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*A homeschool podcast sharing information, support, and resources to empower parents to find the best way for their children to learn.
*Explore "outside the lines" learning methods and ideas with Ann Ryan, mom of 4, with 14+ yrs of homeschool experience with 4 very different learners.
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Learning Outside the Lines Ann Ryan-Homeschool Mom of 4

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.8, 17 Ratings

*A homeschool podcast sharing information, support, and resources to empower parents to find the best way for their children to learn.
*Explore "outside the lines" learning methods and ideas with Ann Ryan, mom of 4, with 14+ yrs of homeschool experience with 4 very different learners.
*If you want "to the point" practical information and resources, give a listen!
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    Homeschool Curriculum Suggestions for Language Arts

    Homeschool Curriculum Suggestions for Language Arts

    New Homeschooler Resources Series.
    These suggestions are more "traditional" in style. They are sometimes a good jumping off point for parents coming from a school setting. You can change curriculum ANY TIME or decide to use no curriculum at all!!
    Language Arts is such a HUGE subject and this is a tiny intro to what's available. There are so many more programs out there to explore as needed and as you are ready to dive deeper.
    Here is the Guide for all subjects but below are the links for Language Arts specifically:
    Spectrum Language Arts-workbook
    https://www.rainbowresource.com/category/2361/Spectrum-Language-Arts-2015.html
    Evan-Moor Language Arts-workbook (many to choose from depending on need)
    https://www.evan-moor.com/series?specs=1921
    Literature (For grade 3 and up. For younger grades just read a loud and enjoy)
    I’d choose a few good novels and do a literature study to round out the year. You get to read a good book, discuss various issues it addresses, explore genre, and can practice writing with various assignments. (These can be read-a-louds or independently read.)
    Teachers Pay Teachers has a great variety of literature studies-print on demand 
    https://www.teacherspayteachers.com
    The kids can choose their own novels if you want but perhaps use the grade level reading lists to choose from if you need help (you can google for more reading lists too)
    https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/collections/17-18/guided-reading-book-lists-by-level/
    Brave Writer Arrow is another literature study that is highly recommended and FUN! These have preselected books. Grades 3-6ish
    https://store.bravewriter.com/collections/mechanics-and-literature/products/the-arrow
    Spelling City is a free app you can use for spelling practice if you really want spelling. 
    Kindergraden/1st and those needing reading support
    Reading/Reading Comprehension
    Reading Eggs/Reading Eggspress -on line 
    Reading Eggs is for younger kids learning to read and Eggspress is for older kids working on fluency and comprehension 
     https://readingeggs.com/about
    Explode the Code-on line or workbook
    https://www.explodethecode.com  (on line version)
    https://eps.schoolspecialty.com/products/literacy/phonics-word-study/explode-the-code/about-the-program    (workbook version)
    Beginning readers (find at most stores or amazon)
    Nora Gaydo’s Now I’m Reading series
    BOB books
    Handwriting:
    Handwriting Without Tears
    https://www.lwtears.com 
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    • 19 min
    Homeschool Curriculum Suggestions for Science

    Homeschool Curriculum Suggestions for Science

    Here is the Guide for all subjects but below are the links for science specifically:
    Real Science Odyssey (RSO)-text/work book
    https://www.pandiapress.com/real-science-odyssey/
    Generation Genius (K-8, adding 6-8 this fall) -on line
    https://www.generationgenius.com
    Mystery Science-K-5-on line, has virtual labs or you can follow along at home (you can get a year free with the basic service) 
    https://mysteryscience.com
    Evan Moor Daily Science-workbook 
    https://www.evan-moor.com/daily-science-grade-1-teacher%27s-edition-print
    Science can be enhanced with field trips, videos, books, and hands on exploration.
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    • 13 min
    Homeschool Curriculum Suggestions for Social Studies & History

    Homeschool Curriculum Suggestions for Social Studies & History

    Here is the Guide for all subjects but below are the links for social studies specifically:
    History Quest-text and workbook (Early Times/ Ancients only available now. Multiple ages of kids can do together) 
    https://www.pandiapress.com/history-quest/
    Curiosity Chronicles-text and workbook
    https://www.curiositychronicles.org
    180 Day of Social Studies-workbook
    https://www.rainbowresource.com/category/6445/180-Days-of-Social-Studies.html
    Liberty Kids-Early American history PBS series-free on youtube
    You can find coordinating worksheets on line if needed. (Ages 7-12ish)
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLHeaIWvdbER3Ic90BzhPsH2aJ5KI3UtmM
    *If you are unsure of which history period to cover I’d suggest GEOGRAPHY instead. You can focus on world or US geography and find coordinating workbooks. You can add in culture studies for areas kids are more interested in by adding books, videos, museums, and field trips.
    Solid Workbook sources-Spectrum, Evan-Moor, DK 
    Whatever you do, be sure to use museums, historical sites, books, and other resources to round out the subject.
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    • 13 min
    Homeschool Curriculum Suggestions for Math

    Homeschool Curriculum Suggestions for Math

    So many new parents are realizing that homeschooling works great for their child and they want to jump into the homeschool community. But it can be overwhelming with all the choices out there for curriculum. I compiled popular well regarded curriculum suggestions by subject and put it into this guide
    Homeschool Curriculum Guide
    This podcast episode highlights the math suggestions and the next 3 episodes will highlight the other core subjects.
    The math suggestions are in the guide above but also specifically linked here
    Math Mammoth-workbook
    https://www.mathmammoth.com/
    Complete program
    Beast Academy-on line or workbook
    https://beastacademy.com
    Complete program
    Spectrum Math-workbook
    https://www.carsondellosa.com/search-results/?q=spectrum%20math
    Covers all state standards but I’d add more practice with a math app or games if your child needs more review
    Singapore Math-text and workbook
    https://www.singaporemath.com
    (There are different versions to choose from, choosing the newest is likely best)
    Teaching Textbooks-online streaming program with workbook as a backup 
    http://www.teachingtextbooks.com
    We love this program BUT I only suggest this for short term use if you have a kid struggling and needs something engaging. It does not follow typical standards so might not cover all a “typical” grade would cover in a year but it DOES work great for some kids who dislike math, need review, and need something engaging. If you use it from the start it covers all the math skills, however, it may leave gaps if only using for 1 year. But having a child that hates math and not progressing with a program is not productive either. This program is wonderful for some kids who hated math and didn’t understand it but needed something different. 
    The levels DO NOT match grades, so use the placement test to determine level. 
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    • 15 min
    Recommended Homeschool Books

    Recommended Homeschool Books

    Many parents new to homeschooling often immediately think “what curriculum or program should I buy” when in reality, that question should be much further down the list. Every family comes to homeschooling for different reasons but regardless of that reason, a parent should really take some time to think about what they want for their child’s education, as well as, what their child needs to learn best. These are two separate issues to think about. Both are are very important though to determine how to move forward in determining how and what to teach your child(ren). 
    The good news is there are a variety of social media groups, blogs, articles, and books to learn from and get insight for your educational needs. It’s important to take time to research, think and formulate your own educational philosophies and needs for YOU and YOUR CHILD. Once you think a bit deeper about your needs, you may find that what you want for your child isn’t “traditional” and you want something more natural or developmental. On the flip side, you may find that you want something more rigorous and challenging. Each child is different and it will be easier to target curriculum or programs that might work for you and your child once you dive deeper into these ideas.
    Here’s a list of well regarded books to explore education and homeschooling as a larger issue. It’s by no means an exhaustive list and there are many books available through your library e media, amazon, Kindle, or perhaps even a fellow homeschooler can loan you one. Reading just a few of these will very likely get you thinking differently about education and sharpen your educational goals. You will find it’s much easier to continue your homeschool journey with a better foundation.
    Educational Realities (or why you should homeschool)
    Dumbing Us Down by John Taylor Gatto
    Why Are You Still Sending Your Kids to School by Blake Boles (releasing soon)
    Free to Learn by Peter Gray 
    John Holt-any of his books
    Homeschool Styles/Philosophies 
    The Brave Learner: Finding Everyday Magic in Homeschool, Learning, and Life by Julie Bogart (www.bravewriter.com)
    The Unschooling Journey by Pam Laricchia
    Unschooled: Raising Curious, Well-Educated Children Outside the Conventional Classroom by Kerry McDonald, forward by Peter Gray 
    Rethinking School: How to Take Charge of Your Child's Education By Susan Wise Bauer
    A Literary Education by Emily Cook 
    How to books
    Project Based Learning by Blair Lee & Samantha Cook
    The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer (caveat:this is a lengthy book that can feel intimidating and overwhelming, however, if used as a guide, it can be very helpful for those interested in a more rigorous and/or classical education model)
    Cathy Duffy's 102 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum
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    • 22 min
    Finding the Silver Linings

    Finding the Silver Linings

    In this episode I share some silver linings and positive things that have come out of this situation.
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    • 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

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Helpful, welcoming podcast

Ann is lovely to listen to! We homeschool our now 10 & 7 year old daughters, and I get so much inspiration here — everything from specific daily schooling ideas to bigger picture themes, and even some reassurance & motivation. Love it!

God bless you man ,

Great information!

I’ve been binge-listening to this podcast series over the past couple of weeks. I love her down-to-earth and easy style! She has useful information for anyone homeschooling (traditional, eclectic or even unschoolers). I’ve also enjoyed the different topics she discusses and have found new tips or tricks with each one! I like that they are shorter podcasts (<30 mins) and have been great for car rides. Highly recommend this series!!

NicolaNEA ,

Enjoying!

I am in my 7th year of homeschooling and found this podcast several months ago. I am enjoying it so much as Ann provides insights and inspiration for a variety of ages and stages. I also like that the average length of each episode is less than 30 minutes, because I can usually listen all at once, rather than having to pause and return to an episode at a later time. Thank you!

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