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World Wide Webschooling

"As former teachers and now homeschooling moms, we are well aware of the difficulty of obtaining quality, teaching resources while on a tight budget." So begins the introduction of this great resource for using the internet as the framework for most of your homeschooling. The editor with whom I communicated, said she saves so much money she is able to buy the "little extras", like a microscope, to supplement her children's home education. She has done the work for you in order to make your search for websites for education easily available. It is all on a CD with instructions and the actual list of hundreds of websites on 269 pages. This makes it easy to access each site by a click on your keyboard and mouse.

The beginning reads like a book. As you "turn" the pages the editors explain how to use the extensive list of websites arranged in three units and by subjects or categories. They even give examples of how to develop a study. After this introduction, with examples, the remainder of the book lists websites in various units with many well organized sections. The units are: Unit I, Educational Resources; Unit II, Subject Areas; and Unit III, Homeschooling Resources. Unit I includes information on what to teach, how to teach it, and where to find the information. Here is a good place to begin as it has several sites which give a scope and sequence (lists of what to teach when). If you start here you can develop the skeleton of your plan for your children's education. Then you can use the sources throughout the rest of the CD "book" to fill in the units to meet the requirements for each subject for each grade level. In this same unit you will find general resources for free online classes, online curriculum sites, lesson plans, unit studies, record keeping forms, free stuff to send for, software and shareware, and much more with dozens of websites for each category. Wow! And of course, for each topic listed at any one site, there are many more links which could be of value to you. The editors recommend that you make notes for each listing, like making notes in the margins of a book, which can individualize the CD for you.

Unit II (subject areas) is divided into sections and then subsections beginning with pre-K through 2nd including general learning, and each of the core subjects. Other subsections cover online storybooks, and coloring pages. In the art section there is enough to keep the whole family in art lessons for the next twelve years. The Bible section includes various ways to learn about the Bible, read the entire Bible, and character studies of Bible and historical Christians. In the history section one could learn about knights, print a timeline, find out about the Black Death, and build a castle. There is also a section on Language Arts from which you could take a lesson on penmanship and spelling, an online class in grammar, create practice worksheets, reading assignments in various genre and grade levels, foreign language classes in more than ten languages, or AP classes. The same could be said for much of math, science, and electives. Voila! World Wide Web schooling is an inexpensive way to thoroughly school at home from the internet. This unit rounds out with sites listed in sections for test preparation and special needs students.

Unit III has sites to give you more information on homeschooling. If you need information on homeschooling in general this CD lists various magazines, organizations, message boards and other resources on and offline. There is a wealth of information on various aspects of homeschooling from lots of viewpoints. If you want to learn about a particular method of home schooling, there are sites for unschooling, Charlotte Mason, classical method, as well as others. For example, I looked at several sites on the Charlotte Mason method and feel I could start tomorrow implementing them. There was even a Charlotte Mason site specifically for teaching kindergarten and another for high school students. So it's never too late to change course. Even after 10 years of home schooling, I'm still looking for a better way to teach and make learning enjoyable. And it's all there right at my fingertips thanks to World Wide Webschooling!

Don't think that your student will be stuck in front of the computer screen every day all day. Many of the sites offer worksheet or hands on activities to do offline to make learning sink in. It is very easy to find a topic in the table of contents and go directly to the page on which it is listed to find a link to the information needed. The editors also produce a monthly e-letter giving updates and additions to the ever changing list of websites available at any given time. Often this newsletter carries a theme to give specific ideas to make the most of the season of the year. This is definitely the place to go to get going, get lessons, get extra help, get answers, or get encouraged in your home schooling endeavor. I would recommend World Wide Webschooling to all home school families with a computer. It will put a worldwide source of information right in front of you, on your computer screen.

To find out more contact Karen Thornton at 769 McDonald Chapel Rd, Collins, MS 39428. Or to learn more or print an order form, go to their website: By the way their CD book is half price until June 1st. See their website for more details.

--Product review by: Helen Holmes, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine

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