Wednesday, December 25, 2013

My Favorite Web Sites for Homeschooling

Diagnostic Testing:

Web Browser for Kids:

Religion/Character Development:

2.      Children's Bible Lesson
4.      Youth Practice:
5.      Principles and Practices of Biblical Parenting study
7.      Character education on responsibility - grade 6 - grade 7 - grade 8
8.      Bible Trivia:
10.  Role Models on the web: The goal of this site is to showcase outstanding role models to help youths and young adults to pattern their lives.
11.  For Drake: Little Talkerspresent delightful stories told by animals that will help children to understand the importance of living their lives for God each day and obeying Him in all things.
13.  Courage lessons & activities: Here is a list of multimedia art activities that can be used to explore the theme of courage
14.  Bible Quiz:
19.  Jesus Folk: Jesus Christ, God & Bible Centered Christian Online Community
20.  Bible Study Guide for all ages:
22.  Power Team For Kids: 13 Lessons from John for kids (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)
23.  Patch The Pirate – a radio show with activities
24.  Mr Bill's World: a fun, safe, interactive zone for kids who love music, adventure and cool things to do.
25.  Calvary Kids: online games, printable pages, devotions, teen corner and more
26.  Confident Kids Support Groups -­ for hurting children and for struggling parents
27.  Calvary Chapel curriculum for both Old & New Testaments
28.  For the answers, please visit the free See AMC Montessori Hands On Spring Newsletter Part III http://www.amonco. org/spring3/ montessori_ spring_3. pdf
Receive more free spring lesson planning by visiting
http://www.amonco. org/montessori_ spring_handson. html
30.  Back To The Bible: radio, the Internet, TV and other media to share the
Gospel message and help Christians grow to spiritual maturity through
Bible teaching and engagement.
31.  What are the basics of biblical parenting?
32.  KID'S WORLD includes lots of Bible lessons which are valuable for all ages (even teens and adults!), but especially for those up to age 12.
33.  Kids Ranch – a site for fun and encouragement:
34.  E Life Online - Christian magazine
35.  Teen Q & A: current events, teen issues, friendships, Christian living, etc
36.  Confident Kids Support Groups -­ for hurting children and for struggling parents
39.  Happy Mothering – inspiration to live a simple natural lifestyle
40.  Survival Kit for Students: This kit provides Christian students with the real answers they need to survive the onslaught of atheism, humanism and evolution in the public schools.
42. bible study for teens

Unit Studies:

4. It will walk you through, step-by-step, how to use the ACE curriculum in a homeschool environment.
5. I love using Weekly reader for part of my unit Studies, the kids adore them!
7.      Lighthouse Christian Academy
10. : tapestry of Grace
12.  Can order ACE from

TV Programming:

1.      History channel
2.      National Geographic
3.      Discovery Channel
4.      PBS
5.      Sesame Street
6.      The Electric Company
7.      Magic School Bus
8.      Man vs. Wild
9.      Beakmans World
10.  Between the Lions
11.  3-2-1 Penguins
12.  Cyberchase
13.  Teen Kids News
14.  Myth Busters
15.  Dog Whisperer
16.  The Deadliest Warrior

Computers/Computer Programing:

1.      Apps, Apps, So Many Apps
2.      I am looking into Scratch,, for my children to start to learn programming.
4.      http://www. Kid
8.      I have used Gimp, but I don't think it would work well for game creation.  I use Serif PagePlus which is a desktop publishing program, similar to Microsoft Publisher.  They have a "lite" version that is free:

Teaching/Parenting Resources:
1.      Teaching Online: Providing free lesson plans in all curriculum areas. Designed for teachers of students aged 5-14 years. Also includes starters & strategies Teachers Magazine in pdf format.
2.      Educational Games of all sorts/topics: Gudli: a free, online education service that makes learning fun for young children
3.      Children's Books Online: large collection of illustrated, antique books
5.      Worksheets for all ages:
6.      Descriptions and links for Apps categorized by topics that include science.
7.      Online Dictionary Encyclopedia Britannica
8. All subjects/grades
9. All subjects/grades
14.  Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators is a categorized list of sites useful for enhancing curriculum and professional growth. It is updated often to include the best sites for teaching and learning.
15.  Work sheets for all ages/grades
17.  A to Z Home's Cool Member Database
18.  Record keeping: for tracking my high schoolers.
19.  Visit    They will answer any questions and help you find ways to fit your schooling with what is going on in your house.
20. all subjects/grades
21.  Teacher's Domain (free rego) Flash interactives, images, documents, lesson plans for teachers, and student-oriented activities.
23.  Here is a site with interactive links based on public school grade standards for the 5th grade.
24.  There are a ton of online resources that are a lot more engaging than worksheets. But if you really want worksheet, here are a few sites where you can find them.
29. (this is AWESOME, you can create a lesson plan for him for every subject)
35.  Parent Pals: A special education community where parents and professionals share information and offer support.
38.  Factory Tours USA: A listing of factory tours available all over the United States. Find any that are close to where you live or check out the possibilities before you take your next trip. Great resource!
39.  http://www.
40. all grades/subjects
41. for traveling

Anatomy Web Sites:

1.      Think Anatomy: Links to the best human anatomy study aids on the internet:
2.       Street Anatomy: an exploration of how anatomy is portrayed in everything from fine art to advertising
3.       Get Body Smart: Beautifully detailed Flash animations and images are used in this online interactive anatomy textbook.
4.       Making the Senses Make Sense; Hands-on Activities to Help Children
Explore the Five Senses; Unit designed for Preschool\
5.       "Whack-a-Bone!" We have been studying the human body this year, and that was a really amusing way to review the bones of the body! Anatomy Arcade: free, fun, interactive games that teach basic human anatomy. 13 and up (Younger students may enjoy this with parental supervision.)<>
Art/Crafts/Activities Web Sites
2.       Daily art projects for younger children :
3.       Activities for Preschoolers:
5.      The Crafty Classroom – free educational crafts
8.       Lots of free downloads:
9.       Hunkins Experiments
Cool cartoons that will have you experimenting with food, light, sound, clothes, and a whole lot more!!
10.   Make Beliefs Comics – create your own comic strip. Online educational comic generator for kids of all ages. You have the choice of characters with different moods and the chance to write words and thoughts for them. Help develop your child's imagination.
11.   How to make a tea box planter:
12.   Art/History: Found this online for making The Bridge over the Hellespont.
scroll down page to view resource, click and start building.
14.   Mark Kistlers Imagination Station :
15.  try I use her & Draw write now
17.   How to make a color garden:
18.   The weeks surrounding President's Day are a great time to teach kids about money.
One fun way that I have found to make this difficult concept more hands on is to make Personal coins with each kid's profile out of silhouette paper .Get all the details on my blog post. Presidents Day Activity – Teach Kids About Money by Putting their Profiles on Coins:
19.  Cartoonster - if you are interested in learning about the basics of cartoon animation. Created by a teenager, there are simple tutorials that help you understand the concepts of frame by frame animation.
20.   A nice way to "visit" a museum before you visit a museum:
21.   Drawing or animation. We use
22.  A Natural State: free virtual workshops with step-by-step instructions and illustrations on how to make artwork using natural materials such as clay, pine needles, branches, vines, acorns, nuts, flowers, leaves, rocks, shells, and more.
24.  Candle making and crafts: How to make gel candles, recycled candles, floating candles, chunk candles and decorative candles.
25.  Twisty Noddle: Thousands of free colouring pages and worksheets to customize and print for kids.
27.   Creative Arts in Action - I think its in Watauga
28.  The Wildlife Porch: Helping attract wild birds, butterflies, and other wildlife to patios, balconies, and backyards everywhere
29.  learn to sew website:
Astronomy Sites:
1.      Meet The Greens: a site for kids looking after the planet
3.       Imagine the Universe!
This site is intended for students age 14 and up, and for anyone interested in learning about our universe
All about Animals:
2.       Owl Pages- heaps of info
3.       The Nest Box – bird and butterfly info and pics
4.       Discovery of Animals – fun and interactive
5.       Farm Sanctuary: Lots of information about farming and the exploitation of farm animals.
1.      Show Me The Future: This free financial literacy game is designed to help tweens, teens, and college-age students prepare for their futures. The game helps players understand: The Cost of Living, Budgeting, Difference Between Wants and Needs,  Importance of Financial Planning, Setting Career Goals & Value of Higher Education
2.      Money Instructor; Money worksheets and Lesson Plans for teaching money including coins, checks, and money math.
Language Arts/Poetry/Handwriting/Spelling
4.      Free Classic Audio Books
6.      Fun Reading games
7.       Here is a 77 page activity book packed full of Easter-themed learning
for PreK through 3rd grade. It includes activities for Language Arts,
Math and Science as well as a several 'just for fun' pages. <http://christianhom eschoolhub. list-of-download s.htm>
10.   grammar checker program: Whitesmoke
13.  Helping Struggling Readers  - Articles with resources to help understand how to help struggling readers
18.  They have pintables in several different hand writing styles.  You can also do bible verses.
19. sign language
20.   Learning the Basics of English Grammar
This free online course offers a comprehensive revision of English grammar. It is designed for those already fluent in English who want to improve their writing skills. It examines spelling, grammar and punctuation including commas, colons, adverbs and prepositions.
26.  Here is a link that I use for sight words.
28.  Spell Quizzer here:
29.   Twaddle Free Literature list
30. Here's one that I've used for Math & Reading.
David Vogel offers a policy debate course for older students that I have
heard great things about.
33.   IEW has a curriculum called Speech Bootcamp.
All Things Preschool (all Subjects):
6.       Kid Sparkles: Original preschool curriculum, activity printables and lesson
7.       Activities for Teaching Phonics
8.       Learning through gesture is proved to be the best technique for Kindergarten and Montessori kids; we have developed software named MLearning Phonic Gesture to implement this technique in real world.Currently, its available in Android based phones and tablets whereas iPhone, RIM and Windows 7 for mobile solutions are under construction.That software is totally FREE to use in schools and homes.You can get this software from android market at by searching MLearning or Phonic or Gesture.
And using direct link at
Visit our website
9.      Interactive Clifford storybooks
10.  Homeschool Radio Shows – listen online to these classics
11. .  It's a fabulous website for young children that teaches letter sounds and reading.
13.  Printable PreK: Scrapbook pages, calendars with seasonal songs, cubby tags, bookmarks, awards and more
14.   program that is wonderful for beginning readers is "Zoo-phonics."
15.   Here is a site to check out:
123 Child - lesson plan ideas for toddler, preschool and kindergarten teachers (great site!)
16.   A lot of people find the free preschool curriculum list at to
be very helpful
17. for kindergarten too
21.  Old MacDonald's Farm site – heaps of great ideas and activities
22.  Frog flashcards
History/Social Studies/Gvt/Geology
1.       Lap booking:
2.       There is an animated read along version on
3.       Animated Map and History of our Country http://www.animated movie.html
5. Mystery of History
7.       The Noble Experiment
8.       Notgrass Government and Economics
9.       USA Learns
11.  CBBC Newsround Online provides news for and about children every day of the year.
14.   Make A Hero: explore stories of mythical heroes from Mexico, Africa, China, Egypt, Greece, and the United States - and you can even make your own hero
16.  use The Animaniacs States and Capitals song on you tube:
22.  Try youtube at wakko'samerica by the animaniacs I wasn't thrilled with that cartoon but this song really for the lyrics scrambles states of america book has a website and some printables to help
23.   Teaching Social Justice to Kids
25.   This is kind of World History, or maybe Other World History. Enjoy this
clip. APOD (Astronomy Picture of the Day) is one of our all-time favorite
30.  EQ-IQ, the website where you can learn how to be prepared for an earthquake or any of the other natural disasters
31.  I thought this was neat for teaching American History:
36.   History Channel and website
37.   Congress for Kids
gives you access to interactive, fun-filled experiences designed to help you learn about the foundation of our federal government and how its actions affect you
38.   FREE (Federal Resources for Educational Excellence) Teaching and learning resources from Federal agencies
42.   There is a website that lists reading books for different time periods.
43.   We used these little workbooks for early elementary and really enjoyed them
45.   Marco Polo and His Travels
46.   Ancient Egypt :Multimedia and educational resource
47. junior ranger program. Write reports. Illustrate our experiences. Take lots of pictures. Get library books to help us learn more. Read, read, read.
I used it to provide a visual to my visual-kinsethetic learners at my house.
50.   HX from a Biblical Perspective:’ There are a few DVD's I have which cover this topic.
Search for Mt. Sinai: Mountain of Fire
The Search for the Real Mt. Sinai (Explorer Series)
The Exodus Revealed: Search for the Red Sea Crossing (By Questar)
There is also a 2-hr interview online that you can watch for free of a family who used to live/work in Saudi Arabia who have made multiple visits to the proposed site...with LOTS of evidence which points to this location. (On Youtube...Part 1 of 8. Follow the links to the right for the "next" part) (NOTE: This is a link to the same interview in its entirety in a downloadable file.)
This is long, but WELL worth the time to watch.
This is also a good video...
Interview w/ Dr. Lennart Moller (Swedish research scientist who focuses his studies on the Exodus/wanderings of the Israelites)
51.   Brain Odyssey: Travel the world to solve historical mysteries
53.   Lore and Saga: V iking and Roman information
2.      Kid friendly recipes
4.      Passport of the World:
7.      Healthy Recipes
9.      Be A Superkid: healthy recipes, games and tips
1.      Life of Fred: I love these books
2.      Basic Math: A solid understanding of basic math skills by going in depth into many math topics. The answer to your math questions is most likely here. The site also offers basic math games, calculators, puzzles, and worksheets.
3.      For Drake: Fun shapes games for kids to play that reinforce shape and pattern learning.
4.       Math-u-see
11.   Math Tutoring:
12.   We used dominoes.
Worked well to show math families too. 2 + 3 = 5 ---- turn the domino around and you get 3 + 2 = 5 -- count all the dots now cover up one side 5-2 = 3, now cover the other side 5-3=2.
we would play standard dominoes but you had to say a math fact.
Or use dice (we were able to find 10 and 12 sided dice at a comic book store for a couple dollars -- the same dice at a teacher's store were $12 !) We would roll and see who could get to 50 or 100 first.
13.  Mission US:Iinteractive adventure games set in different eras of U.S. history
14.   Math Whizz
Online math program for learning elementary math.
They have a free trial available.
15.   Addition/Subtraction specific:
Memory Joggers -
Rhymes to memorize addition and subtraction fact families.
16.   Multiplication/Division specific:
Times Tales-
Zero and one facts are easy, two's are just double addition, five facts are known if a child can read minutes on an analog clock, then Times Tales quickly teaches 6x3 thru 10x10 so the only additional facts that have to be memorized are 3x3, 3x4, and 4x4.
17.   Skip Count Kid Songs-
18.   "School House Rock Multiplication"- FREE online on YouTube just search for this title
19.   Timez Attack- FREE online
20.   Webmath is a math-help web site that generates answers to specific math questions and problems
21.   Visual Fractions
25.   Introducing math concepts:
28.  Math Fact CafĂ©: free math worksheets and answer sheets
29.   Different math web sites:
32. Here's one that I've used for Math & Reading.
34. online math games
Gaming Sites:
1.      Tutpupwhere you can compete in fun, educational games against other kids from all over the World! (great security requirements)
2.      Children of the Earth: helps young people learn about animals, plants, ecology, and nature centers
4.       Games to `fun – up' your day
6.       Games For Learning Learn to make homemade educational games. http://www.angelfir GamesForLearning
8.       Just Kids Games: a site with educational games to help teach kids about math, science, reading and the environment
9.      Slime Kids: packed with games and book trailers, is designed to provide a fun, interactive learning experience to get students motivated to learn on their own! As well as superb educational tools including reference works and search engines.
11.   Games For Learning  Learn to make homemade educational games http://www.angelfir GamesForLearning
13.  Games For Learning  Learn to make homemade educational games. 
14.   Scrabble
15.   Brain Odyssey: Travel the world to solve historical mysteries
16. online math games
Foreign Language: (some are for people to learn English, but these are also helpful to teach your kids the principles of English as well)
1.       Learn to speak Spanish: Interesting Spanish lessons. http://learntospeak -spanish. com/blog/
<http://learntospeak -spanish. com/blog/>
2.       Rosetta Stone
4.      Everything ESL
1.      Essentials of Music
http://www.essentia lsofmusic. com/
Science Experiments:
2.       Testing without smelling: http://www.sciencek experiments/ smelltaste. html
6.       Science World – fun and interactive experiments, etc
8.       Lesson & Lab Exchange: Choose from hundreds of free, downloadable science lessons
1.       From Cells to Systems; Unit designed for 2nd Grade: 10 Lessons\
2.       Insect Mania; Unit designed for 2nd Grade: 10 lessons (13-14 days)\

The focus of this thematic unit is to explore insects and their place in our
world. This unit will give students an understanding of basic insect anatomy,
advantages and disadvantages of insects, the life cycle of insects, and the
lives of social insects. Students will participate in hands-on and literacy
enriched activities and projects that are designed to help them appreciate
the workings of the insect world. It is best to introduce this unit during the
season of spring when there is an abundance of insects to observe in their
natural habitat.
3.       Interesting Insects; Unit designed for 2nd grade:
8 lessons (11 days; 1 day= 40-50 min.)\

In this unit students will learn about the characteristics of insects. They will
explore insects through cooperative learning, group projects, class discussions,
hands on opportunities and poetry. This unit ends with an insect project
presentation by each student.
4.       Insects; Unit designed for 2nd Grade:
15 lessons (includes assessments, field trips, guest speaker)\

This insect unit will provide students with an introduction to insects as well
as insight into insect development. We will also study individual insects such
as ants, honeybees, and butterflies. This is a multi-disciplinary unit that
provides hands-on experiences for the students.
5.       Water, Water Everywhere, and Nary a Drop to Drink! A Study of the Ocean;
Unit designed for 1st Grade: 5 Lessons\
7.       There's a Commotion in the Ocean; Unit designed for
1st Grade: 9 Lessons\
8.       What's the Matter?;l Unit designed for 1st Grade: 5 Lessons\
9.       Understanding and Measuring Matter, Unit designed for 1st Grade: 7 Lessons\
10.   Understanding and Measuring Matter, Unit designed for 1st Grade: 7 Lessons\
11.   Matter: Its States and Properties; Unit designed for 1st Grade:
Four lessons over a period of five to seven days\
12.   Think: Mnemonics for example King Philip cried out for goodness sake --- Kingdom Phylum class order family genus species These are biological classifications for science.
15.   NOAA stands for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Offers dozens of fun games and learning activities for kids from the elementary level to high school.
18.   The Wild Classroom: biology videos
20.  Sky Diary: Information, pictures, and graphics and find links on tornadoes, lightning, hurricanes and storm chasing
23.  Science Lab Roles and Descriptions
Science Lab Roles- Badges (color-coded for different groups/teams)
24.  Science Reference Sheet
(includes The Scientific Process, Science Process Skills
and the Periodic Table of the Elements)
25.  Eye On The Sky lessons
The lessons are integrated and, when taught together, allow young students to maximize their understanding of the Sun-Earth system and simultaneously hone their nonfiction reading and writing skills.
26.  Natural Inquirer, A [FREE] Middle School Science Education Journal
from the USDA Forest Service
27.  Science & Technology
28.  Mad Sci: a collective cranium of scientists providing answers to your questions. For good measure we provide a variety of oddities as well.
29.  Soil Science Education
31.  Soil & Rocks: Activities that explore geology, & tectonic plate theory, Gr. 3-8
32.  Red Orbit: Space, science, health, and technology news.
33.  Setting Up and Running a School Garden

1.       HSSA offers soccer as one of their homeschool sports.
3.       Teach PE: PE and coaching info. Terrific anatomical section especially on bones, muscles, the heart, lungs and energy systems.
1.       The visual dictionary
Blogs I like:
12 Suggestions For Raising Godly Children
by Dale Harcombe

So you want to bring your children up in God's ways so that they will follow Him. Here are some suggestions for ways you can help achieve this.

1. Pray for and with your child. Let them see the reality of your faith as you turn to the Lord in prayer when problems or hard times come, or just for God's help with decisions each day.
Encourage them by your example to praise God for the blessings of life every day.

2. As you pray for your children, pray for those they will grow up to marry. From the time they were little, we prayed or God's choice of the right Christian marriage partner for each of our children

3. Read the bible to them when they are young and with them as they grow older. Many families I know use time at the dinner table to read God's Word and to pray. This time didn't always work for us. If it doesn't, then make another time to do this. Don't put it off because it is too hard. Those things that are important we can always make time for - if we try.

4. Read to your child- not just from the bible although that's a good start but share picture books, novels, non fiction and poetry with them. It's a precious time to be able to read with our kids and share literature.

5. Turn the TV off and spend time with your children - playing a board game, going for a picnic and enjoying God's creation, playing ball or talking.

6. Enjoy your children and spending time with them. Maybe try cooking together. Yes, it may end up with the kitchen a bit of a mess but it's a great time together and worth the mess. Make a game of clearing up the mess together afterwards. And cooking doesn't only have to be with daughters! Boys often like to cook with Mom or Dad too.

7. Often times traveling in the car or when involved in other activities like cooking, are times when children open up and talk about things troubling them or just talk. Value such times when you will gain an insight into your child.Listen to your children. Don't always be the one talking and telling them what to do. Their ideas are valuable.

8. Decide that time with your children and less material things are more important than extra income so they, and you, can have every toy or gadget as it comes on the market.

9. Remember you're the parent and this is one of the hardest but most rewarding jobs you will ever do. Take it seriously and do not spoil or give into your child. You are only making life hard for yourself and others who come into contact with your child.

10. Children need to know the boundaries and what the consequences are for overstepping those boundaries. Even if you don't agree with smacking, and I think there are occasions when it is warranted though it was not something I used often with my children, there are other options like taking away privileges instead. .

11. Be accountable. Be an example they can model behavior on. Parents aren't perfect. If you do lash out in anger and do or say things you shouldn't, admit that you were wrong.

12. Take them to church and Sunday school and encourage the friendships they make there. Talk about what they are taught and clarify anything not clear.

The Proverbs Curriculum: 50 Life Skills God Wants You to Teach
Your Children from the Book of Proverbs

1:7 ~ To fear the Lord
1:10 ~ To stand alone
1:23 ~ To turn at reproof
2:4 ~ A proper value system
3:3 ~ To love mercy and truth
3:5 ~ To trust God and not themselves
3:6 ~ To put God first in everything
3:9 ~ Give to God.
3:11 ~ To appreciate chastening
3:27-30 ~ To be a good neighbour
4:1-4 ~ To listen, learn, and remember
4:23 ~ To keep their heart
4:24 ~ To maintain a pure mouth
4:27 ~ To stay true to God
6:6-8 ~ To love work and not sleep
6:20 ~ To obey
7:25 ~ To be morally pure
8:13 ~ To hate evil
8:17 ~ To love God
11:14 ~ To seek Godly counsel 11:30 ~ To love the souls of men 13:13 ~ To love the Word of God 13:20 ~ To chose the right friends
14:9 ~ Not to mock at sin
14:17 ~ To control anger
15:8 ~ To pray
15:14 ~ To love to learn 15:16 ~ To have a grateful heart 15:20 ~ To please you
16:4 ~ To please God
16:19 ~ To have a humble spirit
17:9 ~ To cover other's sins
17:17 ~ To be a friend 18:13 ~ The folly of prejudice
19:5 ~ To be truthful
19;17 ~ To give to the poor
21:17 ~ Not to love pleasure 21:21 ~ That honour comes from godliness 21:31 ~ To find security in God 22:29 ~ To do their best in everything 23:17 ~ Not to envy sinners 23:26 ~ To love you and imitate your Godly lifestyle
24:10 ~ Not to quit.
25:19 ~ To discern the spirit of other people.
25:28 ~ To control their emotions
26:17 ~ To mind their own business
27:1 ~ To live in the present
28:1 ~ The boldness of a clear conscience
28:13 ~ To deal with their own sin
31:10-31 ~ The glories of a virtuous woman
(to become one or to marry one).

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