A List of Top Lists of Awesomeness for Homeschooling Families
By Linda Dobson
In today’s wired world, there are so many resources available for homeschooling families or otherwise appreciate fun learning opportunities outside the schoolhouse walls that a parent could spend so much time looking for resources that there’s no time left for the fun!
In the interest of helping you save some time, here’s a list of top lists of awesomeness for homeschooling families. Whether you’re hunting for books, art supplies, summer jobs, or unusual summer camp experiences for kids, the following lists should cut down on search time and pump up fun learning time!
Lists of Awesomeness for Homeschooling Families
The 50 Books Every Child Should Read – “We asked three of Britain’s leading children’s authors and two of our in-house book experts to each pick 10 books, suitable for Year 7 students. The authors chose books that have brought them huge joy, while expressing their outrage at the “great big contradiction” of Mr Gove’s claim to wish to improve literacy while closing libraries across the country.”
List of Recipes for Making Your Own Natural Cleaners – “Do you ever worry about all the harmful chemicals you use when you clean your home? Making your own cleaning supplies can cost less than the ones you buy at the store. They are safer to use. And, they are better for the environment. Plus, you will cut down on the amount of plastic bottles and containers that are cluttering up your cleaning closet and under the sink. These recipes come from Organized Simplicity: The Clutter-Free Approach to Intentional Living by Tsh Oxenreider (can’t you tell that we love this book?).”
Top 10 Coolest Home Science Experiments – “Science isn’t something that necessarily needs to be done in the closed quarters of a lab. Many of the most brilliant experiments can be done in your own home and literally cost you almost nothing to make! So, just by using a bit of household equipment and items you would likely have anyway spend some time impressing your friends with a few of these! Here are ten of the most impressive!”
Top 10 Apps for Kids – Covers a nice range of children’s ages in the suggestions
Best World History Children’s Books – including books about pirates! “Using historical fiction books and non-fiction world history books can can be a very powerful way to personalize a ‘far-off land’ or distant time period. This page lists some of the best children’s books for teaching and reinforcing world history topics.”
Basic (And Not So Basic) Art Supply List – “You could go crazy filling your cupboards, closets, and rooms with craft supplies (I speak from experience here!) but you can really make do with most of the items listed here. Note that items at the beginning of each list are more basic than the others. My favorite brands are in parenthesis.”
Most Unusual Summer Camps – “If you think summer camp is only about canoeing, archery, and campfires, you may be surprised to learn how much it’s changed. These days, kids don’t just go for the sunshine and the chance to hone their scouting skills…”
Top 10 Geography Links – Just a list of links
Top 10 Ways for Kids to Make Money – “With the school season in its final months, what are the top 10 ways kids make money? From yard cleanup services to errand running, there are a number of opportunities for kids of all ages. Here, Jean Scheid provides the top ten.”
See also “10 Quick and Useful Fun Learning Tips“
Hope these top lists lead to lots of learning enjoyment in your home!