Thursday, September 20, 2012

PowerMyLearning

This site is an awesome aggregator of learning activities from across the web. Accounts are required, but free.

http://powermylearning.com/

If you never use any other learning site, this one is worth your time.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Current Events magazine for kids

This is an online magazine of current events for kids.

http://www.youngzine.org/

Well worth a look.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Tablet Math: Free Math Videos

TabletMath is actually a subscription service, but they put over 250 math videos on YouTube for homeschoolers, including videos that correlate with popular homeschooling math programs Saxon and Math-U-See.

http://www.youtube.com/user/tabletclass/videos

These are similar to Khan Academy in some ways, but more visually appealing.

Some of the videos correlate with a free math quizzes site: http://homeschoolmathquiz.com/


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Free Online Kindergarten/First Grade

Good feedback is coming in about Learning Lynx "Awakening Woods" Curriculum (which I use for my Kindergartners, but could work for first graders, too). Free, online, and complete, including art, music, math, language arts, history, grammar, science, social studies, and more....and it's fun! If you haven't checked it out yet, you can find it here: https://sites.google.com/site/learninglynxclassroom/awakeningwoods/month-1/k-day-01

Reading "motivator" program

Created by Sylvan Learning Centers, Book Adventures is a place you can register (free) and take quizzes on books (K-8th) to compete with other students or win prizes.

http://www.bookadventure.com/Home.aspx

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Grammar and Punctuation course

This is a well-done course for middle school through college. It hits mostly on the places most people make errors (so you won't be placing periods at the ends of sentences here). There are lessons and online exercises with instant feedback.

http://www.bristol.ac.uk/arts/exercises/grammar/grammar_tutorial/page_41.htm

K-6 Language arts workbooks

Three levels for each grade, in .pdf format

http://www.macmillanmh.com/languagearts/2001/teacher/teachres/workbooks.html

and for Grammar, literature, and spelling:  http://www.mhschool.com/reading/treasure_workbooks/national.html

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Engineering Activities

Discover Engineering has some awesome engineering activities (how do you keep a plant nicely watered for a week while you're on vacation? Can you build a tunnel through sand without touching it?

http://www.eweek.org/EngineersWeek/DiscoverE.aspx?ContentID=90

There are even more, including full curricular units, here:
http://www.teachengineering.org/

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Cool interactive world map

You can zoom in and out, write on the map, and find distances between places.

http://www.glencoe.com/sites/common_assets/socialstudies/eow_notwdb_v2/NOTWDB_1.html

Printable graphic organizers

http://www.mhschool.com/resources/graphic_organizers.pdf

Beverly Cleary Website

http://www.beverlycleary.com/

Free Internet Skills and Safety Lessons, K-12

http://cybersmartcurriculum.org/lessonsbygrade/ (this is only available until July 2012)

This includes lesson plans, links to activities, and free printable worksheets in .pdf format.

The updated version is here: http://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/curriculum/k-5 (this one is available after July 2012 as well)

Free Social Studies Workbooks Grades 1-6

In .pdf format: http://www.mhschool.com/socialstudies/2003-5/teacher/workbooks.html and http://www.macmillanmh.com/socialstudies/2003-5/teacher/workbooks.html.

Includes an Atlas of the World.

There are more:

From TimeLinks - 2009
Grade 3 All About My Community Student Journal
Grade 3 TLX Time Capsule Project
Grade 1 Student Practice & Activity Workbook
Grade 2 Student Practice & Activity Workbook
Grade 3 Student Practice & Activity Workbook
Grade 5 US: Early Ages Student Practice & Activity Workbook
Grade 5 US: Early Years Student Practice & Activity Workbook
Grade 6 PPCEA Student Practice And Activity Workbook

TimeLinks - 2010
Grade 4 State Explorer Handbook
Indiana Grade 4 Student Practice & Activity Workbook

TimeLinks - 2011
Grade 1 Virginia Student Practice And Activity Workbook
Grade 2 Virginia Student Practice And Activity Workbook
Grade 3 Virginia Sol Test Prep Workbook, Student Edition
Grade 3 Virginia Student Practive And Activity Workbook
Grade 4 Virginia Sol Test Prep Workbook, Student Edition
Grade 4 Virginia Student Practice And Activity Workbook
Grade 5 Virginia Sol Test Prep Workbook, Student Edition

Information for every state

Select the state and click go in the upper right corner.

http://www.mhschool.com/socialstudies/2003-5/student/statesvft.php

Or click on the map here:
http://www.macmillanmh.com/socialstudies/2000/teacher/teachres/stateres/index.html

There is even more information here: http://www.50states.com/

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Friday, March 9, 2012

Using castles to explore the elements of art

http://www.ngfl-cymru.org.uk/eng/art_in_wales_-_castles_-_ks2

The download on this page is free and VERY cool. Great for lovers of art and of castles, both.

11 Math Resources (Guest Post by homeschool mom Chastity Wilson)


Eleven Online Resources for Engaging Students in Math
  1. Yummy Math is a free site that features relevant and timely real-world math activities – a recent post, for instance, featured NFL and Super Bowl related math problems. It could be a fun resource for students who have a hard time seeing the real-world value in learning math!
  2. Factor Samurai a free iPhone and iPad app for practicing times tables and prime factorization – one reviewer compared it to the addictive game Fruit Ninja, but with math!
  3. Sums Online offers several free math games for younger students, as well as app versions for mobile users.
  4. Study Jams is a Scholastic website with animated songs and videos explaining elementary level math and science concepts. Karaoke mode encourages kids to sing along!
  5. Along the same lines, Rhyme ‘n Learn explains higher level math and science concepts through catchy raps and Kahn Academy-style sketches. Check outDon’t Let Pi Make You Cry
  6. The National Library of Virtual Manipulatives is a project of Utah State University offering visual interactive online interactive tools and tutorials for math students in grades K-12.
  7. Brightstorm offers free homework help videos for math and science.
  8. Do I really need to tell you about Khan Academy? Probably not, but I’ll mention it anyway.
  9. Calkoo features a ton of free online calculators for different purposes.
  10. Circus Physics is a series of videos from PBS featuring circus tricks accompanied by lessons explaining the physics concepts behind them. This might be a cool resource for students who need to see concepts in order to “get it.”

Monday, March 5, 2012

Math, Science, and Reading/Grammar Worksheets and online Tests

You have to create an account, but the accounts are free!

http://www.mytestbook.com/

It's easy to set up a Parent account that lets you put in all your students, grades 1-8, and it keeps track of the tests your child has taken and if they passed or failed, and allows you to decide if the student should be allowed to retake or not.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Monday, February 20, 2012

FREE Spell By Color Spelling Program

This is a rules-based spelling program for daily spelling practice, grade 3 (2-4, really).

http://jettedgames.com/spelling.htm


Sunday, February 5, 2012

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Free quilting classes

http://www.craftsy.com/class/The-Craftsy-Block-of-the-Month/50

Video classes. You have to sign up for access, but signup is free.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Monday, January 23, 2012

Yenka: Math and Science lessons, demos, interactives

This is a very cool site. Focusing in math, physics, chemistry, programming, and engineering/technology, the site has interactives, demos, and tools as well as lessons on the subjects. There are over 300 physics resources alone!

http://www.yenka.com/

Sumdog Math Facts Practice

Similar to Fun4theBrain.com, this site gives you engaging games to practice math facts. These games, however, can be multiplayer games. Some have very hip, modern themes (like saving endangered animals). Play is free, but they do want you to register.

http://www.sumdog.com/

Virtual Math Manipulatives--"Thinking Blocks"

http://www.thinkingblocks.com/

I really love the approach on this site: First they teach you how to use the manipulatives to work math problems visually, and then they give you a chance to work it out. For example, the ratios section gives you a word problem and a work space so you can translate the word problem into thinking blocks and figure out the answer.

Great site!

Reading Games (printables, mostly)

http://www.printablereadinggames.com/

Online and Offline Creative Activities

http://www.kenttrustweb.org.uk/kentict/content/games/makeandDo.htm

Songs--LOTS of them

Songs, lyrics, audio, video, downloads....TONS of kids (over 2000 songs by their count) music here:
http://bussongs.com/

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Reading Program

There are tons of great interatives here for learning reading, including pre-reading skills.

http://www.literactive.com/Home/roadtoreading.asp

Thursday, January 19, 2012

FREE Complete first-sixth grade grammar, usage, and mechanics courses

Published by Scholastic, these are high-quality workbooks in pdf format.

http://www.scholastic.com/dodea/index2.htm

The "Training Module" are teacher's manuals
The "Black Line Masters" are the workbooks.

Fantastic resource!

Phonics exploration

What sounds do letters and letter combinations make?

http://www.pearsonschoolsandfecolleges.co.uk/demos/aaPrimary/Literacy/phonemes/Alphabet.html

This is a great writing text

None of the stupid games most writing teachers use in Elementary school (like "Write a report on a country..."). In fact, this downloadable text tells you how to make your writing great despite stupid teachers with bad writing pedagogy. And it's fun to read, with lots of examples.

https://ttms.box.net/shared/static/ldpbe9jvhy.pdf
(That's a download link, just so you aren't surprised when it starts to download).

You can get more great language arts downloads here: http://www.ttms.org/

Flipped Schools High School

This high school tried (successfully) a new technique for educating the students. They have the teachers record the lectures so the students watch them at home. Then they do the classwork in class instead of as homework.

The advantage of this for us is they put the lectures online, freely available to everyone. That means you can have a complete high school course in any of the core subjects free.

http://flippedhighschool.com/

Click on the subjects in the navigation bar. Because it is left to the teachers to record their lectures, the lectures are of varying quality (just like teacher's classes in real life are). But, since this is a functioning system in use by the school right now, there is a good chance the quality will improve over time.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Art Lessons for Kids

http://www.artprojectsforkids.org/

Awesome art projects for kids. You could take all your art curriculum from here. Easily.