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FREE: Discovery K12 Online Homeschool

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Discovery K12 is a Free Online Homeschool Platform and Curriculum for Pre-K through Twelfth Grades.  

Discover K12 is NOT the K12 Government Program affiliated with public schools. 

It offers 7 standard courses including Language Arts, Reading/Literature, Math, Science, History/Social Studies, Visual/Performing Arts, and Physical Education.

Extra Curriculum includes Spanish 1, HTML Coding, and Healthy Living. Personal Finance to be added for 2016-2017 school year.
  • Over 16,000 Lessons
  • Weekly Spelling Program with Quiz at the end of each week
  • Over 200 Quizzes and Tests integrated with the curriculum
  • Library of Classic Literature eBooks
  • Fun and Easy for students to use
  • Go by your own schedule or follow DK12’s.
  • Use it part-time, full-time, and as a supplement
  • 24/7 email support & online Help section
  • Access from desktops, laptops, tablets, & mobile phones
Curriculum Outlines: 

These pages give parents/teachers an outline of the curriculum for each grade level and can be useful for grade placement.

How it Works page

Student Accounts are free and include all curriculum.  Student Sign Up Page

New Parent/Teacher Account (optional upgrade)
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  • Track ALL your students’ progress in one place
  • Detailed Grade Book with editable reports
  • Editable line item Daily Assignment reports
  • Add a curriculum Day (e.g. Day 5) and Grade to an assignment
  • Quiz/Test results with correct/incorrect answers
  • Editable Attendance report with list and calendar views
  • Editable Reading Log and P.E. Log reports
  • Answer keys for quizzes and tests
  • Scope & sequence of curriculum - know when units start/stop
  • Weekly spelling words lists
  • Transcript App produces 1st semester and end-of-year transcripts

THE LARGEST PENGUINARIUM IN THE WORLD! DETROIT ZOO

In 2016 the Detroit Zoo opened The Largest Penguinarium in the world! It holds 6 different species of Penguins!

On a cool, rainy April Saturday, we were given a 5:30 pm pass to have a look-see.  I tried to broadcast LIVE on our Free Homeschooling 101 Facebook page, but we were so far underground that the signal failed. That was a huge bummer!  I was able to grab a short video from the exit, so without further adieu...  Here's a sneek-peek of the NEW Penguinarium!


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1. FREE PENGUIN STUDY K-3RD GRADES Affiliate: Educents. 



3. Penguins - Fun Facts and Types

24x36 Poster Animal Poster  Affiliate: Amazon


HOW DO I BEGIN TO HOMESCHOOL?




 1. Homeschool Legal Defense is a page that explains the laws in The United States.

2. Search for some groups on Facebook to seek out advice.

3. Google "Homeschool groups in (YOUR STATE)" to find local groups near you.

4. Surround yourself with parents who are already living the lifestyle so they can guide you in the beginning stages.

5. As time goes by, you will begin to feel more confident and do your own thing as it fits your family.
6. DON'T PANIC if you live in a high regulation state. There are people who homeschool in your state Every Day.

A frequently ask question that I get is, 'What if I'm not religious?'

There are many inclusive and secular groups in America now that homeschooling has become mainstream.  Homeschooling is no longer "only" for hippies and those who hold strong, specific
religious convictions.  It is now held dear by people from all walks of life.

If you search for a group to fit your needs, chances are you'll find it.  If you can't find it, however, I say..MAKE IT!

I did exactly that when I couldn't find a group for social activities.  We were looking for a laid back, come-if-you-can, stress free group for families who may have to change plans at a moment's notice. We couldn't be part of a co-op where I had to cover a "shift" if we couldn't attend.  We couldn't afford dues to the ump-teen thousand co-ops available and we certainly couldn't sign a "statement of faith" for most of the more rigid co-ops because there was always one or more things in the statement that didn't ring true for our specific religious beliefs.

The old saying, 'Where There is a Will There is a Way' held true for us.  We made our way in this huge homeschooling world and I am confident that you can too! :)

Did YOU have to make your own way in this world too?  I'd love to hear your story!

LIBRARY HOMESCHOOLING

Do you need FREE curriculum, but you have slow internet and very little money for printer ink?  One of our blog readers, Becky Pottinger, gave some AMAZING advice to one of our new homeschooling mothers in a previous post. I would like to highlight out here and add some insight after the quote. 


"Honestly if I were you, I would heavily rely on student-led learning through library books. Max out your number of books, CDs, audio books, etc., and keep records at the end of each day what each student studied. Find what your high schooler needs to get proper credits for your state's requirements and be diligent about that. Find what each child enjoys by way of showing what they learn: hands on crafts or experiments, reports, pictures, lapbooks, oral reports, etc. So many educational DVDs and TV shows exist also."

I agree whole heartedly with her advice. Here are just a few perks of owning a FREE Library Card.

1.  Some Libraries are great about buying requested books. Check in with your library. They might just buy Story Of The World, or Life Of Fred... who knows until you ask?

2. Ask if they offer an educator card for Homeschooling parents. This usually allows for more books to be checked out for a longer period of time.

3. Ask if they offer free rooms for gatherings. Get those kids together for tween/teen board game meet-ups, study groups, lego clubs & more! :)

4. An easy way to build a curriculum is to check out World Book's List of a Typical Course of Study.  

5. Take advantage of their free computer access. Create a free Gmail email account. Most free curriculum sites will keep records of the students work if the user signs in to create a personal account via email. Then your student can use the library computer to complete assignments.



HOW DO I PRINT ALL OF THESE NOTEBOOKING PAGES?!

When one begins homeschooling the first question a parent asks is usually, "What curriculum should we use?"  It's a question that seems like a 'no-brainer' and comes as naturally as hugging our children or smiling as they play happily on a spring day.

We want to use the 'right' curriculum so they get the 'right' education. Period. 

It's no wonder then that some parents raise an eyebrow when they are told that buying a curriculum is not necessarily the way to achieve the best results.  The words "Library Schooling", "Unschooling", and "Notebooking" are so foreign to most parents that we might as well suggest that they let wolves raise the children.  

How can children learn what they NEED to know if we don't use a curriculum that "somebody else" put together?  

Ah.  That is the crux of the matter.  

What if "somebody else" doesn't know your children like you know your children?  

What if the children actually follow their passions and challenges by exploring their world through literature, play, extra-curricular experiences and volunteer opportunities?  What would happen if they traveled through their childhood days armed with a camera, 3 ring binder, Library Card and a Pencil stuck behind their ear; Instead of a school chair stuck to their behind 7 hours a day?  

For many homeschooling parents, that is just how our children are raised.  

Once we try Notebooking (Library Schooling/Nature Schooling/ Life Schooling) for a few months, we're usually hooked.  We see their notebooks filling up with their writing, notes, art and photos. We see that they are EXCITED to show people their work and that makes US excited!    

Once I realized that my children would continue down this path, I set my sights on figuring out how to print all of these notebooking pages and ideas without breaking our bank buying ink for our printer.  Fortunately Notebooking doesn't need color from a printer because our children add their own color with photos, crayons and gel pens. That is a HUGE blessing!  Why?  Because we can buy a printer that uses TONER!! YAY!

Do you know that a printer that uses Toner, instead of ink, can print THOUSANDS of pages with a toner cartridge that cost's less than $15.00?!  Yes!  You may rejoice now.


You're welcome! 

P.S.  If the pages begin to look light, just take the cartridge out, shake it a bit and put it back in.  It's usually good for another 200 pages or so before you'll need to replace the cartridge. :D    

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