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Our favorite links include history curricula, homeschool forums and catalogs, and some really fun geography sites.  So be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom. 

Excellent history programs we like to recommend:

1.  The Story of the World - Geared for grades 1-6 primarily, this is an engaging yet informative history series written by Susan Wise Bauer and presented in chronological progression.  The narratives are the spine of the program and the activity books turn them into a complete history curriculum.  Purchase these from the publisher's website at www.peacehillpress.com.

2.  Biblioplan - Looking for more Bible in your history program?  This is an excellent guide for teachers of students in grades 1-8.  This program uses the Story of the World above, but gives you the Bible passages to read along with it, as well as the reading schedule for other books as well.  Very helpful.  Visit www.biblioplan.net.

3.  Tapestry of Grace - Have older students or many students in multiple grade levels?  The year plans put out by Tapestry of Grace include lesson plans for students from grade 1 all the way through grade 12.  This is comprehensive!  Well organized and loaded with helpful information, activities, etc. for your whole family to learn together.  Visit www.tapestryofgrace.com.  Try their "Go To Egypt" Unit Study free!

4.  Sonlight - Sonlight is a literature-based, history intensive program at its core, but covers all the other subjects as well.  This is a great choice if you want to purchase all of your curriculum from one place and have it all organized for you in one teacher's manual.  We love the books that Sonlight has chosen to read aloud as a family.  Visit www.sonlight.com.  And be sure to Request a New Sonlight Catalog

 

5.  Grapevine Studies - This is actually not a history program, but a Bible Study curriculum.  We haven't used it yet, but it looks great.  Visit www.grapevinestudies.com.

Favorite Homeschool Chat Forum:  www.welltrainedmind.com/activeboards.php.

Favorite Book on Classical Education:  The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer.  Buy it from www.welltrainedmind.com or Amazon.com below.  We also love the reading and grammar books!

   

Favorite Foreign Language Program:  We have been using Rosetta Stone this year for the first time and I just have to brag on how wonderful it is.  The kids have only been using this program for 6 months and they are already having conversations with each other in Spanish.  My husband knows Spanish as well so we have some pretty lively conversations around the dinner table - and I don't understand most of it!  I guess it's time for me to learn Spanish too.  Anyway, it's expensive, but I highly recommend Rosetta Stone.

  Rosetta Stone Language Software

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Favorite Homeschool Catalogs:

Vision Forum - www.visionforum.com

Rainbow Resource Center - www.rainbowresource.com

Veritas Press - www.veritaspress.com

Timberdoodle - www.timberdoodle.com

Sonlight - Request a New Sonlight Catalog

Interactive Geography Sites:

1.  Animated Atlas - Growth of a Nation is a free 10 minute movie which depicts the geographic history of the United States.  Visit www.animatedatlas.com.

2.  Geo Bee Challenge - www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee

3.  Online Geography Games - www.garyradley.com/games

4.  I like to Learn - www.ilike2learn.com/ilike2learn/geography.asp

5.  Geosense - www.geosense.net

6.  Satellite View of the World at night - http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap001127.html

 

     
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