Monopolycitystreets online game

September 18, 2009

monopoly city streets
My kids and I are all playing Monopolycitystreets. I was attracted to the game because you play online with people all over the world. That just strikes me as being a pretty cool thing to do.
I wasn’t sure of the educational merit of the game, though. I have encouraged my Entrepreneurship class at co-op to play, but unless they plan to become property magnates – this might not teach them all that much.
BUT – it ended up providing a great impromptu geography lesson this morning. My teenage sons started searching all over the world for a nice long street to buy (as in the board game, you buy a street and put up buildings on it). They tried every major world city they could think of – and everything was bought up. Eventually the used an atlas to find cities and my one son now ‘owns’ a street he can’t even pronounce as it is in Russian (in one of the ‘stans’).
I know everyone is going to be getting on tomorrow again to continue buying and building. I hope the learning continues too!

UPDATE: I just made a Squidoo lens about this game – visit for links to the rules, online forums and other relevant information


Looking for homeschool curriculum at a good price?

August 29, 2009

booksHomeschooling can get pricey – especially if you have a few children. We all know we can look on Amazon and eBay for resources, but here are 5 other places I use regularly:

1. Rainbow Resource:They have such a huge selection, that you are sure to find what you are looking for – and at the best price. Spend enough ($150) and shipping is free. I buy gifts here as well as curriculum as they have a great variety.

2.  Home Science Tools: As their name states, they specialize in science curriculum and ‘toys’. They have science kits for practically every science curriculum there is. Order a catalog!

3. The Homeschool Buyers Co-op . The Homeschool Buyers Co-op is a free homeschooling organization.  Co-op membership is free and  entitles homeschooling families to discounts from over a hundred educational suppliers.  They also sponsor “Group Buys” for curriculum packages that save homerschooling families lots of money. I have bought a number of items from them – My Access (a writing package with online grading); Thinkwell’s High School Government course (which my son loves) and Meet the Masters Art program are the most recent. They negotiate really really good prices – and I have discovered many products I didn’t even know existed.

4. is the place to go to find used curriculum. You can buy and sell for free here, and the site is easy to use (unlike Vegsource) and has many many listings, so there is a good chance you will find what you are looking for.

5. lists the cheapest place to find a specific book. It links to sites like Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc.  Before I found this site,I would have to go from one site to the other comparing which was cheapest. This website does it all for you.

Hello world!

August 28, 2009

First day of blogging! I am a homeschool mom of 4 – but my oldest is not at home any more. She finished our homeschool journey and now is a film major in Los Angeles.

My blog will be about the things I learn and find out as I homeschool 2 high schoolers and a 4th grader, as I teach at our local homeschool co-op and as I coach the academic teams of our homeschool support group.

I hope that the research I have done, my successes and failures and my experiences will help others as they homeschool, teach in schools, or just supplement their children’s education.