General Home/Unschooling Links

About.com's Homeschooling Page
http://homeschooling.about.com/
From the Guide, Beverly Hernandez: My goal is to help you get the most out of homeschooling and the internet, providing resources that you can use in your everyday schooling experience. I hope to touch lives and add enrichment to your homeschooling years.

Family Unschoolers Network
http://www.unschooling.org
The Family Unschoolers Network provides support for unschooling, homeschooling, and self-directed learning. If you are an unschooler, homeschooler, self-directed learner, or just learning in general, then this is the site for you! You will find newsletter articles, reviews, resources, web sites, books and lots of other information to help your homeschooling or unschooling efforts.

The Five Finger Paragraph
http://www.thefivefingerparagraph.com
The Five Finger Paragraph© method is designed to teach students (and adults) to write paragraphs and Five Paragraph Essays. I wrote and illustrated this series to help students write essays more easily because I, as an adult, had trouble identifying the basic building blocks in essays.

Growing Without Schooling
http://www.holtgws.com
Continuing the legacy of John Holt and Growing Without Schooling magazine.

Hoagie's Gifted Education Page
http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/
The all-things-gifted site for parents and educators of gifted children, including articles and research, books, organizations, on-line support groups, academic programs, and lots more!

The Home Education Mailing List
http://www.madrone.com/
The home-ed list was founded in 1989 as an online gathering place for homeschoolers. From that day to this, home-ed has been an open forum for homeschoolers of all types: academic, structured, relaxed, unschoolers, religious, eclectic, you name it.

Homeschool Central
http://www.homeschoolcentral.com/
The place for homeschoolers and those interested in homeschooling to find all of the resources they need including homeschool curriculum choices.

The Home School Mom
http://www.thehomeschoolmom.com/
The Home School Mom is home to thousands of quality, hand-picked resources including homeschooling lesson plans, unit studies, software, webquests, websites and more.

Homeschool Oasis
http://www.homeschooloasis.com/
Equipping parents to truly "educate" their children ~ all the way to Graduation! Encouragement and practical help for ALL homeschoolers, especially new and burning-out.

Homeschool Social Register
http://www.homeschoolmedia.net/register
Get in touch with other homeschoolers in your area, anywhere in the world. Browse hundreds of links to homeschool support groups and other resources and recommend your favorite links.

Khan Academy
http://www.khanacademy.org/
The Khan Academy is an organization on a mission. We're a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education to anyone anywhere. All of the site's resources are available to anyone. It doesn't matter if you are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 20 years, or a friendly alien just trying to get a leg up in earthly biology. The Khan Academy's materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge.

Learn In Freedom
http://learninfreedom.org
This site is about learning in freedom, taking responsibility for your own learning. It shows you how to use your own initiative in learning, so you can use schools and teachers just when they are helpful to you, and voluntarily chosen by you.

Local Homeschool Support Group Database
http://localhs.com
A searchable index of homeschool support groups for your local area, listed geographically by county and state. Select your state from the map (below), or type your location into the database search engine below.

National Geographic Education
http://education.nationalgeographic.com/education/
NatGeoEd.org, offers an expanded and updated library of National Geographic’s popular education content, highlighting our iconic media and expert resources aligned with education standards.

Natural Child Project, The
http://www.naturalchild.org
Our vision is a world in which all children are treated with dignity, respect, understanding, and compassion. In such a world, every child can grow into adulthood with a generous capacity for love and trust. Our society has no more urgent task.

Not Back To School Camp
http://www.nbtsc.org
Not Back to School Camp aspires to create a sanctuary · that affirms, inspires, and mentors unschoolers…· where campers and staff transform spiritually, emotionally, physically, creatively, intellectually…· where profound friendships begin and grow…· and where adventure, mystery, music, wild spontaneous fun, and magic prevail.

Radical Unschooling
http://sandradodd.com/unschooling
This is the "office" of Sandra Dodd, unschooling mother of Kirby, Marty and Holly, who never went to school.

Science Projects for Kids
http://www.makeyourownqrcode.net/kids-science-projects.html
The projects listed on these pages prove that science experiments can happen anytime, anywhere. Many of them use simple tools and ingredients but produce awesome results.


Fun Links

Animal Planet
http://animal.discovery.com
Animal Planet online lets you explore cat breeds, dog breeds, wild animals and pets. Plus exclusive animal news, videos and info about your favorite TV shows.

Bill Nye The Science Guy
http://www.billnye.com
Here you’ll find all that you would want to know about my latest television projects like Stuff Happens and my latest web work, Solving for X. It’s about algebra. What could be more fun? The Science Guy Show material is still here along with all manner of other musings, including my blog, Twitter, and Facebook postings.

Cool Science for Curious Kids
http://www.hhmi.org/coolscience/forkids/
At Cool Science, you can find a resource developed by the University of Washington to teach the scientific method to elementary and middle school students. Or you can let Swarthmore College help you teach students how to design clear and concise scientific posters. Or you can browse through Ask a Scientist's links to pages with science fair ideas.

Discovery Kids
http://kids.discovery.com
Official website of Discovery Kids.

Disney Online
http://www.disney.com
The official online resource to all things Disney: theme parks, resorts, movies, Disney Channel programs, characters, games, videos, music, shopping, and more!

Exploratorium
http://www.exploratorium.edu
The Exploratorium: a hands-on museum of science, art, and human perception in San Francisco. Our site provides interactive online exhibits and exhibitions, activities, Webcasts, and more.

Fact Monster
http://www.factmonster.com
Fact Monster is a free reference site for students, teachers, and parents. Get homework help and find facts on thousands of subjects, including sports, entertainment, geography, history, biography, education, and health.

Fun Brain
http://www.funbrain.com
FunBrain is the #1 site for online educational games for kids of all ages. (math, grammar, science, spelling, history)

HistoryChannel.com
http://www.historychannel.com
The History Channel is a cable television station offering programming related to historical events and people.

How Stuff Works
http://www.howstuffworks.com
HowStuffWorks explains hundreds of subjects, from car engines to lock-picking to ESP, using clear language and tons of illustrations.

Kaboose
http://www.kaboose.com/
Kaboose is the premier family and parenting destination with kids' crafts, holiday fun and activities, healthy food recipes, free online games, expert health and parenting information, community message boards, parenting blogs, photos, videos, shopping, interactive quizzes and tools, and much more.

Kids Gardening!
http://www.kidsgardening.com
Kids gardening explores gardening resources for family, teachers and beginner or experienced gardeners.

Kids Love A Mystery
http://www.kidsloveamystery.com
Kids Love A Mystery.com: The Official Website of Kids Love A Mystery - Kids Mysteries, Activities, Lesson Plans for Teachers and Parents.

Litrix Reading Room
http://www.litrix.com
A quiet place for lovers of good writing.

Library of Congress
http://lcweb.loc.gov
The Library of Congress. The Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution, and it serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with more than 120 million items. The collections include books, sound recordings, motion pictures, photographs, maps, and manuscripts.

Lissa Explains It All - HTML Help & Tutorial for Kids
http://www.lissaexplains.com
Lissa Explains it All, the first and original HTML Help JUST for Kids. Lissa Explains it All is a colorful and fun approach to learning HTML for Kids and the young at heart. With this tutorial, kids and beginners learn step by step how to make their own Web page and publish it on the WWW. For the more advanced, .htaccess files, installing perl scripts and much more is covered.

Mystery Net's Kids Mysteries
http://kids.mysterynet.com
Mysteries to solve, scary stories, and magic tricks.

NASA Kids' Club
http://kids.msfc.nasa.gov
NASA.gov brings you images, videos and interactive features from the unique perspective of America’s space agency. Get the latest updates on NASA missions, subscribe to blogs, RSS feeds and podcasts, watch NASA TV live, or simply read about our mission to pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery and aeronautics research.

National Geographic
http://www.nationalgeographic.com
National Geographic provides free maps, photos, videos and daily news stories, as well as articles and features about animals, the environment, cultures, history, world music, and travel.

Nick.com
http://www.nick.com
Play kids games, watch video from popular kids shows, play free online games for kids, and more at Nick.com, Nickelodeon's online place for Kids!

The Online Books Room
http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu
Listing over 35,000 free books on the Web.

Party Game Central
http://www.partygamecentral.com
Party Game Central is the largest party game idea web site on the internet. We've got hundreds of great party game ideas for kids and adults. This is the place for hundreds of birthday game ideas. If it can be played at a party, we have it here! And use our one of a kind party game selector to build your own customized game list based on many criteria including amount of space, number of players, game ratings and more!

Peeps Experiment 2005
http://unschoolers.com/peeps2005.html
A unique Peeps experiment with pictures and results.

PlayMusic.org
http://www.playmusic.org
Playmusic.org is a fun engaging site introducing kids aged 7-11 to the instruments of the orchestra using games, animations, audio and more.

The Paul Revere House
http://www.paulreverehouse.org
On the night of April 18, 1775, silversmith Paul Revere left his small wooden home in Boston's North End and set out on a journey that would make him into a legend. Today that home is still standing at 19 North Square and has become a national historic landmark. It is downtown Boston's oldest building and one of the few remaining from an early era in the history of colonial America.

The Virtual Cockroach - Orkin Pest Control
http://www.orkin.com/cockroaches/virtual-roach
The Virtual Roach is a web resource focused on insect anatomy that was developed as a technical reference and an instructional tool. The interface for the system links morphological terms with an extensive image archive, including scientific illustrations, scanning electron micrographs, and photomicrographs. Images are linked in a manner permitting a detailed examination and virtual dissection of the American Cockroach (Periplaneta americana).