It’s that time of year already and where did our summer go?? August came by total surprise and I’m not even close to preparing for the upcoming school year. In case you’re in the same boat, I’m here to help you out a little. I love to use a variety of teaching methods in our homeschool. This has almost been a necessity since each of my five children learned differently from each other. Plus, I tend to get bored easily. Eclectic learning is basically using a variety of curriculum and teaching methods. After many years of homeschooling, I have discovered that certain subjects just work better for us being taught a certain way. We do more hands-on for science. Math is learned with workbooks and manipulatives but with a lot of math-related literature added when possible. History is most enjoyed by reading great literature that shows life during the time period we are studying. Geography usually includes a map, globe, recipes and the internet since we can’t afford to physically travel everywhere, we travel virtually! And my first love has always been unit studies! Now that I am teaching only boys, I try to add in as much physical movement as possible and always switching things up to keep their attention.
I am going to share some great ways to incorporate eclectic learning into your homeschool with some awesome products!! And….you have a chance to WIN them!! This year, I am participating in iHomeschool Network’s Back to Homeschool Gift Baskets Giveaway where you can enter to win 52 different homeschool-related gift baskets!!!
Since I know you are busy hopping from blog to blog to enter, I will (to borrow a phrase from my pastor), make this “short, sweet and hard to beat”. Here’s what my basket includes:
Sir Cumference and the Sword Cone: A Math Adventure. I love to include fun literature in our math studies; however, it is sometimes hard to find good books that my boys enjoy that include math. Sir Cumference to the rescue! Actually, I first discovered this series (yes, there’s several books!!) when I was looking for books when we were studying the Middle Ages. Go figure. (pun not intended lol). This particular book uses geometric shapes to find a sword and save the day. This book series is intended for elementary students.
Hands-On History Lap Pak: U.S. Elections. I was previously introduced to Home School in the Woods when I did a review for their Middle Ages Unit Study. The boys and I had so much fun using their materials and they graciously are donating this US Elections Lap Pak for me to include in my basket. I figured this is a great way to include the kids in this important time of the year. Please note, if you win, this will be sent to you directly from the publisher. Suggested grades 3-8.
Surfing the Net Science. Not only is this a great way to study science, but it is a great way to incorporate technology into your homeschool. Being able to conduct research online will be an invaluable skill that will help your student for the rest of their lives. I do internet research at least once a week. Using the internet, your student will gain access to videos, articles and games on many scientific topics such as animals, atmosphere, ecosystems, energy and more! You can read my full review of this book. For grades 3-6.
Give Your Child the World. The publisher sent me two copies of this wonderful book – one for me and one for a lucky winner! I adore books. I have been known to buy books when the money was earmarked for ..ahem…other expenses. Like necessities. But aren’t books necessary??!! I love that this author feels like I do, whenever you can’t just pack a suitcase, grab a passport and go, you can always escape into the pages of a well-written book and have an amazing adventure. This isn’t just another book of book lists. The lists focus on giving your children a global mind-set. The lists are broken down by regions but the index also covers time periods in case you need that. I looked over the list and have already started highlighting books that interest me. I was very pleased that some of my favorites, and that I already own, were listed. I checked and quite a few are available at my local library too so I don’t have to eat beans and cornbread for a month to enjoy many of the books on this list!! If you enjoy including great literature into your studies, especially for geography and history, this is a must!
And last but not least…
Spelling You See: Level B Jack and Jill. I’m sure you’ve heard of Math U See but in case you aren’t aware, they now publish a spelling curriculum! They have a slightly different approach and it has been helping many struggling students. I used Level D with my older son that has language difficulties. This approach really helped him. You can look on their website for placement information.
So…are you ready to win??!! I’m going to make it real easy for you. And then you can rush on to enter to win any of the other 51 baskets!! And may the odds be forever in your favor.
Just worth noting…you must visit each blog site to enter their basket giveaway. My basket includes the items listed above but does not include the actual basket. I am opening this to US residents. A winner will be selected early August 22nd. You will have 24 hours to reply with your mailing address or another winner will be selected.
Be sure to go back and visit iHomeschool Network to enter all of the giveaways, just take a look at what’s up for grabs!! (just click on the image to be taken directly to the page)