Back to School Season – Our Favorite Homeschool Supplies – More Than Just Books

While we have been homeschooling all summer, it is back to school for almost everyone else this month. As homeschoolers, we don’t have the resources and extra supplies provided for us. It can get very expensive to buy all the different things you might need.

After a few years, I’ve learned there are many things we do not need and a few homeschool supplies that just make homeschooling easier. Here are a few of our favorite supplies.

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Homeschool Socialization

Homeschool Socialization

I’ve had a few questions and comments made in regards to my kids having time to socialize so I thought I would repost this post from May 2015. It still rings true today. 


Homeschool Socialization – 5 Places We Socialize

When the concept of homeschooling first entered my mind, I must admit the thought of homeschool socialization was a concern. How would they know how to interact with others? Would they have friends? Would they end up not knowing how to act with other children?

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Enjoying Another Great Audio Production – Heirloom Audio Productions Review

Enjoying Another Great Audio Production – Heirloom Audio Productions Review

Audio books and stories are a hit or miss. Many times we start an audio book only to realize the reader is not wonderful and we end up abandoning the audiobook. I’ve learned to do a bit of research before just choosing any audiobook. One company we love to listen to is Heirloom Audio Productions. We’ve listened to many of their audiobooks so the kids and I were excited to listen to their newest addition In the Reign of Terror.

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Learning our ABC’s – Crafty Classroom Bible ABC Notebook Review

Learning our ABC’s – Crafty Classroom Bible ABC Notebook Review

We are just beginning the alphabet with Sugar Plum who is two years old. We are taking a letter a week and doing fun activities to learn the letter and the sound it makes. One of her favorite additions to our letter learning is Bible ABC Curriculum Notebook from The Crafty Classroom.

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Sculpture Fun – ACTÍVA Products Review

Sculpture Fun – ACTÍVA Products Review

I have a love hate relationship with craft projects. I love giving my kids the freedom to create, I hate the mess it creates. My kids however, have only a love relationship with crafts and for this reason I am always looking for new ways to expand their craftiness. Rigid Wrap and CelluClay Quik-Sculpting Kit from ACTÍVA Products is another addition to our craft supply cabinet.

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Watching Shakespeare and Relishing the Moments

I never would have dreamed of reading Shakespeare to my kids when they were so young. My call to homeschooling and delving into the beauty of living books, has opened them (and me) up to a wide range of ideas, authors, and a taste for great literature, not to mention a love of history and science.

I’m pretty sure I had never seen or heard any Shakespeare until I was in high-school. My son however has been listening to me read Shakespeare (and has read a bit on his own), for a few years now.

He’s seven. Almost half of the age I believe I was when I was exposed to the Bard.

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Homeschool In the Woods – Lap Booking Made Easy – Make-A-State Activity Review

Homeschool In the Woods – Lap Booking Made Easy – Make-A-State Activity Review

My kids love geography. It’s actually something they beg for each day. This year we have been studying the United States, one state per week. We have almost finished each of the individual states and my kids will soon be picking a few states for an in depth report and presentation. One way I am considering doing these reports is through a more hands on approach with lap booking.

Homeschool In the Woods - Make a State Activity Review - Modern Momma Musings

Lap booking is a great interactive way to place the facts about a topic into a contained report. Home School in the Woods is a great resource for many different lap book projects, and we were lucky enough to review their Make-a-State Activity which is part of their Activity-Paks series.

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Confidence Boost – Science for Every Teacher Review

Confidence Boost – Science for Every Teacher Review

I love science, but I don’t feel I understand it enough to teach it well. Luckily, my kids are still young so I have a bit of time to start digging deeper before the big chemistry, physics etc., will need to be taught. Knowing my lack of understanding has led me to begin reading and learning on my own now; so that I am prepared when we hit the big science topics. Novare Science & Math offer a multitude of science books and I was lucky enough to have the chance to review Science for Every Teacher.

Science for Every Teacher Review - Modern Momma Musings

Science for Every Teacher was written to help all of us that are not quite as confident in teaching science as we would prefer. The book leads the teacher into a better understanding of Physics, starting with Scientific Knowledge, through a multitude of topics ranging from atoms, momentum and simple machines, to pressure and buoyancy and geometric optics. The great thing about the book is that you could read it through, then reference it again and again while you are teaching specific topics. Novare Science for Every Teacher

The chapters have a list of goals and a quick synopsis of the chapter, before the chapter itself begins. This gives a good overview of what you will be learning during that section. I thought the chapters were written in an easy to understand way, the pulled block quotes, definitions, tables, figures and examples were very helpful in my understanding of the topic. I also loved that the chapter ended with an “Ideas for your classroom” section. This will be very helpful when we begin studying these topics in our classroom, as I am always looking for fun ways to incorporate new topics.

Science for Every Teacher Review - Modern Momma Musings

While I haven’t had a good chance to test the information I’ve read in the book with my teaching skills, I have found that I am noticing things in my day-to-day life that I can understand much better. While I remember learning a lot of the information that is discussed in the book, there are so many things I had forgotten or had never truly understood. I have found that the explanations, examples and figures have been very helpful with my understanding of these ideas.

I would definitely recommend Science for Every Teacher to anyone who wants to get a better grasp on the topics they will be covering in their Physics classroom. It is a great refresher and a way to get you started on your understanding so that you can pass that onto your students. It will be a great addition to the books we will be using in the later years of our homeschooling journey. I plan to keep it within reach throughout, so that I can reference it quickly, when any questions arise.

If you are past physics, you’ll be happy to know that they are working on books for Chemistry and Earth Science now. In the meantime, Novare Science & Math has some other great resources for Earth Science, Introductory Physics, General Chemistry and more. Their teachers resources section has many great books and tools for helping you teach science in a way that your students will understand, because you understand!

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My next purchase will be the Teaching Science so that Students Learn Science book and I am excited to add the additional titles of the Science for Every Teacher series as they become available.

Our review crew had the chance to review many of Novare Science & Math offerings. You can check out their reviews here:

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