December 23, 2008
- A to Z Home’s Cool – This is one of the most authoritative, complete sites on homeschooling I’ve seen in a while. It is run by Ann Zeise, a ‘retired’ homeschool teacher who has accumulated information on almost every aspect of homeschooling.
- The Homeschool Mom – Mary Ann Kelley, a homeschool mom since 2000, has compiled an extensive collection of great homeschool resources, curriculum, and helpful advice for homeschoolers.
- Letter of the Week – Katrina Lybbert has homeschooled her children from birth, and she shares her entire curriculum with us. Each letter comes with book suggestions, music, art, and even sport and snack ideas. And her original ‘Letter of the Week’ curriculum has expanded to include nursery age through age 8 with great creativity and ideas.
Resources, Worksheets, Printables, etc.
- LessonSense.com - another great internet resource full of craft projects, worksheets, and lots of printables.
- Enchanted Learning – The site has over 20,000 pages full of printable worksheets, crafts, books, and activities on almost every topic imaginable. I’ve enjoyed using it for years whenever I need a hand-on activity to go with what we’re currently learning.
- Scavenger Hunt Guru - If you are trying to be creative with your homeschool lesson plans, why not consider a scavenger hunt? They are easy to organize and tons of fun for all ages. This site has ready made hunts along with great ideas for making your own.
- Starfall.com – If you only check out one phonics teaching website, make sure it’s this one. This site is amazing with interactive stories, songs, sounding out words, and much more. Make sure to check it out with your beginning reader!
- Spelling City – Tired of reading spelling lists to each of your kids? Let Spelling City do it for you and they can even play games like Hangman and do crossword puzzles with their word list. Make spelling practice fun with this free resource.
- Dojo Math – Need some kickin’ fun in your math routine? This math ninja kicks and hits the correct punching bags to rack up a high score. You can choose the types of problem that are displayed, and they increase in difficulty with each level.
- Math Vids – a new website, launched in March 2008, that is connecting math teachers and students via online video math lessons.
- Math Maven Mysteries - A free teacher tool offered by Scholastics, this is a whole list of math mysteries sorted by skill and difficulty levels. Each mystery includes a PDF printable and/or you can listen to the mystery with clickable audio buttons. There is also a Teacher’s Guide to give you more ideas and instruction.
- NASA’s Educational Website – NASA has put together some amazing teaching resources for teaching science including full courses in .PDF format with day to day instructions, experiments, and more.
- Steve Spangler’s Science – Steve Spangler makes science fun and exciting for kids to watch. Is there a science experiment you don’t have the equipment for? Check out his great videos and lots of other science resources.
- Kinder Art - has one of the largest collections of FREE art lessons on the internet! This mother-daughter team love art and have spent the last 10 years developing this awesome resource to share with all of us.
- Learn to Draw with Billy Bear – There are drawing sheets and step-by-step drawing lessons for lots of kid friendly characters. And the drawing lessons even include instructions to draw the images in popular paint computer programs for the kids who want to dip their toes into beginning computer graphics.
- Map Outlines – Next time you need a map outline to practice your continents, states, or countries, check out this site and its huge list of excellent printable map outlines.
Social Studies Websites
- Online Voting Resources - Are you looking for interesting ways to teach about politics, elections, and our government? See this post with a variety of online resources.
- Teach Beside Me – Check out Karyn and Mara’s blog for great ideas and fun projects.