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A NON-PROFIT CHRISTIAN MINISTRY

  Teach us to number

  our days aright,

  that we may gain

  a heart of wisdom.
  Psalm 90:12

 

HomeHomeschooling Resources

Parenting and Christian Walk Resources

 
 

Are You Too Busy? video from Christian website, Tangle (networking site).   Presented at MSN, 10/08. http://www.godtube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=1e16622db95666736eb3

 

Pure Freedom--dedicated to helping families fight the battle for purity. http://www.purefreedom.org/

 

Titus2--resources to help you as a Christian parent and homeschooler. http://www.titus2.com/

 

Special Needs Blog -- blog to help and encourage parents who have children with special needs. http://challengesandcelebrations.blogspot.com/





Homeschool Resources

 
 
 Homeschool Umbrella Groups
 
Walkersville Christian Family Schools - www.wcfs.edu (Legal oversight, high school classes, parent workshops, MD diplomas)
 

Cedarbrook Academy - http://www.cedarbrookacademy.org/

 

Conowingo - http://www.crscs.org/

 

The Excelsior Academy - http://www.tea-education.com/

 

Salem Christian Academy - http://www.homeschool-life.com/md/scs/

 

 

 

Homeschool Organization

 
 

Donna Young--this is a site put together by a homeschooling mom with lots of forms for planning and some curriculum suggestions. http://www.donnayoung.org/

 

 

 

 Homeschool classes and tutorials

 
 

Granite Tutorial - http://www.graniteclassical.org/

 

Spectrum - http://www.spectrumchc.com/

 

Heritage Instructional Services - http://heritageinstructionalservices.simdif.com/

 

Cedarbrook Academy - http://www.cedarbrookacademy.org/

 

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

 

 

 

 

Homeschool Associations and Legal Organizations

 
 

Maryland Association of Christian Home Educators (MACHE--statewide support organization, hosts annual curriculum fair in Frederick, MD). http://www.machemd.org/

 

Homeschool Legal Defense Association (HSLDA--provides legal support for homeschoolers and serves as a legislative watchdog on issues affecting homeschoolers). http://www.hslda.org/

 

National Challenged Homeschoolers Associated Network (NATHHAN--for Christians homeschooling special needs children). http://www.nathhan.com/

 

 

Christian Home Educators Network (CHEN) Homeschool Christian Athletics Organization - http://miacsports.org/schools/chen/ 

 

Curriculum Reviews and Magazines

 

 

Homeschool Reviews--curriculum reviews by homeschooling parents on a wide variety of curriculum materials. http://www.homeschoolreviews.com/

 

Cathy Duffy Reviews--official website for Cathy Duffy, author of "100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum." http://www.cathyduffyreviews.com/

 

Homeschool Enrichment--magazine offering curriculum reviews and other homeschool advice. http://www.homeschoolenrichment.com/

 

Homeschool World--official website for "Practical Homeschooling Magazine" and veteran homeschooler and author, Mary Pride. http://www.home-school.com/

 

The Old Schoolhouse--magazine and website offering practical advice and curriculum reviews for homeschoolers, also sells curriculum materials. http://www.thehomeschoolmagazine.com/

 

 

 

 

Teaching Helps (Free)

 

 

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

https://edsitement.neh.gov/lesson-plans/picturing-america

 

Mini Offices--how to make mini offices (folders with related information all in one place). http://www.teachingheart.net/minioffice.html

 

Discovery Education Free Resources--free resources from Discovery Education including lesson plans, puzzle makers, clip arts, and more. http://school.discoveryeducation.com/

 

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

 

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. http://www.homeschoolmarketplace.com/

 

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. http://www.enchantedlearning.com/

 

Discovery Education Puzzle Maker--link to page on Discovery Education's website that allows you to create various kinds of puzzles.   http://puzzlemaker.discoveryeducation.com/

 

Baltimore County Public Library/Teacher Loan card - http://www.bcpl.info/kids-teens-parents-teachers/teacher-card

 

Carroll County Public Library/Teacher Loan card - “Teacher’s Advantage Pass” http://kids.carr.org/documents/Teachers%20Advantage%20Pass.pdf

 

Howard County Public Library/Teacher Loan card - http://hclibrary.org/a-students-teachers/educators-library-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). http://www.edhelper.com/

 

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

 

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

 

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics - http://www.nctm.org/share/

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

 

Teachers Pay Teachers https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/

(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. http://www.collegeboard.org/

 

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. http://www.collegeplus.org/?requestinfo?tellafriend=7792

 

FAFSA -- Free Application for Federal Student Aid. THE form to fill out for any kind of college financial aid. http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/

 

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. http://heav.org/basic-info/high-school/high-school-transcripts-a-simple-checklist-for-home-educating-parents/

 

Free tutors under Online Homework Assistance http://www.hclibrary.org/index.php?page=172

 

The Learning Express Library has SAT tutorials and prep.  http://www.learningexpresshub.com/productengine/LELIndex.html#/center/college-preparation-center/home

 

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



 

Special Needs

 

 

Super Duper Publications - http://www.superduperinc.com/

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

 

Brookes Publishing Company - http://www.brookespublishing.com/

(resources for children with developmental disabilities and delays)

 

Future Horizons - http://fhautism.com/

(publications and conferences on children with dev. delays)

 

Discovery Toys - http://www.discoverytoys.net/catalog/

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

 

abc School Supply - https://store.schoolspecialty.com/OA_HTML/xxssi_ibeCategoryPage.jsp?docName=V700836&minisite=10206

(educational products for early childhood development)

 

Kaplan Early Learning Company - https://www.kaplanco.com/

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

 

Rebounders Gymnastics Sensory-Motor-Gym/Special Needs - http://www.rebounders.com/special-needs/

 





Local Business Discounts for Homeschoolers

 

 

Barnes & Noble Educator Discount Card – (application)

www.readingisthewayup.org/documents/B&N-Educator-Program.pdf

 

Staples Teacher Rewards Member - http://rewards.staples.com/SRC/AboutTeacherProgram.do

 

Joann Teacher rewards - http://www.joann.com/teacherrewardsform/ (sign up online and receive a discount card in the mail.)

 

Michael’s Teacher Discount - http://www.myeducationdiscount.com/michaels.htm

 

Pizza Hut BOOK IT! http://www.bookitprogram.com/teachers/enrollment.asp

 

MACHE http://www.machemd.org/about_us.asp

 

6 Flags Read to Succeed - https://feedback.sixflags.com/rts/default.aspx

 

Hershey Park - https://hersheystory.org/homeschool-fieldtrips/

 

Colonial Williamsburg Homeschooler Experiences - http://www.colonialwilliamsburg.com/plan/groups/homeschoolers/



 

Art

 

 

Curriculum

 

 

Artistic Pursuits - - Homeschool art curriculum. http://www.artisticpursuits.com/

 

Meet the Masters (Homeschoolers and small groups). http://mtmhomeschool4art.com/

 

 

Resources







English/Language Arts



Curriculum

 

 

Analytical Grammar  - comprehensive grammar instruction for middle and high school. http://www.analyticalgrammar.com/

 

Handwriting Without Tears--handwriting program developed by occupational therapist, multi-sensory. http://www.hwtears.com/

 

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. http://www.shurley.com/

 

Spelling Power (Castlemoyle)--publishers of Spelling Power and Writing Power products. http://www.castlemoyle.com/

 

 

Resources

 

 

Reading Fluency articles - http://www.readingrockets.org/article/fluency-norms-chart

 

Reading Fluency scoring chart - http://www.readingrockets.org/images/articles/art11200_screening.jpg

 

Book Wizard--check the grade level of a book (free). http://www.scholastic.com/bookwizard/

 

"Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading" - a straight forward inexpensive phonics instruction available at www.christianbook.com/

 

Spelling City--Features free custom spelling tests, as well as paid vocabulary, phonics, and writing skill building. https://www.spellingcity.com/





 

Foreign Language

 

 

Curriculum

 

 

Rosetta Stone - www.rosettastone.com/

 

Hebrew for Christians--devoted to helping you learn about the Hebrew language. http://www.hebrew4christians.com/

 

 

Resources

 

Berlitz - http://www.berlitz.us/learnfast/?gclid=COHNg8Ggk8kCFdgJgQodS4QExg





 

Health/Phys. Ed.

 

 

Curriculum

 

 

Resources

 

 

Rebounders Gymnastics - http://www.rebounders.com/

 

Christian Athletic Association – (Homeschool P.E.). www.caayouthsports.org/









Math

 

 

Curriculum

 

 

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics - http://www.nctm.org/share/

(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. http://www.mathusee.com/

 

The Art of Problem Solving--offers math curriculum from Algebra through Calculus, including online courses. http://www.artofproblemsolving.com/



Resources

 

 

Khan Academy - https://www.khanacademy.org/

 

Cool Math--teaching help for math, including online math games. http://www.coolmath.com/

 

Wolfram Mathworld--definitions and examples of higher math terms (Algebra and higher). http://mathworld.wolfram.com/

 

Helping with Math--instructions on how to do different types of math problems and printable worksheets. http://www.helpingwithmath.com/

 

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). http://themathworksheetsite.com/



Music

 

 

Curriculum

 

 

Ricci Adams' Music Theory--lessons on music theory for older kids. http://www.musictheory.net/

Music education curriculum for elementary school.

 

Pfeiffer House Music (closing soon!) http://www.lessonplansformusic.net/?gclid=CJD84pGak8kCFdgVgQod8O0Cfg



Resources

 

 

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







Science

 

 

Curriculum

 

 

Apologia Homeschool Science - http://www.apologia.com/156-science

 

Resources

 

 

Apologia Science Kits - http://www.hometrainingtools.com/homeschool-supplies/curriculum-lab-kits/apologia-kits

 

Delta Education--“Science in a nutshell” kits http://www.deltaeducation.com/stem-solutions/supplemental-curriculum/science-in-a-nutshell

 

 





Social Studies

 

 

Curriculum

 

 

American Heritage Education Foundation--free American history resources and online lesson plans and curriculum. http://www.americanheritage.org/

 

Knowledge Quest Maps and Bramley Books--sells blackline maps, timeline figures and history and geography curriculum and materials. http://www.knowledgequestmaps.com/

 

Resources

 

 

The US 50--site provides free information on all of the states (does contain advertisements). http://www.theus50.com/

 

Teen Pact--seminars that teach leadership, citizenship, public speaking and history. http://www.teenpact.com/


PBS American Experience Films--PBS has several films from their American Experience collection available for free online viewing. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/?film-online

 





General Curriculum Sources

 

 

Rainbow Resource--discount curriculum suppliers (huge selection). http://rainbowresource.com/

 

Queen Homeschool Supplies--Charlotte Mason resources. http://www.queenhomeschool.com/

 

Homeschool Buyers Co-op--offers groups discounts on curriculum and learning supplies.  Membership is free. http://www.homeschoolbuyersco-op.org/

 

Lampstand Press--publishers of Tapestry of Grace and suppliers of curriculum materials. http://www.lampstandpress.com/

 

School Supply Store--sells manipulatives, science supplies and other learning supplies. http://www.schoolsupplystore.com/

 

The Old Schoolhouse--sells a wide variety of curriculum materials. http://www.thehomeschoolmagazine.com/



 

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