Online Resources

CURRICULA & EDUCATIONAL RECOMMENDATIONS

Director’s Pick:

Full Curriculum, Online Homeschool:

DISCOVERY K12: http://discoveryk12.com/dk12/

EASY PEASY: http://allinonehomeschool.com/

LESSON PATHWAYS (PREK-5TH): http://www.lessonpathways.com/

****Middle & High School****

FOUR OF MY FAVORITES:

EDUCATOR.COM: Educator.com  (includes online AP classes)

HIPPO CAMPUS: http://hippocampus.org/  (especially for math and science)

KHAN ACADEMY: https://www.khanacademy.org/

DISCOVERY K12: http://discoveryk12.com/dk12/

7th-12th Grade (SC Only): https://virtualsc.org/

If you need advisement on curricula, please let me know.

Deputy Director’s Summary List:

Secular Curriculum Options
Secular curriculum is an option for homeschool families that does not include any religious teachings in the curriculum. There are a plethora of secular curriculum options ranging from literature based to textbook based. Below are some of our top picks.

Literature Based Options
Bookshark
Grades: Pre-K through 12th
What makes them unique? Bookshark is designed to be completed 4 days a week, utilizing levels instead of grades, and only has to be purchased every 2 years.
Website: www.bookshark.com

Torchlight
Grades: Torchlight utilizes levels instead of grades, and is designed for children 4-10 years of age.
What makes them unique? Torchlight utilizes an eclectic hands-on learning approach that encompasses learning from a Humanistic perspective.
Website: www.torchlightcurriculum.com

Oak Meadow
Grades: Pre-K through 12th
What makes them unique? Oak Meadow utilizes the Waldorf learning philosophy.
Website: www.oakmeadow.com

Five in a Row
Grades: Five in a Row does not utilize grades. Five in a Row is designed for children 2-12 years of age.
What makes them unique? Five in a Row is a Charlotte Mason inspired curriculum, and can be taught from either a secular or Christian worldview.
Website: www.fiveinarow.com

Blossom & Root
Grades: Pre-K through 4th
What makes them unique? Blossom & Root is a play-based, creative, nature-based curriculum. Blossom & Root is for grades pre-k through 4th grade.
Website: www.blossomandroot.com

Textbook Based Options
Calvert Homeschool
Grades: Kindergarten through 2nd
What makes them unique? Calvert Homeschool is a part of the Calvert private school. Grades K-2 are offered only in a hard copy format, and may be purchased as either boxed kits or individual subjects (non-digital).
Website: www.calverthomeschool.com

Timberdoodle
Grades: Pre-K through 12th grade
What makes them unique? Timberdoodle offers a unique boxed set for homeschool families with not only textbooks but also hands-on STEM puzzles, toys, and much more (science, technology engineering, and mathematics). Additionally, Timberdoodle offers both secular and Christian curriculum kits.
Website: www.timberdoodle.com

Christian Curriculum Options
Christian based curriculum options encompass a biblical worldview to their teachings. There are a plethora of Christian curriculum options ranging from literature to textbook based. Below are some of our picks.

Literature based

Five in a Row
Grades: Five in a Row does not utilize grades. Five in a Row is designed for children 2-12 years of age.
What makes them unique? Five in a Row is a Charlotte Mason inspired curriculum, and can be taught from either a secular or Christian worldview.
Website: www.fiveinarow.com

Sonlight
Grades: Pre-K through 12th
What makes them unique? Sonlight can be purchased by level or by grade. Additionally, Sonlight encourages wonder and exploration, as well as a balanced biblical worldview perspectives.
Website: www.sonlight.com

My Father’s World
Grades: Pre-K through 12th
What makes them unique? My Father’s World encompasses the learning philosophies of Charlotte Mason and Classical Conversations.
Website: www.mfwbooks.com

Ambleside Online
Grades: Ambleside Online does not utilize grades. Ambleside Online utilizes years instead or grades and ranges for children 6-18 years of age.
What makes them unique? Ambleside Online is a free Charlotte Mason inspired curriculum.
Website: www.amblesideonline.org

The Good and the Beautiful
Grades: Pre-K through 8th, as well as high school language arts elective
What makes them unique? The Good and the Beautiful has a mission to simply make homeschooling easy and beautiful, with a goal of bringing the power of literature back into the world.
Website: www.goodandbeautiful.com

Textbook based options
Abeka
Grades: Pre-K through 12th
What makes them unique? Abeka is not only a homeschool curriculum, but also one that is used in private schools. Abeka offers both curriculum kits and video lessons.
Website: www.abeka.com

Timberdoodle
Grades: Pre-K through 12th grade
What makes them unique? Timberdoodle offers a unique boxed set for homeschool families with not only textbooks but also hands-on STEM puzzles, toys, and much more (science, technology engineering, and mathematics). Additionally, Timberdoodle offers both secular and Christian curriculum kits.
Website: www.timberdoodle.com

Digital Options
Digital curriculum options are ones that can be taught using a digital device, like a tablet or computer. There are a plethora of digital curriculum options out there including both secular and Christian picks. Below are some of our picks.

Time 4 Learning
Grades: Pre-K through 12th
What makes them unique? Time 4 Learning is a secular digital curriculum that does not have any set assignment dates nor set times to login. With Time 4 Learning, the parent will only act as a supplemental instructor and will not be required to “teach” fulltime. NOTE: Time 4 Learning does not include a teacher.

AOP Curriculum
Grades: 3rd through 12th
What makes them unique? AOP is a Christian digital curriculum that offers two unique options for families, Monarch and Switched-On Schoolhouse. Monarch is a curriculum that you would download to your computer, and Switched-On Schoolhouse is one that is mailed to you as a USB. Both options are flexible with no set assignment dates nor times to login. The parent would only act as a supplemental instructor and will not be required to “teach” fulltime. NOTE: AOP curriculum does not include a teacher.
Website: www.aop.com/curriculum

Calvert Homeschool
Grades: 3rd through 12th
What makes them unique? Calvert’s secular digital curriculum is the same one that is utilized in their private school in Baltimore, Maryland. There are no set assignment dates nor times to login. Parents would only act as a supplemental instructor and will not be required to “teach” fulltime. NOTE: Calvert Homeschool does not include a teacher.
Website: www.calverthomeschool.com

Liberty University Online Academy
Grades: Kindergarten through 12th
What makes them unique? LUOA is a Christian based online academy, and is a flexible yet structured program. Additionally, LUOA includes teachers with their program.
Website: www.liberty.edu/online-academy/

Unit Studies
Unit studies are a collection of learning activities combined into one particular theme. It is a hands-on learning style approach that encompasses all of the school subjects in one. Below are some of our picks.

Weaver (Christian based)
www.aop.com/curriculum/weaver

LIFEPAC (Christian based)
www.aop.com/curriculum/shop-lifepac

Unit Studies by Amanda Bennett (Secular)
www.unitstudy.com

Five in a Row (Secular and/or Christian based)
www.fiveinarow.com

Lapbooks
Lapbooks are folders that you utilize to create a book, similar to a unit study on one single subject. It is a hands-on approach using: paper cutting, gluing, and coloring as a homeschool tool. Below are some of our picks.

A Journey Through Learning (Secular and/or Christian based)
www.ajourneythroughlearning.net

In the Hand of a Child (Secular and/or Christian based)
www.handsofachild.com


All-In-One Curriculum

[FREE] Easy Peasy All-In-One Homeschool

http://allinonehomeschool.wordpress.com/

[FREE] The Tanglewood School (grades 1-8)

http://www.tanglewoodeducation.com/

[FREE] Ambleside Online, a free Charlotte Mason curriculum guide (book purchases are sometimes required)

http://www.amblesideonline.org

[FREE] Mater Amabilis, a free Charlotte Mason curriculum for Catholics (book purchases are sometimes required)

http://www.materamabilis.org/

[FREE] Free World U, a free online pre-K through 12 program

http://www.freeworldu.org/static/index.aspx

[FREE] Free online curriculum for 6th to grade 12

http://www.sascurriculumpathways.com/portal/

[FREE] High School for Homeschoolers

http://www.homeschoolcollegeusa.com/high-school-studies.html

Sonlight: complete History, Language Art, Reading and Bible

http://www.sonlight.com/

Seton: Complete curriculum for all subjects, Catholic

http://www.setonbooks.com

Kolbe is a complete curriculum (Catholic based) that offers a forum, counseling services as well as transcript help etc.

www.kolbe.org

My Father’s World (You add your own English and Math)

http://www.mfwbooks.com/

Bible

God’s Great Covenant

http://classicalacademicpress.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=26

[FREE] Four Year Bible Studies course for highschool students

http://www.kid-friendly-homeschool-curriculum.com/of-faith-and-knowledge.html

Math

[FREE] Middle School Math

http://www.mastermath.info/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3&Itemid=25

[FREE] Math Textbooks, including Algebra

http://www.mathtv.com/onlinebooks/

[FREE] Algebra

http://www.algebrafree.com/

[FREE] Algebra Textbook

http://www.ck12.org/book/Algebra-I/r2/

[FREE] Money Management Skills

http://www.moneyskill.org/

[FREE} MathXtra (good math exercises for about grades 2-5)

http://www.mathxtra.org/

Teaching Textbooks

http://teachingtextbooks.com/

Horizons

http://www.aophomeschooling.com/horizons_overview

Saxon

http://saxonhomeschool.hmhco.com/en/products/ default.htm?level2Code=M0006&level3Code=M31081&level4Code=&level5Code=

Math U See

http://www.mathusee.com

Dreambox

http://www.dreambox.com/

History/Geography

[FREE] American History

http://www.raisingrefounders.com/

[FREE] Geography

http://www.geography4kids.com/

[FREE] Geography Software/Game

http://www.seterra.net/

[FREE] 5,000 Historical Maps

http://etc.usf.edu/maps/index.htm

[FREE] Ancient History

http://www.guesthollow.com/homeschool/history/ancient/books.html

[FREE] American History

http://www.guesthollow.com/homeschool/history/americanhistoryindex.html

[FREE] History for Kids

www.ducksters.com/history/

[FREE] World History

http://www.gosocialstudiesgo.com/world-history-homepage

[FREE] Civil War History Curriculum for all grades

http://www.civilwar.org/education/teachers/curriculum/

[FREE] Maps That Teach

http://www.yourchildlearns.com/geography.htm

Time Traveler

http://www.homeschoolinthewoods.com/HTTA/TTS/

MCP Maps Charts and Graphs

http://www.amazon.com/CHARTS-GRAPHS-LEVEL-STATES-REGIONS/dp/0813621356

Science

[FREE] Elementary Life Science

http://www.eequalsmcq.com/ClassicScienceLife.htm

[FREE] Inquiry In Action: Physical Science & Chemistry

http://www.inquiryinaction.org/

[FREE] Astronomy

http://kidsastronomy.com/academy/index.htm

[FREE] Biology

http://www.biologycorner.com/

[FREE] Elementary Chemistry

http://www.chem4kids.com/index.html

[FREE] Biology

http://www.biology4kids.com/

[FREE] Astronomy

http://www.cosmos4kids.com/

[FREE] Physics

http://www.physics4kids.com/

[FREE] Botany

http://www.guesthollow.com/homeschool/science/botany/botany_curriculum.html

[FREE] The Human Body

http://www.guesthollow.com/homeschool/science/otters_science/otters_science_main.html

[FREE] Chemistry

http://www.guesthollow.com/homeschool/science/otters_chemistry/chemistrybooks.html

[FREE] Science, Grade 3-8

http://www.kid-friendly-homeschool-curriculum.com/MatchcardScience.html

[FREE] Middle School Chemistry

http://www.middleschoolchemistry.com/

[FREE] HS Science

http://www.msnucleus.org/membership/jh.html

[FREE] Elementary Science

http://www.msnucleus.org/membership/index.html

Apologia

http://www.apologia.com/index.asp?proc=pg&pg=87

Sonlight Science

http://www.sonlight.com/

Real Science 4 Kids

http://www.gravitaspublications.com/

Language Arts/English/Spelling/Vocabulary

[FREE] Grammar & Writing Workbooks, Grades 1 through 6

http://www.sfreading.com/resources/ghb.html

[FREE] Spelling Course

http://www.splashesfromtheriver.com/spelling/index.htm

Wordly Wise

http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/cms_content?page=610633&sp=1016&event=1016WOWI |403194|102656

Easy Grammar

https://www.easygrammar.com/

Spelling Power

http://www.spellingpower.com/

Word Roots

http://www.criticalthinking.com/getProductDetails.do?code=c&id=03701

Critical Thinking

http://www.criticalthinking.com/getProductDetails.do?code=c&id=00511

All About Spelling

http://www.allaboutlearningpress.com/categories/All-About-Spelling/

Reading

[FREE] Books for Reading

http://homeschoolfreestuff.wordpress.com/books-for-reading/robinson-booklist/

[FREE] Kids 4 Classics

http://www.kids4classics.com/

[FREE] Free Ebook for Kids (in color and readable from the website)

http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/FindBook

Horizons Phonics

http://www.aophomeschooling.com/horizons_overview

Art

[FREE] Art Appreciation

http://gardenofpraise.com/art.htm

[FREE] How to Draw

http://artforkidshub.com/how-to-draw/

[FREE] Art Lessons

http://www.artyfactory.com/

[FREE] Art Lessons

http://www.homeschoolarts.com/main.htm

[FREE] Art Projects

http://www.teachartathome.com/projects.html

Artistic Pursuits

http://www.artisticpursuits.com/

[FREE] Watercolor

http://www.watercoloursecrets.com/ebook.html#free

[FREE] Chalk Pastels Art Lessons

http://www.hodgepodge.me/2011/01/pastels-plus-links-to-tutorials/

[FREE] Drawing Lessons

http://www.drawspace.com/

[FREE] Meet the Masters

http://www.getinvolvedineducation.com/pdfs/For-Program-Managers/Meet-the-Masters-Program-Manual.pdf

[FREE] Asian Art Appreciation

http://education.asianart.org/

[FREE] The ABCs of Art is a series of handouts in the elements and principles of art from Awesome Artists, available both in color and in black and white.

http://awesomeartists.com/ART/mTableOfContentsTheABCsOfArt.htm

[FREE] The Virtual Instructor has over 130 video art lessons, from drawing to painting

http://thevirtualinstructor.com/videos.html

[FREE] Kinderart, free art lesson plans including art history, architecture and various media

http://kinderart.com/artlessons.shtml

[FREE] Dick Blick, known for providing fine artist’s tools and affordable craft supplies, has pages of free lesson plans you can download as PDFs. Some even include online video lessons.

http://www.dickblick.com/lessonplans/

[FREE] List of Educational Art Resources

http://homeschoolheartandmind.blogspot.com/2013/01/37-free-online-art-and-music-resources.html

Music

Story of the Orchestra

http://www.amazon.com/Story-Orchestra-Listen-Instruments-Composers/dp/1579121489

[FREE] Piano Lessons

http://www.freepianolessons4kids.com/index.html

[FREE] Music Theory

http://www.allabouttrumpet.com/BMT/free-stuff.html

[FREE] Piano Lesson

http://www.pianonanny.com/

[FREE] Music Theory

http://www.teoria.com/

[FREE] Music Theory

http://www.musictheory.net/

[FREE] Music Theory

http://www.allabouttrumpet.com/BMT/BMT_giveaway.html

[FREE] List of Educational Music Resources

http://homeschoolheartandmind.blogspot.com/2013/01/37-free-online-art-and-music-resources.html

Penmanship

A Reason For Handwriting

http://www.areasonfor.com/article.php?id=19

Horizons Penmanship

http://www.aophomeschooling.com/horizons.html

[FREE] Better Letter Primer, K-2

http://www.kid-friendly-homeschool-curriculum.com/better-letter-primer.html

Foreign Language

[FREE] French

http://www.frenchassistant.com/

[FREE] Mandarin Chinese

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYjwfknG8FDRmzoru-CQZ7Tif3ddz4Wfd

[FREE] Chinese

kidschinesepodcast.com/learn-pinyin/

[FREE] Chinese

www.learnchineseez.com/lessons/mandarin/pinyin/index.html

[FREE] Chinese

www.chinese-tools.com/learn/chinese

[FREE] Chinese

www.openculture.com/free_mandarin_chinese_lessons

[FREE] Chinese

www.zapchinese.com

[FREE] Spanish

http://spanish.speak7.com/

[FREE] Spanish

http://www.123teachme.com/

[FREE] Spanish

http://www.onlinefreespanish.com/

[FREE] Spanish

http://www.nocomprendo.es/learn_spanish_online/spanish_for_beginners

[FREE] Multiple Languages

http://www.learnalanguage.com/

[FREE] Chinese

http://www.graspchinese.com/learn/saying-hello/5.aspx

Latin for Children

http://classicalacademicpress.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=13

The Chinese Language for Beginners

http://www.christianbook.com/the-chinese-language-for-beginners/lee-cooper/9780804809184/pd/ 09186?item_code=WW&netp_id=240789&event=EBRN&view=details

Spanish Now!

http://www.amazon.com/Spanish-Now-Level-1-CDs/dp/0764177745/ref=pd_sim_b_2

Instant Immersion, Multiple Languages

http://store.instantimmersion.com/

Spanish Workbook & CD

www.twinsisters.com/onlinecatalog/productsforhomeschoolers/foreignlanguage-1/3219.htm

Coding/Computer Programming for Kids

[FREE] Scratch

http://scratch.mit.edu/

[FREE] Hackety Hack

http://www.hackety.com/

[FREE] Kodu

http://fuse.microsoft.com/projects/kodu

[FREE] Khan Academy Computer Science

https://www.khanacademy.org/cs

[FREE] Code Academy

http://www.codecademy.com/learn

[FREE] Kids Rudy

http://www.kidsruby.com/

Virtual Field Trips (That You Can Take Anytime)

[FREE] BatsLIVE!

http://batslive.pwnet.org/index.php

[FREE] Ellis Island

http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/immigration/

[FREE] Exploring Mount Vernon

http://www.aptv.org/mountvernon/

Record Keeping

[FREE] Homeschool Skedtrack

http://www.homeschoolskedtrack.com/HomeSchool/displayLogin.do

[FREE] Homeschool Tracker Basic

http://www.homeschooltracker.com/tracker_basic.aspx

Homeschool Tracker (online version or version you buy once, download and install on your Windows PC)

http://www.homeschooltracker.com/

Applecore

https://www.applecoresystem.com/

Lowcountry Homeschool Assocation does not accredit, approve, or endorse any of the above links listed. Please review all links being careful to protect yourself against any potential viruses or spyware and other malicious threats from internet usage.