Home School Directory

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Unit Study

Cosmic Classroom (Teaching Modules from Space Center Houston)

Cosmic Classroom is a series of teaching modules available for $25 each from Space Center Houston. These are Unit Studies with a central theme of space. There is necessarily an emphasis on Science with lessons in astronomy, physics, biology, chemistry, geology and more. There are also subjects like math, fine arts, and literature thrown in as well.

The link below will take you to a page outlining the various modules available and their descriptions. At the bottom of the page, you will find a .pdf order form to download and print.

On the menu bar on this page, under “Education Programs”, there is a “Homeschool” option. This page is for their annual Homeschool Day at Space Center Houston. At the time of this posting, their 2012 info is still up, but watch this space for the announcement of their 2013 date. This is an excellent program geared just for those who are learning at home and definitely belongs on your field trip calendar!

Designing Homeschool Unit Studies – For Dummies

Unit studies are very popular with homeschooling families. The general idea is to select a topic and incorporate as many ‘subjects’ into the lesson plans as possible. There are many unit studies already out there (do a quick google search on “Homeschool Unit Studies” and you might be surprised!). However, if you are following your child’s interests to guide your curriculum, you might want to create your own unit study at some point. This page offers a quick guide on how to do just that.

If you’d like to read the entire book, “Homeschooling For Dummies”, there is a link in the right sidebar to purchase it.

Homeschool Buyers Co-Op

Join this co-op for free and use the combined purchasing power of the entire membership (more than 90,000 families) to save 20 – 90% on your homeschool curriculum.

Benefits of (free) Membership:
* Group Buys – Join other co-op members to get volume discounts on curriculum and more
* Coupon Center – featuring some of the deals on the Internet for homeschool educational products and services
* Homeschool Resources – free curriculum, free trip finder, contests and scholarships, local educator discounts, homeschool conferences, money tips
* eStore – save 10% and get instant access to 10,000+ eBooks, mp3′s, and more
* SmartPoints Reward Center – get SmartPoints and spend them on award-winning homeschool curriculum available through the co-op
* Free Homeschool Classifieds – buy or sell used homeschool curriculum
* Free Homeschool ID Cards – free templates to create your own or $6.95 to order hard plastic ID cards (useful for both students and teachers, especially when going on field trips to places that offer discounts to those with student ID’s or for bookstores that offer discounts with a teacher ID)

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Square Foot Gardening

Square Foot Gardening is a revolutionary method of growing food developed by Mel Bartholomew. For those unfamiliar with this method, please see the main website at http://www.squarefootgardening.org to learn about how it works and why it could be a great fit for your family whether you homeschool your child(ren) or not.

The link below is to the curriculum that has been developed for you to use with your child(ren) as you build your gardens and care for your plants, which will eventually end up on your table. The cost is $17.99 for a 55-page, fully illustrated booklet, which is easily adaptable for kids ages 8 – 18.

Projects Include:
- Backyard Garden
- Family History
- Internet
- Field Trips
- Self Discovery
- Science Project
- Vocabulary- Skills
- Math Challenges
- Skill Activities

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Unit Study – States in the US

This page is found in the Homeschooling section of about.com for those familiar with the site. Here you will find links to unit studies on each of the 50 states. Each one contains lessons in Geography as well as facts about each state. These make a very nice, complete book of the United States if you do all 50 and put them together in a binder.

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