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Recommended Resources and Links

***Not all of these resources come from a Christian world-view, so please use discretion when utilizing them***

CO-OP OPTIONS:

  • CHEER Co-op
    Members of CHEER or Meridian Assembly of God may participate in a semi-monthly co-op, which meets at Meridian Assembly of God, on the 2nd & 4th Thursday of the month, from 9:50 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  The cost is $20.00/family/semester + nominal class fees to purchase supplies.
  • Vineyard Christian Home School Co-op:
    VCHSC provides a system of support to parents through the unique concept of blending home school with classroom school. Students meet on-site with experienced teachers for classroom instruction on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and lesson plans are provided for Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays to be done in a family setting at home.
    INDIVIDUAL add-on classes are also available, À la Carte, for HIGH SCHOOL students who are HOME EDUCATED!

CORE SUBJECTS:

  • Language Arts:
    • Writing with Ease" and "Writing with Skill" by Susan Wise Bauer
    • "Jump In" by Apologia
    • "The Reading Lesson" by Michael Levin M.D. (teaches alphabet through lowercase letters and letter sounds)
    • Generate games out of your own spelling list at Spelling City
    • Letter tracing app
  • Math & Science:
    • Games for reviewing math facts at Reflex
    • Create your own flash cards at Anki
    • Learn almost anything for free at Khan Academy
    • Science by Mark Twain Media
    • Free resources from PBS LearningMedia
    • Exploratorium in San Francisco
    • Animated education videos from BrainPOP
    • TOPScience is a good resource for electricity & magnetism
    • Science experiment books by Robert Gardner
    • Books on historical view of sciences by John Hudson Tiner, published by Master Books
    • Making Science fun for kids at Science Sparks
    • Engineering, Go For It!, brought to you by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), is committed to promoting and enhancing efforts to improve K-12 STEM and engineering education.
    • Math in Children's Literature.
    • Micron Foundation's K-12 Student Programs provide a variety of options for teens to get hands-on experience in the high-tech world.
  • Computer Science:
    • The Hour of Code provides self-guided tutorials and instructional videos to teach the fundamentals of computer science to students. The Hour of Code is part of the National Computer Science Education week held from December 9-15.
    • Boise Code Camp is a free spring event for developers, hardware geeks, and the curious (including kids age 6 to 18) to explore coding and technology, at Boise State University.
  • Civics Education:
    • Cornerstone Family Council hosts the annual Capstone (ages 13-18) and Stonesetters (ages 8-13) Student Legislature at the Statehouse, to teach students about the workings of our state government during the legislative session, and give students a passion for citizenship and justice through direct experience.
      Sample Prep Packages to give you and idea of what to expect: Capstone & Stonesetters. Sample schedules, to give you an idea of what to expect: Capstone & Stonesetters.

ELECTIVES:

  • Biblical Studies:
    • Using this scripture memory system you and your children can develop the habit of memorizing Scripture, retaining hundreds of verses with the expenditure of 5-10 minutes per day.
  • Field Trip Ideas:
    • Join the TV Homeschool Field Trips E-mail group, by E-mailing tvhsfieldtrip@gmail.com to receive notice of non-CHEER organized field trips.
    • The Idaho Botanical Garden offers annual memberships, which include free general admission and access to the Garden Office Library, as well as reciprocal free admission privileges at botanical gardens across the US.
    • The Discovery Center of Idaho offers annual memberships, which include unlimited admission; and, discounted/FREE admission to Association of Science--Technology Centers (ASTC) in the US and around the world.
    • Boise Environmental Education is a multi-agency partnership providing environmental lessons, field trips, regular monthly programs and special events designed to educate, inform, and entertain both children and adults.
  • Hymn & Art Studies:
  • Music & Dance
    • Music lessons at Open Door Music Studio
    • Irish Dance Idaho has homeschool class on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.
    • Annual (open to public) SPRING Ball of the Idaho Civil War Volunteers at Boise Valley Square Dance Hall (6534 W. Diamond St., Boise), for individuals 10 years and older. Practice available at area churches during the weeks leading up to the event. For more information, contact Deborah Byrd.
    • Boise Music Week, held each May, is focused on providing opportunities for local performers to participate in the culture of their community, at no charge to the community.
    • There are multiple opportunities for exposure to the performing arts in the Boise Area. Also, don't forget about the Meridian Symphony Orchestra.
  • Personal Development:
    • "Beautifully Made" by Julie Hiramine and Generations of Virtue
    • "Beautiful Girlhood" revised by Karen Andreola, deals primarily with the Christian character development, moral virtues and manners of pre-teen and teenage girls.
    • "You Can Raise a Well-Mannered Child" by June Hines Moore, is one of her many useful resources for teaching proper etiquette.
  • Physical Education
    • "Family Time Fitness-Fitness 4 Homeschool" is designed by professionals dedicated to homeschool physical education, family fitness, kids exercise, family fun, and the prevention of child obesity.  SIGN UP FOR A FREE TRIAL NOW!
    • A division of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine is offering a physical education course by Fit 2 B Studio, who provides wholesome workouts for the whole family.
    • Danik Gymnastics has "Open Play" for kids 12 and under, to enjoy the freedom to jump around on trampolines, foam pit, obstacle courses, without being in a class, on Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., for $5+tax/child.
    • Bogus Basin offers Homeschool Ski & Snowboard Classes:  Tuesday classes are coordinated by Tracy Henderson, and Friday classes are coordinated by Karl Vogt.
    • Central Boise Homeschool PE Co-op (contact Gina Schmidt) meets every Tuesday from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. during September through April (excluding December).  Location varies according to activity (i.e. soccer, kickball, tennis, basketball, karate, bowling, gymnastics).  Annual registration fee is $20/family; and cost is $5/month/child ($10/month if only 1 participating child in family) regardless of attendance.
    • Boise State University has the largest four-season equipment rental operation in southwest Idaho.
    • Idaho Ice World has "Home School Skate Days" every Friday (9:30am-5:00pm), where admission and skate rentals are only $5.50 per person.
    • The Nampa Roller Drome has "Home School Skate" every 3rd Thursday of each month (10:00am-12:00pm), where admission is $4 and skate rentals are $2.
  • Pioneer & Political Strategy Games:
    • "Welcome to Walnut Grove" by Lookout Games
    • "The Settlers of Catan" by Mayfair Games
    • "T.P.O.C.--The Politics of Cannibals" by Stractical Concepts

ORGANIZATION AND RESOURCES:

  • Scheduling and Planners:
    • Secure lesson planning and record keeping online at Homeschool Tracker for $60/year
    • Homeschool Planet is an online planner for EVERYTHING, available through Homeschool Buyers Co-op, for $65/year (try it out FREE for 30 days!)
    • Housecleaning and organizing tips with homespun humor at FlyLady
  • Free or Cheap Resources:
    • Under your public library's "Research & Databases" tab, there are links to reference libraries and standardized tests prep.
    • Utilize your public library's Inter-library Loan Service to obtain materials outside of the Treasure Valley—for free
    • Free e-books at CurrClick
    • Free audio and e-books at Project Gutenberg
    • Cheap used curriculum at Homeschool Classified
    • Great deals on resources at Homeschool Buyers Co-op
    • Buy and sell curriculum locally by joining the Idaho Used Curriculum email list. Join by sending an email to IDUsedCurriculum@gmail.com asking to be added.
    • Curriculum Cottage in Meridian, is owned and operated by a fellow Christian homeschooler. Cynthia can often order in (upon request) new curriculum and materials for less than retail.
  • Book Lists & Reviews:
    • "Honey for a Child's Heart" by Gladys Hunt
    • "The Book Tree" by Elizabeth McCallum and Jane Scott
    • "All Through the Ages", by Christine Miller and Nothing New Press, is a guide for teaching and learning history using narrative histories, compelling non-fiction, and literature rather than textbooks.  Books are grouped by historical time period and geographical location.
  • Practical Tips:
    • Write whatever your family is trying to memorize, on glass door or mirror, with dry-erase markers, so that it is constantly visible
    • Get younger kids involved in "school" by pretending that a special (not for regular play) stuffed animal is the teacher
    • Extend the life of your books by covering them with clear contact paper or other clear film
  • Meal Planning and Tips:
    • Each day of the week has its own breakfast and it never changes
    • Print all of your recipes and put them in a big 3-ring binder, with sheet protectors
    • Share recipes as well as cooking tips and tricks at "Yummy Recipes" FB group
    • Recipes with Nutritional Facts Sheets at Food.com
    • Drag & drop meal planning and grocery list generator at Plan to Eat