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National Council for Geographic Education Geography Club (years 1-3) - for elementary students  


 


Knowledge Quest Globalmania: Master World Geography in 7 months or less  - ebook


 


Seterra  -  a fun map quiz game


 


Megamaps - Giant printable world maps


 


Ambleside Online's Geography 1-6 schedule


 


And I think that's about it for geography... unless I find another resource suggestion I've missed, which has clearly happened a few times so far :tongue_smilie: 


 


A HUGE thank you to cintinative, zookeeper, and Hunter for your help.  These are really great resources.  Our geography section now looks pretty awesome now thanks to your help :) 


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*possibly* free?

 

mango languages through your local library (ours offers it) http://mangolanguages.com/index.html

This is one of those resources that capital city libraries are increasingly offering. I have heard it is tough in Texas to get to the capital to get a free capital city library card. But in smaller states with better public transportation, most people can take a day trip to their capital city by bus or train.

 

As capital city libraries are offering more online resources, they are requiring more frequent checks of state residence. Often every year. But for many families a once yearly day trip is worth the online access.

 

Mango has Latin, Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew, and Arabic, as well as all the more common modern languages. The classical languages I have tried are immersion type courses and work best as a supplement to a traditional grammar.

 

The courses are awesome for pronunciation practice, as you can click on a single word over and over and over, while chanting it at the same time. One of my neighbors, was like, "What the HELL are you doing in there?!" My explanation just seems to confuse her even more. She just stared at me.

 

Shiny, I'm glad some of that helped. I like teaching geography more than history, and I teach it a lot more explicitly than history. There is more that I trust to be "real" to grab onto. History is just literature to me, and I just look for decent authors, not truth.

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This is one of those resources that capital city libraries are increasingly offering. I have heard it is tough in Texas to get to the capital to get a free capital city library card. But in smaller states with better public transportation, most people can take a day trip to their capital city by bus or train.

 

As capital city libraries are offering more online resources, they are requiring more frequent checks of state residence. Often every year. But for many families a once yearly day trip is worth the online access.

 

Mango has Latin, Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew, and Arabic, as well as all the more common modern languages. The classical languages I have tried are immersion type courses and work best as a supplement to a traditional grammar.

 

The courses are awesome for pronunciation practice, as you can click on a single word over and over and over, while chanting it at the same time. One of my neighbors, was like, "What the HELL are you doing in there?!" My explanation just seems to confuse her even more. She just stared at me.

 

Shiny, I'm glad some of that helped. I like teaching geography more than history, and I teach it a lot more explicitly than history. There is more that I trust to be "real" to grab onto. History is just literature to me, and I just look for decent authors, not truth.

 

It's supposed to be for Bexar County Texas Area folks only, but there is no verification for accounts made online at this time for Bibliotech. {http://bexarbibliotech.org } . And it has Many resources as well as Mango Languages. 

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Bible

 

Gideon Bible app. Download entire audio Bibles in KJV and ESV.

http://www.trustworthyword.com/gideons/

 

Bible.is app. Download entire audio bibles in the KJV and ESV and more.

http://www.bible.is/apps

 

Calvary Bible Curriculum. The original version is still free. Hundreds of coloring pages. Lying on the floor every morning and coloring these pages while listening to a dramatized version of the KJV is what made the Great Books so easy for my son. There is no pricey, tear-causing Great Books prep curriculum that works better than simply listening and coloring.

https://calvarycurriculum.com/childrens-curriculum-original/

 

Bible Paper Dolls. These make a great substitute for the expensive felt sets.

https://makingfriends.com/fbible-2/

 

Teaching with God's Heart for the World. A one-year multisubject unit-study centered on World Missions. Oldschool author with lots of wisdom worth reading even if you don't use the curriculum.

http://harvestministry.org/twghw. History Timeline is new earth.

 

New Earth ancient history timelines

TwGHftW Teaching History

http://harvestministry.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/Ch10-TWGHW1.pdf

Mystery of History table of contents

http://www.themysteryofhistory.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Sample_The_Mystery_of_History_Volume_1_TOC.pdf

1908 Thompson Chain Reference Bible. Each chapter includes a new earth date.

https://archive.org/details/marginalchainre00thomgoog

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I think unpinned threads that shift around are more noticeable. Pinning something that is not being posted in anymore is a good idea, but we are still active.

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I am looking for some good first aid/safety/emergency resources (we're required to cover it every year and so I try to mix it up).

 

Here are some I am aware of (but have not used all of):

 

http://www.redcross.org.uk/What-we-do/Teaching-resources/Teaching-packages/Microsite/Life-Live-it-first-aid-education-for-children  really well done website with videos about first aid for kids

https://www.stjohnsa.com.au/how-we-help/public-access-resources/first-aid-fact-sheets    first aid fact sheets

http://clicktosave.com.au/log-in/      Free first aid training

http://www.weather.gov/owlie/         National Weather Service (U.S.) kids' site

 

I would love to see more U.S. based safety/first aid resources for younger kids (mine are 9 and 11) if you are aware of any. Three of the above are from outside the U.S. so emergency numbers are different, etc.  =)

 

 

Here are a couple of wilderness based first aid education resources I just found for adults or older kids:

http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/680-008.pdf

https://www.redcross.org/images/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m49440095_WRFA_ERG_9781584806295.pdf

 

 

 

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Found these on the HS buyers co-op freebie list

 

Earth Science

 

Teaching resources and student activity books regarding tornadoes, hurricanes, lightning, solar events, oceans, currents, etc.  http://www.oar.noaa.gov/k12/html/teacherinfo.html

 

Spelling

 

The Basic Cozy Spelling Course. 30 lessons, designed for grades 6-8.  Seems to be list based.  http://www.splashesfromtheriver.com/spelling/index.htm

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For people not in the USA: does your country have discounted internet programs, low-cost computers, etc. for families in need?  I'd like to expand the "Discounted Internet" section to be a bit more global.

 

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For people in non-US English speaking countries: does your country have discounted internet programs, low-cost computers, etc. for families in need? I'd like to expand the "Discounted Internet" section to be a bit more global.

English speaking country.... but not sure you have this.... In at least some provinces in Canada homeschoolers can get free computers through "Computers for Schools".

 

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America's Story for America's Children by Mara Louise Pratt-Chadwick  free ebook downloads (pdf)

 

Volume 1 https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=JXNTAAAAYAAJ&rdid=book-JXNTAAAAYAAJ&rdot=1

 

Volume 2 https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Mara_Louise_Pratt_Chadwick_America_s_Story_for_Ame?id=0WkAAAAAYAAJ

 

Volume 3 https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Mara_Louise_Pratt_Chadwick_America_s_story_for_Ame?id=vGsAAAAAYAAJ

 

Volume 5 https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Mara_Louise_Pratt_Chadwick_America_s_Story_for_Ame?id=12sAAAAAYAAJ

 

Volume 4 and 5 https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Mara_Louise_Pratt_Chadwick_America_s_Story_for_Ame?id=5msAAAAAYAAJ 

 

ETA: Years for the above volumes  

 

1. The Beginner's Book. History Stories for Second Reader Classes.
II. Exploration and Discovery. 1000 to 1609.
III. The Early Colonies. I565 to 1733.
IV. The Later Colonial Period. 1733 to 1765.
V. The Foundations of the Republic.

 

 

American History Stories by Mara Louise Pratt-Chadwick 

 

Volume 1 book  https://archive.org/details/americanhistorys00chad

Volume 1 audiobook  https://archive.org/details/american_history_librivox

 

Volume 2 book https://archive.org/details/americanhistory02chadgoog

Volume 2 audiobook  https://archive.org/details/american_history_stories_vol2_0901_librivox

 

Volume 3 ???? Hunter, can you help??

 

Volume 4 https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Mara_Louise_Pratt_Chadwick_American_History_Storie?id=v-oXAAAAIAAJ

 

 

The Great West by Mara Louise Pratt-Chadwick  free ebook download (pdf)  https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Mara_Louise_Pratt_Chadwick_The_Great_West?id=CM4_AAAAYAAJ

1. The Beginner's Book. History Stories for Second
Reader Classes.
II. Exploration and Discovery. 1000 to 1609.
III. The Early Colonies. I565 to 1733.
IV. The Later Colonial Period. 1733 to 1765.
V. The Foundations of the Republic.
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Added:  ASU - Ask a Biologist - Experiments, articles, detailed coloring pages, and a lot more.  

 

I was looking for a poor man's Biology Coloring Book to tide us over until we can buy the real deal, so I'm pretty excited about this find. :) This is a really, really useful site.

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Classes Without Books

Homeschool courses for middle school to high school in all subjects and even a few electives. Can't attest for the quality of all the courses but I like some of these for outlines. The link is a list of all their courses and textbooks. Some courses use the CK12 textbooks (a previously listed free curriculum) but others use their own written texts.

 

http://classeswithoutbooks.com/homeschool-classes.htm

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Free Homeschool High School.

This site doesn't have textbooks like Classes Without Books but the links do correspond to some quality material put out by Khan Academy, school teachers, government agencies and more. Click the subject you'd like to view at the top menu. Not complicated at all.

 

http://freehomeschoolhighschool.weebly.com/

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Adding: Marine Science I Student Book and Teacher's Guide

 

MathTV - 10,000+ math tutorial videos (arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus)

 

School Yourself - interactive, video-based lessons  

 

Psychology 101 - online textbook from All Psych

 

Economics - 16 week course from The Christian Scholar

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I am linking to a single worksheet, but this worksheet is a workhorse. It is a chart showing a basic essay template for history, literature, and a science lab, showing the comparisons between them. I have been looking and looking and looking for this and couldn't find it again. Happy day for me.

 

http://www.readingquest.org/pdf/crossdisc.pdf

 

Here is the page with a lot of really good generic worksheets that can be used with any books.

 

http://www.readingquest.org/strat/home.html

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Time Magazine A+ Papers

http://www.timeforkids.com/homework-helper/a-plus-papers

 

Graphiic organizers and example papers for 8 types of writing: biography, book report, compare and contrast, how-to, literary essay, news story, personal narrative, persuasive essay

 

These lessons are probably aimed at about a rigorous 5th grade level. I like them for remedial 9th and 10th grade level, though, even if the examples might seem a bit childish. Charlotte's Web is used for the book report and the literary essay. Seeing the same familiar book used for both types of writing and to be able to compare them is super helpful.

 

Generic templates are provided, but the writing doesn't require topic sentences and is not as robotic as most similar curricula. Also these lessons are fairly quick to teach.

 

I was recently asked what was comparable to American School's GENERAL diploma courses Writing 1 and Writing 2, and have been thinking about that and searching around. These provide more instruction, but are comparable in level of rigor and time spent on task.

 

These can be followed up with any typical community college remedial English for grades 11 and 12, having a student ready to tackle community college Comp and Grammar 101 right on time.

 

Sometimes free stuff is better than the pricey stuff. This is one of them. I like these.

 

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Getting caught up adding your suggestions (thank you for your patience).

 

Plus...

 

WatchKnowLearn - educational videos organized by topic

 

Project Based Engineering - not really a curriculum, just some fun projects to whet a kid's appetite.

 

Games for Dyscalculic Learners - Ronit Bird's books are the go-to resources for kids with math learning disabilities.  She teaches through the use of manipulatives and games. Her books are expensive, but she shares over a dozen games for free on her site, as well as 35 videos on youtube.

 

The Phonics Page - complete, video-based phonics lessons.   <--- how did I not add this site with the first version of this list?  I've known about it for years, and it's such a great resource! 

 

 

 

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OK, having Journeys in Film in the Film Appreciation Category is bugging me.  It's really about teaching history, science, etc. with these films, and not so much studying them as a specific art form.  I'm toying with the idea of having a "Teaching with Videos" section and lumping the broader, cross-curricular resources there.  I'd still keep the videos that are specific to one discipline in the appropriate category.  I'm more thinking of what to do with JIF and stuff like that that don't fit neatly into one category.  Decisions, decisions...

 

 

 

 

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Lately, I list some resources multiple times in different categories. In my online storage which is limited and almost full, I still triple saved a few documents. With my memory loss I cannot count on remembering what I have and where it is.

 

If not wanting to store multiple documents, you can also leave a note that lists other sources to look for elsewhere.

 

And another thing I do on online storage of Ebooks, is that if a document needs a password to open, I sometimes put it in a folder named with the password. It is easier than adding a note.

 

 

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If you start a new thread, you can quickly make about 6 posts before anyone else posts. It is easier to break up long lists into different posts.

 

 

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I scrolled through and didn't see this in the list, so hopefully I'm not duplicating

 

For PreK and K

 

ABC Jesus Loves Me https://www.abcjesuslovesme.com/

 

Thank you!  I've been wanting to add more resources for our youngest friends!  I have such a soft spot for littles.   :001_wub:

 

Here is a humongous online library of folk tales in their entirety. Not curriculum, so I'm not sure if this is super helpful for the task at hand, but jic...

 

http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/folktexts.html

 

This is so cool.  Thank you!  

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I just finished a couple of adds and looked at the list and I started to get emotional.  I can't believe how far it's come, and so much of that is due to y'all and your ninja-level search skills.  Do you have any idea how many people we've been able to bless?  You are awesome.  I thank you.   :grouphug:  Let's keep it going.  

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