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Are you looking for free worksheets? Want to find online educational games? Do you need a unit study? Here is the place to find them all. From online lesson plans to reading lists to academic and content standards, you'll find tools that will help you successfully homeschool.

 
Lesson Plans
  Don't know what to teach today or how to get everything done? Explore these resources for planning your lessons and get ideas on how to help your homeschool day run smoothly.

Worksheets
  Worksheets can help reinforce ideas and concepts and can be a fun way for child to expand their curricula.

Unit Studies
  Unit studies are a way to integrate many subjects into one topical unit, using one idea, subject, or topic to explore different approaches to study. In general, a topic is chosen and is studied, learning history, science, math, writing, reading, and other subjects while exploring the single topic. Unit studies work well for multi-age homeschoolers, for those looking for a creative way to learn, and for anyone who want real hands-on, real-world learning. Check out these online unit study resources.

Reading Lists
  What should your child read? What books are best for which age? How do you find quality, "living" books that will excite your child's desire to read and that provide a good experience? Browse through these book lists to find the best of the best.

Educational Games
  Add some fun to your homeschool learning with these exciting and educational online games.

Academic and Content Standards
  Wondering what to teach this year? These content standards will help you to see the big picture. Many of these listings are published by public schools, but they do provide a good jumping-off point to help you evaluate the scope of your own homeschool.


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Virtual Manipulatives for Interactive Mathematics
This website features online games and interactive activities designed to help children learn and understand mathematical concepts. You can choose any grade level from pre-K to 12, and subjects including numbers and operations, algebra, geometry, measurements, data analysis, and probability. You'll find virtual peg boards, geoboards, fractals, charts, games, and much more.
Home Schooling With Frugal Unit Studies
Nannette Gilbert
Unit studies are both a fun and frugal way to homeschool your children. Unit studies are theme-based or one topic ideas studied thoroughly using art, literature, music, social studies, science and sometimes even math. Unit studies allow you to use your library, community resources, the Internet, and a minimum of supplies to enable your children to learn in a fun and relaxed way. Because unit studies can be adapted to any age level or academic level, multiple aged children can all participate in the same unit study.
Amanda Bennett's Unit Studies
Available for purchase, Amanda's topical unit studies offer weekly learning objectives and much more. The daily lesson plans and assignments are included in the book, ready for immediate use. These unit study guides include daily lesson plans, with reading and writing assignments, spelling and vocabulary words, biography and geography studies, projects, reading lists, and Internet sites of interest. Designed for use by all ages, each day's lesson plan is divided into lower and upper levels. For younger children, use only the parts of the plan that fit the needs of your child, and apply the same principle for older students.
Lesson Plans Page
The Lesson Plans Page is a collection of over 3,500 lesson plans, primarily at the elementary level, that were developed by Kyle Yamnitz, students, and faculty at The University of Missouri. The Lesson Plans Page was developed to assist educators of all types. Elementary school teachers get lesson plans that are ready to use in their classrooms. College students get great example lesson plans or ideas to base their own lesson plans on. Home schoolers can get lesson plans to use at home and parents can get ideas for educational activities to use with their children.
EDSITEment
EDSITEment is published by the National Endowment for the Humanities. It is a very well designed and easy to use source for online lesson plans and ideas. They have partnered with some of the world's great museums, libraries, cultural institutions, and universities to bring resources covering art and culture, literature, language arts, foreign language, history, and social studies. Their webiste includes links to over 100 of the top humanities sites and online lesson plans which integrate these resources to promote active learning.


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