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Home Education Resources

For our homeschool program we use different sources. First of all and foremost we do child-led learning where we focus on the interests of the child. We supplement this with Project Based Homeschooling (you can find a previous post on it here) and strewing. At the time of writing this post, Maximan is doing a mix of 1st and 2nd grade, Midiman is doing a mix of Pre-K and Kindergarten at a very slow pace and Miniman is currently exposed to everything his brothers are doing. He loves to draw, sign language and he’s picking up on Spanish.

This year I decided to start all over. Last year I got so frustrated that my boys were not interested in the things I wanted to offer them. It was a lesson for me not to push. To really look at their learning style and my teaching style. I realized that what I was offering didn’t fit my boys. So this year we are doing it differently with the focus on me really being present. And I am using curriculum (Waldorf and AmblesideOnline) as a guide line, which I think is really helpful for me. I realized I was so stressed and afraid that I wasn’t doing enough that this helps me to relax. We also worked on our daily, monthly an yearly rhythm, which you can read about here.

We mostly use the following resources:
Waldorf for Teachers, a free resource.
Waldorf Essentials, a full and affordable Waldorf Curriculum.
Herb Fairies
Ambleside Online – Charlotte Mason, a free resource.
Local library and Overdrive, free resources.
Tales2Go, audiobooks. We got a 1-year membership through a homeschool coop for $10.-.
Rosetta Stone, through ICSH-Homeschool. We have a 1-year full membership, for an amazing price (EUR 99.-). Once a year, in September, you can enroll/renew. Let me know if you like to be in the loop.
Amazon (Free) Kindle Books, free or low cost resource. If you don’t have the Kindle App yet, you can find it here. We use it a lot as I always look for ways to get my materials for free. Other digital books, like those from Overdrive, I upload to my Kindle app so I have them with me everywhere I go and everything in the same location. A tip for books you borrow though Overdrive. You can set your device on flight mode and the books will stay on your device after your lending period has expired. As soon as you set it to online, your books will be expired and not available anymore.
The Online Waldorf Library, free resource.
Free ebooks by Project Gutenberg
Prime Music , you can try this for free for 30 days. We love our Prime Music and the fact that is so easy to make our own playlists. The boys especially like our Thursday playlist aka Dance Night. During the day I play classical music or our Disney movie music playlist. I noticed that my boys and I are more relaxed when we have soft music in the background.
Mystery Science (Free trial membership through June 30, 2016, if you sign up between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016.)

I try to use as many free resources as I can, this saves some money which we can use for other things, like materials, paper, printing ink, museum and zoo visits.

Once a week Maximan goes to an enrichment program and once a week he goes to a nature program.

Overall we are really relaxed homeschoolers. In the morning we have a set time of two hours, from 9 to 11, for our main lesson and everything else we kind of play by ear. When you look at our current curriculum, you see that we are able to work through a lot, while still having this relaxed homeschool feel where the kids have plenty (PLENTY) of free time.

Our Current Curriculum

Math:
Math Stories: Math Lessons for Elementary Grades (free)
Math practice, play & drawing. We use cuisenaire rodshomemade materialsdiy Montessori 1000 cubegems from the Dollar Tree and different sets of animals from Toob for our math practice.
Board Games, Card Games, Dice Games
We also have Singapore Math and Miquon Math, but we currently aren’t using those.

Language Arts & Literature:
Form Drawing (free)
Grimm’s Fairy Tales (free Kindle ebook) for letter introduction & drawing
Aesop’s Fables (free Kindle ebook)
Parables from Nature ($0.99)
Blue Fairy Book (free Kindle ebook)
Shakespeare (free Kindle ebooks, audio books)
Monthly Spellbinders at the library (free)
We also have Explode the Code, but we currently aren’t using this.

Additional Reading for Bookclub:
Most of the time we do audio books and listen to them while we are in the car. We use Tales2Go audiobooks. You can also use LibriVox to listen to audiobox, it is online and free.
Heidi (free Kindle ebook, audio book)
Charlotte’s Web (library book)
King of the Golden River (free Kindle ebook)
Peter Pan (library book, audio book)
The Secret Garden (free Kindle ebook, audio book)
Pinocchio (free Kindle ebook, audio book)
Red Fairy Book (free Kindle ebook)
St. George and the Dragon (library book)
The Velveteen Rabbit ($0.99)
Little House in the Big Woods (library book)
Pocahontas (free Kindle ebook)

Poetry:
A Child’s Garden of Verses (free Kindle ebook)
A.A. Milne (free  Kindle ebooks)
Oxford Book of Children’s Verse (library book)

Foreign language (Rosetta Stone):
Spanish
Chinese Mandarin
Baby & Child Sign language, not really a foreign language. We noticed that sign language helps the children to understand the foreign languages more easily. We use the same sign, for the same word in different languages. For example, we use the sign horse and learn the word in Dutch, English, Indonesian, Italian, Spanish and Chinese Mandarin.

Baking & Cooking:
Bread
Preparing dinner together (Monday, Friday Night Dinner and Sunday)
Cookies for tea & poetry time

Physical Activities:
Snowboarding / Skiing
Ice Skating
Free Play
Weekly Nature Play with our Homeschool Group

Nature:
Just So Stories ($0.99, audio book)
Burgess’s Bird Book (free Kindle ebook)
Herb Fairies
Weekly Nature Program with other homeschoolers
Weekly Nature Study with our Homeschool Group

Science:
Different types of experiments
Mystery Science (Free trial membership through June 30, 2016, if you sign up between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016.)

History:
An Island Story ($0.99, audio book)
Fifty Famous Stories Retold (free, audio book)
Viking Tales (free)
Paddle to the Sea (library book)
Benjamin Franklin by Ingri D’Aulaire  (library book)
George Washington by Ingri D’Aulaire (library book)
Buffalo Bill: by Ingri D’Aulaire (library book)

Geography:
First term, focus on explaining and teaching the following geography concept(s): The world is round. Left, right, front (before), back (behind) are positions; know which is which and realize they are dependent on perspective.
Second term, focus on explaining and teaching the following geography concept(s): Fixed direction (north, south, east, west). The sun shows direction: East is where the sun rises, west is where it sets. Stars (North or Pole Star, constellations) show direction and help mariners find their way. The length and direction of shadows can help us tell time as well as direction.
Third term, focus on explaining and teaching the following geography concept(s): The round world can be divided into two spheres. The line dividing it across the middle is the equator; its parallel lines are latitude. The line where the earth meets the sky is called the horizon.
We haven’t tried Drawing Around the World yet, but we hear good things about it.
Travel the World for FREE with this list of over 400 Virtual Field Trip & Virtual Tour ideas for your Homeschool!

Handwork:
Knitting, which will be taught by another homeschool student: A Little Yarn Blossom

Music:
Squilt
Prime Music

Minecraft School:
Mad Scientists Party
Einstein’s Space
Castles and Canons
Redstone Academy

Classic Movies for Movie Night:
Heidi (1937)
Annie (1982)
Mary Poppins (1964)
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)
The Sound of Music (1965)
Oliver Twist (1948)
The Red Balloon (1956)
The Kid (1921)
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
The Black Stallion (1979)
Black Beauty (1994)
Willi Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
Yellow Submarine (1968)
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
Duck Soup (1933)
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

Seasonal Celebrations:
Birthdays
11/30 Samhain
3rd Thursday in November Thanksgiving
The four Sunday’s leading up to the Solstice is Advent time
12/5 Saint Nicholas
12/21-23 Winter Solstice / Yule
1/18 M.L. King Day
2/2 Brigid / Imbolc
2/14 Valentine’s Day
3/21-22 Ostara
4/22 Earth Day
4/27 Kingsday (Koningsdag)
4/30-5/1 Spring Equinox / Beltane
5/4 Dutch Memorial Day (Dodenherdenking)
5/5 Dutch Liberation Day (Bevrijdingsdag)
2nd Sunday in May Mother’s Day
Last Sunday in May Memorial Day
6/14 Children’s Day
3rd Sunday in June Father’s Day
6/21-22 Summer Solstice / Litha
7/4 Independence Day
7/24 Learn Nothing Day
8/1 Lammas / Lughandesh
1st Monday in September Labor Day
9/22 Autumn Equinox / Mabon

Wheel of the Year

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I am a former Business Intelligence Consultant / Account Manager DWH and still work as a freelance photographer. Now, I am a WAHM!I am a mom to four boys and with The Art of Home Education, my husband and I provide our children with the opportunity to learn based on their interests. Our slogan is "Let the journey be shaped by the curiousity of the child…".You can find us on Instagram , Facebook , Twitter , Pinterest and Google+ .

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