My Top Homeschool Resources

This week, my sister made the comment that she is considering homeschooling my niece for Kindergarten and 1st grade.  While I am not one with the patience to do anything like that, props to her!  But it got me thinking, as she asked her “teacher friends” about resources.  Even though I don’t homeschool my kids, I subscribe to many blogs that make learning at home a lot easier.  I’m that crazy mom that makes her kids learn over the summer (don’t worry, they get more than enough play time!).  And I’m glad I do.  Over this past summer, my daughter jumped 7 reading levels.  I think I’ll take it over the summer slide.

Here are some of the recommendations I gave her, and I hope they help you too!

Teachers Pay Teachers – You don’t have to be a teacher to join this site, and you don’t always have to pay.  There are many free resources available every week.

Teachers Notebook – Similar to Teachers Pay Teachers, you don’t have to be a teacher, and there are often free resources.

Educents – This website offers deals on homeschool material all the time, sometimes even free!

These are some of the blogs I follow that offer homeschool deals:

Free Homeschool Deals – A great site with a host of free homeschool deals; I find a ton of stuff from here!

Homeschool Creations – While there’s not as much available here, I still find a lot of good resources, sometimes some additional deals and freebies.

Intoxicated on Life – Mostly scripture copywork, but also has some other good resources for homeschooling

if you are thinking of homeschooling, a homeschooling mom friend of mine suggests contacting your local homeschool association.  You can locate them on google.  No matter how you use these resources, good luck!  And let me know which ones are your favorites!

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The Best Free Android Apps for Kids (According to us!)

If you haven’t already noticed, there is a plethora of apps out there nowadays.  So many people are using tablets, touch-screen phones, iPods, and other devices and there are so many choices for apps!  Educational apps, game apps, potty training apps (yes, I’ve used this one!), silly apps, dumb apps…you get the idea.

Well if you’re like me, you can’t just spend oodles of money on apps for yourself, let a lone your kids!

If you’re having trouble deciding and want to keep things at a minimal cost, here’s what we recommend:

Coloring Book App and Coloring Book 2 (Lite) App


ColoringBook and ColoringBook 2 (lite)
Coloring Books: What more can you ask for?  Pick a picture and color away!


Fish Farts Kids AppFish Farts Kids
No, I’m not kidding.  My kids will sit there for at least 5 minutes (many times longer than that!) playing this game.  Pop the bubbles or press the fish to make them fart for points.

Kid Mode
Kid Mode AppThis is by far my favorite app!  Set safety features, change preferences.  Tons of games and videos tailored for the age of your child.  They can even send you video messages and vice versa at no cost!  Limit which characters your child can view and read more books for a nominal price.  My kids would play for hours on this app if I’d let them.

Kindergarten Math Lite
Kindergarten Math (Lite) AppThis is a very simple game and not really attractive, but it helps teach younger children about adding, money, and various other math skills.  Rapunzel loves this app.


Littlest Pet Shop
Littlest Pet Shop AppI don’t really like this game for me, but my kids love it!  They can pet, feed, and play with the animals, buy new animals, buy new homes.  I just make sure they don’t buy anything with real money.  My little girls are always bugging me to play this one.


My Little Pony
My Little Pony appThis is actually one of my favorite apps, and I play it all the time.  Sad, but true.  I won’t let the kids play this one because they spend my coins.  (Terrible mom, I know.)  When I did let them play this one, they did love it.  Rapunzel likes to play “ball” with the ponies the best.  Oh, and spend my coins.

Piano Perfect App

Piano Perfect
Simple, yet entertaining.  Kids can press the keys or play along with a song–without banging on the keys (that’s the best part)!

Sight Words AppSight Words
Another simple app, this one shows sight words.  Better than flipping cards, if you ask me!


Sudoku Fun
Sudoku Fun AppThis game is seriously addicting!  When I first played it, Prince Charming couldn’t understand why I couldn’t stop playing–but there are so many levels, you just can’t help but beat them all.  He finally downloaded the app, and now he’s worse than I am!  If you like Sudoku, this is a good one.  Older kids love it as well.  Best of all, if you bomb a level, you can do it over.  🙂


Unblock Car
Unblock Car AppThis is another app that can keep you going for quite a while.  Move the cars around to make way so you can get your car out of the parking lot.  Use as few moves as possible.  This one is also good for the older kids.

What’s your favorite free app?