Sunday, August 2, 2009

Incredible long list of free homeschool online resources!

I stole this from Mindy at the Well Trained Mind board. She gave permission for people to post elsewhere. I think this is an incredible list and I wanted a place to keep it safely, so it is here on my blog.

Early Learning:

1. Starfall - Teaches alphabet and early reading skills.

2. Brightly Beaming Resources - Letter of the week, sound of the week, science of the week, etc. This is a good all-around site for early learning.

3. Rhyme a week

4. Enchanted Learning - Not really free, but a lot can be accessed without paying (membership is $20 donation/year per family)

Whole Curriculum:
1. Ambleside Online - Charlotte Mason. Wonderful resource that includes lots of info and is really a full curriculum option. Great booklist!

2. An Old-Fashioned Education - Another really complete option. LOTS of stuff to look at and use here!

3. Puritans' Home School - I have heard good things, but have never used this. VERY religious site, but it does appear pretty complete.

4. Core Knowledge lesson plans - Tons of lesson plans on lots of subjects from PK-8. I have not used this, but it looks really good.

5. Homeschooling section (not really a whole curriculum, but TONS of stuff)

6. Tanglewood Education

7. The Baltimore Project

8. PASS Materials (FL)

9. Paula's Archives

10. EdSITEment

11. Mater Amabilis (Catholic Charlotte Mason Curriculum)

Unit Studies:
1. Homeschool Share - Lots and lots and LOTS of projects and unit studies.

2. A Journey Through Learning Inventor unit study and lapbook. Click on Free products

3. H.I.P. Pocket Change. Several Lesson Plans revolving around money

4. Homeschool Helper

5. Oceanography

6. SCORE Cyberguides

7. Eyes

8. Birds Notebooking pages

9. Nature Study

10. Canada

1. Ray's Arithmetic - 1885 math book on google books. Thorough and "back to basics". (click on the icon on the page and scroll down to read/print)

2. CSMP materials - K-6

3. First Lessons in Arithmetic - 1878 math text

4. NC public school math program K-2

5. Centre for Innovation in Mathematics Teaching (UK) - AKA MEP

6. Living Math History (lessons on right)

7. Pearson Scott Foresman K-5

8. Geogebra (Algebra and Geometry)

9. Oakes Math

10. Eduplace printable workbooks _ 4.html
and activities that coordinate with this program

11. Middle/High school math

12. McDougal Littell Math Course

13. Missouri Schools program (including TM/answers)

14. Glencoe Workbooks

15. Public Schools of NC math program

Math Drill:
1. Math Magician Games

2. Printable math worksheets

3. Math U See (online)

4. Math worksheets to create and print (some portions pay)

5. Timez Attack (multiplication video game - way cool) - basic is free

6. Harcourt activities

7. Learn to play chess (I guess this is math...haha)

1. Word Mastery

2. Starfall (learn to read online)

3. Blend Phonics

4. Sadler-Oxford

5. Progressive Phonics

6. Society for Quality Education

Literature/Reading Guides and Units:
1. Novel Study Guides for the Classroom Teacher

2. Reading Units by Gay Miller

3. Garden of Praise

4. Glencoe Literature Guides

5. Literature Activity Guides by Nancy Polette - These are samples, but are in depth enough to test if your child understood the story.

6. SCORE Cyberguides (California schools)

7. Dangerous Journey (Pilgrim's Progress for kids version) study guide

8. Course in nature study: for grades one and two - Detroit Public Schools

9. Nature-study: a manual for teachers and students

10. Readquarium (mostly games)

11. Harcourt Guides
Grade 1
Grade 2
Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5
Grade 6

12. National Park Service

Free Books:
1. Classical Education Library

2. Kids4Classics

3. Project Gutenberg

4. Online Library of Liberty

5. Google Books

6. The Baldwin Project

7. Planet eBook

8. 19th Century Schoolbooks

9. Librivox - Free online audiobooks

10. Storynory - Free online audiobooks

11. Free Books online

12. Magic Keys

13. Fun Brain

14. Interactive Story Books

15. Stories about American Heroes

1. Dick Blick Lessons

2. Meet the Masters

3. A Lifetime of Color

4. Teach Art at Home

Teacher helps (planning/support):
1. Donna Young - Tons of planning stuff, including some things like handwriting masters.

2. Homeschool Inc. - Online planning software (very versatile)

3. Homeschool Tracker (planning software - basic free, full pay)

4. Online Lesson Planner, Scheduler, and Tracker

5. Super Teacher Worksheets. Lots of well done worksheets for all subject areas. Grade level 1st-4th

6. Free Forms

7. Freebie of the day

8. Currclick. They feature a free product once a week to download. It usually changes Monday afternoons

9. Freely educate. Lots of great links here

10. Hoagies Gifted. Tons of Free high school curriculum links

11. Education World

12. Internet Activities to coordinate with each grade and subject

13. Scholastic

14. Softschools

15. Videos (creationist site -- have not used)

16. Worksheets

17. Charlotte Mason stuff (not all free)

18. FossWeb by Delta Education. Click on the subject, then teacher resources. You will then have to click on Teacher Prep videos for the lessons. Everything else on the page supports the lessons. There are games, worksheets, and many additional resources listed

19. Higher Up and Further In blog

20. Pioneer Woman blog

21. Well-Trained Mind

22. Teacher Tube

1. Engineering for kids ages 8 and up. Single subject lesson plans. Nicely done and easy to understand

2. Earth Awareness Curriculum for Middle Schoolers

3. Life Science Curriculum

4. Otter’s Science

5. K-12 Science

6. Take a Cloud Walk (Cloud unit)

7. Science plans for 6th grade based on the "Prentice-Hall Life Science" book

8. Hands-On Technology Program

9. NASA for educators

10. Science Songs

11. Invitations to Science Inquiry

12. Science Videos

13. Animal Units

14. Animal Activity Packs

15. Videos that demonstrate experiments for every element on the periodic table

16. Click on the element and then on the microphone to hear about the element

17. Inventor's Timeline

18. BODIES, the exhibition ~ includes educator guides for various grade levels from Carnegie Science Center. Even if you aren't interested in the exhibit or pictures of the preserved bodies, there is good info in the guides that can be used for lessons:

Computer Science:
1. Blender 3D animation creation

2. Computer Programming Course

3. Computer Training Courses

4. Computer Animating and Design

1. Online typing Course

2. Dance Mat Typing

3. Touch Typing (Online)

4. Kiran's Typing Tutor

5. Learn2Type

Foreign Language:
1. BBC Languages

2. Elementary/Middle School beginning Spanish. The first book listed is a free download.

3. Greek and Latin

4. FSI Language Courses

5. Live Mocha - This is a social site, so you may want to monitor your kids closely on this one.

6. OFS (Online free spanish)

7. Spanish Unlimited

8. Latin Resources

9. French Resources

10. Boca Beth (Spanish)

11. Salsa (Spanish)

12. Mommy Teach Me Spanish

13. In the Beginning Greek

Home Economics/Life Skills:
1. Future Christian Homemakers (Have not used or looked into this)

Virtual Field Trips:
1. Take a field Trip

2. Meet Me at the Corner

High School/College (have not used these or looked closely at them):
1. HippoCampus Free Courses

2. Mixed Courses in many subjects

3. Printable Courses in all subject areas. Not sure who funds this one, but I like how the curriculum is laid out

4. University of Berkley Courses. Tons of Free Courses available here

5. Yale University Open Courses. Nicely done and easy to access IMO

6. University of Washington free courses

7. M.I.T. open Courseware. Tons of completely free courses in many subjects

Bible Studies:

2. Calvert

3. Notebooking Pages

Health and Nutrition:
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Kelly said...

Great resources!

Cindy said...

Wonderful list! Another free curriculum that I didn't see in the list is Serendipity ( Thanks!

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John Médaille said...

What are homeschoolers using for economics?

Faith said...

Mr. Medaille! First off, I have to tell you my daughter, Hannah, is going to the University of Dallas this fall! She is thinking of majoring in Theology though she's still 'undecided' right now.

Secondly, I think most (though not all!) homeschoolers are of a Libertarian bent when it comes to Economics. They tend to use Richard Marbury's books and Henry Hazlitt's Economics in One Lesson has the basis for their study of Econ. Here's a prime example of that

My husband taught our teens Economics last year using a text that the public high schools use in our county. He wanted a more nuts and bolts approach that was less ideological. He used Economics: Principles and Practices (see link: He thought it was a pretty good text; some filler but overall he thought it presented the material well.

Another resource that I've seen homeschoolers talk about, though I am unfamiliar with it myself, is an online course put out by You can check them out if you are interested.

If you go to the Catholic site, you can see a list of classes that Homeschool Connections is starting up this fall. One of these is an Economics course taught by a professor at Benedictine College in Kansas. This is brand new though, I don't think even that many Catholic homeschoolers are aware of it. They are just getting the word out now!

I would love to see a thoroughly Catholic approach to learning Economics not based in partisan politics or ideology. The online class from Homeschool Connections looks great but not everyone likes taking classes on line. There can be time conflicts, computer glitches, etc. What books/readings would you recommend if you were homeschooling high schoolers? I'd love to know!



John Médaille said...


As a short text, I would use Robert Heibroner's "The Making of Economic Society." Short and concise, it corrects the individualistic bent of too many libertarian texts, which are almost always "Austrian," a corruption of libertarianism. As the title suggests, it recognizes that economics is always a set of social arrangements. As an advanced text, I would use his "The Worldly Philosophers," which would be to teach the subject through biography.

I was thinking about writing a text for the homeschool market, but I know little of the resources, inclinations and marketing channels for that segment. I would also like to co-author it with an actual real life homeschooler. After all, it helps to know what you are talking about when you write a book. Its not required, of course, as most textbooks demonstrate, but it is my preference.

Faith said...

We have The Worldly Philosophers (my husband read it in college as an Econ major). I've read bits and pieces of it too. I'm not familiar with The Making of Economic Society but thanks for the recommendation. I am educating myself on Economics as I've recently become interested in it as a result of reading Chesterton.
My husband was Libertarian in college but has since mellowed a good deal. He's a lawyer that deals with economic issues in his practice.
I'll ask him what he thinks would be an ideal approach for homeschoolers. Unfortunately he has been working so much lately, I've hardly had a chance to say two words to him!

John Médaille said...

The Making of Economic Society is a good short intro if you are beginning your study. At 200 pages, it is very readable but fairly through.

Anonymous said...

GREAT list Faith! Thanks for including Mater Amabilis.

John said...

Science resource for homeschooling kids

BBat50 said...

Great long list. Thanks. I'd add;

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Wow, thanks for posting this!

Lisa ;)

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Leslie said...

Thank you so much for the post! These are great resources. I've been looking everywhere for websites that will help my child learn to read online. Thank you very much.

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