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An extensive list (80 items and counting) of resources to support your homeschooling adventure.

Our Preschool Homeschool

http://ourpreschoolhomeschool.blogspot.com/

A blog with lots of lesson ideas and plans for preschool homeschooling.

Preschool

Free

Frugal

The Mommy Teacher

http://themommyteacher.com/about/getting-started/

Another blog with lots of activities for younger learners as well as parent support.

Preschool

Free

Christian 

Best Homeschooling

http://besthomeschooling.org/articles/lillian_jones_ps_kdgtn.html

A relaxed approach to homeschooling in the early years, with lots of laid back activity ideas and philosophy. The larger site (http://www.besthomeschooling.org) includes hundreds of articles on educational philosophy for the interested parent to browse. The preschool specific pages are: http://www.besthomeschooling.org/gateway/inted16.html

Preschool

Kindergarten

Free

Relaxed/Unschooling 

Hands On Homeschooling

http://www.handsonhomeschooling.com

A website for homeschooling focused on toddlers and preschoolers, with curricula for sale for each year of age, as well as some freebies. 

Preschool

Toddlers

Curricula 

Christian 

Successful Homeschooling

http://www.successful-homeschooling.com

An in-depth resource with tons of information on homeschooling, from curricula reviews to how to juggle work, life, and schooling, to determining your child's learning style, and more. There's an ocean of information available on this site for a variety of homeschooling needs.

Free

Articles 

Reviews

Time4Learning

https://www.time4learning.com

Online curriculum for homeschoolers from preschool through 12th grade. Self-paced and complete (though may need supplementation in high school). Includes grading and reports.

Preschool

Elementary

Middle/High Schools

Online

Curriculum 

Simple Homeschool

http://simplehomeschool.net

A blog with lots of information on homeschooling, including a nice, simple run-down of most educational philosophies: http://simplehomeschool.net/educational-philosophies-defined-part-i/. There are lots of articles for inspiration and information on philosophy and curriculum choosing. 

Articles

Free

Inspiration/Philosophy

Learning Without Tears

https://www.lwtears.com/families

This is a curriculum set including Handwriting Without Tears and Keyboarding Without Tears.

Preschool

Kindergarten

Elementary

Curriculum 

LeapFrog

https://www.leapfrog.com/en-us/learning-path

Printables and articles to support early education. Most of the printables are LeapFrog themed with the well known characters.

Preschool

Kindergarten

Free

 

Five In A Row

https://fiveinarow.com

A literature based curriculum set that explores topics through books read repeatedly through the week, before moving on to another set of books and further topics. Books can be digital or print, and borrowed or bought, but tend to revolve around a theme for a given week. These curricula are Christian based but not overtly so, unless you buy the Bible supplements. You will want to supplement with reading instruction, grammar, and math.  

Preschool

Kindergarten

Elementary

Curriculum

Christian 

Quick Study Labs

http://www.quickstudylabs.com

Electronics for homeschoolers! There are online classes for kids ages 8 and up, as well as some free samples. Many of the classes use SnapCircuits to teach using a project-based approach.

Online

Free

Elementary

Science 

Homeschool Iowa

https://homeschooliowa.org

Homeschool Iowa (formerly the Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators) is a statewide organization which releases a magazine full of articles, as well as holding a conference yearly and organizing the Homeschool Capitol Day in Iowa. They also provide a regional contact for homeschoolers who need some extra support or advice and keep their website up to date with information and laws.

Conferences

Education/Support

Christian 

Universal Preschool

http://www.universalpreschool.com/how-to/teach/cognitive_development.asp

Tons of articles, recommended reading, and activity ideas for preschoolers and kindergartners. Strongly on the side of relaxed homeschooling as opposed to early curricula. 

Preschool

Free

 

Sheppard Software

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com

Educational online games for preschoolers as well as elementary, and even some middle school and high school games. There are games on color, on history, US geography, world geography, seasons, nutrition, and more. Designed to supplement a more complete curriculum, or to inspire students to dig deeper into a topic of interest.

Preschool/Kindergarten

Elementary

Middle/High School

Free

Online 

Love My Science

http://www.lovemyscience.com

Tons of science experiments that can be done frugally with recycled materials found around the house. 

Free

Science

 

Lego Education

https://education.lego.com/en-us

Learning with Legos! Provides ideas and curriculum for preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school.  Lesson Plans are here: https://education.lego.com/en-us/lessons?pagesize=12

Preschool

Kindergarten

Elementary

Middle School

Curriculum

Homeschool Science Tools

https://www.homesciencetools.com

Need an owl pellet dissection kit? Rock tumbler? Planetarium? Microscope? Homeschool Science Tools provides tons of... yeah, science tools. They also provide kits designed specifically for popular curricula, like A Beka, Apologia, Real Science-4-Kids, etc, along with reviews of some curricula. There are also science project ideas, available for free. 

Science

Tools

 

Progressive Phonics

http://www.progressivephonics.com

This is a free curriculum focused on teaching reading and writing in a systematic, phonics based approach utlizing books, worksheets, and activities. Download the materials from their site and print them or read them with a tablet. 

Reading

Phonics

Preschool/Kindergarten

Free

 

Easy Peasy All-in-One

https://allinonehomeschool.com

This Christian curriculum goes from Kindergarten through High School and is free, with lessons online. You can also order materials delivered to you. Lesson plans are easy to follow, with day by day instructions in what to do. 

Online

Free

Christian 

Curriculum

All Ages

Mystery Science

https://mysteryscience.com/

An online, inquiry and experimentation based science curriculum for a variety of ages. This works great as a supplement and an inspiration to dive more deeply into a topic. A question is presented (and you can submit your own for them to turn into a lesson) with a short video exploring the question, and then a guided activity or experiment to try to answer the question. Activities can generally be done with things found around the house, or printed materials (provided by Mystery Science).

Online

Science

Curriculum 

US Patent & Trademark Office

https://www.uspto.gov/kids/

Activity books, videos, and worksheets to help teach kids about inventions, patents and trademarks, and STEM related activities. 

Online

Free

Science 

Homeschool Belle MSB

http://homeschoolbelle.blogspot.com/p/msb-science.html

Magic School Bus science curriculum, tapping into books, activities, and of course, episodes of the classic Magic School Bus. The curriculum is free, but you will need additional materials and access to the Magic School Bus episodes. 

Frugal

Science 

Moving Beyond the Page

https://www.movingbeyondthepage.com

A full curriculum available from preschool to beginning high school. This curriculum utilizes a secular, unit-studies approach to helping students make connections and build their knowledge. This was built with gifted learners in mind and is sold by age category. It comes as an online curriculum or hard copy.

Curriculum

Preschool/Kindergarten

Elementary

Middle School 

Inner Body

http://www.innerbody.com

This free interactive website provides activities and instruction in human anatomy, diseases, DNA, nutrition, and more. Explore body systems with articles as well as interactive 2D and 3D interfaces to learn about everything from the endocrine system to the skeletal system with detailed illustrations. Mouse over parts of the body to learn their scientific names and more about them.

Online

Free

Science 

Elements.Wlonk.com

http://elements.wlonk.com/ElementsTable.htm

This awesome interactive periodic table shows you uses for each element. Click on each element for a closer look. The site also offers free printables for elements, atomic structure, etc. 

Free

Online

Science

List of Free eLearning Courses

http://www.gettingsmart.com/2012/09/50-top-sources-of-free-elearning-courses/

While this is several years old, many of these sites are still offering free courses at a high school or college level.

Online

Free

High School

 

Khan Academy

https://www.khanacademy.org/

Free online courses in Math (from early math to Linear Algebra), as well as high school sciences, history, and college courses. Video based instruction, with quizzes for assessment, designed for self-paced progression through each course. The Math section includes a placement test, as well. 

Online

Free

Math 

Science

History

Logic of English

https://www.logicofenglish.com/resources/phonogram-list

An interactive list of the phonograms used in English, with associated sound and video. The resource is free, although Logic of English also offers (paid) curriculum for reading and spelling instruction for preschool and elementary. 

Online

Reading

Preschool/Elementary 

Science Sparks

http://www.science-sparks.com

Science activities and experiments using items found commonly around the house. 

Free

Science

Preschool

Elementary 

Everything Fossils

http://www.fossils-facts-and-finds.com

Fossil coloring books, identification, and information, as well as timelines and lesson plans for earth sciences, especially fossils!

Free

Science

Elementary

Ask A Biologist

https://askabiologist.asu.edu

Games, activités, and information on a variety of biology related topics. Includes experiments and coloring pages, as well as simulations. They delve into very well done modules into things like cellular biology and genetics. Online, although some can be printed out ("Biology Bits" is designed for notecards), and free!

Online

Free

Science

Elementary 

Geology.com

https://geology.com

All about geology! Tons of information about the various types of rocks, minerals, and gemstones, with where to find them, identification, articles, and of course, lots of pictures. The main site also has tons of information on maps, volcanoes, earth quakes, oceanography, and more. 

Online

Free

Science 

Kids Discover

https://online.kidsdiscover.com/home

Kids Discover is an online encyclopedia, with printable infographics. You can access select topics per week, or you can pay to subscribe and have full access to all information, including assessments. Topics include sciences, history, and geography.

Online

Science

History

Elementary

USGS

https://egsc.usgs.gov/isb//pubs/teachers-packets/exploringcaves/pdfindex.html

This is a free teacher's packet for grades K-3 on Caves including a poster and evaluation and other resources. Further topics are available at: https://education.usgs.gov

Online

Free

Science

Elementary

Middle/High School

Reading Rockets

http://www.readingrockets.org/article/root-words-roots-and-affixes

Word study resources, with emphasis on root words from Latin and Greek, as well as common affixes. 

Free

Printable

Reading 

Stellarium

http://stellarium.org

A free planetarium for a variety of operating systems. Just download and explore!

Free

Science

Astronomy 

National Optical Astronomy Observatory

https://www.noao.edu/education/

Several science activities and experiments to explore

Online

Free

Science

Astronomy 

Animated Knots

https://www.animatedknots.com/index.php

Over 200 different knots illustrated, most of them with animations.

Online

Free

The Concord Consortium

https://learn.concord.org

Scientific models and activities in physics, chemistry, life sciences, math, and more, for elementary, middle, and high school students. For example, https://concord.org/teaching-genetics/dragons/

Designed for middle school and high school students, this online game teaches about heredity, genetics, mitosis, and meiosis. All for free!

Online

Free

Science

Elementary

Middle/High School

The Natural Homeschool

https://www.thenaturalhomeschool.com

Another blog with lots of activities and printables for younger learners, including things like a unit on snakes.

Online

Free

Preschool

Elementary 

Classic Science Curriculum

http://eequalsmcq.com/classicsciinfo.htm

Science textbooks for homeschoolers! Life Science is free, while Earth Science, Chemistry, Physical Science, etc are for sale. Elementary and High School levels.

Curriculum

Science 

Elementary

Middle/High School

Life Over C's

https://lifeovercs.com/classifying-lego-printable-diagrams/

This is a blog, but this particular page not only gives a cool printable lesson with Legos, but also links to other Lego lessons available out there. The rest of the blog is filled with fun printable, STEM activities and other free things to brighten your homeschool.

Printable

Free

Math

Science

 

E-Bug Junior

http://www.e-bug.eu/homepage.html?level=junior

Learn about microbes and diseases and outbreaks and antibiotics with a variety of fun, free, online and printable activities. There's also a quiz section and a section for experiments to do at home. 

Online

Free

Science

Elementary 

Middle School

FunBrain

https://www.funbrain.com

Games and activities for preschool through 8th grade in reading, math, and science. Books are available to read online, listed by reading level. Perfect for game schoolers or as a supplemental resource.

Online

Free

Preschool/Elementary

Middle School

Math, Reading 

Steve Spangler Science

Online

Free

Science

Magnet Man

http://www.coolmagnetman.com/magindex.htm

A huge collection of magnetics experiments, along with explanations of what's going on. 

Online

Free

Science

Elementary

Middle School

Chem4Kids

http://www.chem4kids.com/index.html

Chemistry, reactions, and biochemistry information, along with illustrations, videos, and quizzes to check your comprehension. There are also several related sites, like Cosmos4Kids and Biology4Kids, which are linked at the bottom of the site. 

Online

Free

Science

Folkways, from the Smithsonian

https://folkways.si.edu/lesson-plans/smithsonian#North_America

Free lesson plans exploring world cultures through music. Lessons can be downloaded at PDFs, and are geared toward elementary, middle school, and high school students. 

Online

Free

Social Studies

Cultural

Education.com Stories

https://www.education.com/stories/

Online books to develop reading skills in young readers.

Online

Free

Reading

Engineering is Everywhere

https://www.eie.org/engineering-everywhere/curriculum-units

Engineer solutions to real world problems with these units. Some are free, others are for sale.  Topics include water reuse, pandemic, and urban landscapes. 

Online

Science

Engineering

Middle School

Crayola.com

https://www.crayola.com/lesson-plans/

Art-based lesson plans in a variety of subjects including math, science, and social studies and for all grade levels. They have coloring pages, too, for a variety of subjects from geography to biology.

Online

Free

Preschool

Elementary

Middle/High School

NASA Earth Observatory

https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov

Images, maps, and articles showing and explaining various features of our planet, as well as changes.  EO for kids (https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/eokids) has further articles especially geared towards kids. 

Online

Free

Science

Idaho Public TV's Science Trek

http://idahoptv.org/sciencetrek/about.cfm

Videos and educational materials for elementary students on a variety of subjects including earth sciences, history and biology. 

Online

Free

Elementary

Science

Jam

https://jam.com

A huge variety of video and project courses, for a subscription fee. Art, science, and math are all available. It's like educational, safe YouTube without ads. 

Online

Elementary

Outschool

https://outschool.com

Over 4,000 courses for elementary students on a variety of subjects including art, math, music, and science. Courses are live, online, and taught remotely by teachers. Each course has an associated cost.

Online

Elementary

Math

Science

Arts

The Great Courses Plus

https://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/categories

Online classes in a variety of topics, taught by professors through video for a fee. Learn at your own pace. 

Online

High School

Science

Arts

Math

Discovery K12

http://discoveryk12.com/

Despite the similar name, this is not the same thing as the school-at-home K12 program. Instead, this is a full curriculum, online, for free (although if you want to track your child's progress and get reports, etc, you will need to pay for a parent account. The curriculum spans from preschool to high school, and includes quizzes for assessment. 

Online

Free

Curriculum

Elementary

Middle School

High School

BrainPOP

https://www.brainpop.com

Videos and games for a variety of subjects, for a fee. Learn online or on some other devices. Covers all subjects, including art and music. Select topics are available weekly for free. BrianPOP Jr is for K-3, while BrainPOP covers 4th through 8th grades.

Online

Elementary

Middle School

Science

Art

Math

Reading

Starfall

http://www.starfall.com

Reading and math for lower elementary. Phonics lessons are free and interactive, while further learning can be unlocked with an annual membership. Games and activities and online interactive books form the basis of the curriculum. 

Online

Free/Paid

Preschool

Elementary

Reading

Math

Hippocampus

https://hippocampus.org

A variety of subjects for middle school to college. Subjects are self paced, with video lessons, and it is all for free. 

Online

Free

Middle/High School

Math

Science

English

Social Studies

Crash Course

https://thecrashcourse.com

Video learning for students. Crash Course is known on YouTube for educational content, but on the website, the YouTube videos are embedded, making the experience safer and more likely to remain educational. 15 high school courses from humanities to science are included, all for free.

Online

Free

High School

Science

Math

Humanities

History

The Happy Scientist

https://thehappyscientist.com/free-science-content

Science lessons. While he does charge for many of his lessons, there are quite a few available for free, some as articles, and some as videos. 

Online

Free/Paid

Science

Elementary

Middle School

Exploratorium

https://www.exploratorium.edu/explore

Science and math games, activities, experiments, and articles. 

Online

Free

Elementary

Science

Science Kids

http://sciencekids.co.nz

Science activities, games, lesson plans, and experiments for a wide range of ages. Great supplemental resource.

Online

Free

Elementary

Science

Wonderville

https://ngss.wonderville.org

Free for parents and students, Wonderville presents a host of STEM games, videos, and experiments. 

Online

Free

Elementary

Science

Math

McGraw-Hill Workbooks, etc

McGraw-Hill has a bunch of elementary workbooks, activity books, and textbooks online for free. 

Literacy Handbook: https://mhschool.com/lead_21/lead_21.html

National Treasures Workbooks: https://www.mhschool.com/reading/treasure_workbooks/national.html

Language Arts: https://macmillanmh.com/languagearts/2001/teacher/teachres/workbooks.html

Science Texts: https://www.mhschool.com/instructional_materials/ca/fwo.html

Online

Free

Elementary

Science

Reading

Periodic Videos

http://www.periodicvideos.com/index.htm

Videos about the various elements of the periodic table, as well as some about some molecules.

Online

Free

Science

NASA

https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/index.html

Lesson plans and teaching ideas from NASA for all ages, for free. 

Online

Free

Elementary

Middle School

High School

Science

Arcademics

https://www.arcademics.com

Free educational games for subjects including math, language arts, spelling, and geography, for elementary students. Great supplemental resource. 

Online

Free

Elementary

Math

Geography

Math Geek Mama

https://mathgeekmama.com

Printables and resources to teach math in engaging, entertaining ways, often through the use of printable board games, etc. 

Online

Free

Elementary

Math

Mississippi River Project

http://www.mvr.usace.army.mil/Missions/Recreation/Mississippi-River-Project/Education/

The US Army Corps of Engineers does a yearly EcoMeet for upper elementary kids. At this site are the free study guides for the EcoMeet covering locally important topics.

Online

Free

Elementary

Science

History

Timberdoodle

https://timberdoodle.com

Timberdoodle curates a selection of curricula each year per age from a variety of sources, then ships them to your house. You can also pick and choose to create your own unique set of curriculum. Kits can be either Christian or secular. 

Curriculum

Elementary

MathVids

http://mathvids.com

Supplemental math for middle school and high school. Free!

Online

Free

Middle School

High School

Math

Windows to the Universe

https://www.windows2universe.org

Earth and Space science articles, as well as some lesson plans from the National Earth Science Teacher's Association. There are even Citizen Science projects, and articles for a variety of levels of understanding. 

Online

Free

Elementary

Middle/High School

Science

Hoagie's Gifted Listing

http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/online_hs.htm

A list of free online high school courses in a variety of subjects from the website Hoagies' Gifted. 

Online

Free

High School

Cultivating Dharma Albums

http://www.freemontessori.org

Free Montessori albums (similar to curriculum for non-Montessori philosophies) and printables for a variety of subjects in Lower and Upper Elementary. There are also a select set of virtual materials available online. 

Free

Elementary

Middle School

Math

History

English

Smithsonian Science Education

https://ssec.si.edu/explore-our-curriculum-resources

Free curriculum, games, ebooks, and activities from the Smithsonian for elementary and middle school students.

Free

Online

Elementary

Middle School

Science

Curriki

https://www.curriki.org

A library of free educational materials including curriculum, videos, and games. See https://cdn.curriki.org/uploads/2016/04/06112319/Curriki-One-Pager-for-Homeschool-August-2015.pdf for more information specifically geared toward homeschoolers.

Free

Online

Preschool

Elementary

Middle School

High School

CK-12

https://www.ck12.org

Free online activities, interactive games, flashcards, and textbooks to helps students of all ages learn in the way they like best, at their own pace. Students can be organized into a class and subjects assigned, or CK12 will suggest activities based on what they've already done. 

Free

Online

Elementary

Middle School

High School

NASA KLASS

http://www.nasa-klass.com

NASA KLASS is the Kennedy Launch Academy Simulation System, and is a free STEM curriculum, with lesson plans and interactive materials. You can do this with or without downloading the software. If you use the software though, your kids get to launch a simulated space shuttle! Designed for kids in grade 6-10, and absolutely free. 

Free

Online

Middle School

High School

Skoolbo

https://skoolbo.com

Skoolbo is a full curriculum designed for ages 4 to 10, including reading, math, science, and foreign languages in the subjects covered. This is a game-ified learning system, automatically introducing students to the next lessons as they master previous lessons. Literacy and Numeracy are taught through competitions with random other students around the world (by user name for privacy) while other subjects are taught with videos and games. 

Online

Curriculum

Elementary

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