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Bazooka Ball

NEW IN 2017!

Bazooka Ball is active sport that is fun & exciting! Bazooka Ball is great for team work. Children learn to work as a team, work within pairs, and help build self-esteem while having a blast! Children must be ages 7 and up and a signed waiver is required. Bazooka Ball has a nominal fee to participate and children play first-come, first-serve.

Bazooka Ball is located at the back of the Southeast Homeschool Expo. To access, children must be accompanied by adult with a complete registration to the Expo.

Jenny L. Cote – Epic Order of the Seven

Award-winning author and speaker Jenny L. Cote, who developed an early passion for God, history, and young people, beautifully blends these three passions in her two fantasy fiction series, The Amazing Tales of Max and Liz® and Epic Order of the Seven®. Likened to C. S. Lewis by readers and book reviewers alike, she speaks on creative writing to schools, universities, and conferences around the world. Jenny is excited about making history fun for kids of all ages, instilling in them a desire to discover their part in HIStory.

Tutor Doctor

Tutor Doctor is the leader in providing affordable one-on-one tutoring to students of all ages. We offer in-home tutoring and help students in all subjects, including math, language arts, science, foreign languages, and more. In addition, we have highly successful test preparation tutors and Study Skills programs.

The Benefits of a Boxed Curriculum

Homeschooling is full of choices, you choose why you homeschool, you choose how you are going to homeschool, choose a schedule, and then you choose a curriculum. The curriculum choice is one that many second guess themselves on. It is such a HUGE choice to make.

We have looked at curriculum choices here before, but today I want to take a look at boxed curriculums. In some homeschooling circles, boxed curriculum gets a bad rap, in other circles people love it, and that’s how it goes. Most LOVE it or HATE it.

I have been on both sides of the fence, and after taking 2 years off, am back to a boxed curriculum. I have found there are many benefits of a boxed curriculum, and you may too!

In homeschooling circles many will love or hate a boxed curriculum. However, there are many benefits of a boxed curriculum.

Ease of Use

Boxed curriculums are literally open and go. There is little to no prep work required by mom. Some planning may be needed depending on which option you choose. However, most boxed curriculums include teachers guides’ with lessons planned out for you. They also include all five subjects and in some cases even your electives.

Choices are made for you

Not sure what math to use? Boxed curriculums tend to come with a math. Does grammar have you down? Don’t worry! Boxed curriculums can choose that for you as well. If you are on the fence and overwhelmed at all the choices out there, a boxed curriculum can help make the decision for you. So, you don’t have to!

Still Flexible

Many boxed curriculums are still flexible, so while they may recommend a certain math or grammar, you can easily substitute your own. This means that if you choose a boxed curriculum and a particular subject doesn’t fit your child, you can swap it out for something else. You aren’t necessarily “tied” to the box.

Teaches to multi ages

Boxed curriculums tend to teach to multi-ages. Some may span all the ages of your children, some may allow you to combine one or two of your children. Regardless, most boxed curricula DOES allow you to teach to multi-ages. This makes it easier for mom because all children can be taught together regardless of their ages.

One supplier

When you use a boxed curriculum you get your entire curriculum in one spot. This means one purchase, one “box day” and less stress as to whether or not you have ordered everything you need. With a boxed curriculum gone are the days of shopping multiple curriculum suppliers and scanning retailers for sales and discounts. One purchase. One curriculum company. Your shopping is done!

Boxed curriculums can be a huge benefit to new homeschoolers. The ease of it being open and go and having everything in one place makes it super easy for a new homeschooler who is overwhelmed. As a work at home mom, I have also found it to ease my mind as I have little to no time for planning ahead.

Boxed curriculums aren’t for everyone, but if you are considering one, I encourage you to check out these companies.

Heart of Dakota

My Fathers World

Sonlight

Bookshark

Timberdoodle


Author Bio: Misty Bailey and her husband have been married for over a decade and have three beautiful children. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued, homeschooling and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey.

5 Amazing Science Curriculums

Its curriculum shopping season and as you are browsing catalogs, hitting up conventions, and scouring the web, you may ask yourself what the perfect curriculum is. Well, the truth of the matter is there is none.  However, we can break it down and help you find a great curriculum that works for your family.

Today we are going to take a look at some of the top Science Curriculums out there.

Apologia Science 

This curriculum is a top pick for many homeschoolers. It offers studies on Zoology, Anatomy, General Science, Astronomy and more. One of the best things about it is the notebooking journals that add a hands-on concept to the textbook approach. See some of the guides on video and read more about Apologia Science, here.

God’s Design for Science

This is a creation-based curriculum for grades 1-8.  So you can teach your children together if they fit within this range of grade levels. It includes multiple topics like life, physical world, chemistry & ecology. The beginning of each textbook includes brief teaching instructions and hands-on experiments and activities are built into every lesson. You can read Cathy Duffy’s review of the program here. 

RE.A.L. Science Odyssey

Specifically designed for homeschoolers, R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey from Pandia Press is a unique approach to science. It includes three different subjects: Life, Earth & Space, and Chemistry. Each option is designed for one year of teaching. It includes a reading lesson and hands-on experiments. It also offers a supplemental reading list. R.E.A.L. Science was written for home and small classroom use and is a perfect mixture of serious science and fun. Each lesson builds on itself and was created with the science novice in mind.  Read Cathy Duffy’s review of the program here.

Elemental Science

This curriculum offers a wide variety of material including curriculum for preschoolers, unit studies, living books and more. Elemental Science leans towards the classical approach but also draws upon Charlotte Mason methodology. It uses narration and sketching along with hands-on learning through science experiments.

TOP Science

This program offers experiments and labs for all grades and has very reasonable prices.It allows you to pick a topic, and then teach it, with items you already have around your home. Experiments and topics are divided up by grade level and the site itself if very easy to navigate. A great resource for learning science if you do not want a traditional curriculum.

These are just a few of the best homeschool science curriculums out there! Many of these publishers will also be at our homeschool expo in July. So register now if you want to see them in person!

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