We try to buy the best resources for the least money we can. But even the best curriculum may not give clear enough instruction for the student (or parent) to be able to master the material. I’m a visual learner, myself. Often I need an illustration of the problem worked out in front of me with a clear explanation of the instructor is doing what they are doing! It is also helpful to let someone else take on the time-consuming drill. Here’s a short-list of my favorite go-to online resources that are free or very inexpensive!
1. http://www.mathantics.com The videos are also available on Youtube, but the website has exercises and additional worksheets for a small fee. All videos on the site are free. The worksheets are well worth the small investment, though!
3. For Spelling and Vocabulary (grades K-8th) http://gradespelling.com/spelling-vocabulary-word-lists/
This has lists, definitions, games, review and tests and costs nothing!
4. Free literature, biographies, and books about nature and history available at www.mainlesson.com. Search the bar on the left by author, title, or genre to find the selection of free materials. You may also choose to purchase “Gateway to the Classics” which opens more options, but some of those may also be viewed for free. Here is an example of one we are using this year, on American History: http://www.gatewaytotheclassics.com/samples/display.php?author=evans&book=america&story=_contents
Here is another sample of a book available on “Gateway to the Classics” which may be accessed as a sample. http://www.gatewaytotheclassics.com/samples/display.php?author=burgess&book=bird&story=_contents
5. Printable worksheets for free!!! Pick your grade and your subject. Instruction is also available. https://www.education.com/worksheets/
Worksheets specifically for music – http://www.abcteach.com/directory/theme-units-music-8843-2-2
Printables for handwriting: http://www.abcteach.com/directory/subjects-handwriting-20-2-1
Handwriting Bible verses: http://heartofwisdom.com/blog/free-handwriting-bible-verses
For reading comprehension and more! http://www.k12reader.com/subject/reading-skills/
6. Grammar for 5th grade and above – review and practice. This is pretty comprehensive! https://www.englishgrammar101.com/
Another resource for Grammar, organized by topic! Click on a highlighted number for the lesson with answers. http://www.dailygrammar.com/glossary.html
7. Writing style and structure, available here! http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/
8. Geography: http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/USA_Geography/USA_Caps_L_1024.html This link is to learn States and Capitals of the USA, but in the heading, you can pick any country or topic related to geography.
Also, http://geology.com/world/world-map.shtml will give you clear maps of any part of the world.
9. Latin Charts: http://classicalsubjects.com/resources/basiclatincharts_color.pdf
Vocabulary from Henley 1 https://www.memrise.com/course/198250/henle-first-year-latin/ (Just click on the lessons, you don’t need to “join.” Save the bookmark!
Also, Vocabulary from Henley 2:
10. Bible – audio. Choose the version you have, and listen while you read along. This will help your children absorb more of what they read because they won’t be stumbling over words. You can also open the text in another window if you want to read online. https://www.biblegateway.com/resources/audio/
I have recently found this interactive series of lessons in science. It is perfect for teaching several grade levels at once. The kids love it!!! https://mysteryscience.com
This resource includes more than history, but their library of collected videos (free) is a great addition to any textbook! https://brookdalehouse.com/
Next time, I will post my Top Ten Picks for Educational Youtube Channels!
What are your favorite educational sites? Post in the comments below!