You all know how much education means to me. I wanted to share some fantastic resources with you:
Educators often get so concerned with “what” to teach that they neglect the “how” and “why.” Yet understanding these creates happier, more empowered children. TJEd gives you the “how” and the “why” to make the “what” more powerful, more memorable, more relevant to your children. They will be inspired as you apply the 7 Keys of Great Teaching and the 4 Phases of Learning. You will bring them face-to-face with greatness. And they will love learning. Discovered and articulated by Oliver and Rachel DeMille, Thomas Jefferson Education, or “TJEd,” (pronounced “tee-jay-ED”) is an educational philosophy and a methodology by which great individuals throughout history have been educated. Thousands of families and professional educators are applying those same principles today, with amazing success. The 5 Habits of Highly Successfully Homeschoolers will show you the “secrets” of excellent homeschooling. Use coupon code EDUCENTS-15 to get 80% off your copy here! AND! TJEd is also offering their premium parent training, the 7 Keys Certification ($160 value) – free when you sign up for their newsletter here! Remember, an investment in your education is not a withdrawal from your kids’. It will pay dividends on a gold standard for generations to come!
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Kirkwood Education Online offers much more than academic curriculum. Students are guided through seven stages of character development with exercises that promote spiritual growth, interpersonal skills, and strong work ethic. Every curriculum concept is taught and demonstrated by instructional video and interactive computer lesson. Academic achievement accelerates as students learn to take responsibility for their own education. Students earn weekly printable award certificates highlighting academic progress. Powerful positive affective experiences occur when a student has invested energy into reaching an objective, and that accomplishment is then recognized and validated. Parental involvement is the single most critical factor in a child’s academic success. Kirkwood Education Online facilitates this involvement and affords parents the opportunity and tools to ensure their child has complete mastery of each curriculum component before moving on to the next. Maintaining accurate records is one of the most daunting tasks of homeschool parents. Kirkwood Education Online effortlessly maintains accurate records and provides parents an at-a-glance overview of their child’s achievement and academic progress in real time. Kirkwood Education Online is committed to providing homeschool families with a system of education that will enable every child to develop the skills of success and fulfill their God-given potential.
Safari Tales is an enchanting animal adventure game that encourages exploration in reading and vocabulary skills by casting kids as both adventurer and storyteller. From Kuato Studios, one of the world’s leading learning-through-play developers, children play as five baby animal friends, exploring an African savannah teeming with wildlife, mini games and artifacts to discover and collect. Kids learn countless facts about the various environments, inhabitants and items they encounter on their way, building knowledge and enhancing reading skills. At the end of each play session, the child’s adventures, discoveries and achievements are converted into a beautiful interactive storybook. Each tale can be read with parents, strengthening literacy, reasoning and enquiry skills. Curious kids can also construct over a thousand different questions to ask an in-game guide, Darwin, who will supply intelligent and fact-filled answers. By scrolling on-screen world wheels, kids see how words join together to create different sentences, aiding skills in sentence structure, reading and creative thought. Through the game’s ‘Parent Corner’, mom and dad can tailor gameplay, setting reading ages and can control game length from a variety of session times, ensuring playtime fits the family routine. Safari Tales is available on iOS and Android, priced at $3.99.
GiftedandTalented.com was born out of 25 years of research at Stanford University. They provide adaptive, online K-12 courses in mathematics, language arts, science and computer programming. Their flagship course, Redbird Mathematics: Advanced Edition, features the latest in adaptive
instruction, gamification, and digital project-based learning. Redbird Mathematics won the 2015 Association of American Publishers award for best mathematics resource. This online, K-7 math course offers students over 15,000 exercises, 500 instructional modules (including multiple forms of instruction for key concepts), 50 digital manipulatives, and 75 games. Additionally, students tackle real-world STEM challenges. Students who take GiftedandTalented.com courses can finish 2+ grades ahead. Watch this 3-minute video to learn more about Redbird Mathematics: Advanced Edition.
Middle schoolers love this Language Arts program! In this exciting video-based curriculum from Daniel Schwabauer, the creator of the popular One Year Adventure Novel, 6th–9th graders take a guided tour of the universe of “Story” as they create content for their own magazine. Students write poems, short stories, nonfiction articles, letters, and many other short pieces, all for a magazine of their own invention. They also learn to notice and record their thoughts and ideas by following the creative structure of The Remarkable Journal of Professor Gunther Von Steuben. DVD-based and parent-friendly, the program comes with an optional 12-lesson grammar component, included with purchase. Cover Story‘s approach to grammar de-emphasizes memorization of latinate terms and emphasizes true comprehension. Cover Story transforms writing for both strong writers and reluctant writers. It is fun yet practical, and inspires kids to communicate, through a magazine, what they are already passionate about. As noted curriculum reviewer Cathy Duffy writes, “the delivery and learning methods are so different that even reluctant writers are likely to enjoy the process.” Watch demos at CoverStoryWriting.com.
The One Year Adventure Novel writing curriculum guides students (grades 8–12) step by step through the process of writing a compelling, fully structured novel in one school year. DVD-based, self-directed, and parent-friendly, it is ideal for homeschool students! Young writers, no matter how much natural talent and discipline they have, need training in understanding “Story”—what makes a story work. With honesty, passion, and humor, author Daniel Schwabauer takes students behind the scenes of novel-writing. Extensive support resources that come with a curriculum license welcome young writers into a vibrant Creative Community where they can thrive as writers. They can join an active online Student Forum to give and receive feedback on stories, watch monthly webinars on writing topics, participate in contests, and more. The course is worth one full high school English credit. Whether you have a student who loves to write, and you know they need training to take their gift to the next level—or a student who could just use a fun change of pace from traditional English curriculum – we recommend this fascinating high school English course! Watch demos at OneYearNovel.com.
Applied Scholastics Online Academy is a fully accredited non-profit K-12 organization dedicated to helping students acquire real life skills and critical thinking through home study. Applied Scholastic’s vision is that by embracing the uniqueness of the individual they create students who love learning and truly use what they learn to ensure a successful future. Applied Scholastics provides parents with effective teaching tools and step-by-step curriculum designed to make learning enjoyable. For more information contact: Registrar@AppliedScholasticsOnline.com.
Risas y Sonrisas, “Laughter & Smiles”, is what this award-winning Spanish program is all about…making learning and teaching Spanish fun!
The curriculum is multi-grade appropriate for grades K-5. It provides a variety of creative resources to keep all learning styles engaged – colorful visual aids, catchy songs, ASL (American Sign Language), games, role playing, books, workbooks, online activities and more.
The curriculum covers beginners to advanced concepts in Spanish. The focus is on vocabulary acquisition and practical conversation rather than formal grammar. What sets this homeschool language program apart from others is that it not only includes DVDs, CDs, an instructor manual and workbooks – it also includes a myriad of hands-on learning activities that allow children to explore and manipulate the language they’re learning.
Knowing Spanish is not necessary with the media tools provided in the program and you will learn with your child! The curriculum was developed by native Spanish speaker and teacher. Best of all…children love learning with “Laughter & Smiles!”
Character Is Higher Than Intellect is based on a 5-level Hierarchy: 1) Self-discipline; 2) Responsible Behavior; 3) Honesty to Self; 4) Honesty to Others; 5) Reverence for Life (for the public school version) and the Creator of Life (for Private Schools and Parents) which encompasses all values. The curricula have a powerful teaching methodology utilizing high-interest media, role-plays, examples and non-examples of the concepts or values being taught. When the methodology is coupled with high-interest stories or scenarios that capture the interest and enthusiasm of the learner, they become involved in the learning process through role-plays and other student involvement techniques, then deep, vital learning occurs; also retention, and transfer is maximized. That is because learners remember: 10% of nonsense syllables; 35% of factual material; 50% of what is heard; 65% of what is seen and heard; 100% of what they feel. The lessons in Character Is Higher Than Intellect are designed to be at the feeling, 100% retention level. There is curriculum for every level, written specifically for that level. You’ll love teaching it and watching enthusiastic students learn vital, life-shaping values, principles and concepts.
Self-study courses in physics, chemistry, and physical science created and presented by best-selling textbook authors and respected college professors Paul Hewitt and John Suchocki are now available for grades 8 – 12 through ConceptualAcademy.com. Each course includes hundreds of video lessons featuring the authors’ recorded classroom lectures, studio presentations, and screencasts. These video lessons reach a
broad range of learning styles while providing the context students need to make sense of the textbook, which is sold separately. Each class within a self-study course is further personalized with the author’s written messages guiding the student through the content. Carefully selected homework assignments, worksheets, chapter summaries, and unit exams allow students to articulate and confirm their understanding. Home-based lab activities are found within the textbook as well as within a separate lab manual. These are genuine, full-length science courses for the college liberal arts major made affordable for high school students seeking an enjoyable introduction to upper level science. Home school group facilitators may request an instructor’s account through which customized courses can be created. Contact Conceptual Academy for more information. Conceptual Academy’s chemistry self-study courses were reviewed by Cathy Duffy, known for her rigorous assessments of homeschool curricula.
Not sure where to start? Read more about the Life of Fred books on the Educents Blog. Instead of nothing but dry exposition and endless drill exercises, these books contain fun stories about Fred Gauss, a child prodigy math genius. During his hilarious adventures, he encounters every day math situations that call for solving mathematical problems. Children actually want to read these books. The stories carry on through the exercises, leading the student through them. Many of the books have a series of quizzes called Bridges every few chapters. Passing a quiz means the student is ready for the next chapter. Some books have all the problem solutions in them, while others have separate answer keys or companions.
Math Mammoth Light Blue Series constitutes a full elementary mathematics curriculum for grades 1-7. It is mastery-oriented and organized into chapters by topics.Thus, in each chapter the curriculum concentrates on one theme and its connecting topics (such as place value, multiplication, or geometry). Each grade level typically contains 8-10 chapters. The curriculum focuses strongly on conceptual understanding, and visual models and exercises are used extensively. Mental math and number sense are also emphasized. The curriculum is nearly self-teaching for many children, since the full explanations of concepts are included in the student books, thus it requires fairly little preparation time from the teacher. The curriculum also meets and exceeds the Common Core Standards.
Complete Curriculum publishes distinctive K-12 digital texts and provides an engaging web-based instructional interface.Your students will experience engaging supplemental activities, real-world application exercises, and 21st- century skills with development activities. Their cutting-edge technology takes students beyond the textbook into a world where what they learn becomes more than answers on a page. It becomes a part of their experience. Further, their program allows educators to supplement and customize each daily lesson in an affordable, accessible and effective curriculum that provides streamlined instruction, practice, reinforcement and testing. By blending academic, social and interpersonal skills development, Complete Curriculum texts promote teacher
and parent involvement in catalyzing a student’s learning ability— in and out of the classroom. Developed by a consortium of teachers, academics and editors, Complete Curriculum texts organize and present content that enables parents to actually participate in helping their child to study or complete their homework, and enables home-schoolers to affordably ensure the curriculum they are teaching their children meets the required grade level content expectations. It also enables beginning educators to confidently engage their students and immediately produce on the first day of class. Experienced educators can creatively adapt each lesson and text to their preferred teaching style and methods.
Thanks for checking out our Best Curriculum Guide of 2015! We hope you discovered some new curriculums and learned something new about your favorites as well. Happy learning!