resources we use

Monday, February 24, 2020
These are some of the resources we are currently using: 

"Exploring Nature With Children is a complete, year-long curriculum designed to guide you, step by step, through an entire calendar year of nature study. Completely self-contained, this book has all the information you need to make nature study happen regularly for your family." 
Raising Little Shoots is a Charlotte Mason inspired blog & shop. I love the weekly link list inspiration Lynn shares. I will be starting this curriculum on the first day of summer and I am so excited!!

Teachers Pay Teachers was suggested by my friend, Christine. It is an invaluable resource I wish had been available when Dylan was young!! We have printed out so much from this site. My favorite account to follow is The Moffatt Girls! We are using their math & literature worksheets.

We also enjoy resources available on their website/blog
I especially love their homeroom classroom pictures! 
We went with a brightly colored theme for ours too!

"With Learning North American Animals with Thornton Burgess, students will cover science, reading, handwriting, spelling, narration, drawing or art among other areas of schooling. Each lesson offers a reading from The Burgess Animal Book for Children, a prompt for narration and art opportunities along with a list of picture books for younger audience and ideas for further study for older children."
Learning North American Animals is another Charlotte Mason inspired resource. I will probably start this one next fall to use alongside the following from Chickie & Roo...

"Steam States is a full year long curriculum in which your child will complete 1 state per week! It is designed as a unit study incorporating multiple subjects within the theme. Your child will learn about American history, science, geography, mapwork, nature, animals and more! Included are crafts, experiments, scavenger hunts and more to inspire hands-on learning! This curriculum supports gentle learning and can be completed as quickly or as slowly as you’d like."
Chickie and Roo are also Charlotte Mason inspired home educators and I really appreciated her 2019 Curriculum Tour!! I'm excited to use the Steam States curriculum.

The Good and The Beautiful curriculum gets rave reviews among home educators. I love literature and really appreciate their use of truly beautiful illustrations throughout their units. I feel like it will really inspire Kindred, as she loves art. We will be using some of their units next fall, too. We love the Language Arts Course Set and will be using it along with the Math. I like the idea of having a full curriculum to start with, then plan around, and add resources, like worksheets or manipulatives, or even entire study units if I feel like something important wasn't addressed. 

Firefly Nature School individual lessons will be worked in with our Science curriculum. 

The Peaceful Press are beautiful Charlotte Mason inspired Science/History guides/units. Kindred LOVES these!! And Jennifer's blog is one I frequently check! 
"We started Honest History as a place for kids to explore the past and re-discover stories of people, just like us, who changed the world. In our experience, history contains answers and also sparks new questions — our goal is to bring true tales from around the world into the imagination of children (and their parents, too). We value research, journalistic integrity and accuracy above hyperbole. Truthfully, we believe that history contains stories with facts greater than any work of fiction. Our aim is to encourage children to conduct their own research and uncover stories of their own, supported by data and accompanied by a sense of adventure. Design plays a large role in our magazine and we set out to source the most talented illustrators to design each issue as something to collect and cherish. Finally, we believe in sustainable commerce and education, starting with green printing and leading to partnerships with schools and educational brands. We’re excited you’ve joined us on this adventure and, as always, happy reading."
Honest History is for ages 6-12 so this is another resource I will add in next fall.
But, I already love everything this company is about. We will definitely continue on with them.

We love the Who Was series to read daily. 

Kindred is currently enrolled in the 'Introduction to Avian Identification Skills: Learning to Observe Backyard Birds' class on Outschool, which meets weekly via Zoom.

This isn't a comprehensive list, but it's a start. I feel like I'm constantly seeing new resources I'd like to add in. I will update this list in the future with links to my reviews of the material. Right now, I haven't really used anything long enough to review it. 
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