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Top 10 Must Have Websites for Homeschoolers
This is a list of great websites for homeschooling or for parents who want to supplement a public or private school curriculum. I've only included websites that provide high quality educational content covering language arts, math, science, social studies, and more. Some of these websites are free while others require a paid subscription. The prices listed here are subject to change.
Time4Learning.com is a full online curriculum for kindergarten through 12th grade. It can be used as a sole curriculum or as a supplement. The Language Arts and Math are typically animated and interactive. However, the other subjects like science are mainly text based. The text based lessons have lots of quizzes to ensure students understand the material. There are some science related interactive activities in addition to the text based lessons. A subscription costs $25 a month for the first student and $15 for each additional student.
BrainPop and BrainPop Jr
BrainPop and BrainPop Jr are indispensable learning sites. Both have hundreds of high quality educational videos covering math, Language Arts, science, history, biographies, art and music. The BrainPop Jr videos feature a character named Annie and her lovable robot friend Moby. In BrainPop Moby teams up with a character named Tim. The interactions between the characters are often humorous making the videos enjoyable for kids. Each video comes with both easy and difficult quizzes.
BrainPop Jr is for kindergarten through 3rd grade. BrainPop is appropriate for 4th grade through middle school. Using the "Home" option, a subscription to BrainPop Jr costs $99 a year while BrainPop costs $115.
Newsela (News English Language Arts) is a free website that provides news articles at various reading levels. You can set an appropriate reading level for each of your kids. The articles are all based on current events and include politics, science, law, sports, and money. This is a great way to introduce your kids to simplified news articles while improving their reading skills. Most articles have a short comprehension quiz. To use this site, create a parent account and then you can add each of your kids as students. They'll each have their own account.
Starfall is a free phonics website. It's an excellent supplement to a reading curriculum for beginning readers. The website has fun, interactive, and colorful animations. Starfall has four levels:
- ABCs which teaches the phonetic sound of each letter
- Learn to read is for kids who know their phonics and are ready to start forming words
- It's fun to read
- I'm reading
Another great learn to read website is readingbear.org. It's not fun and colorful like Starfall but it's an excellent free resource that teaches how to sound out words.
Khan Academy has math videos for elementary, middle, and high school. And they're all free. You can access the videos directly through the Khan Academy website khanacademy.org (you can set up an account if you want to) or just search for a topic on YouTube. If you use the website, videos are organized by grade level and then by concept. The nice thing about the website is that you'll easily find grade appropriate videos. YouTube searches will bring up multiple videos per concept and it can be hard to know which is the right one for a particular grade.
Reading A to Z
Reading A to Z is like having a library right on your computer with hundreds of online books. The fiction and nonfiction books are organized by reading level, so you can easily find books that fit your child's reading level. You can also do searches for topics. A one year license costs $109.95.
Kids Discover has 1000 high quality science and social studies lessons. Many of the lessons have three reading levels. You have to create an account to use the website. You get 200 of the lessons for free. An account that allows you to access all 1000 lessons costs $4 a month and is billed yearly.
Super Teacher Worksheets
Super Teacher Worksheets provide over 10,000 printable worksheets covering multiple subjects. You can view previews for free to get an idea of how worksheets look. To use the website, you need an account, which costs $19.95 for a full year.
E-Learning for Kids
e-learningforkids.org is a free website with animated lessons covering language arts, math, science, computer skills, and health. The website even offers typing practice. Lessons are offered for kindergarten through 6th grade students.
Science4Us is a kindergarten to 2nd grade science curriculum. The website has about 350 lessons. The curriculum is "a complete, standards-based, core science curriculum that delivers digital and real-world science experiences." The cost for homeschoolers is $7.95 a month.