Links of Interest to Homeschoolers

The Poll at the top of the blog asked what you request in future posts. You requested homeschooling resources and I am listening. (last update 8/12/11)


I've gone through all of my computer files to find the links I used and favorited over the last 5+ years. There are a lot of great websites for homeschoolers and I've tried to organize them below. (With so much cutting and pasting, the formatting is all off, please forgive.)
Visual learning, I have always been drawn to that modality and my children seem to be as well. I see these links and videos as another way to layer information into their minds. They enjoy the change of pace when they see I've assigned some computer time for their day. I hope you find the time to check these out. The magnitude and quality of these resources is overwhelming! Never been a better time to homeschool!
It occurs to me that a clever mom could craft a nearly free homeschool curriculum out of this list. And...it is not an exhaustive list. There's MORE out there! Did I miss one you really recommend? Put it in the comments! Let's make this list as extensive a resource as possible.
Some of the sites will be familiar to you, some new and, as noted, certainly some missing. I hope the missing ones are your well-known blogs and links,that you already have bookmarked and that here you find something new to delight and inspire you. Back to school time is approaching, may these resources encourage and invigorate you!
So, here's my opus, friends. Now I've really gotta get up and walk around a little.
*SITES THAT COVER ALL CLASS SUBJECTS*
http://charlottemason.tripod.com/ - MacBeth's recommendations
Learning videos http://www.neok12.com/
More daily everything http://www.softschools.com/ (9th MODG sci)
http://www.factmonster.com/ is for everything, too!
*BLOGS & HOMESCHOOLING WEBSITES*
http://barbarafrankonline.com/ - homeschooler of 20 years
there are many, many more....

* UPDATE * A reader named Mary alerted me to this site - http://freestuffandsamples.com/newestsamplesblog/free-homeschooling-resources/
*ONLINE CLASSES TO WATCH and/or LISTEN TO*
Annenberg Art Appreciation Class http://learner.org/resources/series1.html
*MEDIA REVIEWERS*
*ON CHARACTER*
*READING RECOMMENDATIONS/BOOK LISTS*
*ON THE TOPIC OF HOMESCHOOLING*
*MATH*
much Math help can be found at the general sites at top of list
For Elementary age spelling http://www.spellingcity.com/
200 Most Commonly MisspelledWords http://grammar.about.com/od/words/a/misspelled200.htm
*MAPS/GEOGRAPHY*
http://www.audiomemory.com/ - we luv the States and Capitals DVD
*BOOKS TO READ ONLINE *
*AUDIO BOOKS*
*SCIENCE*
http://catholicscience.com/
http://hedgeschool.homestead.com/sciencereads.html - Science reading recommendations aligned with Catholicism
Astronomy picture of the day http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/
Creation vs. evolution http://www.love2learn.net/science/creation.htm
Science Songs - The Elements http://www.learninggamesforkids.com/science_songs/educational_videos_elements_song.html
http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/java/scienceopticsu/powersof10/index.html
http://www.coolscience.org/CoolScience/KidScientists/TV%20segments/TVsegments.htm
http://www.ptable.com/ - periodic table
http://edheads.org/activities/brain_stimulation/
http://www.exploratorium.edu/
http://ocw.mit.edu/high-school/introductory-mit-courses/
http://www.cellsalive.com/
http://www.innerbody.com/htm/body.html - anatomy
https://www.google.com/bookmarks/l#!threadID=GS1hK7NJn0jI/BDR6uZQoQpZne-_ok Science Interactives
http://sciencehack.com/videos/index
http://www.sciencefriday.com/
http://www.periodicvideos.com/videos/003.htm BEST! Periodic Table of Videos!
http://sciencespot.net/Pages/classroom.html
http://starryskies.com/
http://www.topscience.org/ - MODG
http://www.world-science.net/
http://unityoftruth.blogspot.com/ Catholic Science & Faith Blog
Dissections http://mariemarie0000.free.fr/fichiers/images/frog.swf
http://www.practicalbiology.org/
Heart: http://www.fi.edu/learn/heart/index.html
Muscles:http://yucky.discovery.com/flash/body/pg000123.html - how muscles work
and how many the body has and what they do
Brain: http://www.learner.org/discoveringpsychology/brain/index.html - click on
a lobe to learn about the locations, functions and parts of the brain.
http://www.hhmi.org/senses/ - for older kids who are learning about brain,
specifically geared toward the senses.
Eye: learning about how the eye works and how it can be compared to a camera
~http://www.lensshopper.com/eye-anatomy.asp
More links about the human body~
http://www.innerbody.com/ - basically for advanced science learners or
Highschool Students learning about the systems of the body.
for upper grades here is an interesting game for older students to play to put
their knowledge to use~
http://web.archive.org/web/20021216042826/http://www.medfacts.com/crdiodoc/preappnt.htm
and also this one for sports medicine and using lessons learned about the
anatomy of the body in a fun way~
http://web.archive.org/web/20021014174044/www.medfacts.com/sprtsdoc.htm
http://www.innerbody.com/ is a tour of the human body for middle school students
and up.
http://www.medtropolis.com/VBody.asp this site has been posted about before,
the Virtual Body but is a good reminder.
http://library.thinkquest.org/10348/ - this site is for exploring about the body
for ages 11 and up
All Atoms http://www.allatoms.com/
CHEM4KIDS http://www.chem4kids.com/
Chemistry: Periodic Table and More http://www.chemicool.com/
Chemmybear http://www.chemmybear.com/
CHEMTUTOR http://www.chemtutor.com/
Cool Chemistry - Science Experiments For Kids - Activity TV
http://www.activitytv.com/114-cool-chemistry
General Chemistry Online http://antoine.frostburg.edu/chem/senese/101/index.shtml
High School Chemistry Teachers http://highschoolchemistryteachers.com/
My Chemistry Tutor http://www.mychemistrytutor.com/
Teach yourself Chemistry http://chemistry.about.com/od/chemistry101/a/learnchemistry.htm
The ChemCollective http://www.chemcollective.org/
The Comic Book Periodic Table of the Elements
http://www.uky.edu/Projects/Chemcomics/index.html
Multimedia Chemistry animations
http://www.klte.hu/~lenteg/animate.html
Chemistry Comes Alive!
http://jchemed.chem.wisc.edu/JCESoft/CCA/pirelli/pages/cca1NaIHgCl2.html
Science READS http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/science_sleuths.htm
http://thehappyscientist.com/ - subscribe to video experiments
*HISTORY*
Elementary movies of Early America History http://www.earlyamerica.com/series.html
On this Day in History http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history
*LITERATURE*
Shakespeare helps, No Fear Shakespeare - http://nfs.sparknotes.com/
*POETRY*
*RELIGION*
*ART*
ART - Getty Museum games http://www.getty.edu/gettygames/
*MISC.*
Traditional Catholic Radio - http://dc.ferrelli.cc/TCR/TCR.php
Field Trip - Vatican, http://www.vatican.va/various/basiliche/san_giovanni/vr_tour/index-en.html

Again, please add to the list in comments and I will update. I expect to make lots of updates....

19 comments:

Kimberly said...

WOW!!! Double WOW!!! What an amazingly comprehensive list!! Quite a few I've never visited...thanks a bunch!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for all of the usefull information!!
God Bless!!

Anonymous said...

Thank YOU for taking the time to post what I'm sure represents HOURS of research...to save us all a little more time. This will take me the rest of summer to get through!

Laura said...

Allison, I'd love to have you add my website:

www.catholic-homeschooling-resources.com

What an incredible list you have here! Thanks and God Bless!

mwa said...

May I suggest adding
khanacademy.org
they have over 2000 video lessons, mostly on math and science.
MWA

mel said...

You are awesome! I will share this with my local group. My 11yo was just asking for some new website he could check out.

Allison said...

Grateful for your comments. I did truly believe that everyone could find something here to help their school year.

Laura, I will certainly add your site.

Guess what MWA? We're in agreement and you must have missed that my #2 link is the impressive Khan Academy. See the beginning of the list.Thank you.

Keep the suggestions coming for other useful links.

Anonymous said...

thank you very much for your generosity and hard work! i printed it out and came up with 12 pages! god bless you!

Suzie said...

I plan to print it, as well. What a great list of resources.

Anonymous said...

You are a wonderful mom, Allison.
I also like to add the following link for Religion: http://www.amazingcatechists.com/index/great-links
Thank you million times.
God Bless.
Fera

Allison said...

Thank you so much, Fera! And God bless you!

I gladly added the wonderful website under religion, as an update. Excellent recommendation. Thank you!

Jen @ Forever, For Always... said...

This is an awesome list! I shared it on FB :)

Tracy said...

HI Allison!
I found this post on Jen's "Forever For Always, No Matter What" blog Facebook page and clicked on over! WOW! What a great list! I am going to link back to your post from my own blog so I can refer to it and share it with visitors to my blog! Thank you for taking the time to write such a comprehensive and helpful list! God bless! Tracy at "A Slice of Smith Life" :)

Stephanie said...

Wow! Allison. This is a fabulous list! You are right, there has never been a better time to homeschool. :-)

Would you like to include my courses websites?

www.CharlotteMasonMadeEasy.com
www.GrammarLessonsMadeEasy.com

and coming soon:
www.SuccessfulHomeschoolingMadeEasy.com

God bless,

Stephanie

Jennifer said...

Awesome! Can't thank you enough!

Any great Latin helps, for those of us plodding through first year Henle (blush).

Jennifer

Allison said...

Jennifer, for us, we needed the Mother of Divine Grace offering of a telephone class for Henle 1!

There's also this -

http://quizlet.com/2579116/henle-latin-1-grammar-units-1-2-flash-cards/

http://quizlet.com/subject/henle-latin/

an android app! http://www.androidpit.com/en/android/market/apps/app/com.ggause.flashcard.deck.deck51/Henle-Latin-part-1

Good luck!

Mary said...

What an amazing and helpful list. Now that you have shared it I don't want to lose it! Do you mind if I make a copy and put it in my local homeschool group files for other families in my Catholic home school group to use when they need it? I will be sure to credit you and your blog as the source.

Let me know! The list is awesome...and I love your blog!

Allison said...

Mary, I would love for you to share it!

Thank you for asking.

fivekitten said...

Thank you for your wonderful list! I found this through the pinterest website (www.pinterest.com), someone posted a link there. And I'm certainly appreciative of the audiobook sites because I've been looking for them. My dad is Catholic and he just passed away a month ago so it was nice to see a Catholic homeschooling website. Made me think of him. I have a homeschool blog at http://www.homeschoolwebsites.blogspot.com that I haven't updated in a while, but it's still a good resource for homeschooling links - primarily for elementary aged kids. Thank you for all your hard work! I keep hoping to have such a resourceful list to share with others!

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