Tuesday, November 24, 2009
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Monday, November 16, 2009
This month I have 5 freebies for you.
An awesome cursive handwriting practice and project book that teaches history as well. Kids will love this one!
A printable reindeer unit study that covers anatomy, habitat, diet, digestion, and more!
An interactive reindeer unit that does all the above PLUS lets your kids have a little fun as they learn vocabulary and comprehension while playing games!
A Christmas coloring book for those eager little ones - this will keep them delighted and interested as you rush around preparing for holiday guests.
The 12 Days of Christmas Interactive Fun Book! They can listen to the song as they watch the movie, play games, and test their memory with this great little interactivity!
Well, OK then - go get them here!
Friday, November 6, 2009
I'm planning on a reindeer unit, The 12 Days of Christmas, Thanksgiving (of course - and this one will be interactive!), and A Christmas Carol. Perhaps, loosely based, not sure yet. Perhaps interactive as well. Perhaps I won't even do Christmas Carol...who the heck knows...I make this stuff up as I go along. A fly by my seat type of person.
OH YEAH! - I am SO excited about my Christmas gift to all my loyal homeschool friends - I can't say too much right now - but look for the BIG ANNOUNCEMENT in the November 16th issue of the Newsletter. It is BIG. BIG. BIG!
Monday, October 26, 2009
Hey! Did you get your FREE unit study for Halloween? Want to give your kids some time off this week but not completely let them get away with no school? Try this little workbook for the younger crowd!
When you're done with that have them spend some time doing Simple Schooling's INTERACTIVE Halloween unit. There's so much fun packed into these educational activities it is frightening!
Monday, September 21, 2009
The Process of Societal Conditioning
For most people the factory education is the only thing they've ever known. It used to be, back when I was little, that children were born and then they stayed home with their mothers.
Mothers used to stay home too. Some children, for various reasons, went to a pre-school. Often this was in relation to the church that the family attended. At the pre-school the children would learn to sing, and count, and recite the alphabet. They'd make macaroni necklaces and paint at the easel.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Over 290 pages in the Textbook/Workbook, FREE BONUS parent guide and FREE BONUS test Booklet - all for just $25! You will never find an easier homeschool science curriculum than Simple Schooling!
If you answered yes to any of those questions then what are you waiting for? Sign up for my newsletter and I'll deliver 4 new FREE unit studies to your inbox every month. But just in case you forgot to do that - go check out my free units right here! Hurry though, I take them down on the last day of every month and put them up for sale in the store for 99 cents so I can get ready to make you MORE FREE unit studies the next month!
Saturday, September 5, 2009
You want to be "for" the planet, but you refuse to sign on board with the radical "green" movement of the fanatical left wing of our country. That's why I wrote this little mini-course on Ecology.
Not environmentalism. Ecology. It covers what ecology is and what it is not. It gives them good information about biomes and the biosphere, conservation, nutrient cycles, and sustainability...but this is not pushing the radical "green" agenda. There is no Al Gore here. No Global Warming, and no Communist Green Jobs Czar telling people that the system must be "re-made".
I don't even know what system he is talking about, but what I am talking about is science. The science of ecology. If you want your kids to start learning the truth about our environment without the hype and lies, then try my $10 mini-course.
75 pages of truth is a good start.
Friday, August 28, 2009
...during checkout! And don't forget that the August freebies will be taken down on Monday the 31st as well! If you haven't signed up for the freebies yet, well heck - take a look at them and then subscribe! You'll NEVER find more valuable homeschool freebies than those right here at The Simple Homeschool!
Monday, August 17, 2009
I am have been very busy over the summer trying to make sure all the curriculum I had planned got out and ready for you guys to take advantage of. So far, all is well. Middle School Physics hit the store last month and American History went on sale August 1st. For anyone who hasn't made a history choice yet - this is the easiest program you'll come across. Loaded with information, worksheets, and a parent guide included - it is a print and plop winner! Enough stuff for a whole year is included - 60 units, 2 x a week? Sound good? Eh? No stress - zero prep. That's what we strive to do.
There are two grade levels - the upper school level is the 60 units 2x a week and it covers the Vikings to the Constitution - IN DEPTH! One entire year devoted to the Founding. The little kids versionis 40 unit studies that covers the Vikings to just after the Civil War. Add to them - or not. They come with what you need to get the job done.
Speaking of print and plop - the August Simple Days are out today. I know that getting back to school can be stressful, especially when you are teaching little ones and big ones at the same time! So I went ahead and made all 4 of the freebies for elementary kids. Keep them learning, interested, and busy while you help your teens get the hang of their new science, math, or history program.
This month's freebies are:
- All About Autumn
- Ocean Basics
- The Gingerbread Man
- The Solar System
Well, there's plenty more where that came from! As you probably know - we sell the freebies in the Store for 99 cents after the last day of the month and if you've missed some Simple Days in the past you can find them there. At the end of June we decided to compile them into age appropriate bundles to save file space over at E-Junkie and now you can get those compilations here:
J. Anne Huss
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Don't think it is possible do you? ;)
Well, Simple Schooling knows just how to make complicated things, like physics, well...simple! And we've done it again. Now your Middle Schooler can learn all about physics by using our well thought out, all-inclusive courses geared for 7th graders.
Who needs Physical Science when they can have the real thing?
Seriously, enough already with the weather...they learn about the weather for years. Let them in on the secrets of the universe - give them real science and see how far it takes them!
Here's what you get for the meager price of just $25 per course:
Simple Schooling Middle School Physics I
Simple Schooling Middle School Physics II
One whole year of Middle School Physics that includes tests, quizzes, workbook, textbook, hand-on lab, computer lab, animations, and video!
Your student has never had a science class like this before! And you won't find a more SIMPLE way to do homeschool science - EVER!
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Do people actually thrill to that site? Apparently the NYT thinks they do. Sorta sick and twisted in my book, but that's just me...
Now, I don't live in Manhattan, so all me crazy but I thought this stuff was an urban legend. You know, kinda like Sasquatch or going on a date and ending up packed in ice, one kidney short. But apparently I am sadly ill informed.
The promo for the film states "Set in New York City, NURSERY UNIVERSITY is a feature documentary that reveals the oddly competitive, yet often humorous, world of nursery school admissions."
I DO realize I'm biased due to the homeschool thing - but seriously, at what cost? The Price of Perfection seems to be the ability to shamelessly demand your child to perform on cue, to fork over thousands of dollars for a hand print painted in primary colors so as to make yourself appear willing to go above and beyond the tens of thousands of dollars required for tuition, and to feel dejected and small when your child doesn't get in.
I obviously, do not live in that world. I spend, Oh, about $1000 a year on homeschool, some years less, some years more, and I put in more quality time with my kid in one morning than the Manhattanites I am supposed to be jealous of, do in a month.
Yet, this "documentary" is clearly supposed to make me loathe them and envy them at the same time.
I came away feeling sorry for them. Even the mom who packed her stuff up and left Manhattan for Boston and the one who said her son was fine in a co-op preschool...until he got into an exclusive one.
I guess I just don't get it. I don't understand anyone anymore who thinks that sending kids off to strangers (especially those "Young 3's") to be taught BASIC - I'm talkin' BASIC - stuff all the while taking out a fourth mortgage on their home to pay for it.
It is crazy.
But anyway - it did make me feel happy that I'm not part of their world and it did make me feel like a great mom, so I guess I did get something out of my afternoon spent watching investment bankers being brought to their knees by pre-school teachers.
Monday, June 1, 2009
Almost every mom, whether you homeschool or not, can relate to needing some down time during the summer and that is why I am giving you the gift of coloring!
Simply add one of those delicious new boxes of 64 crayons and hand over the coloring book. Presto - Happy kids coloring happy pictures.
What could be better?
How about a 99 Cent Simple Days Unit Study from Simple Schooling? I just added 8 new ones up at the site including:
- Christopher Columbus
- Copywork for Boys
- Copywork for Girls
- The Ugly Little Duck
- The Three Bears
- The House that Jack built
And don't forget, we're still running our classroom contest! It ends June 15th so go enter your classroom for a chance to win FREE CURRICULUM!
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
I have used a lot of vocabulary curriculums, some better than others, and anything that gets the job done using the computer is always my first choice! Gotta keep those kiddos on the path to self directed learning, right! Anywho, you can go check it out and tell me what you think of this vocabulary software.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
1. Let your child choose the book.
2. Download or rent the audiobook for the same title (IMPORTANT - DO NOT SKIP this step!)
3. Let them make themselves comfortable.
4. Start the audiobook and have them read along with their hard copy.
5. If the chosen book has a movie version too, rent that and have them watch it!
They'll never forget this summer reading program!
We've been doing this all year and I tell ya, it has completely changed my son's point of view on books. He's read classics and fluff with the exact same amount of excitement! Trust me - this WORKS! Last week I brought home the new Percy Jackson book and he told me he thinks he "is a book lover!"
Music to my ears....
Sometimes kids just need a little push to see that reading is fun so naturally if they can read-along and then watch a movie their interest increases. Of course, the book must be interesting to begin with. :)
Sunday, May 10, 2009
And - we do it all for free. Because we want to. Because we love them.
I've had quite a few, uh - let's say "defensive" - emails and comments over the years from non-homeschooling mothers who tell me that we homeschoolers try and make them feel inadequate. I want to laugh when I hear this - I really do, because seriously they have us all wrong if they think we spend our time devising ways to make them look bad - but I don't. I typically listen and say that they are missing the point.
But they aren't missing the point are they? They DO get it don't they? We ARE making a sacrifice that they won't or can't. Should we feel bad for that? Should they feel bad for that?
I always want to ask "them" why this topic hits a nerve so bad? Why do they care that in their minds we are a little self-righteous? Should we have to minimize our sacrifices so that "they" can feel good? Should we downplay our level of commitment to our children and pretend that we are all the same so we can all be "winners"?
I have to admit I do those things - I try to avoid the homeschool conversation with non-homeschoolers because the defenses go up almost immediately with the "Oh, I could NEVER homeschool my kids" comment. Perhaps they should mull over the words self-righteous a bit before uttering that phrase.
But at any rate - we homeschool mothers belong to a pretty cool club! It isn't exclusive or expensive to join and it isn't dependent on your heritage, nationality, skin color, culture, religion, music preference, or ability to draw.
You simple have to love them.
Happy Mother's Day Homeschool Moms! You really ARE the best of the best!
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
You can WIN FREE CURRICULUM just for entering your homeschool classroom space on our contest page. It doesn't get any easier than that! Simply upload your best picture, write a few sentences, and ta-da! You could win! In fact, there will be 1 winner for every 25 entries, not bad eh? I bet you've never seen those odds before in a contest!
So come on over and take a swipe at it - and while you're there why not take a look at Little Moe's classroom...it was a bit messy the day I took this becasue we still have the incubators going for hatching ducks and that takes up a bunch of table space, but at least the rabbits are now outside...Spring couldn't have come sooner in my opinion!
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Right! Anyway, this course is fabulous! It has over 400 pages! And for the same low price of $25 you get the 250 page student textbook/workbook, a 110 page parent guide, and a 50 page exam booklet. Can't beat that. Seriously, you can't. No one else offers such a comprehensive package for the price. As the title of this course indicates, it has both anatomy and physiology, emphasis on physiology. So if you've got a science oriented kid and think they could use another class in high school, give us a try. This course is written in the same conversational tone of all other Simple Schooling products which enables your teen to progress in a self directed manner. A complete one semester science course, A&P I includes:
- Cell Biology Review
- The Integumentary System
- The Skeletal System
- The Endocrine System
- The Nervous System
Second Semester A&P II will be out May 15 and will contain:
- The Muscular System
- The Cardiovascular System
- The Respiratory System
- The Digestive System
- The Renal System
- The Immune System
- The Reproductive System
You won't be disappointed!
Sunday, March 22, 2009
If you would like more information I just gave out a unit study to Ezine Subscribers called The Cell. That little gem has a ton of info and if you aren't a subscriber you can get it for only 99 cents in the store.
Saturday, February 28, 2009
I'm so busy with this anatomy project but it is fun revisiting all my old college notes. I remember this class really stressed me out - the amount of information was overwhelming and all the tests were multiple choice. Laugh if you want - those questions were hard! Give me a short answer or essay question anyday.
Example of exam questions: (these were our "practice questions" for the test)
The QRS complex of the ECG appears as the:
a. atria depolarize
b. ventricles depolarize
c. ventricles re-polarize
d. atria repolarize
e. b and d
a. breakdown of carbons and hydrogens, followed by diffiusion
b. diffusion with water through the tight junctions between epithelial cells
c. entry together with sodium through a single transporter molecule
d. diffusion across the plasma membrane of the epithelial cells
e. endocytosis into absorptive cells
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Check out the new Help Center here or go directly to the pages that interest you below:
Parts of a Plant
Plant Life Cycle 1
Plant Life Cycle 2
Cell Cycle Mitosis
Cell Cycle Control
Friday, February 13, 2009
Pros and Cons
Homeschooling High School
FUN Ways to Learn
Thursday, February 12, 2009
I'm pooped today. I was up all night finishing the freebie page and making e-book covers and I've spent the past three weeks getting ready for the big product launch of Forensic Science.
But, it's over now and I have like three whole days to screw off before I have to start writing Anatomy and Physiology.
Three days to myself sound like heaven.
I am going to be updating my about me page today for fun...yeah, that's my pathetic version of fun, to show off my farm and my animals, so stop by and check it out here.
Oh, and the BIG SALE ends Saturday at Midnight - get 'em now - regular price starts Sunday.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Go here to get all your FREEBIES!
And these aren't just any old freebies, not the worthless lesson plans and endless web-links that have no value - these are all at least 10 pages and have activities built in.
This issue of the Simple Zine focuses on keeping learning fun - remember my last post? Well, I thought people needed a little nudge to get the vibe of it all...so I'm a nudgin', but don't worry - it won't cost you a cent.
Oh, and have I mentioned that The Old Schoolhouse Teacher's Toolbox is giving away another a FREE Simple Schooling Unit Study this week? Go Sign Up so you can get the Brand New Forensic Science FREEBIE too.
And, ya wanna know what else - because The Simple Homeschool has grown so much since last Simple Zine issue and I don't want anyone to miss out on the FREE unit studies, I'm gonna give you last month's FREEBIES as well!
That is 11 FREE Unit Studies if you sign up for two simple things!
Glad to be of service - Oh and don't forget that I have a FREE Valentine's Day Fun Book over at the website too - get it now so your kids can slack off on Friday!
Simple Zine FREEBIES
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Yeah right - Tweetin' is OUT OF CONTROL!
BTW - get my widget....
Sorry...it's a disease...a dopamine reuptake issue I swear....
Sunday, February 8, 2009
- Open up audiobook (you can download them from all sorts of places but I get them from iTunes)
- Open up book
- Push play
- Read along
He LOVES this! In fact he came in to my office last week and asked if he could do reading. We've slammed through Tom Sawyer, The Call of the Wild, Where the Red Fern Grows, and right now we are doing Percy Jackson. He's already begged for Huck Finn, so ya know - I guess I'll have to let him read yet another classic before the year is up.
So if your kids are a clammerin' for something different go check it out.
Saturday, February 7, 2009
In anticipation of the FREE Simple Schooling Forensic Science Unit Study due to be out in The Old Schoolhouse's Teacher's Toolbox on February 13th, I've put up a few forensic science pages on the website. There is a handy list of degree granting schools, both associate's and bachelor's, as well as a forensic serology (DNA) page.
If you already get The Old Schoolhouse you should be receiving the Teacher's Toolbox in your e-mail next Friday the 13th. If not, that freebie will probably appear at The Simple Homeschool Freebie Page in March, so you can check it out then.
In addition, Simple Schooling will launch the Homeschool Forensic Science Course on February 12th and will have it on SPECIAL for only $10. You'll get over 200 pages of text and worksheets for your upper middle or high school student for that incredible price.
But don't wait - that sale ends at Midnight on Valentine's Day. Regular price is normally $25 each or Buy 2 Get 1 FREE.
All other Simple Schooling courses are already on sale now.
Check out K-3 Science:
Friday, February 6, 2009
Let's face it - we're all hurting like crazy right now but when we started to homeschool we made a commitment, and that commitment was to give our children the best education we could.
The Simple Homeschool wants to help by offering 5 free units studies every month.
Here's how it works:
- Just go to www.the-simple-homeschool.com on the first of every month and download the Free-For -All freebie.
- Sign up for the Simple Zine at the same time and around the middle of each month you will get four MORE freebies delivered to your in box.
That's it. Simple right?
Well, that's what we're all about - getting things streamlined. There is nothing worse than complications.
See ya soon,
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