I thought I’d try something a little new this month and do a round-up of some great deals I’ve come across in the homeschooling world. These are all programs that we’ve personally used, and I want to share them with you as our family loves them. Read all the way to the end for the best of Homeschool Deals this month!
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Free webinar: A Crash Course for Accidental Homeschooling
If you’re new to home education due to the COVID-19 pandemic, IEW put together a webinar earlier in the year to help you make the transition. You can access the replay here.
Free Writing Conference (for teachers, parents, and students)
This first opportunity is for a free conference that took place back in June, but is still available. We’ve been using IEW for language arts for a few years now, and you’ll see another review coming up in a couple of months. Click here for more information on From Imitation to Innovation.
Free Language Arts Lessons from IEW
Also from IEW, who is beginning to go digital in order to serve more students in the pandemic era, you can request three free weeks of lessons from the following courses:
- Structure and Style for Students
- Fix It! Grammar
- Linguistic Development through Poetry Memorization
Make Your Meals Easy
My FreezEasy has been my go-to meal planner and recipe hub for several years now. Freezing these dinners ahead makes life so much more easy – and the family loves the wide range of meals. We always stick with our favourites, but each month I also try out at least 1 of the 8 new recipes provided. So cheer up those chops, make your beef beautiful, and please your pork! You can read our previous reviews of MyFreezEasy as well as the Intentional Bites planner.
Project Gutenberg is a library of over 60,000 free eBooks; most are freely available for download, while others may be restricted to those in the USA due to copyright laws. But with so many books to choose from, you should find something of interest. Click here for information about Project Gutenberg.
Free Unit Study From LitWits
Last year we reviewed LitWits and they’re kindly offering our readers their choice of one of their LitWits unit study kits FREE! Some of the literature kits to choose from are Anne of Green Gables, The Big Wave, and The Secret Garden. Simply use the code 9READ4FUN at the checkout. Click here to go to LitWits. And if you would love LitWits, you can also save 30% on another purchase with the code HRCCVA.
Life Skills in the Kitchen
Research shows that when kids are involved with food, from the meal planning to the grocery shopping, from preparation in the kitchen to serving the family, they are more likely to try new foods and feel positive about the experience.
My friend Katie has put together this practical guide which will give you three actionable steps you can implement in your household immediately to start moving your kids toward competence in the kitchen – which has brain benefits of its own.
When kids do tasks that matter and build competence, they also build confidence and self-esteem. Those qualities make kids less susceptible to negative peer pressure, drugs and alcohol, and depression and anxiety – even if there is a genetic tendency.
Kids Cook Solo Program for kids ages 8+
The classes are all on video, but they’re only 5 to 15 minutes and then your kid will be working with their hands, creating something delicious and healthy to eat. We know our kids need more creative time, and this is the most productive way I can think of! The Kids Cook Solo Independent Training Program is on pre-order and will kick off with a live event September 23rd!
Here’s what it includes:
- 15 video lessons so that your child knows exactly how to be safe in the kitchen
- Student login to a membership area with zero distractions or outside links – productive screen time with simple directions.
- Parent login so you know what they’re up to
- Over a dozen cooking skills taught!
- Kid-friendly recipes that are easy to follow
- No processed junk – 100% healthy food
The Best Homeschool Planner EVER
Homeschool Planet has been my go-to planner, not just for homeschool, but for my business and personal life as well. The way we’ve used it has evolved over the years, and there’s still so much more to it than we currently use! It’s evolved, too, now with its own store of lesson plans that you can purchase and make a couple of clicks and your IEW, Math Mammoth, or other lessons plans are instantly integrated into your planner (these are the plans, not the materials needed for teaching classes).
Motivated Moms Chore Charts
Do you struggle to keep up with your housework daily, fall behind, and then don’t know where to start or how to keep up? The Motivated Moms cleaning planner (available in several printable styles as well as a handy app) will help you mop up. Chores are pre-loaded for you to start immediately, and you can also add in your own and assign them to family members. Whether daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly, you’ll never forget to flip your mattress again. You can read a review we wrote several years ago here, and keep your eyes open for another one coming soon. Use my special code of CastleClean when you sign up and you’ll save $3.00 off your first year.
Evan-Moor’s 20% off Daily Series Sale
I used to sell Evan-Moor products 25 years ago, and today I’m finding them very useful in our homeschool for several subjects, such as language arts, math, critical thinking, social studies, and science. Until September 13, 2020, you can get 20% off Evan-Moor’s Daily Series! You can read our reviews on Daily Higher-Order Thinking Grade 4 and Daily Paragraph Editing for Grade 6.
You can also get a free PDF copy of Daily Fundamentals in the grade of your choice through this link until September 30, 2020.
My Teaching Library Lifetime Sale
We’re currently reviewing My Teaching Library (look for our review at the end of the month). The downloads in the library range from K-12, and I’m quite impressed with the quality of them, particularly the middle school area. My son is now learning about economics and my daughter is doing a lapbook on owls. can make individual purchases, buy a yearly membership, or until the end of September you can get 25% off a lifetime membership. For more information, go to My Teaching Library.
And that’s it for this month, although I do know that there will be a few more homeschool deals coming up before the end of the month, so follow us on Facebook to stay in the know.
Thinkwell Homeschool Math
Thinkwell has math programs from grade 6 to high school that includes regular classes, as well as Honors and Essential courses.
Thinkwell can be used as either a primary math program, working your way through every lesson, one at a time. Alternatively, it can also be used as a supplement to improve those areas in which a student may be faltering and those areas not taught in your usual curriculum.