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RECOMMENDED TOOLS AND RESOURCES

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During my journey of homeschooling my children, blogging, working as a virtual assistant, I have encountered great tools and resources. Therefore, I would like to share some homeschool and blog tools and resources I recommend to my readers. Thus, you can save your time, money, and energy with the right products to ease your life.  

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HOMESCHOOL

Homeschool tools can cost a very wide range of expense. You can spend as little as possible or the opposite. You are the one who determine your standard. Parents should be the ones who love children more than anyone else and parents knows them the best. You can be as frugal as you want or you can, but you need to give the best education to your children based on your capacity because education is the right they need to receive.

As long as you can afford, it is great to have the best tools because you can give better learning facilities to children so it will create more supportive condition. Here are some homeschool tools and resources or curriculums you might want to check out

All About Learning Press

This is a wonderful curriculum set to teach children reading and spelling. There are 4 levels available in each of the series. Children can take the placement test to know their level.

WriteShop

We really love this curriculum because it also teaches me how to overcome my lack of confidence in teaching writing. Writeshop has all levels of lessons from the basic elementary to the middle and high school. It doesn't only teach children with some rigid writing and grammar theory, but it applies some creative writing as well.

Bright Ideas Press store

We have used BIP products during our homeschool. We really love Wonder Map to accompany the history and geography learning. There are also several subjects that need maps. Besides, Mystery of History and The Northstar Geography are terrific resources to accompany children learning geography. If you have middle schoolers and homeschoolers, this will be the fit product.
Bright Ideas Press also provides sets of Christian high school curriculum, Illumination

Not consumed has several both Christian and secular products for homeschool families.  With this brand, we have used several product for our morning cycle.

  • The Organize My Homeschool courses is really good for everyone who has just started yet. Thank you to invite me to be tidier in my life with this course.
  • A Content Heart - Struggling to fight off the me-first "gimmie" attitude that consumes kids today? What we need is a better understanding of what God's Word says regarding this matter. This study can help.
  • My Brothers Keeper - This study will help you equip your children to actually deal with their siblings and grow their faith in the process. It's about time for some peace around your house, isn't it?
  •  Developing A Quiet Time - It is not easy to get children read and think about the bible. This is the right study to use.

We have been using the literature guides from this wonderful publisher since our children start the middle school level. We love the courses for parents who start to homeschool the children. Even I was encouraged and inspired to homeschool our sons through high school after joining the course.

Do you like history? Yes, we do. We are crazy of history. I mean, we are huge fan of the world history. We use the Story of the World with a lot of help from the TimeLine notebooking pages and Project Passport World History Studies

We love all products from Homeschool in The Woods and 

Poetry and a Movie Horizontal Square

Through the use of movies and engaging videos, this study introduce the classics to a new generation. It brings the master poets into the 21st century with the help of technology. 

Using these simple techniques, poetry comes to lifeWith a simple formula, this study bring these classic poems to life and start engaging your children in a literature adventure.

Fun to Learn has 2 wonderful products we love so much. First of all, we use The Organized Homeschool Life to reorganize and to get our homeand our homeschool renewed. Next, The Grammar Galaxy is a fun series for children to learn grammar through the space stories

Sex Ed series

This 3-part series of parent-child Bible studies is designed to help children understand biblical sexuality.

  • The Talk (for ages 6-10)
  • Changes (for ages 8-12)
  • Relationships (for ages 11-14

We use all of this books for our sex education to our sons. We even keep reviewing the lessons.

Experience Astronomy

Astronomy has given a great contributor to the human life since the ancient time until now. This astronomy study is very cool and kids love it so much. I would like to recommend children to take this lesson.

If you love geography, this course will get your children going around the world. There are 132 lessons to explore the famous countries. Through the lessons, children will learn about the land, the people, the country, and the culture of each of the country. 

If you do Christian classical education for the logic and rhetoric levels (6-12 grade levels), then you really need to check out this store.

  • Philosophy Adventure™ is designed to help students 6th-12th grade cultivate and defend a biblical worldview by teaching them how to write skillfully, think critically, and speak articulately as they explore the history of ideas.
  • We also love The Wise Woman that enchants readers while it contrasts the ugliness of pride, selfishness and conceit with the beauty of humility, sacrifice, and compassion.
Schoolhouse Teachers

Where else can you get the most various courses for homeschool children with a huge range of subjects and grade levels you can use for multiple children in a great deal price? The Schoolhouse Teachers provide an economical price of yearly family subscription. We use it for several months and love the elective and interest courses.

The Crafty Classroom

If you have young learners, then you should not miss the products in this store. I really love the cute graphics. The small children will love anything from the Crafty Classroom, starts from the alphabet products, bible products, geography products, etc. They will love to learn with the wonderful graphics and content.

I started homeschool from the scratch and I wish Pam Barnhill helped me to set up my planning and morning time activities. Well, it is not too late for me now to refresh my homeschool. I really love the morning cycle activities and resources from Homeschool Solutions. To start with, you need to check out her book 

Better Together: Strengthen Your Family, Simplify Your Homeschool, and Savor the Subjects That Matter Most

Fearless Homeschool

Do you start homeschool children or do want to refresh your homeschool? I started doing the courses on July 2018. Here are some courses you will need to check out:

This site motivates me to do notebooking pages activities with children and later I created my own notebooking pages to meet my customized needs of children. You can download free product sample before deciding to be a lifetime member. Checkout the features now.

Do your children cook or do you teach them cooking? This cute bunder will be useful to record and track their cooking activities. Even it can be a reference for the cooking activities.

I know it's a big part of your parenting - to pass on cooking skills. If you're not quite sure where to start, what your kids can do, or how to get over their negative attitudes, I have to recommend Katie's classes. Her heart of a teacher shows in every video and the fun phrases and simple strategies she'll teach your kids are priceless (seriously - think sleep for you and life skills for your kids! Win win!).

Do you have nature walk in your homeschool or do you want to start it? Then, you will come to the right store. Our Journey Westward products are all about the Charlotte Mason homeschool style. We love all of nature walk resources in this store.

“There is no school equal to a decent home and no teacher equal to a virtuous parent.”

- Gandhi -

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MUSIC AND ARTS

Character education is the most important for children. That is one reason we homeschool kids. On the other hand, The academic life is very important to live in the real world. However, art education is not less important for the mental health and it also has a good prospect for the life in the future. That's why, we don't ignore the arts education, including music. Here are some products we would like to recommend.

Clubhouse Monthly Subscription

Wondered how in the world to get started in art?

What about the world of chalk pastels?

Well, we thought if we put all our best tips in one place and added in some free tutorials – that would be a great start! So we created our FREE Get Started in Chalk Pastel Art Video Art Lessons for you!


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The Masterpiece Society Class has several arts classes with various media and and skills. We loves the art appreciation classes as well as the mix media classes. Now it has drawing, watercolor, acrylics, and pastels.

If you love visual arts experiments with various media and you want children learn the artist appreciation, then you need to check out this store, This arts classes fit the classical education as well.

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Sparketh is the best new way to learn art online. Learning art with Sparketh is fun

and effective. For a monthly subscription of $25, you will gain unlimited access to

a library of 100+ bite-sized video lessons taught by talented mentors. Sparketh

integrates and develops emerging technologies to create more effective learning

experiences for young self learners aged 10 – 18 years old.

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Like the name, Super Quiet Uninterrupted Listening Time, Squilt broadens the children knowledge of the classical music. The items of listening includes the instruments, dynamic, tempo, and some knowledge of the great composers.

If you do the classical education like we do, SQUILT will be a wonderful resources to learn the classical music in general. 

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Music in our homeschool courses are very fun to do with the whole family members. There are also ranges of courses in this site. Our favorites are 

There are also several classical music courses you can access

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Skype guitar lessons for kids

Inga Hope is a wonderful guitar teacher that introduce my son to play guitar. Check out our review about the Gentle guitar and get the free trial.

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This 9-volume DVD series contains 36 complete step-by-step lessons, taught by Master Artist Pat Knepley. Her warmth and engaging personality captures the attention of children, draws them into the learning process, and leads them through a successful drawing experience in every lesson. Check out more details about this program

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When you homeschool your children, you have to make sacrifices: of your time, of your energy, of your money. Speaking of money, you know, when I look back, living on one income all those years meant we didn’t drive expensive cars or go on extended high-end vacations. But that wasn’t important. What was important was that we had time together…nothing can replace that. You can have that time too. Concentrate on the positives, and enjoy your time with your kids. You won’t be sorry.”

- Barbara Frank -

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INTENTIONAL LIFE

In the middle of the busy life, it is very important for everyone to live intentionally because that will make our life more meaningful. Here are some courses that I like to refresh and rebuild myself to be more productive peacefully.

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Have you yearned to get into a morning routine that begins with time to fill your soul before the rest of the household needs you?  Crystal Paine of MoneySavingMom.com has created a brand-new 14-day course that walks you how to do just that!  Her 14-day Make Over Your Mornings course walks you, step-by-step, through a process that creates a routine

Do you have hope and dreams for the future but you struggle to figure out how to turn

those dreams into realistic goals?  Crystal and Jesse Paine of MoneySavingMom.com

have created a brand-new 4-week course that walks you through how to do just that! 

Their Make Over Your Year course is a simple, effective 4-week, hands-on course

designed to help you take your big dreams and ideas and turn them into realistic goals

and a doable action plan.

Have you tried to create an evening routine in the past and been frustrated because you just can’t figure out how to follow through successfully? Believe me when I tell you that you are NOT alone! 

That’s exactly why Crystal Paine of MoneySavingMom.com created a 14-day Make Over Your Evening course designed to give you hope – and a step-by-step plan so you don’t have to keep going to bed each night feeling like you’re just spinning your wheels and getting nowhere! 

Ready to prioritize your health so you can feel better and get more done?

Want to boost your energy, feel less exhausted, and take better care of your body and your mind?

Wish you could set realistic goals for self-care that you can actually follow through with?

Then, you need to check out the 15 Days to Healthier You by Crystal Paine

Time management is the problem for many people including me. 

What you need is someone who will challenge you to get up and take action!

You need that kick in the pants to stop collecting great ideas and go out and actually start changing your life!

4 Weeks to a More Productive Life gives you practical strategies to help you get up and take action!

No More Angry Mom: Becoming a Gentle Mother Through Practice & Prayer

Is your emotion uncontrollable or difficult to control like mine? Then, this product is for you.

“Positive thinking is powerful thinking. If you want happiness, fulfillment, success and inner peace, start thinking you have the power to achieve those things. Focus on the bright side of life and expect positive results.” 

- Germany Kent -

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Blogging

The basic technical foundation of blogging is the hosting. It is where all database and files are managed and kept. During my blogging history, I have tried several hosting and this time, I am using the extended A2 Hosting with the turbo feature. 

I can see a very clear result that my site is much faster and safer. I really love the customer service as well. 

Blog themes are like the clothes of a site. I use Genesis framework several times in this blog. People said it is the standard of the industry. Even I purchased the Pro Plus plan because I love changing themes

Anchored Theme

I like to have some feminine themes occasionally. When I use the Genesis Framework, I will use the themes from Restored 316 Designs. You will get fabulous feminine Wordpress themes. It also has the business planner that I used.

Better WordPress Content

I love everything about Thrive Themes because all products with this brand are high converting. It is not only about themes, but there are several plugins I use from this brand, including the Thrive leads (The opt in forms), Thrive Architecture (The landing page builder and post editor), and several other plugins. Those plugins can be integrated with any themes I install in my sites.

Warfare Plugins

If you see the sharing buttons in this site, that is the work of Social Warfare. This is a premium plugin, but it worths to pay because I can customize what I want to share.

If you see the pop up in the bottom right corner of this site, that is the work of Milotree plugin. well, I use the premium plugin because I can customize it better than the free version.

WP Rocket - WordPress Caching Plugin

WP Rocket is a cache plugin that makes my site run faster. I have been using it for several years and it is awesome!


I create a set of basic planners for myself to help me manage my time. Today I am giving away a free set of printable undated planners to help you like how they help me. This freebie set is a part of the Ultimate Life Planner set. #FREEPrintable #Planner #TimeManagement #Productivity

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