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Raising Little Shoots

This site, from a homeschooling mom in England, has a blog and a Charlotte Mason inspired, multi-age nature curriculum. Includes a guide book with weekly observations, readings and activities; plus a guided journal with copywork. There is some religious content, mostly around Christmas and the solstice and equinox.

Making Music Fun

Music learning resources galore! There are many free printable resources for learning piano, music theory, composers and other musical elements. There are also loads of lesson plans and links. Some products are not free, but reasonably priced, and you can purchase an annual subscription for access to everything.

Rumble Lab

Hands-on STEM learning kits focused on problem solving. There are three different kits available ranging from $15 to $200. Looks like you could spend a lot of time being creative with the materials.

Wildwood Curriculum

This site offers a free, secular, Charlotte Mason curriculum plan. They are just getting started, so only the first levels (ages 6-9) are available yet. The plan offers suggested books and resources, which you would need to purchase or find at your library. It appears to be a very thorough, authentic application of Charlotte Mason philosophy. 

Animalearn

This company provides resources for "humane science education." There are free brochures and materials for exploring the ethics of animal dissection in education. There is also a lending library of resources for the study of anatomy without using animals, including models and software to simulate dissections. Nearly everything is free!

Building Heroes Academy

This company is just starting out and offering a very interesting concept: all-in-one, family-style, character-based curriculum. There is currently one year of curriculum available and you can pre-order the second year. (Looks like they're planning on at least four years of materials.) The program includes language arts, math, history, and science for elementary ages. *A note about religion/philosophy: The concept of this curriculum struck me as ripe for religious dogmatism, and I saw a few catch phrases that concerned me.

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