Written by Annette Breedlove for Intoxicated On Life

My four older kids all have their own tablets. We originally got them so the kids could use educational apps to improve their reading and math skills. The kids are allowed to play games on them, but we decided when and for how long. We chose to focus on these no-guilt kids apps that educate and entertain. We have set rules and apps they must do before playing on them non-stop. It has been fun to search and find educational apps they love and enjoy.

Apps are a great way to increase their learning in a fun, interactive way. Apps can be great for any age and any subject and can be used anywhere. And they are easily accessible on an iPad, iPod, iPhone or Android device. Read more here!

Written by Sharla Kostelyk at The Chaos And The Clutter

Are you struggling to create an inspired classroom for your kiddos to learn? Here is a wonderful classroom to give you all sorts of inspiration!

Our homeschool classroom is all about functionality. Years ago, we decided to convert our family room which almost never got used into a homeschool room. We tore up the old carpet and painted the floor. This may not be the most attractive flooring solution, but it was cost effective and it is easy to sweep up bits of paper and scraps from crafting and I never have to worry about the kids ruining the floor by spilling paint. Read more here!

Unit Studies typically refer to using one topic as a way to study more than one subject at a time. Unit Studies are a great way to teach multiple kids of different ages. We used them constantly when studying history and science when our kiddos were in elementary grades. The Pinay Homeschooler has compiled a crazy fantastic list of Unit Studies! Head over HERE and pick your favorites to do with your kiddos this year!

Written by The Homeschool Scientist

Chemistry experiments are a great way to get kids excited about studying chemistry even at a young age. I mean, what kid doesn’t think about creating bubbling magic potions or sending secret messages?

The study of chemistry has a scary connotation for many people. Chemistry has this stigma of being only for really, really smart students who want a career in the sciences. The truth is that, like all science, chemistry is everywhere. It is in the way water freezes into ice. It is in the way apples turn brown when you leave their flesh exposed to the air. Chemistry is in the way sugar dissolves in water.

Showing how chemistry is involved in everyday life can take that scary factor out of studying chemistry for students. When it comes time to study chemistry, they will be more excited about jumping in. Read more here!

Crayola is a homeschooling staple! They are currently offering a 10% discount on a purchase of $30 or more!

One of the fun things that crayola offers is customized products. So, grab a “Happy Birthday, Betty” box of crayons or a “You did a great job, Joe” set of markers for your kiddos today!

Color and Draw Products at Crayola

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Saving money on school supplies always feels great! Head over to Discount School Supply and see what great finds you can discover!

Classroom furniture, art supplies and even curriculum can be found on this site for a discounted price! Check this out when planning purchases for your kiddos!

Find affordable early childhood curriculum resources to meet each child’s individual needs and prepare for kindergarten.

Written by Melissa Camara Wilkins for Simple Homeschool

Teenagers are awesome.

The teenagers I know have interesting ideas, share perspectives I haven’t thought of, and are still open to learning even as they’re showing me new ways of looking at things.

At the same time, being the parent of homeschooled teens has opened up a whole new list of fears and expectations and things to worry about (hooray?):

Does interest-led learning work for teens? What will they do all day? What SHOULD they do all day? Are they doing enough? What IS enough, anyway? Read more here!

Written by John Clark for Seton Magazine

During this past academic year, for a host of financial, medical, and work-related reasons, I have become the primary homeschooling parent in the Clark house.

From this perspective as a homeschooling Dad, I thought that looking back on what I have learned over this past year might benefit you readers, especially fathers. Read more here!

Written by Laura Vanderkam for Fast Company

Homeschooling has become increasingly popular in the past few years. The National Center for Education Statistics estimates that 3.4% of Americans aged 5-17 were homeschooled in 2012. While that’s not a huge proportion, it’s a more than 50% increase from 2003.

Plenty of families would like to try it. However, many are held back by the assumption that one parent (likely Mom) would have to stop working. But talk to homeschooling parents and you find that a number are attempting the ultimate “second shift”: building a career while running a small school operation at the same time.

It sounds crazy, but it’s doable for people committed to the approach. Catherine Gillespie, a marketing consultant, says that combining the two means she earns a good living while “getting to give my kids individualized educations that really meet their needs.” Read more here!