Archive for June, 2015

Target’s School Supplies – A List (and Kohl’s)


29 Jun

Target

Well luck has it that I had to go to Target again today. I had to pick up a couple of things, and my son was anxious to spend some money he had, so away we went. As promised, I spent some time getting a better idea of what’s available for school supplies they had in that dollar section. (Okay, okay, I was looking to see what they had that might be useful for me as well!)

Here’s a general list of what I saw there that could be used for homeschooling:

– Dr. Seuss themed items – these included inspirational posters, flashcards, and pencils

– general flashcards
– workbooks – most general, but I did catch some Disney’s The Little Mermaid workbooks for addition and some Liza Frank-like covered workbooks
– stickers (the good job! and excellent! and shiny-stars types, given for a job well done)
– bulletin board decor
– Junior Classics Books – stories such as Pinocchio and Little Women in easier-to-read formats for younger children
– mini dry-erase boards (about notebook paper sized. They had them blank in different colors, one lined like notebook paper, and then the “handwriting practice” lines dry-erase boards with the two bold lines with a dotted line between them
– magnetic letters
– play money
– “hand” pointers
– dry erase pockets – good for putting worksheets inside and using a dry-erase marker to write OVER the worksheet without actually marking up the sheet
– teacher lesson books and teacher grade books

The most interesting find that I thought looked fun was something called “blank books“:

BlankBooks

These looked pretty cool and I can probably use them for various things (read: assign various projects). Please note, these are $3, not just $1. This pack has eight 8″x 8″ square soft-covered books, but they also had a 3-pack that was slightly smaller than 8″x 11″ (I believe) and a 3-pack that was hard-covered that was considerably smaller (6″ x 4″ maybe?) . These could be used for stories, topic books and vocabulary, nature journals, and who knows what else. I have to admit it was hard to not buy all three sizes. For me and what I would use them for, though, this size seemed the most versatile.

Be sure to check out Target. You never know what you’ll find for homeschooling!

Kohl’s

I also stopped by Kohl’s today to return a dress, and on my way to the service desk (which is inconveniently located at the very back of the store) I caught a glimpse of various Frozen school supplies on a display in the middle of the aisle with a 20% off School Supplies sign prominently displayed. If you have a little girl that’s into Frozen you just might want to take a quick trip to Kohl’s and see if there are any good deals on the items they had.

Have you found any deals for school supplies yet? Let us know about them!!

It Starts – Target School Supplies


28 Jun

BackToSchool-10

School vector designed by Freepik

Well, believe it or not, June’s not even over yet, and it’s already begun. Target has started putting out inexpensive “school supply” items in their dollar section. I have to admit I was in a bit of a hurry each time I walked through (on my way into the store to get other items), but noticed things are starting to appear in this section. A lot of the items can work well for various homeschooling purposes. I’ll try to include a more comprehensive list later, but if you have children in lower grades, or just need knicknacks here and there, then you might want to start checking out what they have.

Things I’ve seen so far include workbooks and organizational items (things like little baskets, bins, holders,  and plastic accordion folders).

Just thought I’d give a heads up to those of you who are interested. Let the supply shopping fun begin!

 

 

Curriculum – 8th Grade


05 Jun

Well, 7th grade is over, and 8th starts in a month! Yikes. I am way behind in ordering and figuring out curriculum this year, but I’ve finally got everything taken care of. Whew! I can relax…briefly. So, here it is:

Spelling: A Beka’s Vocabulary, Spelling, Language II

Writing: Benjamin Franklin Writing Method from SchoolhouseTeachers.com

Math: The second half of Saxon Algebra 2

Science: Earth Science using Glencoe Earth Science: Geology, The Environment, and The Universe, AND McDougal Littell Earth Science  I bought both used, and I found a high school teacher that posted all his labs online and will choose which of those I’ll use.

Bible: Lightbearers Curriculum from Summit Ministries

Spanish: Lessons from the Homeschool Spanish Academy

Social Studies/History: His California Story: In Christian Perspective (for CA history), and A Beka’s America: Land I Love

Physical Education: This will be a variety of physical activities, including local PE classes, swimming and bike riding, and other activities that come up throughout the year.

Health: Total Health, Middle School by Susan Boe, and A Beka’s Sex, Love, and Romance

Music: We’re looking into the possibility of drum lessons.

Art & Home Skills: Art classes will be here and there as we find things my son likes. We will be going through this book though to do a bit of review and some exposure to artists my son hasn’t studied yet: A Child’s Introduction to Art : The World’s Greatest Paintings and Sculptures . Home Skills will occur through everyday tasks, along with outside classes (he wants to be a chef, so we’re looking into the various opportunities that are available for that), as well as guidance from an e-book we purchased on home skills for boys.

**We will no longer be doing grammar,  or a formal study of Latin/Greek roots.

Word Roots B2 – Schedule and Quizzes Added


03 Jun

The Critical Thinking Co. Word Roots B2

Well, we’ve reached the end of the year. Seventh grade is over. Now that it’s over I have completed the worksheets for certain books and curriculum, and have a little bit of time to add them here for you guys.

So, for now, I’ve added a page for The Critical Thinking Company’s Word Roots B2 book. It includes a basic schedule, as well as all the quizzes I made to go along with the pages of the book. They’re just basic Document files, nothing fancy, but it saves you from having to make them. Hopefully they’ll help someone out there.

Visit the page for this HERE

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