Hands-on Materials

The Brainy Tourist

This company publishes three books for helping elementary learners explore science. "Wild at the Zoo" is a guide to enhance a visit to the zoo; "Bugging Around" helps you go on a backyard safari; and "Our World Neighbors" compliments a trip to Disney's Epcot Center. All three books include activities, games, and information to help the learning process.

Suburban Science

This is a small mom-owned company that provides science resources. The shop on Teachers Pay Teachers offers lesson and unit plans, activities, games, and lots of printables. There are also a few online classes for high school level students. These appear to be religiously neutral materials, but don't cover evolution in a comprehensive way.

Spanish Mama

If you're interested in raising a child fluent in Spanish, this is a good place to start. The blog has loads of great ideas, and her Teachers Pay Teachers store has all sorts of printable materials. There are also links to videos, songs, games and more. Try out some of the free downloads to see what you think of the learning materials.

Project Wild

This program comes from the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. It's goal is to develop awareness of wildlife and environmental issues. The full curriculum is available to educators (which seems to include more than public school teachers) who attend a training workshop. There is no cost information on the website, but a co-op or other group should be able to schedule a workshop. The website also has free resources to accompany many of the activities in the curriculum, so it could be useful even without the complete set of materials.

Rooted in Language

This company provides instructional materials and educator training for Language Arts at all levels. The curriculum materials are pdf's with lessons, printable hands-on activities and games. All the resources are very affordable. The online teacher training could be very useful if you have a child struggling with reading or writing.

Mac's Abacus

A tool for early math learning. This special abacus helps young children explore counting and number concepts in a concrete way. The accompanying workbook includes lessons and activities, plus a teacher's guide and lesson planner. Very affordable!

Prodigies

This complete music curriculum is available online for preschool and elementary level students. The basic curriculum includes videos lessons using Kodaly hand signs and singing. You can also purchase color coded desk bells to play along while learning music notation and theory. An upgrade to membership gives you access to lesson plans and printable 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.

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