I thought you might be interested in this site for kids' health. It has a lot of topics that are really geared on a child-friendly level. Topics are not only about illnesses, but feelings, growing-up stuff... It really has a ton of stuff!
http://kidshealth.org/kid/feeling/index.html I copied this from my mom's club. It is a great science resource when teaching the kids about the human body! Check out the games. It even has great recipes including recipes for children with food and milk allergies. Shannon
Home Education Programs for Children Try it now for free. Cartoon lessons that really work. Online phonics-based interactive program for pre-schoolers and beginning readers. Outstanding fast results. http://www.headsprout.com Overcome Learning Problems At Home A proven and effective home school program that successfully helps students of all ages to overcome learning problems and to read, write, and spell with ease. bonnieterrylearning.com Are You an Artist? Do You like to Draw? Art Instruction Schools is one of the most extensive art study programs available. Find out how much talent you have. Click here to receive a free art test. Great for home schooling. http://www.artinstructionschools.com
Interactive make-your-own map. You can choose the area you want to map, and then choose from hundreds of things to put on your map, including population density, historical info, roads, crime and/or pollution data, and tons more. Unfortunately, it seems to think that the only town in NM is Santa Fe, but maybe I just didn't play with it long enough.
http://www.tetra-fish.com/aquademics/teacherhomeschoolers.aspx - Aquademicsģ is a hands-on/minds-on enrichment opportunity that brings learning to life for children, whether they are sitting in the classroom or gathered with family members around the aquarium in the living room. Now itís easy to incorporate the fun of an aquarium into your studentsí learning experience. Aquademics can help meet state learning standards in Science, Math, Language Arts, Social Studies, Ecology, Writing, and more!
Lesson Plans Use the aquarium to create interest in a range of subjects, from biology to creative writing, from math to social studies, and more!
Resource Materials Materials you can use, such as worksheets, to give each student the opportunity for a hands-on, minds-on learning experience.
Special Offers Money-saving offers for Aquademics teachers.
This has been a great resource for us.. We are doing the Learn to read section of the website. It uses different descriptive language for phonics than we've been using, but it seems to still be complementing all that we are doing. Additionally, you can print out writing pages that correspond to the reading you just completed... Some days Matthew just does one of their lessons for reading and writing.. He thinks it's fun and he's taking a break from "real" work!
http://www.brainpop.com This site is subscription based, and I was only given about 5 "free" minutes to examine content, but I was favorably impressed. They have a trial period you can also sign up for, but I haven't done that yet. Brainpop offers animated educational movies, quizzes, experiments, comic strips, timelines, printable activity pages, and lesson plans on a very, very wide range of topics in Science, Math, English, Social Studies, and more. What I saw seemed to be high quality content. Subscription for a year is $79 for a family, $135 for a classroom (maybe someday we might be interested in split the cost for our co-op?). I'm looking for some good activities for Eric after he finishes his current favorite science software (I Love Science), and brainpop might be it!
http://www.quia.com On this site, you'll find hundreds upon hundreds of computer based educational games created by teachers and others. Quia is a subscription-based educational site,, but offers many of the games that their customers have created for everyone to try. Go to http://www.quia.com/shared/index_top50.html to try out some of the free ones, and get an idea of what you could do yourself. The offer an easy way for anyone to take their own material and create games (battleship, hangman, quizzes of all sorts) right on the computer. I have seen math games linked to Battleship, Spanish words linked to Hangman, and concentration-style matching games for Latin roots. Quia's blurb says they have "pioneered the 'create-your-own' concept, giving instructors the ability to create customized educational software online, built around their own course material."
The 50 State Quartersģ Program is a hit with kids! Thousands of children are collecting these unique coins-one commemorative quarter for each state in the Union-and learning more about their country's history and heritage. Bring the excitement of this historic event to your classroom with FREE 50 State Quarters Program lesson plans. Designed by teachers for teachers, each lesson plan includes everything you will need to create stimulating learning experiences for your students:
Fully adaptable lesson outlines with clear objectives Reproducible, graphic handouts Interactive games and cooperative learning activities Suggestions for evaluation exercises And since a new quarter will be released approximately every ten weeks through 2008, these lesson plans will provide you with a timely way to teach key skills for years to come!
My sister just sent me this list of Social Studies websites. I checked a few out and wanted to share the list!
Social Studies & Multicultural Sites American History
4th of July Lesson Plans A collection of lesson plans, primarily at the elementary level, that were developed by Kyle Yamnitz, students, and faculty at The University of Missouri. http://www.lessonplanspage.com/4thOfJuly.htm
USFA's Kids Page The USFA is part of the federal government. One of our jobs is to help prevent fires. The Kids Page is full of tips that can help you and your family be safe from fire. http://www.usfa.fema.gov/kids/flash.shtm
Social Studies & Multicultural Sites World History
Dino Detectives: http://kids.discovery.com/dinos/dinos.html Travel back in time and uncover the secrets of dinosaurs like the crafty Coelophysis, the amazing Allosaurus and the totally terrifying Tyrannosaurus.
"This program was developed using a grant from the United States Public Health Service Bureau of Maternal and Infant Health. The guide contains information relevant to the entire K-12 age span as well as activities for each level. It is intended to help students develop a well informed attitude toward breastfeeding while studying other content areas. The lessons are presented in an appealing, easy to use format."
http://www.arborday.org/trees/treeguide/index.cfm This one is helpful if you suspect you know the name of the tree. You can't search by region, but you can search by mature height, soil type, spread, sun, etc. http://www.arborday.org/kids/carly/ Try the "Mystery Trees Challenge" -- some of the trees might be there. (Not comprehensive, but easy, easy, easy (and kid-friendly fun) to use. Also try "What Tree is That?" and then "Click Here to Launch The Animation" - After watching this and trying a few samples you should be ready to use any printed/online tree guide you might already have. There's also lots of other fun stuff on this site, informational/educational...
Lyrics to songs for children but the best part is that they have the music to lots of them! We have "Are you Sleeping?" and "Twinkle, Twinkle" links on our desktop because we know several songs that use those tunes...
Activities for kids under 10. About 800 free games, very good graphics, and very palatable education for small kids. You can even choose to have the site in French, songs and all. You can subscribe for $6.60 a month for "Premium" access to a few hundred more games, and to see the games in a full kid-friendly screen with no ads. New games are added every month.
Geography/Chemistry/Other topics made into fun, interactive, FREE games!
Just cut & paste that, because it's so popular that if you misspeelll it, you get a nasty site. Even my 11yo can only go here from our Favorites. However, she loves the geography games!! ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Also, if you have kids into water rockets and want to see how they're built, how they fly, how to make a launcher, etc., you can see the site made by last year's midschool Albuquerque Rocket Team that went to the XPrize competition. It's a free site made by our local homeschool kids for kids, not exciting, but encouraging to both join science teams and helpful on making/understanding water bottle rockets & launchers: