Hands-on Materials

Grammar Active

This hands-on grammar curriculum includes CD ROMs, teacher manuals, and games for learning grammar in elementary through high school levels. Although designed for classroom settings, it can be used in homeschooling, and you can get a good discount through Homeschool Buyer's Co-op.

Teachers Try Science

This site has a collection of over 500 science lesson plans for grades 5 through 12. There is also a smaller selection of kid's experiments. There's a good search function, so you should be able to find what you're looking for, and all resources are free.

Pattern Press

A discovery-based elementary math program. Concepts are introduced with manipulatives, and students explore the concept to discover patterns. Student and teacher materials are available as reasonably-priced PDF's.

AstroLogix

This inexpensive building toy will help students of all ages learn geometry concepts through hands-on play. Purchase a set and use the free building plans on the website or just explore the possibilities!

The Curriculum Corner

This blog comes from two public elementary teachers. It's full of free resources for math and language arts learning. You can download pdf's and powerpoint files including games, learning centers, worksheets and more. It may take a bit of searching if you're looking for something specific, and I found the amount of ads pretty distracting. But there are hundreds of quality, free resources here.

Blick for Educators

Blick Art Supplies has a website for educators with a large collection of art lessons and activities. You can search the list by grade level or art medium. Each lesson has a video or pdf for instruction, and links to purchase necessary materials.

Turing Tumble

This is just about the coolest toy I've ever seen! Build marble powered computing devices to learn how computers work and explore the logic of programming. The set comes with all the necessary parts and a book of puzzle challenges. It's also very reasonably priced!

Kesler Science

Middle school level science curriculum. There are complete lesson plans (designed for classroom use, but adaptable for homeschool) including powerpoints, interactive notebooks, labs, and assessment resources. There are some free lessons available to try out. Purchase options include individual units at a relatively low price, or you can invest a few hundred dollars for access to everything.

Learning Dynamics

This is a complete phonics program with lesson book, over 50 progressive readers, teaching songs, and other activities. There are no samples available, so it's hard to tell how advanced it gets. Looks like a pretty comprehensive program at a fairly reasonable price. 

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