We love homeschooling with our girls! We can see their excitement for learning and their regular progress up close every day. The schedule and curriculum are extremely flexible. And we can delve as deeply as we want into any topics we find interesting. But most surprisingly, our kids aren’t the only ones learning — Jen and I are also discovering so many interesting things that we were never taught (or perhaps just forgot) in our years of schooling. We’re now finally getting the education we never had, and we’re doing it on our own!
One of the things that makes this possible is the Internet, which is full of fabulous resources for learning about anything and everything, for free. Jen has compiled a list of some of her favorite free homeschool websites. Most of these will apply to younger kids (ours are 8 and 6 years old), but some of these sites will be interesting to teenagers and adults as well. They’re not all pretty and easy to navigate, but some of them are very well done. We’re continually adding to our list as we discover new sites. These links are grouped by subject, but some of the sites cover multiple subjects, so I’m sure you’ll find your favorites as well. Happy homeschooling!
Books / Reading
- www.starfall.com (learn to read)
- en.childrenslibrary.org/ (international children’s digital library)
- myths.e2bn.org/index.php (stories and storytelling with an online story creating tool)
- www.storylineonline.net (children’s books read online by members of the screen actors guild foundation)
- www.dk.com (Great educational books for kids, and some educational iPad apps)
- www.getfreeebooks.com (free ebooks)
- www.roythezebra.com/index.html (website for emerging readers)
- www.ziggityzoom.com (encourages creativity, reading, and imagination)
- www.pagebypagebooks.com (free classic books online)
- www.getepic.com/app/ (all-you-can-read eBook library for kids 12 and under offering unlimited access to over 15,000 high-quality children’s books)
- www.fontspace.com/category/trace (downloadable tracing fonts to help kids learn to write)
- www.tlsbooks.com/handwritingworksheets.htm (free handwriting worksheets, and other worksheets)
- www.azargrammar.com/materials/FWG_TOC.html (online grammar book for kids)
- www.teachingtime.co.uk/ (telling time)
- www.bbc.co.uk/schools/typing (typing games)
- www.freetypinggame.net (typing games, lessons, and tests)
Arts and Crafts
- www.how-to-draw-and-paint.com/index.html (how to draw and paint. Free tips and tutorials for artists of all abilities)
- thewalters.org/teachers/resources/lesson-plans/ (art museum and lesson plans online)
- www.abcyoucandraw.info/draw_one.html (free drawing lessons)
- www.kidactivities.net/post/70-Great-Art-Idea-for-Kids!.aspx (art ideas for kids)
- familyfun.go.com/crafts/ (kid craft ideas)
- www.amazingmoms.com/arts-crafts (arts/crafts for kids)
- www.crayola.com (art ideas)
- en.origami-club.com/ (Oragami)
- www.coloring4all.com/ (online coloring pages,dot-to-dot, drawing, etc. for very young kids)
- www.classicsforkids.com (music education)
- judyanddavid.com/cma.html (Children’s Music Archive)
- www.PianoMarvel.com (Awesome software to learn piano. Not free. Use coupon 3EEED31A to get 20% off).
- www.geography-map-games.com/ (Map games to help you learn countries, states and cities)
- www.nationsonline.org/oneworld (One World-Nations Online. Maps and info about every country)
- www.bbc.co.uk/history/forkids (history games, lessons, quizzes)
- www.historyworld.net/ (history)
- www.historyforkids.org/ (history)
- www.sciencekids.co.nz/ (fun science lessons, quizzes, experiments, etc.)
- evolution.berkeley.edu/evolibrary/article/0_0_0/nature_05 (explanation for scientific thinking)
- www.bbc.co.uk/nature/life/ (BBC Nature)
- https://cosi.org/ (science and industry related online activities)
- www.biology4kids.com/ (biology)
- www.geography4kids.com/ (geography)
- www.physics4kids.com/ (physics)
- www.cosmos4kids.com/ (astronomy)
- www.chem4kids.com/ (chemistry)
- misterguch.brinkster.net/freestuff.html (chemistry labs and worksheets)
- www.rsc.org/chemsoc/visualelements/pages/pertable_fla.htm (visual periodic table)
- www.sciencekids.co.nz/experiments.html (science experiments for kids)
- genome.gov/Pages/Education/AllAbouttheHumanGenomeProject/GuidetoYourGenome07.pdf (genome)
- www.whfoods.com/ (nutrition)
- www.ccpollen.com/contents.shtml (bees and hives)
- www.mylanguages.org/ (language learning)
- www.101languages.net/ (language learning)
- www.numbernut.com/ (math)
- www.mathplanet.com/home (math lessons)
- www.coolmath4kids.com/ (math)
- www.mathgoodies.com/ (math)
- tangrams.ca/ (tangrams)
- www.kidzone.ws/math/wordproblems.htm (story problems)
- www.syvum.com/kwps1 (story problems)
- www.mathforum.com/dr.math (The Math Forum @ Drexel)
- www.nrich.maths.org.uk (NRICH Mathmatics Enrichment Club, story problems, etc.)
- www.learningwave.com/abmath (pre-algebra games)
Learning Activities and Games (Various Topics)
- www.sheppardsoftware.com/ (great learning activities and games)
- www.si.edu/Encyclopedia/Search/Kids%20Favorites (online activities and games from Smithsonian)
- kids.nationalgeographic.com/ (games and learning activities, National Geographic)
- www.thekidzpage.com/ (music notes practice, puzzles, etc.)
- www.playkidsgames.com/ (online educational kids games)
- www.factmonster.com/ (change maker, fun flash based games like the bayou and pizza, educational articles, games, etc.)
- www.funbrain.com/ (change maker, educational games, online books, and comics)
- www.kidsknowit.com/ (educational games, activities, worksheets, free online classes)
- www.nickjr.com (fun educational games for kids with cartoon characters)
- www.exploratorium.edu/ (collection of online interactives, web features, activities, programs, and events)
- www.pbskids.org (fun educational games for kids with cartoon characters)
- www.discoveryeducation.com/free-puzzlemaker (Discover Channel Puzzlemaker)
- www.mywonderfulworld.org/toolsforadventure/games/family.html (travel games)
- www.zillions.org (games)
- www.softschools.com/ (quizzes, worksheets, and games)
Lesson Plans and Articles
- www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ (BBC education resources online)
- www.teachingideas.co.uk/ (teaching ideas)
- www.homeschool.com (homeschool resources and community)
- http://www.uen.org/ (Utah Education Network — what kids are learning in public schools in Utah K-12)
- www.discoveryeducation.com/teachers (free education resources)
- www.brainpop.com/free_stuff (movies, quizzes, activities, etc.)
- www.kidskonnect.com (educational articles for kids with resource links included)
- www.howstuffworks.com (easy-to-understand explanations of how things work)
- thinkquest.org/pls/html/think.library (library of educational websites created by students around the world)
- www.educationworld.com (Great list of free online education resources)
- www.clarkness.com (free teaching materials)
- homeschooling.gomilpitas.com/materials/FreeResources.htm (free educational resources)
Education Videos (various topics)
- khanacademy.org (free educational and training videos on various subjects, beginning to advanced)
- www.ted.com (free educational videos and lectures)
- www.apple.com/education/itunes-u/ (iTunes University — free video and audio lectures and lessons)
- simple.wikipedia.org (simple language wikipedia)
- www.infoplease.com (encyclopedia)
Search Engine Tips
- google.com (Utilize Google image search and YouTube for pictures and videos) Also, typing “facts” and/or “for kids” along with what you’re searching for will often bring up great results.
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It is a long list, and just keeps growing. There are so many great free resources online, and they are so helpful for our travel-type lifestyle. Not only that, but we have found many really fun things on these sites as well. Definitely a wonderful addition to our well-rounded homeschool education.
HOLY SMOKES! I thought I had a long list of bookmarks, but you’ve got quite a few I’ve never seen before. Thanks for posting this. I’m going to bookmark this page to go over each one more thoroughly.
I’d love to know how you actually USE these sites in your schooling. I tend to forget I even have such resources available to me.
Wow that’s a fantastic list. Thanks so much for putting together. We use a lot of online resources but there are a lot there that I haven’t seen yet.
Thank you for posting this great resource of info as well as your homeschooling experiences. We’re taking the plunge after Haley finishes up this school year. Both of our kids (4,2) have been reading since they were 9 months old and although Haley is attending a Montessori school, which is better than the “normal” US educational system, I’m still not satisfied. I simply feel I know my kids better than anyone and can devote this time to help them stay excited about learning new things–their own way. The educational system here in the USA is a joke. I can’t wait to start. Please continue to share your experiences. I appreciate it!!
I’ve been catching up on all your old posts. I’m soooo glad I’ve found your blog. This post is amazing and I need to add it as a favorite because it has so much info! Sorry I’m late to the party, but glad I’m here now. Much thanks Pearce fam.
I came across your page while looking for resources for children and noticed that some really good resources have been listed. I am sure your visitors are very happy to have this list.
While going through your website I felt that our resource might suit your listing of educational sites. Here they are:
Hiccup’s Science Workshop for Science: http://www.schoolofdragons.com/hiccups-science-workshop/
Math Blaster: http://www.mathblaster.com/parents/math-games
Our sites have free games, printables and worksheets. We would truly appreciate your adding us to your resource list. Adding us to your list is sure to help us reach our goal of making our educational material available to as many kids, parents and teachers as possible. Thanks!
I don’t know if English speaking parents could enjoy them, but there are activities for 3-6 years old, in French (basic French) on countries or French area (Paris, Alsace).
Is this type of home schooling excepted for the UK and is there tests or progress reports for the kids ? What type of proof do i get ?