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Homeschooling Resources Meme

 I was tagged by Adventures in Mommydom for this meme to answer questions about homeschooling resources. I tracked back to read Enchanted Homeschooling's (the blog that tagged Adventures in Homeschooling) answers and loved her description of a meme.
What is a meme? I don’t think that I am that old but I must admit that frequently I am scratching my head to figure out what a term means lately. After putting Google to work I found out that an Internet Meme is used to describe a concept that is spread via the Internet.

1. One homeschooling book you have enjoyed.

I agree with Ticia, one is hard... but if I have to pick one homeschooling book, I would have to pick Charlotte Mason's Homeschooling series. A close second is A Charlotte Mason Companion: Personal Reflections on the Gentle Art of Learning by Karen Andreola.

2. One resource you wouldn’t be without.
Besides the wonderful blogs I follow which give me ideas and inspiration, the one resource I wouldn't be without is my Handbook of Nature Study.

3. One resource you wish you had never bought.
I know many people are going to disagree with me because it is a well loved book series, but the resource that I most wish I had never bought has been the Story of the World series. I won't go into why here, but if you want to know, ask me and I will tell you.

4. One resource you enjoyed last year.
Math Their Way taught me a lot about hands-on, living math.

5. One resource you will be using next year.

Real Science 4 Kids. The whole series is wonderful.

6. One resource you would like to buy.
Hmm...that is a hard one because, if I want it a lot, I usually buy it. The next thing on my wish list is Playful Learning by Mariah Bruehl.
7. One resource you wish existed.
A high school history that I can really love.

8. One homeschool catalogue you enjoy reading.
9. One homeschooling website you use regularly.
Handbook of Nature Study blog. She taught me how to use the Handbook of Nature Study and inspires and encourages me to continue to.
I also don't want to leave my favorite resources without mentioning her Harmony Fine Arts Art and Music plans made especially for homeschoolers.

10. Tag other homeschoolers


  1. Phyllis,

    I was just popping over to comment on the Playful Learning book...thanks for the tip. :)

    Then I saw your last category and you made me smile. Thanks for always being so supportive of my work online. It makes my effort worth every minute when I get to know families like yours that are such a great example to so many families.

    The "one resource you wish you had not bought" category is a tough one since by listing it you bring attention to something you don't like. I had that experience with my negative TruthQuest review. I had to finally cut off the comments because it was ridiculous how much readers wanted to argue about the merits of the TQ program. It just personally didn't work for me..it may for you...but we can disagree.

    I agree with your wish for a good solid high school history course. I would add that it needs to be living and chronological and not US history based. I would also love it to include more humanities topics like art, music, poetry, literature, biographies, and geography. Not so much about the history of war. Tall order...

  2. That's funny - I was on Amazon, last night, looking at The Story of the World. The reviews their convinced me to pass on it, again.

    I was also thinking as good as Real Science 4 Kids is - we have level 1 Chemisty, Biology, and Physics, as well as the level 2 Chemistry - I might list this as the resource I wish I hadn't purchased. We just don't seem to connect with the series as well as I thought we would.

  3. Thanks for the link - I'll work on a post for you. I am enjoying learning history this year through the Presidents, Composers, The Story of Science and Latin. I don't remember taking "history" in high school or college, Economics, something somethingeranother, and the other thing . . . I've learned more about geography taking the boys around the world these last 8 years than I ever remember from school. ;)

  4. I dearly love when fellow homeschool friends share resources! I hadn't ever heard of the Playful Learning and will be checking it out. Also will look closely at Real Science 4 Kids. I so agree with your Handbook of Nature Study Choice, Karen Andreola's companion book and Harmony Fine Arts! We are enjoying the Medieval art/music plans from HFA - the Draw Squad book is wonderful! Really sparked eldest boy's interests.

    We started with SOTW and then moved to Tapestry. I have a couple of the SOTW volumes we still pull out for complimentary readings. Thanks for the tag. Fun!

  5. Thanks for the 'tag' Phyllis. I will do this later this week. I love reading about favorite resources. First of all, please tell me why you don't like SOTW. You can email me if you'd like. kakeiatbellsouthdotnet I would love to here more. Also Real Science 4 Kids is GREAT!!! We love it. In fact we have Physics. Please post about your resources so I can borrow and steal from you. ;) You have the best ideas! Great post Phyllis. I agree with Handbook of Nature Study. We love it.

  6. I will tell you why I don't like SOTW. It jumps around too much for my taste. If you follow the events chapter-by-chapter on a timeline, they jump back and forth too much. I do not always like what events the books choose to talk about and which they leave out. I know that history is so immense, you have to pick and choose. I just often don't care for the choices made for SOTW. In terms of a narrative type history, I vastly prefer A Child's History of the World by Hillyer. (There are a few more I prefer to SOTW as well.) I know many, many people love SOTW and I do not mean and negativity to anyone who prefers it. Each teacher is free to pick what suits their own tastes and their family's needs. That is what is so great about homeschooling in this country. The freedom to choose.

  7. I am very curious which history resources you do recommend. I think I am going to go and order Playful Learning right away, I keep hearing great things about it.

  8. I tend to use "living books" such biographies, literature coupled with field trips or hands on experiences. I also include art, music, scientific discoveries and the like chronologically to go along with the history. You can find a list of the living books I use under My Curriculum tab at the top. I love Genevieve Foster's books and "A Child's History of the World." I tend to couple these books with a Encyclopedia type history text just for the little ones to see visuals to go along with the history and for timeline fact ease.

  9. Almost Unschooling Mom...The Real Science 4 Kids does not have as much craft and hands-on activities as a lot of science programs, especially for the younger than high school crowd. Perhaps that is why you did not connect with it.

  10. What a great meme and you introduced me to a few resources I'd not heard of! Thank you for your comments to my blog. We are pretty sure we'll be moving on to a different history curriculum next year. O_o

  11. I didn't really like it either in terms of the narrative of the style. I'm really enjoying these answers it's so much fun to read.

    The funny thing is I was at a store today and saw another book that I was thinking of as a good homeschooling book that I could have picked as my favorite if I'd seen it.

  12. Great suggestions! I also love the Charlotte Mason Companion. I have not read it in a few years, and just pulled it out to through it again.

    So true- what works for one family sometimes just does not work for another. We all can use what works best for the way we teach/learn.

  13. Boy I am sure struggling to write my meme. I will have to look into these resources. Right now though we do not use a lot of resources, but I know we will in future years.

  14. We found that Story of the World hasn't worked all that well for us, either. It's OK, in my opinion, but not great. We have read, or listened to on audio book, much of the series. I have been ready to stop many times, but my girls were reasonably interested and we plugged along. We have stopped at this point because of lack of interest to continue. I have looked at it as a sort of overview of history, but not complete. I much prefer reading biographies, historical fiction, and using other non-fiction reference materials like the Usborne World History encyclopedia.
    I enjoyed reading this post and all the comments :)

  15. I agree with you on Mason's books and also on SOTW. I have never found it as narratable as the Hillyer books with my children. SOTW is more readable than an encyclopedia, but not engaging enough to bring out beautiful narrations.


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