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December 8, 2009

CurrClick Homeschool Freebies ~ Also Stocking Up Your Shelves Promo

Filed under: Uncategorized — Donnette E Davis @ 5:24 am

Once again Pleased and honoured that one of St Aiden’s Homeschool Titles is a featured Homeschool/Education/Parenting Download
from this A Grade Website.

730 Craft Recipes is featured as a top download and forms part of the Stocking Up Your Shelves Promotion that Currclick is running through to 15 December 2009.

Free Product of the Week

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All Apples! A Fun Study!by homeschool bits

This unit is suggested for grades K-2 but is very flexible for lower & higher grades. All Apples! A Fun Study! is intended to be read by the parent/teacher. It is a lesson that speaks directly to the child. It was created to be fun and not overwhelming. The child will feel involved in the lesson, while learning about apples.

Some of the topics covered include a little of each: Apple health, apple sayings, label apple parts, orchards & apple growers, harvest, storage & sale, apple facts, number words, Johnny Appleseed, handwriting, apple varieties, map activity, Do You Remember?, writing cards, coloring pages, dot to dot, and more.

Also included are apple lapbook folds & flaps, fact cards, matching game cards, a lapbook cover page, and examples photos of a simple lapbook.

Check out more titles from homeschool bits


Other Featured Titles

Rocks, Minerals and Soils K-2
by Intelligo Unit Studies

In this fun and interactive unit study, your children will explore rocks, soils, minerals and more! With over 20 hands-on activities and experiments, your children will be fascinated from beginning to end. Each chapter includes current and active links to videos, hands-on activities, readings, worksheets, charts, interactive websites, games, experiments, and more to provide a multisensory approach to learning about earth’s materials.

This unit study is the second release in our Earth and Space Science Core Curriculum Series for grades K-2. The time needed to complete this unit study will vary for each child, but you should expect to spend approximately 20 hours.

All 32 activities in this unit study are presented in an easy to follow format with an active and updated web link. Click on the link and the best resources on the World Wide Web appear for your children. But this unit study is not just a collection of web sites to read! It is much more than that! The links bring the world to your children by providing streaming videos, interactive web sites, educational games, audio files, and more. At Intellego Unit Studies, we believe in the varied learning styles and multiple intelligences of every child. That’s why all of our unit studies include reading and writing activities, videos, art, music, comparisons, drawing and painting, discussions, hands-on activities, art projects, full-color high resolution graphics, printable activity pages, and more!

Target ages: 5-8
Average time to complete: 20 hours

Retail Price: $15.00 Our Price: $10.95

730 Craft Recipesby St. Aiden’s Homeschool, South Africa

This book contains 730 crafts, activities and recipes for family holiday fun.

Holiday Activities Include:

Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Fall/Autumn
Spring, Back To School, Christmas, St Patricks Day and more.

Retail Price: $4.95 Our Price: $2.48

Homeschooling Families: A Voice to be Heard

by Frank C. Wilson

According to a report by the National Center for Educational Statistics, nearly 1.1 million children in the United States were homeschooled in 2003, an increase of 250,000 over the 1999 student count. Assuming that the number of homeschooled students has continued to increase at the same rate, an estimated 1.5 million students currently homeschool.

In a recent pilot study conducted by Make It Real Learning Company, the thing that parents indicated they enjoyed most about homeschooling was being with their children.

Yet taking on the task of homeschooling is not without its challenges. Determining which curriculum is right for your family can be a daunting task. Survey respondents identified the following websites as great places to get homeschool curriculum reviews:,, and

As parents consider what curriculum to choose, it his helpful to understand how the brain learns. In his book How the Brain Learns, Dr. David Sousa reports that when new learning is readily comprehensible (sense) and can be connected to past experiences (meaning), there is substantially more cerebral activity followed by dramatically improved retention (Sousa, 2001, p. 48). By connecting academic learning to the real world experience of the learner, parents can deepen the intellectual understanding of their children.

For example, a chocolate chip cookie recipe is a great teaching tool for introducing children to the concept of fractions. Measuring the ingredients (e.g. 2½-cups flour, 1½ teaspoons soda) helps the child understand on a conceptual level what ½ means. By allowing the learner to experiment with the measuring cups and measuring spoons, the child can determine the relationship between fractional quantities such as ¼, ½, and ¾. Then when the abstract concept of adding fractions is introduced, the student has a solid conceptual understanding of fractions on which to build the new learning.

Connecting new learning to the real world experience of the student is the key to increased student success. As a mathematics professor and textbook author, I have witnessed the empowering effect of real world applications in the lives of my students. Learners become excited about mathematics when it is relevant and has personal value. For example, on the first day of classes this fall my students used mathematical reasoning to predict the cost of tuition next year. The activity was motivating and had value to the students because the answer to the question impacted them on a personal level.

With 1.5 million homeschool students in the United States, homeschool families have power in shaping what curriculum products publishers create. By asking publishers to create learning activities focused on connecting academic learning to the real world experiences of learners, parents can increase the quality and effectiveness of curriculum materials available to them. With enhanced teaching tools, parents can create a more meaningful learning experience for their children. Speak up and let your voice be heard.

Make It Real Learning Company is currently conducting a nationwide study related to the mathematics teaching philosophy and curriculum needs of parents who homeschool. You can participate here

Pick of the Week

Pick of the Week

MIRL Activity Library, Volume Iby Make it Real Learning Company

“When am I ever going to use this?” With the help of the Make It Real Learning workbook series, you can answer the question.Make It Real Learning Activity Library, Volume I, contains 110 activities in the following workbooks.
* Arithmetic I
* Calculus I
* Exponential and Logarithmic Functions I
* Fractions, Percents, Decimals I
* Linear Functions I
* Linear Functions II
* Periodic and Piecewise Functions I
* Polynomial, Power, Logistic, Rational Functions I
* Quadratic Functions I
* Sets, Probability, Statistics I

Each workbook contains ten activities. From determining which cell phone plan is the best value to forecasting the population of the United States, learners get to use mathematics in meaningful ways. Rest assured that each activity integrates real world information not just “realistic” data. These are real companies (e.g. Aeropostale, Disneyland) and real world issues (e.g. Social Security, teen pregnancy).

The mathematical objectives of each activity are clearly specified on the Activity Objectives page following introduction in each workbook. Through the workbook series, we have consistently sought to address the content and process standards of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

There are multiple ways to use the activities in a teaching environment. Many teachers find that the activities are an excellent tool for stimulating mathematical discussions in a small group setting. Due to the challenging nature of each activity, group members are motivated to brainstorm problem solving strategies together. The interesting real world contexts motivate them to want to solve the problems. The activities may also be used for individual projects and class-wide discussions.

As a ready-resource for teachers, the workbook also includes completely worked out solutions for each activity. To make it easier for teachers to assess student work, the solutions are included on a duplicate copy of each activity. Check out what our reviewers say!

Retail Price: $54.89 Our Price: $39.99

New at

The Insect Gameby Super Star Speech

Use the Insect game to learn all about insects or to reinforce another study of insects. Players will answer questions about insects to earn insect parts, attempting to be the first player to build a complete insect. This game is designed for 2nd to 6th grades. Retail Price: $4.00 Our Price: $3.50

Publisher Product Discounts

26477-thumb100.jpgConnect The Thoughts New Years – A Creative Writing Elective
by Connect the Thoughts
Normal Price: $10.00 Discount Price: $6.00

Connect The Thoughts history/creative writing course for New Years teaches your student (ages 9-adult) about the history and practice of New Year’s around the world. Then, it walks the student step-by-step through the writing of 2 original New Year’s stories! On sale through December for only $6.00!

21297-thumb100.jpgConnect the Thoughts Animation I “Gummy Cat” Project
by Connect the Thoughts
Normal Price: $10.00 Discount Price: $6.00

If your children (ages 9-adult) like to draw, here’s a fun holiday present! In our Animation I course, the student is given an original cartoon script by an Emmy Award-winning writer, and taught how to read it. Then, step-by-step, they’re walked through the design elements of the cartoon. They create the characters and eveything else! On sale through December for only $6.00, from Connect The Thoughts.

32612-thumb100.jpgA Polar Christmas (a lapbook designed to go with The Polar Express!)
by A Journey Through Learning
Normal Price: $1.00 Discount Price: $1.00

It’s time to board The Polar Express. This Caldecott Medal winner by Chris Van Allsburg is a MUST in all households with children. Our lapbook-A Polar Christmas-is specially designed to go with this wonderful book! See sample pages. This lapbook is 2 folders big. The Polar Express book is sold separately-we do not sell it. ONLY 1.00

32369-thumb100.jpgKeep Courting: 100 Ways to Keep Courting After Marriage
by Cheryl Moeller Production
Normal Price: $9.99 Discount Price: $7.49

Buy Now!25% OFF Keep Courting: 100 Ways to Keep Courting After Marriage By Bob and Cheryl MoellerGreat gift book and stocking stuffer.100 Ways to Keep Courting After Marriage – 50 ways for husbands and 50 ways for wives. New and fresh for homeschool parents!Practical and short sentences that will keep bring you close and keep you close. Keep your vows and they will keep you.

Newest Free Products

32501-thumb100.gifWhat Did You Say? Bookmarks Freebie!
by homeschool bits

This What Did You Say? Bookmarks Freebie! would make a great companion to our lessons titled What Did You Say? A Fun Mini Lesson! These are five different sayings and phrases, and their meanings. You can use these as a great quick lesson to…

32485-thumb100.jpgAmazing American States Sample Book
by Eagles Wings Educational Materials

Award-winning author and illustrator, Susan Mortimer, has developed Clever Comics Memory System, a complete series to enable mastery of every aspect of our amazing American states. Cartoon flash cards are used to teach the…

32250-thumb100.jpgFall 2009 Book Bag Sampler
by Teacher Book Bag

Teacher Book Bag is pleased to offer you this free sampler of our August through November 2009 Book Bags. Each month Teacher Book Bag publishes three leveled Book Bags: Preschool Kindergarten, First – Third, and Fourth and Beyond.&…

32119-thumb100.gifDeer Mini Helper
by homeschool bits

A homeschool bits Freebie! I hope you enjoy this Deer Mini Helper. This mini helper is suggested for grades K-3 but is very flexible for lower & higher grades.

32098-thumb100.gifClay Nativity

The Clay Nativity is a simple and easy-to-make craft for a broad age range. From the book, Journey to the Manger, available @ Currclick.

Newest Products

32627-thumb100.jpgA Christmas Carol Unit Study and Lapbook
by Highlights of Homeschooling
Price: $4.95 $2.25

Everything in the unit can be used to create a file folder lapbook or be printed out and used strictly as a unit study, or answers can be written in a spiral notebook to save money. Activities included are: Pre-Reading Skills Activity Author …

32625-thumb100.jpg1st Step Elementary Science V – Biology I
by 1st Step
Price: $25.00 $12.00

The first science course for students ages 7-8 for the third semester. This semester focuses on Biology. In this course, the student has biology carefully defined. Then, what life is, is defined. Many lessons follow explaining and …

32624-thumb100.jpgA Snowy Day Lapbook( Designed to go with The Snowy Day and White Snow, Bright Sn
by A Journey Through Learning
Price: $10.00 $5.00

Don’t let childhood and winter snuggle time go by without reading these wonderful Caldacott Award winning picture books to your child. This lapbook is 2 folders big. The first folder covers the zany adventures of a postman, a farmer, a policeman and his…

32275-thumb100.gifHorses Answer Key
by Hands of a Child
Price: $4.00 $3.00

This title is discounted as part of CurrClick’s Stocking Up Your Shelves sale. For more holiday values visit our Stocking Up Your Shelves sale page. Our daily planning guide breaks down the unit day by day and tells you what vocabulary words to assign ea…

32459-thumb100.jpgA to Z Toddler and Preschool Curriculum
by Toddler Bites Publishing
Price: $7.99 $5.99

This complete Toddler and Preschool Curriculum is designed especially for the home school parent or Daycare provider. It is set up to cover one letter per week. In addition to a letter a week, it includes a weekly theme that starts with the letter of the …

Newest Staff Reviews

23391-thumb100.jpgMade With Love: Flash Card Set for Early Education and Speech Delayed Children
by One Mother’s Love
Price: $32.99 $9.99

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (from Heart of the Matter Team)

When it comes to e-products there are a LOT more options out there in recent years then there used to be. I was thrilled to get the opportunity to review a product that is geared towards very young children as I have found these resources harder to come by. Made With Love: Flashcards for Early Education and Speech Delayed Children is one such product. It is also a useful resource for older children that may have some speech delays. This product only requires a printer, scissors, and some quality one-on-one time with your child. The flashcards print in alphabetical order and are in full color. I had the opportunity to use these cards in my home with my 19 month old son, and with my friends 3 year old son who has slight speech delays. I was surprised to find it very easy to make using these cards an enjoyable experience for both of them. They both really liked the bright, colorful photos on each card! There is a wide range of words in this set, starting with simple, one-syllable words like ball and moving on into more difficult words such as watermelon. There are 70 flashcards in all.

For my toddler, we used the cards in the following way: I went through and chose all of the simple one and two-syllable words that I thought he would recognize. I then showed each card to him, one at a time, and said the word aloud to him. Then I gave him the card and asked him to say the word. He really liked collecting the cards and looking at the pictures. We even practiced our animal sounds!

For my friends son, I showed him each card to first see if he recognized the picture on it and could tell me what it was. If he did, I repeated the word back to him and then gave him the card and asked him to say the word again. If he did not recognize the picture, I told him what it was, then gave him the card and asked him to repeat the word. Again, he really enjoyed making a pile of the cards as he practiced saying the words.

I would highly recommend this product to anyone with toddlers just learning to say words up to school-age children that need help and practice to correctly pronounce common, everyday words. HOTM Team, Cassandra

27602-thumb100.jpgSuper Star Speech [BUNDLE]
by Super Star Speech
Price: $62.85 $21.60

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (from Heart of the Matter Team)

Your household will be a super star with this bundle. When a child has been recognized with a speech impediment, one of the steps to correct it is speech therapy. This bundle may seem like speech therapy in a box, but remember that you still need help from outside sources. In more severe cases, it reinforces what your child has learned with their speech pathologist. While with minor cases it gives you some information that may seem useful to you. Lets take a look at some of the highlights it has to offer you.

In Speech Made Easy you will find an Articulation Test with easy to follow directions, response sheet and error analysis. Guiding you a little further in therapy, you will find some suggestions for a therapy plan and form to fill with your findings. Then you find pages on specific sounds with detailed instructions on how to teach them. And best of all, you will find sections with therapy games, activities, practice pages and picture cards.

The other two ebooks offered in this set, focus on the specific sounds of R, L, S, Z and SH. These are the most common sounds that a child can mispronounce. And you will be glad to find the extra help that is offered in them. Each sound is introduced by showing you the correct way your mouth should be formed to pronounce it correctly. Tips are given as suggestions for extra practice for the sound they may be working on. And like the above ebook you will find word list, games, practice sheets and picture cards with each sound.

In all the Super Star Speech Made Easy Series you will find sample lessons and the forms you can use to record your plans in. Simply said on the title, it is truly Speech Made Easy! HOTM Team, Amy F.

28205-thumb100.jpgUnderstanding Special Education (Enhanced eBook)
by Scholastic Teaching Resources &
Price: $22.99

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (from Heart of the Matter Team)

Whether you are a parent, a family member, teacher, Sunday school teacher or part of an agency that deals with Special Needs, this book would be beneficial to you. Dont be fooled by the title, the classroom teacher is not the only one that can flip through this book and learn a few things from it.

The Book is divided into three different sections:

1. What are some challenges students face?
2. What do I need to know about the Special Education System?
3. Appendix

Included in the first section are stories that introduce you to special needs, an explanation of that disability and gives you an idea of what that student may need for you. The second section gives a great explanation of what the special needs education system has to offer you and your child. It emphasizes that it takes a team to help this child blend in a regular classroom and everyday life. This e-book also gives you information on background, eligibility requirements, Individual Education Plans (IEPS) and Privacy Issues. And in the Appendix is a great wealth of information for you to continue your research with the aids of a list of books and websites. Overall this book is an informative useful resource for anyone that has a special needs child in their life. HOTM Team, Amy F.

22402-thumb100.jpgMade With Love: A Collection of Recipes for Art & Craft Projects
by One Mother’s Love
Price: $9.99 $3.99

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (from Heart of the Matter Team)

Do you need a healthy helping of the warm fuzzies? Made with Love is a collection of art and craft recipes that will take you back to your childhood. Want to make colored macaroni rainbows? Homemade clay or paste? Sue Ellen Hale has taken the leg work out of finding the old recipes and compiled them in one easy to read book.

The recipes can be made with household items. Frugal, simple and fun. That is a recipe for a fun afternoon art class with your preschooler or elementary child. The kids and I really enjoyed this book.

Many of the recipes have a aromatic ingredient like peanut butter play dough or apple cinnamon ornaments. This is wonderful for your sensory child or a child that has sight impairment.

Made with Love is a wonderful collection of hands on recipes that lead naturally to a highly kinetic, enjoyable art time. Thank you Sue Ellen for compiling so many of my childhood memories into this delightful book! HOTM Team, Heather L.

27431-thumb100.jpgLemon the Duck
by Lobster Press
Price: $9.95 $4.98

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (from Heart of the Matter Team)

If you look like a duck and quack like a duck, you must be a duck. What if you cant walk or move like a duck? Are you still a duck? Ms. Lake’s class has been watching four eggs in an incubator and they just hatched. What happens when they discover that one is not quite right? Will they care for the duckling even though it looks and acts different than the others? Will they try to better the ducklings life?

Lemon the Duck is a heartwarming story that will win many hearts. Lemon is a duckling born with physical disabilities. Together with her human classmates she will deal with not only her special needs, but the separation with her family and overcoming obstacles that stop her from functioning as a normal duckling.

Author Laura Backman takes the subject of special needs and brings it to a kids level of understanding. This book is a great way to introduce your child to this topic. The caring and compassion of Mrs. Lakes class will inspire the whole family to reconsider how they view others. And if you are a family with a special needs child and looking for a book to explain these needs to a sibling, this is the book for you. From the moment you open the book, your child will engage in the needs of this duckling and the role Mrs. Lakes class partakes in it. Lemon the Duck is an inspiring story to share with all. HOTM Team, Amy F. Curriculum in a Click!


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