Category: Frugal Fun
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I don’t write a lot about homeschooling here. Not because it’s not a big part of my life (it is!), but mostly because I know it tends to be a bit of a hot-button subject and I don’t feel like it’s my place or calling to tell you how you should choose to educate your kids. Every family and every child and every situation is different.
For our family so far, homeschooling has been a great fit. It requires a lot of effort and work, but it’s something that my husband and are very committed to and have rearranged a lot of how we do life in order to make it a priority. Our children love it (well, most days they do!) and they are currently really thriving in this environment.
Many of you have written in time and time again and asked (even begged!) for me to write more about homeschooling. While I don’t plan to make that a regular part of the post line-up here, I do want to occasionally touch on the topic when I’m inspired to do so. And today is one such day!
After attending the homeschool conference last week and sitting in on Jamerrill’s session on creative ways to homeschool on a budget, I was inspired to write a post on my top 10 favorite sites to find free homeschool resources.
Even if you don’t homeschool, if you have kids, teach kids, or care for kids, I think you’ll find some helpful resources and freebies on these sites:
Jamerrill’s site is the queen of all free homeschool resources, in my opinion. She curates the best freebies and deals every day — including printables, resources, free ebooks, and more! — and shares them on her blog. If you only visit one site regularly for free homeschool resources, I’d recommend making it Free Homeschool Deals.
This site is sort of the Google of Free Homeschool Resources and it’s been around for years. It’s a great site to visit if you’re studying a certain subject and looking for online resources or printables to go along with it. You just search for any topic in the search box and it will pull up all resources they have that are applicable to that topic. This works especially when if you’re doing unit studies or themed studies.
This site, run by my friend, Jolanthe, is a goldmine of free homeschool printables for a variety of ages. Jolanthe is very organized, so how she structures her days and runs her home always inspires me. If you need ideas for how to organize your homeschool day or plan lessons or set up your homeschool area, I highly recommend checking out HomeschoolCreations!
Confessions of a Homeschooler has a fantastic Letter of the Week Curriculum that has lots of printable worksheets that we used to supplement the letter we were studying each week when I did My Father’s World Kindergarten with Kathrynne. The curriculum is only $10 and an exceptional buy for all the amazing downloads and helpful resources which come with it. If you can’t afford to buy the curriculum or would like to check out some of the printables before purchasing, there is a huge list of incredible free printables available here.
I’ve known Carissa for a number of years and been so blessed by her. Her site has a mother lode of free printable Tot School Packs that I loved using when my kids were little. If you have little ones, you’ll want to not only check out her free printable packs, but also her completely free homeschool curriculum, too!
I have been so blessed, encouraged, and inspired to invest more time into reading good books aloud to my kids from this podcast. Not only that, but Sarah Mackenzie has just plain given me the extra shot in my arm I needed as a homeschool mom this past year. Her enthusiasm for mothering, learning, reading, investing in herself so she can pour into her family, and finding ways to flourish as a wife and mom has given fresh wind to my sails.
Starfall is an educational website has lots of free interactive games and teaching tools for preschoolers and kindergartners. Our girls used this site when they were little and learned a lot of their letter sounds by playing the games and doing the activities on it.
This site has been around for a long time and offers one select homeschool or educational freebie every day. Some are ones that require a newsletter sign-up and are one-day only. Others don’t require a newsletter sign-up and are available for more than 24 hours. I’ve downloaded some cool freebies from this site over the years.
This is different than the rest of the sites I posted, but it’s one that our family has enjoyed so much that I just had to include it on this list. You can listen online to the complete Chronicles of Narnia Audiobooks for free from Ancient Faith Radio. We’ve listened through this entire series and loved it.
Other Sites to Check Out:
- Homeschool Giveaways
- Bible Based Homeschooling
- Homegrown Learners
- 123 Homeschool 4 Me
- Mama’s Learning Corner
- This Reading Mama
Also, check out my post on our 15 Favorite Preschool and Kindergarten Resources. You can also find many free homeschool printables available here.
What are YOUR favorite sites to find free educational resources? I’d love to hear!
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Please note: Our family would not personally consider all of these movies “family-friendly” for all ages. Be sure to check out the reviews of the movies online beforehand.
Thanks, My Frugal Adventures!
Guest post from Asheritah of One Thing Alone
If you’re anything like me right now, you’re counting the days until the temperatures rise and all the white stuff on the ground has melted and spring has arrived. And while booking a cruise to a tropical island sounds like a great idea right now, most of us just can’t afford that.
So to help you ward off the winter blues, here are 5 fun and free ways to make the most of these last few weeks of winter:
1. Build a snowman.
I know, I hear you: delving into the snow sounds like the last thing you want to do. But sometimes, heading outside can help make fun memories that make the time go by faster. So grab a friend (or your kids), bundle up, and head out in the snow. Who knows — you might just enjoy yourself.
2. Book a Movie Night
Getting snowed in is the perfect excuse to pop in your favorite movie and enjoy a bowl of popcorn. And since it still gets dark early in the evening, there’s no reason not to plan a movie night during the week, too.
(Bonus points if you set up a themed movie night. Morrocan dinner and Casablanca? Yes, please!)
3. Catch up on your Reading List
Most of us have reading lists a mile long. Rather than scrolling through our Facebook feed our watching yet another cat video on YouTube, pick up that book you’ve been meaning to read.
You’ll soon find yourself immersed in another world, and the snowstorm outside your window won’t seem half as bad.
(For tips on how to read more as a busy mom, check out this post by Crystal.)
4. Join a Lent Challenge
Typically, Easter comes right around the dawn of spring, so why not spend the 7 weeks leading up to it doing something that will give you a sense of purpose?
Lots of people give up something for Lent and find the practice very fulfilling. Others read through portions of the Bible with a group of friends.
This year, every day leading up to Easter, I’m thanking the people who make my life special. If you’re interested, you can join me in the #40Thanks challenge here.
5. Cozy up under the covers.
So this might not be for everyone, but for those of us who are married, there may be a lot of free entertainment waiting in our bedrooms. Why not take these last weeks of winter to spark the passion in your marriage and rediscover why you fell in love with your husband in the first place? You’ll likely spark a fondness that will grow all year long.
These may sound simple, but a little creativity goes a long way in making the bleak midwinter just a little brighter. Try one idea for each of the next five weeks, and before you know it, the warm sun will be warming your face — no credit cards required.
USA Hockey and over 300 local associations across the country invite you to come try hockey for free on Saturday, February 21, 2015. Participating locations encourage kids ages 4 to 9 to give youth hockey a try as part of the 8th Annual Hockey Weekend Across America.
Click here and enter your ZIP code to find a participating location near you. Locations will have limited equipment available for use.
Thanks, Capitally Frugal DC!