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Website Recommendations II and Books

Randi’s Recommendation List – Randi St. Denis – Homeschool Mom

Choosing Textbooks and Websites

  1. Strike a balance between independent and tutored materials.
  2. The weight of the textbook does not determine the quality of the textbook.  Textbook publishers count on you thinking otherwise.  Match the content with the reader’s abilities.
  3. Good textbooks have full tables of contents, indexes, and glossaries.
  4. A Ready Reference or other laminated card helps determine the scope of the textbook
  5. Some textbooks are more conceptual and others are more detail and data oriented.
  6. Pictures and graphics teach too, and are not merely there for filler. ie.  Usborne books or pictures of cells that illustrate the details being learned
  7. Math – both Computations and Word Problems.  Choose at least one textbook that focuses on graphing calculators.  Solution manuals are more important than answer keys and teacher guides.
  8. Support the textbooks with Videos. (With Caution), The Teaching Company – Videos
  9. The best organized textbooks outline and group the information – tell you what you will learn in the chapter and have a condensed review at the end of the chapter
  10. Great Literature Books zero in on a complete picture including Biography of the author.
  11. Great Books! It’s all about the great content.
  12. Younger  Students: Books that are clearly written with great vocabulary.  Don’t read abridged classics.
  13. Mathematics: Computations of the 4 basic operators, Memorization of  facts, Concepts (includes word problems)
  14. Students love hands on:  Think  – Unit Studies
  15. Prepare for your unit studies in advance.  A little planning brings a lot of enjoyment.
  16. Consider lap booking.
  17. Children love books with photographs
  18. Older Students:
    1. Correspondence Schools

    State Practice States for All Ages Students


    Government, Civics, Economics, History

    1. God and Government by Gary DeMar  American Vision
    2. Western Civilization Textbook: Understanding the Modern Culture Wars by Paul A. Cleveland
    3. The Law by Frederic Bastiat
    4. Quest of a Hemisphere by Donzella Boyle Western Islands
    5. Understanding the Times by David Noebel
    6. The Politics of Guilt and Pity by RJ Rushdoony
    7. The Economic Way of Thinking  by Paul Heyne Prentice Hall
    8. Whatever Happened to Penny Candy? By Richard Maybury and other books in the series
    9. How to Lie With Statistics by Darrell Huff
    10. How to Lie With Charts by Gerald Everett Jones.
    11. Economics – and anything else by Ludwig Von Mises
    12. Animal Farm by George Orwell
    13. **Our American Government – Online Book
    14. **American Government and other Online Courses and Course Notes:
    15. American Citizenship Tests:
    16. Real Time Economics by Wall Street Journal
    17. Historical Movies in Chronological Order passed along without endorsement:


    1. Life:  The Science of Biology William Purves W.H. Freeman Company
    2. Geography and Environmental Science: Exploring Our World by Tony Hare
    3. Exploring Creation with Biology Jay Wile Apologia
    4. Chemistry published by Bob Jones
    5. **Harcourt Brace College Outline Series: Chemistry or Physics and all other subjects
    6. Conceptual Physics by Paul Hewitt
    7. Biology Made Simple
    8. ** Physics CD’s
    9. Many, Many Science, Math and Test Prep Websites
      Best Cell Biology Website: Fabulous Cell Videos, hard to get! Best Physics: By far the Best Chemistry Site with many interactive tutorials in each chapter: Chemistry Games: **Dynamic Periodic Table of Elements: Fabulous List of Online Science and Math Materials The Professor’s Links Page: Anti Drug Abuse for Teaching Teens –



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Homeschooling for Excellence 101 Video Reviews

Yesterday, new homeschoolers or parents thinking about homeschooling were able to attend the Homeschooling for Excellence 101 one-day seminar at the 2010 Southeast Homeschool Expo.  Many parents came away encouraged and ready to start a totally new experience with their children – AND THEY WERE EXCITED!  Here is what some of them said:


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