Curriculum Materials

Zenva Academy

Self-paced, online courses for learning coding. These are pretty reasonably priced, and cover a wide range of coding languages and skills. There are a few free courses, so you can try them out risk-free.

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.

Funnix

This company provides programs for beginning reading and math learning. Components include interactive computer lessons (delivered on a DVD) and workbooks (printable from the DVD, or you can order printed versions.) The price is quite reasonable.

William and Mary Language Arts

These curriculum materials, from the Center for Gifted Education at William and Mary college, focus on developing various communication skills through literary analysis. There are literature units exploring multiple works around a theme, as well as individual novel studies. The materials are a bit pricey, but very thorough and of good quality.

Math Celebrity

This site gives instant, step by step solutions to math problems. There are also video lessons to help explain math concepts and help for ACT and SAT tests, plus a podcast and some other information about the college application process. You can access the math help for free, but a paid subscription gets rid of the ads and gives you a few extra features.

Game Salad

Learn computer science through game design with this online visual programming platform. There are options for annual subscriptions to the software and added curriculum materials. The price is a little high, but it's a great tool for harnessing enthusiasm for video games!

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