Homeschool Favorites: August 2012

Our school year is in FULL swing, and I like to regularly update my readers on all the fun products and programs that we are successfully using in our home!  Here are a few of the newest items available to homeschoolers, all approved by myself and the kiddos:

Math the Singapore Way Workbooks (Marshall Cavendish)

We switched to Singapore Math for our math curriculum for the younger boys this year.  While the textbooks provide everything they need to learn new concepts, I prefer giving them a way to practice until they master each lesson via a worksheet or workbook.  Marshall Cavendish offers a line of affordable workbooks that match up seamlessly with the Singapore Math method, and they are available for grades 1-5.  We loved that it was easy to snag a few sheets for the kids to work from in the car or when we had a few extra minutes in the day; the books are available in a "Practice" or "Challenge" workbook for just $12.99 each!

Reading Kingdom Online Curriculum

My son just wasn't learning his phonics the way I felt he should, so we started him on a new online program called Reading Kingdom.  This site is quite a bit different than other sites, in that it is completely customized to my son's learning level and needs.  He took a rather long diagnostic test before he even began the program, and we were told right away what he needed to work on before placing him in the right level for him.  I frequently get reports on his progress, as well as recommendations for what he might need help with.  It is also structured so that a child skips over words that he or she can already read and write (which saves time and keeps my often-bored son from losing motivation.)  I also really enjoy that each activity ends with a "success" by auto-correcting and adjusting to teach my child his problem spots.  He NEVER feels discouraged, and I can see him progressing through the levels with confidence.  Learn more about this exciting new program that can be used alone, or with any curriculum, at the Reading Kingdom website.

Thomas and Friends Magazine

I would almost never pay for a magazine subscription (especially since I can read them for free at the library), but in the case of this consumable magazine I am OK with buying it.  Thomas and Friends Magazine has been an exciting addition to our homeschool day by providing my 2 and 5-year-old sons with fun Thomas stories, coloring pages, and activities that they can do during "school" that captures their attention and keeps them busy for hours.  I love that there is always something age-appropriate that they can learn from in each issue.  When we've done all the activities, we keep them in the car for looking at during long trips!  Well worth the price, a one-year subscription can be ordered at for less than $35 (which is much cheaper than buying Thomas-branded workbooks!)

Wanna win?  We are giving one lucky reader a 3-month subscription to Reading Kingdom!  To be entered to win, just comment here on this post with who you would gift the subscription to (your child, grandchild, etc.)

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*Samples of some products were received to review.  Opinions of all are 100% my own..