Learning together as a family

Raising children is such an amazing journey.  The type of journey that you pack your bags for, but you’re not really sure where you might end-up. So you prepare for everything: you bring your flip-flops and your high heels, sunscreen, heavy snow jacket, old painting clothes, gardening clogs, apron and evening gown-in short you are over-prepared and over-packed, but once you’re on the road you realize you left your suitcase at home!  The only thing you can do is rely on your instinct, go with what you know (head to Target-they have everything) and trust that although things aren’t perfect, they can work out for the best.  There is no one “manual” for parenting or teaching.  It is an experience that can only be mastered by actually doing it, being there and learning right along with the kids at the same time.

Here’s to the joy of teaching and learning!  Thank you for being a part of our program!

 2017-2018 School Year
Grades Kinder-8th
Call today to make an appointment or for more info!

Office: 805-386-4372

Heidi Cell: 805-432-1886

Welcome to Somis Home Study, a great place for children to learn, grow and have fun! Over the past several decades, our program has been working with families and children in grades kinder through eighth for a successful future, both academically and socially. We believe learning and play go hand-in-hand and that a fun environment is crucial to a child's development. Through a diverse and well-rounded schedule of activities, we achieve that goal every single day with every student.

For information about our school call us at 805-386-4372 today

Here are some online resources for science:




You had also asked about typing, here are some online programs:





www.typingclub.com  (this is the one we used in class last year)


           Helping our Students Learn with Style!
There are three main styles of learning - visual, audio & hands-on (kinesthetic).
*Visual learners remember what they see.
*Audio learners remember what they hear.
*Hands-on learners remember what they do 
Finding out which style of learning suits you (and your student) can make studying/learning easier, not to mention retention of information being taught! 
Three Simple Steps:
1.       Think about what you remember about certain situations. For example, if you meet someone for the first time, do you remember what they looked like, what they were saying, or what you were both doing? Think back to your last trip by train or plane. Do you remember your surroundings, the noise of the train or plane, or what you were doing on the trip? Think of other situations like this, and find out what it is you remember about them.
2.      Try out each of the learning styles.
This is the best way to find out what works for you:
For visual learning, try reading the material thoroughly, taking notes, making mind maps and looking at diagrams to concrete concepts and aid memory.
   ·         For audio learning, read the material aloud, summarize it aloud in your own words and tell another person what you have learned.  Both, talking & listening are essential here.
For hands on learning, carry out science experiments, visit science or history museums, visit art galleries, practice doing art, cooking or baking  and incorporate other curricular areas into these hands-on lessons
3.      Once you have found your learning style, stick with it. It is pointless to try learning in a style that doesn't suit you, when you can learn in a style that does.  Keep this in mind when designing assessments and extended activities, too.
4.      You may be suited to a combination of different learning styles. For example, you may like to read the material out loud as well as taking notes. This means you are partly a visual and partly an audio learner.  So, there is a combining of learning styles.  5.      Keep in mind that the way you teach may not be the best way for your student to learn!
Finding Your Student’s Style
Observe your students:

    • How does your child express themselves? Visual learners may express themselves through facial expression. Auditory learners may express themselves through their words. Kinesthetic learners may express themselves through their body language.
    • What are his or her interests? Visual learners are typically interested in videos and images. Auditory learners may enjoy sound and music. Kinesthetic learners are generally interested in physical activities.
    • How does your child solve problems? Visual learners may use their eyes to find solutions to particular problems. Auditory learners may want to discuss the possible solutions. Kinesthetic learners will find a solution using their hands.
*Look over various home schooling methods and programs to find a homeschooling curriculum that caters to your child's strengths:  Visual and auditory learners tend to do well with traditional programs. Kinesthetic learners may need something more hands on.*When teaching, use your child's strengths to compensate for areas of their weaknesses:
    • Auditory learners thrive on reading aloud, conversation, music, and oral drill.
    • Visual learners thrive on reading, writing, and making charts, graphs, and diagrams.
    • Kinesthetic/Tactile learners thrive on touch, large or small muscle movement, and hands-on projects.
*Teach your child how to study in his or her dominant learning style:
Let your student in on what you observed and their learning style....it’s no secret!  This information will help them understand how they process, what to cue in on and how to retain what they have learned!       

Our paid digital resourcces include:  Edhelper.com, enchantedlearning.com, classzone.com, learn360ixl.com (math and grammar) and Aleks math.  Ask your teacher for username and passwords for these paid sites.

Some really great resources for grades k-5 include:

Getting Organized (for free!)
Free grade book:   http://www.superteacherworksheets.com/excel-gradebook.html
It is very motivating for some students to see their progress charted out and account for assignments they have completed.  This is an excellent excel grade book that can do just that!
Just a home schooling mom, helping other moms make it work!

This is an awesome site that has daily lesson plans for teaching almost any subject without spending a ton of money on expensive curriculum!

This one is great for all grade levels and was created by a home school dad....checkout these cool, free math pages and more
  Checkout our Q & A page for more information on how to enroll
How about some games?
50 states practice:  http://online.seterra.net/en/vgp/3003www.abookintime.com/history-games/world-history-games.html
World History Reading List:

This site has reading lists for many of the major time periods in history.

Here is another great site for ideas:

Another great one can be found here:

Here is a great website for colonial information

Timelines: A Great Visual Aid for History/Social Science




Scott Foresman Social Studies Digital Resources K-5
username:  hmoon.somis    password:  somis

Social Studies Lessons K-12

History Course Models for California Teachers K-12

Homework Center Social Studies
Pearson Education publishing as Fact Monster

BJ Pinchbeck's Homework Helper
Discovery Education

PBS Teachers
PBS Teachers provides PreK-12 educational resources and activities for educators tied to PBS programming and correlated to local and national standards

Digital technology and current events
  Teachers should strongly consider including digital resources in the teaching of current events. Students can access digital photos, videos, and interviews by using digital resource websites. Examples of some useful digital resources are:
technology and current events  Teachers should strongly consider including digital resources in the teaching of current events. Students can access digital photos, videos, and interviews by using digital resource websites. Examples of some useful digital resources are:Smithsonian
Library of Congress  -American Memory
National Geographic
National Archives
  These websites can be aligned with Standards of Learning, curriculum, and various units of study.  These resources can help demonstrate the relationship between past and current events in various ways, including: comparing old pictures to recent pictures and examining how they relate, comparing current events such as the
Check out all the great links on this page!
      Project Based Learning Class for Grades 3-5


 This is the Web quest page we will be using for the next few weeks


Here is a site with some explanation of the scientific method.  Go to http://tinyurl.com/y7f8wl and learn what you need to know to make a great science project.

Here is another site with a basic explanation of the Scientific Method.  This site even has examples of experiments.  Go to
http://homeschooling.gomilpitas.com/explore/sci.htm to get started.

  The following sites are a great start for your scientist, especially if he or she is stuck and don’t know what to do.  These sites contain lots of examples and ideas.
This site is great
www.all-science-fair-projects.com/ . You can search, browse and look at links with useful sites to prepare your projects.

Janice VanCleave is a science fair expert.  She has written over 45 books on science fair projects.  This site is excellent and has a section dedicated to “Everything you need to know about creating a science fair project; from helpful hints on displaying your science fair project to judging information.  Go to
http://school.discovery.com/sciencefaircentral/ for more details.

Another great site with tons of ideas and sample projects.  Go to
www.juliantrubin.com/fairprojects.html and have fun.

This site is written by a science teacher and former science fair organizer and judge

Here is a site with ideas for middle school students.  Go to http://www.kidzworld.com/site/p1762.htm and get some great ideas.

Discounts Galore
  Heidi has discount tickets available for almost any amusement park in Southern California-advance purchase is required.  Inquire with Heidi for one discount ticket or multiples!  Get discounts from Knotts, Seaworld, Disneyland, Monica Pier, Medieval Times, museums and more.  Just another benefit of being a part of our group!  These will not be fieldtrips or school sponsored trips!

Facebook Fan Page
  I have to admit it….I love this time trap!  So much, in fact, that I made a fan page for Somis Home Study.  My hope is to communicate and highlight activities here at the program and inform members on important happenings, discussions and meetings.  For all the Facebookers out there just search Somis Home Study and
become a fan or you can view the page through a link from our website (for those who don’t want to join FB)!  Let me know what you think and add me and Ms Kimberlie as a friend while you’re at it

Some of Our Paid Websites (See your teacher for username/Password info)

This site has a wealth of instructional videos along with quizzes, documents, presentations and more.
 Comprehensive database of lesson plans in all subjects, thematic units, and worksheets.

Enchanted Learning
 Enchanted Learning is a great resource for worksheets in all subjects, craft ideas, books to make, art and artists.  Check what's new each day!

McGraw Hill Mathematics
  Online Activities that sharpen math skills and vocabulary from each chapter in the McGraw Hill Math Series.  The math game Fact Dash challenges all levels from beginners to fast fact fanatics.  Other resources include Cool Math Links, Web Linked Activities and Technology Links that apply to chapter content.

Houghton Mifflin Reading Resources
  Bibliographies, Internet Links, and Extension Activities for each theme of the Houghton Mifflin Reading Series.  Other resources at this site are Meet the Authors and Illustrators, Additional Spelling Words and Weekly Reader Articles.


Prentice Hall Literature
 Their Resource Center has Author Biographies, Milestones in Lit, Reference Links, Writing Prompts and Internet Activities.

Harcourt Science Resources
 The Harcourt School Publishers' web site for science has links to lessons that correspond to content from the Harcourt Science books.

Glencoe Science Resources
  Chapter-specific activities including: web links, online study tools, vocabulary puzzlemaker, quizzes, worksheets and Internet Activities.  Visit the Teacher Forum, Science Fair Ideas and NASA's Picture of the Day.

Scott Foresman Social Studies
  The Digital Path for the Scott Foresman Social Study Series is now available.  Log in and access all
grade level content, planning and teacher resources. Stream video that corresponds to content from the textbooks.  See us for user name and password.

McDougal Littel's Social Studies Components
  McDougal Littel's online resources for students and parents provide activities links and a quiz for each chapter.  Other resources that motivate instruction, encourage practice and extend learning support are Current events, Test Practice, Geography Game, challenging Crossword Puzzles, NetSimulation: Decisions in American History and Social Studies Links.

Great Home School Sites

Homeschool World
Home of Mary Pride's Practical Homeschooling magazine and homeschooling community. Large number of articles, news, online experts.

Homeschool Top Sites
Welcome to Homeschool Top Sites - A ranked list of all the best homeschool related websites on the Internet.

Teaching spelling is easy with SpellingCity.com. Input spelling lists for your students to use for free spelling help.

A free website to teach children to read with phonics. For preschool, kindergarten, and first grade. Exciting phonics games and online interactive books.

Time For Kids
The latest news from around the world for kids in grades K-6. Includes related polls, games, and websites.

Free Worksheets at T. Smith Publishing
Free educational worksheets for early childhood through fifth grade.  You'll find a variety of free printable worksheets for home school use. 

Twisty Noodle
Oodles of Choices! Twisty Noodle has tons of worksheet categories to choose from! Pick a category and customize your worksheet.

Math Tutors
Not understanding a concept? Meet the math tutor.  You can email your questions to him. He claims to get back to you within 24 hours. His site includes an entire page on understanding fractions.

Teach-nology.com offers teachers FREE access to thousands of teacher resources, lesson plans, and rubrics.

Quiz Sites and Flashcards

Quia - Shared Activities
All of these games and quizzes were created by educators using Quia's tools and templates. Whether you're a teacher or a learner, we guarantee you'll find ...

Quizlet is a lightning fast way to memorize vocabulary lists. It's like flashcards, but much more fun and interactive.

Netflix Documentary Movies
Browse their great selection of documentary movies.

Super Teacher Worksheets
Free math worksheets, printable grammar sheets, multiplication facts practice, creative writing prompts, math word problems, manuscript printing practice, ...

Geocaching - The Official Global GPS Cache Hunt Site
Geocaching is a treasure hunting game where you use a GPS to hide and seek containers with other participants in the activity. Geocaching.com is the listing ...

Webmath is a math-help web site that generates answers to math questions and problems. In addition to the answers, Webmath also shows the student how to arrive at the answer. It is a great site for definitions of math concepts and solves these problems for you.

IXL Math
This sites spans grades pre-k though high school!  Online practice and standards alligned topics, share almost 300 skills per grade level.

That Quiz
Fun quizzes on more than just math concepts

A Plus Math
On this site you can time your child on arithmetic problems, print your own custom flashcards or practice facts.

Math Games

Arcademic Skillbuilders
Love, love, love this site with really cool games and lots of links to other cool sites.  I love the timed multiplication car race games-fun and free for students K-8.

Cool Math 
This site has it all and is one of the most popular educational web sites out there. There are little kid games, coloring pages, strategy games, mazes and quizzes. It is a site that is not just for math but also has some fun geography challenges for you and your kids.

Math Playground
Another great site for you and your kids and lots of fun too!  Be sure to checkout the factory logic game!

Math Worksheets

Math Playground
The same site from above is also a great place to get worksheets for your students in grades k-5. Money, time, fractions and basic arithmetic worksheets. 

Super Kids
Another fun generating worksheet site is:

The Math Worksheet Site
One more site for an endless supply of worksheet:

Make Reading Meaningful!
A parents' guide to children's books. 

Recommended Readings in Literature K-8

Suggested Reading List for K-8

Recommended Reading Lists

Fluency Assessment Passages

Literacy Development for grades K-3

Oral Fluency Assessment Calculator for grades 3-5

Research-Based Reading Lessons Designed by Preservice Teachers

Research-Based Instruction in Learning to Read

Books for Boys
Librarian Recommended Books for Boys

Guys Read Website
Offers a list of books recommended by the webmaster, children's author Jon Sczieska, and others suggested by visitors to the website.

Reading Website
Read, Click and Win with BookAdventure!A free on-line reading program encourages students in grades K-8 to read more often, for longer periods of time, and with greater understanding.

Today's Most Popular Study GuidesStudy guides and discussion forums offered on various academic subjects. Literature section includes brief analyses of characters, themes and plots.