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Scratch is designed to help young people (ages 8 and up) develop 21st century learning skills. As they create and share Scratch projects, young people learn important mathematical and computational ideas, while also learning to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively.
Monster Exchange is designed to encourage the development of reading and writing skills while integrating Internet technology into the classroom curriculum. Classrooms from a variety of schools worldwide are paired together; the students in each classroom are split into groups, each of which designs an original picture of a monster. The students must then write a description of the monster. The partnered classes then exchange their descriptions via e-mail and the Internet. These students are then challenged to use reading comprehension skills to read the descriptions and translate them into a monster picture. The true challenge involves creating a redrawn picture as close to the original picture as possible without looking at the original and using only the written description of the monster.
How do you homeschool in high school? The greatest encouragement someone gave me when I was contemplating what high school home schooling looked like, was – “It’s no different; you just keep going.”
Deana of The Frugal Homeschooling Mom wrote to me about a giveaway she is doing, and when I checked it out I discovered a treasure of freebies, great deals, frugal living ideas, and more on her site.
US Constitution Day lesson plans, websites, and activities
Biz KID$ is a series where kids teach kids about money and business and is just about the perfect maturity level for my 11 year old daughter. Each episode focuses on one aspect of business and money management such as credit, the art of negotiation, wise spending, budgeting, and more.
Brightstorm Math uses online video to comprehensively cover the topics found in major textbooks, state frameworks and NCTM standards: Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2 and Precalculus (Calculus coming soon!). The site contains over 1,800 engaging online videos with clear and concise concept explanations and sample problems.
Although not a large site, the resources found on Innovative Classroom are quality and in depth. There are a few unit studies, several lesson plans, teacher tips, activities and reproducibles.
Homeschooling resources about the Statue of Liberty
September Homeschooling Resources Calendar
In this article, I am going to share with you some of the common mistakes that educators often make. If you’ve fallen prey to one or more of these, it simply means that no one told you about them yet. Once you know, you can then focus on solutions. Or, perhaps you’ll find that you are already on track, and this may reaffirm that you are headed in the right direction.
Although the entire site isn't free, there are several free video lessons on Educator.com to get you started with high school science and math courses.
ASL University is an online curriculum resource for American Sign Language students, instructors, interpreters, and parents of deaf children.
From the Kentucky Virtual Library, this site is a special research portal and information literacy tutorial designed for grades K-5. Through its interactive gameboard format, the site takes students through the entire process of research from picking a topic through a self-evaluation rubric for the project. Great site!
Science Friday is a live news/talk show about science that is broadcast every Friday on National Public Radio (NPR) stations nationwide. NPR has made new video-based science lessons available to complement the show free of charge on their Web site.
Real learning comes when the people in your life need you, when they need what only you can provide. When your genius solves the problem, when your labor provides the food on the table, when your skill gives the people you care about a better life, that is real learning. Self-directed education, then, begins with a purpose. You want to accomplish something of value, and so you reach for the knowledge and the skills you need. When you have accomplished your purpose, you know you have added value to your life and to the lives of those around you.
Homeschooling does not have to break your budget! The range of families who homeschool varies from the very rich to low-income. There are many resources such as used curriculum, the Internet, local co-ops, and the library that can help you homeschool on a budget.
NASA has put together a commemorative Apollo mission section of their site to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the lunar landing of Apollo 11.
Homeschool websites, lesson plans, and activities to go along with current and historical events for August
T8ermomma, owner of Shiver Academy (Shiver is a penguin who is the school mascot, in case you are wondering), has put together a 992 page unit study based on the Book of Virtues and has made it available for download at no charge. This enormous resource is full of printables, lesson plans, worksheets, planning sheets and much more. It's obvious that many hours went into planning this great unit and T8ermomma is gracious enough to share it at no charge. You can see all of the details at her blog, and look in the right column about halfway down the page for the download links (under the Book of Virtues heading). There are a few other downloads available below the Book of Virtues section. The unit is available as both one large file and several smaller files for those who might be on a slow connection. Thanks to Homeschooler's Notebook for bringing this resource to my attention!
Each lesson has a brief introduction and numerous examples with detailed explanations. The are plenty of examples to help explain the concepts for each lesson which are followed by several practice problems. The site is well-designed and has a user-friendly interface.
There are many of you who cannot afford homeschooling curriculum this year. Does that mean that you should put your children into public school? No, what it means is that it is time to get creative, even inventive, when it comes to our children’s education. And this is your place to start. I am going to share with you my top 5 “must-have” homeschooling resources that won’t cost you a dime. Bookmark each of these sites and refer to them often as you prepare and teach your children during this upcoming school year.
I am not a big fan of structured curriculum, preferring instead thought-provoking tools for children to use at their own pace. This list of Things to Buy Instead of Curriculum is a great list of ways to invest your money that will pay dividends in your children's love of learning.
Transcripts, Unschooling, Summer Fun, No-cost Homeschooling Resources
MTV is currently producing a documentary for its "True Life" series about young people who are homeschooled.