Sunday, November 21, 2010

Online Homeschool Shopping Spree

Yes, I have been reckless this evening and ordered the following educational materials:

You know I always love the…
MATH MANIPULATIVES!

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- TWO SETS of 8 small geometric solids (for fun, “grab bag” match-up activities and later geometry)

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- Base Ten (Standard) Flats, Set of 10 (Blue) (for place value)

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- Montessori-style number cards (for place value) – I watched a video on the use of the Tens Board and think we can implement something similar that will go well with the rods and other manipulatives we have so far.  I like how in the videos, this teacher always takes out the manipulatives and puts them back one at a time.  This is the awesomely inspiring Montessori repsect for materials… and it makes me wish, for the millionth time since my friend started telling me about her daughter’s Montessori journey, that it suited my slapdash messy style a bit better.  :-( blah.

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- TWO 5 x 5 Geoboards, for fun and also later geometry studies

But then, we also deeply needed these…
OTHER EDUCATIONAL TOYS/SUPPLIES:

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- Montessori-style hammering set – GZ will (hopefully!) love this!  Hammering = cool!

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- Composers Fandex – to help us with our Charlotte Mason inspired forays into classical music… in a not-too-heavy kind of way…

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- Doesn’t every kid need a little DIY skeleton???

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- TWO Communicator Clearboards:  these are dry- or wet-erasable boards that you slide worksheets into so you can reuse them again and again… saves paper and hopefully not as clumsy as a big whiteboard…

And, of course, what homeschool doesn’t need…
BOOKS!

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- Pre-pre-pre-phonics program for GZ!

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- Two last books to go with our Living Learning science curriculum.  I am enjoying the Usborne books this curriculum recommends more than I expected.  They look cheesy, but are almost without exception well-done:  light and pleasant to read.

Drat – I just found out that Rainbow has the Plants one… dratty.  Could have saved a bit on shipping.  Should have checked first – live and learn, I guess…

Astonishing what one debit card can accomplish in such a short amount of time!  But now I am thinking I’d better get to bed before I buy anything else…

3 comments:

  1. Awesome shopping spree! I want to see that hammering thing when it comes in... looks very cool!

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  2. B"H. Fascinating! Can I ask where you purchase these items? I'd like to get some for my homeschooled kiddies too...

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