I've been busy searching and categorizing some of the many curriculum options and educational resources offered free on the internet. Check them out to see which ones are a good fit for your family. I hope to be adding new sites all the time, and when I do, I'll make sure I let you know in the Homeschool Scoop, the newsletter for Homeschooling in the Bluegrass. Click here to subscribe.
This simple, yet effective, memory system is designed to help you and your family develop the habit of memorizing scripture. However, it can also be used for anything you would like to commit to memory. We have used it with much success for scripture memory, vocabulary, and foreign language.
Flash Classroom Jeopardy--"This site has all of the tools needed to create a Jeopardy review game, download your game for free, and play jeopardy in your classroom. You can also play Flash Jeopardy online. " (the Flash Jeopardy website). I am in the process of putting together a science review game for my daughter and a few of her friends. So far, I have found the program very user friendly.
Apologetics Press offers free online resources for Christian apologetics.
This website, hosted by ChristianAnswers.net, has faith-based games, stories, mazes, science facts, and more.
Kids 4 Truth
This website has daily devotions for kids they they can read or listen to online.
From the Alice website: "Alice is an innovative 3D programming environment that makes it easy to create an animation for telling a story, playing an interactive game, or a video to share on the web. Alice is a teaching tool for introductory computing. It uses 3D graphics and a drag-and-drop interface to facilitate a more engaging, less frustrating first programming experience."
Microsoft Office Support
Microsoft has free online lessons in the form of articles and videos that teach the basics of Microsoft Office 2010.
From the Pick-A-Tutorial website: "You will find hundreds of computer programming, web designing and database tutorials on this site. You can surf through our collection of free online tutorials. Just choose the language / technology you are interested in learning, find a lesson, start learning and enjoy!"
From the Scratch website: "Scratch is a programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art -- and share your creations on the web.
As young people create and share Scratch projects, they learn important mathematical and computational ideas, while also learning to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively."
Hands on Banking
From the Hands on Banking website: "The Hands on Banking program provides the essentials of financial education, real-world skills, and knowledge everyone can use..."
Taking Control of Your Finances
This is a pdf version of a special edition of FDIC Consumer News that is geared toward young adults. Subjects include: protecting against fraud, high-tech banking, common mistakes to avoid and more.
Mango Languages (Lexington Public Library Database)
From the Lexington Public Library website: "Through fun and engaging interactive lessons, Mango makes learning a new language fast, easy and incredibly effective. The system is completely web-based and remotely accessible, so you can learn anywhere you have an internet connection."
Anyone with a Lexington Public Library card can have access to Mango. Even if you don't live in Fayette County, you may be eligible to sign-up for a Lexington Public Library card. Click here to see if you are among this number.
Heart of Wisdom
This site offers free printable Bible verses for handwriting and copywork. You can choose from either manuscript, cursive, or D'Nealian.
Simply Charlotte Mason
Simply Charlotte Mason has a collection of manuscript copywork for young children. Topic include hymns, poems, and scriptures.
Worksheet Works (handwriting practice)--This website allows you to make your own copywork with your own text in either print or cursive. This free program allows you to print your work, but you are unable to save. Click here for a link to a program you can purchase that will allow you to save your work for future use and give you lots of bells and whistles.
ZB Fonts Online
From the Zaner-Bloser website: "This online application provides five fully editable page templates for each grade or grade span (Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, and Grades 5–8) with grade-appropriate guidelines: Spelling, Story, Vocabulary, Blank Page With Guidelines, and Blank Page Without Guidelines." This link is to the free version of the Fonts Online application. This free program allows you to print your work, but you are unable to save. Click here for a link to a program you can purchase that will allow you to save your work for future use and give you lots of bells and whistles.
All About Spelling is the spelling program I use with my daughter. It is uses a multi-sensory approach to learning. The program itself is not free, but Marie Rippel has a great deal of free information available on her website as well as a free e-book called "20 Best Tips for Spelling" that can be helpful to you regardless of the program you choose to use for spelling.
From the Daily Grammar website: "This archive contains links to all of our free grammar lessons and quizzes. Daily Grammar consists of 440 lessons and 88 quizzes. Lessons 1-90 cover the eight parts of speech, which are verbs, nouns, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections. Lessons 91-300 cover the parts of the sentence, such as appositives, predicate nominatives, direct objects, prepositional phrases, clauses, and verbals. Lessons 301-440 cover the mechanics of grammar, which is also known as capitalization and punctuation. You can use this archive to study Daily Grammar at your own pace. Our lessons have been organized by lesson number and by subject."
Free online Grammar and Writing Handbooks for students in 1st-6th grade.
Stairway to Reading
Stairway to Reading, sponsored by the Society for Quality Education, offers a free reading placement test, reading lessons, flashcards, and more to those teaching young children to read. The program is designed to be used with children who have already had some basic instruction, but it can be adapted for use with preschoolers.
Wordly Wise Vocabulary Reinforcement--This free online vocabulary resource correlates with the popular vocabulary series, Wordly Wise 3000. Each lesson for each grade level has an audio component that pronounces the words on the word list and gives the definition, which is great for auditory learners. After each definition is given, a practical word usage question is asked. Also available are games and puzzles for each lesson to help reinforce learning.
All Hands on Deck: Learning Adventure Aboard Old Ironsides
From the All Hands on Deck website: "The thematic unit All Hands on Deck: Learning Adventures Aboard "Old Ironsides" uses USS CONSTITUTION as a vehicle to explore a wide range of disciplines including language arts, reading, math, science, art, and social studies. The content scope of the curriculum is wide and varied. Skills covered in the unit include critical thinking, making tables and diagrams, solving math problems and writing essays and poems. Life skills that stress the value of cooperation, persistence, creativity and ingenuity are also included."
American Heritage Education Foundation
This non-profit, non-partisan educational foundation will send you free teacher lesson plan resources on cd on the elementary, middle school, and high school levels.
Congress for Kids
From the website: "Congress for Kids gives you access to interactive, fun-filled experiences designed to help you learn about the foundation of our federal government and how its actions affect you."
Eye Witness to History
From the Eye Witness to History website: "Your ringside seat to history - from the Ancient World to the present. History through the eyes of those who lived it, presented by Ibis Communications, Inc. a digital publisher of educational programming."
This website tests your geography knowledge with free online quizzes organized by into convenient categories. Each category has several levels of play from tutorial to expert. The tutorial level has an audio component that tells you how to pronounce each country.
The White House
The official website for the White House contains information on this historic building and our presidents who occupied it. It includes an interactive virtual White House tour.
Travel Guide for Kids
This website has helpful information about land masses and natural and man-made borders, as well as interesting facts about continents, countries, and oceans. A big thanks to Erin K., an enthusiastic student from Pennsylvania, for submitting this resource.
Centre for Innovation in Mathematics Teaching
Mathematics Enhancement Programme (MEP) offers free lesson sheets for grades 1-6.
Lizard Point: Math
This link provides online free online math quizzes and a worksheet generator. Topics include addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
Breaking Away from the Math Book
This site offers create math projects that are designed to get kids out of their math books and into hands-on learning. The projects are geared toward children in K-8th grade.
From the Understanding Algebra website: "The complete contents of this algebra textbook are available here online. This text is suitable for high-school Algebra I, as a refresher for college students who need help preparing for college-level mathematics, or for anyone who wants to learn introductory algebra. I am especially pleased to help homeschoolers."
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Freshwater Fred's Lending Library
From Freshwater Fred's webpage: "Educators from Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Ohio are invited to search the Lending Library for science-related material. You can choose resources to use in your classrooms or other teaching venues. Materials in the online collection are available for loan in 30-day intervals - all free of charge. Choose from curriculum, software and videos - There is a variety of materials appropriate for learners of all ages. Topics covered range from biology, zoology and anatomy, to physics, mathematics and environmental science."
Jason Science is a unique website that contains free online curriculum, videos, and video streaming from live events around the world.
Newton's Apple, hosted by Twin Cities Public Television, Inc., offer over 300 science video that can be streamed right to your computer. Subjects included: Plants & Animals, Earth & Space, Health & Medicine, Chemistry & Food, Technology & Invention, and Physics & Sports.
From their website: "We have information on cell structure, cell function, scientific studies, plants, vertebrates, invertebrates, and other life science topics."
Contains lessons on basic concepts of chemistry: matter, atoms, elements, periodic table, reactions, and biochemistry.
This site has instruction on space science that includes the universe, galaxies, stars, systmes, solar system details, and exploration.
From their website: "We have information on motion, heat and thermodynamics, electricity & magnetism, light, and modern physics topics."
From their website: "This site has an introduction to the earth sciences that includes topics on the Earth's structure, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere (for a start)."
From the Try Engineering website: "Try Engineering offers a variety of lesson plans that align with education standards to allow teachers and students to apply engineering principles in the classroom."
Virtual Chemistry from the University of Oxford
From the Virtual Chemistry website: "The Oxford VR Group is developing a three-dimensional simulated laboratory for the teaching of chemistry. This laboratory will be modeled using virtual reality techniques and it will contain interactive multimedia experiments."
The World of Chemistry
From the World of Chemistry website: "A video instructional series for college and high school classrooms and adult learners; 26 half-hour video programs and coordinated books."
These websites allow you to create worksheets and puzzles to fit your individual needs. When my kids were learning their math facts, these types of sites came in handy. I have also used the puzzle generators to create crossword puzzles with vocabulary words.
Armored Penguin--Crossword Puzzle Maker
Crossword Puzzle Games
Discovery Education's Puzzle Maker--generates a variety of different puzzles
Home School Math--worksheet generator
Super Kids Math
Super Kids Vocabulary
The Math Worksheet Site