History Cat

This site comes from a history teacher in Michigan, and has a free online world history textbook. It's visually interesting, and appealing to jr. high and high school level students. The site seems to be under development, and some links aren't working as of this writing. Definitely worth keeping an eye on this improving resource!

Murderous Maths

These books are an offshoot of "Horrible Histories." The stories teach all sorts of interesting math concepts. The website has some tricks and games, and lots of teacher resources. A great tool for getting math avoidant kids more interested in math!

Learn Math Fast

This math system covers grades 1 through 12 and is focused on helping students develop good "mental math" habits. It looks like the sort of program that will work very well for some students, but not others. It is reasonably priced, and there are some sample pages available for you to try.


This is a new, secular, literature-based curriculum that strives to be multi-cultural and promote gender equality and scientific thinking. It includes book lists and activities for literature, social studies, science, arts, and character building, as well as recommendations for math and reading materials. As of this writing, level K is available, level 1 is coming immanently, and level 2 within a few months. Looks like a very thorough program that is getting a lot of buzz in the community!


A collection of free stories, poems, essays and other writing in audio and pdf form. It appears to be mostly public domain content, and is well-organized. You can browse authors, genres, and reading levels. There are also some collection based on themes and topics.

Simple History

This site has short text articles and videos on lots of history topics. There are also some books, available in paperback and free with Kindle Unlimited. A nice source for sparking curiosity about historic events.

The Oregon Trail

I nice little information site with an online mini-textbook, maps and information about sites along the trail, and links to several inexpensive kindle editions of first-hand accounts. There is also a teacher's guide that would be a great starting point for a unit study.

Rocket Lit

This online program provides adaptive reading passages on history and science. There are quizzes with multiple choice and free response questions for each article. As students progress, the reading level of the passages is adapted to their level. There is also an annotation tool so students can highlight and comment on text. A great tool for learning in science and history, and reasonably priced.


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.


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