Free Online Homeschool Resource Roundup!

When I first began homeschooling I was told that you can basically homeschool for free using the web.  Well, I was a little bit skeptical and went out and purchased books anyway.  After three years, I’ve gained a little more confidence and realized that it’s okay to try things until you find whatever works!

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Image courtesy of renjith krishnan

Here are a few of my favorite resources for teaching at home.  You can use these as a full curriculum or as a supplement – even if you are not a full time home educator.

Star Fall – Learn to Read with Phonics {Free}  Pre-K and Kindergarten
This is and was a great resource for my kids when they were just starting school and learning how to read.  It offers games and makes learning fun.  Your Pre-K student can navigate this site easily.  They are so adorable when you see that little hand on the computer mouse working. 🙂

All -In- One Homeschool – Complete Online Curriculum {FREE}  Pre-K – 8th
Luckily, I stumbled upon this at the end of the last school year.  We had previously purchased a full online curriculum for $500 that just did not work for my daughter.  She was bored out of her mind with it.  So one month before school ended, I switched curriculum.  Crazy right?!  What can I say?  She loves A-I-O-Homeschool!  There is so much to offer – from foreign language, computer basics, building a blog?!! Yes you read that right :), and music!  There is even a FB group for support.  High school courses are being added too!  You can watch the video to see how it works here.

Kahn Academy – K – 12 Math {Free}
Kahn Academy teaches through videos.  There are sample problems and additional problems offered if your child needs a little extra practice.  Kahn Academy is always adding new content.  Besides Math, they are currently offering science including biology, chemistry, and physics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pinning Insects – Homeschool Project

pinned insects

Have you ever pinned a bug? 🙂 I admit it – I was not looking forward to our upcoming insect study.

We attend a co-op class on Fridays. There, we meet with other homeschoolers for a science class. Initially we were told to catch bugs and kill them. Well, we couldn’t go through with that plan! 😉 It wasn’t like smashing one with your shoe or the fly swatter. No, we needed them intact to study. 🙂

Luckily a friend of mine found some insects that were already dead and saved them for me. (True Friend!) Other brave souls caught them and placed them in a jar with an alcohol saturated cotton ball. Some even froze their bugs to kill them. If you choose the freezer method – beware! They may just wake up after thawing out. 😉

The kids identified the insects, studied them, named them, and then we pinned them.  One super nice lady even had extra insects and gave one to my son. My only advice to you is make sure your insects are dead before you pin them! Once we got home my son realized the bee that the super nice lady had given to him was still alive! Yes, pinned and alive! The only thing I could think of was to put the container of insects into the freezer!

After a couple of hours we peaked inside the box and didn’t notice any further movement. Whew! Let’s just say it is a study we will never forget! 😉

Fling the Teacher! Simile & Metaphor Game {extra practice}

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Here is a fun game to teach your child the difference between a simile and metaphor. I used it for my 5th grader for extra practice yesterday and she played three times. 🙂

The student can create their own teacher with features.  (I just snipped a preview above)

Then, they have to answer all 15 questions correctly to build a catapult that will fling the teacher at the end. 😉  Fling the Teacher is a fun way to practice skills.  They will want to keep going until they answer all questions correctly!

Recommended for 4th and 5th grade.

 

Learn the Instruments and Sounds in an Orchestra!

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This is a fun Homeschool FREEBIE!  Teach your children about music.  In the New York Philharmonic KidZone you can view each instrument, read about and learn the history, and listen to what each one sounds like.  In each room you will find a selection of instruments including Percussion, Brass, Woodwinds,  and Strings.

This was our lesson today in Music. I love finding lessons that I can teach all of my children together. They were really interested in learning and that makes it FUN! Look in the “Instrument Storage Room” to share this goodie with your children. 🙂