Home Schooling Internet Sites
These are a few Internet sites that we like. We hope you enjoy them.
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Handwriting for Kids.
This site has instruction sheets to show how to make all the cursive letters, and they have worksheets for practicing. They also have math worksheets and a few other things.
Check out their "Interactive Instant Plot Creator" and other writing resources. http://writingfix.com/
Over 20,000 free books, with complete text. These great books are out of copyright, and are free for you to download and read. Titles include books like Tom Sawyer (and other Mark Twain books), the works of Plato, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, by Jules Verne, Adventures Of Pinocchio, and many more. http://www.gutenberg.org/
Living Books for the Ears.
Sign up to get free weekly audio programs of "old time radio adaptations of great books and historic stories."
Timez Attack - Multiplication Computer Game.
This is a great computer program for teaching the multiplication tables, especially for boys. They have to explore a dungeon like environment (that is designed not to be too scary), and they learn and practice multiplication as they go.
They also have a "Video Tour" for parents, that shows what the program is like, and it explains their educational philosophy. The Video Tour is available from their menu bar at the top of their home page.
And the best part is that the "Base" version is free. The Base version is very powerful and very educational on it's own. Later on, you can buy some extra levels to give your child more practice, if you want to, but they will definitely learn lots from the Base version.
I really like these next two sites. They made learning Roman numerals a lot of fun for us!
Roman Numeral and Date Conversion with Roman Calculator & Roman Numerals Test.
The Roman numerals test on the lower right side of this page, is great for learning Roman numerals.
On Roman Numerals.
This page has a good explanation of how Roman numerals work, and a nice Roman numeral converter.
Tools For Understanding.
This site shows you how to use a spreadsheet program, to teach math concepts, including fractions, graphs, basic geometry, analysing data, etc. It has some very interesting lessons.
WWF'N Proof - Games for Thinkers.
We bought their Equations game, and we were very impressed with it.
Click on the "Store" link at the top of their page, to see the list of all their games.
They have lots of educational photos, videos, etc.
NASA's video gallery.
Watch these videos with your children.
Free Aerodynamics Computer Software from NASA.
They have some great free computer programs here, although most of them would be better for older children.
Structures Page - at PBS.
Bridges, Domes, Skyscrapers, Dams, and Tunnels. This site has lots interactive experiments to do.
3D Models to Build - Papercraft by Canon.
All kinds of models that you can print and build. Check out the Buildings of the World. All are free to download.
Science Toys You Can Make With Your Kids.
Has detailed instructions to build simple electric motors, steam boats, vacuum pump, spectroscope, kaleidocycle, and more.
Museum of Radio and Technology.
They have a nice photo tour of the museum, with radio technology starting from the 1920's.
Amphibian and Reptile Images.
Lots of excellent photos arranged according to classification.
This is a great site with lots of information, photos, explanations, etc. on magnetism.
Hilsch Vortex Tube.
This is a great thing to look at when you are teaching basic chemistry, to show that molecules move faster when they are at a higher temperature. A Hilsch vortex tube, separates a gas (like air) under pressure into hot and cold molecules. Make sure you check out both these sites, because they make a much better lesson together.
Hilsch Vortex Tube Explanation.
This site has a short history and explanation of how they work.
Hilsch Vortex Tube Diagram.
This site has a nice diagram that shows roughly how they work.
How Everyday Things Are Made - by Stanford University.
They have lots of awesome videos showing how things are made. Check out the high speed video showing how an entire jet airplane (a 777) is built, and many others. Click on "How Everyday Things Are Made" at this page:
Get this free planetarium program for your computer. It's great for studying astronomy.
American and world history, with timelines, and special sections. Lots of great stuff here.
The History Place.
This site has mostly recent history, but it has some good articles.
It has street maps and satellite photos of most places. See if you can find your house. Great for teaching geography and showing how maps work.
World Paper Money Homepage.
To see what the money of various countries looks like, click on the "Bank Notes" button, and use the maps to choose the country you want.
Earth Cam for Kids.
Search for live cameras around the world and see what's going on right now.
Lots of information about Canada.
Home Schooling Leaders
Holt GWS.com - John Holt Growing Without Schooling
John Holt is one of the fathers of modern home schooling. This is the main page from the home schooling organization that he started.
What Is Unschooling?.
This is John Holt's answer:
Common Objections to Homeschooling, by John Holt.
This article has some interesting home schooling objections, and John Holt's response to them.
John Taylor Gatto
"Challenging the Myths of Modern Schooling." If you want more information on the problems in schools, and why you should home school, check out John Taylor Gatto's books and site:
You can read John Taylor Gatto's book "The Underground History of American Education" on his site, here:
His other books are here:
NHERI - National Home Education Research Institute.
This organization does research on home education.
Other Home School Sites
Here are some other great home schooling sites to check out.
Sign up for Diane Flynn Keith's Click Schooling, and you will get an educational website every day (Monday through Saturday). She has some great websites in her e-mails.
Home Schooling Adventures on the Web.
The Home School Mom.
This site has lots of articles and other home school resources.
Home School Reviews.
Support Groups & Homeschooling Law - Jon's Homeschool Resources.
This page lists support groups for the United States, by state:
Home Schooling Magazines
The Old School House.
There product review page covers a very large number of home school products:
Homeschooling Horizons Magazine.
Canada's Homeschooling Magazine.
Home Schooling Tools
Home School Tracker Program.
If you are looking for a computer program to help you keep track of what you are doing with each of your children, check out this program. It helps keep track of assignments, your comments or marks, field trips, appointments, etc. The basic version is free to download and try.
Yahoo Groups is a site that hosts e-mail discussion groups, for all kinds of topics, including home schooling. Some of the home schooling groups are national in scope, some are much more local. If you are looking for a good e-mail discussion group on home schooling, Yahoo Groups has lots of them.
If you have never used Yahoo Groups, you have to register with them first (it's all free), and then you can join any groups you want.
Their main site is:
The sites listed above are only an extremely small sample of what is available on the Internet for home schoolers. Here are a few search engines to look for more sites.
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