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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Sep 22

Saturday is Free Museum & Parks Day!

Want to visit a National Park or a museum? If you go this Saturday, it’s free!


Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry on Saturday, September 24, but you will need to print out a ticket. (Each ticket is good for two people, so for our family we printed out three tickets to cover everyone.) http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/museum-day-live-2016

September 24 is also National Public Lands Day, so all National Parks are free on that day too! https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/fee-free-parks.htm


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Sep 21


Book Adventure is a free, online reading program for children in grades K-12, brought to you by the experts at Sylvan Learning. The website has short quizzes on thousands of books that kids can take to earn points. The harder the book, the more points possible to earn. Redeem the points earned from taking quizzes for the prize of your choice! The site doesn’t have a quiz for every single book, but it has lots of them! (You can also submit your own quiz if they don’t have it.) Within the Parent’s Place, you can monitor your child’s reading progress, track quiz results, approve your child’s prize selection, and help your child find their next book to read. You can even set parameters for what level of books they can test on and/or a time limit. Search through nearly 8,000 books by title, author’s last name, or ISBN, or select your current grade, reading level, and subjects of interest. Find a great book and start your reading adventure today! It’s free! http://BookAdventure.com

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Sep 19

Today is “Talk Like a Pirate” Day

Ahoy Mateys! September 19 is International Talk Like a Pirate Day!

pirate_with_treasurePirate Vocabulary:
Ye – you
Me – my
Ahoy – hello
Avast – hey
Aye – yes
Blimey – an exclamation of surprise
Booty – loot
Bucko – friend
Cap’n – short for Captain
Davey Jones’ Locker – the bottom of the sea
Deadlights – eyes
Doubloon – a Spanish gold coin
Gangway – get out of my way
Grub – food
Landlubber – a non-sailor
Larboard – the left side of the ship (also called port)
Me hearties – typical way for a pirate leader to address his crew
Matey – friend
No quarter given – surrender will not be accepted
Sail ho – I see a ship
Sea dog – an experienced seaman
Shanty – a sea song
Shipshape – well organized, under control
Shiver me timbers – an expression of surprise
Starboard – the right side of the ship

Learn all about pirates at: www.knowledgehouse.info/njfk/pirates.html

Learn more about “Talk Like a Pirate Day” at www.talklikeapirate.com

See also: Arrrggg You Serious? How to Truly Talk Like a Pirate (for links to pirate language tutorials and more)

Find a page of pirate day activities at http://www.wikihow.com/Celebrate-Talk-Like-a-Pirate-Day

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Sep 14

Satellites & Stargazing

Above is a depiction of the trackable objects in Low Earth Orbit (LEO is the fuzzy cloud around Earth), Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO is farther out, approximately 22,240 miles above Earth), and all points in between. Image Credit: ESA

Countries and commercial ventures have been putting spacecraft in orbit since the late 1950s. There are now more than 35,000 satellites in orbit around the Earth. So what happens to them when they no longer work? Find out at NASA Space Place: Where do old satellites go when they die?

People have always been fascinated by the stars and the heavens. You do not have to work at NASA to get a close-up look at the planets and stars. You can be your own astronomer and your own scientist, all from the comfort of your own home or backyard. Be An Astronomer Right From Your Window.

If you go out and carefully study the sky near dusk or dawn, and you have relatively dark clear skies, the odds are that you should not have to wait more than 15 minutes before you see a satellite. What is going to fly over your area in the nights ahead? Will it be a spy satellite, the International Space Station, or the Hubble Space Telescope? Enter your zip code at Satellite Flybys and find out.

Spot the Space Station will give you a list of upcoming ISS sighting opportunities for over 6,700 locations worldwide. If your specific city or town isn’t listed, pick one that is fairly close to you. The space station is visible for at least a 50 mile radius around each of the listed locations.

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Sep 12

Homeschooling Teen – September 2016

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


Manny Mechanix

Meet 13-year-old Manny and learn about all his cool projects!


Ivy Tech Community College

Homeschool students can easily take classes at Ivy Tech.


Deeper Assessment of Homeschooling Teens

This article will take you through the benefits of homeschooling teens.


Film as Literature

An elective course that studies film as a literary form.


The Best Colleges: 2017 Edition

Celebrating 25 years of helping students select the best colleges!


The 50 Best Careers for Introverts

Are you an introvert? Here are 50 of the best careers for you!


Political Ideology Today, by Ian Adams

This book is like the encyclopedia of ideology.


START: Punch Fear in The Face, Escape Average, Do Work That Matters, by Jon Acuff

The author says there are only two paths in life: average and awesome.


My Summer

The story of how I got over my fear of horses!


We Bought a Zoo

A father moves his young family to the countryside to renovate and re-open a dilapitated zoo.


Coding Video

In this video, Manny tells about his favorite books and websites for teens and homeschoolers learning to code.


Stay Safe While Playing Pokemon Go

A guide to teach people about staying safe while playing Pokemon Go.


Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen

Zach, a 13-year-old homeschooler, reviews movies, books, and video games.



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



Combining neuroscience with big data, Pymetrics aims to match candidates to jobs and companies where they’ll perform at the highest levels.


Snap Circuits SC-750R Student Electronics Training Program

Snap Circuits SC-750R is an award-winning program for learning and building electronics projects.


A Guide to Overcoming Procrastination

Stop procrastinating! Study these tips and tactics for overcoming procrastination.


Read all of these articles online at HomeschoolingTeen.com!

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Sep 08

Short Film Competition for SC High School Students

The Columbia Jewish Film Festival is seeking student filmmakers with diverse backgrounds and experiences to create a short film with the theme “Identity: It’s All About Me!” The short film competition is for high school students (grades 9-12) who are currently living in South Carolina. Last year’s winner was homeschooled. Filmmakers do not have to be Jewish to submit an entry. Cash prizes will be awarded for 1st-3rd place. The deadline is midnight October 1, 2016. http://www.columbiajewishfilmfestival.com/shortfilmcompetition

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