Enrich Your Homeschool Curriculum with These Online Resources
With so many educational tools and resources offered on the internet, it can be difficult to find the ones that are actually useful. Whether you're looking for something to supplement your homeschool science curriculum or seeking math games to engage your online student, these resources can help you round out any homeschooling curriculum.
Connections Academy® experts have vetted the following resources and recommend them to complement a student's learning experience. (Naturally, you should still consider supervising children as they "surf the Net.") These resources aren't a replacement for a good, comprehensive homeschool curriculum; they can be used to enhance and enrich learning. With that in mind, you can use these websites and tools as excellent resources to help you broaden your student's horizons and deepen understanding of the subject matter.
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Find a rich source of information for your children’s art projects and art appreciation lessons through these resources designed to fully immerse learners in everything they ever wanted to know about art. Explore the resources listed below to add to your curriculum.
- Launched in 2011, Google's ambitious ongoing project Google Art and Culture seeks to allow the public access to the world's art museums, offering users a chance to virtually explore high-resolution images of artwork with the added benefit of contextual information about the art piece.
- Check out the Metropolitan Museum of Art's MetKids program, which allows homeschoolers to explore the Met with an interactive map and travel through a world of art in a time machine.
- Access the Smithsonian American Art Museum from the comfort of your home and explore U.S. history and culture through the Smithsonian's online programs that promote collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and communication.
- At Sumo Paint, homeschoolers learn the skills of photoshopping without the need to install anything on their device. This is the most versatile photo editor and painting application that works in a browser.
Although not a class requirement for all public schools in the United States, learning a foreign language can have distinct benefits for children, including increased performance in other academic areas, improved memory, and more career choices upon graduation. There are several great resources available if you want to add foreign language study to your homeschool curriculum. And best of all, you don't need to be fluent in the language to be able to teach your child.
- The University of Texas provides Cultural Interviews with executives in their native language, allowing the student of the Spanish language an opportunity to listen, gaining "cultural information as well as listening to the patterns of natural speech and the accompanying vocabulary."
- International Children's Library is a fabulous resource where parents and students can explore the world of children's literature from cultures across the globe. The ICL is continuously growing and expanding its collection to make it available to children worldwide.
- The world's languages are available at Lang Media, which provides video clips of conversations in various languages, from Afrikaans to Zulu and everything in between. Although some of the cultural content is out of date, the linguistic principles are still applicable.
- Word Reference provides a fun resource for homeschoolers to discover the equivalent of a particular word in the foreign language of one's choice.
Studying language arts doesn't have to be tedious with these online resources that are designed to engage your student with fun interactive games and activities. Students learn and retain information better when the subject is presented in an enjoyable activity, as it helps cement the concepts they learn. Check out these fun sites to find the ones that appeal to your homeschooler.
- ABCya, catering to students in grades pre-K through 5, offers a wide assortment of games and activities in language arts, phonics, and math. It even offers theme-based games.
- Making Books offers parents some resources for creating hands-on activities for their children to participate in, including easy-to-do projects.
- My Vocabulary presents free online lessons about root words, followed by a puzzle, for elementary school through high school and beyond. Using this site is a great way to build vocabulary in everyday communications.
- All things Dr. Seuss can be found at the fun and engaging website called Seussville. Chock-full of activities, games, videos, and links to other favorite children's authors, this site will allow your family to really enjoy the zany world of Dr. Seuss's beloved books.
- SAS® Curriculum Pathways not only provides free learning material for the language arts for grades K–12 but also has resources for math, science, social studies, and Spanish.
- At Vocabulary.com students learn and implement new vocabulary words through a series of adaptive games.
- Presented by American Public Media, Writer's Almanac focuses primarily on poems, prose, and literary history. You can sign up for a free daily email highlighting various poets and authors, their works, and history.
The internet gives us unprecedented access to the world's best collections of classic literature and poetry. With the following resources, you can introduce your student to the brilliant works of William Shakespeare, George Peele, Sir Walter Raleigh, Dr. Samuel Johnson, and more in a fun and educational way:
- At Luminarium: Anthology of English Literature you will find a rich resource of works from the medieval time period through the Restoration. This site includes works from religious writers and poets alike. You could spend weeks combing through this amazing collection.
- With this poetry app, you can turn your smartphone into a literal mobile library containing the works of world-famous poets—from Shakespeare to Heather McHugh and many more.
- Stickfigurehamlet.com is a fun site for homeschoolers to learn more about Shakespeare's play Hamlet. Presented with text from the play, kids will be able to read Hamlet with simple stick figure cartoons as illustrations.
Math can be a challenge for the homeschooling parent. These great resources will help you engage your student in productive math lessons. Several of these resources turn basic math into a game, helping your student learn that math can be fun. And if you're struggling with a particular concept, these websites can provide further insight and clarification to supplement your curriculum.
- Greg Tang Math offers free games and downloads as well as books, math center materials, and more. This is a great addition to any math curriculum for grades K through 12.
- A well-rounded math website, Math Play provides interactive math games as well as free printable worksheets. Some of the games offered on this site are based on popular TV game shows, like Math Jeopardy and Math Millionaire.
- Not only does SAS® Curriculum Pathways provide free math instructional material for grades K–12, but also it has resources for language arts, science, social studies, and Spanish.
- Starfall.com, serving students in kindergarten through second grade, is a highly engaging site with easy games to keep the little one focused on learning math skills as well as phonics and reading skills.
- Machinarium is a logic puzzle game meant to help students problem solve given limited clues. With eye-catching graphics and animation, this game is both challenging and engaging.
- This online Math Open Reference textbook with interactive tools and animation demonstrates geometric concepts.
- Virtual Nerd offers over 1,500 free video math tutorials through Algebra 2.
Never before has science been so easy to teach to homeschooled students, thanks to the internet and the variety of resources covering every aspect of science, from molecular biology to astronomy. The world of science is fascinating and diverse, touching every aspect of our lives. These resources will help your students truly appreciate the awe-inspiring natural world that surrounds them and is inside of them.
- Set inside a real working laboratory research center in London, the Centre of the Cell's website provides not only lesson plans but also fun games that help students learn all about human biology.
- Dynamo's Den: BBC, an integrated science resource involving the internet, videos, and books, is a site where kids can find fun educational games, ideas, and things to do that supplement the homeschool science curriculum.
- A fascinating site dedicated to the research efforts of NASA in exploring our universe, Hubble Site is a place your astronomy student must visit to enjoy the latest news about technology, recent discoveries, and more.
- From genetics to neuroscience and ecology, Learn. GeneticsTM is a well-organized and engaging site that draws the student in with easy-to-understand lessons that teach basic concepts through videos, exploration, and interactive science labs. It’s a must-have resource for any homeschooling family.
- Study physics by taking advantage of free courses developed by MIT students for high schoolers through lecture notes and lecture videos at MIT Open Courseware.
- According to the website, Molecularium "is a web-based, virtual theme park for children of all ages." Launched in 2012, this site seeks to introduce kids to the world of atoms and molecules with "games, activities, and short animations in a fun-filled amusement park and learning environment."
- Use Science Buddies as an online resource for purchasing hands-on science kits for kids of all ages. This is a great place to start building your science curriculum.
- Get all the latest news on advances in the world of science at Science Daily.
- The Visual Anatomy mobile app is a free interactive resource and educational tool for studying the human body. Great for those students interested in art or science.
Social studies introduces students to the world they are growing up in. They can safely explore these highly informative Internet sites that can take them virtually anywhere in the world. With topics ranging from world and U.S. history to the inner workings of government and the Constitution, these resources are an excellent way to broaden and deepen your social studies curriculum.
- Recently updated, Ben's Guide to U.S. Government helps kids ages 4 to 14+ understand the workings of the U.S. government, with a cartoon character depicting Ben Franklin as its tour guide.
- Offering an online textbook as well as documents from United States history and short videos, Digital History is a great supplement to learning about our nation's history.
- National Geographic Education is a fantastic source for gathering material for your social studies or geography class. Not only does the site give suggestions about what to teach based on current events, but also it supplies you with online maps and other resources to add to the information you present to your kids.
- TIME For Kids is Time Magazine's edition just for children. This site covers the latest world news and events applicable to children.
- Birmingham Civil Rights Institute offers documents, videos, and interactive features that help teach about the civil rights movement.
- An information-rich resource for teachers and parents looking to supplement their homeschool curriculum with news coverage of recent events and issues affecting the United States today, C-SPAN Classroom is the preferred source.
- Learn about the works of Nobel Prize winners through games and simulations.
- Through the Smithsonian's efforts, teachers, families, and students have the opportunity to explore their own interests and collaborate with others through the Smithsonian's learning laboratory. Students have access to the Smithsonian's inspiring collections, programs, and learning resources.
Resources like these and more are used by Connections Academy families to enrich the learning experience of their online students. Learn more about our award-winning online public school curriculum.