|Every year, Homeschool.com asks our Product Testers to send us a list of their favorite educational websites. We take this information, research the sites, and turn this raw information into a newsletter that we can share with our readers.
As always, most of the recommended sites are free–but a few commercial sites are spattered in as well–they are just too good to omit–and our readers did recommend them.
Hope you enjoy our Top 100 Educational Websites for 2013!
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The Top Ten Sites for 2013 (in no particular order)
Pre-K–12 educational resources and activities.
A staple in the news industry.
This is a Scholastic site which offers nonfictional content targeted for grades 3 and up. Users can choose elementary, middle and high school interfaces for over 120,000 articles, over 340,000 editor vetted web links, and over 1,100 world newspapers in 73 languages representing 195 countries. This is a fee site—a free trial is available.
New York Times Learning Network
The word of the day, the news, lesson plans, a blog, and so much MORE!
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.
Homeschool.com reader Janet writes, “This website allows us to use 3 different grade levels for each subject. So it allows my daughter to work in math at 2nd grade level, yet work on Language Arts at 4th grade level. The website is very well done. My daughter feels like she is playing, while she is learning. Great graphics. My favorite part? It keeps track of all her work, grading everything she does. I can print this and keep it for my records. It’s not free, but it is very affordable!!! We have been using it for 5 years! I also like, Time4Writing.com.”
Another favorite among Homeschool.com readers. Watch….practice….and learn almost anything! This site has over 3,600 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, history, and more.
Teachers Pay Teachers
www.teacherspayteachers.com and www.teacherspayteachers.com/Homeschooler/
Another favorite among Homeschool.com readers. This site offers free homeschool downloads plus items for purchase. You can spend HOURS on this site–it is so interesting! Also, this site offers a way for homeschoolers to perhaps earn a little money–www.huffingtonpost.com
Per Homeschool.com reader Laurel, “I have found a lot of great stuff on the Teachers Pay Teachers website and a lot of it is free.” Homeschool.com reader Anna agrees, and also mentions the sites www.sharemylesson.com and www.teachercreatedmaterials.com.
Ellen McHenry’s Basement Workshop
Another favorite among Homeschool.com readers. The website reads, “I’ve been building and inventing educational things for the past 20 years, including educational games, projects, songs, activities, skits, plays, textbooks, hands-on science exhibits, and published books. This site really is like putting my basement online. One by one, I am working my way through the stacks of things sitting on my shelves, digitalizing them, and posting them for anyone who might find them useful. Individual items are posted as FREE DOWNLOADS.” What a FUN site!
Homeschool.com reader Nancy writes, “I’d like to recommend Ellen McHenry’s Basement Workshop. I challenge you to find better free stuff on the web. Her offerings are incredible – a full botany course, lots of Latin games, the Elements, math, classification and animal learning activities, and more. Not only is the quality superb, but it’s shared generously. Unlike many sites where 2-3 things are free while everything else is for sale, on this site nearly everything is free (the 5 or 6 things that are for sale are reasonably priced, BTW, and I found them well worth the price).
For kids Pre-K–5th Grade. More than 900 weekly Learning Units (Pathways), in a variety of subject areas. Easy to use curriculum or use as a supplement to your current homeschool program.
Homeschool.com reader Alicia writes, “My go-to website.”
1,000+ subtitled curriculum videos for K-12. Emphasizes the “Missing Piece” – closed captioning along with video, which enables students to study topics effectively PLUS improve their reading and literacy skills at the same time. A variety of membership options, including a free membership, are available.
Their multimedia resources help teachers (homeschool parents) increase their expertise in a field and assists them in improving their teaching methods. Many programs are intended for students in the classroom and viewers at home.
Homeschooler Andrea writes, “Learner.org is very useful–I like the literature and Spanish courses on the site… also it’s free.”
school.discovery.com and streaming.discoveryeducation.com
High quality, dynamic, digital content. Student, parent and teacher resources. Recommended by many Homeschool.com parents.
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!
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.
Dynamic Two Moms
Lapbooks, unit studies, notebooking and a little bit of education for the educator.
Homeschool.com reader Nancy writes, “I applaud Dynamic Two Moms – beautiful notebooking and lapbooking units on history and science, including some interesting topics like Amber, Glass Blowing and Carniverous Plants. All free, and as good (no, better) than most stuff you buy – and they are a hoot to read, too!”
This website sends you one free web-based curriculum idea a day, Monday through Saturday! How cool!
Interactive lessons on the topics of science/nature, history/culture, art, and people/places.
How to Smile
Science and Math activities–SMILE has been a major project at UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science–it focuses on Math, Chemistry and Ocean Literacy.
Not one site–but MANY. Verizon Foundation proudly partners with some of the country’s top educational organizations to provide you with the latest topics, tools and trends in education. Content partner resources are aligned to state standards and the common core.
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.
Not one website, but many! And a favorite of Homeschool.com readers! Learning A-Z offers easy-to-use teacher resources in the subjects of Reading, Writing, and Science. Resources include printable books and worksheets, and other projectable, online interactive and mobile teacher resources. There is a fee–but it’s certainly reasonable considering all that you receive.
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!
Cool Math Games
A fun site for kids as young as three.
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. For a review of Math-U-See, click here. There is a cost associated with this product.
Basic math–calculus. General information free of charge, as well as a math store.
A free web program for students, parents and teaches. Helps with the foundations of all Math–addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
GeoGebra is free and multi-platform dynamic mathematics software for all levels of education. It joins geometry, algebra, tables, graphing, statistics and calculus.
Math Tutor DVDs
Tutorials covering basic math through calculus, physics, chemistry, and more. View online for $19.95 per month. Purchase price varies.
The program that demystifies the learning of algebraic concepts. For Grades 3-9. Various prices, starting at $20.
ALEKS is an online mathematics tutorial program that provides a cycle of assessment and learning. ALEKS provides targeted, individualized instruction, ideal for homeschooling students in grades 3-12.
Homeschool.com reader Andrea writes, “ALEKS.com is an amazing site for math (and some science). If forces the student to master concepts, and also lets them accelerate at the same time. That can take as little or as much time as they need for any course and students can earn college credit for a couple of the courses. I wish I had found it sooner. And it just costs $20.00 a month.”
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
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/index.html and http://starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov
Nasa.gov is a great site, for students K and above and includes educational programs, Nasa e-clips, podcasts,and MORE. Starchild is geared toward a younger audience interested in learning about “space stuff”.
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 Grade material.
Built by teachers, for teachers, for the purpose of sharing science based learning activities.
Chem 4 Kids
Where your kids can learn about matter, atoms, elements, the periodic table, reactions and biochemistry. The site links to cosmos4kids.com , biology4kids.com , geography4kids.com and physics4kids.com .
Multi-disciplinary lessons/resources that provide connections to the natural world beyond a science and technology scope. Lessons offer curricular benefits in health and physical education, language, mathematics, and the arts.
Homeschool.com reader Anna writes, “I LOVE this site!”
Reading is Fundamental
For ages 0-5.
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 reader Jennifer writes, “Starfall.com is the site I wouldn’t want to do without. It is easy for a toddler to use, yet interesting enough for a 1 year old to watch and for older kids to stay entertained as they practice their skills. By the time my daughter was 3, this site became a useful tool in her learning how to use a computer and navigate a site. It is fantastic.”
Over 40,000 free ebooks to download to your PC, Kindle, Android, iOS or other portable device. Recommended by many Homeschool.com parents.
A website that features literature and stories about homeschoolers, plus lesson plans.
Recommended by Homeschool.com reader Janet.
LibriVox provides free audiobooks from the public domain. There are several options for listening.
Homeschool.com reader Klaudette writes, “You can copy audio books onto cd & listen to them–read some chapters, & listen to others.”
SPELLING and Grammar
Vocabulary Spelling City
A favorite among Homeschool.com readers. Spelling, vocabulary, writing, handwriting and more. Family membership is $29.99/year.
Homeschool.com reader Janet writes, “Another website I use is SpellingCity.com, which has great resources, including games for vocabulary lists, word search, unscramble words, crossword puzzles, and more.” Dawn agrees, “My favorite go-to site is Spelling City. My kids love it and so do I.”
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.
HISTORY and GOVERNMENT
The Civil War Homepage
SO MUCH information!
History – Many subjects
A one-stop website for history!
Citizenship, separation of powers, the judicial, legislative and executive branches of government and so much more.
Library of Congress
So much information!
http://ww.nationalgeographic.com/kids and http://education.nationalgeographic.com
Wonderful content, amazing pictures–and who doesn’t like the National Geographic!
Free, professionally-designed, education material for preschool-age children. Follows a modified Montessori approach for teaching reading. Recommended by Homeschool.com reader Jennifer.
Letter of the Week
Recommended by numerous Homeschool.com readers.
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.
Free preschool lesson plans, educational early childhood activities, printable crafts, worksheets, calendar of events and other resources for children of preschool age.
Homeschool.com reader Shannon writes, “This is my favorite website for my daughter right now, it has a lot of preschool activities.”
Preschool–K. Full online curriculum. Subscription price of $7.95/month. Recommended by Homeschool.com reader Alicia.
Early Learning at Home
A site for mothers and teachers to submit their ideas–YouTube videos demonstrate the lessons. For toddlers, pre-schoolers and kids in Grade 1.
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.
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.
Textbook Media Press
http://www.textbookmedia.com/ and http://www.textbookmedia.com/freeloadpress
Students choose from online, PDF, iPhone or paperback options of textbooks.
Per Homeschool.com reader Klaudette,“Some resources are free, some are almost free.”
An entire website devoted to homeschooling high school students. Free information as well as items to purchase.
English, math and science. Thousands of educational videos.
Let’s Homeschool Highschool
A site designed to encourage you, point you to homeschool-friendly colleges and universities, link you to high school/homeschool bloggers, and create a community for both parents and students.
Homeschool.com reader Janet writes, “We like this site because it has an active Forum where even my kids can go in and chat.”
OPEN COURSES ONLINE
MIT Open Courseware
Lecture notes, exams, and videos from MIT. 200 courses available–again–from MIT!
Open Coursware Consortium
Open educational content–high quality university–level educational materials. These materials 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.
Homeschooler Andrea writes, “The bulk of my kids’ high school courses utilized this site. I especially like the NROC created courses as they are very complete.”
Almost 500 shared courses, 1,800 documentaries, 1,350 videos, etc., in 36 academic subjects.
Free online courses.
Per Homeschool.com reader Lisa, “Education Portal has been a great tool to use for studying history. The videos are just the right stuff for my 12 year old: supposedly they are for a college class, but we find them interesting and fun(ny)!
Free Video Lectures
1000+ college courses with video tutorials. Recommended by Homeschool.com reader Klaudette.
Interactive and engaging language-learning curriculum. Many languages to choose from. There is a cost associated with this program.
DVD and online learning options in a variety of languages. There is a cost associated with this program.
Great array of games including math games, reading games, and games for both kids and parents to play. One of Homeschool.com Alicia’s recommended sites.
Hundreds of educational games and activities. A favorite among Homeschool.com readers.
File Folder Fun
This site is run by a Christian homeschooling family. Pre-school–third grade games.
Per Homeschool.com reader Nancy, “This site is a little busier to deal with because it’s ad-supported, but the games are sooo cute – a real variety of skills (math, language, thinking skills) for PK through elementary. You can search by subject or by age-group. All free, all down-loadable (and many are available in both black & white and color – so you can save ink if you don’t have a color printer). Need I add that these games are just as cute as anything you could buy?”
WORKSHEETS and PRINTABLES
Over 2,000 worksheets in the subjects of math, phonics, grammar, science, etc.
Over 17,000 free worksheets!
The Teacher’s Corner
Teacher resources, lesson plans, worksheets and activities.
Busy Teacher’s Cafe
K–6 resource. Printables for math, reading, writing and language arts.
ARTS & CRAFTS
Recommended by many Homeschool.com readers. Crafts, printables, worksheets, games and more. Run by Mom, Leanne — the “L” in DLTK.
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.
The J. Paul Getty Museum
Each lesson was written by an elementary teacher from the Los Angeles area. Developed through the Getty Education Department’s one-year professional-development program, the lessons meet California content standards for English, language arts, and visual arts.
A favorite among Homeschool.com readers.
Homeschool.com reader Sue writes, “Free, good variety, some average, and others outstanding, weekly email with lots of goodies and a free extra for subscribers.”
Many minds make light work–a site where homeschoolers can submit and share their lessons.
Homeschool Helper Online
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.
Overall information about homeschooling–pertinent no matter where you live.
Homeschool.com reader Anna writes, “I found this site by accident, but I’m sure glad I did. It is so very helpful.”
Free Stuff & Samples
General information about homeschooling and homeschooling resources.
Homeschool.com reader Mary writes, “The site name might not be typical of a homeschooling page, but the content is top-notch.”
How to Learn
A site for teachers, homeschoolers, and parents. And our very own Rebecca Kochenderfer is cited as a HowToLearn.com Official Expert!
Not a homeschool site per se–but a site about alternative education. AERO publishes important news, articles, and books on issues related to alternative education, democratic education, homeschooling, unschooling, public alternatives, Montessori, Waldorf, and Sudbury schools.
Great source for just about anything and everything. Plus Free Kindle CK-12 Foundation Textbooks !
You can find just about anything on eBay!
www.YouTube.com and www.youtube.com/education
Hundreds of thousands of educational videos.
Thrice weekly blog on a variety of subjects. Short and to the point–usually only a few paragraphs per posting. Plus, a Guest Blogger program offers varied and interesting viewpoints. If you’re interested in becoming a Guest Blogger for Homeschool.com, e-mail [email protected]
Homeschool art and music plans, written by Barb. Read how she includes art, music appreciation, and nature study in her children’s educational programs.
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 history, religion, economics, science & nature, and more.
How Stuff Works
Fun site for everyone. Topics include engineering, environmental science, forces of nature, innovation, and more.
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.
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 you like.
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