Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Monday, November 28, 2011

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Animal Diversity Web

Butterfly Lab

Everything butterfly, including a field guide.

Or this one:

AWESOME lessons on science (mostly genetics)

This is a fantastic site. Entire lessons, completely online. Check out the "learning pathways" section.

Insects--great insects site

Science Net Links

This is one of the best places to go for resources on science. I think I've posted their link before, but they recently re-designed their site, and all the materials are accessible now.

The "Tools" are my favorite--they are the best interactives from around the web.

Virtual microscope (free download)

This is developed by NASA and is very thorough.


You can schedule a time for a class (or, I imagine, a homeschool group) to have your own specimens shown to you through the scanning electron microscope. Or check out the archive.

Oceanography activities

Insect activities

Partner Activities for the book "Stellaluna"

Fun Abecedary

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Virtual Cat Dissection

Not for the faint of heart, but very very neat.

Kidwings: all about birds

This is a very cool site. Bird skulls, feathers, calls, feet, and more.

Virtual Owl Pellet Dissection

Very cool:

Middle and High School Science Glossary (multilingual)

Middle School: 

High School:

Classic Lit .pdfs plus lessons

These three sites are middle school and high school level literature in .pdf format. This is actual classic literature, from poetry to complete Shakespeare plays. There are no complete novels, but there are chapters of novels.

The databases are searchable by title, author, genre, "big idea" (thematic unit), date, country, or grade level, and there are lesson materials available.

Entire Units on Classical Literature

They are labeled "study guides," but these .pdfs are really entire units, complete with background, author notes, and worksheets.

Annotated Writing Samples (Guide to what your child should be doing)

These are really helpful guides to what an average, above average, and below average piece of student writing looks like in different types of writing for grades 6-12.

Glossary of Math Terms

For grades 6-12, plus a section just for formulas.

Math Review Help

Math Problem of the Week

Scientific Articles Archive

The explanation:

and the archive:

Friday, October 21, 2011

Free video sewing course

From bobbin winding to slash pockets, this has videos that cover basic and advanced skills.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Monday, October 10, 2011

Jefferson Labs

I've posted a link or two to Jefferson Lab before, but it's been a long, long time, and they are worth looking at again.

My kids love the liquid nitrogen videos.

But they have so much more.  Homework Help.  Games and Puzzles. Video lectures.

TONS of fun stuff. Jefferson Lab is science, and focuses on chemistry and physical science.

Earth Science Interactives


Sunday, October 2, 2011

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Virtual Historically Significant Books

This is one of the cooler resources I've found ever. You can actually look through virtual copies of many of the most historically significant books ever produced, including Mozart's notebook, Leonardo's notebook, Alice in Wonderland (the handwritten original copy), Mercator's atlas, the Lindisfarne Gospels, and many more.

VERY impressive site.

Forests Unit

Newton's Apple Science Movies, lessons, and activities

There are fabulous resources here!

Complete Unit on Oceans

PreK-2 Oceans Unit

Marine Education Resources and Lesson Plans

Science behind our food Unit

For grades 3-12

K-3 All about plants unit

Pollinators Unit

Web Currents Weekly Online Lesson

Really cool webquest-style lessons.

Agriculture and Environmental Science Lesson Plans

Friday, September 30, 2011

Plant movies and

These are fun time-lapse movies of seeds germinating, plants "sleeping", plants following the sunlight, plants growing, etc.

Each movie includes really good information about what is happening.

They require Quicktime.

Complete K-12 Curriculum

This one takes a little more digging to actually reach the lessons--there is a lot of extra information that is not generally applicable to homeschoolers (gender equity in the classroom, for example).

But there are lesson and ideas for every subject and every level.  The easiest way to access them is to click on "curriculum" in the side bar.

Complete Unit on Gardens and How to make them

Preschool/Kindie Unit on Transportation

Preschool/Kindie unit on Spring

Lesson on Gardens and Plants

How to Raise and Train Chicks

A couple of videos that are very clear, straightforward introductions to raising chicks, for those who want to have fresh eggs (or a pet chicken) and have no idea where to start.  Plus the kids love watching the chicks.


Thursday, September 29, 2011

Make your own glue

This is a recipe from a science teacher:

Making our own glue!

Here's How:

  1. Mix 1/2 cup of milk with 1 T of vinegar. The milk will begin to separate into solid curds and watery whey. Continue stirring until the milk is well-separated.
  2. Pour the curds and whey into a coffee filter positioned over a cup (or paper towel). Slowly lift the filter, draining the whey. Keep the curd, which is in the filter.
  3. Squeeze the filter to remove as much liquid as possible from the curd. Discard the whey (i.e., pour it down a drain) and return the curd to a cup.
  4. Use a spoon to break the curd into small pieces.
  5. Add 2 teaspoons of warm water and 1 teaspoon baking soda to the chopped curd. Some foaming may occur (carbon dioxide gas from reaction of baking soda with vinegar).
  6. Mix thoroughly until the glue becomes smooth and more liquid. If the mixture is too thick, add a bit more water. If the glue is too lumpy, add more baking soda.
  7. The finished glue can vary in consistency from a thick liquid to a thick paste, depending on how much water has been added, how much curd was present, and how much baking soda was added.
  8. Use your glue as you would any school paste. Have fun!
  9. When not in use, cover your cup of glue with plastic wrap. Over time, its consistency will become smoother and more clear.
  10. Unrefrigerated glue will 'spoil' after 24-48 hours. Discard the glue when it develops a spoiled milk smell

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Pirate Unit Study

Homeschool Commons

This is not a link aggregator. Rather, this site collects materials that are in the public domain, available in creative commons licensing, or otherwise freely available to homeschoolers.

There is a LOT of good stuff, most of which isn't aggregated into a library elsewhere that I've found so far.

How to Catch a Lizard

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Online Guitar Lesson

Online Piano Lessons

Internet Public Library

IPL2 has Great resources for kids, teens, and everyone.

Superteacher Worksheets

Hundreds of worksheets, all free, downloadable, printable pdfs. And they look good, too!

Publications that accept student writing


Many of the very best resources available are produced by museums. This is a massive list of museum websites to explore.

Favorite sites of Gifted Homeschoolers

Lesson Plans and Ideas from Innovative Classroom

Prongo Educational Games

Elementary levels, many topics.

Teaching Ideas

Fantastic library of resources and ideas, all topics and levels

TES Teaching Resources

HUGE archive of educational materials. Requires a log in, but registration is free.

Primary Resources (elementary worksheets, powerpoints, etc)

This is a collection of resources and lessons uploaded by elementary school teachers. There are many good worksheets, powerpoint presentations, lesson plans, posters, interactives, websites....Worth exploring.

Game Classroom--Math and Language Arts Games

K-6th grade games, worksheets, interactives, and lessons.  I've posted this before, but it's worth re-visiting.

TLS Worksheets

PreK-6th grade, many subjects.  Free printable worksheets

Academic Skill Builders Games

These are mostly multi-player competitive games (although there are single-player games), heavily weighted toward math games, but there are language arts and geography games, too.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Video Books--Classic Literature, read to you

Read to you, but you can read along with it. LOTS of classic literature.

Books, including some children's books:


Historically significant video and educational filmstrips:

And, for fun, classic cartoons:

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

AAA Math

Complete K-8 math program, in Spanish and English

Monday, September 12, 2011

Fun math activities

Click on the sidebar menus for "Family Activities" and then choose your grade range. These are fun, family-friendly--perfect for homeschooling math!

Also, you can practice your math facts. But that's not nearly as fun as cookie math....

Stairway to Math

This is not a complete math program, but a great program for helping them get practice where they're stuck or struggling. It is NOT simply more drills, but more help, approaching the tricky spots from different angles instead of just repeating what your child didn't get the first time.

Reading resources

These are designed for struggling readers (including assessment tests!), but are easily applied to first-timers.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Complete k-12 curriculum

This is a solid curriculum, k-12, free. Every Single Lesson Plan for every core subject is here.

WELL worth using.


and --project-based learning, which works great for homeschools.

and  --inquiry-based learning, which is also fantastic

and page on designing high-quality lessons.

Other state departments of education also post the entire curriculum online, but many don't include specific, finished lesson plans, and few include project-based learning. Awesome resource!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Elementary writing and grammar

Awesome, complete 1st through 6th writing and grammar curriculum, both student and teacher resources:



Saturday, August 27, 2011

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Virtual libraries

"Scrabble" for many many languages

Drawing and other art software

Music Software

For composition, making sheet music:

For making music:

For recording:

Software to teach computer programming

School Administration Software (for record keeping, planning, etc).

Many state homeschool laws require record-keeping. You can download and use the same software the schools use--for free:

There are administration (attendance, grades, etc), teaching, planning, and online learning software applications you can use. 

Worth looking at.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Programming, Science Labs, Math modeling--with Yenka

Yenka is free for home use.

Loaded with great science/math stuff.

Computer Programming with Robomind

Learn about computer programming by programming a virtual robot.

Free educational software

Preschool Computer Skills lessons

Lessons on using the computer, disguised as games.

Appropriate for age 8 months to 3 years.

Film Study Notes

Study notes for hundreds of films, in pdf format (include questions to consider before and after viewing a film, plus worksheets):

SEED--Great Science Interactives

Virtual experiments:

Toy Theater Educational Games

I especially like the art games. They're fun.

Science video and audio courses

Mostly college level


Flashcards GALORE (and online, but printable)

Tons of flashcards, or make your own.

Autism Games

These are games designed to help children on the Autism spectrum learn useful skills. The animation on these is absolutely gorgeous.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Foreign Language Study

Lots of games to help you study sixty different languages.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

FreeWorld U--a complete preK-12 curriculum online

This includes Pre-K through 12th grade, plus pre-med and medical courses. It is "flashcard-based learning"--in other words, online textbooks with a few (very few) multimedia elements inserted into the lessons.  The textbooks are solid.

This is a great resource. You could use it for all of your learning. Gifted kids will get bored with the same-ness of every lesson, but the information presented is actually more advanced than some curricula I've seen. I would use this in conjunction with other activities.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Educational games, projects, worksheets

This is fun and interactive. It's geared toward ages 3-7.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Classical Music

Music to listen to (and use in videos, games, etc.). Sheet music. "Musopen is an archive of copyright-free, free-of-cost music. We are hosting the world's largest library of public domain music recordings and sheet music. With your help, we also aim to be a resource for the education community."  Also have an online Music Theory Text.

Monday, July 18, 2011

The Illiad, the musical for kids

I know, it seems like an odd topic for source material for a children's musical. But here it all is:

Audio files, accompaniment tracks, music and "story" in downloadable, printable formats. Also a vocal coach teaches the songs for you, if you want to do the Illiad, the musical.

TONS of fun activities and worksheets

All grade levels, all subjects. Fun things like making beads from rose petals or making marshmallows for chemistry, as well as more "mundane" things like verb worksheets.


Math Moves U--very cool middle school math games
A lot of this is very accessible for middle grades (3-5) or even lower as well as middle school (especially the parts that are logic games rather than math skills games), and the graphics and games are cool.

Friday, July 15, 2011

For the Curious Gifted Child

Excitatory Topics in Physics--video lectures on cool things like Multiverses and Relativity.

K-3 Spanish

Games here:

Lessons (video) and lesson plans here:

Not all of the lessons are available online, but a bunch are.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

K-3 Health Unit

Mathematical quilts

Quilting is, by nature a mathematical process. Quilters use geometric manipulation constantly to produce interesting designs based on iteration of patterns--it's a macro-scale fractal operation. So it makes sense for a quilting mathematician to produce mathematical quilts.

They're fun to look at, too.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Handwriting Worksheet Maker

You input the words, they make a worksheet you can print.

Easy to use. Nice looking results.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Learning Lynx Preschool

Geared toward kids 3-5 years old, this is more of a pre-kindergarten than a playschool.

Full online curriculum covers 180 days, all free materials, with a child-friendly interface. Subjects include Math, Science, Social Studies, Art, Music, Literature, Handwriting, and Reading Skills.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Homeschool Tracking and Scheduling

Very thorough--even allows you to count extracurricular stuff (like computer programming, reading, or other hobbies) toward your required hours.

Freely Educate

Great site that also mines the web for free homeschooling resources:

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

How am I different from a bird?

AWESOME preschool/kindergarten (or even for older kids) lesson on the characteristics of mammals vs birds. One of the funnest and best I've seen, actually:

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Melody Street

Classical music games, videos, radio, etc.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Simple English Wikipedia

This is a fantastic resource. It is language-filtered for simplicity, and appropriate for children linguistically.  It is NOT content-filtered, so, as with all Wikia, supervise use.

Preschool Biology Course, on a calendar

This is very very cool, complete, and would appeal to preK-3rd graders, or even older if you present it right.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Online ASL Course

VERY useful.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Learning Lynx Playschool

What to do with the toddlers while you're "doing school" with the big kids?

Send them to Learning Lynx Classroom. Lots of educational fun for ages 1-4.

And more grades coming soon!

Friday, April 29, 2011


History of place. Very cool.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Free Audio Books

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Pop Entertainment Career Games

Architect Studio 3D

Very cool site. Not only learn what Architects do, but try it, with a virtual walk-through of your building at the end. You even work for clients!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Homeschool Free Stuff

The Places We Live

Cool site (Social Studies) on how many urban dwellers around the world live.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Math Links GALORE

Scroll down. Whoa.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Intro to the Theater

Including Theater Lore (fun!)

Exploring Dance

There is even a virtual dance studio here. Nice resources.

Explore Set Design for Theater

Exploring Theater Through Costume

Lots of great stuff here. How they costume actors. A costume archive. Designing costumes. Well worth a good perusal if you love theater or costume.

Studying Design with Posters

There are several very thorough lessons and activities on this site, including

Poster Design:

Posters as Marketing Tools:

Additional activities and quizzes:

And More Activities:

Sunday, April 17, 2011

The Elements Unearthed

Learn more about elements and how they're used. How are the elements discovered? The Periodic Table organized? And how are these things mined and used?

Student-created content, but impressively high quality.

Videos and more:

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Fractal Microscope

Intro to the Internet

This is the coolest ebook I've ever seen.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Virtually walk though historic sites in Europe

Time Lapse How-to

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Get the Math

Algebra in real life.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Art Everywhere

Artist Bios (multimedia)
Online activities

Rhyme a Week

Chronicles of Narnia Lessons

Hoagie's Science Pages

Playdough electrical engineering

and the recipes:

Fun Science Experiments

These are very do-able, using common household items.

Free Printable preK-5 worksheets on many topics

There are also fun extras here. It's worth exploring.

Magic Tricks

Monday, March 21, 2011

Mimetoliths--natural rock people

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Science Monster

Not just games (although there are plenty of those)--there are also lessons.

Great stuff here, all science topics (in general).

Blick Art Video Lessons

You can also access lesson plans by grade level or discipline here:

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Best Art Site I've Found

Now you can do "street view" tours of 17 of the world's top art museums. You can walk the floor of the museum, zoom in on specific paintings, and even make your own digital art collection that you can share with others (this is a fantastic learning tool--the teacher can make a collection and share it to illustrate any number of things from characteristics of historic periods, which often show up in art and can be broadened to describe the culture as a whole at the time,  to specific art techniques, to mathematical concepts. Alternately, a student can make an art collection as an assignment or for fun and share and explain it to others. You can even make comments on your paintings in your collection!). Email me if you need more ideas on how to use this for your students.

INCREDIBLE resource.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

More Starfall

This is a new site by Starfall, the best phonics site I've found so far. This time, in addition to further support on literacy, they have MATH!

I've been hoping for Starfall Math for some time, so this is really exciting.

Math Art for budding computer geeks