Science Experiments For Kids – A great collection of science videos!
SPACE.com – All kinds of information about space including lots of photos.
Lapbooking – There are tons of ideas, resources, links and even a video about lapbooking, mini-books and shape books. Some resources listed are not free, however, there’s enough free info here to warrant inclusion here!
exploreMarsnow.org – A mars simulator presenting “plausible concepts for near future Mars missions drawing upon the depth of knowledge from experts around the world.” Very interactive.
Literacy Lava – A downloadable pdf written by multiple contributors and filled with lots of ideas to improve literacy at home and in everyday life.
Keyboard Shortcuts for special characters. Want to know how to make a © or ♥ symbol? This is a great resource which lists shortcuts for HTML, MacOS and Windows in chart format.
YouTube – Magic School Bus. My kids love these – they’re fun to watch and full of great info.
MyPyramid.gov – Lots of information, activities and resources about the food pyramid.
Make Beliefs Comix – Create your own comix “in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese or Latin!”
FreeTypingGame.net – Free typing games online, fun and lesson based keyboarding games including home row!
How to read a painting – A suggested process for teaching students to appreciate art.
Gift Box. There are instructions and photos to help you make this box.
Mixes in a Jar Recipes. Over 300 recipes. Great for gifts! And easy on the wallet too!
Hans Bethe: Quantum Theory Made Relatively Simple. A video lecture.
20Q.net Inc.. Think of something in your head, answer the 20 questions and see how the computer could very well read your mind! It’s fun for all ages.
The Bible on One page – All the books and chapters of the Bible (NIV) are linked to on this webpage.
Wildwood Survival – Book List – Survival & Primitive Skills. Books about survival, living in the wilds, shelters, hunting, plants for food/medicine, animals for food, flint knapping, tanning, boats & canoes and more.
Reader Lists. Arranged by topic, this is a compilation of literature (stories vs. textbook) that teach math.
10+ Original Typing Games @ the Keyboard Playground – Fun & Free. Practice typing and have fun at the same time with this assortment of games.
Online Store Tutorials | MyWifeQuitHerJob.com. Many homeschoolers start online businesses to supplement income and/or teach their children valuable life skills. Here’s a step-by-step guide written by a couple who did it.
Seven of the Best Hidden Beaches in the World | BootsnAll Travel Articles. Might be good to put some of these on the dream list…
Ben’s Incredible Big List of Initialisms and Acronyms (BIBLIA). LOL and many, many others…
Double Takes: DIY: Corner Bookmark. Clever idea.
Get language help for Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Russian & Portuguese Language
Language Learning Library – You’ll find grammar, common phrases, common nouns, numbers, time, alphabet, dictionaries and culture information for Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Russian & Portuguese.
Making an Alphabet Book by Kathryn Stout. You could get as creative and crafty as you want, but this gives you a good guide to get started.
Spelling Rules. “Very few spelling rules are effective in teaching spelling. For a rule to be valid, it must apply to a large number of words and have few exceptions. Following are rules that meet this definition.”
Moneyville: Online Activities. Run a lemonade stand or pretend you’re living on your own in the real world.
How Do I Homeschool? – Gifted Homeschoolers Forum. An article with practical tips.
VolunteerMatch – Enter your zip code and some keywords and find volunteering opportunities in your area.
Statistics Help for Journalists. Covers the basics.
Deschooling for Parents, by Sandra Dodd. Homeschooling and unschooling are so completely different from traditional schooling on so many levels. Children (and parents of children) who have spent time in a traditional school setting will do well to get rid of some of the associations they have with learning instilled by the traditional schooling method. This process is called “deschooling” and this article provides an understandable explanation of the process and practical hints to achieve it.
Welcome to the Homeschool Hutt. Make your own generic game boards from file folders.
Make a Survival Kit out of an Altoids Tin | Field & Stream. This one has great photos! Very helpful.
frontline: secret history of the credit card | PBS. Gives a behind-the-scenes look at the credit industry and what consumers should be aware of. An especially good resource for high school students on the verge of financial independence.
Mr. Kent’s Typing Tutor II. Learn typing by pressing the corresponding highlighted key you see on the screen.
Education Pages | DonPotter.net. “This page is dedicated to the dissemination of materials of value to parents and educators interested in improving the quality of education in America and throughout the English speaking world.”
Hebrew for Christians – “Here you’ll find basic information about the Hebrew alphabet, vowels, and Biblical Hebrew grammar so that you can better understand the Scriptures from a Hebraic point of view.”
Latin – A nice collection of Latin resources and online Latin books.
Schooling at Home. This is a well-written piece about one family’s experience.
Technophilia: Organize your family’s essential information in case of an emergency. This article is a good starting point for gathering all your important info in one place.
10 day survival pack for your vehicle for just $25. I would bet you’ve got a lot of the items on this list in your house already thus making this a worthwhile (and potentially free) project.
Biblical Training – Online Bible training courses for the advanced student.
Favorite Stories – Inspirational stories with Christian themes.
Pandora Radio – Find & listen to music you love and new-to-you music, plus artist/composer bios and more. When we’re studying a particular composer, for example, I simply type in that composer’s name and let the music play quietly in the background as we do other schoolwork. We can read his bio too. Very handy.
Christian Clipart – Christian Clipart and more. The free images are small but large enough for notebooking etc. Larger images require membership.
Lookybook. An outstanding site and very user-friendly. The books here are new books (as opposed to classics in the public domain, written before th 1920′s).
Byki – Downloadable software to learn over 70 languages. Flashcard-type learning with audio. Both Mac and Windows versions.
FreeRice – Answer the vocabulary questions and “[f]or each answer you get right, we donate 10 grains of rice through the UN World Food Program to help end hunger.” Watch out, this is addictive. For older students (and parents).
Do You Need to Teach Kindergarten?. A great article with practical suggestions for teaching your Kindergartner at home. Also, a very realistic (in my opinion) take on public school Kindergarten.
Character Education Literature List – Picture books with character themes, organized by character trait.
OperaGlass – Get familiar with four classic operas, “each related to a different important period of opera: Rossini’s The Barber of Seville (1816); Verdi’s La Traviata (1853); Bizet’s Carmen (1875); and Puccini’s Madama Butterfly (1904).”
Learn to Dance Steps – Diagrammed Latin and ballroom dance steps.
Free Dance Videos, Clips and Movies – Instructional dance videos, clips and examples from movies. Please be sure to preview videos before showing them to children.
Wheelock’s Latin, The Musical – Wheelock’s Latin in nursery rhyme form. “…herein is my attempt to reduce Frederic M. Wheelock’s opus into a series of nursery rhymes. There’s not much I can do for you in the vocabulary department, but for what it’s worth, here’s the grammar.”
The Universal Packing List. Enter in things like what type of accomodations you’ll be staying in, what sorts of activities you intend on doing, what you expect the weather to be like, etc. and this tool will automatically generate an apporpriate packing list for you.
Free Printable Colouring Book Pages Character Images to Print. Find printable coloring pages of characters like Alice in Wonderland, Harry Potter, Winnie the Pooh and more.
Free clipart downloads, clip art graphics, myspace layouts, glitter animations, texts, pictures, gif images. Check here if you’re looking for very specific clipart such as Car Clipart, Frog Clipart and Santa Clipart.
Learning Styles. Helps you discover your child’s learning style.
Multiple Intelligences. Check the boxes on eight different lists that apply to your child. At the end, you’ll get a results page where you can see which areas your child is strong in, possible careers, tips to help them develop their gifts and more.
National Home Education Research Institute – Research Facts on Homeschooling. What the research says about why people homeschool, academic performance, social, emotional and psychological development and success in the “real world” of adulthood.
Newsletter Archive. Christian or not, there is LOTS of information about lots of homeschooling topics and issues here.
An Old-Fashioned Education – A full curriculum (grades 1-12) using classical literature & resources (almost all available for free online) as its spine. Not only is the curriculum worthwhile, but for those who don’t need a full curriculum, the resources she includes (organized in the left sidebar) are equally valuable.
Ambleside Online – A complete curriculum (K-12) using the Charlotte Mason approach. The curriculum (lesson plans, book lists, etc.) is free and while many of the suggested books can be found online for free (gutenberg.org and archive.org are good places to look), some may have to be requested from your local library or purchased.
CM Series. Not only is the full text here, but summaries of the 6-volume series too.
A blog about the often unexplored & perhaps questionable underpinnings of Charlotte Mason’s approach to education
Revealing Charlotte Mason. “while everyone else wants to focus on her [Charlotte Mason] as the one who has this great insight for parents, children and education there is more to her views and it is that part I will focus on .”
Handbook of Nature Study. This is a blog written by a homeschooling mom who uses the classic book Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Comstock published in the early 1900′s. (You can read the entire text online here.) She issues weekly challenges (the blog author, not Anna Comstock) encouraging you to get out and nature walk. Here’s here explanation of how to use the book.
The Well-Trained Mind. This is the companion site for the well-known book on Classical Education, The Well-Trained Mind by Jessie Wise and Susan Wise Bauer.
Mt. Hope Chronicles: Homeschool Planning the Heidi Way. Her kids are lower elementary age.
Confusing Words. “a collection of 3210 words that are troublesome to readers and writers. Words are grouped according to the way they are most often confused or misused.”
Illustrated vocabulary – Learn elementary vocabulary with pictures for Danish, Dutch & French.
A Selection of Latin Roots and Greek Roots for Vocabulary Enhancement – A list of Latin and Greek roots. (Scroll down to find the links “Latin Section” and “Greek Section.”)
Crochet me. Crochet patterns, tips, tricks and community.
Latin Examination – An essay discussing whether one should teach only Latin roots or the entire Latin language.
Free Online Language Courses – Links to free online language courses for dozens of languages.
Allen and Greenough’s New Latin Grammar – Online version.
New Latin Grammar – Online version by Charles E. Bennett, published 1918.
LearnLatin.tk. “…dedicated to teaching you enough Latin to be able to read the Latin Vulgae Bible (Vulgata).”
Latin Mottos, Latin Phrases, Latin Quotes and Latin Sayings – Arranged alphabetically.
Free online Latin course (lessons in classical Latin for guided self-study) – “The course starts with lessons for people who know no Latin at all and will enable you to read original texts, for example Caesar’s De Bello Gallico or Catull’s poems.”
Latin1: The Easy Way – Learn Latin in an untradiational way. “I used to teach this subject. I use a method that’s a little different than the standard, a method aimed at results, not tradition, and no need to learn grammar at the outset, when you’ve got enough new things to learn. If you learned by the traditional method you may find this radically different; but trust me.”
Fun Latin – How to say common, humorous & well-known phrases in Latin.
BBC Languages – Beginning and intermediate audio and video language courses for 36 languages.
Classical Magic – A suggested schedule for studying 128 classical music pieces over a 6 year period (K-5). This schedule is meant to be an accompaniment to the (purchased) Classical Magic Music Program, however, it might be helpful to the (budget-conscious) homeschooler who wants to introduce classical music to their children in a systematic way, but doesn’t know where to start. The schedule is arranged according to grade and therefore, difficulty level. Potential use of the schedule: For each piece on the schedule, a homeschooler might listen to the piece (perhaps at classicalarchives.com) and search online for the composer’s bio & information about the piece.
Classics for Kids – Online radio show featuring a new composer each month. The short radio pieces are fun to listen to and the website includes printable worksheets and bios for the composers.
The Music Rack – Printable music, staff paper, worksheets & teacher resources.
Dr. Estrella’s Incredibly Abridged Dictionary of Composers – Dictionary of (mostly classical) composers.
National Geographic Photography – Photography tips and galleries.
Bernie’s Better Beginner’s Guide to Photography – A beginner’s guide to photography for those who want to be digital artists.
A Lifetime of Color – Online games and activities to teach art concepts & artists. Various levels.
School of Imagination – Basic lessons in 3-D drawing. Click on the “Lessons” tab to get the free lessons.
How to Draw a Cartoon Character – “New cartoon lessons will be posted the first of every month!”
Art Sites for Kids – Lists of art galleries showcasing works by kids (some accept submissions).
Learn to Draw and Color Cartoonys and Funny Doodles with Uncle Fred – Step-by-step instructions.
Home School Arts – Art lessons for kids using various media.
Drawspace.com – Beginning, intermediate and advanced in-depth drawing lessons
Free Art Lesson Plans – Projects, lessons and ideas to help teach art.
Smithsonian American Art Museum – Interactive art activities for various art topics.
San Francisco Symphony KIDS – Kids can learn about the orchestra, play in the music lab and more. Well-designed, fun site.