Get Crafty with Craftsy! Free Online Classes are available!

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What is Craftsy?

Craftsy is a worldwide craft community that offers online classes.  Craftsy has something for just about everyone, from quilting, sewing, knitting, painting, photography, gardening and cooking!

Why should I take a class online?

Craftsy courses provide you with the convenience of a world-class instructor in your home, whenever you want to learn. Online education, no matter what subject, is a great alternative to in-person classes for many reasons. The main one that comes to mind is convenience.

You can begin with free online classes at Craftsy.  Here are a few great options to keep you occupied this winter!

Happy Crafting with Craftsy!

Free Online Homeschool Resource Roundup!

When I first began homeschooling I was told that you can basically homeschool for free using the web.  Well, I was a little bit skeptical and went out and purchased books anyway.  After three years, I’ve gained a little more confidence and realized that it’s okay to try things until you find whatever works!

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Here are a few of my favorite resources for teaching at home.  You can use these as a full curriculum or as a supplement – even if you are not a full time home educator.

Star Fall – Learn to Read with Phonics {Free}  Pre-K and Kindergarten
This is and was a great resource for my kids when they were just starting school and learning how to read.  It offers games and makes learning fun.  Your Pre-K student can navigate this site easily.  They are so adorable when you see that little hand on the computer mouse working. 🙂

All -In- One Homeschool – Complete Online Curriculum {FREE}  Pre-K – 8th
Luckily, I stumbled upon this at the end of the last school year.  We had previously purchased a full online curriculum for $500 that just did not work for my daughter.  She was bored out of her mind with it.  So one month before school ended, I switched curriculum.  Crazy right?!  What can I say?  She loves A-I-O-Homeschool!  There is so much to offer – from foreign language, computer basics, building a blog?!! Yes you read that right :), and music!  There is even a FB group for support.  High school courses are being added too!  You can watch the video to see how it works here.

Kahn Academy – K – 12 Math {Free}
Kahn Academy teaches through videos.  There are sample problems and additional problems offered if your child needs a little extra practice.  Kahn Academy is always adding new content.  Besides Math, they are currently offering science including biology, chemistry, and physics.