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  • Fourth Step: Investigate Further Well-Trained Mind Academy The Well-Trained Mind Academy is based on the classical model described in The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home (first published in 1999 by W.W. Norton and now in its fourth edition). Offering a full range of middle school (logic stage) and high school (rhetoric stage) classes across the...

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  • Keyboarding Typing Instructor For Kids Subject: Keyboarding Grade level: 3-8 Publisher: Individual Software, Inc. Website: http://www.typinginstructorkids.com/ Description: Game-centered typing instruction, highly customizable with 11 different typing plans. Runs on a monthly subscription basis.
  • Keyboarding Read, Write & Type Subject: Typing, phonics, and spelling Grade level: K-2 Publisher: Talking Fingers Website: http://www.talkingfingers.com/ Description: Read, Write & Type is a keyboarding program designed for young students that combines typing skills with phonics, spelling, and word processing. Although we generally prefer students to write by hand in the elementary grades, students who struggle with dysgraphia,...

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  • Programming Resources Scratch The programming language Scratch was developed at MIT as an educational tool to introduce younger students to programming, as a stepping stone to more advanced work. There are many good Scratch resources designed for students from fourth grade up. The Scratch home page at MIT contains tutorials, projects, and more: https://scratch.mit.edu/...

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  • Programming Resources Python Students can study the programming language Python in several different ways: Michael Dawson’s book Python Programming for the Absolute Beginner, 3rd edition (Course Technology, 2010) is a self-teaching guide for high school students and (possibly) highly motivated upper middle schoolers.  An online companion can be purchased and downloaded at Delmar Cengage Learning. Hello,...

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  • Apps, Learning Games, and Online Enrichment Activities Enchanted Learning Subject: Across the curriculum Grade level: K-12, but the majority of resources intended for K-5 Publisher: Enchanted Learning, LLC Website: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/ Description: Zillions (well, hundreds) of supplementary printouts, worksheets, and project pages covering almost all areas of the curriculum.
  • Apps, Learning Games, and Online Enrichment Activities Jump Start Lesson Plans Subject: Math, language arts, science, geography, and generalized preschool and kindergarten learning Grade level: Elementary, with a strong focus on the preschool and kindergarten years Publisher: Jump Start Website: http://www.jumpstart.com/teachers/lesson-plans Description: Free printable lesson plans offer teachers and parents strategies for basic skills across the curriculum. Some are keyed to particular Jump Start books and...

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  • Apps, Learning Games, and Online Enrichment Activities Homeschool Creations Subject: Printable worksheets and resources for geography, spelling, grammar, math, literature, and general homeschool organization, free of charge. Grade level: Elementary, with a strong focus on preschool and kindergarten. Publisher: Homeschool Creations Website: http://homeschoolcreations.com/ Description: The printable resources include: worksheets to go along with an array of popular children’s books (such as Corduroy and The Runaway Bunny); maps...

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  • Third Step: Add the Rest The Non-Core Subjects: How to Add Them In Once you’re comfortably completing your core subjects, you can begin to add in non-core subjects. Just keep the following in mind… It’s very easy to overschedule students, particularly high-achieving ones. It’s better to feel slightly under-committed than slightly over-committed. Add in one new subject at a time. Get your new...

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  • Third Step: Add the Rest What Are the "Non-Core" Subjects? “Oh, the world is so full of a number of things…” Robert Louis Stevenson said it first, but it’s as true of home education as of nature: there are more subjects, curricula options, projects, workbooks, great books, fun books, maps, Internet sites, and research opportunities out there than you will...

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