Learning Resources

 Our Go-To Home Education materials / experiences:

Age  0-5: 
Playdough  and fun tools like garlic press, scissors, cookie cutters, popsicle sticks
Blowing bubbles
Chalk / chalkboard or patio
Crayons / coloring pencils and plain paper
Dover coloring books/ABC books
Paint or Paint with Water
Water play like kiddie pool, scooping, pouring , getting wet  :-)
Sand play, digging in the dirt with shovels and sand toys / pails
DTLK felt board stories (FREE!)
Puppets, dolls, balls, building blocks, cars, trains, dress-ups, push carts, tricycle, other toys
Musical instruments like small drum, harmonica, tambourine, maracas, lap harp
Music: Raffi, Red Grammar, Scripture Scouts, LDS Primary songs, Classical,
Board games from HABA,  Connect 4, Chutes and Ladders, Memory and Matching games
Going on walks, playing in the yard and at the park
Baking with Mom & Cooking with Dad
Helping around the house (hand Mom clean laundry from basket to fold, wipe dishes, etc.)

The Bible and other books of scripture
Harold and the Purple Crayon
Tomie dePaola's Favorite Nursery Tales
Princesses are Pretty
Knights are Brave
Mouse Cookies and More, a Treasury by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond
Let's Go, Baby-o!
Baby Faces board book (facial expressions showing emotions like happy, sad, angry, etc)
Tawny Scrawny Lion
My Little Golden Book about God
Golden Book's Prayers for Children
Precious Moments board books
Bible stories mini board books
Lift-the-flap board books
Itsy Bitsy Spider
The Baby's Bedtime Book  by Kay Chorao
How Do Dinosaurs.... series
Winnie the Pooh
Beatrix Potter
Robert McCloskey Treasury
Richard Scarry's "What Do People Do All Day?"
Your Amazing Body
Body Battles
"It's Not the Stork"
"Welcome with Love"

Age 6-10 (Boys)
The Articles of Faith (LDS)
Music: LDS Primary Songs, Scripture Scouts,  Classical, Fiddle, "Goodnight Warrior"
Cub Scouts
Ambleside Online free curriculum (Charlotte Mason homeschooling)
Copywork books for handwriting (simple 3-prong folder with lined paper inside)
Phonics Pathways (my all-time favorite Learn-to-Read resource!)
Mormon Little Books beginning readers
Word family books (Free!) from Enchanted Learning
Vicki Cobb science experiment books
Dover activity books
Other subjects: "The Ultimate Book of Homeschooling Ideas" by Linda Dobson
"Story of the World: History for the Classical Child"
Unifix cubes, building blocks, toy weapons and ones they craft themselves
Lego bricks: Check out this post at www.evilmadscientist.com on how to organize creatively.
Chess, Quitch, Dominoes, and board games
Lots of movement: Trampoline, riding bikes, playing at park
Computer and video game time
Each child has one regular household chore, ie: putting away clean silverware, dishes
Character training and manners

The Bible and other books of scripture
"Who's Your Hero" series by David Bowman
God's Mighty Warrior devotional bible
The Friend magazine (LDS)
Lego Club magazine
"Homer Price" by Robert McCloskey
Poetry by Shel Silverstein,  Jack Prelutsky
"I Spy" series
Eyewitness series books about animals, places
James Herriot's "Treasury for Children"
Rudyard Kipling's "Just So Stories"
The Aesop for Children
50 Famous Stories Retold
Paddle to the Sea
Steven Kellogg's books, like "The Three Little Pigs"
Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems
Fly Guy books by Tedd Arnold
Peter Spier's books
Kon Tiki 
Castle Diary: The Journal of Tobias Burgess

Kid-tested, Parent approved! 
A list we add to as we find sites we like, use or plan to use.
Many of these resources are FREE! Take advantage of the free ones...
because a quality home education needn't be a strain on the budget.
Phonics Pathways
We Make Stories
Publish your own kids' book {tikatok} 
Paddle to the Sea
The Burgess Bird Book for Children
Hans Christian Anderson stories
The Balwin Project: Classics for Children online
Jan Brett {coloring pages}
Dance Mat typing
Spelling City
Hans Christian Anderson fairy tales/games
SpinandSpell--spell game
Starfall reading games--terrific!
Progressive Phonics-must register but Free
Word Families {free booklets to print} @ Enchanted Learning
Tomie DePaola
Mem Fox
Haiku for kids
What is Poetry?
Poem Farm 
Poetry For Children--Formats 
Stanza, Types and Poetic Forms

Languages/Social Studies
Le Grenier de Bisou
Poisson Rouge

Spanish words
Spanish games
Teach Me Spanish (Amazon link)

Scriptures / Character Training

Kids of Integrity (Focus on the Family)
Grandma Ginger's scripture stories (listen online)
Mormon Little Books (for early readers)
Polar Star Studies' "A Real Mom's Guide..." various curriculum
Discover the Scriptures workbooks w/ artwork, memory verses, copywork, puzzles, etc.
Scriptures in a Child's Heart 
Scripture Stories radio program
Book of Mormon cartoons/games
Scripture Scouts
Scripture verses for young children
Standin' Tall (Brite music) 12 character traits   

Operational Definition of Character Qualities {Duggars}


Online Science Games
Eat your science! TAFFY RECIPE (cook at 245')
Make your own Flubber! 
Steve Spangler Science
OMSI online
Body Works (take a peek inside the body)
Nature Study ideas {blog}
Handbook of Nature study {excellent blog}
Red Rock Canyon hikes and activities
Herbal Roots Zine-fun lessons about herbs
Cool Science experiments to do at home
Body puzzles
Scrub Club webisode and games
Vicki Cobb--Science, fun videos & stuff to TRY!
Bill Nye the Science Guy
Worms: Adventures of Herman
Summer Explosives Camp
Animal classification game
Animal classification
Warm blooded vs. cold blooded--neat pics
Answers in Genesis

KS1 BiteSize MATH games
Math Arcade on FunBrain

Math Blaster
GIANT homemade GeoBoard 
Khan Academy 

Living Math {games} 
Multiplication Tables
Life of Fred

Music Without Music Lessons
Homespun tapes: music lessons at home
"It's You I Like" and more from Mister Rogers
Making Music Fun
Classics for Kids

Free Online Piano Lessons

Art and Creating

Homeschool Crafts Yearround
Online Art Games
Art and Music Plans for Busy Families
Bright Ring {free ideas from MaryAnn Kohl}
Fun in the Making
The Crafty Crow
Storm the Castle-creative projects
Meet the Masters
Art Study for the family {blog}
List of Artists to Study 
Make a Monet 
More Dick Blick art tutorials K-4 {great!}
Dover publications coloring books {excellent}
Child's Tent/Teepee
Charlotte Mason Artist Study {Squidoo} 

Emily Post

Geography, History and Social Studies

Truth Quest
Virtual Field Trips 
Kids' Geo games
National Geo. for KIDS! funstuff

Map/ Atlas activity books
Kids Web Japan
Ancient Egypt kids resources
Nevada Kids
Time Travelers--history
TimeLine of Food
Viking games
Atlas Quest: letterboxing community
Colonial Williamsburg
America's Story
Chinese New Year
Social Studies--A to Z Home's Cool
Map / Atlas activity books
Magazines for Kids
Kids Discover--magazine
Boys' Life magazine
Your Story Hour's Clubhouse magazine-free online
diG! Archeology magazine for kids

Kids' Stores

Klutz (fun!)
Fat Brain Toys
Magic Cabin: toys
MindWare: Brainy toys for kids of all ages
All-American Boy's Adventure Catalog 
The Beautiful Girlhood Collection