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January 4. 2013

My Big FAT Homeschool Links List

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Way back in 2008, I took my list of links I had been gathering and put them in ONE post. It became one of my most popular posts. So I figure it deserved a little TLC – some updating and adding to since so many years have passed.

Most of them I used (or still use) for my own homeschooling and others have been passed on to me through homeschool friends, online groups, or co-ops. There are so many to pick from – too much to look at in one sitting… so take your time and bookmark this post.

I will continue to try and keep it updated. If you find a link that you feel has merit, please don’t hesitate to email me. If I do a large update, I will post a notice and link back here to let you know. Otherwise, check back here every now and then and I’m sure you’ll find that I have added one or two more favorites.

If you would like to share a link with me, please email me at longhorn dot bee at gmail dot com (dots are periods, at is the @ symbol, remove all spaces)!

Enjoy!

MY BIG-FAT HOMESCHOOL LINKS LIST

Lessons and Resources
Teach-nology (Lesson Plans and Printables Galore)
Learning Page (free lessons, instructional materials, etc.)
Furious Shepherd (Insane Amount of Homeschool Links)
Lesson Planet
Simple Homeschool
Enchanted Learning
Lesson Plan Library (Discovery)
eThemes Topical Teacher Resources
BBC Schools (GREAT Science interactives)!
Free Federal Resources for Education
Lynda.com A library of training classes for all things technical.
Mini Offices For Students in Grades K-3
Home School Articles
Pratt’s Educational Resources (Themes)
Teacher’s Favorite Links
Schoolastic Lesson Plans
Professor Noggin’s Card Games
Dr. Labush’s Links to Learning
Crosswalk Homeschool Resource Directory
A-Z Home’s Cool Homeschool Links
A to Z Teacher Stuff
A to Z Kid Stuff
Pete’s Power Point Station
Homeschooling Adventures (Subject Links)
DLTK-Kids Printables, Etc.
Free Homeschooling Resources

Reading, Books and Book Lists
My Amazon Bookstore
Wowio: Ebooks
How to Find Books for KONOS
Usborne Quicklinks (for use online with Usborne books)
Studydog (Free Reading Program: K-2nd)
Summer Reading Lists By Grade
Book Report PDF Files from Edhelper
Better Book Reports
Locate a Library Book on WorldCAT
Alibris: Buy Old, New & Out of Print Books
International Children’s Library
Classical Book List
Book Adventure Program
Librivox: Free E-books
Project Gutenberg
Dolch Kit (Reading Problems)
Bartleby (literature research)
Shakespeare Plays and Sonnets; Learning Guides

Geography & History
Shepherd Software: Geography Games
Netstate State Information Site
Explore Texas Independence
Interactive Geography Quiz site
Historical Dates for Kids to Memorize
Historical Fiction by Time-period
History Scribe (also has church history/geography)
Diana Waring History
A Book in Time
History of Dance
Chronological Movie List for Homeschoolers
Born in Slavery
The History Place – U.S. Civil War 1861-1865
Search for Field Trips in TX by zipcode
Online State Test
Fun State Puzzle
Everything History
Native American Chart
School History: Free Lesson Plans
Geography Dictionary
Texas Escapes (Magazine website about Texas people, places and things.)
50 States (state facts site)
Westward Ho! (Virtual Wagon Train)
Postcards in bulk for your geography projects
Virtual Field Trip Maker
Field Trip Factory
Rolly’s Mexican Kitchen
State-specific Foods for Geography
Compassion International Sponsorship Program
Flat Stanley Idea Page
National Geographic Geography Bee
Outline Maps
National Atlas (printable outline maps)
Map Library
Timeline Helps
Wonder Maps (awesome maps that go with Mystery of History)
Travel Texas (awesome regional panoramics, best free glossy magazine ever)
Washington DC Mall Map
Holocaust Museum
Battle of the Alamo
The jackpot of all jackpots of Ancient Egypt Links

Preschool
Busy Activities and Printables for Little Kids
Between the Lions Letters
Noah’s Ark Matching Game
Preschoolers & Peace
Veggie Tales

Writing, Grammar, Penmanship
Free Downloads from Institute for Excellence in Writing
Teaching Writing Starting Late
Punctuation Theater
Frustrated Writer Brain Pop Video
Irregular Verb Dictionary
Guide to Grammar and Writing
Proofreading Makes Perfect
What is Copyright?
Handwriting Samples
Visual Thesaurus
Book Report Ideas
MES English (create your own worksheets)
Webster’s Kid Dictionary
Free Language Curriculum
Book Report PDF Files from Edhelper
Create your own Newsletter or Brochure Online
Adverbs on the Internet (tricksy adverbses!)
English Grammar website
Madlibs.org

Teens
I Drive Safely
Teen Party Ideas
Clutter Free Gift Ideas for Kids & Teens
Lego Church
The HomeScholar (transcript advice & more)

Math
Homeschool Math
MATH HELP: Times Tables Tips
That’s Math!
Downloadable Grid Paper
Practical Algebra Lessons
The Math Worksheet Site
Printable Grid Paper
Printable Graph Paper
Math U See Drill Page
Platonic Realms Home Page (site for math geeks)
Math U See Placement Tests
Multiplication Lapbook
TLS Books Free Worksheets
Multiplication Worksheets
Multiplication Practice Worksheets (nice site!)
The MegaPenny Project

Grading and Tests
Free Diagnostic Placement Test
Discovery Education: Rubrics
More Rubrics and Evaluation Tools
Teach-nology: Even more Rubrics
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills by Grade (TEKS) – Public School Requirements
Free Taas/TAKS Printable Tests & Answer Keys
TAKS standardized tests from Texas Schools by grade level (printable or online quizzes)
Math U See Placement Tests

Computer, Software, Typing, Photography
10 Cent Photo Prints (First 20 Free) @ York Photo
Picasa Free Photo Editing Software
TyperShark Game (play online)
Goodsearch (browse while you give to your favorite charity)
FastStone Image Viewer Photo Editing Software
Free Digital Photography Lessons @ iLearn

Bible, Character, Chores
Answers in Genesis
Creation Science Evangelism
Devotions for Kids
Bible Study for All Ages
Bible Study Curriculum
Keepers of the Faith (like Scouts)
Home Life Ministries – The Character Journal
Free Spiritual Gift Analysis
Easter Devotional and Passion Tree
Raising Godly Tomatoes: Practical and Scriptural Parenting Advice
Scripture Memory System
Accountable Kids Program (teaching accountability)
The Birds and the Bees: Talking with Your Kids About Sex
Biblical Wall Charts & Timelines
Bible Verse of the Day
Celebrating Biblical Holidays Resources
Doorposts
VisionForum
Keepers: Christian Alternative to Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts
7 Daily Rungs… by Holy Experience
Over 300 Bible Lessons
Handipoints: Fun Online Chore Charts
Goodseed: PDF Bible Lessons (Tabernacle)
My Utmost For His Highest (devos – older kids)
Living Proof (Beth Moore) (devos – older girls)
Biblegateway.com (look up scripture by keyword or verse)
KLOVE Radio (listen while you homeschool)
KSBJ Radio (listen while you homeschool)
Christ throughout the Bible
Dayspring E-cards (be an encourager)
Case Against Evolution Book List (apologia – older kids)
Creation Illustrated (Christian based – similar to National Geographic)
The Way of the Master
E-Sword (free study software)
E-Bible Teacher
Does God Exist? (atheist turned Christian)
Ed’s Collection of Bible Sites
Sunday School Place
Online Parallel Bible
Presidential Prayer Team
Presidential Prayer Team 4 Kids

Foreign Language
BBC Free Language Courses

Homeschool Methods
Classical Christian Homeschooling
Homeschool Curriculum Reviews
The Art of Memorizing (Charlotte Mason)
Seton Home Study School
Accidental Unschooling
Narration Ideas (Charlotte Mason)
1000 Good Books for Classical Homeschoolers
Ambleside Online (Charlotte Mason)

Teacher/Household, Forms & Helps
Homeschool Planner Set-Up Instructions
Costumes for Unit Studies by Jessica Hulcy (KONOS Author)
Inbox Heaven (controlling your email)
How NOT to Homeschool
The Organized Home
Family Man Ministries
What About Bad Attitudes?
Podcast for Sibling Conflict Resolution
Beating Burnout
Countdown Timer
The Grocery Game
Teacher Created Resources – Free PDF Calendars, etc.
Calendar Lab
Super Teacher Worksheets
Donna Young: Homeschool & Household Forms
The Homeschool Mom (free planner/menu pages)
Creative Homemaking (organization, menu & more)
Homeschool IDs
Ideas and Printables
Creative Classroom Cooking (free cooking unit study)
30 Day Gourmet (freezer cooking)
FREE Teacher Resources (lots of links – some may be old)
Parenting Habits
Ideas to Spice Up Your Homeschooling
Highland Heritage Forms: More Printable Forms
Oklahoma Homeschool Forms (not just for OK)
Create a PDF Calendar
Homeschool Freebies/Costcutters
Homeschool Helper Online: Record Keeping Forms
Chart Jungle Printables
Resources for Homeschoolers (forms and planners)
Denim Jumpers (Everything Homeschooling!)
Hillbilly Housewife
Creative Organizing

Info About Homeschooling
National Home Education Research Institute

Encouragement/Funnies
Tim Hawkins Homeschool Video (To Adams Family Tune!)
Homeschool Blog Awards (meet, learn, share, swap)
101 Reasons to Homeschool Your Kids
Silly IQ Test

Science, Nature, Technology
I Laugh n Learn’s Rock Game (cute, but not free)
Texas Master Naturalist Program
MILSTEIN HALL OF OCEAN LIFE | American Museum of Natural History
Genetics
Anatomy Arcade
Space Sounds (probably the coolest site on the web)
Flight
Visual Periodic Table
Weather Wiz Kids
Neuroscience for Kids
Hands on Science Centers (EXTENSIVE list of links to Science museums and centers around the world.)
Chemistry for Kids
Brain Pop (not just science – history and other subjects, too)
Lego Lover & Robotics Site
Square Foot Gardening
The Weather Channel for Kids
Cells Alive
Biodomes around the World
Cool Science (animal classification & more)
Journey North (Monarch Butterflies)
Cool game/activity on blood and blood types.
Secret Life of the Brain
BBC Schools (GREAT Science interactives)!
Human Anatomy Online
How Stuff Works
Bird Identification
eNature: America’s Wildlife Resource
Time Upside Down
Web Elements (periodic table, etc)
Green Hour (get out and discover nature!)
Making a Nature Journal
Edheads – Simple Machines
Cow’s Eye Dissection Online
Museum of Vision
Time Capsule (personal history project)
Natural Egg Dyes
The Developing Egg
From Egg to Chick
Identify Texas Wildflowers

Lapbooking
Lapbook Pictures
Lapbook How-To Video
Lapbook Lessons

Texas
Taffie: Texas Support Group/Co-Op List by Area
Texas Home Educators
Pick-Your-Own TX Farms

Spelling & Vocabulary
Free 6th-8th Spelling Course
Word Game Boards
Free Crossword Puzzle-maker
Discover Education: Crossword Maker
Another Crossword Puzzle-maker
Vocabulary K-12 Site
Spelling Time (not free!)
Making Vocabulary Fun
Spelling Ideas PDF

Art, Crafts, Photography, Etc.
Elementary Art Lesson Plans
See the Light Shine (art lessons, not free)
Heart of Wisdom Homeschool & Digital Scrapbooking
GeeArt – Animated Art Program (history/elements)
Crayola.com (contests, coloring sheet printables, craft ideas)
Eggshell Mosaics
Family Fun
Big Huge Labs Mosaic Maker
Learn 2 Draw with BillyBear
Color in Motion
Lightroom Killer Tips (photography)
Poloroid.net (fun picture editor)
Picasohead
Canon Creative Park (artsy project ideas)
Recycling Crafts by Product
Kids Domain Crafts
Artcyclopedia.com
Austin Shutterbug
Masterpiece Art Instruction
Art Activities and Games
The Papier Mache Resource
Pigma Micron Pens
Quilt Gallery

Curriculum Resale
Vegsource Swap Board
Homeschool Auctions
This Little Piggy Stays Home
Yahoo Curricula Sale Search
Freecycle (find one in your local area)
HSLDA Curriculum Market

Music
Sing n’ Learn
Ears, Sound, & Music
Music Timeline
Musical History Timeline
Piano Radio
Learn About Orchestras
Popular American Songs
Classical Music Online

Curriculum, Magazines, Stores
Konos Charachter Curriculum
What’s Covered by Konos?
Knowledge Factory Homeschool Catalog
The Old Schoolhouse Magazine
Heart of the Matter (online magazine)
Academic Superstore

Sports and Health
Kidnetic
Kids Health
Walk Across Texas
Sacred Nourishment
My Fitness Pal (log your food & exercise to keep fit)
Cold & Cough Medications
Flu Fighters
Online Stopwatch
Trophies & Medals

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P.S. Let me know if you find a broken link! I’ll fix it or remove it!

P.S.S. I add to this list when I find good links… but with homeschooling two teens and keeping two tots from destroying the world, you can imagine that it isn’t top on my list. I welcome suggestions and emails (please do not leave suggestions in the comments as I will not publish them there). Just shoot me a line with your great link and I’ll consider it!

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Comments

  1. OH my. You’re killing me here. I’ll have to check these links out…I can’t resist links.

  2. Bless your linking heart.
    that was a lot of work :)
    ~C

  3. Oooo, I’m so glad you did this though it must have taken some time to compile all of this. I’ve already checked out a few links and will definitely have to come back. I’ve already bookmarked the page.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for this great list of tools! Here’s a site that I’ve been exploring and wanted to tell you about – c Bible Study Tools at Christianity.com has a huge library of tools with 29 translations commentaries, concordances, apocrypha, devotionals, lexicons, maps, e-books, and great reading plans. You can also highlight text, save your own notes, use a split screen panel so you can see two translations, a translation and a commentary, etc. I hope you get a chance to explore it!

  5. WOW!! Thank you for all your hard work. I do plan to check out your list. I’m hosting a giveaway at my site, it’s a great book, stop by and see, http://www.crumbsonmyfloor.com

    Take care,
    Amy

    • Amy ,
      I tried checking out your blog but it is password protected, can you send me something so I can get updates from your blog? THNX!

      Robyn

  6. AllyJo – Yeah, but remember – even though I am posting them all, that doesn’t mean I am some superhuman homeschooler who has had the time to really investigate and enjoy them all! :) I’m still browsing them myself. So far there are some real gems!

    Isaiah5513 – Well, at least most of my links are up. It may take forever to get the rest of them on there from my past 3 years of posting.

    Terri – :) Come on back when you have free time – whatever that is!?

    Thanks for the extra links Anonymous. :)

    Crumbs – I added my name to your hat. Glad you liked the links.

  7. Thanks so much for sharing. You inspired me to start my own blog! I need to learn more about using it, but I plan to read through more of yours and maybe I will get the hang of it. My husband discovered your blog when he was searching out KONOS and we were so grateful to find you. Thank you for putting in so much work–it really inspires me to keep trucking!

    Bridgette
    http://scrapsofhomemom.blogspot.com

  8. Wow! This is impressive! Our homeschool co-op has a website and we are compiling some links, so this is a great resource for me. Thanks!

  9. You are a constant resource for the homeschooling community…

    *Thank you*
    and every blessing….

  10. I just del.icio.us tagged your post!

  11. Thank you for the sweet enote, Heather–and for the great links. I’ll put you on my delicious sidebar.

  12. Thanks for your submission to the Homeschool Carnival. You can find you post at http://ericnovak.com/?p=145

    Eric Novak

  13. Wonderful list!
    Thank you
    Lizzie

  14. Oh, why haven’t I found your list before? Love it! Will check in when I have a spare year and peruse.

  15. Wow! When did you put this together? This is incredible! Thanks a bunch!

  16. Great list. Lots of my favorites. I am linking your post.

  17. WOWZERS! Thanks. I will link to your post.

  18. Wow! This is an amazing list! Thanks!

  19. I am so glad you wrote this list! I have been looking for a Spanish course for my children, and I think the BBC link you list will fit my needs nicely. You put a lot of work in to this! :-)

  20. Hi! What an amazing list…so many on here that I haven't seen before! Thanks so much for putting this together! I have also found a site called http://www.qwizzysworld.com that was founded by a mom in my area. It isn't subject-specific but rather allows you (or your kids, if they are old enough) to create study materials and practice quizzes from your own material. I taught elementary school before having my children and think it would be a great resource for teachers…and homeschooling parents too! I look forward to checking out some of your links, too!

  21. Anonymous says:

    May God Bless you! There's so much information! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

    A Wells
    Bahamas

  22. LOL! I am going to have to pull an all nighter just to make a dent. Thank you for sharing. I heard about you from a local homeschool group that is helping me make the jump to homeschool. Thank you!!

  23. Love your link list. I wanted to suggest a few links I LOVE. These are free sites to use:

    VocabularySpellingCity
    http://www.spellingcityl.com
    Offers help for spelling, vocabulary, and handwriting. Has awesome games, flashcards, lesson plans, video lessons… Serves elementary and high school ages.

    Vocabulary Can Be Fun
    http://www.vocabulary.co.il
    Offers online games for K-college ages. Good for phonics, literature, vocabulary, spelling, foreign languages, ESL, typing, parts of speech…
    The site also offers super resources for various topics such as speed reading, SAT, GRE Verbal Tips, GMAT Test Prep, How to Increase Your Vocabulary…

    Learning Games For Kids
    http://www.learninggamesforkids.com/
    This site offers online educational games, video lesson, educational songs…all tied to various subject areas. Starts at a Pre-K level and goes up.

    Many Thanks,
    Jackie

  24. Tyson Stevens says:

    Wow. So many links and yet, I have one more to suggest :)

    http://www.publicschoolreview.com/articles/458

    This page is a compilation of homeschool resources. Some are on your list and some aren’t. Thanks for putting in the time to create this list, Heather!–don’t steal my fries ;)

  25. Thank you for taking the time to put this together. It’s greatly appreciated.

  26. My WORD, Spritti! That was a whole lot of work:0

    Thanks so much. I look forward to exploring them as I have time!

  27. PS: There better be a few affiliate links among that listing! Doesn’t the scriptures teach that a worker bee is worthy of their wages?!:)Just sayin.

  28. This is a great list of resources. Thanks for sharing.

  29. Amazing list, Heather!! Thanks for sharing! I did find though the link for Taffie said page not found. :( We are new to North Texas and looking for co-ops if you might know of another site I’d really appreciate it. :) Thank you again for sharing this amazing list!! I can’t wait to check out more of them! God Bless.

  30. Hey Heather,
    Love this list, There are some that are no longer avaiable . But will have to go back through them if u want and send it to you? I am on a FB list called Homeschool for Free, if anyone would like to join. We post sited for other homeschool Mom’s who need free resources. Ive homeschooled now for 27 yrs and I still enjoy Free resources. Thanks Heather!!! And btw I love and enjoy your blog!!!!

  31. I am so glad that you shared these again. My SIL is a brave soul like you and home-schools. I have shared your blog with her. I so admire what you and my SIL do.
    :-)
    Traci

  32. Tx for the info this is very helpful.
    Plse note some of the links don’t work i’m not sure if you are aware of it?

    Some include:
    Lesson plan library (discovery )
    Ethemes topical teachers resources
    Free federal resources of education
    There were some others too.

    Regards
    Sonja
    South Africa

  33. Great list, added this to Pintrest board. Two more I love, love, love not on the list are:

    http://www.roadsideamerica.com/ A very comprehensive list of off the beaten path attractions, historical monuments, parks, etc. Can do search by zip code for what is in your area. Perfect for field trip day, teaching local history, and getting kids to soak up culture.

    http://homeschoolclassifieds.com/ Classes, homeschool groups, curriculum and more. The name says it all.

  34. This list is incredible! Thank you!

  35. There is a sweet home-school story in my daughter’s book:
    “A Collection of Seven Children’s Stories”: Sarah Starts Homeschool
    Kristin illustrated and wrote the stories when she was 15 and home schooled.
    Available at AuthorHouse.com on e-book.

  36. What’s covered by Konos? link says it’s locked! not working. :)

  37. I am a handmade jewelry designer and creator but I also homeschool my 5 year old grandson which takes a lot of my creativity and time. I love this post. My question is, I would love to follow your blog but your ‘bee’ does not appear in your follow link area. Maybe I am doing something wrong?

  38. it looks like this link ( Taffie: Texas Support Group/Co-Op List by Area ) isn’t working. I found the home page at https://sites.google.com/a/jsoft.com/www/archive/taffie/

  39. Wow! What a tremendous list of resources! Congratulations on assembling such a comprehensive list.
    I thought you might be interested in a website I run called Reading Rewards. It is an online reading log/reading incentive program used by parents, teachers and librarians worldwide.  In a nutshell, kids log reading time, and earn points (RR Miles) for minutes read. Parents, teacher and/or librarians can then add custom rewards that kids can ‘purchase’ with their points. By connecting to friends, kids also get valuable book recommendations and can read and exchange about books they are reading. It is a completely free and safe program aimed at encouraging reading. I hope you’ll check it out!
    Thanks again :-)
    Carole

  40. This is a really great resource list and we are just getting into supporting home schooling.

    Thanks a lot for making it so freely available.

    Cheers from an Aussie Nana downunder.

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