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The Autistic Spectrum

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4 Homeschool ~ An Alphabetical Registry for Home School Curriculum, Services and Products; and supplements for Public School Curriculums.

100 Lessons ~ These worksheets go along with every lesson in the book "Teach your child to read in 100 easy lessons". They are for the handwriting assignment at the end of each lesson.

AAA Math:* Hundreds of pages of Basic Math Skills * Interactive Practice on every page * An Explanation of the math topic on each page * Several Challenge Games on every page * Math Problems are randomly created.

Abecedarian Academy Home pre-school site containing lesson plans, skill lists and advice.

An Alphabetical Registry for Home School Curriculum, Services and Products; and supplements for Public School Curriculums.

Ann Zeise's "A-Z Homeschool's Cool" is an excellent site. Articles, resources, games, what's new, news.

Aplusmath.com ~ This web site was developed to help students improve their math skills interactively. Also visit the game room and play exciting games like Matho and Hidden Picture. Test your math skills with our Flashcards! Try out the Math Word Find puzzle. Create and print your own set of flashcards online! More on site, go check it out!

Atlas Of The Body ~ Courtesy of the American Medical Association. Anatomy and medical illustrations.

Awards for all occassions, 2000 free worksheets. (Subjects include: Math, Phonics, Science, Social Studies,Handwriting, Language Arts, and more.)

Awesome Library - where you'll find lessons and info for science, math, social studies and much much more!

Ben's Guide to U.S. Government ~ Subject material for grades K-12 with Ben Franklin as your guide. Excellent site that I use regularly for my unit studies.

Big Chalk ~ The Education Network provides a broad spectrum of educational internet services to teachers, students, parents, librarians ...

Brain Connection ~ great site for all things concerning multiple intelligence learning (the idea that we learn in all sorts of ways - from listening, smells, physical experiences, etc.). It offers all sorts of in-depth articles about multiple intelligence learning in general, as well as a section devoted to bilingual education.

Calculus, algebra, trig, A-to-Z History, Vocabulary Quiz Whiz, Strategies for working with the teacher, principal, and your child to ensure the school year is a successful one.

Captain Underpants! Dav Pilkey's website. Pages with excerpts of Dav's books, game pages, pages to print off and color, info on Dav and much more. :)

Color pages for the seasons, holidays, religious, animals, alphabet, characters (like Blues Clues, Bambi, Barbie, Dragon Ball Z, Jimmy Neutron, Little Bear, Magic Schoolbus and more!)

Cool Math 4 Kids ~ An amusement park of math and more ... kids ages 13-100 algeba teachers parents continuing teacher education science Spike's Game Zone.

Cryptology for Kids ~ Simple, straight-forward website with information, ideas, and activities. It helps kids learn how to use code or ciphers to send or decode secret messages.

Curriculum Ideas, Supplies, Software, Chats and more.

Donna Young Home School Printables and Resources including handwriting and blank forms.

The Magazine for Creative Homeschoolers. Offers a free option as well as subscriber services.

Enrichment page. Lots of links for math, geography, President's Day and much more.

The Family Unschoolers Network provides support for unschooling, homeschooling, and self-directed learning. You will find newsletter articles, reviews, resources, web sites, books and lots of other information to help your homeschooling or unschooling efforts.

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome-Teaching Students with FAS/FAE ~ BC Ministry of Education.

Forms for homeschooling: evaluations, goals sheets, transcripts, planners, attendance and more.

Free lesson plans, downloadable product samples, teaching ideas, and more -- all tied to curriculum; activities, projects, Web links, worksheets, books, and technology products by Macmillan/McGraw-Hill.

Free Literature Based Unit Studies, Free Worksheets

Free Things for Educators ~ Items change weekly: sign up for workbooks, posters, etc., for free.

Free premade unit studies with a variety of thematic study topics. Over 650 free unit studies linked at the site.

Free Unit Studies ~ Over 300 including Africa, Anne Frank, Archaeology, Birds, Civil War, Holidays and much more!

Free worksheets and educational resources.

FunBrain.com - The Internet's #1 Education Site for K-8 Kids ... Games, Math Baseball and more!

Game room, test your math skills with flashcards, Math Word Find puzzle, create and print your own set of flashcards online.

Get Smart Websites ~ Comprehensive site with links for all subjects.

Great homeschooling website includes Free Worksheets, Thrift Stores, Libraries, Public Television, Online Auctions,Thrifty Activities, Free Software,Internet Resources.

GREAT resource for maps! Black and White maps for printing. Teacher-tested lesson plans sorted by geography standard and grade level. New Lesson Plans: Genealogical Atlases and International Alliances.

Happy Child ~ Great resource for free worksheets, educational resources, and much much more.

Highland Heritage has unit studies, forms, info on learning challenges of ADHD and more.

Home school forms printables.

Home School Zone~ lots of great stuff (unit studies, crafts, recipes, "fix-it"corner, and more)

How to start homeschooling

This commercial site is well laid out and contains much useful information. Along with the usual message boards, FAQ and articles such as "One Hour Homeschooling", "The Moore Method" and "Car Schooling", they also provide online classes for a fee.

Homeschool Highway is designed to help the new homeschooler quickly find homeschooling resources. You can also receive the Homeschool Highway to Learning *free* e-mail newsletter filled with *free* homeschooling resources.

Homeschooling Special Kids Preschool Information, Curriculum Page, Speech therapy & Disability information, Lesson Plans, Worksheets, and Unit Study links, Bookstore.

Info on Autism, PDD, family advocacy resources, teacher tips.

Learning in Freedom ~ This site is about learning in freedom, taking responsibility for your own learning. It shows you how to use your own initiative in learning, so you can use schools and teachers just when they are helpful to you, and voluntarily chosen by you.

Learn2 specializes in the training of Microsoft Office & Windows software, business skills, sales training, communication, writing techniques,and more.

Lesson Planning, Printables, Assessment, Research Center, Online Student Activities.

Lesson Plans & Reproducibles, Professional Resources, Authors & Books,Online Activities, Scholastic News Zone.

Links ~ Huge assortment for kids to browse and for home schooling parents.

Literature Page ~ Classic books, plays, stories, poems, essays, and speeches online, brought to you by the creators of The Quotations Page. Their collection currently includes 183 works from 76 authors. More are being added every day.

Math, Science,Weather, Space and Astronomy, U.S. and World History and more !

Mr. Donn's website is a great place to use when planning unit studies.

Patterns,reading,science,,math,mazes,themes,word puzzles,coloring sheets,dot-to-dot and more!

Planet CD - Quality, full-version free software: learning, education, reference and other hard-to-find homeschool software titles. You pay only shipping and delivery. No membership clubs to join, just free homeschool software.

Presidents ~ Everything you need to know.

Pronounciation key ~ This dictionary will pronounce words for you.

Search for sites according to age range or browse by grade level (kindergarten through grade 12).

The Salt Seller is a non-profit organization, the purpose being to provide a source within the Home School Community to locate home school related resources. This includes inexpensive resources for educational materials, helpful articles and other information, and home school organizations and support groups. Our Arizona focus includes a community calendar and a FREE Home School Related Event Notification Service.

Teaching an autistic child to read

Teaching Students with Autism.

Teachnet.com ~Smart tools for busy teachers. Great site loaded with info.

Unit studies the Solar System, Polar Bears, Medieval Times, Ancient Egypt and much more!

Unit Studies for Art & Music, English/Language Arts, Health & P.E., Life Skills/Careers,Math, Science and more!

Unit Study Library. Great site! :)

Veg Source is a great website with boards for swapping homeschooling material and lots of info.

"Weird Kids"

 

"You tell me and I forget. You teach me and I remember. You involve me and I learn." ~  Ben Franklin 
 
 



Books

And What About College?: How Homeschooling Can Lead to Admissions to the Best Colleges & Universities by Cafi Cohen, Patrick Farenga

Easy Homeschooling Techniques by Lorraine Curry, Eva Nance 

Everything You Need to Know About Science Homework (Homework Reference Series) by Anne Zeman

Home Learning Year by Year : How to Design a Homeschool Curriculum from Preschool Through High School by Rebecca Rupp 

Homeschool Your Child for Free: More Than 1,200 Smart, Effective, and Practical Resources for Home Education on the Internet and Beyond by LauraMaery Gold, Joan M. Zielinski

Homeschooling Handbook  by Mary Griffith

Homeschooling: The Teen Years : Your Complete Guide to Successfully Homeschooling the 13- to 18- Year-Old by Cafi Cohen

The Big Book of Home Learning: Getting Started: Introduces All Major Home School Methods & Answers Your Most Frequently Asked Questions by Mary Pride 

The Curriculum Yellow Pages by Deborah Taylor Hough, Leanne Ely, Penny E. Stone

The Home School Source Book by Donn Reed, Jean Reed 

What Your Kindergartner by E. D. Hirsch Jr.

Free Educational Games

Flash cards of letters, numbers, games,and directions for teaching some math with a deck of cards!  Site claims it will stay free and will use/add any new idea.

http://home.netcom.com/~hexchex/flash.html 
Free licensed software for homeschoolers
http://homeschooling.about.com/library/weekly/aa080399.htm 
K-12 games and flash cards-most are free but some are members only ($10/year)
http://www.edu4kids.com/ 
Pre-k thru 2nd grade  & 3rd - 6th grade-Games and fun for most subjects, including pre-algebr
http://www.gamequarium.com 

UNIT STUDIES
Definition: Unit Study approach is when you totally immerse your child in a particular topic. During the study you cover a wide array of subjects in the process. Unit study enthusiasts think this is a more natural approach to learning. You see your topic as part of a "whole" picture. Families can learn topics together, which is a great advantage. Also the unit studies are more interesting and fun than traditional workbook/textbook approach.
 
How to plan a unit study: http://www.geocities.com/Athens/8259/unitstud.html
 
Books On Unit Studies:
 
Amanda Bennett's Unit Study Adventures (PK-8) ~ book lists to help find sources for unit studies
 
Design A Study ~ Products by Kathryn Stout
 
Every Teacher's Thematic Booklist (1-6)  ~ descriptions of books to support unit studies
 
Everything You Need to Know About Unit Studies and Developing a
Love for Learning Through Unit Studies ~ By Jennifer Steward
 
How To Create Your Own Unit Study and The Unit Study Idea Book and Success With Unit Studies ~ By Valerie Bendt
 
Thematic Bibliography (PK-8) ~ literature to complement unit studies
 
LINKS FOR UNIT STUDIES:
http://www.freeworksheets.com/
http://happyhomeschool.familyclassroom.net/Archives.shtml
http://home.att.net/~bandcparker/party.html
http://its.guilford.k12.nc.us/webquests/other.html
http://surfaquarium.com/newsletter/units.htm 
http://www.texashomeeducators.com/unitstudiesmain.htm
http://thesolutionsite.com/lpnew_bin/UI_ClassBrowser/Unit
http://unitstudy.com/
http://unitstudyhelps.com/
http://www.angelfire.com/oh3/homeschooling/Activities.html
http://www.christianhomeschoolers.com/hs/unit.shtml
http://www.cln.org/home.html
http://www.enc.org/weblinks/classroom/online/
http://www.fastq.com/~jbpratt/education/education.html
http://www.ga.unc.edu/NCTA/NCTA/WebQuests.htm
http://www.geocities.com/~perkinshome/homeschool.html
http://www.geocities.com/anissal/units.html
http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Aegean/3446/unitstudies.html
http://www.gomilpitas.com/homeschooling/methods/UnitsFree.htm
http://www.homeschoolzone.com/unit-study/
http://www.homesheart.com/thematicunits.htm
http://www.refdesk.com/history.html
http://www.si.edu/nsrc/pubs/stc/matrix.htm
http://www.starfiresredwall.net/checc/unitstudies.html
http://www.stemnet.nf.ca/CITE/themes.html
http://www.theeducatorsnetwork.com/main/index.htm
http://www.thefourwheelers.com/units/
http://www.thehomeschoolmom.com/unitstudies.html
http://www.themeunits.com/
http://www.thsresources.com/
http://www.wordgallery.net/lpanunits.htm
 

Interactive math worksheets

Printables:
 
K-1 free learning ideas (with household items)
http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/document/curricul/activity/daily.html 
 
Links page to free printables-something for everyone. http://www.shehomeschools.com/freeprintables.html 
 
Preschool coloring pages, flash cards, alphabet pages.
http://www.twsdesigns.com/preschoolprintables.htm 

Science, Social Studies--download a demo of wordsheet or just use worksheets listed. Answer pages included.

Home School Support Lists. Click anywhere on the text below to take you to your e-mail program to send a message requesting subscription.

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AS Learning at Home is a list for families that are home schooling full or part time, or those that are researching the option of homeschooling their autistic spectrum children.

Aut-2-Be Home ~ This list is a collection of families who are homeschooling their autistic spectrum children full-time or part-time.

Click Schooling - Get a FREE curriculum idea every day! Click Schooling makes learning available with just the click of a mouse.

Homefires Journal - Get FREE information about homeschool resources, curriculum ideas, and activities, in a forum that respects all home school methods & philosophies. Special "Guest Members" discuss topics related to homeschooling.

Homeschooling Aspies - This is a list for Christian moms who homeschool (or are seriously considering homeschooling) their children who have been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. All are welcome to join, but there will be a Christian focus to many of the posts.

Homeschool Support - This list is for those needing support, help, and advice about homeschooling, unschooling, eclectic schooling or other alternative educational programs including homeschooling special needs and gifted students. Visit the website for free information, free magazine and more.

Home Schooling Older Kids is a home school e-mail list dedicated to families home schooling kids 11 & up. They share curriculum information,ideas and different teaching methods.

TV Watch - This is an email list to serve as a reminder of the TV Watch weekly listing,posted each Friday, distilling the highlights of Discovery Channel, Learning Channel, Travel Channel, A&E and History Channel.

Lists for used books, curriculum ideas and more!

This list's purpose is to provide a place for homeschoolers to post their curriculum needs, and also those books that they would like to sell. Click anywhere on this text to send an e-mail requesting subscription.

This is the place to shop around for bargains of all kinds: books,tapes, gifts, and more. Find gently used items and some brand new items to purchase from a list of sellers. Click anywhere on this text to send an e-mail requesting subscription.

Homeschooling on a budget. This list is for requests as well as for purchases and selling. Click anywhere on the text to send an e-mail for subscription request.

This list is for buying, selling, and swapping UNSCHOOL stuff. Because unschooling embraces all of life,the books and materials offered can be very diverse. Click anywhere on the text to send an e-mail requesting subscription.

Unschooling ? Homeschooling in a more relaxed way? Want to discuss ways to do it cheaply? Click anywhere on this text to send an e-mail requesting subscription.








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A few of my favorite quotes:

"...schools are just not set up to teach the way long experience has shown people learn. [In formal schooling] too many young people gain nothing except the conviction they are misfits." ~ John Taylor Gatto

"If schools didn't insist on...compulsory attendance, everyone would leave except the teachers who are being paid. Is there anyone out there who doesn't understand this?" ~ John Taylor Gatto

"Schooling and education are not the same thing. Schools are a business having very little to do with education." ~ John Taylor Gatto
 
"I've come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom... As a teacher, I possess a tremendous power to make a child's life miserable or joyous... In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated and a child humanized or de-humanized."  ~ Haim Ginott 
 
"A teacher affects eternity; no one can tell where his influence stops."
~ Henry Adams
 
"It is not enough to prepare our children for the world,
we also must prepare the world for our children." ~ Luis J. Rodriguez