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Using the Internet for Home Schooling
* Note: I have marked some of my personal favorites.

Free Curriculum  
  Ambleside Curriculum - a free homeschool curriculum designed to be as close as possible to the curriculum that Charlotte Mason used in her own private and correspondence schools. Ambleside Online uses the highest quality books and costs no more than the cost of texts. The curriculum uses as many free online books as possible, and there is no cost to use this information or join the support group.
  Old Fashioned Education - Utilizes the Internet and free resources as much as possible to design a complete curriculum for K through 12th grade.  Some textbooks may be required.
Mater Amabilis - Catholic Charlotte Mason Curriculum.
Palomar K12 - Palomar K12 is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Palomar K12s school year begins on the first Tuesday in September and ends in June. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) and The Arts are integrated into the daily assignments. Courses include: Reading/Literature, Language Arts, Math, Science, History/Social Studies, Visual/Performing Arts, and Physical Education. Palomar K12 offers a traditional academic education that teaches students how to learn using today’s cutting-edge technologies.
Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool - A complete, free online Christian homeschool. This website includes free curriculum for preschool (getting ready 1), kindergarten (getting ready 2), and first through eighth. Grade levels include all of the English, math, computer and logic.
*PASS Curriculum - Parallel Alternative Strategies for Students is free PDF files covering Math, English, Foreign Language, Phys.Ed., Health, Science and Social Studies including government. It was originally designed for high school exceptional students, but makes good material for younger kids without special needs, as well, due to presentation of the concepts in simpler language. Parents of homeschool students can request teacher guides. These files are no longer available online but I was told I could make copies. I will be happy to send you a copy of these disks for the a small processing/shipping fee or email me for details at   admin@todayshomeschool.com. More information coming soon.
Hippo Campus - High School/College level material, textbooks and interactives for free.  Great resource for CLEP/DSST testing
Ron Paul Curriculum - Free for K though 5th grade curriculum- There is a fee for the parents forum but it is optional. The curriculum will be completed by 2015. 6-12 courses will have a fee. See the website for more details.
College Open Textbooks - These can easily be adapted to high school students
Low Cost Curriculum  
  *Learning Adventures - Covers all subjects except Math for grades 4-10. This unit study approach with daily planning is lots of fun and lots of learning.
  *Notgrass Company - Another great reasonably priced curriculum supplier, especially for high school (although they have material for all ages.).
Robinson Curriculum - It was created by Dr. Arthur Robinson. He homeschooled six children. This curriculum is based on primary source readings. It is self-taught. It costs $200 for the entire 12 years of education for as many kids in the family that you have in your household (as of 2013). Complete Course of Study with 12 Years of Education (not including Math) on 22 CDs.

 Bible

 
  *Christian Courses - Provide various classes online for high school and adult. Continuing Education (CE) Certificate Programs and Course Completion Certificates are available.
  Free Homeschool Bible Study [Preschool - 3rd]  Lessons A, B, C and D are free sample lessons.

Art and Music

 
 

*Classics For Kids  - Great radio broadcast and wonderful website for introducing children to classical music.

  Museum of Modern Art - This wonderful interactive program introduces children and adults to various artists including Van Gogh.
  *Draw and Color with Uncle Fred - "Uncle Fred" Lasswell, artist/writer of the comic strip Barney Google & Snuffy Smith, leads you step by easy step through drawing a variety of cartoon characters.  Elementary to Middle School.
  Free Piano Music - From primer level to keyboard classics, this site gives you some excellent music to help learn the piano.
  *Music Theory - Gilbert DeBenedetti has provided excellent free worksheets on learning Music Theory.. Young or old, these lessons are easy and clear.
  Free 3-D Paper Crafts from CanonHave an inkjet printer? Print these wonderful craft projects for all ages. Make an entire town!
  *Ricci Adams' Music Theory -  Simple lessons that are easy to use.  Also provides trainers, utilities and more!  I used this as an adult. 
  Music Theory abounds on the Internet.  Music Theory Resources

Mathematics

 
 

Khan Academy - one of my favorite free resources for learning mathamatics and so much more. Click on "Practice" at the top and go through the exercises starting with addition and subtraction. Watch thousands of videos from the basics through physics. This site is growing, growing, GROWING!

Figure This!  - This website is designed to challenges for you and your family. Focus is on middle school to high school students, but advanced elementary kids will enjoy helping as well and may help them get a jump on upper math concepts when applying them to real life. Over 80 challenges will keep you active in story problem mathematics for quite a while.
  Mr. Martini's Classroom - Interactive flashcards from addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and even Geometry. Make sure you read "how to use this page" before you begin.
  Math League Help - This is a math  resource for 4th through 8th grades.
  Math Help from Answers.com - Tutoring tips and math helpers for Algebra, Arithmetic, Calculus, Finance, Geometry, Interest, Number Theory and Statistics, to name a few.
  Math for Morons Like Us - Ok, so the name isn't great but the site contains great math resources for pre-algebra and up.
  Understanding Algebra - No kidding! An online algebra text
  Purple Math - More online Algebra in module format
  Math to Build On - Excerpts from the book Math to Build On, by Johnny and Margaret Hamilton.
  FEMA Disaster Math - This website is predominately story problems. If you click on the various links, you can select from multiple choice questions. Elementary to Middle School.
  Algebrahelp.com - Just like the name says, this website provides lessons, worksheets and equation calculators to help you through the tough ones.

Language Arts

 
 

Vocabulary University - FREE vocabulary puzzles to enhance vocabulary mastery. Latin and Greek roots are in the vocabulary lesson plans farther down the page.

  Literature Guides - Free PDF Study Guide for a wide variety of classic books.  Each study guide includes background information and reproducible activity pages for students.
  Alphabet Letter Activity Sheets - Although I do feel that Pre-K and Kindergarten should have minimal text books and work sheets, I am aware that some children enjoy learning "like the big kids".  Here is a great website with  Alphabet Letter Activity Sheets.  Use these worksheets to teach a new letter and sound to beginning readers.
  School Scrabble - Use your Scrabble game for language arts and a learning tool! Great activities, posted every couple of weeks.
  Homeschool Spelling - (grades 6-9) Free, thirty lesson  spelling course.
  Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary not only provides a free dictionary and Thesaurus, you can "hear" the audio of the word, check out the word of the day and play word games on the website. If your child is really to young for MW complete.. they have a kids section as well!  I give this one an A+
  *Ready for Handwriting? Check out these handwriting readiness worksheets for your pre-K and K-1 students.  If they are ready, Donna Young makes it easy with these beginning manuscript writing worksheets.
http://www.donnayoung.org/penmanship/index.htm
  Book Adventure - Book Adventure is a fun, free way to motivate your child. They are similar to accelerated reader programs in schools. The site has interactive tools, games and motivational rewards.
  Learn to Type - with Dance Mat Typing! This fun interactive site is a great way to introduce typing to your elementary and middle school aged children

Science

 
  Steve Spangler Science - Science doesn't require special tools or chemistry sets... Stop by this site for some great science in your kitchen or backyard. Great for all ages.
 

Science Fair Central - This Discovery School page is full of science for your curious and adventurous children. Fun facts and experiments to do at home, this is worth a visit.

  Cosmic Quest - This website is a visit into outer space with the Field Guide to the Universe.. but don't stop there.. visit "Living in Space: Design a Space Station". Brought to you by the Children's Museum of Indianapolis.
  Remember, Smokey the Bear? Well, he has his own web page with fire safety tips, games and coloring pages. Kids can sign up (with parental permission) to receive a newsletter from Smokey.

Jets Observing The Skys - Astronomy is a topic that is covered in most science classes and over many grade levels. Here are some games and other links. Thank you to the kids at Morrow Community Center, for your submission.

Sky Surveillance - A Trip Through the Solar System -  Information, facts and theories about our solar system.  Thank you to Colonial Academy for this great suggestion.

History

  American Journeys - A wonderful journey through source documents and images of explorers, Indians, missionaries, traders and settlers. Teacher lesson plans and more!
  *Adventures of the American Mind HS Program [Middle School, High School] - A great online program combining History and Technology. No longer available.
  Great Achievements of the 20th Century - How many of the 20th century's greatest engineering achievements will you use today?
  .Open UW free Courses - University of Washington has some free courses in history that can be used for high school level material.

Online Field Trip

 
 

List of Online Virtual Field Trips for math, science, social studies and so much more! Even a virtual tour of the South Pole.

  Tramline's Virtual Field Trips - For various ages and grade levels, these field trips are full of ideas for teachers as well as considerable information for the students.

Literature/Stories

  Internet Public Library - Story Hour - Illustrated stories for younger children, ready to view and for you to read to them.
Phys. Ed.
 

FunnyJuggler.com - Anyone who is willing to spend a half of an hour or so picking up dropped balls, can learn to juggle. It is easier than most people think, even children can learn starting at around age 7 or 8.

*President's Challenge - Great for the entire family or gather a group of friends for this one.  Have the kids earn rewards for their efforts.

Resources

 
  Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary not only provides a free dictionary and Thesaurus, you can "hear" the audio of the word, check out the word of the day and play word games on the website. If your child is really to young for MW complete.. they have a kids section as well!  I give this one an A+
Technology      

 

 

 Webtech University - Free classes in HTML & Paint Shop Pro (Graphic Design)
High School
College Level
 
  *CLEP Lesson Plans - I would not normally include this as I dislike tripod freebie websites, but this contains some excellent information on CLEP.
  Free University has more on AP Classes and CLEP tests.
  Online Courses - GED and College Prep, Math, Science, Electronics, building and construction and much more.. for a great price... FREE.
*SAT Coach - Great study guides for the SAT.  Only print the pages you need or you will use a LOT of ink. [Regular link not working but many of the files are found in Archive.org for the now. Download the PDF files.]
*Money, Banking and the Federal Reserve - Ludwig von Mises Institute (Economics) and the Mises Academy.
Foreign Language  
  How to Learn any Language - This website is about teaching yourself about other languages. It includes many details on ease to learn, advantages or disadvantages of the language and much more.  This is a great site!
  Hello-World - Games, activities and songs in various languages!
DuoLingo - FREE! Very well done with speaking, writing and reading. Spanish, Italian, English, French, German, and Portuguese and many more are being included regularly.
   

 

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