Learning Tools from Someone Who's Been There

These resources are student tested, mother approved resources that someone at Treasure has loved.  Often it has been many someones =)  If you have questions about any of them, ask around at the parents' meetings to see what other people are using and what works for them.  If you've found something you love, Loop it and let us know!
Homeschool Resources

Every month we'll feature a detailed post about one of those resources here.  For a far more complete list of resources that have been shared at Treasure, see our Homeschool Resources page.

AudioBooks - It's like sneaking in the veggies!

posted Dec 11, 2018, 9:06 AM by DanandBecky Kee

This month's Learning Tool is for everyone.  Excellent readers love audiobooks.  Reluctant readers love audiobooks.  They are a great way to get in the practice of using correct English grammar and syntax.  They exercise your ability to interpret & imagine.  Hearing great literature helps our minds develop a framework for our own compositions.  Children who are too young to sit down with a written book can often take in much more advanced stories read aloud to them.  Audiobooks help develop listening skills and quiet concentration.   

We have always enjoyed StoryNory as a free service that provides excellent material, so be sure to check them out.  

But, today, I have FOUND AN AMAZING RESOURCE!!!    
Jamie, over at Simple Homeschool, has put together a directory of audiobook deals, sorted alphabetically by grade level.  She's put some effort into finding good narrators, as well. 


Y'all.  I just got Anne of Avonlea for 69¢


So, these are audio books you purchase from Amazon.  There is a free app called Audible.  (Download it now.  You want it.)  There is no subscription necessary to use the app.  However, you can sign up for the free trial and get a few free books if you like. Anything you purchase with your membership is still yours if you cancel your membership.  You can keep the free app and all your books.  

After you have the audible app, head on over to Simple Homeschool's Audiobook Deal Directory and start perusing.   

If you haven't been using audiobooks, start with something simple, like a short story from StoryNory or Jamie's link to Aesop’s Fables, narrated by Wanda McCaddon (ages 6+)   You can use audiobooks just when you need some mommy time.  You can use them to institute a "quiet time" because your ridiculous children decided to stop taking naps.  You can add them to their daily checklist-- 30 minutes of audiobook is part of my kids' school assignments.  You can listen to them together as a family, or park a kid on the couch with headphones, or use them to break up a long drive over the holidays.  But you should definitely use them.  

Happy Homeschooling!  

Home Science Tools

posted Sep 18, 2018, 10:04 PM by DanandBecky Kee   [ updated Sep 18, 2018, 10:08 PM ]

Get Inspired with Home Science Tools

Science experiments at home can be intimidating for some.  For others, it's routine.  How can you make science easy to do in your homeschool?  
Check out their YouTube channel, too!

Home Science Tools is an online resource store with all the supplies you could possibly need for chemistry, biology, physics, earth science and more.  They not only have supplies, they also have detailed guides to walk you through dissections and experiments, even if you've never done them before. 
One of our favorite at home biology projects that is cheap and fun for the whole family to do at once (always a plus when you have kindergarten through high school happening in one house!) is the cow eye dissection.   At just over $3 each, it's cheap.  Add another $1 for the dissection guide, or just watch the YouTube video before you lead your little think tank through their exploration.  You can go deep and study the anatomy and physiology of the eye, first.  (Check out the notes from Treasure's Anatomy class at www.TreasureHomeEducators.com/anatomy)  Or you can just spend a few minutes with a YouTube video and dive right in.  It's amazing to see what goes on inside you, and your kids will never forget seeing it first hand.

Other amazing specimens and projects you can find at Home Science Tools include:
-Wide variety of animals, including fish, coral, crustaceans, reptiles, small mammals, and even sheep and pigs
-Blood typing kits you can use on yourself
-Microscopes, slides, and supplies.  (Treasure owns a microscope for our families to use.  Ask a board member for assistance before buying one for yourself!)
-Microbiology supplies to grow and test microbes
-Chemistry kits including chemicals, testing supplies like litmus paper, reagents, catalysts, test tubes, beakers, scales and more
-Engineering kits, robotics kits, light and optics kits, electronics kits
-Weights, measures, magnets, pulleys and gears
-Geology kits, rocks/minerals/crystals, rock tumblers and refill kits
-Growing kits for pillbugs, butterflies, quail egg hatching, frogs and tadpoles, plants, brine shrimp, protozoa
-Insect collection kits, owl pellets, field guides for everything and... 
-So much more!

Honestly it is super fun to shop here, and so inspiring.  Even though most reluctant science teacher can find something they're willing to try at Home Science Tools.  And for the more adventurous among you, some of these supplies are hard to find anywhere else.  


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