My sister Traci and I have been homeschooling for over 10 years now...from Kindergarten up through 11th grade. In these current times we know a lot of families are making the decision to keep their kids home for school. We hope we can help answer some questions by letting you know a few things and then giving you some resources.
- Every day is a learning day. Reading, exploring, cooking, gardening...all that is considered learning, therefore schooling.
- California requires 175 learning days. More info here. Hours do not need to be logged.
- If your child completes his/her work in a couple hours, don't be surprised! Remember, at school the teacher is having to deal with 20-30 kids, which takes a lot more time.
- It's OK to sleep in. It's OK to take dance party breaks. It's OK to stay in your PJ's all day...might not want to make that one a habit though! :)
- Frustrations will run high between you and your child(ren). This is all new to you and to your kids! It's OK to feel overwhelmed! But give yourself grace. You CAN do this! It might be unorganized and chaotic at first, but we promise, it will get better. When frustrations are high, stop school, do something fun like play a game or get outside, and then try approaching the subject again.
We are not paid for any clicks or purchases. We just wanted to share what we had.
Download this file for a weekly schedule that includes
links for a great Morning Time!
Learning websites - all subjects
ABCMouse - For kids 2-8
Adventure Academy - For kids 8-13
Time4Learning - Curriculum for PreK - High School
Shmoop.com - Classes for 3rd grade and up; Test Prep
Acellus Power Homeschool - Classes for PreK - High School
Soft Schools - PreK - High School
TeacherTube - K - High School
Easy Peasy All-In-One Homeschool - K - High School (FREE homeschool curriculum for all subjects, all grades, Christian-based but fairly neutral in most subjects)
Clever Dragons - K - 8th (Boys Version)
Always Ice Cream - K - 8th (Girls Version)
Crash Course - High School and Up, video based
FreeSchool - educational YouTube channel
Khan Academy - Free classes for Pre-K - College Prep
Study.com - Classes for Middle School and up
printable worksheets - all subjects
Super Teacher Worksheets - K - High School, all subject worksheets
WorksheetWorks - K - High School, all subject worksheets
Math Aids - K - High School, math worksheets
English For Everyone - K - High School, ELA worksheets
D-Maps - All Ages, free maps
Live Worksheets - Make your own worksheets
Worksheets 4 Kids - K - High School, all subjects
Gather 'Round Homeschool - Unit study for all grades (Christian-based)
IXL - PreK - High School
Math Trainer - All ages, math drills
Teaching Textbooks - 3rd - High School, full curriculum, grades for you!!
Fizzics Education - All ages, from Australia
Sea World Animal Facts - All ages
Sea World Animal Bytes - All ages
Kidwings - All ages, owl pellet dissection kits
Spangler Science - educational YouTube channel for experiments
WhizKid Science - educational YouTube channel for experiments
MakeMeGenius - educational YouTube channel for science
PhysicsGirl - PBS education YouTube channel
Crash Course Kids - YouTube channel, all ages
Cindy Estridge Chemistry - new YouTube channel with videos being added daily.
Crosswired Science - Christian-based curriculum
Art for Kids Hub - educational YouTube channel for drawing
DudePerfect - YouTube channel that's just downright fun to watch
Typing Club - All ages
Famous Artist Gallery - All ages
Morse Code Translator - All ages
Bible Society - Bible Stories
Adventures in Odessey - All ages, audio program. (Christian based)
CIA World Fact Book - Provides info on 267 world entities
HSLDA - Homeschool Legal Defense Assoc. Very informative website if you are considering homeschooling full-time
Little House Audiobook Series - Books 1-8, scroll down for audio files.
Scholastic Learn At Home - PreK - 9
Language arts website
SpellingCity - K - High School
ReadWorks - K - High School
K12Reader - K- High School
CATO Institute - USA Documents
Fresberg Cartoon - educational YouTube channel with fun facts, mini-bios, and leadership
Homeschool Pop - educational YouTube channel
D-Maps - All Ages, free maps
Seterra Geography - geography game for the world
REFITREV - YouTube channel with family friendly cardio classes
REFIT® On Demand - Free 30 days of workouts and live classes, family friendly. Use code FREEMONTH
Down Dog - Free Down Dog, Yoga for Beginners, HIIT, Barre, and 7 Minute Workout
Popsugar Fitness - YouTube channel with all kinds of workouts
Fitness Blender - YouTube channel with all kinds of workouts
Cosmic Kids Yoga - Ages 3+, YouTube channel with great, themed workouts