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I was wondering if you all would mind posting your favorite sites here for easy reference? Having them all in one place would be great. As they are added, I could categorize them to make things even easier to find. What do you think? Here's a few to start. :)
New to homeschooling? Start here: http://homeschooling.about.com/od/gettingstarted/Getting_Started_in_Homeschooling.htm Another very helpful link: http://homeschooling.about.com/od/teaching/Teaching_and_Testing.htm
Bible Lessons & Activities
This site has a lot of really good stuff free!
Free Biblical Education Material
Free Bible Curriculum
325 lessons of both the Old and New Testament.
Free Biblical Lesson Plans
My son LOVES this game. The entire basic version is now free!
Free Math Worksheets
Math Worksheet Wizard
At this site you can create math worksheets for your child incorporating addition, subtraction, multiplication, division or a mixed worksheet. http://www.mathworksheetwizard.com/
National Library of Virtual Manipulatives
Access a wide variety on online, interactive manipulatives for all grade and skill levels at this website. (Free Trial) http://nlvm.usu.edu/en/nav/vlibrary.html
This site offers math helps from the earliest counting activities to more advanced mathematics including fractions, ratios and percentages. The site does however have lots of Google ads integrated into the main page. This and the other “Radar’s” sites (such as Chem4Kids) are a good source for parents needing a basic introduction to concepts that they will soon be teaching. http://www.numbernut.com/
Hosted by Jenny Eather, this colorful site offers fun interactive math activities for students in grades K through 6th with a rainforest theme. There are hundreds of activities total including counting, algebra, data analysis, money and geometry. http://www.rainforestmaths.com/
Whew, is this site bright! Lots of vivid colors here make it hard for this old mom’s eyes to focus. But there are lots of fun games that teach difficult concepts as well. This site is targeted toward older kids who are learning multiplication and beyond. http://www.coolmath.com/
THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF LIFE
Not yet ready, this site looks like it will be amazing! After you watch the short film, click on demonstration pages. http://www.eol.org/home.html
Science Toy Maker
You have found the non-commercial site for people who like to roll up their sleeves and make fun, mysterious toys and projects that entice scientific investigation. It is a resource for inspired parents, kids, teachers, teenagers, home schoolers and science fair participants. http://www.sciencetoymaker.org/index.html
Science - early - Webquests
Science - middle
Science - high - Webquests
Cool cartoons that will have you experimenting with food, light, sound, clothes, and a whole lot more!! Hundreds of cartoon experiments from cartoonist, broadcaster and engineer Tim Hunkin. http://www.hunkinsexperiments.com/
Discover How Rocks Are Formed
View these animations that will show you how the three different kinds of rocks are formed by clicking on different areas of this picture. http://www.fi.edu/fellows/payton/rocks/create/index.html
More experiments. http://www.sciencebob.com/index.html
A LEGO Periodic Table
Each LEGO® brick in the following periodic table links to building instructions for a model of the solid state structure for that element. http://mrsec.wisc.edu/Edetc/LEGO/LEGO%20PT%20final.html
Learn American Sign Language (ASL) and Signed English (SE)
Learn Spanish in 4 months
Millions of people come to studyspanish.com every year to take advantage of all of the free reference materials we have to offer -- grammar, vocabulary, verbs, cultural notes, and much, much more. http://www.studyspanish.com/
History & Social Studies
State Unit Studies
History & Social Studies - early - Webquests
History & Social Studies - middle - Webquests
History & Social Studies - high - Webquests
Internet Directory of Unit Studies
This page contains a list, roughly arranged by subject, of links to unit studies that are published on the Internet. http://www.thefourwheelers.com/units.php
Free Printable Unit Studies
OER Commons is a teaching and learning network, from K-12 lesson plans to college courseware, from algebra to zoology, open to everyone to use and add to. http://www.oercommons.org/
Free Educational Worksheets for Preschool Through 5th Grade
Welcome to tlsbooks.com, where you'll find a variety of free printable worksheets for home and school use. Tlsbooks offers numerous worksheets to supplement your early childhood education program, home day care, elementary school classroom or home-school. Parents love using our free worksheets to help their child gain valuable readiness skills or to reinforce material they may already be learning in school.
Easy Fun School
EasyFunSchool.com has over 1,500 pages of articles, resource links, a newsletter, and many other features to make homeschooling more enjoyable for both child and parent! http://www.easyfunschool.com/
Downloadable Educational Freeware
Free educational software for Windows that you can download and install on your own computer. http://www.educational-freeware.com/freeware/
What is a WebQuest? A WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented lesson format in which most or all the information that learners work with comes from the web. What is a WebQuest? http://webquest.org/index.php
Internet 4 Classrooms
The web portal which we call i4c is free to anyone who wants to find high-quality, free Internet resources to use in their classroom instruction. The portal is used by teachers on six of the seven continents (there are not many classrooms in Antarctica) and is available to anyone with an Internet connection. No subscription fee is charged. http://www.internet4classrooms.com/index.htm
Unit Study Tips, Ideas and Online Studies
Unit Studies are useful for all homeschooling methods. Here you'll find ideas and tips on creating unit studies as well as online units. You'll find the state and province unit studies, free newsletter unit studies and mini units created by your homeschooling guide. http://homeschooling.about.com/od/unitstudies/Unit_Study_Tips_Ideas_and_Online_Studies.htm
A lot of interesting things here
Really cute online typing program.
Free World U K-12 Curriculum
Free Lesson Plans
3,500+ Free Lesson Plans for PreK-12 - Making Teaching Easier!
Lesson Plan Ideas By Learning Style
Teaching ideas By learning Styles
Alot of great teaching ideas here!
Spelling Using Learning Styles
Free Homeschool Goal Forms
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For Geography I highly recommend www.sheppardsoftware.com. They have the most awesome games! They also have some vocabulary and science stuff, but the geography is my family's favorite.
Toni I was to lazy too repost everything I had in a previous thread about freebie sites so I just bumped it up for you to look at.
Here's a link too: http://www.paperbackswap.com/forum/topic.php?t=67579
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I can think of two off-hand.
www.scholastic.com/kids/homework/spelling.htm is a nice plug-in-your-words spelling aid. You put in your spelling list and it gives you a word search and a word jumble for those words.
www.daveramsey.com is where we got our personal financial planning curriculum that our boys are using now. They are quite homeschool friendly and have programs for all ages of people in addition to cute books for younger kids. (They also have programs for church youth groups and his approach includes budgeting for giving as well as saving, but it is not "in-your-face churchy" - as my kids say.) After my 24 year old daughter saw the site she asked me to get her one of the package deals as a Christmas gift. They have lots of them, including one for recent graduates and one for newlyweds.
These are the sites I have in my favorites...some may already be listed above...
I have found Rainbow Resource to be a fairly inexpenxsive place to buy books.
Math games: Coolmath4kids
Free Math Worksheets: http://www.freemathworksheets.net/general-math.php And another one http://www.math-drills.com/
Free Grammar Worksheets Your Dictionary