Times Tales

Kids will learn their times tables in an hour… for real!

If your kids aren’t quite “getting it” when it comes to the multiplication tables, use this supplemental multiplication resource. Times Tales is a very popular series of videos and games that use stories to help kids memorize their upper times tables.  My son struggles with dyslexia and dysgraphia, both of which effect him in math too!  Math facts have never been his strong point but they are so necessary as he gets older and moves into higher level math.  I decided to give Times Tales a try and I am so glad that I did!  Although he didn’t learn his math facts in an hour, he did learn them over the period of a week.  Now, when he struggles with remembering a fact, all I say is “think of the characters” and he can instantly recall the answer.  The use of stories to help remember the math facts was a break-through for him!

Times Tales is a great example of a program that uses both stories and visuals to make learning the upper times tables easy and fun for kids. The video’s cute, simple stories provide students with a “memory peg,” allowing them to quickly recall otherwise abstract multiplication facts.

Here’s what one mom says about Times Tales: “Listen – Times Tales is amazing. If I can sit down with my son for an hour, or for two half-hours; follow-up for 15-minute sessions and he still knows the information; then anyone can do this.”

Maestro Classics Music Collection

Help your children foster an appreciation for music.

Maestro Classics prides itself on musical representations of classic stories. One of the most classic of these stories is “The Tortoise and the Hare,” which is entertaining and provides a good lesson about achieving goals by moving at a slow and steady pace.

Stephen Simon directs truly amazing work and with included activity books, your students can get the story behind the music!

One homeschool mom said, “I wanted to teach my kids music appreciation, but I don’t have a lot of background in it myself. These CDs have filled my need – the booklets provide information about the composers, the cultural background of the piece, information about the instruments, and activities.”

Complete Curriculum Digital Textbooks

A comprehensive and affordable homeschool curriculum.

This homeschool curriculum package covers every grade and subject for Kindergarten through 5th grade, complete with a teacher’s manual. If you’re looking for a first step in your homeschool curriculum, this is comprehensive package that you can build your lessons off of.

The digital curriculum includes many interactive activities that reinforce every subject – from language arts to social studies. The science experiments are especially hands-on, and include fun activities at every grade level.

One homeschool mom said, “My kids are really loving these texts. I’m able to teach all three of my kids with these texts and know that we’re good for the next couple of years at least.”

LearnToMod Minecraft

Add basic programming skills to your homeschool curriculum.  My son is a  Minecraft lover and this was the perfect way to incorporate some computer programming skills with a topic that already had his interest.  He loved this program and had fun learning a skill that I would be unable to teach him!

Sharpen your child’s computer and critical thinking skills using your their favorite video game. This Minecraft program allows for users to modify the game through computer programming and helps them learn JavaScript. These “mods” are quite popular and help Minecraft players take the game to the next level.

Why add computer programming to your homeschool curriculum? Professions in computer science are not only some of the highest paying jobs out there, they are also some of the highest satisfaction jobs!

“One thing I love about LearnToMod is that each lesson is very focused on a specific task to teach. This makes the lessons short, easy to understand, and easy to put into practice. This is really important for my highly distractible kiddo. Each lesson includes a short video and step by step instructions that help him stay on task.”

Learn Math Fast

Use pennies to teach tough math concepts!

This homeschool math program makes math learning fun and easy. The Learn Math Fast System teaches 1st to 12th grade math with a unique approach, making it possible for students to start over from the beginning and still advance several grade levels in just one year.

Perfect for struggling students and gifted students. The older you are the faster you’ll learn. If your homeschool kid hates math or is struggling to retain math lessons – this program is worth checking out.

“I have been very pleased with this math system. I never expected it to make such an extreme difference! My 8 yr old son has never completed a page of anything without being prompted to ‘move onto the next problem/question.’ He does some pages for ‘fun.’ I can’t say enough how pleased I am to have this system. Love it.” – Charlie, Homeschooler

Online Autism Training Course

Learn new strategies to empower your student.

This Autism training is helpful for all educators who work with students that have Autism, or to family members of children with Autism. This course is also helpful to individuals who are studying to become an educator.

The comprehensive 9-part training program covers topics pertaining to the implementation of basic Austism training methods.

“Information of ABA has empowered me to help my child overcome trial and obtain new skills. Our relationship is now strong and we have a much improved quality of life since we communicate well and interact more. This training is absolutely vital for parents of children with autism to understand. We are very lucky to Have Special Learning!”

Bank It! Money Management Game

Teach kids to save money and shop wisely.

Manage your money wisely and shop for a good bargain while saving money for your bike! Bank It! introduces concepts of saving, interest, and giving. Up to 4 players can play this board game that develops skills in counting money, decision making, and mindful spending.

Perfect for kids ages 8 and up. This board game is a great way to show kids how to manage their allowance, or start a conversation about family budgeting. If your homeschool kid wants a job, this is a great way to prepare them for earning money (and saving it!).

One homeschool mom suggests you replace the play money with real coins and dollars to prepare kids to handling money!

I hope that one or more of these great homeschooling resources is useful for you.  We have already used a few of them and the others are on my wish list!  I’d love to know what top resources you use in your homeschooling that you can’t live without!