Life Skills

Homeschool Entrepreneur

This site has lots of resources for family and teen business owners. If you want to make your family business a learning tool, or help a teen to start a business, this is the place to go. There are links to lessons on business and entrepreneurship, blog posts and articles, and lists of helpful software and books. There is some religious content, but many useful tools for secular families as well.

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!

K5 Learning

Online reading, math, and spelling curriculum for elementary ages. Includes interactive lessons, assessments, progress tracking, and reports for parents. There are also free worksheets and some printable workbooks available for purchase.

Mind Yeti

This company provides mindfulness lessons for kids through an app or online audio/visual content. There are a few sessions available for free, and the subscription price is reasonable.

Good Typing

A no-frills, free online typing course. The interface is simple, and it provides words per minute and error information for each lesson. You can also choose from different language and keyboard layout options.

Peekapak

This is a character education program for young children (PK through grade 3.) There are ten stories in e-book format that explore concepts like respect, kindness, and empathy. There are lessons and activities to accompany each story. You can get the stories and a few activities for free, but need to subscribe for most lessons and activities. The activities are very classroom-oriented, so homeschoolers may not get a lot from a subscription. There is also an online game component, which requires signing up for a waiting list.

Flocabulary

A collection of hip-hop song videos that teach concepts in many subjects. Videos can be watched in regular or discussion mode (the video automatically pauses in certain spots for questions.) There are accompanying discussion questions, quizzes and activities. Subscription price is reasonable. 

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