Websites for Homeschoolers

Grammarly

We use Grammarly every week to check grammar, spelling, and punctuation as well as advanced editing skills like voice and plagiarism checks. Grammarly is a great tool to use for publishing and editing work as well as giving your children a tool to use to revise and refine their own work. 

ABCYA

Free educational games for elementary-aged children. 

Arcademic Skill Builders

Free online math and language arts games. “These educational games provide fun and focused repetition practice that enables automaticity and fluency to be achieved more quickly. 

Ask a Biologist

Ask questions you may have about biology and have it answered by a real biologist. Site also includes activities, stories, and images that may be helpful as you teach biology.

Beginner's Latin

Beginners Latin includes Latin used in documents between 1086 and 1733 when it was the official language used in documents. Please note that this type of Latin can be quite different from classical Latin. After 1733, official documents were written in English. No previous knowledge of Latin is required. This tutorial is suitable for everyone who wants to learn. You may be a beginner, want to refresh your skills, or have studied classical Latin and want to find out about Latin from a different period. All of the grammar is fully explained. 

Big History Project

By sharing the big picture and challenging middle and high school students to look at the world from many different perspectives, we hope to inspire a greater love of learning and help them better understand how we got here, where we’re going, and how they fit in.

BHP is like nothing else. But if you had to categorize it, you could say it’s a social studies course that runs on jet fuel. Co-created by teachers, students, curriculum experts, and a dedicated team of tech developers, BHP was inspired by the work of David Christian and is supported by Bill Gates. The fundamental goal is to provide a world class, ready-for-the-classroom resource available to everyone, everywhere. For free.

Championship Chess

Championship Chess teaches children the basics of chess as well as clubs, classes, and tournaments. instruction. specializes in scholastic chess. Their curriculum highlights the academic and intellectual benefits of chess while engaging children a fun game with their peers. 

Code.org

Code.org is a non-profit organization designed to teach coding to children of all ages. My boys use it frequently and love it. They teach computer and device coding through games that children play and create. Have your child try an Hour of Code and see if they like it. If so, there are many more activities and lessons they can take advantage of. 

Cool Math

Free math games for all ages and grades. Warning: not all of the games on the site are educational. 

Coursera

Coursera provides universal access to the world’s best education, partnering with top universities and organizations to offer courses online. Every course on Coursera is taught by top instructors from the world’s best universities and educational institutions. Courses include recorded video lectures, auto-graded and peer-reviewed assignments, and community discussion forums. When you complete a course, you’ll receive a sharable electronic Course Certificate.

Critical Thinking Co

“The Critical Thinking Co is committed to developing students’ critical thinking skills for better grades, higher test scores, and success in life. We do not teach through drill and memorization or teach to the tests - we empower the mind!” Sign up to receive FREE activities. 

Curiosity

Curiosity is on a mission to make learning easier and more fun than it has ever been. Our goal is to ignite curiosity and inspire people to learn. Each day, we create and curate engaging topics for millions of lifelong learners worldwide.

Daily Grammar

“Daily Grammar is a fun, convenient way to learn grammar. By simplifying complex grammar subjects, Daily Grammar is a great teaching tool for both public and home-schooled children.” The FREE online program includes 440 lesson and 88 quizzes. A paper version of the entire program can be purchased on their website. 

Epic

Epic is a website and mobile app providing a virtual library of print and audio books. It includes both fiction and non-fiction titles for children. We use this site frequently for pleasure reading, reading instruction, and enrichment for science and social studies. They offer a free two-week trial for homeschooling families. 

Flocabulary

 “Flocabulary is a learning program for all grades that uses educational hip-hop music to engage students and increase achievement across the curriculum.” This is a great tool for supplementing instruction and helping children learn and memorize relevant content. 

Free Reading Program

Provides a free, robust, online, interactive learning program for children. 1000s of activities that children love will improve their Reading Comprehension, Language, Grammar, and Spelling Skills.  

Free Rice

Freerice is a non-profit website that is owned by and supports the United Nations World Food Programme. Freerice's mission is to provide education to everyone for free and to help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free.

 

To use the program, students log in and select their subject area: Humanities, English, Math, Chemistry, Language Learning, Geography, Sciences, and Test Preparation. For every question a student answers correctly, Freerice donates rice to those in need. 

We have personally used this website. My boys enjoy doing it knowing that they are getting school work done while also helping someone else. It does not include any instruction, but it does offer some good practice activities. 

Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page

Hoagies is a resource designed specifically for parents of children identified as being gifted (as defined by IQ scores two standard deviations above the mean on an IQ test). It’s full of books, links, and resources to support parents and teachers. 

Kids Discover

Kids Discover online provides interactive searches and articles in science and social studies. You can select the appropriate reading level for each of your children allowing you assign the same article to students at different reading levels. Include comprehension questions at appropriate reading levels as well. 

Land of the Brave

A comprehensive illustrated guide to Colonial America. Containing facts and information about the founding and establishment of the 13 Colonies and the struggles of the early colonists.

Math Mnemonics

“In this site, you will find interesting quizzes, practice, homework help and other materials to keep you occupied; or fun facts, games, puzzles and other cool stuff to make this subject something to be enjoyed rather than dreaded.” 

Math Pup Games

Math Pup offers an assortment of free online math games for children in grades K-8. Specific skills can also be targeted rather than simply grade levels. 

Newsela

Sign up for a free membership and receive emails with links to news articles adapted for children and young adults. Adjust the reading level to make it appropriate for your own children. 

Noetic Learning

“Noetic Learning is dedicated to bringing high-quality mathematics learning materials to students, parents, and educators. We offer innovative and standards-based supplemental resources to support the learning, teaching, and appreciation of math.” Sign up for their problem of the week to receive free math challenge problems. 

Our Documents

Our Documents includes a list of 100 milestone documents compiled by the National Archives and Records Administration and drawn primarily from its nationwide holdings. The documents chronicle United States history from 1776 to 1965. Each document link includes information about it, an image of the original document, a transcript of the document, and a downloadable PDF. 

PBS Kids

Educational videos and games based on popular PBS shows. 

Prodigy

Prodigy is an online math adventure game. Children can play it at their own pace with the program assigning grade level content or specific topics can be assigned by the parent educator.

Read Works

Read Works provides online non-fiction and literary articles and research-based question steps, vocabulary, paired texts, and more. Home educators can track their student progress. This is a FREE resource. 

Reading Rockets

Reading Rockets is a favorite resource for many teachers. It provides information about research-based language arts strategies designed to help your child become a strong, confident reader. 

No subscription is required. 

Seussville

Visit Seussville for all things Dr. Seuss. Games, activities, videos, and resources for parents and teachers are all available. 

Smithsonian Education

Smithsonian Education provides educators with access to resources in all content areas but there is a clear emphasis on science and social studies. This is a great resource to use when you are looking for online resources to supplement existing curricula or when you are researching specific topics. 

Spiderpalooza

FREE printable PDFs of our adorable spider coloring books! 

Starfall

Starfall is an online reading program that has been used in homeschools, private schools, and public schools for over a decade. It is designed for young children (preschool through second grade) as well as children with special needs. Some aspects of Starfall are free while others do come with a small fee. More recently, math activities have been added as well. ​

Storyline Online

 Streaming videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. 

Story Bird

“Storybird lets anyone make visual stories in seconds. We curate artwork from illustrators and animators around the world and inspire writers of any age to turn those images into fresh stories.”

Story Starters for Kids

Idea generator to help your child start writing. It can be used for short stories, novels, plays, movie scripts, or just for fun. 

Wall Builders

“WallBuilders is an organization debited to presenting America’s forgotten history and heroes, with an emphasis on the moral, religious, and constitutional foundation on which America was built - a foundation which, in recent years, has been seriously attacked and undermined.” Find links to a wide variety of American history resources including black history, proclamations, Thanksgiving, as well as historical documents, sermons, writings, and vignettes.     

White House History & Government

Go to the official White House website, then click on 1600 Penn. Choose from links that will teach you all about the history of the White House, it's occupants, and our federal government. 

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