Hands-on Materials

24/7 Science

A kid's science site from Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkley. There several interactive activities, online games, and hands-on experiments available for free. You can also purchase classroom science kits that could be useful for co-op classes. 

42 Electronics

Curriculum and parts kit for learning electronics, robotics, and Python programming. There is one level available now, and 3 more coming out over the next year. Price is pretty reasonable, and the writers appear to be a homeschooling family!

Fat Dogs and Coughing Horses

This oddly named resource comes from the Purdue Univ. College of Veterinary Science. It's a unit study curriculum exploring animal and human health topics. The lesson plans are written for 3rd and 9th grade classrooms, but can be adapted for home use and different level learners. Some lessons require some equipment that may be tough to find, but there are activity books, internet links, and lots of great hands-on ideas. 

Wild Math

This curriculum for early elementary teaches math concepts through outdoor activities. The curriculum guides are very reasonably priced, and written by a homeschooling mom!

Happy Atoms

This resource includes physical models and a tablet app for exploring the world of atoms and molecules. Students build with the model atoms and use the app to learn about what they have built. Reasonably priced, and looks like a great tool for hands-on learning.

Candy 4Way Phonics

These are free phonics learning materials in PDF format. There are flashcards, lesson plans, beginning reader stories, and lots more. The visuals are pretty simple, but effective; and the program looks pretty robust. (A note about religious content: the introductory material for parents is a bit heavy-handed in criticizing current teaching methods. There are also some references to God. A quick look at some of the stories and other resources didn't reveal any blatant religious references, but be cautious if you're looking for secular materials.)

Biology Corner

A website with lesson plans, worksheets, labs, and activities on biology topics. Materials appear to be for jr. high and high school levels. It may take some digging to find exactly what you want, but everything is free.

Arttango

Free art lessons for elementary ages. The lessons concentrate on the elements of art (such as line, shape, and color.) There are 30 lessons for each grade level, and a handy materials list for each year. 

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