Hands-on Materials

Harmony Fine Arts

Charlotte Mason style art and music curriculum plans. You can purchase plans for an entire year, or shorter units focusing on one composer and artist. The plans give you links to books, cd's and online content, plus weekly suggestions for pacing and activities. 

Climate Kids

This website from NASA has all sorts of kid-friendly information on climate and weather. There are many information pages with text and visuals, a few interactive games, lots of hands-on activity ideas, and some information on green careers. 

Doing Good Together

This non-profit organization helps families find ways to practice kindness and community service. There are learning resources, helpful articles and blog posts, suggestion for projects, book lists, and much more. The world can always use more families who practice intentional kindness!

Masterpiece Society

Self-paced online courses including hands-on art, plus art history and appreciation. These courses are very reasonably priced and designed for multiple ages and even parent participation. (*Note on religious content: one course is designed for girls and moms and has a bible study component with it. I also noticed some comments in course descriptions about boys using other colors if they don't like pink. If you are concerned about gender exclusivity, you'll want to look closely at the materials and be prepared for some discussion.)

Go Phonics

This complete phonics and reading curriculum uses the multi-sensory, Orton-Gillingham approach, which is often effective for students with dyslexia. The packages available are pricey, but would cover about 3 years of learning. You can also purchase items separately if you'd like to try it out before investing in the complete package.

Chess Kid

This is a great website where kids can watch videos, play against the computer, and solve puzzles to learn chess or improve their skills. The free membership has quite a few great features, and a paid upgrade gives you even more. There's even a curriculum for use in a co-op class or team situation.

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