Early Years

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My favorite resources for preschool/k and elementary......Where the foundations for learning and character are set.

Let's start with hands-on learning resources that we loved for preschool/K:

...including phonics, reading and pre-handwriting

  Preschool/K - Early Math
... hands-on learning fun...

....my daughter's favorite things to do for preschool/K science/nature study. 

second page for birthday book for betsy's review

Encouraging your Littlest Author - It all starts with art, painting or drawing a picture, then adding words to the page.  Helping very young ones express themselves in writing, or copywork.

Our Favorite Books about Birdwatching 
PreK through Middle Schoolers


- Favorites for Elementary-Handwriting Helps 
- Tips for ADHD, and Sensory Issues

Best Amazon Finds for Hands-On Learning

Learn to Read/Improve Reading with Explode the Code

The Art of Simple Book Making - Your Child is an Author
How to encourage story telling in your young child.

Elementary Science in our Homeschool 

  Nature/science studies for your kids, on a variety of topics, including animals, earth, plants, rocks and fossils, habitats, etc, with easy to do experiments that teach STEM.

Birdwatching - Nature Study 

 This post is all about birdwatching, with photos of birds in our area, and  resources to help you incoorporate STEM into your day...

Our Favorites for US History

Science FUN in the Garden - Let's grow some veggies! with Printables

 A complete curriculum, that is creative and full of hands on activities, with lots of art, and resources for every subject.

Oak Meadow Review - Complete Fifth Grade Package www.thecurriculumchoice.com

Oak Meadow 5 - Our Favorite Hands-On Curriculum for 

Homeschooling Elementary

Oak Meadow is similar to Charlotte Mason in many ways.  It strives to reach the child...head, hands and heart, with it's gentle, creative, project-oriented approach.

Lions, Tigers, and Testing, Oh, My! 

 There are so many ways to approach testing for your child.  Here is how we struggled with it one year, then found a good way to deal with it from then on.

Spectrum Writing

Spectrum Writing - 2nd grade
My main focus for writing, during the early elementary years was to help my daughter become comfortable with the written word.  This simple series was a big help.

How our days typically went during elementary, and sometimes not so typically...lol

You Can Learn Sign Language

Special Needs Resources

 Here is how we went about homeschooling her during the early years.  (She is in college now)

Tips for working with kids with ADHD, including setting up your day, direction following for your kiddo, and sensory activities to help with it all.

reading c ards

What else would you add to this list?  Please share in the comments.

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Betsy is mom to her now rising college senior, whom she homeschooled from preK through high school.  She blogs at BJ's Homeschool, about the early yearshigh school & college and wrote - Homeschooling High School with College in Mind.   She offers free homeschool help through messages at BJ's Consulting and has had articles picked up by the Huffington Post.

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