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: