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Online Educational Subscriptions

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Welcome to my list of favourite online educational subscriptions. This list will grow and change as our homeschool evolves.

Do you forget which websites you have subscribed to for your kids? Out of site, out of mind. I know I used to and that is why I created this page.

Do you need a simple way to keep track of all the usernames and passwords for your online subscriptions? I kept forgetting which usernames and passwords I used where, so I created this simple pdf download where I can list all my subscriptions, how much they cost, and my usernames and passwords.

Free Download –> online-educational-subscriptions

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Starfall

Starfall has been one of our family favorites for our whole homeschool experience. Starfall provides reading practice for Pre-K to First Grade. This site is free and can be used without logging in. I included it here because I want to remember to use it.

http://www.starfall.com/

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khan academy

Khan Academy

Khan Academy is a favorite in this house! It has videos and interactive activities for Math, Science, Economics, Humanities, and more. This site is free, but requires login to access. Alternately, you can watch the videos on YouTube or download an app for your device.

https://www.khanacademy.org/ 

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uzinggo

UZINGGO

I had never heard of UZINGGO before, but I have been trying out the free trial and so far my big kids seem to like it. It focuses on providing an interactive Math and Science experience for kids in Middle School and High School. UZINGGO is a paid subscription, but I am willing to invest, because science is not my strongest subject.

http://uzinggo.com/

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ixl

IXL

IXL follows our provincial learning outcomes (British Columbia) as well as other provinces and countries. There is a paid subscription that works out to around $16.00 per month for all five of my children.

http://ca.ixl.com/

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spellingcity

Spelling City

Spelling City is an excellent resource to create spelling and vocabulary lists to practice. You can print the lists and work offline or play a variety of online games.

https://www.spellingcity.com/

 

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Schoolhouse Teachers

Schoolhouse Teachers is a paid membership site that provides resources for homeschool families.

http://schoolhouseteachers.com/

 

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discoveryeducation

Discovery Education

We really like Discovery Education. The subscription is included with our DL school enrolment. There is also a US version.

http://www.discoveryeducation.ca/Canada/

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enchantedlearning

Enchanted Learning

We have a membership to Enchanted Learning through our DL school and use it fairly often. There resources are useful and sufficient. I wish everything was available as downloadable PDF and the graphics were higher quality.

http://www.enchantedlearning.com/Home.html

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jellytelly

 Jellytelly

The kids enjoy Jellytelly and it is worth the small amount of money that we pay for it each month. My kids were sad when Adventures in Odyssey pulled out and became a US only subscriber site. We would love to pay for it, if it was available here (in Canada).

http://www.jellytelly.com/

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learningpage

Learning Page

Learning Page is a website that was around when we started homeschooling 8 years ago. It does require login, but membership is free. They have a huge collection of resources.

http://www.learningpage.com/

 

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readingbear

Reading Bear

Reading Bear is a nifty little site that I found recently. It has over 50 presentations that teach all the main phonics rules. You do have to login, but the best part is, it is all free.

http://www.readingbear.org/

 

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education

Education

Education.com allows you to download 5 worksheets per month for free, but if that is not enough (and it won’t be), a yearly subscription is just under $50.00 a year.

http://www.education.com/

 

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abcteach

ABC Teach

ABC Teach is another excellent worksheet/resource site that offers a few things for non-members, but much more with a paid subscription. A yearly subscription is just under $40.00.

http://www.abcteach.com/

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lynda

Lynda

Lynda is a wonderful site for learning software, business, and creative skills. A basic membership is only $25.00 and well worth investment if it meets your family’s needs.

http://www.lynda.com/ 

 

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duolingo

DuoLingo

DuoLingo is a new site that I found recently. My friend Joy reminded me about it today, so I signed up and added it to this list to remind myself to use it with the kids.

http://www.duolingo.com/

 

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Under His Wings

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God knows. He knows your situation and all the details of your life. Those things you are going through secretly, silently, behind closed doors. Those things that you can’t share with friends or on social media. He knows. Don’t run from Him. Curl up in close. Draw near. Seek comfort as only He can give. When the world is untrustworthy, trust Him. Trust only Him. He will never ever let you down, no matter what. He will hold you. He will close His hand around you and protect you from the cruel harshness of the world. Just let Him be that shield and protector that you need. Wrap yourself in Him. He will be there and He will carry you if you let Him. When you are far beyond broken and the tears come deep in the night. When there is nothing you can do even though everything in you wants to fight for all you are worth. He will be there. He will fight your battles for you. He will stand between you and the battle and be your defender. God knows. He has your back. Don’t give in to fear. He is bigger than fear. He is. No matter what, He is there. He didn’t promise things would be easy, but He promised to never leave or forsake.

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I don’t know about you, but I am deeply ministered to by song. Here are some songs that are on my heart to share today. May God use them to meet you where you are like He has done for me.

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Exploring Ecosystems

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We are currently Exploring Ecosystems.

Trip to the Museum

We started with a trip to the Royal BC Museum a couple of weeks ago when the admission was by donation. I have a post in process about that visit, but I will summarize here. We took all five kids, ages 5-13. Each child has different sensory needs and learns at a different level and by different means (not that this is news to you), so it made the museum visit very challenging and fast paced. We spent almost 2 hours, had a great time, and got out just before closing. It was a great experience all around.

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Videos to Watch

We watched a video series called Biologically Speaking: Ecosystems and the Cycles of Nature from Discovery Education (You do need a subscription for this.)

 We watched some good videos on YouTube about ecosystems, including the following:

What is an Ecosystem?

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Ecosystems Song

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Keywords to search on YouTube: ecosystem, biomes, abiotic and biotic, habitats

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Vocabulary and Spelling

I made a list of vocabulary words that I wanted to cover (based on the teacher’s guide that came with the videos from Discovery Education). Then I created a PDF download, of those vocabulary words, in architect’s font (all caps), for my kid/s with dysgraphia (don’t worry, I made a list in lower case for you too).  Download the list of ecosystem vocabulary words here –> Ecosystem Vocabulary

(the graphic below is NOT the download linked to above)

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Then I took those words and hoped on over to Spelling City (we have a subscription). I created a spelling list using the vocabulary words and definitions that I wanted us to use. You should be able to see my Ecosystems Vocabulary List without a subscription. Then I selected the worksheets that I wanted to use. I saved them as a PDF, to a file called ecosystems, for the twins who will do this unit in a few years. I also printed out copies for myself and the big boys who are working through this time.

Please note: There are also online games at Spelling City that your child could use in place of each of the worksheets that I printed.

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Biome and Habitat Resources

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Use the Canadian Geographic Kids website to learn more Animal Facts about Canadian animals and their habitats.

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Explore the Creature Feature and click on the animals at National Geographic to learn more about them and their habitats.

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The Animal Fact Guide has a large collection of resources about a variety of different animals and their habitats.

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There is an excellent selection of Biome/Habitat resources on Enchanted Learning (we have a subscription) that we will be using as we continue our studies this week. 

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I also purchased a good resource called Elementary Biome & Habitat Packet from Teachers Pay Teachers. It was on the pricey side, but full of resources and ideas that I can make use of.

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Online Games to Play

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Use the activities on Humans and Animal Habitats to learn more about habitats around the world and the animals that live in them.

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Shepherd’s Software Animal Games has some excellent games for learning about ecosystems, biomes, habitats and much more.

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Forest Layers is an interesting and interactive exploration of the forest and its layers.

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The Great Habitat Match Up is a simple online Magic School Bus activity.

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Who Lives Here? This is a matching game where you match which animals live in each tree. This game includes information about the animals and you work through several different trees.

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You are challenged with Designing a Habitat for a Black Footed Ferret in this game. What will make the perfect habitat for this animal?

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Find a new home for Froggy and learn all about his habitat in the process.

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Virtual Field Trips

1) Take a virtual field trip and visit 3 different ecosystems (desert, rain forest, arctic) with the following video on YouTube.

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2) Visit the African Safari and learn all about the ecosystem there with the following YouTube video.

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3) Welcome to the Deep Sea. Enter the deep sea through a critter cam.

Please Note: You can search on YouTube, Google, or Pinterest to find other excellent virtual field trips that you can take. 

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Build an Ecosystem

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PS – I will be adding more resources to this post as I find them. 

Baking Bread With Kids

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We are easing back into school after a lazy Christmas break. I had high hopes for Christmas break, but we stuck to focusing on getting the basics done and that was more than enough for all of us.

One of our goals, over the next little while, is to make “school” less like “school” and evolve into a more “everything is a learning experience” kind of homeschool. We started out that way, but somewhere along the way the air went out of our balloon and our learning has been kind of boring.

I want to inspire young minds, not simply fill them.

So today I had this brilliant idea that the kids would help me bake bread. I searched around My Pinterest for a quick and easy bread recipe (my bread board on Pinterest) that would work. I found one and adapted it to suit our needs.

Bread making and baking are two of those things that I have put aside (even though I love them) since I have not been well for the past several months. Today we braved the fear of messes and decided to do most of the work at the coffee table (after it had been given a good scrub) so mommy could just sit.

Gathering Ingredients

The kids gathered all the ingredients – yeast, sugar, oil, flour, salt, and hot water (as needed) – and brought it to the coffee table.

Equipment

We gathered all of our bowls, but when we went to gather our measuring cups and spoons we discovered that we didn’t have many. We only had a tbsp, 1/4 cup, 2/3 cup, and a glass measuring cup.

So, in comes the MATH.

Wahoo.

Okay, we need 2 1/2 cups of flour, how are we going to make that using the measuring cups we have? (you can see my chicken scratches on the recipe).

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We mixed the yeast, sugar, oil, and warm water and let it proof. Then we talked about it. We watched it bubble and grow.

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Sifting Flour Is Hard Work

We tried out the new flour sifter that I got for Christmas. The three youngest didn’t have strong enough hand muscles to work very long, but Moses and I toughed it out through 5 batches of dough. (3 loaves of bread, 1 batch of pizza pretzels, 1 batch of cinnamon buns).

Sifting the flour (together with the salt) made for a lighter bread and our hands felt the hard work.

Speaking of Hard Work (and Patience)

We learned a lot about hard work and patience today.

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Not running to the store to get bread, was a lesson in patience.

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Having to bake three separate batches of this bread to get enough bread for lunch, was a lesson in patience.

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Waiting for bread to bake….

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The bread tasted SO good, simply because we made it ourselves.

Can you believe it took us all day to make 3 loaves of bread (by hand), 1 batch of pizza pretzel dough (to be baked tonight at bedtime), 1 batch of cinnamon bun dough (to be baked for breakfast tomorrow morning), and enough pizza dough for 4 large pizzas for dinner. Phew!

We had a good day. We worked together. We learned to take turns, We helped each other. We practiced listening. And we got to reap the benefits of our hard work.

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This recipe can also be altered to create pizza pretzels, cinnamon buns, and pizza dough, but those will have to wait for another post/s.