Edu websites for homeschoolers

Educational Websites for Homeschoolers 

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Resources for Moms /General Websites

 

  • Discovery Education* - http://www.discoveryeducation.com -  FREE access to Georgia homeschoolers -  Email jpasley at gpb.org with 1) A statement that you would like access to Discovery Education as a Georgia Homeschool educator 2) Your contact informaion including name, address, phone number and email address and 3) A copy of your Declaration of Intent.  You can also gain access to the GPB Digital Education Content library using the above information but for number 1) A statement that you would like a user name and password to the GPB Digital Education content library  (you could probably ask for both in same email) - http://www.gpb.org/education/help-for-home-school-families



  • Pinterest -  http://www.pinterest.com -  Follow interesting boards as well as using the search function for  specific subject matter


  • Confession of Homeschooler blog - http://www.confessionsofahomeschooler.com/ - lots of great printables for preschool/early elementary, daily learning packets, literature unit studies, advice to newbie homeschool moms and MORE 



 

Where to Buy Things


Resources for Preschooler /Early Elementary


  • Enchanted Learning* -  http://www.enchantedlearning.com -  Great resource for unit studies, worksheets, maps, projects, etc. Geared towards preschool and younger elementary but you can find older student material as well. Only $20 a year





  • ABC Mouse* - https://www.abcmouse.com - ABCmouse.com provides kids with an online classroom in which to explore math, reading, science, social studies, art and music. In addition to daily lessons, the classroom has areas in which to practice using the computer mouse, a clock and a virtual piano. There are additional activities involving a farm and a zoo. While a small portion of this website is available for free, the depth and breadth of the full experience is worth the $7.95/month (or $79.00 for a year) subscription fee. (I paid $60 a year by paying $20 each month for the first 3 months) With this subscription, parents can register up to three children, and the website creates a learning path for each one.


Resources for Early Readers/Phonics
  • Starfall*  - http://www.starfall.com - Many free videos and games on site.  For $35 a year, you can get More Starfall and I personally have found this to be worth it especially for a beginner reader. Also includes Math activities


  • Reading Eggs** - http://www.readingeggs.com - online reading games and activities - offers a 14 day free trial  - For beginning and early readers, 120 learn-to-read lessons and 96 spelling lessons.  

  • Reading Eggspress** -  For readers who can tackle early chapter books and beyond, 200 comprehension lessons and a library full of more than 1700 e-books, Math Seeds - math games. Subscriptions are $49 for 6 months and $69 for 1 year.  50% for 2nd and 3rd child. (On sale right now at Homeschool Buyer’s Co-op - Buy 1 year of Reading Eggs and Get Mathseeds Free - $69.00  OR  25% off one year for $51.75)



Elementary School  (possibly middle school for some)

  • Brain Pop and Brain Pop Jr. * -  http://www.brainpop.com and http://brainpopjr.com -  Short cartoon videos on science, technology, health, social studies.  They offer free videos and if get the Ipad app, you get a free video each day.  Subscriptions currently on sale at Homeschool Buyers Co op for $86.25.


  • Xtra Math** - http://www.xtramath.org -  Free math supplemental program for learning addition, subtraction, and multiplication facts.  Ultimate goal is to learn all the facts within 3 seconds.  Works best when done daily. (Note: Because I want this to be about learning math facts and not typing skills, I actually type the answers for my child at least for the progress quiz which is the one that "counts". For the race the teacher, I let my child choose)


  • Sum Dog** - http://www.sumdog.com  - Fun multiplayer games for grades K-8, designed to improve math fact fluency.  



  • IXL**- http://www.ixl.com -  Subscription based but you can do 20 free sample questions each day. Math and Language arts.  It has a variety of topics for each. By grade level.


  • Always Ice Cream  - http://www.always-icecream.com/login - For girls grades K - 8th From math, to reading, to science, to the arts, there are learning games your daughter will enjoy and motivational rewards to keep her learning.In addition to fun learning games and drills in academic subjects, parents are also given the option to choose Christian educational content and/or Jewish educational content if they want to offer this to their daughters.  Monthly, Yearly and Lifetime subscriptions available.

  • Clever Dragons  - http://clever-dragons.com/login - Sister site to Always Ice Cream. For boys grades K-8


  • Geo Motion TV - http://www.geomotiontv.com/  - a revolutionary learning and fitness tool. It is a streaming video website that delivers a variety of activities for children ages 4-14. GeoMotion TV videos are designed to get children up and moving while learning. Sign up for free. Premium subscriptions start at $3.99/month


 

  • Fun Brain - http://www.funbrain.com/  -  Fun Brain, a site for kids at the preschool through grade 8 levels, offers more than 100 fun, interactive games that develop skills in math, reading and literacy.


  • Dance Mat Typing**-  http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/z3c6tfr - teaches and encourages correct fingers for typing.  Free
  • Typing Web -  http://www.typingweb.com/ - free online typing tutor & keyboarding tutorial for typists of all skill levels. TypingWeb includes entertaining typing games, typing tests, and free official typing certification.



All Grades

  • Virtual Homeschool Group* - http://virtualhomeschoolgroup.com/ -  Live Language Arts, Math at your own pace (Saxon Math 5/4, Saxon Math 6/5, Saxon Algebra 1, 2), Math Live Classes (Saxon Algebra 1 and 2),  Science Live Classes (middle school and high school Apologia), Languages, Art, History, Tech.   Live classes enroll in the summer. FREE - mostly middle school and high school but Saxon 5/4 and 6/5 are elementary.


  • Time 4 Learning - http://www.time4learning.com - Time4Learning can be used with a broad array of student types, learning styles, and homeschooling methods. The majority of the families using Time4Learning are homeschoolers. Some use it as their primary curriculum, while others use it to supplement or as part of an eclectic approach.  Time4Learning's high school curriculum is standards-based and designed to help students achieve overall college and career readiness. The courses are presented within an automated, student-paced system that teaches the lessons, reinforces concepts, time-stamps online activities (for attendance), tracks progress, and keeps printable reports that can be turned into student transcripts or included with homeschool portfolios. The lessons combine multimedia lessons, instructional videos, printable worksheets, quizzes, tests and both online and offline projects that focus largely on developing higher order thinking and writing skills.


  • Khan Academy - https://www.khanacademy.org - Math (all ages), Science, Economics and Finance, Arts and Humanities, Computer, Test Prep - All of the site's resources are available to anyone. It doesn't matter if you are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 20 years, or a friendly alien just trying to get a leg up in earthly biology. Khan Academy's materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge.


  • All in One Homeschool* - http://allinonehomeschool.com/  -  Grade levels and individual courses include 180 days of homeschool lessons and assignments. It covers reading, writing, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, math, history/social studies/geography, science, Spanish, Bible, computer, music, art, PE/health, and logic. It uses only free materials found on the internet. Sister site  - http://allinonehighschool.com/




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High School


Great Courses - http://www.thegreatcourses.com - Subjects inlude Science, Math, Literature, Religion, History, Finance, Music and more. All courses are taught by college professors.  Prices range based on course selected and format selected (i.e. CD, DVD, download). Sign up to receive emails and wait for a sale!

Example  of an item on sale- Understanding Human Body - Intro to Anatomy and Physiology - Download video for $110 or DVD for $130. Includes 32 lectures - 45 minutes per lecture.  


Write at Home - http://www.writeathome.com - English writing course...great for High school composition


Gale Courses - Available through the Cobb County Library - http://www.cobbcat.org/ -  Gale Courses offers a wide range of highly interactive, instructor led courses that you can take entirely online.   As a library card holder in good standing, you are entitled to these courses at no cost. Courses run for six weeks and new sessions begin every month.  College Readiness category includes Human Anatomy 1 and 2, Intro to Biology, Intro to Chemistry . There are also courses in Creative Writing, Effective Editing, Accounting and Finance, Computer Applications, etc.


All in One High School - http://allinonehighschool.com/ - The high school site is set up similar to the lower school, except that there are no levels. You will choose your course load. There are recommendations on the site for how to do that.  Online curriculum (not school). Intended to be college preparatory


Webucator -  http://www.webucator.com/self-paced-courses/index.cfm - Free online software and web development courses -  all of our self-paced courses available for free to homeschoolers.  This includes courses on web development (HTML, CSS, JavaScript, etc.), Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc), Photoshop, Dreamweaver and many others.  Use “HOMESCHOOL” as the coupon code.


Georgia Virtual School  - http://www.gavirtualschool.org/ -  Free; Can drop at any time without receiving a grade; accredited; Good for credit for Health and P.E. ; Sign up for classes early.


Extras (Languages, Crafts, etc)


  • Craftsy - http://www.craftsy.com - so you want to learn to knit, crochet, paint, embroider, etc.  Excellent teachers, reasonable prices when you catch a sale


  • American Sign Language - http://asl.ms - American Sign Language practice site.


  • Cobb County Library - Mango Languages* - http://www.cobbcat.org/ - 63 languages including Spanish, French, English, Pirate (hilarious!), Italian, German, Biblical Hebrew, Latin


  • Minecraft Homeschool* - http://minecrafthomeschool.com/ - Students are assigned weekly lessons that include online videos, informational websites and Minecraft assignments to apply their learning.


  • Homeschool Programming - http://www.homeschoolprogramming.com/ Learn to create website, games and smart phone apps with self study curriculum. As young as 4th grade for Web Design series.


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