Hands-on Materials

Wildscreen Arkive

This site has an extensive collection of images and videos of wildlife. Look for species, places, or topics and find information and beautiful photos and videos to learn from. There are also some games and teaching resources, including worksheets, study units and craft activities.

Lavender's Blue Homeschool

This site is all about Waldorf-inspired homeschooling. There is a blog with great ideas, or you can purchase a complete curriculum package for Kindergarten, First, or Second grade. (Looks like more grades are in development.) Packages are accessible online, or can be printed and include hundreds of pages of lessons, plus MP3 files. There is also an online community that requires paid membership, which you get free with purchase of curriculum.

DSO Kids

The kids pages of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra website have some great information and recordings. You can learn about composers, instruments, music theory and more. There is also a teachers section with some lesson plans and activities.

LitWits

This company (run by two sisters, one a homeschooler, the other a teacher) provides virtual "kits" for experiencing great books. Each kit contains suggestions for props and hands-on activities for the book, as well as some printable resources for teaching traditional literature concepts and writing tasks. There are many useful links and ideas in each kit. 

YouCubed

This is a wonderful website from Stanford Math Education Professor Jo Boaler. The site has many inspiring articles and videos about a new approach to math teaching and learning. There is a free online course to help students think differently about math. She is also in the process of writing a K-8 math curriculum that follows her revolutionary approach. You can try out many of the tasks and activities on the website. The curriculum looks great, but the best thing about this resource is the potential for both students and parents/teachers to develop a great mindset about math.

CodaKid

Self-paced, online coding classes for ages 7 to 15. These classes are different than programs like Scratch, because they use actual coding instead the simplified drag-and-drop system. Students use coding to create their own games, or content in Minecraft and Roblox. Price is a bit high, but there is a 14 day free trial.

Cultured Owl

These learning kits on different countries are designed to promote global citizenship. They contain information booklets, recipes and crafts, a flag and a toy from each country. Buy a single kit, or save money with a package and choose the countries you want.

Murderous Maths

These books are an offshoot of "Horrible Histories." The stories teach all sorts of interesting math concepts. The website has some tricks and games, and lots of teacher resources. A great tool for getting math avoidant kids more interested in math!

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