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Lori Seaborg
FloraBama, Gulf Coast
I'm not just, pure, lovely. I just try to keep my thoughts there.
Interests: Writing - Photography - Blogging - Crafting - Making Do with Little - Motherhood - Marriage - and I'm definitely interested in God, too.
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Starfall is an interactive, brightly-colored, fun and popular free preschool curriculum. It has been used by both our family and readers since 2002! Here is a screenshot of the "Learn to Read" area of the Starfall website: Click on a "book," such as Zac the Rat and the program reads a book to the child, sounding out, through audio, each word in the book. Do you want to know exactly how Starfall teaches students how to read? Visit the Educators' Page for a full description of the teaching methods used. How to Get this Freebie: Visit Starfall's free preschool curriculum Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Freely Homeschool
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Hello! I added a blog tab to the top of FreelyEducate.com recently. I will write articles now and then on what has worked for our homeschooling family over the years. We've been homeschooling for about 13 years! Even though we've been homeschooling for a really long time, we have those occasional no-good, rotten, bah-humbug days (I had one today, in fact!). But for the most part, we've figured out what works for us and we've learned some tips and tricks that we hope will help inspire you. Here is who "we" are, and who "I" am. Let me know if... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Freely Homeschool
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At Coursera, there are many college-level courses beginning in the next couple of weeks. At Coursera, dozens of universities offer hundreds of courses ranging from guitar to chemistry, from physiology to language, and from art appreciation to business management. The courses begin at a certain date and run for a certain length of time. The student learns at his or her own pace, but assignments are collected. Certificates are given for completed courses (but no college credit). And..all the courses are free! The courses may be taken by anyone over 13 years of age, but are created for the college... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Freely Homeschool
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This week only, you can get a 60-page Lesson Plan eBook and a Lapbook Bundle on U.S. Money for ...free! This money curriculum was created especially for 1st graders. After looking through the material, I think you could use it to teach money concepts to preschoolers, kindergarteners, and early elementary students. Here are a couple of screenshots from my download: You'll download these two free money learning ebooks through CurrClick, a trusted homeschooling download site (I've downloaded from them for several years). When I downloaded my bundle, I did not have to input any credit card information. I chose "use... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at Freely Homeschool
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I've mentioned these free guitar lessons over the past several years, but there still isn't a better place to send you! Justin keeps creating new YouTube videos for his huge library of free online guitar lessons. And now that you know about it, you no excuse but to pick up your guitar and begin learning how to play! (okay...me, too...that's my guitar above, and it mostly just looks pretty -- I really wish I would pick it up and learn how to play!). Justin teaches you how to play the guitar through videos. He has over 700 videos, from beginning... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at Freely Homeschool
I've been reading from Oswald Chambers' works lately. Here a Chambers' quote that I liked so much, I created a graphic for it from a photo of our littlest at the beach. "Huge waves that would frighten an ordinary swimmer produce a tremendous thrill for the surfer who has ridden them. Let's apply that to our own circumstances. The things we try to avoid and fight against - tribulation, suffering, and persecution - are the very things that produce abundant joy in us. 'We are more than conquerors through Him' 'in all these things;' not in spite of them, but in the midst of them. A saint doesn't know the joy of the Lord in spite of tribulation, but because of it." ~ Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2014 at Just Pure Lovely
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Craftsy is a well-respected and much-frequented site among those who love to learn. They find experts in different areas - cooking, weaving, sewing, knitting, etc. - who then teach us the skills needed to be just as good as they are at their craft and skill! (so we hope) For this weekend, I rounded up Craftsy's free classes. Here's the full list of Craftsy free mini classes to choose from Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2014 at Freely Homeschool
Reading Eggs is, without a doubt, the most popular site for parents of children who are learning to read or struggling to read. Homeschooling parents, preschool parents, and parents of children up to age 13 who just need more reading practice, have found Reading Eggs to be well-worth the $1.33 per week it costs (with an annual membership - there are other pricing plans). Our readers have recommended this program to me so often, that I'm going to try it out for our 11-year-old who is already reading, but is not technically "at her age level" (whatever that is, right?).... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at Freely Homeschool
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I found a whole website of hand-clapping games. I'd forgotten so many of these! The hand-clapping games are taught by children through video, with lyrics in print. Visit FunClapping to see the videos of kid's clapping games and songs. Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at Freely Homeschool
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Tonight, I had some fun at Vocabulary.com, where I learned that I don't know nearly as many words as I thought I did! On Vocabulary.com, you can take free vocabulary quizzes. Answer a question, and if you're wrong, you'll read a definition of the word and you'll later review that word again. Answer the question correctly, and you'll move on to other words! Below is a description of the program from the developers: Vocabulary.com is a new FREE site that’s focused on teaching vocabulary in a way that keeps kids engaged. Students don’t study at Vocabulary.com, they play The Challenge,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at Freely Homeschool
Love that thought, Janet!
Toggle Commented Oct 6, 2014 on Quote by Maya Angelou at Freely Homeschool
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I love hearing that! I know they'll learn a LOT!
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On Shark Tank recently, two graduates of mechanical engineering and electrical engineering - two girls - showed their invention to the "sharks." The invention is called Roominate. Their tagline is "inspiring the next generation of innovation." When presenting their idea on the Shark Tank show, my 14-year-old son and I both thought the girls should have made a bigger deal of the circuitry in the toys - you can hook up the circuits in the Roominate kits to make fans move or lights turn on. We think that's super cool, and reminds us of one of our family's favorite learning... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at Freely Homeschool
Happy. And. Grumpy. (my 11yo and our very own Grumpy Kitten) Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at Just Pure Lovely
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There are over 20 free college courses that start this week, the week of October 1st, 2014. The courses are from Harvard, MIT, Wellesley, and other institutions, and range from poetry to computer programming to anatomy to philosophy and more. These free courses may be taken at your leisure (if you're not pursuing a certificate or credit, both of which are available), but assignments are due beginning now. Computing: Art, Magic, Science from ETH Zurich~ learn the principles and techniques behind modern Information Technology Supply Chain and Logistic Fundamentals from MIT: an introduction to the fundamental concepts for logistics and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2014 at Freely Homeschool
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"Don't you be tough on him now, ya hear? You know why he's working that hard, don't ya? ... It's for you." - Mr. Willie, a local fisherman I met this evening, after I pointed to the shipyard across the Bay and said my husband works over there. #AlabamaCoast Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2014 at Just Pure Lovely
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At The Toymaker, you will find instructions on how to create many paper toys, learning games, and more. It is a beautiful website, full of so many ideas that I cannot wait to spend a lot of time there! Don't worry, you don't have to define yourself as "crafty" or "creative" to make these toys. Children's author & illustrator Marilyn Scott-Waters, the site creator, says, " My goal is to help grownups and kids spend time together making things." Simply watch or read the tutorial, download the pdf, and print out the paper that you will use to create the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at Freely Homeschool
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Set aside the science textbook and pull out a few household products! The children in our family absorb learning best through hands-on experiments, and I bet your children do, too. Below, I collected five of my favorite free science projects. The links below go directly to the experiment instructions. 1. Make a Brain Hemisphere Hat Reader feedback: Georgiaberry said, "We made this and it was AWESOME!" 2. Make a Fruit-Powered Battery (or...just watch the video) 3. Make Magnetic Silly Putty 4. Teach anatomy using a child's life-size drawing. 5. Do this very simple Walking Water Experiment Want more ideas for... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at Freely Homeschool
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I recently asked Freely Educate readers to share favorite reading or phonics games or programs. One of our readers, Tara, shared Teach Your Monster to Read, created by the Usborne Foundation. This looks like a fun, interactive learning game for new readers. To learn more: Watch two demos In this video, a teacher shares how he uses Teach Your Monster to Read in his classroom Read the FAQ Or just visit Teach Your Monster to Read and dive right in! It's totally free! Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at Freely Homeschool
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A Edheads, middle schoolers and high schoolers may perform virtual surgeries for knee and hip replacement. Edheads is kind enough to offer the virtual surgery in cartoonish-graphics (see photo above) so that anyone can view the operations, but there is a separate link in each section to view real surgery photos. Edheads offers the following interactive learning experiences (the following descriptions are taken from their site): Virtual Knee Surgery (this is the one I mentioned above): Take on the role of the Surgeon throughout a total knee replacement surgery. Here is the Knee Replacement Teacher's Guide. Virtual Hip Replacement: Take... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2014 at Freely Homeschool
I agree! Thanks for dropping by! Sent from my iPhone
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Geography can be a fun subject to teach in your homeschool! There are plenty of maps online, but sometimes it's more interesting to learn with our hands. I found five ways to teach geography. Each of these ideas could be used for studying countries, provinces, or states. 1. Create a map from pretty cardstock or scrapbooking paper with this paper map tutorial from designerAmber Packer. She includes a printable map of the United States in the download instructions for this project. 2. Embroider counties, states, provinces, or countries that mean something special to you - perhaps the locations each of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2014 at Freely Homeschool
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I'm really loving 11 on this kid. Probably because she's #4 of 4 and I know how much she'll change soon. The change will be beautiful, too, but I'm loving 11. 11 is all giggles and goofy grins and wiggles and Girls-Only-why-would-we-invite-boys-Play-dates. I won't be selfish enough to ask her to stay 11 forever, but I do wish it could be a slower year. Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2014 at Just Pure Lovely