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Here's a picture of a word wall tree I made for my daughter.
I bought the brown wrapping paper at the local dollar store, measured the length to the wall, cut the base, folded and wrinkled it to resemble a tree trunk, cut rounded areas to resemble the trunk branching out, did the same for the branches and stapled them to the trunk, cut cloud shaped leaves from poster board and tacked it to the wall. In some spots, I needed to staple the individual leaves to each other overtop the branches. This gives it a 3D effect. I still need to laminate the leaves. We'll be adding words written onto individual leaves and taping them to the tree after I get it laminated.
Here's a blog about our homeschooling space:
Of course, I've already changed the room by adding a small bookshelf back-to-back to my teacher's desk, adding the word wall tree (above), and removing some of the posters so I need to write an updated blog.
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This is one of my favorite homeschooling spaces I've found.
Getting Ready for Homeschool Do's and Don'ts
blog by Tabitha
Teaching Techniques and Resources
By Kathy Ceceri, About.com Guide
This post was modified from its original form on 02 Sep, 20:01
This is an excellent starting point if you are considering or just starting homeschooling.
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This is my most favorite homeschool resource, by far!!!
I don't know what I'd do without it. There's a FREE weekly topic even though you do have an option to subscribe to the site. I use this almost every single day. There's just about any subject / topic imaginable. I use it so much after the first few months homeschooling, I got the subscription which, by the way, is tremendously affordable and we are on an extremely tight budget.
Since my daughter is ADD, the interaction this site provides helps to keep her attention much better than just the textbooks and workbooks.
It keeps me from having to do so much researching the Internet to find things interesting enough for her when it's time for me to introduce a topic within a subject. This is my most highly recommended sites and no I'm not getting paid to say that.
(over 3rd grade)
Subject: Science & Social Studies
(Subsription required. You decide if pricing is right for you. Also, check with the Homeschool Buyers Co-op to see if they are offering the subscription at a discount. They do from time to time.)
Discovery Education Streaming
Subject: Reading & Social Studies (History)
Magic Tree House website
books by Mary Pope Osborne
This is the teacher's resources page: