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Sonlight Homeschool Curriculum

Sonlight is a complete, literature-based, Christian homeschool curriculum offering every subject for students from preschool through high school. 

Their comprehensive curriculum uses real books to deliver an engaging and complete education, far richer than textbooks and rote memorization. This fully-planned curriculum comes with all the materials you need, including thorough lesson plans and notes in the award-winning Instructor’s Guides, so that you can stop planning lessons and start enjoying successful homeschooling. In fact – Sonlight guarantees you’ll love the curriculum!

As the leaders in literature-rich homeschooling for thirty years, Sonlight provides you everything you need to homeschool with excellence.

 

Books Are at the Center of Sonlight

A Sonlight education is built around great stories— living books. And you won’t find better books than Sonlight recommended titles. Sonlight uses quality literature (like historical fiction, biographies, and award-winning titles) to teach subjects such as history, Bible, and science. Children respond more positively to great literature than to textbooks because stories give context to the information they are hearing/reading. These stories create an emotional connection with students and help them to retain the information.

Sonlight also offers academically excellent products for other subjects, including math, handwriting, language arts, hands-on activities, electives and more. Get your entire curriculum in one easy order!

All of the Sonlight homeschool materials are organized and scheduled for you in the customer-renowned Instructor’s Guides. 

Stop Planning Lessons and Start Enjoying Your Homeschool

At the core of every Sonlight program is the Instructor’s Guide (IG). The IG weaves your books and materials together into a cohesive, full-year curriculum. It is your roadmap for the entire school year… with virtually all of the planning done for you. Sonlight’s award-winning Instructor’s Guides eliminate the stress of everyday homeschool planning. Available for History / Bible / Literature, Language Arts, and Science, each IG includes a customizable schedule, complete lesson plans with notes, discussion questions, teaching tips, activities, and more for the entire year. Just open-and-go, knowing exactly what to teach every day … without any prep work! 

100% Money-back Guarantee

Order your homeschool materials with confidence! No other homeschool company offers the kind of guarantee Sonlight offers. You can take up to one year to actually use the program… then if you don’t love it, you can return the entire package for a full refund.

For 30 years, Sonlight has guaranteed their literature-based method of education will bring your family joy and academic success or you get your money back! 

Teaching Multiple Students with Sonlight Is Easy

Because quality literature is not age-specific, you can teach multiple children with one program. You’ll save time and money, and build lasting family relationships because your children are learning together. Want to know more? Visit their website to learn how to teach multiple children with Sonlight.

Curriculum Customized to Fit Your Family.

Sonlight offers every subject you need to teach.  Curriculum packages are completely customizable to meet your family’s needs. You can purchase any subject alone or for the best price and deepest discount, choose a package (History / Bible / Literature or All-Subjects Package) and customize it at checkout. Request a FREE catalog to get started.

Experience the Sonlight Difference

 Sonlight is built on five big ideas:

  1. Literature-based: Your brain processes a story in the same way it processes a real-life experience. This makes learning with literature almost effortless. Your children will thrive with this proven, highly effective approach. 
  2. Christ-centered: Sonlight helps you raise children who honor Christ in word and deed as you discover God’s love for all people. 
  3. Family-oriented: Sonlight Curriculum helps families connect as they read, talk, and learn … together. 
  4. Global outlook: Sonlighters learn about people from around the world and students are prepared to share the love of Christ with everyone around them. This curriculum equips you to raise ambassadors for Christ, with a heart for the world.
  5. Academic excellence: Sonlight is highly engaging and enjoyable. It is also rigorous, offering a liberal arts education with an emphasis in critical thinking and multiple points of view. Sonlight graduates are now engineers, missionaries, soldiers, doctors, pastors, politicians, entrepreneurs, homeschool parents, and more! 

Have Homeschool Questions?

Sonlight’s homeschool advisors have answers. You can contact them, free–anytime, to get personalized homeschool advice, encouragement, curriculum suggestions, and much more! You are not in this alone!

 

See what other people are saying about Sonlight #sonlightstories #sonlightboxday:

Sonlight is the best decision I’ve made. It’s what I envisioned homeschool to be, but even better. We plan on homeschooling for a long time and continue using Sonlight to guide the way!” -Ashton B, Granbury TX

We love Sonlight because it’s a literature rich curriculum and the stories get our kids thinking about different people and places all over the world as well as providing discussion points that are great for character building. We’re so grateful to have found Sonlight because we couldn’t imagine homeschooling without it!” – Elisa C, Hampton, UK

I will never cease to praise Sonlight’s easy-to-use Instructor’s Guides. With an entire year of lesson plans conveniently organized and completed for me, the stress of preparation is completely eliminated, allowing more time to nurture my kids’ blossoming passions.” — Tanya S of Austin, TX

NEW Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum

Check out the new age-appropriate Kindergarten program, done in Sonlight’s signature style!

In this 36-week History / Bible / Literature program (Exploring American History), you’ll give your students their first taste of American history. Discover the stories of key events and important people in American history. 

You’ll cover the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, “The Star-Spangled Banner,”, and much more. Add on Science and get your Kindergartener thinking like a scientist!

Available in either 4- or 5-Day.

Exploring American History
History / Bible / Literature K

DISCOVER KINDERGARTEN AMERICAN HISTORY
Ecosystems, Meteorology, Physics, and Engineering Design
Science KDISCOVER KINDERGARTEN SCIENCE

 

Get started FREE with Sonlight today.

How to Teach Your Child the Piano Like a Pro

Hi I’m Delwyn, a professional music teacher with over 40 years of experience empowering budding pianists, young and old, to reach their musical potential. I now want to show you how you could do the same for your children. Giving your children a musical education is one of the great ways of blessing them. It is a gift that keeps on giving throughout their lives. How to Teach Your Child the Piano Like a Pro is a new online course designed specifically with you, the homeschooling parent, in mind. It comes from a background of teaching my own children (and hundreds of others), just as my parents taught me and my siblings (and thousands of others)! 

Keyboards, orchestral strings, brass, woodwind, guitar, percussion, voice—whichever musical instrument(s) your child eventually takes to, the best foundation for developing all round musicality will be some degree of skill at the piano.

For a variety of reasons, one-on-one lessons with a piano tutor are not an option for many parents. For some, the cost of lessons is prohibitive. For others, remoteness of location means such lessons are unavailable. And, even where there is a local piano tutor nearby, many who choose to homeschool prefer that their children’s musical education takes place in the home alongside other subjects. Many families may simply prefer to keep their children at home.

How to Teach Your Child the Piano Like a Pro is a course that will save you time that could otherwise be wasted using ineffective methods. It could save you thousands in the cost of materials and tutor fees. The content is clearly presented through Powerpoint slides, with voice-over explanations and includes audio tracks and some video demonstrations. All the course material is digitally streamed through a leading-edge education platform. It includes downloadable PDFs of the music used.

Who is it for?

Whether you are an experienced pianist, had a few lessons as a child, have some musical background on another instrument, or have never played an instrument, How to Teach Your Child the Piano Like a Pro can work for you and your family as it guides you step by step from the very beginning. It also works for grandparents who want to help their grandchildren experience the world of musical expression, for parents who want to learn to play the piano themselves before teaching it to their own children, or even capable musicians who may have struggled in the past to teach others. 

This course will not take you from middle C to Mozart, but it will show you the basics that need to be covered from the beginning—important steps that might otherwise be neglected. From there you will have a good understanding of how best to guide your child in working through any music tuition material, and how to formulate good practice habits to last a life-time.

A Varied Approach – How to Teach Your Child the Piano Like a Pro

Because we all have different learning styles, How to Teach Your Child the Piano Like a Pro provides a varied approach to learning. As well as showing you how to teach the learner to read music and relate that to hands on the keyboard, there is also a playing by ear component, and, of course, musical theory, to give a fully rounded introduction to musical education.

Although many of the pieces are original compositions, designed for the course, the reading component is a blueprint method (tried and true over 3 generations) that gives a lifelong skill applicable to all future music reading on any instrument.

The playing by ear component makes use of ‘Pattern Pieces’—some familiar traditional tunes, and others newly created—which are learned by listening and/or through observation, without recourse to written scores. ‘Pattern Pieces’ teach skills that support reading music, such as fluency, dynamic balance between two hands, etc. without being distracted by the reading process.

“I didn’t have any ideas how to teach someone who struggles to hear differences in pitch. The strategies that you walked us through will be really good in helping my children with this.”

Theory is ongoing through each lesson as staff, notation, key signatures, dynamics, etc. are covered systematically at the appropriate level of learning.

Other features

As well as showing you step by step procedures on how to teach your child piano—engaging eyes, hands and ears—How to Teach Your Child the Piano Like a Pro also covers other areas that anyone new to teaching piano would want addressed:

  • The right instrument—What to look for in choosing a piano or keyboard.
  • Learning styles—Discovering what works best for you and what works best for your child, while still making good use of other styles.
  • Practice Plan ideas—Progress comes through practice. A clear plan helps keep practice on track. And fresh ideas keep practice interesting.
  • Reward ideas—Achieved goals should be rewarded. There is a section on good ideas for rewarding progress.
  • Reviews of various piano books—Choosing the right piano books can be difficult. This course includes a review of several well-known piano tuition books.
  • Extra helps—note reading charts, flashcards, speed tests, pulse exercises.
  • Essentials for success—a list of 15 components that together make success inevitable.

How to Teach Your Child the Piano Like a Pro  

Once you have completed How to Teach Your Child the Piano Like a Pro, 

  • You will be better equipped to identify the challenges and pitfalls of teaching your own children piano. 
  • You will know how to avoid pitfalls because you will understand how to identify problem areas of learning and communication that may come up in your particular situation. 
  • You will know how to overcome challenges because you will be resourced with new ideas for tackling them.
  • You will discover the learning areas you find easy and those that need more attention, and also those of your child, who may have different strengths and weaknesses.
  • You will have fresh ideas of how to keep practice interesting and how to mark those learning milestones by rewarding progress.
  • You will have an idea of what to look for in a piano or keyboard, and also which book(s) to suit your needs through our reviews of various piano books in common use.
  • And you will have a grasp of the sometimes intangible elements that lead to your, and therefore your child’s, success.

“Thank you so much for developing this course. It has given me some really good skills to be able to do a better job teaching my children to play an instrument. I am already able to play the piano myself, but it was helpful the way you stepped through all the basic steps in case parents didn’t play themselves. I actually got a lot out of you going through those steps, because it modeled for me the way I can go through those steps in teaching my children.”

Summing up the course: How to Teach Your Child the Piano Like a Pro

Ever heard someone say, “I wish I never learned piano.” No? Me neither. But I have heard many times, “I always wanted to learn piano, but never had the opportunity.” In this internet age the opportunity to learn is right here, right now—even when finances are a concern, even when living in a remote location, far from the best professional piano tutors. How to Teach Your Child the Piano Like a Pro is new course designed to give homeschooling parents a solid beginning, so they know how to go about making sure their children are off to the right start in learning piano—the best foundation for their musical journey. 

Check out my Free Course.

If you want to know if you are ready to do this course and explore some ideas around that first, I invite you to join me in my FREE mini course: What Does it Take to Teach Your Child the Piano? The 3 free videos in this training course have been put together to help you think through what it could involve for you and also give a few tips you may find helpful. Click on the link to take you there: https://accentmusicschool.teachable.com/p/what-does-it-take-to-teach-your-child-the-piano

 

Coming soon: Headstart Piano

How to Teach Your Child the Piano Like a Pro is designed for the homeschooling parent. What about homeschooling students? Is there a companion course for them? Very soon there will be. Headstart Piano is my own online piano course for beginners aged 6 – 12. This has been wonderfully successful with my current pupils in my physical music school, so I’m looking forward to sharing it online. Register your interest now in this course at accentmusicschool.com for notification and early access as soon as it becomes available. 

http://accentmusicschool.com/

The Good and the Beautiful Homeschool Curriculum

The Good and the Beautiful has brought joy, ease, and goodness back into homeschooling! With homeschool curriculum and resources for every subject, children love the engaging content, and parents love the strong academics, open-and-go simplicity, and affordability. Each course is carefully created with a general Christian worldview, focusing not on the doctrine of any particular Christian church but instead teaching advanced academics while connecting children to the good and the beautiful in life and in learning. They offer many beautiful, academically solid courses, including full-year language arts courses for free along with extensive samples on goodandbeautiful.com so be sure to head over and check them out!

 

The Good and the Beautiful’s highly acclaimed Language Arts homeschool curriculum, levels PreK–12, combines multiple subjects into one, connecting learning and eliminating the need for 6 to 7 different courses. Covering reading, phonics, grammar, spelling, writing, literature, geography, and art in easy open-and-go courses, learning is both easy and effective. Their FREE Language Arts curriculum courses (Levels 1–5) are comprehensive, beautiful, and open-and-go, and have been downloaded over one million times. Families are raving about the unmatched beauty and quality of every one of their products.

 

The Good and the Beautiful homeschool Math curriculum is carefully designed to target all learning styles, avoid unneeded busy work, and make lessons concise and easy to teach all while being extremely engaging and thorough. Musical Multiplication, a revolutionary new product, is a fun, new, easy way to learn multiplication facts! Children learn quickly and easily through vibrant images and beautiful multiplication songs.

 

Family-style History homeschool curriculum courses for grades 1–12 make teaching multiple ages at once simple and enjoyable. Each course covers ancient through modern history, stopping in different places and time periods to explore in depth. With interactive activities, audio dramatizations, games, and Student Explorers, which expand learning for older students, the courses emphasize God and character and are engaging for the whole family!

 

The Good and the Beautiful’s one-of-a-kind, family-style Science Units guide children grades K–8 through an exploration of the beautiful world around them while diving deep into subjects such as space, weather, chemistry, and more. Their Marine Biology science unit is available as a FREE download so you can explore the beauty and ease of this unique homeschool science curriculum for yourself.

 

Children love the beautiful Handwriting courses (Levels PreK–7) where they learn print and cursive handwriting combined with fun, engaging activities that emphasize a love of beautiful art while building fine motor skills.

The Good and the Beautiful also offers many Electives, including Typing, Nature Notebooks, Creative Writing Notebooks, Drawing, and Creative Arts & Crafts.

 

One of their newest additions is The Good and the Beautiful Library, with over a hundred books that parents can be sure are of the highest literary and moral value. With original publications and republished literary treasures, engaging, enjoyable books can be found for all ages. The Good and the Beautiful’s FREE Book List provides suggestions and reviews of hundreds of books for parents seeking the best children’s books and literature for their families.

The Good and the Beautiful is on a mission to bring goodness and beauty into the hearts and homes of families through the highest academic standards. The best part is that they make it easy to see if their curriculum is right for your family by offering extensive samples of each course on their website. They also offer FREE homeschool curriculum including levels 1–5 of their Language Arts course sets as well as their Marine Biology Science Unit! CLICK HERE to head over now and see the quality and beauty of their curriculum for yourself!

With a 5-star rating from hundreds of families, what are users of The Good and the Beautiful saying?

“The best curriculum I have found in our seven years of home education! Love it, all subjects.” Stacy P.

“Love this curriculum! It’s exactly what I needed! Easy to follow, open and go for me as the teacher, beautifully put together, and covers everything we need!! I’m so happy I found this curriculum!” Rebekah H.

“Our favorite curriculum! I have 5 kids and [The Good and the Beautiful] makes teaching them so easy. Everything is written out and open and go. My kids enjoy the bright colors and engaging activities. I love that things are mastered and reviewed!” Lacey B.

Discovery Toys

Company Overview

Discovery Toys is the premier learning toy company dedicated to helping children learn and grow through Play. A trusted brand for over 40 years, we specialize in premium quality, kid-powered learning products for newborns through school aged children. We also prioritize a play experience that provides children with the fundamental skills, curiosity and passion that leads to learning success in their school years and beyond.  The company began when an early childhood educator, Lane Nemeth, first brought together a group of dedicated teachers, mothers and parents to take on the important topic of education for children through play. Selling to groups of eager parents in the home, Discovery Toys, the network marketing / direct sales company, was born. Generations later, we continue this tradition with the highest quality Learning through Play products in the market.

Our Products

Discovery Toys products are designed with the understanding that children learn best through hands-on, kid-powered play, as attested over decades by Piaget, Montessori, Peter Gray, and many other child development experts. From birth to school age children learn best through physically interacting with the environment, using all of their senses to build new knowledge.  More recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics reports that child-directed play is fundamentally important for learning 21st century skills, such as problem solving, collaboration, and creativity.1

DT Toys combine multiple levels of learning in every toy, with safety and quality standards beyond the national standards. As many of our customers and Product Advisors can testify, a Discovery Toys product is not a typical educational toy that you can find at your local toy shop. Each Discovery Toys product incorporates multiple “Layers of Learning” to empower the child to grow and advance with the product.  These “Layers of Learning” complement well the scaffolding approach to education, with parents or other adults encouraged through included activity guides to support the development of progressive skills and eventual independent learning.

 

        

#1971 MEASURE UP!® CUPS                              #2179 BUSY BUGS

Our Team works carefully with our design and manufacturing partners to incorporate a unique play experience into each of our products, an experience that stimulates multiple centers in the brain simultaneously.  The experience helps to hard-wire into a child’s developing brain the processes the child will use to develop and master skills and to solve problems, including:

  • Early Reasoning
  • Motor Skills
  • Sensory Integration
  • Observation
  • Focus/Listening
  • Cause & Effect
  • Executive Functioning
  • Divergent Thinking
  • Social/Emotional

We also believe that play with Discovery Toys products will instill curiosity, invite collaboration, and foster a love of learning.  Our hope is to help each child develop the fundamental skills and passion for future learning success and for innovative thinking.  

       

#1756 CASTLE MARBLEWORKS®      #3382 MARBLEWORKS® GRAND PRIX

From the very beginning of our company, our product focus has been on the Process, not the Content.  We believe it is more important for a child to learn the skills and processes he or she will need to be a successful learner in later years.  Our approach has been validated with this 2018 recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics: Instead of focusing solely on academic skills, such as reciting the alphabet, early literacy, using flash cards, engaging with computer toys, and teaching to tests, cultivating the joy of learning through play is likely to better encourage long-term academic success.2

“If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.”

– Ignacio Estrada

Making a difference in the lives of children by providing them with the gift of Learning and Growing through Play is central to our mission at Discovery Toys.

 

   

#3889 TRICKY FINGERS                       #2395 STACKING OWLS

Following are just some of the awards our products have earned:

Family Choice Award
Mom’s Choice Award
Parents’ Choice Award
Baby Magazine Award
Dr. Toy Top Toy Award
Creative Child Magazine Preferred Choice Award
Parenting Magazine Toy of the Year
Scholastic Parent & Child Teachers’ Picks Award
Learning Magazine Teachers Choice Award
Oppenheim Toy Award
National Parenting Center Seal of Approval
iParenting Media Award
Autism Live Top Toy Award

                                                                       #3145 MATH KEYS – ADDITION

Special Needs Community

The multi-sensory, layered learning approach incorporated into our products has proved beneficial to children and adults with special needs and learning challenges.  For decades, physical, occupational, behavioral, and speech therapists have recommended Discovery Toys products to their client families. Many of these therapists have joined the Discovery Toys family as Play Advisors, sharing and selling our products to others.  We have a Special Needs Toy Guide available, with recommended products grouped by select skill categories.

 

#1433 HAMMER AWAY!                      #4440 PENTOMINOES

Our products have proved especially attractive to therapists and families with children with Autism.  The Princeton Child Institute helped us to develop a set of Autism Symbols that correspond with the specific learning each of our toys supports.  These symbols can be found in our annual catalog and in our on-line store to help parents select appropriate products to support their child’s development.  The past couple of years Autism Live has bestowed their “Top Toy Award” on a number of our toys and featured them on their on-line broadcast.

Our Income Opportunity

We invite you to become part of a growing North American team that believes investing in our children is of paramount importance and to earn extra income for you and your family.  The Discovery Toys opportunity allows you to be your own boss, pick your own hours, meet many amazing people, and still spend quality time with your family. From Day 1, our Discovery Toys Play Advisors make 25% on every product sold, with the opportunity to make more!  Hundreds of thousands of families across North America have yet to experience play with Discovery Toys products, and we can use your helpWe believe in the POWER OF PLAY and we are looking for people like you – passionate about making a difference in the lives of children by playing a role in developing and building blocks for creative thinking and learning success, all while earning an income! 

 “I’m a blogger, a full-time working Mom to two busy toddlers and a runner. Because I work full time, finding time to play and teach my babies in my spare time is important and one of the main reasons I fell in love with Discovery Toys. It combines learning with play, allows me to satisfy two needs with my children and earn extra income!”

Chenoa | Independent Educational Consultant | Orlando, FL

 

Contact us for more information about joining the Discovery Toys team.

Our Advisers

We have benefitted for a number of years from the advice and support of these incredible women who work tirelessly in their respective fields to support the healthy development of all children.  

Georgia Bozeday, EdD

Director of Educational Services at Rush NeuroBehavioral Center, Adjunct Instructor at Northeastern Illinois University

Maria Marinakis

Found of 10-Minute Parenting, Author of Parenting Infants & Toddlers Without Going Nuts, Creator of Busy2Balance Breakthrough program

Jennifer Jones, PhD

CCC-SLP, BCS-S, C/NDT, Speech Language Pathologist

Educator of the Year Award 

Discovery Toys hosts the North American Preschool Educator of the Year award program, honoring those professionals who are often underappreciated yet serve a critical role in helping young children build a solid foundation for learning success – Preschool Educators.  Nominations are open to any full-time teacher or organized group of teachers of children from birth through Kindergarten in a preschool setting. The top 5 winners receive a monetary prize + free toys + a press release. Contact us to learn more about our award program.

Thank You

We extend you our sincere gratitude for taking an active role in the education and development of your child(ren) and for considering to supplement the learning experience with Discovery Toys Learning through Play products.  For more information you can contact us at 800-341-TOYS (8697) or https://www.discoverytoys.us/.

 

1 & 2: The Power of Play: A Pediatric Role in Enhancing Development in Young Children, Clinical Report, American Academy of Pediatrics, August 20, 2018.

 

Help Teaching

What is Help Teaching?

Help Teaching provides printable and online tests, worksheets, lessons, and games for grades PreK-12. Founded in 2008, the site has grown from a few hundred questions to over 1 million members worldwide, over 1 million tests created, and over 1 million questions added.

Help Teaching’s online question bank and free and premium worksheets feature content for all major subject areas, including English, math, science, and social studies, as well as vocational education, early education, art and music, and life skills worksheets.  Additionally, subscribers have access to a series of online lessons and TestRoom, Help Teaching’s platform for administering online tests and quizzes to students.

About a Help Teaching Subscription

After creating an account, users gain access to many of Help Teaching’s worksheets and materials. By upgrading to a Pro subscription, users can:

  • create unlimited tests and worksheets.
  • add up to 100 questions per worksheet.
  • save their own tests as PDFs.
  • use pre-created questions with images.
  • upload images to add to questions.
  • access pre-made premium content.

As part of Help Teaching’s Test Maker platform, users can create the following question types:

  • Multiple choice
  • True/False
  • Open-ended
  • Fill-in-the-blank
  • Matching Grid
  • Matching List

Additionally, users can use Help Teaching’s game and puzzle generator to create math skills practice worksheets, bingo games, and word searches.

Users who choose to use pre-made tests or develop tests with Help Teaching’s question bank will find high-quality content complete with answer keys.  

Online Lessons

All online, self-paced lessons found on Help Teaching were created by actual teachers and were designed to be under 10 minutes long to help introduce or reinforce key concepts. Videos feature background music, narration, and engaging content. All lessons are accompanied by short quizzes and worksheets designed for further practice or assessment of the lesson content.

Lessons in math, science, English/language arts, and social studies were designed for grades K-12 and even include read-alouds of classic stories for children.

Help Teaching Blog

The Help Teaching blog provides homeschool parents, teachers, and tutors with practical advice and resources.  Some of our most popular posts include:

Help Teaching by Grade Level

Early Education: Materials in Help Teaching’s Early Education section cover basic skills, such as color and shape recognition, numbers and letter identification, beginning reading skills, fine motor skills, and early science and thinking skills, including learning how to follow directions Worksheets feature colorful images, fun fonts, and easy-to-follow instructions.

Parents and educators can also print fun letter coloring pages and mini books for kids to cut out, color, and put together.

Elementary Education: Help Teaching’s elementary worksheets cover the core subjects: math, science, reading, and social studies. Math worksheets include daily practice activities, basic arithmetic skills, and beginning algebraic and geometric concepts, as well as worksheets on statistics and probability. 

Science worksheets cover life science, physical science, and earth and space science, as well as the scientific method and skills. Many of the science worksheets and lessons align with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Reading worksheets feature premium reading passages at various Lexile levels, as well as worksheets covering key reading strategies, such as comparing/contrasting, cause/effect, and making inferences and drawing conclusions. Subscribers will also find worksheets for many popular picture books and novels. Beyond that, Help Teaching language arts worksheets cover the basics of grammar and punctuation and also include printable handwriting practice sheets, as well as pre-created spelling lists which feature Dolch Sight Words, Fry Words, and other grade-level appropriate words.

Elementary learners can also access a series of seasonal worksheets. Worksheets cover each of the four seasons and major holidays found within each season. Many worksheets use seasonal images to help reinforce basic math and reading skills.

Middle School Education: Content for middle school math worksheets covers number systems and algebra, geometry, and statistics and probability. Science worksheets cover life science (anatomy, physiology, botany, ecology, and zoology), physical science (chemistry and physics), and earth and space science (geology and astronomy). Many science skills also include reading passages and worksheets to help students learn to think like scientists.

English/language arts worksheets include writing prompts, informational reading passages, grammar worksheets, and vocabulary practice. Content helps improve critical reading skills. Help Teaching also includes worksheets designed to accompany many middle grade, young adult, and classic novels.

High School Education: Math worksheets at the high school level cover everything from basic algebra and trigonometry to geometry, statistics, and calculus. All worksheets have been created by high school and college-level math teachers and many feature complex problems for students to solve. Similarly, all science worksheets were created by science teachers and professors. Worksheets cover science skills and applications, earth science, and biology. Additionally, the site offers chemistry and physics worksheets which include AP level practice opportunities.

High school English worksheets help students improve their grammar skills and learn to distinguish between frequently confused words. Reading passages help build key reading skills through higher-level reading passages. Subscribers will also find worksheets to accompany the study of classic novels.

Parents and educators may also choose to use Help Teaching’s life skills worksheets to help students learn about driving skills, personal hygiene, job search and resume skills, and the basics of cooking and cleaning. Help Teaching also offers a series of graphic organizers and study skills worksheets to help students become more effective in their learning.

Vocational Education: Vocational Education worksheets help students learn skills related to the trades, including cosmetology, carpentry, plumbing, business technology, and culinary arts. All worksheets were created by professionals in their fields. Many feature real-world problems to solve and incorporate high quality images.

Biz Kid$

Biz Kid$ is a national financial education initiative based on an Emmy Award-winning public television series about kids, money, and business. The series includes 65 episodes and reaches one million viewers per episode. 

Using a clever blend of entertainment and education, each Biz Kid$ episode shows kids how to make and manage money by introducing concepts of financial literacy and entrepreneurship. To keep young viewers engaged, the series includes a fast-paced mix of direct education delivered by young actors, sketch comedies, animation, and stories featuring real life young entrepreneurs. The show is complemented by a resource-rich website, free lesson plans mapped to state and national standards, outreach activities, a Facebook site, and a book for teens and tweens titled “How To Turn $100 Into $1 Million.” 

Biz Kid$creative team is best known for creating and producing ‘Bill Nye the Science Guy’. Bill Nye was a popular science series produced in the 1990’s, and is still being used to teach science in classrooms across the US today. The series received 26 National Emmy Awards (including two for Outstanding Children’s Television Series), and the National Science Board Public Service Award, among others. Over the past decade, the producers have also created more than 475 episodes for PBS in the areas of ‘How-to’ and ‘Natural History’. The team has worked on projects for NBC, CBS, ABC, The Food Network, General Electric, General Motors, Microsoft, National Geographic, and President Bill Clinton. 

Biz Kid$ has received the status of “recommended educational resource” by the State Boards of Education in Virginia, Florida, California, Illinois, Iowa, Idaho, Wisconsin, and Texas. The series is in the process of achieving that recognition in New York, Pennsylvania, Washington, Michigan, Ohio, and Massachusetts.  It also received the Parent’s Choice Gold Award in 2012.

Biz Kid$ received the Council of Economic and Financial Education commendation for “Outstanding Contributions to Financial Education” in May 2011. The series also received a silver 2011 Parent’s Choice Award in the category of Children’s Television Programming. 

Biz Kid$ has aired on over 338 public television stations, reaching 98% of the country, including all of the top 75 markets. The series is available to over 271 million people, and attracts more than one million viewers per episode. Biz Kid$ has aired over 146,450 times and been watched by almost 36,000,000 people. The series has delivered 65 episodes and an hour-long documentary on social changemakers to public television stations. 

Outreach sources conclude that over 9 million people were exposed to the Biz Kid$ initiative, including 1 million students and teachers in 2009, and has continued to build that impact into schools throughout 2010 – 2015. 

Biz Kid$ has been adopted by Ernst & Young to use in their education outreach programs, “EY Connect Day” for middle schools, and “College Map” for high schools. 

Biz Kid$ Episode 401, “A Word Without Taxes,” is being used by the Internal Revenue Service as part of their educational outreach program, and is also being used by the National Disability Institute for their educational outreach. 

Biz Kid$ is the basis for a Financial Literacy Camp launched by Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union in the summer of 2009. 9,000 young people from Tampa, Florida participated in the first year of the six-week camp, which has continued to grow in size and impact every summer since. 

CodeWizardsHQ

CodeWizardsHQ – Online Coding Classes for Kids & Teens Ages 8 – 18

CodeWizardsHQ is the leading online coding academy for kids and teens ages 8-18. We deliver the most fun and effective live, online coding classes which are designed to give our students the programming knowledge, skills, and confidence to thrive in a digital world. 

CodeWizardsHQ was created by a father for his daughter and has evolved into a platform that serves kids and teens around the globe. Our mission is to prepare students for success in the digital world by teaching them how to code.

Our magic happens in the classroom where our exceptional teachers use a student-first approach to teach real programming languages like Python, Java, HTML/CSS, and JavaScript. Each of our online coding classes is tailored to engage elementary, middle, and high-school students with a pop-culture themed curriculum that is comprehensive, developmental, challenging, and yes, fun! 

We teach real-world skills using real-world tools and by pairing our proprietary coding platform with a gamified reward system and parental support so that kids and teens want to learn. With 24/7 support through free office hours and direct messaging, students are never far from help. Using our pro-level, kid-friendly coding platform, students will create working web pages and games and build a robust portfolio.

We stay at the forefront as technology advances by teaching tomorrow’s in-demand skills today. Our teachers guide students into the future with advanced classes in emerging technologies like AI, machine learning, natural language processing, and virtual reality that you can’t find anywhere else. 

We are parents too, so we’re most proud of our 5-star ratings on TrustPilot and thousands of satisfied students. Today, we boast a 93% success rate (compared to 5% for other online coding classes). At the end of the day, our goal is to provide your child with the fun and rewarding learning experience that we’d want for our own children. 

Program benefits include the following

  • 12 1-hour classes
  • 24/7 Access to our coding platform
  • Code editor software subscription
  • Web hosting & server space
  • Live 1-on-1 teacher help, including weekends
  • Same-day email support
  • Support of our online student community
  • 100% money-back guarantee

Learn more about the Code Wizards HQ program

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Sparkling in Second Grade – Lesson Plans & Curriculum

Whether you’re new to homeschooling or a seasoned pro, lesson plans and activities from Jen at Sparkling in Second Grade are a fantastic addition to any homeschool program or curriculum. You can view all of her digital curriculum and activities by visiting her Teachers Pay Teachers storefront.

Whether you have a Kindergarten first or second grade student, these resources will help your child advance in their education. Just a few best-selling options:

These are 1st grade fluency sentences. Students roll dice, pick a sentence, read it, and mark it off. This is a fun way for students to practice reading sentences fluently. Download the preview to see how to play and to try out a few free pages!


A fun back to school flap book to learn about your students

“All About Me” or “Todo Sobre Mi”

It’s easy to assemble and EDITABLE, so you can make your own categories about what you want to learn about your new students!


These are 28 engaging cut, paste, and sort activities for learning shades of meaning.

Students have to cut out the words, sort them by taking out the words that don’t belong, and leveling them by intensity. There are different verb and adjective families.


Roll & Add/Subtract within 20-Math Fact Fluency BUNDLE

Here is a fun way to practice math facts within 20! Students roll the dice, pick a column, pick a problem within the column, answer it, and mark it. This is a great way to practice those math facts to automaticity.


In these digital workbooks, students will be practicing and interacting with phonics patterns in different ways.


“What Word Doesn’t Belong?” is a whole group phonemic awareness activity. Simple, no prep slides to display for phonemic awareness practice specifically with CVC words.

These are phonemic awareness slides that parents can use to help their students develop phonemic awareness skills. There are 50 easy to display slides. All you need is a computer and projector. Students will not need any supplies to participate.


View more amazing resources here: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Sparkling-In-Second-Grade

Easy Grammar

Easy Grammar teaches homeschooled students to utilize the prepositional approach, which asks them to memorize prepositions in order to eliminate them from sentences, making finding the noun and verb much easier.

All Easy Grammar books include unit reviews, unit tests, cumulative reviews and cumulative tests. This promotes mastery learning!

EASY GRAMMAR® Teaching Texts
Promotes Mastery Learning!

Easy Grammar texts use the prepositional approach combined with effective strategies. This helps students to understand grammar, a tool for speaking and writing properly.

Easy Grammar:  Grade 1

  •  5 – 10-minute, daily lessons  
  •  Designed for mastery learning  
  • Strategies/Ideas for memorable learning  
  • Teacher-led oral instruction that reinforces correct usage
  • Kindergarten sight words mainly used

Daily GRAMS®:  Guided Review Aiding Mastery Skills

  • 5-10 minute, daily review to be used at the beginning of each lesson
  • Students use concepts learned in capitalization, punctuation, and other areas on a daily basis
  • Promotes mastery learning

Easy Grammar
Ultimate Series:

Grades 8, 9, 10, 11,& 12+

  • 180 Ten-Minute Daily Lessons
  • Concepts Presented Cyclically
  • Designed for Mastery Learning

Learn more about Easy Grammar by visiting their website: https://www.easygrammar.com/


“My daughter has gone from being totally confused & frustrated & not really grasping grammar, to whizzing through your curriculum & actually liking it…I have been homeschooling my children & others for 25 years, and this is definitely the best grammar curriculum I’ve ever seen. I am recommending it at home school seminars…”

E. Jung, Missionary in Mexico

“We home school our children. A year ago we used Easy Grammar. Last year we used a different curriculum. I feel we just wasted an entire year! My boys are being tutored by a retired English teacher. He said he wished the public schools would use Easy Grammar! You have a customer until my kids are out of school!”

K. Tautges, Sheboygan, WI


“Just wanted to say that I LOVE your Easy Grammar! I used it with our two oldest children. We were doing *, and they just couldn’t get it. We started using your 5th & 6th grade book. My kids went through it and were able to do the rest of the…program. They tested out way into college level. Now they are in college, and my two youngest are going to do your grammar program.

My mother worked for ACE (School of Tomorrow) in the English department, and she loves the way you build your grammar program.
Just wanted to tell you how much we appreciate your books!”L. Cole, Sagle, ID

 My Dictionary and My Thesaurus

 My Dictionary and My Thesaurus

Word spelling books designed to improve the literacy skills of 6-8 year old children

MY DICTIONARY was first developed in New Zealand in the late 1980’s by two teachers who requested for a local printer to prepare 80 copies for their students. From this modest beginning, we have now printed over 1,000,000 copies sold around the world in the United Kingdom, United States of America, Canada, Australia, Ireland, Malaysia, Taiwan, Singapore, Pacific Islands, Oman, Spain and Qatar.

The company is led by Jenny and Tony Aston and many other partners and promoters throughout the world. Our partners have good understanding of the schools in their countries and areas as well as the needs of their teachers and students.

Sunshine Books International Limited is known for producing high-quality and low-cost resources for primary-grade classrooms. Our company encourages suggestions and comments from teachers who use the books in their classrooms. All feedback is a welcome means for keeping our books current and relevant.

For Parents –  My Dictionary and My Thesaurus

Recent research shows that vocabulary growth is largely determined by parental practices, particularly before the age of 7. (Biemiller, 2003)

Children mainly use words their parents and other adults use with them in conversations, and acquire larger vocabularies when their parents use more words. (Hant and Risley, 1995)

Let’s get our children word-confident!

How can we, as parents help improve children’s vocabulary?

Every child has different interests and strengths. Some children respond better to word games, whilst others are just as happy making most of the vocabulary books. Some children remember quicker with visual aids such as flashcards and word applications whilst other children just love being imaginative and want to use the words in their creative stories.

To help our children get more interested in building their vocabulary power, let us try a few tips and apply them to our activities and plays.

Use or make Flashcards – Use the existing ones or create your own flashcards with your children and talk to them about how the words are associated with the drawings or symbols in the flashcards. Why don’t we start with the words in My Dictionary and My Thesaurus!

Make use of the Key Words – Select the key words from My Dictionary and My Thesaurus and think of other words that are associated with the key words and expand!

Out and About – Take the children out and show them what the words mean in real life!

Repeat and Repeat – Repeat use of the new words in many different contexts in the daily conversations.

Exposure!!! – Get your children exposed to the world of vocabularies! Make use of multimedia (maybe dictionaries, word books, flashcards, CDs, DVDs, mobile applications, etc.). Expose the new words daily and get your children interested.

Revise the new words learnt from school at home to make the journey of learning vocabulary complete!

www.mydictionary.com