Friday, August 8, 2008

Free and Low Cost Homeschooling

Unless otherwise noted, all of these resources are free. If you find that any of these sites have become paid sites, please let me know so I can remove them from the list. Thank you. :o)
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In the process of becoming a seasoned homeschool mom I've found many free or low cost ways to educate our children. I've acquired quite the list and today feel the need to pass it along to my blog friends. :-)
I hope this helps someone trying to pinch a penny. :-)
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FREE COMPLETE CURRICULUM
http://www.amblesideonline.com/
http://www.letteroftheweek.com/
http://www.baltimorecp.org/lessons/lesson_titles.htm
http://www.baltimorecp.org/lessons/draft_lessons.html
http://www.tanglewoodeducation.com/
http://oldfashionededucation.com/
FREE K-8 ONLINE CLASSROOM
http://www.internet4classrooms.com/month2month.htm
SCIENCE
http://www.harperchildrens.com/hch/LRFO/stage2.asp
http://www.noeoscience.com/
http://msnucleus.org/membership/index.html
http://www.newtonsapple.tv/
http://www.stellarium.org/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/humanbody/
HISTORY/GEOGRAPHY
http://www.kewlcartoons.com/show/watch/LibertysKids
http://www.historyforkids.org/
http://www.travelforkids.com/
http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/matrix.html
http://www.geomatters.com/products/details.asp?ID=75
http://www.geomatters.com/products/details.asp?ID=266
http://www.homeschoolshare.com
http://www.squidoo.com/geograhyunitstudy
http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Stream/1639/BragPage.html
http://alexml.blogspot.com/2007/07/galloping-globe.html
http://www.worldatlas.com/
http://www.recipes4us.co.uk/Cooking%20by%20Country.htm
http://www.whitehouse.gov/kids/
http://bensguide.gpo.gov/k-2/index.html
http://50states.com/
http://www.rainbowkids.com/HTMLFiles.aspx?page=KidsActivities
http://www.dltk-kids.com/world/index.htm
http://www.circle-of-friends.com/funColor.aspx
FREE PLACEMENT TESTS: We use placement tests to find learning gaps at the beginningof each school year. Depending on the tests we use, we can easily take AT LEAST a week to do all of the testing. No matter what grade our child is in they begin with the lowest grade level and work their way up until they no longer know what's going on.
AOP LANGUAGE AND MATH PLACEMENT TESTS: **You do have to fill out the online form to have the kids take the test online. They also offer the test for sale to put on your computer so it can be used over and over each year without logging in each year.
http://www.aop.com/sos/Contact_index.php?form=SOSplacementtest
K-6 READING: https://eprcontent.k12.com/placement/placement/placement_langarts_2.htmlMATH: http://www.sonlight.com/horizons-readiness-evaluations.htmlREADING: http://www.sonlight.com/quick-reading-assessment.htmlENGLISH: http://englishenglish.com/englishtest.htmLANGUAGE: http://www.peakenglish.com/placement_test/partnerPlacementTest.jsp
FREE HIGH SCHOOL AP COURSES
http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/online_hs.htm#elective
FREE ALGEBRA!
Algebra.help...a site of lessons, resources, and calculators to aid in the learning/teaching of algebra
AlgebraLAB...this site focuses on building the connections between science and basic algebra by including lessons, activities, practice pages, study guides, career overviews, and much more
Ask Dr. Math...an archive of math questions, searchable and arranged by grade level; you can also submit your own questions
Calculators On-line...over 5000 types of online calculators to use
SPELLING
http://ourelementaryhomeschool.blogspot.com/2007/01/spelling-by-grade-1-8th.html
http://www.spellingcity.com/
BIBLE
http://www.christian-parenting-source.com/homeschoolbiblecurriculum.html
http://www.dltk-bible.com/http://www.faithfirst.com/html/catechist/downloads/downloads.html
http://www.daniellesplace.com
CHEMISTRY:
http://www.chemicool.com/
DRUG AND ALCOHOL INTERACTIVE LESSONS:
http://www.drugs4real.com/portal.aspx?AcceptsCookies=yes
TYPING:
http://www.goodtyping.com/
READING and LANGUAGE ARTS:
SIGHT WORDS PRE-PRIMER THRU THIRD GRADE: http://www.createdbyteachers.com/dolchboardmain.html
http://http://free-reading.net/index.php?title=Main_Pagewww.carlscorner.us.com/
http://www.literactive.com
http://www.starfall.com/
http://learntoreadfree.com/
http://www.tanglewoodeducation.com/ReallyReading2.pdf
http://www.readwritethink.org/materials/picturematch/
http://bookadventure.com/
http://www.studydog.com/
http://www.headsprout.com/
http://www.funnix.com/
FREE BASIC MATH EXERCISES:
http://www.handwritingforkids.com/handwrite/math/addition/index.htm
http://www.cimt.plymouth.ac.uk/projects/mepres/primary/default.htm
http://www.mathmammoth.com/
http://www.thevirtualvine.com/math.html
http://www.glc.k12.ga.us/seqlps/sudisplay.asp?SUID=242
HANDWRITING PAGES:
CURSIVE: http://www.handwritingforkids.com/handwrite/cursive.htm
MANUSCRIPT: http://www.handwritingforkids.com/handwrite/manuscript.htm
http://www.carlscorner.us.com/Handwriting%20Highway.htm
http://www.handwritingforkids.com/handwrite/
http://www.internet4classrooms.com/kplus_writing.htm
RECORD KEEPINGhttp://highland.hitcho.com.au/attendancecalendar.pdf
http://donnayoung.org/forms/planners/index.htm
http://www.homeschooltracker.com/tracker_basic.aspx
http://www.homeschoolplanner.org/
ARThttp://www.crayola.com/
lesson_plans/index.cfm
http://www.dltk-kids.com/
http://www.dickblick.com/lessonplans/2007lessonplans/
http://www.theteachersguide.com/Artlessonplans.html
http://www.geocities.com/theartkids/artlessons.html
http://artkidsrule.com/
http://www.thetoymaker.com/
DOWNLOAD CHILDREN'S STORIES & CLASSICS
http://www.kiddierecords.com
http://librivox.org/
http://www.library.santaclaraca.gov/
http://kids.learnoutloud.com/
MUSIC
http://community.learnnc.org/dpi/math/archives/2005/06/grades_k2_resou.php
http://www.8notes.com/recorder/
http://www.philtulga.com/
http://www.wannalearn.com/Crafts_and_Hobbies/Woodworking/Building_Musical_Instruments/
http://kids.niehs.nih.gov/nametune1.htm
ONLINE GAMES
http://www.learnnc.org/students/K/
http://faculty.usiouxfalls.edu/arpeterson/computer_lab.htm
http://pbskids.org/
http://www.uptoten.com/
LESSON PLANS
http://www.coreknowledge.org/CK/resrcs/lessons/index.htm
http://www.ckcolorado.org/units.asp
http://www.learnnc.org/lessons/
http://teachers.net/lessons/
http://www.awesomelibrary.org/
http://www.lessonplans4teachers.com/
http://www.uen.org/Lessonplan/LPview?grade=0
PRESCHOOL
http://www.preschoolpost.com/Months.html
http://www.preschoolrock.com
http://www.first-school.ws/
http://www.preschooleducation.com/
EDHELPER INFORMATION
If you go to edhelper.com and spend $19.99 - $39.99 you will findeverything you need to teach children for an entire year...Grades K - 12th.
They have the daily review skills packets that you can print off andhave the kids complete daily or weekly.(I'd recommend 1 packet every 3 days. They are pretty challenging sometimes.Internet use will be useful for research.) This is good for K thru 12th grade also.
Math skillsLanguage artsVocabulary/spelling skillsScience open-ended question and reviewWritingSocial studies questionsReading ComprehensionWeekly math word problems
All of this and you can even tweek it too.Here is the link for the Daily skills.
http://www.edhelper.com/daily_review.htm
Or go here to pick and chose what you want to teach them.
http://www.edhelper.com/
Here is the link to the costs.
http://www.edhelper.com/tpreporder.htm


All of the above has been copied, with permission, from "The Mom With Brownies" at http://www.icantbelievemylife.com/ .

3 comments:

elysabeth said...

I printed out several of the calendar sets. As an author, these will be helpful. Your site came up on a google alert (I have geography writing, children's stories as the alert) and I explored. Since I am writing a geography series, I like to look at the different things geography related on the homeschool sites that pop up.

None of your links were clickable; I had to copy and paste. One of them didn't open a page but I can't find it now. Thanks for sharing. - E :)

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Follow four friends as they explore the states through a game. Where will the adventure take you next?

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Kgraham said...

Thanks for letting me know about the unclickableness :). Fixed now...
I'll be by to check out your site soon!

Arnold said...

I am dead impressed by the sheer volume of the help available over there in America and wish I could find a similar list for the UK.

One that you might want to add is www.open.ac.uk which is a distance learning university in the UK (they offer courses worldwide). Interestingly in the 2007 prospectus they featured one (I think) 17 year old graduate who had been home schooled her whole life. So if any home schooling parents are struggling and think they can't make it, just consider her as an inspiration.

Usually they have a lower age limit of 21 but are increasingly getting students much younger applying. They review these individually but, as I say, there have already been a number of very young honours degree graduates.