Free Resources

When seeking specific types of resources, your best bet is to use a search engine, such as Google, or ask other homeschoolers for suggestions on specific groups. A discussion list can provide a wealth of information.

Below you will find a small sampling of FREE educational resources that can be found on the web. VaHomeschoolers does not endorse or recommend any curriculum, resource or provider. These are simply offered as examples of offerings on the internet.

Multi Curricular Offerings

MIT Open Courseware

MIT OpenCourseWare is a free publication of MIT course materials that reflects almost all the undergraduate and graduate subjects taught at MIT. It usually includes video lectures, notes and other supporting material.

EDSITEment | The Best of the Humanities on the Web

EDSITEment offers resources and comprehensive lesson plans (for all age and grade levels) on a wide range of topics in the humanities, including literature, history, art history, foreign languages and more .

Khan Academy

Khan Academy is a free collection of over 2700 video lessons covering K-12 math, biology, chemistry, physics, finance and history. Each video includes the lesson as well as practice exercises and assessments.

Free Federal Teaching Resources

This site is a compilation of teaching resources from all federal agencies. It includes lesson plans, maps, prints, original documents and more on topics from world studies to art& music, science and math to business or US history.

Free Charlotte Mason Curriculum for K-6

Welcome to Ambleside Online, 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. Our goal is to be true to Charlotte Mason’s high literary standards. 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.

12 Dozen Places To Educate Yourself Online For Free

Science

The Happy Scientist

Robert Krampf, the Happy Scientist shares his passion for science through videos of experiments, with science photos and with complete instructions of experiments you can do at home. A portion of the site is free to all and other sections are for members only. Full member access is included as a benefit of membership to VaHomeschoolers.

Science Education at Jefferson Lab

Jefferson Lab is a world class research facility that supports science education. Their website has a teacher’s corner, student section with homework helpers, games and puzzles section, videos and so much more. Flash cards, matching games, & crossword puzzles can help students learn the periodic table of elements & other science information.

Virginia Naturally

Virginia Naturally provides a gateway to statewide environmental education resources including information about lesson plans, volunteer opportunities, educational classes, places to visit, community events, watershed maps, recreational activities and more.

BioEd Online

Biology teacher resources from Baylor College of Medicine. Includes classroom lessons, online biology slide sets with speaker notes, professor presentations, and other teacher resources. Materials are sorted by topic and grade level, making it easy locate lessons that are appropriate for your students.

Science Spot

A collection of middle school science lessons including topics such as ecology, chemistry, physics, earth science, astronomy, biology and more.

USGS teacher resources

This Web site contains selected USGS educational resources that may be useful to educators in primary and secondary grades. It offers a variety of topics in the areas of Biology, Geology and Geography.

Bug Pets

“One of the best ways to learn about animals is to keep and look after them. Insects and other invertebrates are no exception. In most cases they are easy to look after (provided you’ve found out about them first), inexpensive and don’t require a vast amount of space.” This site provides links to “care sheets for some of the more commonly kept invertebrates.”

Social Studies

Make Your Own Coat of Arms

Kids can make their own shields (coats of arms). Learn about the Middle Ages, feudalism, knights and chivalry while making a coat of arms. The associated page on making an authentic medieval shield discusses the origins and functions of coats of arms, and their relationship to the culture of the Middle Ages. The software includes dozens of traditional medieval designs to use on shields and the rules of heraldry and emblazonry. Shields, Knights and Heraldry requires a PC running Windows Vista, 3.1, 95 or 98 with an Inkjet, Laser or Dot Matrix printer. Vista or XP will need a computer administrator user account. A limited user account cannot install software.

World History for Us All

World History for Us All is a powerful, innovative model curriculum for teaching world history in middle and high schools.

Founders of America

“Meet and celebrate Virginia patriots: travel to their homes; walk where they walked; see how they lived; learn how their lives as Virginians led to their struggle to create a revolution, win American Freedom and craft the United States Constitution; visit early American and colonial sites and attractions; and read the founding documents that provide liberty for We the People.”

Archiving Early America

The main focus of Archiving Early America is primary source material from 18th Century America, displayed in digital format. The site also includes games, music and videos. You can view original newspapers, maps and as they appeared to our forebears more than 200 years ago. These archival materials are displayed in their original formats, and allow close-up inspection.

“George Washington: A National Treasure” Resource Guide

This Teacher Resource Guide is designed for incorporation into history and social studies curricula. It will introduce your students to some of the events and issues that shaped George Washington’s life. Each activity includes suggested objectives, procedures, and related standards in historical thinking, worksheets, and other supplemental materials.

Visual Record of the Atlantic Slave Trade

The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities has collected together a large number of images on the subject of slavery. The images are arranged in eighteen categories. Maps, Pre-Colonial Africa, Capture of Slaves, European Forts & Trading Posts in Africa, Slave Ships & the Atlantic Crossing, Slave Sales & Auctions, New World Agriculture & Plantation Labour, Plantation Scenes, Domestic Servants Miscellaneous Occupations, Marketing & Urban Scenes, Music & Dance, Family Life, Religion & Mortuary Practices, Military Activities & U.S. Civil War, Physical Punishment, Emancipation & Post-Slavery Life and Portraits & Illustrations of Individuals.

Library of Congress Kids and Families Resources

Explore the Library of Congress kids and families page featuring American history, culture and world geography, plus a whole lot more.

States Web Games

Learn the locations, capitals, abbreviations and over 500 important facts about our 50 states with this collection of online games.

Center For Civic Education

The Center for Civic Education is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational corporation dedicated to fostering the development of informed, responsible participation in civic life by citizens committed to values and principles fundamental to American constitutional democracy. Programs focus on the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights; American political traditions and institutions at the federal, state, and local levels; constitutionalism; civic participation; and the rights and responsibilities of citizens.

Language Arts/Literature

FREE Classic Books Online

Hundreds of classic books and documents you can read online. View the list by author or title.

English Grammar and Usage

This section features original English grammar and usage worksheets for teachers and parent-teachers to copy for their kids. Use them for teaching, reinforcement, and review. Many of these free worksheets can be used as the basis for lesson plans.

Grammar Bytes

Worksheets for the following topics: comma splices & fused sentences, fragments, irregular verbs, commas, parallel structure, misplaced and dangling modifiers, pronoun agreement, subject-verb agreement, and word choice.

Math

FREE Changemaker Game

Changemaker offers experience in making change. Players can choose difficulty level and currency (US, Canada, UK, Australia).

Free Math Program for K-12

The UK Mathematics Enhancement Programme, or MEP math, is a complete K-12 math program available at no charge on the internet. You can look through the resources and print what you want at home or order complete units already printed for you.

Living Math

A site dedicated to sharing resources for learning, exploring and enjoying math in a dynamic and holistic manner, for all ages. Helpful source of books and ideas for approaching math through literature and hands-on experiences.

Math Facts Resources

Math, money, measurement, formulas, and more are all on this site. A few examples of what the site provides include explanations of how to find percentages, how to dd/subtract/multiply/divide fractions, conversions of metrics and roman numerals.

Dimensions Math – a fascinating math video and lesson

This site offers a free math video that looks absolutely fascinating! It incorporates history as well. “Nine chapters, two hours of maths, that takes you gradually up to the fourth dimension. Mathematical vertigo guaranteed!” The “Details” tab at the top has more information on the topics covered.

FoolProofMe – A Financial Lieracy Program

Here is a resource for homeschooling families who are interested in teaching financial literacy to their kids. It is a free online program.

Fine Arts

National Gallery of Art Classroom: For Teachers and Students

NGA offers online resources for teachers including teacher packets, DVD and other media. Find resources here for teaching history, science, math, language arts, art history and much more!

Organization/Supplies

Chart Jungle

Daily planners for single or multiple children, charts for all different purposes, word lists, graph paper and other organizing resources can be found below the ads on this website.

NOTE : A VaHomeschoolers volunteer has reviewed the above URLs and believes them appropriate for children-unless otherwise stated. However, VaHomeschoolers cannot guarantee the appropriateness of any other link on the page. Parents are strongly encouraged to supervise Internet use by their children.


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