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Homesteaders Homeschoolers

  Teach us to number

  our days aright,

  that we may gain

  a heart of wisdom.
  Psalm 90:12


HomeHomeschooling Resources

Homeschool Resources


Homeschool classes and tutorials

Granite Tutorial -


Spectrum -

Renaissance Classical Tutorial -

Heritage Instructional Services -

Classical Conversations (several communities in our area - type in zip code)

Cedarbrook Academy -


Diadem Tutorials - Free online writing instruction with optional grading services for middle and high schoolers.


Homeschool Associations and Legal Organizations

Maryland Association of Christian Home Educators (MACHE--statewide support organization, hosts annual curriculum fair in Frederick, MD).


Homeschool Legal Defense Association (HSLDA--provides legal support for homeschoolers and serves as a legislative watchdog on issues affecting homeschoolers).


National Challenged Homeschoolers Associated Network (NATHHAN--for Christians homeschooling special needs children).


Christian Home Educators Network (CHEN) Homeschool Christian Athletics Organization -

Homeschool Umbrella Groups

Walkersville Christian Family Schools - (Legal oversight, high school classes, parent workshops, MD diplomas)

Cedarbrook Academy -


Conowingo -


The Excelsior Academy -


Salem Christian Academy -



Homeschool Organization

Donna Young--this is a site put together by a homeschooling mom with lots of forms for planning and some curriculum suggestions.




Curriculum Reviews and Magazines



Homeschool Reviews--curriculum reviews by homeschooling parents on a wide variety of curriculum materials.


Cathy Duffy Reviews--official website for Cathy Duffy, author of "100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum."


Homeschool Enrichment--magazine offering curriculum reviews and other homeschool advice.


Homeschool World--official website for "Practical Homeschooling Magazine" and veteran homeschooler and author, Mary Pride.


The Old Schoolhouse--magazine and website offering practical advice and curriculum reviews for homeschoolers, also sells curriculum materials.





Teaching Helps (Free)



Picturing America Lesson Plans--website with lesson plans to go with the Picturing America prints in the Homesteaders Library.


Mini Offices--how to make mini offices (folders with related information all in one place).


Discovery Education Free Resources--free resources from Discovery Education including lesson plans, puzzle makers, clip arts, and more.


Class Zone--McDougall Littell's interactive math, language arts, science and social studies lessons (note: this is a secular publisher).


Homeschool Marketplace--while this site sells a few items, they have many articles related to different approaches to homeschooling, how to choose teaching materials, and more.


Enchanted Learning--printables in all of the major subject areas. You can print things for free with advertisements, or pay a yearly fee ($20 as of 11/2015) for banner-free printables.


Discovery Education Puzzle Maker--link to page on Discovery Education's website that allows you to create various kinds of puzzles.


Baltimore County Public Library/Teacher Loan card -


Carroll County Public Library/Teacher Loan card - “Teacher’s Advantage Pass”


Howard County Public Library/Teacher Loan card -






Teaching Helps (Paid)



Ed Helper--yearly fee provides access to worksheets in many different subject areas for different grade levels ($20-40/year depending on access level, as of 9/2015).


Cosmeo--offers homework help, video streaming and more.  Powered by Discovery Channel.  ($9.95/month as of 9/2015).


Discovery Education--has some free homework helps in various subjects.  $265/year (as of 10/2009) for subscription to streaming digital resources.


National Council of Teachers of Mathematics -

(classroom resources, lesson plans, interactives/mobile apps/problems, research and advocacy)


Teachers Pay Teachers

(worksheets created by teachers in every subject and grade level. Some free, but most paid on a per-file basis.





High School and College Prep

College Board -- SAT prep, registration, results, and study planning; college search; college planning and lots more.


College Plus -- A Christian coaching program that helps students earn their bachelor's degrees faster, for less, and for sure through CLEP exams, on campus courses, and online classes.


FAFSA -- Free Application for Federal Student Aid. THE form to fill out for any kind of college financial aid.


Build your own transcript - HEAV's website.  People from all states can use it; $25 for first transcript, $5 per transcript after the first one.


Free tutors under Online Homework Assistance


The Learning Express Library has SAT tutorials and prep.


Seton Testing--sells the California Achievement Test (CAT-E)($25/student), as well as Iowa and Terra Nova 2.  Tests available for K-12.

Special Needs



Super Duper Publications -

(sells games, manipulatives, visuals for elementary and special needs learners)


Brookes Publishing Company -

(resources for children with developmental disabilities and delays)


Future Horizons -

(publications and conferences on children with dev. delays)


Discovery Toys -

(preschool/young elementary manipulatives, games, software, books)


abc School Supply -

(educational products for early childhood development)


Kaplan Early Learning Company -

(supplies, books, furniture, manipulatives for preschool- elementary)


Rebounders Gymnastics Sensory-Motor-Gym/Special Needs -


Local Business Discounts for Homeschoolers



Barnes & Noble Educator Discount Card – (application)


Staples Teacher Rewards Member -


Joann Teacher rewards - (sign up online and receive a discount card in the mail.)


Michael’s Teacher Discount -


Pizza Hut BOOK IT!




6 Flags Read to Succeed -


Hershey Park -


Colonial Williamsburg Homeschooler Experiences -








Artistic Pursuits - - Homeschool art curriculum.


Meet the Masters (Homeschoolers and small groups).




English/Language Arts




Analytical Grammar  - comprehensive grammar instruction for middle and high school.


Handwriting Without Tears--handwriting program developed by occupational therapist, multi-sensory.


Shurley English--publishers of English materials that cover everything step-by-step and include helpful additions such as jingles to learn the parts of speech.


Spelling Power (Castlemoyle)--publishers of Spelling Power and Writing Power products.






Reading Fluency articles -


Reading Fluency scoring chart -


Book Wizard--check the grade level of a book (free).


"Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading" - a straight forward inexpensive phonics instruction available at


Spelling City--Features free custom spelling tests, as well as paid vocabulary, phonics, and writing skill building.


Foreign Language






Rosetta Stone -


Hebrew for Christians--devoted to helping you learn about the Hebrew language.





Berlitz -


Health/Phys. Ed.









Rebounders Gymnastics -


Christian Athletic Association – (Homeschool P.E.).







National Council of Teachers of Mathematics -

(classroom resources, lesson plans, interactives/mobile apps/problems, research and advocacy)


Math-U-See--sells hands on curriculum for math from kindergarten through advanced math courses.


The Art of Problem Solving--offers math curriculum from Algebra through Calculus, including online courses.




Khan Academy -


Cool Math--teaching help for math, including online math games.


Wolfram Mathworld--definitions and examples of higher math terms (Algebra and higher).


Helping with Math--instructions on how to do different types of math problems and printable worksheets.


The Math Worksheet Site-This site has several types of drill sheets that can be printed for free.  You can also pay for a monthly or yearly membership which gives you even more options ($25/year as of 11/2015; $2.50 if you want to try it for one month).







Ricci Adams' Music Theory--lessons on music theory for older kids.

Music education curriculum for elementary school.


Pfeiffer House Music (closing soon!)




San Francisco Symphony Kids--information on instruments and sections of the orchestra including brief sound clips of instruments.







Apologia Homeschool Science -





Apologia Science Kits -


Delta Education--“Science in a nutshell” kits



Social Studies






American Heritage Education Foundation--free American history resources and online lesson plans and curriculum.


Knowledge Quest Maps and Bramley Books--sells blackline maps, timeline figures and history and geography curriculum and materials.





The US 50--site provides free information on all of the states (does contain advertisements).


Teen Pact--seminars that teach leadership, citizenship, public speaking and history.

PBS American Experience Films--PBS has several films from their American Experience collection available for free online viewing.


General Curriculum Sources



Rainbow Resource--discount curriculum suppliers (huge selection).


Queen Homeschool Supplies--Charlotte Mason resources.


Homeschool Buyers Co-op--offers groups discounts on curriculum and learning supplies.  Membership is free.


Lampstand Press--publishers of Tapestry of Grace and suppliers of curriculum materials.


School Supply Store--sells manipulatives, science supplies and other learning supplies.


The Old Schoolhouse--sells a wide variety of curriculum materials.


Parenting and Christian Walk Resources

Pure Freedom--dedicated to helping families fight the battle for purity.

Titus2--resources to help you as a Christian parent and homeschooler.


Special Needs Blog -- blog to help and encourage parents who have children with special needs.