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Mathigon

An interactive math learning tool for jr. high and high school levels. This free resource guides students in discovering and applying mathmatical concepts through interactive, online content. There is also a story element to the presentation that makes it very engaging. There doesn't appear to be much in the way of practice exercises, so you may want to suppliment if that's important to you. But it's a great way to get students engaged in math learning.

Engage NY

This site contains downloadable materials that are used as math and language arts curriculum in New York public schools. There is a lot of information on standards and classroom pedagogy that can be a bit intimidating to wade through. But it may be worth the effort if you want to stay aligned with standards. Plus, it's a free and complete program.

Turing Tumble

This is just about the coolest toy I've ever seen! Build marble powered computing devices to learn how computers work and explore the logic of programming. The set comes with all the necessary parts and a book of puzzle challenges. It's also very reasonably priced!

Kesler Science

Middle school level science curriculum. There are complete lesson plans (designed for classroom use, but adaptable for homeschool) including powerpoints, interactive notebooks, labs, and assessment resources. There are some free lessons available to try out. Purchase options include individual units at a relatively low price, or you can invest a few hundred dollars for access to everything.

Learning Dynamics

This is a complete phonics program with lesson book, over 50 progressive readers, teaching songs, and other activities. There are no samples available, so it's hard to tell how advanced it gets. Looks like a pretty comprehensive program at a fairly reasonable price. 

Math Goodies

This site has quite a few free math learning resources. There are interactive lessons, printable worksheets and a worksheet generator, a few simple flash-based games, some webquests on fun math topics, and more. It's a no-frills website, that's not terribly interesting visually, but there are plenty of useful tools to explore.

Five Senses Literature Lessons

These curriculum guides are written by an Occupational Therapist and designed to be effective for children with learning differences or sensory issues (though they can certainly work with neurotypical children as well.) The lessons center on children's books and cover cover all major subject areas. They include lots of hands-on, developmentally appropriate activities. Currently, there are materials available for preschool and early elementary ages, and more guides are coming to cover higher level learning (up to about middle school level.)

musictheory.net

Free, online, interactive music theory lessons. Covers concepts from beginner to advanced level. There are also tools for ear training and developing fluency in music reading. You can use the material online for free, or purchase iOS apps to do your learning offline.

Zoom In

This is a great free resource for history learning in jr. high and high school levels. The interactive lessons in American history help students explore primary documents and write essays using supporting details. 

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