Yet another way to teach ancient history the fun way! Today’s FREE lesson plan features art activities that use Mayan heiroglyphs. Your kids can enjoy some “secret code” projects, all while learning more about this ancient society! Learning About the Mayans Through Hieroglyphs One of the things I remember about Read More »
American History is a fascinating subject. Sadly, textbooks for United States history can be incredibly expensive. How would you like some FREE resources for teaching history to your kids? You’ve come to the right place! Learn United States History for FREE The first resource I would recommend is Guest Hollow. Read More »
Foreign language can be a hard topic to teach as a homeschooling mom. How many languages do you speak? I only know a little French, even less Spanish and only a few words in other languages. Not exactly the best source of linguistics! Here in Texas, speaking Spanish is an Read More »
Are you studying birds? This e-book is a great addition to a bird unit study. It will teach kids how to draw birds, but that’s not all. You’ll also learn about bird anatomy, their skeleton and how their feathers help with flight. Using an art lesson to “disguise” a lesson Read More »
One of the questions I get asked most often is “how do you know if your child is learning enough?” To someone in the public school system, this seems like a valid question. It certainly did to me, as someone who attended public school as a child. But then you Read More »
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American History is a fascinating subject. Sadly, textbooks for United States history can be incredibly expensive. How would you like some FREE resources for teaching history to your kids? You’ve come to the right place!
Learn United States History for FREE
The first resource I would recommend is Guest Hollow. Their history curriculum was made by a mom just like you, and includes an entire year’s worth of lesson plans. The curriculum is more than just a textbook with reading comprehension questions; you’ll get fun map activities, cooking recipes, lapbooks and more. Definitely worth checking out!
American Heritage is also a great resource for a free history curriculum. You can download each lesson in an individual PDF file, or order a FREE cd containing the curriculum, or even purchase printed versions. This is suitable for all grades, with each level building on the one before. Elementary students learn about how the colonists lived under a monarchy, middle school students learn about important American symbols and texts that govern us today and high schoolers focus on the in-depth analysis of our American ideals.
Ushistory.org is perhaps my favorite; there is a complete outline of topics; click on a topic and it brings you to a chapter complete with interesting and informative links. Make sure you pay attention to the links in the sidebar; they lead to more information on the topic in the chapter.
Interactive timelines and multiple organizational access points make Digital History an excellent choice for learning American History. You’ll also find a variety of helpful tools to help with learning; a textbook, various media sources, documents and more.
Last, but certainly not least, we have the US History Open Textbook from Boundless. This reads a lot like a typical textbook, and has a glossary of must-know terms. Check out all of the extra features that Boundless offers; it’s a complete package that won’t disappoint!
What do y’all use for your history? Do you know of other American History resources? Please share in the comments below!
My daughter was having some problems with the US History class I have listed in the 9th grade free curriculum, so I have found a different option. If you are using my free 9th grade curriculum, you can choose either one. Below you’ll see the updated weeks 1 – 5 for the History portion.
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I have a daughter who is just starting middle school this year. While we don’t necessarily have an actual schedule we use for her (because of her learning style), I did want to share what we are using. All of the resources are free, and you can easily create a schedule that will work for you.
If you’ve been following along with the Planning the High School Years series, you know that we’ve already covered creating a list of planned courses, keeping a transcript, and creating a high school portfolio. In this section of the series, I’ll be providing you with a variety of resources to use for each course subject. This post got long really fast, so I’ll be breaking it up into a few more posts. In today’s post you’ll find free resources for high school English and math courses (specifically Algebra).
Free Resources for English
There are many different parts to English, including vocabulary, grammar, writing, and literature studies. My child who is currently in high school plans to go on to college directly after high school, so our curriculum is going to be fairly rigorous.
Free Vocabulary Resources
The first thing I am planning on in the English department is vocabulary. Obviously, vocabulary is a very important aspect of communication skills. One option for learning vocabulary is to use Wordly Wise 3000. Another is to use the lists prepared at Vocabulary.com. Their format allows your child to learn words he or she doesn’t already know, by answering questions and only viewing the definition for those answered incorrectly. It’s a great tool!
Free Grammar Tools
Grammar Bytes has a complete list of grammar terms, as well as lessons, exercises and handouts for your child to become more familiar with each term. Some even have YouTube videos for ease of understanding.
Another alternative is to use the free grammar lessons at Daily Grammar. They have an archive there that you can use for free, or you can purchase their lessons in an e-book and their physical workbook. Daily Grammar’s lessons do offer more in-depth lessons that will benefit any high school student.
Free Writing Courses
Paradigm offers a great free English Composition course. It is a little difficult to figure out where the lessons are exactly, but just start at the first menu Item, “Invent”, and go from there.
You can also use the Principles of Composition course offered by Capital Community College. There are 3 different sections of the course, and students can follow along using the drop down menus.
Here’s another one that is worth checking out: Glencoe Writer’s Choice. It’s advertised as a course for 9th grade, so it may not be suitable for the higher grades, but they also offer courses for grade 10, grade 11 and grade 12! Check out their full English curriculum for 9th grade here.
Free Literature Courses
MIT offers some great courses on literature. And yes, they are free! You’ll find courses on Shakespeare, American Literature, Modern Poetry and more.
Make sure you check out the free English courses offered by the Education Portal. The only problem I see with these courses is that not all of them are “complete”. But you’ll see what I mean when you check out their offerings.
Free Resources for Math
There are so many different levels for math, but as KiKi is planning on college, we are starting with Algebra her freshman year and working up from there. I may have to experiment a little to see which of the following options will work best for her learning style, but any of them are great for a high school Algebra course.
Free Algebra Courses
The design of this free Algebra course website leaves something to be desired, but if you can ignore the super bright colors and clunky layout, their content is good. There are videos to help explain each lesson, as well as online access to a free Algebra textbook complete with chapter review problems and chapter tests.
I’m sure you’ve noticed throughout this blog that I tend to use a lot of texts from ck-12. This is one of those times! They have a variety of Algebra textbooks available, as well as topic specific lessons and review questions. I highly recommend ck-12 for textbooks in all of your other subjects as well. But, we are only talking about Algebra right now, so I won’t list those here…LOL
Education Portal has a free online Algebra class. This one may be a great choice, as they claim (I haven’t tested their claim as of yet) that their courses prepare a student to pass a CLEP test, therefore receiving college credit for the course. If you have any experience with the Education Portal’s courses, I’d love to hear your experiences, so please share in the comments below.
I think I am going to use the Algebra course offered by Hippocampus. I like their course layout, and the text is included with the class.
In the next article I’ll provide free resources for high school science and history.
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Originally, we were trying out the Charlotte Mason curriculum. It’s a great plan, and I love her philosophies on education. You can find out more about what we were trying here: http://oldfashionededucation.com/. While I do recommend it, the Charlotte Mason method is not working for us. With this in mind, I decided to create a new curriculum that will work better with our children. For our 8th grader, this is what I’ve come up with. Feel free to use this, editing or changing as needed so it fits better with your family’s needs!
Geography used to be full of boring facts to memorize and endless studying of maps. New technology has made maps interactive, and learning geography doesn’t have to be so boring anymore.
Maps 4 Kids offers fun, interactive maps. Using Google Maps, kids can view a map of the United States with their choice of:
- State Peaks
- State Capitals
- Tallest Buildings
- Major Rivers
- National Parks
- Baseball Stadiums
They also have free map outlines for you to print. Kids can label countries, continents, oceans, and more using these printables.
To make learning geography even more fun, Maps 4 Kids offers several different games on their website.
You’ll find so much more on this website…it’s a must see. I couldn’t possibly list everything offered without giving it all away! Go check them out and let me know what you think.