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I am going to share with you some of the math resources we are using this year and how we are using them. Click on the heading titles to get to the websites.

(a really old photo of my twins – must take new photos)

Math Antics

(screenshot of Math Antics website)

We are using Math Antics as our math spine this year. We start by watching a video from Math Antics (they also have worksheets and additional videos for a minimal annual subscription which we are not using) and then we add in additional resources from a variety of sources.

I watch the videos with the kids and we pause the videos and discuss or work through the questions they are teaching. The videos are focused and interesting.

Khan Academy

(screenshot of Khan Academy website)

When we hit a difficult concept that needs more teaching, I pull out Khan Academy and we watch videos and go over things again in a different way. Instead of setting up each kid with their own account I set up one account for myself and we all sit together and work through the videos as a group.

Epic Books

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I love Epic! This website is like a digital library for kids. When we are doing our math, I search for books related to the topic we are studying and we read and work through them together.

We use Epic for many of our subjects. It is just like going to a library except you are reading your books online and you don’t have any late fees. We have a monthly subscription to Epic and it is one of the most valuable things we use for our homeschool.

Teachers Pay Teacher

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When we are studying a subject and I am looking for a game, activity, or worksheet to reinforce concepts, I will visit TPT and see what free and low-cost resources they have available.

Pinterest

Pinterest can be good for finding ideas for games or activities related to the topic you are studying. If you plan to use Pinterest, don’t do it right before your lessons, and don’t assume it will just take a minute. I am just warning you because I have been sucked down that rabbit hole so many times and ended up in far different lands that where I was originally intending to go.

I used to search Pinterest to find resources and ideas, and I still do sometimes. One deterrent to searching through Pinterest is that many websites (that you go to from the Pinterest posts) are so full of ads that they take too much time to load and too much effort to sift through to get to the content. I would much rather pay for resources (or make my own) than waste precious time looking for free stuff.

Other Thoughts

There are so many different ways you can approach math. If you already have a math curriculum then use these ideas to supplement or change things up.

I would love to hear what you are using and how it is working for you. Please share.

Welcome!

Sunflower Schoolhouse has been on my mind recently and I have been thinking about picking up the pen (aka keyboard) again to share our experiences with you. All you wonderful people keep visiting here and I want to thank you for continuing to support us.

We are embarking on our 14th year of homeschooling. I had no idea we had been homeschooling that long. No two years have looked the same. Some years have been smooth sailing with lots of creativity and fun and other years have been full of bumps and bunny trails. We have taken each year as it comes and made the most of it.

This year our homeschool consists of our three youngest kids (11 year old boy/girl twins and our 16 year old son) as our older two boys have recently graduated. We are focusing on the basics and including loads of creative fun centered around their personal interests.

I love to include a variety of different learning activities into our homeschool days. Things like art projects, cooking, board games, field trip ideas, websites, apps, audios, videos, and more. I plan to share all kinds of amazing resources (links, printables, etc) with you here on the blog. Along with sharing new ideas and resources here, I plan to update and repost many of the posts (over 1200) that are currently sitting in the archives.

I am excited that you took the time to visit Sunflower Schoolhouse today. I look forward to getting to know you as we learn together with our kids this year. Please take a moment to leave a comment and tell me what resources or information would be most helpful to you this year.

PS – I know that many of you that visit Sunflower Schoolhouse are teachers and I am thankful that you visit. I am happy that I am able to provide useful information and resources to you as you teach the students in your classes

7 Steps You Can Use When Choosing Your Home School Materials

1. Chat with other homeschooling families to see what they are using. If they are local, ask to look at their materials.

2. Read homeschooling blogs to see what other families are using in their home schools. Read about why the material does or does not work for their family. From this, you may be able to figure out if it will work for your family.

3. Read reviews from places like The Curriculum Choice to gather more information about the various products that are available to purchase.

4. Consider getting a subscription from a home school magazine or reading one online. Many different companies advertise in these magazines and there are often reviews. You can visit this list of homeschooling magazines.

5. Spend some time reading homeschool catalogs. You can have many different catalogs mailed to your home or you could choose to read them online. You can view this very long list of home school catalogs.

6. Seek out the company websites of products that you are interested in. Most companies will have more information about their products and they will often have samples available to download.

7. If you still have not been able to view samples, take some time to look up the products on Christian Book or Amazon and see if they have examples available. It is always helpful to see samples if you can’t actually touch and feel the materials that you are considering purchasing.

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