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Multiple Subject Resources | Math, Logic and Computer Skills | Learning a New Language | Language Arts | Science | History, Civics, Geography and Economics | Museums, Art, and Art History | Field Trips and Travel Tips |Portals | Online Courses and Curriculum Camps and Residential Programs | Video Channels | Contests and Activities

Multiple Subject Resources

  • Annenberg Learner: resources across the curriculum
  • Boomerang -- kind of like NPR's "All Things Considered" for kids. Great for multitasking kids who will work on an art project or build something while listening, or for the car.
  • BrainPOP -- Animated educational site for kids, covers virtually every topic.
  • C.G.P. Grey - Complex things explained.
  • CoolMath-Games has free online and mobile games to learn math, reading, spelling, geography and more.
  • Digital Theatre broadcasts recordings of a variety of live shows from England, including performances by the Royal Shakespeare Company. You can rent or purchase digital copies of these works for approximately the same cost as purchasing or renting a DVD.
  • Terrific resource: Free e-books available for online viewing or for download in a multitude of subjects - fiction, non-fiction, textbooks, etc.
  • Khan Academy - Videos on every topic.
  • Kidflix Global has available to rent or buy award-winning international films selected for family audiences.
  • Little Mammoth Media -- BIG Adventure series takes children behind the scenes at the Big Auto Plant, the Big Aquarium, the Big Zoo, the Big Plane Trip, the Big Space Shuttle, and more.
  • MERLOT or Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching. Discipline communities in many different subjects, collections of learning materials and learning exercises in a wide range of subjects.
  • Mr. Nussbaum: A thousand sites in one! Educational games and apps on a variety of topics.
  • Netflix -- online video rentals; has HUGE collection of historical, scientific, and other interesting titles.
  • Schlessinger Media -- a subsidiary of LibraryVideo.com, they have *everything* on video! Science, history, social studies, geography... all topics for all levels of ability and interest. Most of these are available at your local library.
  • Schoolhouse Rock — Ah, memories! The same collection of musical videos that you loved when you were a kid is still out there . Your children can sing 'Conjunction Junction' or learn multiplication in song.
  • Smithsonian Magazine offers videos on history, science, nature, the arts and culture
  • Standard Deviants --  This highly entertaining video series covering many subjects is geared toward the middle and high school levels
  • TED: Ideas Worth Spreading is a fantastic resource for learners of all ages. This website is full of "inspired talks by the world's greatest thinkers and doers" is easily searchable and will keep you and your children busy for hours, learning from the most brilliant minds of our time. Topics include technology, business, science, art, culture, entertainment, design, and more. 
  • TED-Ed - Great educational videos
  • Thinkfinity - Provides a variety of resources, interactives and lesson plans.
  • Top Documentary Films lets you watch documentaries onliine for FREE! The selection includes a wide variety of topics and makes an excellent learning resource for all ages.
  • WatchNow -- Well-organized site with educational videos of all kinds!

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Math, Logic and Computer Skills

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Language Arts

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Learning a New Language

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Science

  •  General Science (links that cover multiple areas)
    • Backstage Science takes you "backstage" at some of the UK's most amazing science facilities. They include space telescopes, powerful lasers and football-field sized experiments.
    • Bill Nye the Science Guy — humorous and informative science web site, videos, and other educational materials.Bill Nye
    • EdHeads has all sorts of interesting educational activities, including cell phone design, virtual hip replacement, weather and simple machines.
    • The Exploratorium in San Francisco has information, activities and educational materials on just about any scientific subject that interests you.
    • Free online science games for elementary aged students.
    • How to Teach Science -- website with a variety of fun and interesting materials (some are free).
    • LabTV has tons of videos on science and research.
    • The LiveScience site has articles, images and videos on a broad range of topics. Well worth a look!
    • LivingScience is an email list for discussions about secular living science books for homeschoolers and children of all ages. Topics include "Secular, living science books, websites and documentaries. Secular, living textbooks or curriculum. Free science curriculum. How to secularize non-secular materials. Cool science experiments. Science kit reviews. Kid-friendly, parent-tested science websites. Science fiction. Science resources that overlap with nature study, nature journaling, art, music, math, history, language, poetry, etc."
    • Musically Aligned — Science songs and more; CDs for kids.
    • NobelPrize.org games and simulations are based on Nobel Prize-awarded achievements.
    • The American Museum of Natural History Ology site has tons of great science information and activities for kids!
    • PhET: Free online physics, chemistry, biology, earth science and math simulations
    • Phylo: The Trading Cards game http://phylogame.org/cards/
    • Science News for Kids -- website with articles about the latest in scientific research, written for kids of all ages!
    • There are some fun and interesting resources listed on the Science Sparks site.
    • TryEngineering is a portal that allows anyone to "try out" being an engineer through lesson plans, games, and more.
    • Want to learn to build a search engine? Or program a robotic carUdacity offers university-level science and technology courses online.
    • The UPenn Animation Library provides nearly 200 video animations and explanations of injuries, diseases, and body systems.
    • The Way Things Work — Wonderful animated video series exploring various topics based on the best-selling book of the same name. Teacher's guides available.
    • The Young Scientist Club — Provides fun, inexpensive science kits aimed at children ages 4–8
    • Veritasium - The science video blog from atoms to astrophysics!
    • Videos at NSF - National Science Foundation produces original video content on news and discoveries in science and technology. Don’t miss Chalk Talk!
    • Windows to the Universe is a terrific site by the National Earth Science Teachers Association with tons of games, links, and the latest science news.
    • Check it out! This is a group of science sites 4kids: Cosmos4kidsBiology4kidsChem4kidsGeography4kids, and Physics4kids

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History, Civics, Geography and Economics

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Museums, Art, and Art History

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Field Trips and Travel Tips

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Online Programs

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Camps and Residential Programs

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Video Channels

  • Backstage Science takes you "backstage" at some of the UK's most amazing science facilities. They include space telescopes, powerful lasers and football-field sized experiments.
  • Bozeman Biology - Great science videos.
  • Bright Storm’s YouTube channel includes hundreds of videos for Algebra I, Algebra II, Trigonometry, Precalculus, and Calculus, as well as some SAT and ACT prep videos.
  • C.G.P. Grey - Complex things explained.
  • DeepSkyVideos - Exploring deep space - one video at a time. Including videos about the famous Messier Catalogue and access to world-class telescopes.
  • Khan Academy - Videos on every topic.
  • KidsTV123 - Kids videos and MP3s for the littler kids
  • LabTV has tons of videos on science and research.
  • Magic School Bus videos on YouTube 
  • The Maker Mom - Projects you can do on your own!
  • Math Class With Mr. V features more than 300 videos made by a mathematics teacher teaching lessons on basic mathematics, geometry, and algebra.
  • Minute Physics covers “cool physics and other sweet science.”
  • Numberphile is a neat YouTube channel about fun number facts.
  • Periodic Videos - All things chemistry.
  • Sixty Symbols - Cool videos about physics and astronomy.
  • Smithsonian Magazine offers videos on history, science, nature, the arts and culture
  • TED-Ed - Great educational videos
  • Ten Marks offers mathematics tutorial videos.The topics include lessons on units of measurement, decimals, fractions, probability, area and perimeter, and factoring.
  • Test Tube offers behind-the-scenes in the world of science. Also features extra footage and outtakes from periodicvideos and sixtysymbols.
  • WowMath.org includes more than six hundred videos covering topics in Algebra and Calculus.  
  • Veritasium - The science video blog from atoms to astrophysics!
  • Vi Hart - Mathemusician extraordinaire.
  • Videos at NSF - National Science Foundation produces original video content on news and discoveries in science and technology. Don’t miss Chalk Talk!
  • Yay Math! videos capture a teacher, his whiteboard and some feedback from students. Topics include Algebra and Geometry.

Contests and Activities

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