Category Archives: Books and Curriculum

Schoolhouse Teachers Summer Reading Program … Win Gift Cards …


Summer is an excellent time for diving deep into good books!’s Summer Reading Program is designed to encourage kids to read every day, plus they can enter to win one of two $25 Amazon gift cards.

The more weeks you participate, the more chances you have to win.

Come join the fun!
Contest ends July 31, 2017.

The reading contest begins on June 4, 2017, and ends on July 31, 2017. On July 1 and August 1, 2017, one winner will be drawn randomly from the completed reading logs. Each winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card.

See site for details.


The Hour of Code™

Try an Hour of Code™ with Khan Academy

In a galaxy far, far away, programming droids is something everyone can do…

“The ‘Hour of Code™’ is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week[] and[] to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming.”

The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Anyone, anywhere can organize an Hour of Code event. One-hour tutorials are available in over 45 languages. No experience needed. Ages 4 to 104.

Are you ready to master the digital domain?

Learn about algorithms, how to make an app, or how the internet works with The Hour of Code

Computer programming can be learned early on and is considered by many as fundamental as reading and writing.

Teaching kids to code opens up logic and reasoning, and can give them the experience of creating fun and helpful applications.

“Your child doesn’t have to be computer science engineer. Maybe they want to do something else. But in our world today this is going to be basis for everything we do.”  ~ Math & Science Teacher


Try a one-hour tutorial designed for all ages in over 45 languages. Join millions of students and teachers in over 180 countries starting with an Hour of Code. Over 200 tutorials and lesson plans. Try this year’s new tutorials!

Khan Academy has 3 areas of tutorials for the Hour of Code.

Khan Academy offers several tutorials for the Hour of Code for your child (and you!) that don’t require any coding experience:

  • Drawing with code: Learn to program using JavaScript, one of the world’s most popular programming languages (ages 8+).
  • Creating webpages: Learn to make your own webpages using the basics of HTML and CSS (ages 10+).
  • Creating SQL databases: Learn the fundamentals of databases using SQL to create data tables and query the data (ages 12+).


Algorithms? Loops? Conditionals?

Think computer programming is too hard?

Giving commands to a computer, which is what programming is all about, is just like giving commands to a dog. CodeHS lets you learn how to code with Karel the Dog — a fun, accessible, and visual introduction to text-based programming that teaches fundamental concepts like commands and functions to absolute beginners.

Codecademy is an interactive, student-guided introduction to the basics of CS through JavaScript that’s used by tens of millions of students around the world. We’ve prepared a no-hassle Hour of Code experience with accompanying quizzes, slides, and a completed project for students at the end.

Code Combat lets you defeat ogres to learn Python or JavaScript in Code Combat, an epic programming game!

There’s a whole lot more listed at Computer Science Education Week

Want to keep learning? Go beyond an hour

No device or internet? Try ‘unplugged’ computer science

Thinkersmith has lessons that use paper and pen, decks of cards, and simple materials to teach children the connection between symbols and actions, as well as the invaluable skill of debugging.

Got PCs with slow (or non-existent) internet access? Download the Blockly tutorials that were the precursor of the tutorials – a single 3MB ZIP file can be loaded onto any computer or used off a memory stick

Kodable designed the fuzzFamily Frenzy to use plain paper as an introduction to programming logic for kids 5 and up.

Project Guts has this “unplugged” activity that helps students learn how modeling and simulation works by having a group of students play different versions of the Rock / Paper / Scissors game, and see the results as different modeling experiments.

So, there you have it.

Now get out there and code!

The ‘Hour of Code’ is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming.


Cyber Sale at Compass Classroom Ends TODAY

❊ Last Day of Cyber Sale at Compass Classroom
Nov. 27 – 30, 2016
Up To 50% Off

Today’s the Last Day!
Compass Classroom Highlights:

And of course, all our normal curriculum offerings (with free downloads).

Great Teachers Sale April 6-13, 2016

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Compass Classroom is having their big Spring Sale until April 13th.

They call it the Great Teachers Sale!

There are significant discounts on homeschool curriculum.


Compass Course Subscriptions

  • Four NEW Free Resources!

Mr. President

Mr. President

Historical dramatizations of an episode in a particular President’s life or administration, without using his name. Each is about 30 minutes long. You are given a chance to guess the president at the end of the show!

Democracy in AmericaDemocracy in America

Fourteen, 30-minute historical dramatizations bring to life important sections of Alexis de Tocqueville’s examination of American liberty as he observed it firsthand. The book upon which these dramatic excerpts are based was published in 1835 and 1840.

The Great Teachers Sale only lasts until April 13th.

Go grab some deals now!
(DISCLOSURE: This post does contain affiliate links. I appreciate your support.)

Build Your Bundle Homeschool Edition Giveaway

For all of you frugal homeschooling mamas and dads…BYB-Logo

presalegiveaway-smallThe Homeschool Build Your Bundle Sale has many ways to save EVEN MORE!

Enter to win 3 bundles of your choice!

Enter our giveaway for a chance to win any 3 of 19 individual bundles.

Grab a Coupon Code just for giving us your email address!

Refer friends for additional savings!







What are in the bundles?

Well, we really cannot tell you what products are in the bundles just yet, but just know, THEY TOTALLY ROCK!

We CAN tell you a little about the bundles though!

We have several individual bundles, priced starting at $10. Our sale will consist of the following bundles, plus, of course, the BUILD YOUR OWN OPTIONS!! These bundles are full of products from popular contributors!

  • Preschool-Kindergarten
  • 1st-3rd grade (2 bundles!)
  • 4th-6th grade (2 bundles!)
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • Charlotte Mason
  • Notebooking
  • Copywork
  • Unit Studies
  • Just for Boys
  • Just for Girls
  • Character Bundle
  • Just for Moms (2 bundles!)
  • Fine Arts
  • Special Needs Bundle
  • Non-Faith Based/Secular Bundle


Pre-Sale Giveaway

Enter to win 3 individual bundles of your choice! After you enter be sure to refer your friends; you will earn 5 points for each friend who enters!

If someone YOU refer wins, YOU DO TOO!






Enter to win 3 individual bundles of your choice!
After you enter be sure to refer your friends; you will earn 5 points for each friend who enters!


Milestone Documents: Now Optimized for Homeschool Classrooms

The innovative approach of Milestone Documents is now available to the homeschool market.

Milestone Documents puts primary sources — the letters, legislative acts, court decisions, and speeches that have helped shape the world we live in —front and center in your homeschool, to help hone skills in critical thinking, research, writing, and digital literacy.

milestone documents something for summer


The homeschool edition includes a master educator account for parents, allowing YOU to assign readings and quizzes.

Milestone Documents is an online learning service for high school and undergraduate classrooms in history and related disciplines, comprised of a group of liberal arts graduates and history nerds, professional editors and writers and researchers.

If you missed the flyer in your Home Educators Cooperative Book Fair Welcome Bag with the special link to request a free 2-week trial, Milestone Documents has set up an even better deal now!

More than merely names, dates, and events in a bland textbook, the materials include commentary and analysis to help students make sense of the sources and build skills: research, writing, critical assessment and thinking, pattern recognition, and drawing conclusions based on sound evidence.

Subject Areas include:
U.S. History
World History
European History
American Government
World Religions


Documents are listed chronologically within the subject area and feature:

Overview Audience Further Reading
Context Impact Glossary
About the Author Essential Quotes How to Cite
Explanation 7 Analysis Document Text Related Documents

For an affordable annual price of $69.95, the Homeschool Edition Plan contains:

Master educator account and up to 5 student accounts.

Private assignments page where you list material to be read with due dates.

Complete access to all 1,700 primary sources in the collection,
including commentary written by historians and scholars.

Students can highlight and take notes; you can annotate sources for your students.

Study questions and short-answer questions for quizzes or paper topics.

 Here’s to a summer of  creativity, joy and a time to reflect with Milestone Documents.

Home Educators Book & Resource Fair, May 8th in Viroqua WI

Share the flyer!  Help spread the word!

Last Call for Participants!

Home Educators Cooperative
Book Fair
Friday, May 8th, 2015,
4 pm to 8 pm
The G.Y.M.
(next to Cornerstone Academy, S3655 Duncan Lane,
Viroqua WI 54665)
just off Highway 14 & County Road Y,
between Westby and Viroqua

Besides the mounds of used books, curriculum, and educational materials for sale, a new addition to this year’s Book Fair will be Student and Family Business Sales Displays.

Come to see (and buy) comic books, handmade baby items and cards, plants, handcrafted jewelry, cartoon drawings, Usborne Books, and fine handmade gifts.

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Printable Flyer – Share This!

Make your plans to attend,

but time is short if you wish to participate…


Last chance to get in as a used book seller/ student or family business exhibitor: Registration closes on April 23rd.
Contact: HomeEducatorsCooperative at gmail. com to request selling space.


Interested in participating as a featured organization at the Book Fair?

Do you have something to share that is unique, exciting, and of special interest to homeschoolers?

Here’s an option that may work for you:

We feature items of interest in our Book Fair Welcome Bags, Information Resources Booth, Door Prize Giveaways, and on the Book Fair Website.

You may be able to provide flyers, brochures, business cards, a promotional item, discount offer, or other web-based / physical materials.

Contact: SwiscHomeschools @gmail. com to find out if you are eligible to provide information or materials and be featured at the Fair.

Jump in now and be part of this growing regional homeschool event.

Hope to see you there!

Home Educators Cooperative Book & Resource Fair
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Schoolhouse Teachers

Point, Click, Teach!

Schoolhouse Teachers
the curriculum site of
The Old Schoolhouse Magazine
has a NEW look, NEW layout, NEW classes and a Mad March Markdown Special!

Try it for $1 for the first 30 days.

Membership auto-renews every 30 days at $5.95/month.

No coupon required.


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HUGE Homeschool Curriculum SALE! 92% off!

The Build Your Bundle Homeschool edition Sale is here – for just one week (July 21-28,2014) you can save up to 92% on some bestselling materials, including some from Cathy Duffy’s top 100 list.
The Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition is ending soon!  Sale Ends at 11:59PM EST on 7-28-14!

Take a look:

Charlotte Mason Bundle has copywork pages, nature study, geography, art, poetry, and lots of extras. And includes Write From History, Sheldon’s New Language Lessons, Handwriting Lessons Through Literature, Fine Art Pages, Grapevine Bible Study, and more!

Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale - Up to 92% Off!
The High School Bundle is enough material for a full year’s worth of curriculum — including Intro to Psychology, World History & Geography, Home Economics, Creative Writing, and Anatomy!
Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale - Up to 92% Off!
The Tot & Pre-K Bundle gives you a complete Christ-centered preschool program, including age-appropriate character-building tools, a stick-figure Bible study, a creation-based coloring book, a handwriting curriculum, and an independent activity guide.
Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale - Up to 92% Off!

There are also bundles for K-3rd, 4th-6th, Middle School, and even a bundle just for Moms!

And you can bundle your bundles to get one free when you buy two.
Buy More & Save More at the Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale - Up to 92% Off!
Check it out while you can, because it’s be gone soon…
Click here to Shop the Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale when it starts!

Henty US History CDs + Free Study Guides

Jim Hodges Audio Books

Educational. Entertaining. Edifying.

You’re going to love this. (Especially if you use Classical Conversations!)
This month only, July 2014, get all five U. S. History related Henty audio books on MP3 file format CDs for $75 (Convention Special Pricing) AND get the accompanying Study Guides – FREE!  (This set would cost you $185 if purchased separately on the website.)
I know…$75 is a lot of money no matter how good a deal it is.  So, if that’s a little rich for you, how about this instead?
Those same 5 titles are available this month as downloads for only $10 each!  Buy one or all of them!

 Here’s the link!

 Henty Books on Tape

The 5 titles included in this month’s sale are:

WolfeWith Wolfe in Canada:
A Tale of the French and Indian War

FlagTrue to the Old Flag:

A Tale of the Revolutionary War

Bayley'sCaptain Bayley’s Heir:
A Tale of the California Gold Rush

RockiesIn The Heart of the Rockies:
A Tale of Adventure in Colorado
LeeWith Lee in Virginia:
A Tale of the American Civil War
If you are using Classical Conversations and studying United States history this year, then this sale would be perfect for you!
In any case, this is a sale you will want to tell your friends about, so please forward this to them.
They will thank you!Here’s the link again.Henty Books on Tape


Or just forward this post by email to your friends to let them know about it.