Recommended Educational Resources by Homeschoolers for 2016!

Whatever you’re planning for your child’s 2016 homeschool or out-of-school activities, don’t miss these terrific educational resources recommended by homeschoolers! Now on sale at Educents for a limited time!

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Life of Fred books

“As a child, I always hated math, even though I was good at it because it was soon boring. When I heard about Fred, I knew he had to be a part of our homeschool. My kids absolutely LOVE when it’s math time, and they are learning a ton about how to apply math to everyday practical situations.” – Emily of Smith Squad

“I love the way the math is naturally integrated into Fred’s life, showing the importance of it in day-to-day life. The chapters are laugh-out-loud funny, and I often get asked to read “just one more.” I’ve never been a huge fan of math workbooks and worksheets, so the combination of math and story is a major win in my books!” – Jamie of Simple Homeschool

“My favorite resource at Educents at the moment is Life of Fred. There are so many to choose from; I picked the Elementary Series. My kids love these books; we have them up to high school now. My most recent order was Life of Fred Chemistry. My kids will do these without arguing and love Fred and Kingie!” – Lisa of Chickens and Bunnies Homeschool loves the Life of Fred Elementary Books

“Life of Fred Early Readers series has been a game changer in our homeschool! Both my 6 & 4-year-old boys beg me to do their reading lessons now that we have added Life of Fred. I have noticed an increase in their fluency and comprehension.” – Amy of Busy Boys Brigade recommends the Life of Fred Beginning Readers

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Writecraft and Mathcraft Units

“The writing portion of this resource was the first time EVER that my oldest son ever willing wrote anything! He was excited to write instead of hating it.” – Lisa Marie of The Canadian Homeschooler


Magic School Bus Science Experiments

“I absolutely love Magic School bus and all it has to offer. Each month you get a different science kit to take a Magic School Bus adventure. If you search really hard, online you can even find curriculum to go with each science kit and the episode from the television series.” – Allison of Just Add Coffee

“The Magic School Bus Science Club is something your child gets in the mail each month, for a year! It includes numerous experiments per month, along with most of the materials required. (except household items such as scissors and tape). It is an incredible hands-on learning experience that helps children love science and have fun! My sons, who are 4 and 6, absolutely love it!” – Kelly of Raising Samuels loves the Magic School Bus Science Club

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Times Tales Multiplication videos

“I love Times Tales because it’s made this year’s math lessons so much easier! My kiddos quickly mastered their multiplication tables in one sitting with the movie. It’s been such a blessing–instead of drills every day, we can take more time to learn the actual concepts behind the facts!” – Celena of The Traveling Sisterhood

“All three of my girls, ages 8 down to 4, loved watching this DVD and learning the stories. In 1 hour, both of my older girls had memorized their upper times tables! And the real kicker is I was only trying to teach one!” – Jenn of Chaotic Bliss Homeschooling also loves Times Tales

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Minecraft Mod Design

“I love that you can be totally creative, and these are all hands-on. Helps to build critical thinking skills too.” – Amy from Not Your Average Homeschool Mom

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“Learn to Mod Minecraft is an amazing program that teaches my son, a Minecraft lover, important computer programming skills through a game he loves to play. The lessons are easy to use, fun and engaging. I love that he is a learning a skill that I am not able to teach him.” – Amy of Teaching in Blue Jeans on Learn to Mod Minecraft

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King Tut Mini Unit

“My son loves history (he gets it from me), and I love to throw in “extras” to feed the need for more than what our curriculum calls for. Mini-units are great for that, and this was one of our favorites because we both love Ancient Egypt!” – Tabitha of Life Learning Homeschool

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“I love that you can be totally creative, and these are all hands-on. Helps to build critical thinking skills too.” – Kayla of The Arrowood Zoo

“We LOVE Magformers in our homeschool! They are a high-quality toy that provide hours of creative play. They are a great way to bring the fun back into your homeschool; your kids won’t even realize they are learning all about structures and geometric shapes and architecture (bonus!).” – Rebecca of Hip Homeschooling


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Violin Starter Set

“The violin starter set includes everything a budding violinist needs to begin their studies. The instrument is well made and economical. The lessons that are included are a huge money saver!” – Shelly of Free Homeschooling 101

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Spectacular Space Unit Study

“A great resource for young astronomers is the Spectacular Space Unit Study. From writing, reading, math, and crafts, this complete unit, with its simple terms, will spark the interest of even your preschoolers!” – Teri of Mommy Wife Life

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Number Formation Poems

“We have these cards laminated because we know they’ll be used for years to come. My son, who learns best through rhyme and tactile input, is learning to write digits using these easy-to-remember number formation poems! I have reduced the size of the cards, added a ring binder, and now have a portable number set. We also use the cards for matching games and learning about quantity. Such a great price for all of the value provided by this set.” – Gabriella, Homeschooling Consultant