Where to find curriculum resources
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Buy/sell/swap second-hand homeschooling books:
Online Educational Directories, Free Worksheets, etc
I remember my children using lots of worksheets when they were attending school part-time. Sometimes the teacher would spend ages photocopying pages from 'print masters' or student workbooks, rather than the school buying each child an individual copy. Worksheets are popular tools for teachers to use, especially if they are self-instructional. Every month I see dozens of sites offering free or low cost worksheets listed by homeschooling parents. I have not personally used any of the following sites - if you do, want to write a review for a future issue? Email it to Beverley.
- Open Educator "strive to take this guesswork out of education for you by sharing the most reputable, highly-researched articles and content the web has to offer. We work directly with teachers and other public education groups to ensure we are working toward our vision of constructing a reliable database of verified information." Click on Resources to access lists for each subject area.
- AcademicHelp.net is a resource for students, teachers and people who would like to improve their academic writing skills. Our website consists of valuable guides, writing samples and ideas that help eager learners to develop.
- Free Printable and Online Worksheets, Quizzes and Activities covering the four basic subjects (English/Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies) and a large variety of other subjects, including Early Education, Art, Music, and Study Skills. Organized by grade-level and spans grades pre-K through 12 .
- StudyPool is an extensive homeschooling directory of accredited programs complete with location and enrollment requirements
- ww.allkidsnetwork.com : Kids crafts, free worksheets, activities, coloring pages, printable mazes and much more at AllKidsNetwork.com. 100s of crafts, printable worksheets, over 3,000 coloring pages, mazes, dot to dot, hidden pictures, etc.
- www.activityvillage.co.uk : Free worksheets and more
- Enchanted learning: http://enchantedlearning.com
- http://www.blake.com.au/Free-to-Download-s/2003.htm , primary and secondary resources downloads
- Scholastic: http://www.scholastic.com/parents/ , click on 'free printables', chose age and group and subjects
- www.myschoolhouse.com : paid subscription but there is plenty of free stuff too (for junior school)
- www.superteacherworksheets.com (American)
- http://www.k-3teacherresources.com/ ; junior school, annual subscription gives you access to all resources listed
- Learning Page: http://www.learningpage.com/ , professionally produced lesson plans, books, worksheets etc - monthly fee.
- http://thehippohelper.com/ : Australian site with web activities, homework 'contracts', integrated units and links
- http://www.coolmath4kids.com/ : online games
- http://www.ricgroup.com.au/ : Australian educational publisher and suppliers to schools, complete range of student text and work books, ask for homeschool discount.
- www.teachersmarketplace.com.au : for teachers to buy and sell resources, access to new and innovative learning materials
- http://zaneeducation.com/ - their lessons have lesson planners and study sheets, subscription fee.
- http://www.basherbooks.com/uk/aboutbooks.html : spotted at a local library, cover all the subjects in a way which is interesting and appealing to children.
- http://www.ezschool.com/index.html for worksheets, games and more.
- Lisa recommends www.studyladder.com.au for Primary School. It covers all of the Key learning Areas except HSIE and is very interactive. It costs $88 per year for up to 3 children (Dec 2011). You can move between grades for different subjects and you can get a free trial.
- Lisa also recommends for Primary and Highschool you could try www.skwirk.com.au This costs $99 for 14 months, per child (Dec 2011). When you enrol you are put into a "stage" instead of a year, each stage covers 2 years. You can also get a free trial. All Key learning areas are covered and it is also very interactive, but more reading than Study Ladder.
- Cara recommends
http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ a UK site which has interactive games, reading and quizzes for Maths, English and Science. The UK divides age related learning into key stages.
- For maths, Cara recommends http://www.mathsonline.com.au/ which is sponsored by MacDonalds and is free to use. It is aimed at years 7-12.
- Geradine recommends: Khan Academy http://www.khanacademy.org/ for science, maths, etc And Itunes University and other free University series of lectures. Everything from psycology to physics, ethics, early man, etc, etc, So much good free stuff.
- eachers Network: "Use our page to share, help and learn by networking with educators from all around the world. Advertise your resources, ideas and events. Drop in to see how you can help others and learn about everything educational."
- Carschooling! www.carschooling.com is an old favourite of mine. "There is an alternative to playing "Slug Bug," singing "100 Bottles of Beer on the Wall," and plugging the kids into mindless DVDs and video games."
- Head of the Class (American) provides preschool through eighth grade parents, learners, and teachers with free access to curriculum-based content. Organized by grade-level, you will find instruction, activities, and multimedia on reading, math, spelling, writing, art, history, music, geography, science, Spanish, and more. http://www.theheadoftheclass.com/
- Arcademic Skill Builders: Educational Games: www.arcademicskillbuilders.com offers fun and free online multi-player educational math games and language arts games for students and teachers!
- Planet Primary is a site designed for teachers who use whiteboards but you should be able to use the games, etc on your child's computer. http://www.ezschool.com/index.html
- Free lapbooks: Lapbooking is an educational tool that involve children a range of differently styled mini-books about what they are learning. They typically include drawings, writings, timelines, pictures, graphs, or stories on any topic of current study. Designed to fit on a child's lap they can form part of a unit study. http://www.homeschoolshare.com/index_lapbooks_master_list.php; also http://www.homeschoolshare.com/Lapbooks_at_HSS.php : free lapbooks on a huge range of topics.
- Five in a Row is a series of unit studies based around a variety of children's story books. Within each unit (one book) all the major subjects are covered: geography, science, etc in a way which is relevant and tied into the story. There is a variety of different topics/activities. It is a flexible program created by a homeschooling parent. www.fiarhq.com
- Learning and Tutor Resource http://www.tutorhunt.com
Teaching Resource at TES
- Aussie Homeschool Suppliers list:
- 700 online free university courses
- Audio downloads of Homefire's homeschool online teleconferences: http://www.audiohomeschool.com/
- 100s of learning activities linked directly to the Australian Curriculum from the ABC http://splash.abc.net.au/
- Charlotte Mason favourite sites
- Homeschool notebook pages, mini-lapbooks, and a whole lot more! http://practicalpages.wordpress.com/free-pages/
- Homeschooler's Lesson Library
- Free online learning educational games
- Learning about the colour blue (and other ideas!)
- Some great websites for learning with younger children I came across today, thanks to Action Pack http://action-pack.com/ :
- Learning outside:
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