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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.

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.

Mrs. Wordsmith

This company provides books and activities for developing vocabulary. The fun illustrations spark creative thinking and help with recall. Materials are designed for preschool through jr. high level learners.

Project Wild

This program comes from the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. It's goal is to develop awareness of wildlife and environmental issues. The full curriculum is available to educators (which seems to include more than public school teachers) who attend a training workshop. There is no cost information on the website, but a co-op or other group should be able to schedule a workshop. The website also has free resources to accompany many of the activities in the curriculum, so it could be useful even without the complete set of materials.

Rooted in Language

This company provides instructional materials and educator training for Language Arts at all levels. The curriculum materials are pdf's with lessons, printable hands-on activities and games. All the resources are very affordable. The online teacher training could be very useful if you have a child struggling with reading or writing.

Mac's Abacus

A tool for early math learning. This special abacus helps young children explore counting and number concepts in a concrete way. The accompanying workbook includes lessons and activities, plus a teacher's guide and lesson planner. Very affordable!

Curious Jane

This company provides DIY/maker resources for girls. They publish a quarterly print magazine and a few books, and run summer camp programs in four US cities. You can try out their materials by subscribing to a free "project of the month" email.

Grammar Active

This hands-on grammar curriculum includes CD ROMs, teacher manuals, and games for learning grammar in elementary through high school levels. Although designed for classroom settings, it can be used in homeschooling, and you can get a good discount through Homeschool Buyer's Co-op.

Certell

History and Social Studies curriculum available for free from a non-profit, bipartisan organization. There are currently courses in American History, Government, and Economics, with World History in the works. Courses include e-books with embedded audio and video, plus course files (for planning and assessment) that can be used with a learning management system, Google Classroom, or downloaded for offline use. Looks like a great option for high school level students.

myON

A digital library featuring literacy, assessment, and tracking tools. Parents can assign books and writing or literacy tasks and see reports on progress. It appears to only be available to homeschoolers through Homeschool Buyers Co-op, but the price is very reasonable!

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