How Busy Women Can Get All Their Reading In

Growing up, many women have heard that reading is fundamental. Usually, it’s within the context of someone who failed to read and paid the consequences. However, reading is fundamental to the expansion of the mind. To challenge the brain and get more mental stimulation, a woman should commit to the practice of daily reading. Furthermore, as more ladies are climbing the corporate ladder and becoming dominant forces in the workforce, it’s crucial to remember that leaders are readers. To be able to govern a space and manage its growth well, a woman needs to be well-read and informed. It might seem like an impossible task for the busy woman. However, with intention and the implementation of these tips, any busy woman can get all of her reading in. If you’re a woman who struggles to find the time to get your personal reading in, consider these strategies.
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Learn To Read Online with Reading Eggs

Reading has always been challenging for my two youngest children.  I am getting ready to try an online reading program called Reading Eggs.  I wanted to share it with you guys because right now they are offering a free five-week trial offer. You don’t have to submit a credit card to take advantage of this offer.  This is exciting because I have heard rave reviews of this program!  Good now through 9/30/13.

The Reading Eggs program was developed by a highly experienced team of teachers, educational writers, animators and web developers.  The program is designed for children aged 3 through 12.  They even have apps for learning how to read on mobile devices!  Parents, grandparents and/or teachers are welcome to join the free trial offer.  If your child or a child you know struggles in reading, give it a try.  What do you have to lose? 

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.