HOMESCHOOLING MAGAZINES
Classical Homeschooling
http://classicalhomeschooling.com/
Classical Homeschooling Magazine is a free online magazine. In its four issues it analyzes the burgeoning homeschooling renaissance of classical education from A to Z.

College Outlook HomeSchool
http://www.collegeoutlook.net/homeschool_outlook/
A comprehensive guide that provides information to homeschool parent/teachers and students on the ever-important decision-making process of choosing a school and a fulfilling lifelong career.

Home Educator's Family Times
http://www.homeeducator.com/FamilyTimes/
The homeschool publication perfect for new or veteran homeschool families.

Home Education Magazine
http://www.homeedmag.com/hem.html
Each issue presents the very best feature articles, columns by experienced and acclaimed writers, political commentary and analysis of events affecting homeschooling freedoms, timely news reporting and much more!

Homeschool Digest
http://www.homeschooldigest.com/
You'll find practical tips, simple suggestions and bold biblical challenges that make up an open forum for wrestling through the complex issues that affect home-schooling families.

Home School Enrichment Magazine
http://homeschoolenrichment.com/magazine/
Home School Enrichment Magazine provides homeschool help and encouragement, with enrichment ideas, teaching tips, and much more, from a distinctively Christian perspective.

Homeschooler's Guide Magazine
http://www.homeschoolersguide.ca/
The Homeschooler's Guide magazine is published three times each year in both digital and print formats. The Homeschooler's Guide is dedicated to connecting Canadian families with resources from preschool to post-secondary.

Homeschooling Parent
http://www.homeschoolingparent.com/
A bi-monthly publication focusing on stories of interest to homeschooling families, products, that can be used in the home classroom.

Homeschooling Today
http://www.homeschooltoday.com/
The work of Homeschooling Today magazine is focused and specific. Our commitment to bring the homeschool community useful information and resources is supported by a Biblical conviction that God uses families to change the world.

Learners Online
http://www.learnersonline.com/
Available in both print or online (PDF or HTML) format, Learners Online will help you master Internet learning through insightful articles, lesson plans, and curriculum materials. Using our lesson plans you just Point, Click and Teach.

Life Learning Magazine
http://www.lifelearningmagazine.com/
A digital publication that provides information about unschooling, self-directed learning, secular homeschooling, unstructured homeschooling, autodidacticism, deschooling.

The Link
http://www.homeschoolnewslink.com/
The Nation's homeschooling magazine. Its purpose is to link together the two disparate worlds of homeschooling – religious and non-religious – for their mutual benefit.

The Old Schoolhouse
http://www.thehomeschoolmagazine.com/
A glossy, full-color magazine packed with information and articles that homeschoolers enjoy reading.

Practical Homeschooling Magazine
http://www.home-school.com/catalog/pages/phs.php3
The latest homeschooling news, articles, organizations, events, Homeschool Mall, and much, much more!

Secular Homeschooling
http://www.secular-homeschooling.com/
A non-religious bimonthly magazine that reflects the diversity of the homeschooling community. Its readers and writers are committed to the idea that religious belief is a personal matter rather than a prerequisite of homeschooling.

The Teaching Home
http://www.teachinghome.com/
The Teaching Home magazine was founded in 1980. Our purpose has always been to provide information, inspiration, and support to Christian home-school families and Christian home-school state and national organizations.

COMPETITIONS AND CONTESTS
American Fire Sprinkler Association Scholarship Program
http://www.afsascholarship.org/
Automatic fire sprinklers save lives and property. We cannot say it enough. We all know what happens when sprinklers aren’t present – a building catches on fire and we wait for the fire department to put it out. But what happens when fire sprinklers are present? That’s what we want you to find out and that’s what these contests are all about.

American Foreign Service Association's National High School Essay Contest
http://www.afsa.org/essay_contest.aspx
Since 1999, AFSA has sponsored a nationwide high school essay contest for students whose parents are not in the Foreign Service in order to create interest in the Foreign Service among our best and brightest high school students.

Arbor Day Poster Contest
http://www.arborday.org/
Through the Arbor Day Poster Contest, teachers from Clyde Hill, Washington to Yarmouth, Maine and everywhere in between added tree-based activities to their curriculums. Students discovered the energy benefits that trees provide. They learned about urban forests. They learned how trees grow.

The Art Institutes and Americans for the Arts Poster Design Competition
http://www.artinstitutes.edu/
The Art Institutes schools and Americans for the Arts Poster Design Competition is your chance to earn a full-tuition scholarship to study graphic design with faculty and students who share your passion for color, composition, and creativity.

The Art Institutes Best Teen Chef Competition
http://www.artinstitutes.edu/
The Art Institutes Best Teen Chef Competition is your opportunity to rise to the occasion and earn tuition scholarship money toward a rewarding, creative career in the kitchen. Show off your fresh ideas as you compete against other high school seniors and you could be named a Best Teen Chef.

The Art Institutes Passion for Fashion Competition
http://www.artinstitutes.edu/competitions/passion-for-fashion.aspx
The Art Institutes Passion for Fashion Scholarship Competition is your chance to earn a fashion scholarship and get moving toward a more fashionable future.

The Art Institutes Photography Competition
http://www.artinstitutes.edu/
We’re looking for creative people who can not only express themselves through photographs but tell a story with them. This competition is designed to help you share your creative vision—and jump-start your education in the process.

Ayn Rand Essay Contests
http://aynrandnovels.com/essay-contests.html
Ayn Rand’s novels are inspiring and intellectually challenging. But they can also be financially rewarding for high school and college students. The Ayn Rand Institute sponsors annual essay contests that offer 680 prizes and over $99,000 in prize money every year.

BEST Robotics, Inc. Competition
http://best.eng.auburn.edu/
BEST - Boosting Engineering Science and Technology. A middle and high school robotics competition whose mission is to engage and excite students about engineering, science, and technology as well as inspire them to pursue careers in these fields.

Christopher Columbus Awards
http://www.christophercolumbusawards.com/
The Christopher Columbus Awards is a national, community-based science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program for middle school students. The program challenges the students to work in teams of three to four, with an adult coach, to identify a problem in their community and apply the scientific method to create an innovative solution to that problem.

Collegiate Inventors Competition
http://www.invent.org/collegiate/
Introduced in 1990, the Collegiate Inventors Competition has recognized, rewarded, and encouraged hundreds of students to share their inventive ideas with the world. The Competition promotes exploration in invention, science, engineering, technology, and other creative endeavors and provides a window on the technologies from which society will benefit in the future.

Doodle 4 Google
http://www.google.com/doodle4google/
Welcome to Doodle 4 Google, a competition where we invite K-12 students to use their artistic talents to think big and redesign Google’s homepage logo for millions to see. At Google, we believe that dreaming about future possibilities leads to tomorrow’s leaders and inventors.

First Freedom Student Competition
http://www.firstfreedom.org/education/students.html
The First Freedom Student Competition is a first-semester national essay and video contest. It offers high-school students an opportunity to compete for $2,500 awards as they examine the history and current-day relevance of religious freedom, and then, by written essay or video production, present their evaluation.

Girls Going Places Award
http://www.girlsgoingplaces.com/
Guardian grants prizes to 15 girls who demonstrate budding entrepreneurship; are taking the first steps toward financial independence; and are making a difference in their schools and communities. Every year, prizes totaling $30,000 are granted to three top winners and 12 finalists to further their entrepreneurial pursuits or save for college.

The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes
http://www.barronprize.org/
The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes honors outstanding young leaders who have made a significant positive difference to people and our planet. Their leadership and courage make them true heroes—and inspirations to us all.

The Humanist Essay Contest
http://www.thehumanist.org/essaycontest.html
The Humanist Essay Contest is geared toward exposing students in grades 9-12 to humanism and issues of importance to humanists while financially helping these young scholars advance in their studies. Prizes are awarded for originality of thought, sense of emotional engagement, clarity and quality of presentation, amount of research evidenced, and future potential shown by the author.

The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies Contests
http://www.strategies.org/education/
Inspiring the next generation of Earth and space scientists is a critical component of the IGES mission.

Intel International Science & Engineering Fair
http://sciserv.org/isef/
The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), the world’s largest international pre-college science competition, annually provides a forum for more than 1,500 high school students from over 50 countries to showcase their independent research. The Intel ISEF is the premiere science competition in the world exclusively for students in grades 9–12.

JFK Profile In Courage Essay Contest
http://www.jfklibrary.org/Education/Profile-in-Courage-Essay-Contest.aspx
The Profile in Courage Essay Contest invites United States high school students to consider the concept of political courage by writing an essay on a U.S. elected official who has chosen to do what is right, rather than what is expedient.

MathCounts Competition Program
http://mathcounts.org/
A national middle school coaching and competitive mathematics program that promotes mathematics achievement through a series of fun and engaging "bee" style contests. The program exists in all 50 states plus U.S. territories and the Department of Defense and State Department schools and is supported by the National Society of Professional Engineers at the state and local levels. Public, private, religious and home schools alike are eligible to participate, as long as students are in the sixth, seventh and/or eighth grade.

Mathfest Competition
Email: ronboykins@gmail.com
http://www.mathfest.us/
The MathFest Competition capitalizes on the students’ natural affinity to compete and play, in order to develop strong programming which stimulates and improves achievement in math. MathFest is one of the largest programs advancing student excellence in math. It is a math competition for 1st-8th grade students in public, private, charter, and home school programs. We focus on national math standards, provide individualized math prep, and bring parents and students together to improve math skills.

NASA Space Settlement Contest
http://settlement.arc.nasa.gov/Contest/
This annual contest, co-sponsored by NASA Ames and the National Space Society (NSS) is for 6-12th graders (11-18 years old) from anywhere in the world.

National Geographic Bee
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee/
The contest is designed to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms, spark student interest in the subject, and increase public awareness about geography.

National History Day Contest
http://www.nationalhistoryday.org/Contest.htm
What is the National History Day Contest, you ask? Each year more than half a million students just like you participate. You will choose a historical topic related to the annual theme, and then conduct primary and secondary research. You will look through libraries, archives and museums, conduct oral history interviews, and visit historic sites. After you have analyzed and interpreted your sources, and have drawn a conclusion about the significance of your topic, you will then be able to present your work in one of five ways: as a paper, an exhibit, a performance, a documentary, or a web site.

National Peace Essay Contest
http://www.usip.org/ed/npec/
Promotes serious discussion among high school students, teachers, and national leaders about international peace and conflict resolution today and in the future; Complements existing curricula and other scholastic activities; Strengthens students' research, writing, and reasoning skills; and Meets National Contents Standards.

NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest
http://www.nrahq.org/youth/wildlife.asp
Open to any students in grades 1 through 12 (including those who are home-schooled), contestants are only allowed to enter once and can use any medium they choose.

The One of a Kind Homeschool Writing Contest
http://www.kid-friendly-homeschool-curriculum.com/
The winner of each age group will receive a United States Savings Bond, $50 denomination. The contest will judge the ability to use persuasive writing to convince others of advantages.

Scripps National Spelling Bee
http://www.spellingbee.com/
We are the nation's largest and longest-running educational promotion, administered on a not-for-profit basis by the E.W. Scripps Company and local spelling bee sponsors in the United States, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Department of Defense Schools in Europe; also, the Bahamas, Canada, Ghana, Jamaica, Liberia, New Zealand and South Korea. Our purpose is to help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts, and develop correct English usage that will help them all their lives.

Signet Classics Student Scholarship Essay Contest
http://us.penguingroup.com/
With an unbeatable lineup of over 300 of the greatest literary works the world has ever known, Signet Classics is the publisher that students, education professionals, and the public turn to more than any other.

Team America Rocketry Challenge
http://www.rocketcontest.org/
The Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) is the world's largest rocket contest, sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and the National Association of Rocketry (NAR). Teams design, build and fly a model rocket that reaches a specific altitude and duration determined by a set of rules developed each year. The contest is designed to encourage students to study math and science and pursue careers in aerospace.

ThinkQuest
http://www.thinkquest.org/competition/
This exciting competition challenges students to apply their critical thinking, communication, and technology skills to a real-world problem. Teams research, develop, and test their solution before presenting it to a global audience.

West Point Bridge Design Contest
http://bridgecontest.usma.edu/
The United States Military Academy is pleased to offer the tenth annual West Point Bridge Design Contest. The purpose of the contest is to provide middle school and high school students with a realistic, engaging introduction to engineering. We provide this contest as a service to education--and as a tribute to the Academy's two hundred years of service to the United States of America.

World of Escher Contest
http://www.worldofescher.com/contest/
Tessellation is a combination of mathematics and artistic ability. Do you have what it takes? Compete with entries from all over the world. See your work displayed on the Internet. Win prizes.

Young Composers Challenge
http://www.youngcomposerschallenge.com/
The Young Composers Challenge is open to young musicians ages 13 to 18 who are U.S. residents. The Challenge is simple. First, you can take part in a free full-day workshop with world-renowned composers. Then you will have all summer to write your own score. Finally, a panel of judges will choose the top three orchestral and top three ensemble pieces.

Young Minds Digital Times Film Competition
http://www.youngmindsdigitaltimes.com/
The Young Minds Digital Times Film Competition (YMDT) is presented by KidThrive.org to offer an innovative film competition for students around the world to showcase their work, compete against their peers and tackle pressing social issues. Kids have lots to say, ideas to share and talent to showcase, so we've created this competition as a learning opportunity for participants.

Young Naturalists Awards
http://www.amnh.org/nationalcenter/youngnaturalistawards/
The Young Naturalist Awards is an inquiry-based science competition for students in grades 7-12 to promote participation and communication in science.


FREE STUFF
America the Beautiful Quarters Program Lesson Plans
http://www.usmint.gov/kids/teachers/lessonplans/atb/
On this page, the United States Mint offers free lesson plans (for grades K through 12) based on the new quarter designs. What a great opportunity to connect history with the coins in the very pockets of your students!

Backyard Conservation
http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/feature/backyard/
"Backyard Conservation" shows you how conservation practices that help conserve and improve natural resources on agricultural land across the country can be adapted for use around your home.

Be Safe Food Activity Book
http://www.fsis.usda.gov/PDF/BFS_Activity_Book_Color.pdf
Fighting foodborne illness is important for you and your family. These puzzles and games show the steps to take to Be Food Safe at home and at school. (link takes you directly to the PDF download)

BioLEAP Lending Library of Life Science Materials
http://www.navs.org/
An extensive library of state-of-the-art dissection alternatives that are available on a FREE loan basis to students, teachers, school boards and others interested in advancing science education without harming animals.

Design and Discovery: Experiencing Engineering Through Design
http://educate.intel.com/en/DesignDiscovery/
Design and Discovery is a free curriculum for students ages 11-15. The inquiry-based curriculum offers an interdisciplinary approach to engineering through design. Learn more about the benefits of Design and Discovery and its impact on students.

George Washington Carver Coloring and Activity Book
http://www.da.usda.gov/oo/colorbook.htm
A free downloadable book from the Department of Agriculture.

Food Safety Educational Materials
http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Be_FoodSafe/
This page provides separate print and radio advertisements related to the four Be Food Safe behaviors.

Food Safety Mobile Game
http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OA/foodsafetymobile/
The invisible enemy is called BAC. Fight him as you make your way through this Mobile game! (*The game file is 2.0mb. The game is also resizeable. If it is running too slowly decrease the size of your browser window.)

FREE! 2011 Native American $1 Coin K-8 Lesson Plans
http://www.usmint.gov/kids/teachers/
The Native American $1 Coin Program lesson plans are free from the United States Mint.

Free 2-page "Christian History Time Line" e-Chart
http://www.rose-publishing.com/
This "Christian History Time Line" eChart shows the years from Christ's birth until AD200, and includes important dates, events, people, and places.

Free Homeschooling Resources
http://www.notebookingpages.com/
Need free worsheets? Try notebooking pages instead! Notebooking Pages provides free notebooking pages, free homeschooling resources, including free lined paper, charts, printables, and relative homeschooling information.

Free Language
http://freelanguage.org/
Free lessons, podcasts, courses, audio, video, translations, and articles. Study, learn and teach. For children, teens, and adults of all ages.

Free Math Posters
http://thinkzone.wlonk.com/Posters/Posters.htm
Links to all web pages at thinkzone.wlonk.com and elements.wlonk.com that contain high-quality PDF files. PDF files print well as small one-page charts or as large posters.

Free Online Language Courses
http://www.word2word.com/coursead.html
Free online language lessons for anyone who wants to try to learn how to communicate with other people from around the world.

Global Virtual Classroom
http://www.virtualclassroom.org/
A collection of free, on-line educational activities and resources.

Homeschool Planner and Organizer http://www.thehomeschoolmom.com/gettingorganized/planner.php
TheHomeSchoolMom Planner is a comprehensive organizer for appointments, school assignments, lesson planning, record keeping, and family menu planning. It is free for personal use and can be viewed and printed with the free Adobe Acrobat Reader.

The Journey Inside: A Fascinating Look Inside the World of Computers
http://educate.intel.com/en/thejourneyinside/
The Journey Inside is a collection of 35 interactive, online lessons for students to learn about technology, computers, and society. Many of the lessons utilize interactive, media-rich Flash activities, virtual field trips, and videos demonstrating the ideas discussed to guide students to an increased understanding of the world of technology.

Learn to Type Online
http://www.typeonline.co.uk/index.html
Typing tutorial, a structured touch typing course for motivated individuals looking to develop their keyboard skills.

Math Resource Studio 4 Lite
http://www.schoolhousetech.com/BasicMath/
With Math Resource Studio Lite you can quickly generate worksheets that will provide your students with the practice they need to become proficient in the basic math operations. You can create unlimited customized worksheets for the practice of arithmetic facts in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

Online Science Classes and Newsletter
http://www.homeschoolscienceacademy.com/FreeSeminars.htm
Free classes from Greg Landry's Homeschool Science Adademy.

Sense-Lang.org
http://www.sense-lang.org/
Since 2001 we have provided a free, very unique and user-friendly learning method proven to help each and every person learn, practice, and improve your typing speed and accuracy.

Richard G. Baldwin Programming Tutorials
http://www.dickbaldwin.com/
This web site contains more than 600 programming tutorial lessons that I have published on ActionScript, Flex, Alice, Java, JavaScript, Python, XML, C#, Digital Signal Processing, and Wireless Technology. These tutorial lessons are freely available for online viewing.

Unihedron Pi Poster
http://unihedron.com/projects/pi/
This free poster shows the pi symbol and the value of pi in decimal to many places.

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).