://teachartathome.com/Free.html

 

National Geographic XPedition

Free geography lesson plans

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/

 

Living Math

Free resource lists, book lists, ideas for teaching math with living books

http://www.livingmath.net/

 

Scott Foresman Reading

Free Online and Grammar Handbook

http://www.sfreading.com/resources/ghb.html

 

Bringing Up Learners

Free curriculum, lesson plans and resources

http://bringinguplearners.com/our-free-resources/

 

Math eBooknet

Free Pre-K and K Math games and online resources

http://www.mathebook.net/kindergarten.htm

 

LibriVox

Free audiobooks

http://librivox.org/

 

I think this is for now, as I need to go to sleep some time ;)

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:iagree:with the previous posters.

 

We currently use MEP and have been for 2 years. We use Scott's grammar on occasion. I burn Librivox audio books for the kids to listen to at bedtime. We used starfall for an entire year and my kids LOVED it. We'd still use it but we're so busy with our current book curriculums.

 

We were low on funds for homeschooling and so I did the OFE for the first 1.5 years of our homeschooling adventure. It was ALOT more work that had to be put into it because I am teaching 2 grade levels. However we still use some of the suggestions. I use to religiously link that website, recommend it to many families and constantly visit the site...now that we're going a different direction now that we've managed some funds to purchase things to make homeschooling a bit less stressful on the house I rarely visit it. But it's still a site I'd suggest for anyone stepping into homeschooling.

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enchantedlearning.com $20 per year

In previous years there has been a coop on another forum (amitymama) that brings the price of Enchanted Learning down to ~$3 per family by ordering a school subscription. The subscription isn't due for renewal until June, but if/when a renewal thread goes up I'll post a link to it here. :)

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Hmm....

 

Lapbooking

www.homeschoolshare.com

www.homeschoolhelperonline.com

www.lapbooklessons.com

 

Free online curriculum

www.amblesideonline.com

www.materamabalis.com ( Catholic)

www.oldfashionededucation.com

 

Science

www.msnucleus.com

 

Here is a link for some free homeschooling resources:

http://www.homeschool.com/Homeschool_Free_Curriculum/default.asp

 

Phonics:

www.progressivephonics.com

www.starfall.com

www.kidzone.ws

http://www.teacherweb.com/CA/PomeloDriveElementary/Mrssakamoto/printap2.stm

 

Math

www.math-drills.com

www.kidsnumbers.com

Online games:

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/

http://www.coolmath-games.com/

 

Those are just some of what I do know. There is so much more. If you google free curriculm, free online math,phonics,,etc games you'll come up with quite a bit.

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Here are some we've used.

 

I use this for copywork.

http://www.zaner-bloser.com/zbfontsonline/index.htm

 

For $20/year, there's The Happy Scientist, which is awesome!

http://thehappyscientist.com/

 

Free I See Sam printables.

http://www.teacherweb.com/CA/PomeloDriveElementary/Mrssakamoto/printap2.stm

 

Of course, Elizabeth B's site (don't forget Don Potter's site, too).

http://www.thephonicspage.org/Phonics%20Lsns/phonicslsnslinks.html

 

http://www.donpotter.net/education_pages/blend_phonics.html

 

Free Lit Guides from Glencoe.

http://www.glencoe.com/sec/literature/litlibrary/

 

Paula's Archives

http://www.redshift.com/~bonajo/index.htm

 

Math Mammoth. Loads of info and free worksheets. Cheap curriculum.

http://www.mathmammoth.com/

 

Free reading program.

http://www.societyforqualityeducation.org/index.php/stairwaytoreading

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We've been using Word Mastery, a phonics program off the Don Potter site, and it's been great. We plan on using Webster's Spelling off of there, too. My DD loves starfall. Nothing that hasn't already been posted comes to mind though.

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In previous years there has been a coop on another forum (amitymama) that brings the price of Enchanted Learning down to ~$3 per family by ordering a school subscription. The subscription isn't due for renewal until June, but if/when a renewal thread goes up I'll post a link to it here. :)

Bumping up to provide info on the Enchanted Learning subscription. :D

 

The Amitymama forum Enchanted Learning subscription renewal is underway. You can participate even if you've never subscribed before. The cost is $2.50 for a year's subscription, and the new subscription will begin in early June. You'll have to register as an Amitymama user to participate and use non-cc/personal PayPal for payment. You can find the discussion thread here: link.

 

(Disclaimer: I have no affiliation with the company, I won't benefit financially if you choose to subscribe through the Amitymama forum, yadda yadda yadda. :D)

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We really like Enchanted Learning too.

Lesson Pathways is Now Free.

 

Just found free Foreign Language for Elementary

http://www.knowitall.org/instantreplay/content/LanguageIndex.cfm?offset=0

 

Thank you for sharing this link! This looks great! I've been listening to the lessons this evening and can't wait to implement this in our homeschool this fall. Fun and free...you can't beat that!

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This looks great, but the teacher's guides appear to be only available for SC teachers.... :crying:

Try this link: Where to Find ITV Teacher's Guides. Click on the links in the middle column, which are PDFs.

 

There aren't guides for the "Again" series, as those appear to be reviews of the corresponding episodes in the main series. And it looks like there are also no guides available for the "Another Step" series. But there are guides for the "First Step" series in all 3 languages, and guides for the "Next Step" series for Spanish and French.

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Do you know how long the Enchanted Learning group registration will be open? I would like to pass the information to my small homeschool group but we won't meet until Friday.

Oops, sorry I didn't see this until now! Hopefully it is a moot point and you've already had a chance to talk to your homeschool group. I'm not sure how long registration will be open; try contacting the person who posted the thread on amitymama. :)

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Not free, but very cheap.

 

Primary Language Lessons (1 hb book is all you need for grades 2 & 3)

Intermediate Language Lessons ( 1hb for grades 4, 5 & 6)

 

Practical Arithmetic by Strayer and Upton. Has lessons, and answers.

Book 1, hb, for grades 3 and 4

Bk 2, hb for grades 5 and 6

Bk 3 hb for grades 6 and 8

 

These can be used with all of your kids and resold to recoup some of your investment. Each cost about $15 (give or take). You won't find printer ink that cheap! once you acct for the reuse and resale.

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Not free, but very cheap.

 

Primary Language Lessons (1 hb book is all you need for grades 2 & 3)

Intermediate Language Lessons ( 1hb for grades 4, 5 & 6)

 

You can download and print the Sheldon versions for free:

 

Sheldon's Primary Language Lessons

 

Sheldon's Advanced Language Lessons

 

I think there are free teacher's guides available somewhere as well but I'm too lazy to look those up this morning :tongue_smilie:

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You can download and print the Sheldon versions for free:

 

Sheldon's Primary Language Lessons

 

Sheldon's Advanced Language Lessons

 

I think there are free teacher's guides available somewhere as well but I'm too lazy to look those up this morning :tongue_smilie:

 

You sure can. If you don't mind reading lessons off the screen that would be the way to go. Personally I would be printing it up, and it would end up costing me more in printer ink. The book is cheaper for me.

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You can download and print the Sheldon versions for free:

 

Sheldon's Primary Language Lessons

 

Sheldon's Advanced Language Lessons

 

I think there are free teacher's guides available somewhere as well but I'm too lazy to look those up this morning :tongue_smilie:

 

Could someone please post the link to the teacher's guides?

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Just wanted to say thank you for all the wonderful links on this thread (and links to threads with more links!) I'll be bookmarking this thread until I can check out all the sites mentioned.

 

We also like Starfall (previously linked)

and I like the homeschooling (and home management) printables available at www.donnayoung.org

as well as the online grammar tests at www.englishgrammar101.com/Lessons/Default.aspx

(Navigation is through the sidebar and no password is needed for individuals or homeschoolers.)

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The Amitymama forum Enchanted Learning subscription renewal is underway. You can participate even if you've never subscribed before. The cost is $2.50 for a year's subscription, and the new subscription will begin in early June. You'll have to register as an Amitymama user to participate and use non-cc/personal PayPal for payment. You can find the discussion thread here: link.

This is closed now. :(

 

Jackie

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