Every January, Homeschool.com asks our
Testers to send us a list of their favorite educational websites. We
then compile the results into the Top 100 Educational Websites for the year.
This year was an especially exciting year for two reasons. First, the
response was overwhelming! Thank you so much. Second, many new sites were
Because of the above, we decided to do something a little different this
- We added new website categories -- the
biggest one being the category of BLOGS. We found this addition to be
exciting--and a reflection of our times.
- We included MANY new websites -- websites
that have never made the list before. It was a thrill to see so many new
recommendations -- to see how homeschooling is growing.
- We added a short description of each
website, so you can know if a website is of special interest.
- AND, when possible, we included YOUR
reasons for recommending a site. Most respondents submitted a list, but
if an explanation was included, we used it.
Most sites listed below are free, but there
are commercial sites as well -- we considered these just too good to omit -- and
after all, you recommended them!
We sure hope you enjoy The Top 100 Educational Websites for 2012 (there are
actually a few more than 100 - because you had so many GREAT
The Top 100 Educational Websites of 2012 was
Time4Learning.com is an online curriculum
that combines 1000+ multimedia lessons, printable worksheets and graded
activities for preschool to eighth grade. The math and language arts lessons
correlate to state standards. Science, social studies, and art are also
provided as a bonus to most grades.
Parents love that the online learning program
teaches the lessons, grades the activities, tracks the amount of time spent
on activities (for attendance) and keeps reports perfect for portfolio
Kids love the "outside-the-box" approach and
the novelty of using the computer for school. The multimedia lessons feel
more like video games than standards-based curriculum, making it great for
promoting a can-do attitude toward new or difficult concepts.
Check out their grade by grade curriculum overview to see what's available.
The Top Sites for 2012 (in no
REFERENCE and NEWS
New York Times Learning Network
The word of the day, the news, lesson plans,
a blog and so much MORE!
http://www.pbs.org/ and http://pbskids.com
A favorite of Homeschool.com readers.
Pre-K--12 educational resources and activities.
A staple in the news industry.
News for the Young
An interactive website where children are
encouraged to express their views, submit articles, book reviews or
Shana writes, "My kid's favorite website is
the kid's news website, Youngzine.com. It is fantastic!"
A favorite among Homeschool.com readers. Affordable and engaging online
curriculum for preschool to 8th Grade. Interactive lessons, printable
worksheets, detailed reporting and MORE! This is a subscription site -- $19.95/month.
Another favorite among Homeschool.com readers. Watch....practice....and learn
almost anything! This site has over 2,700 videos covering everything from
arithmetic to physics, finance, and history, plus it offers 253 practice
Leslie-Ann writes, "Khan Academy continues to be our most
consistently used and enjoyed site."
Standards-aligned, animated lessons covering the subjects of science, social
studies, English, math, arts & music, health and more. Grades K and up.
Homeschool subscriptions starting at $85/year.
High quality, dynamic, digital content. Student, parent and teacher
resources. Recommended by many Homeschool.com parents.
Lorraine writes, "Discovery Education has a subscription site with
streaming videos on every subject imaginable. I use it almost every single
day in our homeschooling. Nothing brings history alive like watching a video
about it. Their videos are all high quality and professional. There are
whole courses available for learning foreign languages. I wouldn't want to
be without it!"
K--12 - over 30K pages covering a wide range of
topics--including math, history, physical sciences, writing, foreign
languages and much more. Subscription fee of $20/year.
Parent and teacher resources. Many lesson plans covering the subjects of
math, history, languages, art, geography and more. For Pre-Schoolers to
Grade 12 -- great for U.S. students as well!
This website sends you one free web-based
curriculum idea a day, Monday through Saturday! How cool!
22,000 pages of classroom-ready lesson plans, printables, and resources. For
kids Pre-K--12th Grade. Annual subscription fee of $49.95.
The Big Bus
The Big Bus 2.0 engages students with interactive learning activities that
reinforce classroom teaching in reading and writing, math, and science.
Covering skills from Pre K to Grade 5, aligned to core learning standards.
$54.00 fee for a one-year home subscription.
A favorite website recommended of Homeschool.com readers. Pre--K through
Middle School, math, language arts, science, social studies and more.
ANOTHER favorite of Homeschool.com readers--and for multiple years! Started
by a homeschooling Mom. Contains lessons on history, handwriting, math,
science, art, English and more.
Pete's Power Point Station
All power-point presentations! Pretty cool for today's learners.
Christina writes, "This has everything you can think of and can be
understood by pre-schoolers"
K-12 educational lessons, videos, games, quizzes
and puzzles. Topics include physical science, life science, earth & space,
social studies, math, and more.
Not a homeschooling site per se, but a favorite of Homeschool.com parents.
Browse by age -- from babyhood to highschool. Activities and worksheets by
grade. Lots of information about education in general.
Your one stop "file cabinet" for quality K-6 Morning Math, Daily Language,
Daily Writing, Phonics, Reading, Science & Social Studies worksheets. Ideas
& activities for group work, brainstorming, lesson plans, games, gifted, and
more! Subscription fee of $34/year.
Teach With Movies
Lesson plans based on movies and films, such as The Sound of Music, Diary of
Anne Frank, Mulan and more. Teach With Movies provides the curriculum
materials but not the movies themselves. 350+
Guides--subscription cost of $11.99/yr.
How Stuff Works
Fun site for everyone. Topics include engineering, environmental science,
forces of nature, innovation, and more.
Songs for Teaching
Thousands of children's songs, lyrics, sound clips and teaching suggestions.
Songs about science, mathematics, social studies, the fine arts, life skills
and more. You can listen to the songs online for free or purchase songs that
Recommended by Barbara from afterskoolkids.org. Barbara works in an
after-school program and frequently uses Homeschool.com resources, including
ideas from our 101 Things To Do This Summer newsletter. Although this
website was only recommended a few times, we decided to include it--as the
information is certainly important.
Math help portal that features interactive lessons, worksheets, and homework
help. Math lessons are designed for Grades 5 to 8. Webquests, puzzles,
games, and more.
For elementary and middle school students. Students can watch a math video,
play a math game, solve a logic puzzle, and/or just have some good fun!
A collection of lessons, calculators, and worksheets created to assist
students. Lessons cover key algebra topics. Their Equation Calculator shows
the right answer and a step-by-step solution. Over the years,
algebrahelp.com has helped students solve over 15 million equations!
The program that demystifies the learning of algebraic concepts. For Grades
3--9. Program costs start at $34.95.
Cool Math Games
Fun site for kids as young as three.
Homeschool.com reader Laurie writes, "Cool Math games for logic, thinking
and fun games of all sorts".
Math Tutor DVDs
Tutorials covering Basic Math through Calculus, Physics, Chemistry, and
More! DVD courses as low at $26.99.
Home School Math
Math lessons and teaching tips, worksheets, games, ebooks, a curriculum
guide, reviews, and more. The resources emphasize understanding of concepts
rather than the mechanical memorization of rules.
Math•U•See was written by a homeschool Dad, for the homeschool community.
Rather than a curriculum designed for a classroom, Math•U•See is designed
with the homeschool "tutor" environment in mind and covers general math
through calculus. There is a cost associated with the purchase of the
Basic math--calculus. General information free of
charge, as well as a math store.
Homeschool.com reader Karen writes, "...not a website for a full curriculum,
but for additional support with math when a concept needs further emphasis
An animated, interactive online math dictionary for students which explains
over 600 common mathematical terms and math words in simple language.
Over 10,000 free math worksheets with answer keys.
Homeschool.com reader Dawn writes, "My favorite website is math-drills.com."
Chem 4 Kids
Where your kids can learn about matter, atoms, elements, the periodic table,
reactions and biochemistry. The site links to
Located in San Francisco--but this site is of interest to everyone,
regardless of location! Topics cover every day science, the earth, the human
body, living things - even the science of baseball!
NASA for Students
Nasa.gov is a great site, for students K and above and includes educational
programs, Nasa eClips, Podcasts,and MORE. Starchild is geared toward a young
audience interested in learning about "space stuff".
Astronomy for Kids
Learn about tonight's sky, this week's sky, this month's sky and more. Lots
of interesting information and a special section--Astronomy for Kids.
The parent, child, teen and educator sections--all make for an interesting
Extreme Science is the place online to find the
biggest, baddest, and the best in the world and to learn about the science
behind what makes each the most extreme example of its kind. This is a
really cool site!
GREAT array of science experiments. Very thorough and easy to follow. The
Conclusion and Learn More sections of the experiments are not available
unless you purchase their e-books (starting at $13.99). You can check out
their free printables (complete with Conclusion and Learn More sections) at
Super Charge Science with Aurora Lipper
Recommended by MANY Homeschool.com readers! K--12th Grade
curriculums--$37/month for K--8 and $57 per month for the expanded 9--12th
Built by teachers, for teachers, for the purpose of sharing science based
A favorite among Homeschool.com readers. Starfall provides a systematic
phonics approach, in conjunction with phonemic awareness practice for
preschool, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, special education,
homeschool, and English language development.
Homeschool.com parent Angella writes, "Great site for fundamentals in
reading K--2, and for special needs."
Over 36,000 free ebooks to download to your PC,
Kindle, Android, iOS or other portable device. Recommended by many
A favorite among Homeschool.com readers. A yearly subscription costs $75.
Jen writes, "I love the Readingeggs.com website."
Leveled books, multilevel books, pocketbooks,
serial books, sound/symbol books and MORE. $84.95/year subscription price.
Sarah writes--"Love the books and resources all on one site!"
SPELLING , WRITING and ENGLISH
Vocabulary Spelling City
A favorite among Homeschool.com readers. Spelling, vocabulary, writing,
handwriting and more. Family membership is $29.99/year.
Michelle writes, "One of our family's favorite sites is Vocabulary and
English Grammar 101
Free and subscription material. Annual subscription rates start at
$40/year--and can be the principal teaching tool or textbook for a homeschool
teacher's lessons in English grammar.
Combine spelling lists with spelling games -- over 6,600 words to practice!
SOCIAL STUDIES, HISTORY and GOVERNMENT
The American Civil War Homepage
SO much information here!
The Civil War Homepage
Again....SO MUCH information!
The Oregon Trail
Very interesting info! For instance--at Ft.
Laramie, bacon could be purchased for a penny per pound. Emigrants with
excess bacon often considered it worthless and dumped it by the side of the
road! Such an interesting tidbit of into--had to include it!
Library of Congress
So much information!
History - Many subjects
A one-stop website for history!
Social Studies for Kids
Current events, economics, geography, government and more.
Christina writes, "This is one of the best social studies sites I've found
and can also be understood by pre-schoolers."
Citizenship, separation of powers, the judicial, legislative and executive
branches of government and so much more.
Leslie-Ann writes, "A captivating addition to our online learning. I
literally have to give my son a time limit on learning about the
constitution on icivics or we might not get other things done..."
States and Capitals
All the basic info!
Wonderful content, amazing pictures--and who doesn't like the National
Math, literacy, social studies, and Christian resources for Pre-Schoolers
More than 400 free printable worksheets. Other worksheets can be purchased
for five cents each.
Worksheets cover the topics of early English, early geography, things we
use, and others.
ABC and 123 Learning
A learning cooperative site--a site where one can collect and borrow teaching
tools. Subjects include math, language arts, science and others.
Letter of the Week
Recommended by numerous Homeschool.com readers.
Kasey writes, "For my little ones I love Brightly Beaming Resources at
letteroftheweek.com. It is free and covers ages 0-11 (so far, she is always
Reading is Fundamental
For ages 0-5.
Free and subscription resources. Not just for the UK!
Teaching and learning resources for students with special needs and with
learning disabilities. Math, reading, writing and other printables.
Colleges Rankings and Reviews
Very good source for college information.
List of Online Colleges
Unbiased info about college programs--site
started by a college professor
Lots of great info including college rankings in
regards to the highest acceptance rates, the most students receiving aid
,the top 50 community colleges and more.
English, math and science. Thousands of
An entire website devoted to homeschooling high school students. Free
information as well as items to purchase.
OPEN COURSES ONLINE
MIT Open Courseware
Lecture notes, exams, and videos from MIT. 200 courses available--again--from
Open Coursware Consortium
Open educational content--high quality university‐level educational
materials. These materials are organized as courses, and often include
course planning materials and evaluation tools as well as thematic content.
High-quality, multimedia content on general education subjects such as
algebra, calculus, physics, statistics, U.S. history, biology and more.
Almost 500 shared courses in 36 academic subjects.
Oline courses in the arts and humanities, business and economics, computer
science and information technology, social sciences, math and many, many
Melody writes, "I believe this is one of my favorites. My son is talking
Pre-Algebra on this site and it is convenient, thorough, and moves at a fast
A complete language learning solution. Many languages to choose from.
Many languages, program, and payment options.
Online creative music environment for children of all ages.
Classics for Kids
Information on classical music, instruments, composers and more.
Great array of games including math games, reading games, and games for both
kids and parents to play.
Hundreds of educational games and activities. A favorite among
Laurie writes, "I like
www.sheppardsoftware.com. It has a lot of free geography online
File Folder Fun
This site is run by a Christian homeschooling family. Pre-School--Third Grade
Learning Games for Kids
Games covering just about every subject. Animals, health, art & music, math,
vocabulary, spelling, literature, keyboarding, U.S. geography, social
studies, science and even brain games.
Katie writes, "One of our most favorite online resources is a website
called Learning Games for Kids. While my kids don't always play educational games,
they do love the games on this site".
WORKSHEETS and PRINTABLES
Over 2,000 worksheets in the subjects of math, phonics, grammar, science and
Easy Test Maker
Create multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, matching, short answer and true
and false questions all on the same test.
Homeschool.com reader Debbie writes, "I like easytestmaker.com. I have used
its free version for years! You can make review sheets too."
Super Teacher Worksheets
Make your own worksheets.
Becky writes, "I found this website about three months ago. It is not
specifically referred to as a homeschool website, but it is full of great
free printable worksheets. I use it to supplement my current curriculum for
all three of my boys and a neighbor boy who comes to my house to learn to
Over 16,000 free worksheets!
Tools for Educators
Free worksheets, templates, etc.
The Teacher's Corner
Teacher resources, lesson plans, worksheets and activities.
Handwriting practice worksheets.
Michelle writes, "Amazing handwriting worksheets!"
Kids Learning Station
Pre-school and K worksheets. Worksheets for learning the alphabet, numbers,
shapes, colors, math, phonics and much more.
Busy Teacher's Cafe
K--6 resource. Printables for math, reading, writing and language arts.
ARTS & CRAFTS
Lesson plans for early childhood -- Grade 12.
A favorite among Homeschool.com readers. Crafts, printables, worksheets,
games and more.
Run by Mom, Leanne -- the "L" in DLTK.
Coloring pages, craft ideas, and games. Resources for parents and for
Deep Space Sparkle
Art lessons for kids K -- 6. Recommended by many Homeschool.com readers.
Mrs. Brown's Art Class
Art classes being taught at Hemenway Elementary School--very fun!
Art Projects for Kids.
Classroom tested art projects for K -- 5 and beyond.
More than 6,000 reviews covering close to 700 titles across 21 categories
and 73 subcategories!
A favorite among Homeschool.com readers.
Anastasia writes, "This is the website I use every day! So good!"
The Well Trained Mind
A guide to Classical education at home.
Because many minds make light work--where
homeschoolers can submit and share their lessons.
Homeschool Helper Online
A site where homeschoolers share resources they have written. Recommended by
many Homeschool.com readers.
The Old Schoolhouse
Subscription magazine. Great articles.
A to Z Home's Cool
Homeschooling and curriculum information.
Homeschooling legal information and more.
Gina writes, "My top website that I use is
www.hslda.org...I love it!...I go to
check homeschool laws for my state, homeschool links, homeschool support
groups, homeschool information, homeschool supplies, and so much more!"
Overall information about homeschooling--pertinent no matter where you live.
Lindy from South Africa highly recommends this site...and it's a favorite of
Ann's, the newsletter editor at Homeschool.com
Great source for just about anything and
Homeschool.com parent Erin writes, "....for books, and ALL else!"
Can find just about anything on eBay!
Again from Erin.."for misc. everything, lots of used books..."
Hundreds of thousands of educational videos.
Pam writes, "YouTube!! I use it to supplement and illustrate lessons in
various subjects as well as for some science experiments."
Thrice weekly blog on a variety of subjects. Short and to the point--usually
only a few paragraphs per blog posting--some are very interesting.
This blog is written by a Christian homeschooling Mom. She has great ideas
(from A to Z) and she shares her printables. She even gives blogging tips!
Reviews of educational websites and games--from a teacher and a Mom.
Written by numerous Christian homeschooling Moms.
Homeschool.com reader and a blogger herself, Andrea writes, "Great toddler
Homeschool art and music plans, written by Barb. Read how she includes art,
music appreciation, and nature study in her children's educational programs.
Angie writes, "Not just encouragement and tools for fine arts, but a
transparent journey of high school."
Written by a homeschool Mom of six.
Angie writes, "Great craft ideas, simple unit studies, etc."
Written by Andrea, a Christian homeschooling Mom, homeschooling three
children. Her pictures under Punch Card Incentives are fabulous!
Written by an entire family of Christian homeschoolers (including Hodgepodge
Nana), this website is colorful and educational.
Answers in Genesis
Free power-point presentations as well as products available for purchase.
Old Fashioned Education
Free homeschool curricula, literature and text books. Subjects include
American history, Bible & Religion, economics, science & nature, and more.
See BLOGS above for Christian based blogs.
The Top 100 Educational Websites of 2012 was
Time4Learning combines 1000+ animated lessons,
printable worksheets and graded activities in an interactive,
student-centered environment that promotes a can-do attitude toward
One low price (with no contracts) includes standards-based lessons, flexible
subject-grade selections, access to the grade above and below (for review
and extra practice), an activity finder to hone in on specific topics, the
ability to repeat activities, an automated system that grades lessons,
tracks progress and keeps reports, 24/7 access and more!
Check out their
grade by grade curriculum overview to see what's available or
read parent reviews
The Top 100 Educational Websites for 2012
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