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  • Free Online Libraries
  • Reading is Fundamental is a global literacy project with free monthly activity calendars for young and older children.
  • Downunder Literature - Australian company begun by two homeschooling mothers. Their goal is to "inspire children to read and love good Australian and New Zealand literature". Publications include copy work and nature study resources, notably Nuri Mass's Wonderland of Nature .
  • Good Books lists pages of excellent quality Australian and New Zealand authored books, both classic and modern, with links.
  • Teachers4Teachers produce Reading Blue Box and the Reading Green Box, a multi-levelled kits with activities to develop skills in literal, interpretive, inferential and critical levels of reading comprehension.
  • www.UCanRead. com
  • http://www.learntoreadfree.com/index.php A Montessori inspired learn to read program.

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  • E.L. Easton Materials for Teaching and Learning is a resource for non-English speaking people to learn English but it has one of the most comprehensive collection of lessons and articles about all aspects of learning English - grammar, vocabulary, etymology, pronunciation, spelling, etc that I've come across. The site also has multi-lingual dictionaries. You can spend hours wandering around this site!


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  • Free e-book "The Write Way To Have Fun" which explains some of the ideas Debbie Harbeson used as her family learned to relax and play with words. The book includes real examples of writing her kids did when they were elementary age. As a bonus, the e-book even includes directions to a wildly energetic game for kids.
  • Spin and Spell - a free spelling game
  • WriteGuide.com, sponsors a free, online literary magazine for homeschoolers, called the Homeschool Literary Quarterly to promote the literary arts within the homeschool community. Publishes writing by homeschoolers. Homeschool Literary Quarterly
  • Fun4TheBrain.com: English Excitement
  • Grammar Resources
  • "William Shakespeare and the Internet": Lnks including information
    on Shakespeare' s works online, study guides, biographies, the Globe
    Theatre, aspects of Elizabethan performance, criticism, the
    Renaissance, lesson plans, movies, and festivals. Materials available
    at the site include a timeline, a Shakespeare genealogical chart, a
    biography quiz, a chronological listing of Shakespeare' s poems and
    plays, and Tales from Shakespeare for young readers to use as an
    introduction to the study of Shakespeare.
  • Marina found this "fabulous web site where you can generate your own (free) printable flash-cards, work-sheets, quizzes, etc, using their lists of
    facts and figures on various subjects:http://www.educatio nalpress. org/
  • Free home-schoolers website with games to play, topics to write about, and general knowledge quizzes to rack your brains! Updated weekly. www.funfitnesslearning.com
  • Caroline recommends http://www.spellingtime. com. Although it is American it allows you change word lists to suit yourself and the children work through the spelling activities to earn game credits which they can then use to play a game.
  • Kristin uses http://www.ozspelle r.com/. It has varied lists for spelling depending on whether you want easy lists, animal based etc.
  • http://www.texta. com.au/kidsclub/ index.shtml is wonderful for 5 to 12 year olds. They run colouring in competitions all the time, but they also regularly run story competitions. And the prizes are wonderful.
  • www.thecreatives. com.au, which is a part of spotlight, upon joining they got a wee pack with colouring stuff etc in it and the website runs colouring, creative writing and other competitions each month, also if they make the craft stuff on the website they can then take it into spotlight and get their card stamped when they have 5 stamps they get a certificate.
  • Here's a link to a free handwriting worksheet generator.
    http://www.handwrit ingworksheets. com/
    You can type in your childs name,her pets,anything that interests her
    and choose which style of handwriting.
  • http://www.learning page.com/ is a free website with two styles of
    handwriting, as well as cursive sheets. You have to sign up but it's
  • http://puzzlemaker.discoveryeducation.com/ - free wordsearch maker, crosswords, puzzles, etc
  • http://www.progress ivephonics.com/ is a complete learn to read program (although they're still working on the original sounds for each letter program) that costs $US20; no postage - you download the books
    and either print them out or view them online. They have handwriting practice sheets that goes with each book.
  • www.starfall. com is another program that is a reading program with handwriting sheets. This program does start from the individual letter sounds, and is completely free (unless you want to buy
    something from their website).
  • Handwriting Without Tears. http://www.hwtears.com/ We find it pretty affordable, and good quality, considering it comes all the way from America!
  • Downunder Literature has copywork page which includes examples: http://www.downunderlit.com/indexfiles/ Page725.htm Australian content and graduate nicely to the next level. You can easily reprint a page if you need to and use it for all your children. They are all printed with dotted thirds (to get letter heights right). In the next book there is a place to draw a picture for the text just copied.
  • 'Draw Write Now' http://www.drawyourworld.com/index.html There are also complete language programs available like Learning Language Arts Through Literature (LLATL): http://www.commonse nsepress.com/blue. htm
  • You could also use books from Australian Homeschooling Supplies which sell at an affordable price:
    http://www.homeschooling.com.au/catalogue.asp?time= 0&id=16842& doc=1&page= newcatalog
  • I found this page the other day has a ton of free printables Online printable alphabet
    http://www.first-school.ws/ theme/alphabetp1.htm
  • Here are a few web sites that you can use to print of copywork sheets/ dotted words/letters:

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  • Developing Handwriting, an inexpensive Practical Homeschooling Booklet Series by Beverley Paine that explains how to help develop children's handwriting skills. Available from www.alwayslearningbooks.com.au

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