Friday Freebies from This Old Schoolhouse

I'm catching up so here's a hodgepodge of freebies on-line to help with homeschooling.

You Need a Story. you need to go to his site to sign up for his free weekly newsletter. Each newsletter will have a story. This is part of what he has to say:

At our house, reading aloud to the children is one of the pillars of their early education. And when I read to my own, I'd love to have your young'ns gather 'round with them. There's always room for a couple more.

In fact, if you'll let me know where to send it, I'll be glad to email you a FREE audio story each and every week in our FREE Weekly Newsletter. Sometimes I'll do the reading, sometimes it may be someone else. But each installment brings you an exhilarating audio adventure ---unabridged, of course---to enrich your children's minds (not to mention keep them occupied with something beneficial while you get other things done). The selection may be one of the great classics. Or, it may be one of those hidden gems from the vast wealth of children's literature. Or, it may be an enthralling story that has never yet been published. But it will always be clean, wholesome, and enjoyable for the whole family.

Home with Kids has a number of links that go to free homeschooling resources. this is what they have to say:
Most of the links listed below will take you to free resources. There are so many wonderful free educational sites now available online, that I can't possibly list them all. Use the links below as a starting point, but don't be afraid to explore what the world wide web has to offer.
The International Bible Society has a couple of videos that can be viewed on "who is Jesus" and "he has done it" Check them out.

Want to make a smoothie with your children? Check out Elkan's Paradise Smoothie.

I haven't had the time to really listen to this site called Just One More Book. It is a podcast on books.

Lessons at Home with Kids
. This is a site with different monthly activities. A link that is from the same folks also does activities topically.

Family Education has a St Patricks day activity, a craft, and st paddy's cookie recipe.

Handwriting Helps

This Old Schoolhouse sends out emails to me every week. They often have a great deal of good information in them. Today's email contained places to find help with teaching children good handwriting skills.

These are the links

ready for kindergarten. This page lists a bunch of different activities to help children learn skills they need in order to perform other skills later. Good resource I think.

ABC teach. This site allows a person to download pages to help with learning how to print and write. Saves a person time in having to create these pages on their own. In the long run, this is a paid for service site, but they do have some pages listed for free.

Handwriting Worksheets. The URL in this page seems to indicate that is also comes from the ABC teach page, but the page is set up differently. Whether it is or not, free pages saves me time and energy in making them myself.

ESL Writing Wizard brings us this site on writing in Paragraphs.

Handwriting for Kids. Basic copying pages for children to learn good style in printing.

I managed to continue this theme by doing a search on my own.

Young Minds Handwriting Practice Sheets. Some of their items have been discontinued on-line and need to be purchased, but they contain more than the practice your letters pages. They have some "pre-writing" pages as well.

Tracer pages is a rather neat site. They allow you to make differently themed pages using different styles of printing. I never knew that there were different styles before. Apparently there is Zaner-Bloser, d'nealian, and cursive. Cursive I knew but the other two I did not.

Handwriting Pages is a site the is a compilation of handwriting pages on the web. I have not looked through all the sites, the ones I saw looked either useless or okay.

Alphabet Printable Materials
this site looks promising.

Handwriting worksheets has this to say about itself
Print the Handwriting Worksheets to make a handwriting book for each letter of the alphabet. For each letter, there are 5 different printable handwriting worksheets for 2 styles of writing. The first five are Zaner Bloser style, the next five are D'Nealian style. Print the handwritng worksheets and bind together to make a book.
There were lots more pages that I could examine, but I figured this gave me a place to start.
We are as of yet, a couple years away from printing, and at least four from writing. :)