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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.

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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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Art & Music    Foreign Language    Language Arts    Literature/Poetry    Math    Science    Social Studies    Elementary School    Middle School     High School    Enrichment    Virtual Experiences    Virtual Teaching Resources    Special Education Resources

 

 


 

Art & Music

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.
  • Classics for Kids is here to help them learn about classical music while having fun too.

Foreign Language

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.
  • Online Free Spanish is entirely free. It is available for classroom or home use with dozens of games, coloring pages and interactive activities ordered by levels that you can access anytime from tablets or desktops.

Language Arts

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.

For K–8

  • 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.

For 9–12

  • 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.

Literature/Poetry

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

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.

For K–8

  • 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.

For 9–12

  • 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.

Science

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.

For K–8

  • 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.
  • Mystery Science is the most popular K-5 science curriculum. With less prep and more learning, you can captivate your students with short videos and discussion questions.

For 9–12

  • 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.
  • Science Daily features breaking news about the latest discoveries in science, health, the environment, technology, and more -- from leading universities, scientific journals, and research organizations.

Social Studies

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.

For K–8

  • 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.

For 9–12

  • 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.

Elementary School

  • 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.
  • Brain Pop is a trusted learning resource supporting core and supplemental subjects, reaching millions of learners worldwide. Their flagship resource is for upper elementary and middle schoolers.
    • Brain Pop Junior (K-3) gently encourages young learners to ask questions and form their own ideas.
    • Brain Pop ELL is a proficiency-based English language learning program appropriate for all ages.
  • Classics for Kids is here to help them learn about classical music while having fun too.
  • Fun Brain was created for kids in grades Pre-K through 8, and has been the leader in free educational games for kids since 1997. Funbrain offers hundreds of games, books, comics, and videos that develop skills in math, reading, problem-solving and literacy.
  • 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.
  • IXL is personalized learning. With a comprehensive K-12 curriculum, individualized guidance, and real-time analytics, IXL meets the unique needs of each learner.
  • Jack Hartmann Kid’s Music Channel is a Youtube channel with over 1,000 fun movement songs for children. Help your children learn counting, numbers, reading and language skills, nursery rhymes, science, physical fitness, dance and movement. Children actively participate in all the learning with lots of movement and fun.
  • Khan Academy’s library of trusted, standards-aligned practice and lessons covers math K-12 through early college, grammar, science, history, AP®, SAT®, and more. It’s all free for learners and teachers.
  • Mr. Nussbaum Learning + Fun aims to create an indispensable learning atmosphere for kids in grades K-8, that successfully blends fun with learning.
  • Mystery Science is the most popular K-5 science curriculum. With less prep and more learning, you can captivate your students with short videos and discussion questions.
  • Online Free Spanish is entirely free. It is available for classroom or home use with dozens of games, coloring pages and interactive activities ordered by levels that you can access anytime from tablets or desktops.
  • Pre-K Activities is a blog called Teaching Mama that is dedicated to sharing hands-on learning activities for toddlers and preschoolers.

Middle School

  • Brain Pop is a trusted learning resource supporting core and supplemental subjects, reaching millions of learners worldwide. Their flagship resource is for upper elementary and middle schoolers.
    • Brain Pop ELL is a proficiency-based English language learning program appropriate for all ages.
  • Common Sense Education Top Learning Games for Middle School Students. Common Sense Education supports K–12 schools with free curriculum, expert advice, and everything educators need to empower the next generation of digital citizens. Our innovative, award-winning Digital Citizenship Curriculum prepares students with lifelong habits and skills, supports teachers with training and recognition, and engages families and communities with helpful tips and tools.
  • Fun Brain was created for kids in grades Pre-K through 8, and has been the leader in free educational games for kids since 1997. Funbrain offers hundreds of games, books, comics, and videos that develop skills in math, reading, problem-solving and literacy.
  • 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.
  • IXL is personalized learning. With a comprehensive K-12 curriculum, individualized guidance, and real-time analytics, IXL meets the unique needs of each learner.
  • Khan Academy’s library of trusted, standards-aligned practice and lessons covers math K-12 through early college, grammar, science, history, AP®, SAT®, and more. It’s all free for learners and teachers.
  • Mr. Nussbaum Learning + Fun aims to create an indispensable learning atmosphere for kids in grades K-8, that successfully blends fun with learning.

High School

  • Brain Pop is a trusted learning resource supporting core and supplemental subjects, reaching millions of learners worldwide. Their flagship resource is for upper elementary and middle schoolers.
    • Brain Pop ELL is a proficiency-based English language learning program appropriate for all ages.
  • Common Sense Education Top Learning Games for High School Students. Common Sense Education supports K–12 schools with free curriculum, expert advice, and everything educators need to empower the next generation of digital citizens. Our innovative, award-winning Digital Citizenship Curriculum prepares students with lifelong habits and skills, supports teachers with training and recognition, and engages families and communities with helpful tips and tools.
  • Khan Academy’s library of trusted, standards-aligned practice and lessons covers math K-12 through early college, grammar, science, history, AP®, SAT®, and more. It’s all free for learners and teachers.
  • IXL is personalized learning. With a comprehensive K-12 curriculum, individualized guidance, and real-time analytics, IXL meets the unique needs of each learner.
  • Quizlet 50 million students and learners use Quizlet every month as a studying tool for everything from math tests to medical exams.

Enrichment

  • 4 Minute Kids Cleanup Countdown with Song. Make cleanup fun with this 4 Minute countdown timer set to kids’ songs.
  • GoNoodle.com engages 14 million kids every month with movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts. Available for free at school, home, and everywhere kids are!
  • Kids National Geographic has animals, videos, games, and more to make learning fun.
  • Hour of Code Activities Code.org® is a nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to computer science in schools and increasing participation by women and underrepresented youth. Their vision is that every student in every school has the opportunity to learn computer science. Try a one-hour coding tutorial designed for all ages in over 45 languages. Join millions of students and teachers in over 180 countries starting with an Hour of Code.
  • Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems (K-5). Children’s author and the Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence, Mo Williams, invites you to fun art activities. Around the world, people of all ages have joined Mo Willems in his studio for weekday LUNCH DOODLES. The three-week run, all 15 episodes and their downloadable activities, are archived. Let the doodling continue!
  • PBS Kids provides games and videos for curriculum-based entertainment. With a 360-degree approach towards learning and reaching children, PBS Kids leverages the full spectrum of media and technology to build knowledge, critical thinking, imagination and curiosity.
  • Story Time From Space. Together with NASA and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), Story Time From Space arms formal and informal educators with the necessary materials and knowledge to teach fun, accurate Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) lessons. In-orbit readings and science are designed to encourage STEM in the classroom.
  • Time for Kids. For 23 years, TIME for Kids has published a weekly magazine for elementary school students. With exclusive access to TIME’s award-winning content, TIME for Kids is uniquely positioned to teach kids to recognize and value authentic and trustworthy journalism.
  • TweenTribune. Provided by the Smithsonian, the TweenTribune is a free K-12 Resource for teachers. Join over 300,000+ registered teachers for resources such as weekly lesson plans, weekly videos, critical thinking questions, daily AP news articles, and more.
  • Youtube Search: Brain Breaks in the Classroom. Here are helpful Youtube links for creating brain breaks in the classroom and at home. For brain breaks for older students, check out David Sladkey Youtube channel.

Virtual Experiences

  • 10 Virtual Museum Tours. Provided by VirtualiTeach, virtual museum tours are steadily becoming more and more common. Virtual Reality (VR) has the power to transport users across the globe and explore some amazing pieces of world history with unprecedented access and ease.
  • 20 Virtual Field Trips to Take with Your Kids. Provided by adventuresinfamilyhood.com, check out this list of virtual tours for zoo’s, aquariums, even Disneyworld and Yellowstone National Park.
  • Cincinnati Zoo Home Safari. Join the Cincinnati Zoo for a Home Safari Facebook Live event each day at 3pm EDT where they will highlight one of their amazing animals and include an activity you can do from home. Don’t have access to social media? No worries! All videos will be posted to their YouTube channel shortly after the Facebook Live ends.
  • Virtual College Tours are a great way to visit campuses. Check out youvisit.com, which lets you visit 600+ colleges for free, or ecampustours.com for virtual tours of 1300+ colleges.
  • National Park Service Virtual Tours. Here are helpful links to several national parks that offer virtual tours.
  • Watch Broadway Plays & Musicals from Home. Here is an ever-growing list of Broadway productions available to watch wherever you are.

Virtual Teaching Resources

  • Classkick is a free software that helps teachers be awesome. See all your students working and give high-quality feedback from anywhere.
  • Education World is a complete online resource that teachers, administrators and school staff can visit each day to find high-quality and in-depth original content on topics such as carefully curated news briefs on topics that matter to educators, lesson plans, printables and thousands of other classroom-ready resources.
  • Flipgrid is 100% free for all educators, learners, and families. Engage and empower every voice in your classroom or at home by recording and sharing short, awesome videos together.
  • GoFormative is real-time student responses. Join the millions who've powered up their classroom.
  • Google Apps. From Google Drive, Google Hangouts, Google Voice, and more—check out these free Google applications.
  • Kahoot! makes learning awesome. Teachers, students, businesses and parents all use Kahoot! for group learning, e-learning, distance learning, and self-study everywhere!
  • Loom. Say it with video. Loom is the most effective way to get your message across, no matter where you work. 15 million minutes worth of quick videos are recorded and watched on Loom every month.
  • Padlet. Collaborate better. Be more productive. Make beautiful boards, documents, and webpages that are easy to read and fun to contribute to.
  • Remind. Reach students and parents where they are. Built for education, Remind makes communication easier for educators, allowing for communication for the school, home, and everywhere in between.
  • Screencast-O-matic. Educators and students turn to Screencast-O-Matic for easy screen recording and video editing. Videos are used in the classroom for flipped/blended learning, student assignments, two-way mentorship and more!
  • Youcanbook.me Simple online scheduling that eliminates back and forth emails. Let others book times straight into your calendar.
  • Zoom. Zoom Meetings and Chat allow for enterprise video conferencing with real-time messaging and content sharing. Over 10,000 schools choose Zoom.

Special Education Resources

Fine Motor/Visual Motor

  • The Inspired Treehouse. From drawing and handwriting practice, to visual motor skills and balance practice. Check out this list of Occupational and physical therapy home program activities.

Gross Motor

Speech and Language

  • SpeechTX provides free speech therapy activities to motivate and engage children to learn speech, language, and communication skills.
  • Speech & Language at Home. Free resources for speech and language activities such as parent handouts, games, calendars, and more. Must sign up for free newsletter to gain password to resources.
  • Speech and Language Kids. 11 of the most popular and free speech therapy materials from Speech and Language Kids.
  • Have More Fun provides a list of speech articulation games.
  • PrAACtical AAC supports a community of professionals and families who are determined to improve the communication and literacy abilities of people with significant communication difficulties. Check out this interactive graphic with many free downloadable resources that can be used to support the AAC learners in your life..
  • LearnEnglish Kids Tongue Twisters is brought to you by the British Council, the world's English teaching experts. We have lots of free online games, songs, stories and activities for children. For parents, we have articles on supporting children in learning English, videos on using English at home and information about face-to-face courses around the world.
  • North Shore Pediatic Therapy. Here is a list of their 10 favorite speech and language therapy apps for kids.

Social and Emotional Learning

Move Your Body Resources

  • GoNoodle.com engages 14 million kids every month with movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts. Available for free at school, home, and everywhere kids are!
  • Cosmickids.com makes yoga and mindfulness fun for kids.

Additional Digital Resources

  • Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is offering free membership through May 31 using code "CECED60." Find resources for teaching online, check out live and recorded webinars, and learn about regular updates.

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.