We started our 2010-11 school year on Wednesday. And we're off with a bang - Andrew's enjoying the more relaxed atmosphere, and I'm rising to the challenge of finding our learning tools for free (or as cheap as possible).
We're armed with out 2nd grade requirements lists. But outside of that, we're all eclectic this year, baby!
Some things we're using:
Head of the Class: a fairly comprehensive that gives the "instructor" a good bit of control. Printable worksheets. Covers math, writing, spelling, reading, and Spanish. And, maybe best of all, completely free!
IXL: Math, intensified. Online tests (paperless!). You can pay for the service, but the free end of it seems to be sufficient for our needs.
Making Music Fun: I thought this was going to be more helpful. As someone who is "financially challenged", I struggle to get the music and arts into our days. MMF has offered some basic worksheets on the composers (we're working our way through Bach now), but we're still left filling in gaps. Thank God for the library and it's resources. And the internet, of course (when it comes to music, YouTube is awesome!)
Andrew's Blog: I'm really, really hoping this takes off. He was so very excited about having his Very Own Blog. And, so far, the posts are coherent. BUT, his attention issues are painfully obvious. We've got our work cut out for us.
Taste of Home Kids Coloring Cookbook: We have a LOT of fun with this! We started doing this last year - we'll take pictures while making the recipes, slide the colored sheet into one of those clear plastic sheet protectors, put it in his 3-ring binder, and glue the pictures onto the backs of the pages (when we finally get them developed).
That's just some of the online programs we're using right now. Every day we stumble across another useful resource, bookmark another site.
What are you using to enrich your child's education this year?