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My Favorite Resources

Here is a quick glance at my favorite resources that I am always raving about in my posts, lectures, and at the playground. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

A Child’s History of the World by V. M. Hillyer

Geography Songs by Larry & Kathy Troxel*

Any CD by Sandra Boynton (just for fun)

The Aesop for Children

50 Famous Stories Retold

Kid Concoctions* series by John Thomas

Art postcards

Come Look with me Series by Gladys Blizzard

Toobs (toy figurines for acting out stories), puppets, craft supplies

Maestro Classics CD series (Juanita the Spanish Lobster is our fave)

Blank shape books (good deals from Miller Pads & Paper) for making our own books, travel journals and basic lapbooks

Lapbook kits from Hands of a Child

Pattern blocks

Handwriting without Tears resources

Teach your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons

The Story of the World history series

Institute for Excellence in Writing lecture series by Andrew Pudewa*

The Usborne Art Treasury

Magnifying glass, basic microscope, telescope

Uncle Josh’s Outline maps


Baby Games by Elaine Martin

Super Baby Food by Ruth Yaron

Science is Simple by Peggy Ashbrook

365 Ways to a Smarter Preschooler

The Toddler’s Busy Book by Trish Kuffner

Happy Hands and Feet (Art projects using handprints) by Cindy Mitchell

Cut & Tell scissor stories

Paper Stories by Jean Stangle

Paper plate Animals

*best things ever!

For Parents:
My favorite podcast! I get lots of books ideas from this brilliant lady.

Six Ways to Keep the Little in Your Girl (and everything else written by Dannah Gresh) is an absolute must-read for moms of girls! Free Culture Translator email newsletter for talking with your teens

Lady in Waiting book series by Jackie Kendall for moms and girls of all ages. Truly eye opening guide to raising girls with healthy ideas about sex.

On Homeschooling:

The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home, Revised and Updated Third Edition
By Susan Wise Bauer & Jessie Wise / WW Norton
.  You do not need to read this book cover to cover.  It gives an excellent synopsis of the revival of classical education and how to implement it in a practical way.   If you like the idea of classical education, continue your research by reading the faith-based book Teaching the Trivium: Christian Homeschooling in a  Classical Style.  It is rich in detail and shares tips and insight from the Bluedorn’s extensive homeschool experience. Next I highly recommend taking a look at the Charlotte Mason method of education.  Karen Andreola has put together many of Charlotte Mason’s ideas into a handy read, A Charlotte Mason Companion: Personal Reflections on The Gentle Art of Learning.  There are some other good reads about Charlotte Mason, like A Charlotte Mason Education: A Home Schooling How-To Manual New Edition.   You may even want to check out some books on other methods:Teaching Montessori In the Home – eBookThe Unschooling Handbook: How to Use the Whole World As Your Child’s Classroom or The Waldorf Homeschool Handbook.  I would caution parents away from embracing any one method completely, unless it seems well-balanced, but truth and helpful tips can be gained from almost any educational method.  Once you have some idea of how you are going to teach, tune in to this post for what to teach! Affiliate links for your convenience.

Circe Institute Curriculum and thoughtful blog on classical education

Curriculum for Early Years:

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