Incorporating “toys” into the curriculum
Homeschooled parents may feel that they need to offer a lot of the things schools do. That can get pricey, especially with the neat things science labs and art rooms have. But you can get reasonable substitutions at a much lower price than schools pay just by checking out Amazon.com or Toys R Us (and keep an eye out for sales to really get a good deal).
Many of these toys are “not intended as an educational aid” - but could easily be used that way. For example, the EyeClops'>http://www.amazon.
uses a TV screen to magnify objects. It’s not as good as a “real” microscope and prepared slides, but could be used with early science work. High school ceramics classes have pottery wheels, and you can buy one like http://www.target.com/Faber-
And be creative - kids can learn while playing. There are links to pages that use http://www.marshall.edu/lego/
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