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.

Subscribe to receive a free Link of the Day via e-mail! Sign up in right sidebar…>>>

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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Aug 25

Could Your Students Use Some Writing Tools?

Start the school year off right with these tutorials and free printables!

Your students have to come up with a paragraph or an essay, but they do not know where to begin. They do not know where to get ideas, how to formulate a plan, how to narrow down their topic, how to organize their ideas, how to write a credible paragraph, and so on. Does this sound familiar? Let’s help them!

Use the link below for a bundle of 11 complete tutorials for your 5th – 12th graders. Many of these links contain free worksheets to download.

https://writingwithsharonwatson.com/essential-writing-tools

Equip your students with the writing tools they need to be successful this year!

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Aug 24

Homeschooling Teen Magazine – August 2016

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

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Tialla Rising: Homeschool Graduate & Published Author

Tialla Rising is a Christian fiction writer who was homeschooled through high school.

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Ten Reasons for Homeschooling High School

Here are ten reasons why you should be homeschooling high school.

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Audio & Speaker Electronics

Build your own speakers while learning the fundamentals of electronics and acoustics.

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Germanna Community College

Germanna Community College in Virginia has accepted homeschoolers as young as age 14.

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Ten College Dorm Room Essentials

Check out our list of unique and useful dorm room essentials for college bound students.

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Homeschool to College: Registration for College

Nick tells about his experience transitioning from homeschool to college.

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The Best Safety Tips for Teens and Their Parents

Teen safety tips for the summer months and beyond.

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Teen Tracking Apps: Should Parents Spy on Their Teens?

Hey teens, do you think parents have a right to use tracking apps and spy on you?

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A Discussion of a Logical Holy Book: Part 1

Alifia shares what she has learned from her study of the Koran.

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The Little House Series

Although Laura attended several different one-room schoolhouses, she was also often taught at home by her mother.

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Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley is an open-ended country-life role-playing game.

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Top 20 Time Travel Movies & More

Here is a list of time travel movies, animes, and TV shows.

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STEM Supplies for Back to School

Specialized items you will need for studying science, technology, engineering, and math.

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Careers in Physical Therapy

If you like the idea of doing hands-on healthcare work, you should consider a career in physical therapy.

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Soft Skills for the Modern Workplace

Soft skills include the 4 C’s: communication, creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration.

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Read all of these articles online at HomeschoolingTeen.com!

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Aug 23

Free Admission to National Parks on August 25-28

NPS-Centennial2The National Park Service is going to be 100 years old on August 25th and you’re invited to its centennial celebration!

You and your family can commemorate the park service’s birthday by visiting one or more of our country’s national parks from August 25 through August 28. Park admission is waived at all national parks on all four days! With a national park in all 50 states, it’s easy to find a national park near you.

President Woodrow Wilson signed the act creating the National Park Service on August 25, 1916. At that time, there were just 35 national parks and monuments. Now the National Park System has 412 parks covering more than 84 million acres.

Besides the free park admission, there are lots of special events planned for the National Park Service’s centennial celebration at parks across the country. Check with your nearest national park to see what events they have scheduled.

You can also take advantage of entrance-fee-free park days on September 24, National Public Lands Day; and November 11, Veterans Day. In addition, the National Park Service traditionally waives admission on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and during National Park Week in April.

All fourth-grade students in the U.S. can get a free annual pass for all national parks through the Every Kid in a Park program. The free pass is good for fourth-graders and their families. Current students can get their fourth-grade passes starting September 1.

Did You Know…? It’s not commonly known that only about a third of the 400-plus properties within the National Park system charge an entrance fee. The vast majority of National Parks do not charge any entrance fee at all. So they are free all the time!

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Jul 21

11 Resources for Healthier Kids

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A friend of mine recently told me that in her home, meals aren’t eaten- they’re negotiated. Her children are some of the pickiest eaters I’ve ever encountered, so keeping them healthy is a challenge. I decided to do a little research to try to help her create a healthier diet for her children and found some awesome resources. I thought you may also find them helpful.

10 Ways to Promote Kids’ Healthy Eating Habits

Gardening at Home with Kids

Boosting the Iron in Your Toddler’s Diet

10 Processed Foods to Never Feed Your Kids

A Family Affair: The Science Behind Creating Culinary Masterpieces with Your Young Chef

Finger-Licking Recipes That Will Sort Out Your Fussy-Eating Toddler

25 Fun and Healthy Snacks for Kids

7 Ways to Help a Picky Eater with Autism

Foods that Help You Sleep

Eating Disorders: What Families Need to Know

Top 10 Ways to Keep Kids’ Teeth Healthy

I hope these are helpful to the parents of picky eaters everywhere!

In good health,

Katybeth Dee
http://selfexam.org

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Jul 20

Over $230 in FREE Curriculum for Your Homeschool!

Homeschool Giveaways is having their annual Back to School Freebies right now! This is the biggest freebie event they have ever put together. You will get over $230 in FREE curriculum (no purchase necessary.) Click here to get all of this for free now, or scroll for a bit more info first. But HURRY, free downloads expire July 23!


Publishers Participating: Master Books, Knowledge Quest, Barefoot Ragamuffin Curricula, Not Consumed, Intoxicated on Life, Unit Studies by Amanda Bennett, Writing with Sharon Watson, Geography Matters, Online Unit Studies, Analytical Grammar, and Home School Adventure Co.

Check out what you get:

For more information on each product and to get a FREE copy of your own, click here! HURRY, free downloads expire July 23!

 

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Jul 19

Indians of Arkansas

The comprehensive Indians of Arkansas website presented by the Arkansas Archeological Survey covers the First Encounters era to the entire sweep of Indian history pertaining to Arkansas and the Mid-South.

A primary goal of the project is to help students answer the question: How does one derive from the archeological and historical record an understanding of what happened in the past? Interactive learning exercises and writing prompts engage students in the process of learning, thereby enhancing critical thinking skills.

The learning exercises are presented in three levels of difficulty: Beginner (middle school level), Intermediate (high school level), and Advanced (college level). Most of the writing prompts are written for high school or college students, although some may be suitable as written or in modified form for younger students.

http://archeology.uark.edu/indiansofarkansas/index.html

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Jul 18

Homeschooling Teen – July 2016

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

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Meet Teen Entrepreneur Allan Miguel “BoMacho” Laurio

This homeschooling teen has his own lawn mowing business.

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The University of Dallas

The Catholic University for Independent Thinkers.

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Introducing Young Teens to New Academic Concepts and Ideas

It is up to the homeschool parent to introduce teens to the tools and concepts they will need to compete in the business world as an adult.

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Teen Entrepreneurship

Teaching teens about money, business, and entrepreneurism is beneficial.

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Six Things Students Can Do to Help Them Choose the Right Major

Most universities require students to declare a major by the end of the sophomore year, or even upon acceptance.

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Broaden Your Career Options: Six Tips For Success

One of the first things to do when considering career options is to know where to start.

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Patriotic Degrees: 4 Ways Your Education Can Serve Your Country

Patriotic options for serving your country and earning a great income at the same time.

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Top Online Tools to Keep You Motivated to Study During the Summer

Websites and online tools that make the summer learning process more enjoyable and interesting.

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Why Homeschooled Students Should Play Sports at Brick and Mortar Schools

Just like there is the No Child Left Out act for students with disabilities, there should be a No Child Left Out act for homeschoolers.

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RV: The Movie

A dad is stressed and worried about losing his job and his lifestyle, but with the help of a homeschool family, realizes that his family is more important than his work.

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Game Review: Invisible Inc.

A stealth video game about a mercenary espionage agency in the latter years of the 21st century.

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Mirror’s Edge Catalyst: I Am Faith

For Faith Connors, every day is literally a leap of faith.

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The Troubles: Will Brexit Take Northern Ireland Back to ‘71?

This movie review provides a lesson in late 20th-century Irish history and current events.

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Five Reasons to Consider Studying Health

A health career is an opportunity to make a difference and change lives for the better.

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Adaptive and Assistive Technology for People with Physical Disabilities

Technology is making life easier for everyone, including people with physical disabilities.

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STEM Scholarships

This article lists a variety of STEM scholarship opportunities for high school and college students.

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Effective Business Communication Apps

The best communication apps for business!

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Read all of these articles online at HomeschoolingTeen.com!

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Jul 17

Happy Ice Cream Day!

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Today is National Ice Cream Day! Read about the history of ice cream, download a free Ice Cream Word Search, and get some ice cream recipes here: http://www.knowledgehouse.info/njfk/icecream.html

Find National Ice Cream Day deals at your favorite eateries: https://www.gobankingrates.com/personal-finance/free-national-ice-cream-day-2016

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Jun 29

The Birth of America

50star-wavingPeople all over the United States celebrate our country’s “birthday” each year on the Fourth of July. This national holiday is called Independence Day because it commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on July 4, 1776. The declaration informed the world that the colonies, fighting against the tyranny of Great Britain, had officially proclaimed themselves to be “free and independent states.”

At the time, America consisted of thirteen colonies under the rule of England’s King George III. The colonists complained about the unfair taxes they had to pay to England. They considered it “taxation without representation,” because the colonies had no representatives in the English Parliament and therefore they had no say in anything.

The famous Boston Tea Party took place on December 16, 1773, and more tea was dumped into the harbor on March 7, 1774. Later that year, delegates from each of the thirteen colonies met in Philadelphia and formed the First Continental Congress. Although the delegates were unhappy with England, they were not yet ready to declare war.

Meanwhile, King George sent over extra troops just in case there was a rebellion. In April of 1775, British troops advanced on Concord, Massachusetts. Riders galloping on horses though the late night streets shouted, “The British are coming! The British are coming!” The battle of Concord and its “shot heard ’round the world” marked the unofficial start of the Revolution.

In May of 1775, the colonies sent delegates to a Second Continental Congress. For about a year they tried to work out their differences with England, again without formally declaring war. However, by June of 1776 their efforts had become hopeless. A committee was then formed to compose an official Declaration of Independence and to draw up war plans. They appointed George Washington as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army.

Thomas Jefferson was chosen to write the Declaration of Independence. After various changes, the Declaration was approved on July 2 and adopted on July 4, 1776. Of the thirteen colonies, nine voted in favor of the Declaration. Two of the colonies (Pennsylvania and South Carolina) voted against it. Delaware was undecided, and New York abstained. John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress, was the first to sign the Declaration.

Copies of the Declaration were distributed the following day. The Pennsylvania Evening Post was the first newspaper to print the Declaration on July 6, 1776. The Declaration’s first public reading was on July 8 in Philadelphia’s Independence Square, amid cheering crowds and ringing bells.

The first Fourth of July commemoration was held in 1777 while America’s Revolutionary War was still being fought. By the early 1800’s, the celebration of America’s birthday with parades, picnics, patriotic speeches, band concerts, and fireworks had become established traditions. The Fourth of July is a unique patriotic holiday. We don’t celebrate our nation’s independence on the nearest convenient Monday. We use the actual historical anniversary – no matter what day of the week it falls on – because that’s when our nation was born.

Please CLICK HERE to download a FREE American History Quiz.

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Jun 21

Manny and his “Dalmation Mask”

[This comes from 12-year-old Manny, one of our readers.]

The Paradigm Challenge is one of the largest youth innovation competitions in the world. The challenge for 2016 was to come up with an idea, invention, or poster for fire safety or a way to prevent fires. They are giving away $100,000 to different age groups. Homeschoolers are welcome to participate and I figure, if they are giving away $ to kids across America… why not give it a try. The deadline for entries was May 1st. On May 11th, 100 finalists were announced and guess what…

I have been named as a Finalist in The Paradigm Challenge! More than 50,000 students participated, and my idea for reducing injuries and fatalities from home fires was selected as 1 of the top 100 entries! The Finalists are now competing to win a Public Choice award – the 10 entries with the most votes will win cash prizes ranging from $100 to $5,000. I would appreciate your help. You can see my video and vote for my entry by clicking this link: http://www.projectparadigm.org/monthly-contest#mid=25898810. It will take you less than 3 minutes to log in and vote – it’s that simple. Thank you for your support!”

[Note from Teri: A panel of judges evaluate entries based on effectiveness, feasibility, originality, presentation, and collaboration. Members of the public can vote for their favorite finalists until August 30, 2016. In addition to the prize money, Project Paradigm intends to provide further support to help turn winning ideas into saved lives. Check out the top 100 Challenge entries and vote for your favorites here. The 2016-17 challenge will be launched on July 23, 2016.]

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