Jan 01

Homeschool Library : Free Educational Resources

This site features an extensive Library of Links in a wide variety of subject areas to support all of your learning needs! Each link is classified according to the Melvil Decimal System named after Melvil Dewey, the famous librarian.

Homeschool for FREE, with the convenience made possible in this age of information. Homeschool Library provides quick and easy access to thousands of educational websites, curriculum, lesson plans, online books and courses, web-based learning activities, videos and games!

The helpful post categories, and pages organized by subject and grade, will enable you to quickly find just what you’re looking for! Use the drop-down menu at the top of the page, or the list of categories in the sidebar, to find a subject of interest. You can also type a keyword in the search box or browse the most popular tags.

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Bookmark this site and check back often – I’m continually adding new web links as I find them! Do you know of a free online resource that would be helpful to the homeschool community? Submit your favorites towoman_on_computer

About Me: I’m a homeschool mom with a degree in Library & Information Technology, and an interest in many different subjects. I enjoy reading, writing, and doing research on the internet. I’m always on the lookout for new links to post!

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Jan 17

International Space Station Technology Guide

The International Space Station (ISS) is the most complex international scientific and engineering project in history, and the largest structure humans have ever put into space. This high-flying satellite is a laboratory for new technologies and an observation platform for astronomical, environmental, and geological research.

In order to celebrate 17 years of the ISS this year, Beacon analysts created this International Space Station Technology Guide. It’s an interactive reference guide to the ISS, with fascinating facts and figures about its architecture and life aboard the space station. http://fios.verizon.com/beacon/iss

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Dec 26

Boxing Day for Charity

givebackboxBoxing Day is celebrated on the day after Christmas in Great Britain and most areas settled by the English including Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. The U.S. is the major exception. Some might say it’s the day when we pick up the boxes and wrappings from the day before, or return unwanted Christmas presents, though that’s not quite right.

Apparently the holiday developed in the Middle Ages because servants were required to work on Christmas Day, and they took the following day off. As the servants prepared to leave to visit their families, their superiors or employers would present them with a “Christmas box” containing gifts, bonuses, and leftover food. As time went by, Boxing Day gift-giving expanded from presents for servants and charity to the poor.

The alms-giving tradition has always been closely associated with the Christmas season – hence the canned-food drives and Salvation Army bell ringers – and an “Alms Box” was typically placed in every church on Christmas Day, into which worshippers left a gift for the poor of the parish. The contents of the alms box would then be distributed on the day after Christmas, which could be why that day became known as Boxing Day.

Today, we have a whole new reason to celebrate Boxing Day. If you have a pile of empty boxes sitting under the Christmas tree, and your recycling container is full, it may be time to do something else with all that cardboard. Give Back Box is a feel-good solution that will not only help you with your box problem, it also helps you to get rid of unwanted stuff in your house and deliver it to those in need.

Give Back Box is a service that aims to provide people with a simple, convenient way to donate household items to charity, while also addressing the issue of cardboard box waste. You can use a partner box (such as one from Amazon Prime or Newegg), or any old box you have lying around. Fill it with clothing or household items,* print out a prepaid shipping label from the Give Back Box website, and then you can mail your box to the nearest Goodwill free of charge.

When you donate to Goodwill through Give Back Box, you support participating Goodwill 501(c)3 nonprofit agencies. Goodwill stocks its shelves with the donations, and the revenues help fund its mission of creating jobs, helping people in need, and enriching the local community. Goodwill also recycles every box that arrives at its facilities.

*No electronics or hazardous items may be donated through Give Back Box, but there is no limit on how much you can put into a box or how many boxes you can send. So, stuff the box to the brim and send as many as you want. The postage is always free!

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Dec 07

Computer Science Education Week

December 5-11, 2016 is Computer Science Education Week, and it also has been designated as “Hour of Code Week.” The “Hour of Code” is simply a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify “code,” to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. Here are five websites that offer introductory activities for students:

  1. Learn An Hour of Code offers one-hour tutorials designed for children of all ages in over 45 languages. Tutorials will work on browsers, tablets, smartphones, or “unplugged.” Not all activities require computers and you do not have to be a computer expert.
  2. Kano is a block-based coding platform. In this game, students in grade 3 and up learn the code needed to customize a classic game of pong.
  3. Khan Academy has several Hour of Code modules that combine interactive “Talk Throughs,” step by step challenges, and projects to help students in grades 3 and up learn the basics of computer science.
  4. CodeCademy gives students in grades 6 and up three different activities to learn the basics of JavaScript while engaging in fun activities like animating their names. They have a great poster that links their lessons to real careers.
  5. Bootstrap Math is a math curriculum for grades 7-8 that integrates computer science and algebra concepts. Their Hour of Code activity is an excellent introduction to the platform.
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Nov 29

Bringing Earth Science to Life

bringing-earth-science-to-lifeEdGEO of Canada has worked in partnership with volunteer EdGEO workshop facilitators to compile a digital resource manual containing exciting learning activities relevant to junior and intermediate curricula.

Bringing Earth Science to Life” features practical hands-on learning activities grouped under the themes of earth history, geomorphology, surface processes, soils, rocks, minerals, tectonics, using natural resources, and careers, along with an overview containing links to online activities, downloadable lesson plans, and additional resources.

All of the materials support current teaching methodology that values hands-on experiences where students take an active role in learning. The units can be used as presented or tailored to meet local needs. The resources are available for download as a single ZIP archive or as individual PDF files on the EdGEO website free of charge.

By providing educational opportunities for today’s teachers and, through them, their students, EdGEO seeks to cultivate a heightened awareness of our planet. “Bringing Earth Science to Life” is generously funded by Natural Resources Canada.

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Nov 28

The World’s Most Relaxing Tune

In 2011, UK band Marconi Union collaborated with the British Academy of Sound Therapy to create the world’s most relaxing tune, which reportedly slows and syncs your heart rate to your alpha brainwaves. The 8-minute song titled “Weightless” features guitar, piano, and manipulated field recordings. You don’t have to watch the video unless you’re partial to drones flying in circles. 😉

(Download the full, high-quality version here)

So what do you think? Is this the world’s most calming tune? Leave a comment, and let us know what your favorite relaxing songs are!

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Nov 17

Thanksgiving Story: Free Ebook

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Can you believe it? Thanksgiving is just a week away!

America’s Thanksgiving commemorates the Pilgrims’ harvest feast, part of the story of the settling of Plymouth Colony, an important period in American history. Since the Pilgrims’ original feast was never repeated, it can’t really be called the beginning of a tradition, nor did the Pilgrims call it a Thanksgiving Feast. Nevertheless, the 1621 feast has become a model for our own Thanksgiving celebration.

The Thanksgiving Story is a FREE e-book courtesy of Homeschool Patriot & Knowledge House!

48 pages of Thanksgiving resources including:
-The Pilgrims’ Thanksgiving
-The Mayflower Compact
-The First Ever National Thanksgiving Proclamation, 1777
-Continental Congress Thanksgiving Proclamation, 1782
-Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation, 1789
-Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation, 1863
-The First Thanksgiving (from “Stories of the Pilgrims”)
-Pilgrim Timeline
-Pilgrim Trivia
-Thanksgiving Links
-Thanksgiving Poems & Prayers
-Thanksgiving Quotations
-Thanksgiving Scriptures
-Thanksgiving Picture Study
-Thanksgiving Worksheets
-Thanksgiving Activities
-and much more!!!

Click Here to Download “The Thanksgiving Story” (PDF)

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Nov 14

Homeschooling Teen – November 2016

The November issue of Homeschooling Teen magazine is online. Read all of these articles and more at HomeschoolingTeen.com!

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Homeschooling Teen Profile

Marli Tague: Lumerit Scholar

Marli earned dual credit for high school and college while participating in international missions work.

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Homeschool Friendly College

George Mason University

GMU was named after George Mason, one of the founding fathers of the United States.

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Homeschooling High School

Things to Keep in Mind When Taking Classes Online

If you’re planning to attend online classes or have already started, there are a few things that can help you succeed.

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Guest Column

The Effectiveness of Individual Teens Learning At Home

The decision to choose individual home learning for your teenager can be supported by these strong benefits.

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Homeschool Electives

Life Prep for Homeschooled Teenagers

A Parent-Friendly Curriculum for Teaching Teens to Handle Money, Live Moral Lives and Get Ready for Adulthood.

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College Life

5 Powerful Tools to Help Your Writing Spark

Here are five powerful tools to help your writing spark and fuel your writing process.

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Careers

Top 10 Criminal Justice Careers

You can find a rewarding career in law enforcement, or another segment of criminology.

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Readers Write

A Minimum Wage Story

A story about the effect of minimum wage on youth employment.

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Life Through a Teen’s Eyes

Forestry

The 4-H Forestry program teaches youth about trees and forests.

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Homeschool Characters in Literature and Film

Little Women: A Heartwarming Story for Girls of All Ages

Little Women is a fictionalized autobiography of Louisa May Alcott and her sisters.

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Movie Reviews

Avalon

Barry Levinson’s heartfelt masterpiece perfectly captures the Jewish experience in America.

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Books by Homeschoolers

Amazing 5 Books to Read If You Are a Homeschooling Parent

The Homeschool Experiment, The Way They Learn, The Well-Trained Mind, Pocketful of Pinecones, and 7 Tools for Cultivating Your Child’s Potential.

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Marvelous Little Discovery

ARKI Teen Authors Award: Why is this Crucial?

Alifia tells about her experiences in the Academy of Creative Youth Indonesia.

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STEM Time

The Private Eye: A Guide to Developing the Interdisciplinary Mind

An interdisciplinary STEM program that combines science with creative thinking.

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Teen Tech Talk

DeskCycle: My New Workout Buddy

The DeskCycle turns your desk into a fun fitness work station.

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Manny Mechanix

DIY Mini Motor

Manny’s newest video shows how to make a mini motor.

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Need a Clue?

Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic 2

There is a very good mod called “the sith lord restored content modification” that fixes most of the issues with this game.

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Game Reviews

Life is Strange

Too bad if you do something stupid in real life, you can’t rewind your way out of it.

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Zach’s Reviews

Mafia 3

This game takes place in 1968 and you play as Lincoln Clay, an African American Vietnam soldier.

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Zoe’s Art Corner

Shay Volta Fan Art by Zoe

Here is a drawing I made of Shay Volta from the game Broken Age.

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Infographic

10 Unusual Jobs That Pay Surprisingly Well

From ice cream taster to embalmer, check out these unusual jobs that have surprisingly good salaries.

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View this month’s magazine online at HomeschoolingTeen.com

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Oct 18

Homeschooling Teen – October 2016

sparky-tee-thThe October issue of Homeschooling Teen magazine is now online. Read all of these articles and more at HomeschoolingTeen.com!

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Homeschooling Teen Profile

Sam Salo, Homeschool Tutor

Sam Salo, a college graduate and former homeschooler, operates a tutoring studio.

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Homeschool Friendly College

Columbia International University

Columbia International University is a Christian institution located in Columbia, South Carolina.

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Homeschooling High School

FAFSA Changes Begin This Year

Do your college bound students know that the FAFSA now has a new earlier submission date?

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Homeschool Electives

Economics for Everybody

Is the study of economics part of your four-year high school plan? If not, it should be!

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College Life

Zumper Apartments: College Scholarship & Internships

Zumper offers scholarship and internship opportunities for current college students!

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Careers

Entering Healthcare as a Certified Nursing Assistant

If you’re considering a healthcare career, working as a CNA is a good way to start.

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Need a Clue?

My First College Experience

A homeschool graduate’s summary of his first month in college.

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Homeschool Characters in Literature and Film

Seekers of the Lost Boy

Set in Cape Town, South Africa, this young adult novel explores the history of apartheid through the eyes of a homeschool family.

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Books by Homeschoolers

Shaken: Discovering Your True Identity in the Midst of Life’s Storms, by Tim Tebow

Tim Tebow reminds readers that no one is immune to disappointment and doubt.

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Zach’s Reviews

Don’t Breathe: A Psychological Horror Movie

This is my review for Don’t Breathe, a psychological horror movie.

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Zoe’s Art Corner

Patrick Stump Fan Art by Zoe

Zoe shares one of her pictures with a description of the subject, the story behind it, and the artistic process that went into it.

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Manny Mechanix

Manny Mechanix Thanks the Police

Manny made two videos for this month: Fizzy Fruit and a thank you song for the police.

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Game Reviews

Obduction: Cyan’s New Adventure Game

The award-winning creators of Myst and Riven are back with a new first person exploration game!

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Teen Tech Talk

CodeCombat

CodeCombat is a multiplayer role-playing strategy game for learning how to code.

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STEM Time

Wind Turbine: How it Works

An Animated Guide to the Science of Wind Turbines.

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Infographic

Ultimate LinkedIn Cheat Sheet

An infographic that helps people use Linkedin more effectively.

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View this month’s magazine online at HomeschoolingTeen.com

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