Math

Math in English

Math in English has a large collection of remedial math resources including downloadable/printable worksheets and workbooks, number puzzles, online math games and math videos. There’s a whole series of math practice workbooks for grades 1 through 6, with progressively harder problems in addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions and more, available in PDF. The clip art they use is pretty lame, but the actual worksheets are just fine.

To go to the website, CLICK HERE!

Lesson Plans, Literature, Math, Nature Studies, Science

Eclectic Homeschooling Unit Studies

The creator of Eclectic Homeschooling has a great page filled with geography, history, Bible, fine arts and English unit studies she has put together over the years while homeschooling her kids. These have lots of book suggestions and tons of hands-on activities that are kid-friendly ways to learn about each subject in-depth.

Here’s what she has to say about these studies:

We love unit studies around here and over the years I have put together lots of different studies for my kids.  I’ve compiled them all into one big list.  Some of them have taken us an entire school year to finish and some have taken 3-4 weeks.  We usually have several going at once.

These studies aren’t intended to incorporate lots of different subjects, but are designed to cover one topic in depth without the limitations that come with needing to cover all of the subjects in one topic.  So if we study a country we explore it in a way that help my kids connect with the subject.  I don’t concern myself with my child needing to show understanding through writing about the topic.  We learn and discover together and discuss as we go.

Lots of great ideas and interesting study topics here!

CLICK HERE to go to the website!

Math

Ray’s Arithmetic – PDF textbooks AND video lessons

Paul Ramirez created this great site that is dedicated to providing online access — free of charge — to the entire contents of Ray’s New Arithmetic: Primary, Intellectual and Practical (the first three volumes in the series) – in both PDF format AND video lessons to accompany each lesson.

Here’s what he has to say about Ray’s Arithmetic:

Ray’s was a comprehensive series of public school math textbooks written by Dr. Joseph Ray, and were used widely throughout the mid-to-late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in America. Students can gain a solid foundation in mathematics by learning from one of the most successful, popular and longest-running sets of textbooks ever published.  (How many textbooks can you say that about?!)What’s so special about offering FREE online access to these books (downloadable PDFs)? Nothing.  Other sites do that.  However, this site, in addition to the free PDFs also offers free video lessons based on these textbooks, grades K through 5.  The video lessons are free of charge, available for viewing here and also on our Ray’s Arithmetic You Tube channel.

Also, . .Besides the video on each lesson page, there is also the actual Ray’s Arithmetic lesson included from the book directly below the video. In other words, you don’t even have to go to the printed pages of the book (PDF) to refer to a particular lesson because the lessons themselves are RIGHT ON THE SCREEN!

What does that mean for you? Well, my fellow homeschooling parents, grandparents and advocates/promoters/defenders of educational liberty and academic freedom — and other interested folks who just want to be well-grounded in the fundamentals of mathematics — it means that you now have an easy-to-access, easy-to-use resource for incorporating this classic and very powerful math learning tool into your personal and family study regimen, which has served generations of children well and continues to serve students of all ages well into the 21st century.

To go to the website, CLICK HERE

And HERE’S the page where you can directly download each volume in the series

Math

Fraction Worksheets Spinner Games

Kids can’t resist spinner games, so yours should really get a kick out of these. WeAreTeachers.com has several neat printable game worksheets that help teach fractions. Their packet of fractions worksheets includes 11 printable games. Students can play the games to practice writing and recognizing fractions, coloring and producing fractions, fraction equivalents, and fraction-decimal conversion.

Use These Easy Homemade Spinners to Practice Fractions

History, Math

Free Subscription to American Heritage Magazine

One of our favorite history publications for the past 50+ years was American Heritage, “the distinguished magazine of history”. Their lavishly illustrated articles on all things American – history, values, ingenuity and culture – are just great.  After ceasing publication of the physical magazine in 2016, it has returned in an online format.  The magazine is currently offering free subscriptions to the new digital version of American Heritage. Subscribers receive free digital issues and newsletters as they are published, plus access to over 7,000 articles and essays in their archives.  The newsletters will be once-a-month emails with history news, reviews, and other items of interest.

CLICK HERE to go to the website!

Language Arts, Math

“Mini Offices” from Practical Pages

A Mini Office is essentially a reference file or folder with all a child’s personal important information right at hand.  This could be reference charts, handwriting charts, number lines, multiplication tables, vocabulary lists, handy facts and any other useful information. It is a handy way of encouraging children to work independently and to provide the necessary assistance without having to put up visual displays.

Nadene at Practical Pages has put together collections of these reference pages for both younger and older students. They are filled with useful, helpful stuff, and you’re gonna want to download ’em both.

The JUNIOR MINI OFFICE includes:

  1. Number Line & Number Chart
  2. Ordinal numbers & Fractions
  3. Tally or scores, finger counting signs, Shapes, Colours, Directions
  4. Number words & Roman Clock and Roman numbers
  5. Multiplication Tables
  6. Seasons & Months & Days of the Week
  7. Days of the week & time of the day
  8. Address & Where am I?
  9. Weather symbols and Rainbow
  10. Sight Word Walls
  11. Phonic Alphabet
  12. Phonic Blends
  13. Family Words
  14. Print Handwriting Chart
  15. Cursive Handwriting Chart

THE SENIOR MINI OFFICE is a 20-page PDF download that covers a lot of Mathematics, and includes:

  1. Number Chart
  2. Number words
  3. Multiplication Table
  4. Keeping score / Tally, Finger counting, Shapes & Colours
  5. Maths Symbols & their meanings & Compass
  6. Ordinal numbers & Roman Clock & Roman numerals
  7. Telling Time , Clock face, Analogue & Digital Clocks
  8. Angles & Fractions
  9. Different types of fractions & Converting fractions
  10. Converting Units & Number Systems
  11. Percentages – Decimals – Fractions
  12. Circles – Definition & Formula
  13. 2D Shapes – Description Circumference & Area formula
  14. 3D Shapes – Description Volume & Outer Area formula
  15. Triangles – Definition & Formula
  16. Weather symbols & Wind direction & speed symbol & Celsius/Fahrenheit
  17. Cursive Handwriting Chart

CLICK HERE to go to the site!

Arts & Crafts, Math

Printable Graph Paper & More

Have you ever needed a very specific type of graph paper or grid paper for a project or lesson? If so, you’ll understand the value of this very helpful freebie.

Incompetech.com has a great online graph paper generator, that lets you customize pages to your specifications and then download as PDFs so you can print copies as needed. There’s a wonderful variety of designs: Squares, circles, hexagons, brick patterns, etc. — even specialty pages (music notation, accounting ledgers, perspective & more). You’ll find these PDFs extremely useful. Bookmark for use when you need it!

CLICK HERE to go to the site!

Arts & Crafts, Electives, Language Arts, Math, Uncategorized

Previously…

Here are a few recent freebies we posted in July just before the lights went out:

GREENLEAF GUIDE TO OLD TESTAMENT HISTORY

This “History for the thoughtful child” by Rob & Cyndy Shearer outlines a reading program which will take you through the history of Israel by reading through the historical books from Genesis to Nehemiah chronologically. Old Testament history is divided into 196 Bible readings (approximately 1 chapter each) along with some suggestions of how to cover the material and keep it interesting. For each reading there is a series of questions to help you focus on the significant details. There are also a number of background notes and some suggestions for further study. This book won’t answer all your questions, but it will give you a well thought out program of reading and studying the ancient history of Israel. This is intended as a first history course for the early elementary grades (though many parents are using it with high school students).

The complete ebook is available at this link on Lulu. You’ll need to go through checkout to download it, but it is totally free.

CLICK HERE!

THE BIRDSLEUTH EXPLORER’S GUIDEBOOK!

Here’s a wonderful freebie for your nature studies.  The Cornell Institute of Ornithology offers its 12 page BirdSleuth Explorer’s Guidebook absolutely free to download and print.
The full color 14 page booklet includes lots of great stuff for identifying birds, including some fun activities and worksheets to fill out. This is a great printable to help get kids interested in birds and will teach them lots of the basics of bird watching and bird identification.
Pages include:
• Wake up your ears
• What’s a habitat?
• Habitat scavenger hunt
• Bird search
• Identification clues
• Bird count
• I wonder

CLICK HERE to go to the download page at MagicalChildhood.com. You can find it at the very bottom of the page.

WORLD WAR 2 TWEETS in Real Time

Here’s a unique “living history” twitter account, which livetweets the events of the Second World War as it happened in “real time” on this day in 1940 & for 5 years to come. Events unfold as they happened during the war, with frequent updates throughout each day. It’s filled with amazing period photos and brief commentary — great for students studying WW2.

CLICK HERE to go to this Twitter account!

Emergency “Get-Started Right NOW” HIGH SCHOOL COURSES

Do you know someone who has had to begin homeschooling a high-school age student at the last minute?  Who doesn’t? Well, this resource will be of tremendous help in that situation.

HomeschoolCollegeUSA.com put together this “emergency” page for parents looking for courses they can begin immediately with a student pulled from a public school system, with little or no time to research and prepare for homeschooling, It was put together as one a student can start at any time without a lot of prep work. The courses listed (with the exception of their recommended math courses) are all free and only require internet access, plus paper and pens/pencils for note-taking when needed.

HomeschoolCollegeUSA also offers a four year curriculum for high school students, plus resources that help students to earn college credit via CLEP while still in high school. Check out the whole site… loads of great resources for homeschooling any high school students.

CLICK HERE to go to the site!