Spongelab is an extensive library of stunning (and free) biology resources, with games, images, animations, and lesson plans, along with powerful toolsets for organizing, delivering, and sharing customizable lessons with your students and other homeschool teachers. Games and simulations (such as the nifty stereo microscope and the “Build A Body” Anatomy challenge) are designed both to engage/entertain students and promote critical thinking and problem-solving skills. This site full of “Wows!” and has ALL the bells and whistles you could want in a 21st century biology study site.

Note: This site does require registration, but they do not sell products and all resources are free.

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Autumn in Verse

To poets, the Autumn season often symbolizes change, maturity, wisdom, or the harvest. In this neat collection found on the University of Southern Florida’s Lit2Go site, you can read and listen to many interpretations of Autumn in this collection of poetry by Emily Brontë, Emily Dickinson, Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Ellen Robena Field, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Edgar Allan Poe, William Shakespeare, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Richard Henry Wilde. Poems are downloadable as PDFs, and audio readings of the poems can be streamed online.

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Coin Curricula for Kids

Screen shot 2014-09-13 at 2.01.36 PMThe United States Mint offers a bunch of lessons and activities based on all current US coins. Their “Circulating Coins” section tells kids the stories of the coins we use every day… and here is the link to the Teacher’s Page that will direct you to every single resource and lesson plan they offer. There’s loads of stuff here… Just click on the coin of your choice.

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PhET Interactive Science Simulations

PhET Interactive Simulations is a terrific interactive science site, sponsored by The University of Colorado Boulder. They have hundreds of very entertaining demonstrations of physics and science principles that can be played with and manipulated online, almost like games. Well, actually they are a lot like games. But you learn a lot about science in the process. Great fun, highly recommended!

Here’s a bit more on what it’s all about from the site:

“PhET provides fun, interactive, simulations of physical phenomena for free. We believe that our research-based approach- incorporating findings from prior research and our own testing- enables students to make connections between real-life phenomena and the underlying science, deepening their understanding and appreciation of the physical world.

“To help students visually comprehend concepts, PhET simulations animate what is invisible to the eye through the use of graphics and intuitive controls such as click-and-drag manipulation, sliders and radio buttons. In order to further encourage quantitative exploration, the simulations also offer measurement instruments including rulers, stop-watches, voltmeters and thermometers. As the user manipulates these interactive tools, responses are immediately animated thus effectively illustrating cause-and-effect relationships as well as multiple linked representations (motion of the objects, graphs, number readouts, etc.)”

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Fall Art Lessons

Hodgepodge.me has a great page with links to 50 free Autumn-themed art lessons for kids. Lots of great ideas and different media, including chalk, watercolor, acrylics, stamping, etc. Fun art projects for the season that your kids can really get into!

“A few leaves are already starting to turn here in the south and that means it’s time to turn our attention to fall art! Pull out those fantastic reds, oranges, browns, yellows and greens. Don’t you love a fall palette?”

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Peter & Polly in Autumn

Here’s another lovely seasonal storybook, this one a wonderful book from 1919 following the adventures of Peter & Polly, their family and their pets on their farm from the first warm, golden days of the season to the first snowflakes of Fall. Beautiful golden tinted illustrations throughout in this delightful, old-fashioned school story book.

To download this ebook, RIGHT CLICK HERE  and “save” to your computer.

Mac users: Press the “control” key, then click the above link and “save” to your mac.

Legends of Autumn from The Topaz Story Book


Fall is just around the corner, so here’s a great Charlotte Mason style story book for the season!

In Volume One of these classic stories from the Topaz Story Book, you’ll discover legends and nature stories about Autumn from a wide variety of cultures, including stories from Native Americans, Denmark, Germany and France. Great for family read aloud time!

To download this PDF ebook, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save” to your computer!

Progressive Composition Lessons, Volume One

progressivecomposition1Here’s a wonderful vintage guide to beginning composition, originally published in 1912. This is the first of three volumes, and this edition is meant for students in 3rd and 4th grade.

This is a streamlined, simplified lesson guide, using some great poetry and interesting readings from which students create their own compositions. Each weekly lesson consists of an oral reading, followed by the student writing their own brief version of the story, then working with teacher to correct and improve their communication. Classic, old-fashioned learning at its best! Give it a try!

To download this PDF ebook, RIGHT CLICK HERE then “save link” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key, then click the link and save to your mac.

Classical House of Learning

This neat site, put together by Laura Lund, offers free literature guides following the reading suggestions outlined in classical education books such as The Well-Trained Mind.  It is a secular, multi-level, four-year history cycle, open-and-go, easy to use, 36-week program.

Here’s what Laura shares about developing this huge resource site:

 “I was inspired when I read The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise.  The classical model of education, with its heavy focus on literature and language, is is exactly the sort of education I want my children to have.

“In our homeschooling journey we’ve used an assortment of programs in my search for the “perfect” one.  While there were great things about each of the options we tried, there was always something I had to tweak.  I’m tired of tweaking and editing on the fly!  I’m tired of programs that require prep work!  I’m tired of the lack of a classical, secular literature program!  With five children, I need time savers!  My favorite programs are pretty much open-and-go.  The Story of the World by Susan Wise Bauer and its accompanying activity guides are what I had in mind when I wrote Classical House of Learning Literature.

“I’m also a fan of simplicity.  While big projects can be fun, it’s overwhelming to have too many–particularly if such projects require extensive preparation, unusual supplies, and a big mess.  The activities included in my programs are purposely simple in design, with the expectation that you will pick and choose the options that appeal to you and your children.  Likewise, when I chose the reading selections including in my literature program, I focused on using well-known and respected pieces of classic literature.”

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ProntoLessons.com is a unique homeschooling site that offers fully-scripted lessons for students ages 6 to 8. The two curriculums currently available (for free, and requiring no registration) are:

PEOPLE OF AMERICA: They come from everywhere around the world. This curriculum consists of 37 scripted lessons to discover who they are, why they came, and several important accomplishments they’’ve made as Americans!

SCIENCE FOR KIDS: This new addition to the site is a 23-week introductory science homeschool curriculum that covers biology, human anatomy, and physics.

Click here to go to the site!