Sunday, December 15, 2013

Free Chemistry Courses

http://askthenerd.com/chemistryonline/COL-2.html

This site includes 3 courses: Intro, General, and Organic chemistry. The lectures require a login. The lecture slides, though, make a nice course and are free, as is the textbook, worksheets with answers, and other materials.  Definitely college level, but not complicated.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Black Holes

This is an awesome lesson on Black Holes, complete with a journey to a couple of different black holes.  Animated, accurate, and interesting.

http://hubblesite.org/explore_astronomy/black_holes/home.html

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Family Band video lessons

Learn to play banjo, mandolin, harmonica, spoons, ukulele, etc.

Fun, straightforward lessons.

http://danzanes.com/family-band-workshop

or

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

(Same videos, different presentation format)

Friday, September 20, 2013

Advanced math practice problems and challenge problems

Art of Problem Solving is not a free site, but their challenge problems section is free with a free registration.

http://www.artofproblemsolving.com/liz/Alcumus/index.php


Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Tour a fireworks Factory

How Fireworks Work

How fireworks work.


The "shooters"--the mortars are the tubes they shoot out of. Get a closer look at mortars and fuses here:
http://www.skylighter.com/fireworks/how-to/fuse-fireworks-mortar-racks.asp

Setting up the fireworks and what they look like while they're being shot--up close and from a distance:
And snippets from a fireworks shooters school:

Thursday, June 27, 2013

A Wealth of Math resources, K-college

http://wheresthemath.com/parents/math-help/

This is all solid, real math, not that fuzzy stuff they're teaching in so many schools.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

30 Sensory activities for learning letters (or numbers)

This is structured to show the Hebrew alphabet, but the ideas would work for anything that has to be written--letters, symbols, numbers, shapes, math problems, words, etc.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/127308198/30-sensory-activities-for-learning-the-hebrew-letters-of-the-alef-bet

Monday, June 17, 2013

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Science crowdsourcing projects

http://www.notesfromnature.org/#/archives

Eyewitness to History

LOTS of history resources, quotes, movies, and stories: http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/

Search engines for free courses, texts, and learning centers online

Skilledup: This site also links to for-fee courses, so be sure you select "free" on the left sidebar.

http://courses.skilledup.com/courses?price=0

Red Hoop: http://redhoop.com/.  This also includes for-fee classes, so be sure to look for the free ones (it's clear which are free when you search).

Open Culture: http://www.openculture.com/freeonlinecourses.  Includes textbooks, movies, and a special page for children's education, among other things.

Engineering activities for elementary age

http://innerchildfun.com/2012/08/activities-for-little-engineers.html#_pg_pin=569477

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Science games, experiments, and activities

Both online and offline: http://www.lawrencehallofscience.org/kidsite/

Engineering projects for kids

http://constructionmanagementdegree.org/blog/2010/100-awesome-engineering-projects-for-kids/

Free fun worksheets

These are fun worksheets, designed for homeschoolers instead of public school teachers.  They include things like lift-the-flap worksheets, puzzles and mazes, a brain hat, and more.

http://www.ellenjmchenry.com/homeschool-freedownloads/index.php

Not everything on this site is free, but everything on this page is.

Brain resources

Learn about the parts of the brain with an interactive map:
http://www.onlinecollegecourses.com/basic-brain-map

Then make a Brain Hemisphere  hat:
http://www.ellenjmchenry.com/homeschool-freedownloads/lifesciences-games/brainhemishpere.php

Science News for Kids

http://www.sciencenewsforkids.org/

Read the full articles online; organized by topic. You can get the titles and links in an email format.


Science experiments and activities

http://www.readingconfetti.com/2013/04/50-science-activities-for-kids-kids-co.html

Fun Math Videos (like calculating pi with pies)

https://www.youtube.com/user/numberphile/videos

Worksheet and test generator

http://www.problem-attic.com/

Drawing from previously-given tests (NY Regents, International NAEP, and state standardized tests), you can choose from thousands of questions to create worksheets or tests in English, Math, Social Studies, and Science.

Home made paint recipes

http://www.kidnkaboodle.net/paint.html

Friday, May 10, 2013

Spelling Bee Spelling Interactive

This is kind of fun, but is not a full spelling curriculum. It is good practice, though.

http://www.learner.org/interactives/spelling/index.html

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Fun visual composition site

This is an amazing, addicting music composition site.
http://seaquence.org/

For an example composition, I threw this together in a few minutes:
http://seaquence.org/2d1t

Click on "share" to save your composition.


Tuesday, April 30, 2013

teaching children computer programming

This is a fantastic collection of tons of resources, with a brief explanation of why they work to teach programming, and organized in a comprehensive order (starting with games that teach logical thinking and moving toward more complex programming education).

http://marshallbrain.com/kids-programming.htm

Spelling Program: Spelling connections

https://www.spellingconnectionsonline.com/

We haven't had any need to actually study spelling yet. So far I have a bunch of kids who just absorb spelling. So I don't know how well this would work for kids who really need to study spelling.

I do like the proofreading option, though! Traditional spelling programs don't teach you how to find misspelled words, and that's important.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Resource Library: Humpherlinks

http://www.humpherlinks.co.uk/

Home made air-dry modeling clay

Elmer's glue and cornstarch--so easy!

http://www.creativeplayhouse.mumsinjersey.co.uk/2013/02/homemade-modelling-clay.html

Educational Games for PreK-1st: Cookie

http://www.cookie.com/kids/games/viewallgames.html

Using some  of the same games as Turtle Diary (which used to be Gudli), only without the required subscription. These games can be embedded onto your own website for free.

There are also worksheets.


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

PE and attention training

This program is supposed to teach PE and also train children's brains in attention and focus. It has been recommended for Gifted kids with symptoms of ADHD.

https://c8kids.c8sciences.com/

This is not technically fully free. It's a "pay as much as you want" program that you can put in $0 for. You don't have access to the entire program for $0, but when you sign up it tells you what you have access to and what you have to pay for greater access (mostly of reports to help you assess your child's strengths and progress).


Monday, March 4, 2013

Worksheets

From the creators of The Head of The Class curriculum, a site for worksheets.

Grades preK-5, both printable and online worksheets.

http://www.bestworksheets.com/

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

7-lesson series on how to sketch

This is a great series written by a dad.

Normally I like right to the source, but there is not a central "home" for the series on the original blog, and this educational site has made a lesson menu:

http://www.freelyeducate.com/2013/02/sketching-lessons-for-kids.html

Sunday, February 17, 2013

The World's Living Languages

Encyclopedia of all 6900 of the worlds' living languages

http://www.ethnologue.com/web.asp

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Free Crochet Lessons

http://www.craftyminx.com/crochet-school/

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Complete online homeschool curriculum, K-8

There are also high school lessons here:

http://allinonehomeschool.wordpress.com/

Very similar to Learning Lynx Classroom, but not specifically geared toward gifted students.

Tour of the International Space Station

This is a very cool tour of the International Space Station.


Saturday, January 5, 2013

Onomatopoeia

Everywhere around the world, people try to explain sounds. We all have words for what a mouse says, what a rooster says, what an ambulance says.

This site has recordings of children from all over the world, making the sounds for things--trains, animals, ambulances, etc.

http://www.bzzzpeek.com/

It's really fun to hear what native speakers in many different languages say that roosters say. And mice.

Great, fun site.