Educational Websites & Software

I will continue to add to this and reposting this post but for now here is a list of educational websites and software we have either used or checked out.  My son loves(d) Scholastic City,  Explode The Code, Timez Attack and Math Blaster! We also have all of the Freddie the Frog books and thoroughly enjoy them.  If you have any to add please leave them in the comments.  

 

MATH

Xtramath.org is dedicated to math achievement for all. Our goal is to develop effective, efficient, adaptive and intrinsically rewarding supplemental math activities and make them available for free.

math-drills.com has thousands of Free Math Worksheets for teachers and parents on a variety of math topics.

mathfactcafe.com – free printable math worksheets for elementary school and home use.  This includes generators for math drills, flashcards, counting, time, money, and more!

dadsworksheets.com – One Dad. Two daughters.  7,873 worksheets… and counting!

Timez Attack – http://www.bigbrainz.com

We want every student on earth to master their core math facts.  The National Mathematics Advisory Board emphasizes that automatic recall of core math facts is “critical” because students need to free up working memory to learn higher-order concepts. They also emphasize that most curricula fail to do so. That’s why we’ve spent the past decade building a truly high-end video game ensures automaticity, restores confidence, and teaches hard work. Check out our monumental research results or download our free demo today to see which facts YOU need to learn.

Rocket Math is a ten-minutes-a-day, paper and pencil, worksheet-based, supplemental, math facts practice curriculum. It is a uniquely structured curriculum for the sequential practice and mastery of math facts. 

  • Students learn 2 facts and their reverses on each worksheet in a carefully controlled sequence which enables mastery at an individualized pace. 
  • Students practice orally with a partner every day. 
  • One minute timings assess when students are ready to move to the next set of facts.  

Scholastic City – A software cd that may not be published anymore but my son loved so if you can find it it is worth trying!

Math Blaster – Do you have what it takes to save the Galaxy?

 

Language Arts

explodethecode.com 

Explode The Code®
Break through the code with online, 
data-driven phonics instruction

Online Features

  • Individualized instruction and reinforcement based on continuous assessment
  • Research-based instruction supported by auditory and visual cues to promote independent learning
  • Robust reporting features that provide ongoing progress monitoring
  • Engage students and provides online delivery available across school, home and extended day services—no installation required
  • Phonics curriculum spanning grades K through 4 in one comprehensive program, effective for grade-level and intervention instruction

VocabularySpellingCity provides spelling, vocabulary, writing and language arts activities for K-12 cross-curricular word study. We created the site to automate spelling tests, give students immediate feedback, and save teachers the time it takes to administer, grade and record the tests. We aspire to provide students with engaging games to motivate study and promote academic success. We aim to continually advance our services while providing helpful and courteous support

readingeggspress.com makes reading real books, improving spelling skills and building reading comprehension highly engaging for 7 – 13 year olds.  The site is packed full of hundreds of great online activities, books, and games. And it really works!

starfall.com opened in September of 2002 as a free public service to teach children to read with phonics. Our systematic phonics approach, in conjunction with phonemic awareness practice, is perfect for preschool, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, special education, homeschool, and English language development (ELD, ELL, ESL). Starfall is an educational alternative to other entertainment choices for children.

readtheory.org program teaches students to think critically, draw inferences, understand scope and global concepts, find or recall details, and infer the meanings of useful vocabulary words.

bookadventure.com is a fun, free way to motivate your child to read! Kids in grades K-8 can search for books, read them offline, come back to quiz on what they’ve read, and earn prizes for their reading success.

General

Clever Dragons is a unique combination of online learning, creative play, and optional, moderated social networking. From math, to reading, to science, to the arts, there are learning games your son will enjoy and motivational rewards to keep him learning.

Always Icecream was founded by parents who wanted a safe space for their girls to learn, play, and interact online. From math, to reading, to science, to the arts, there are learning games your daughter will enjoy and motivational rewards to keep her learning.

brainpop.com

allinonehomeschool.com – “This is my children’s school. I have put their assignments online so that they can work independently and so that I have the assignments saved for their younger siblings. Grade levels and courses include 180 days of homeschool lessons and assignments. It covers reading, writing, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, math, history/social studies/geography, science, Spanish, Bible, computer, music, art, PE/health, and logic. It uses only free materials found on the internet.”

Time4Learning’s automated system teaches lessons in a sequence designed to build skills. It grades the lessons, tracks progress and keeps reports for portfolio usage.

Featuring over 3,500 content pages, MrNussbaum.com is one of the most popular destinations on the internet for parents, homeschoolers, teachers, and students.

kidsnationalgeographic.com

freddiethefrog.com is quickly becoming the mascot of music education for kids.  As thousands of kids in the U.S. have fallen in love with Freddie, one thing is clear–children are capable of learning music concepts earlier than we think. Freddie the Frog® products originated to provide an accessible and entertaining form of music education for use at school and home. I encourage you to enjoy Freddie’s adventures and to pursue other music education opportunities available in your area.

nga.gov

Khan Academy You only have to know one thing: You can learn anything!

Tedtalks – Ideas worth spreading

Youtube.com

 

 

Mardel’s Homeschool Workshop

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I will be teaching a Beginning Homeschool Workshop at Mardel’s on 52nd and Harvard next Saturday, August 23rd from 10:00am-noon.  This will be my first time teaching this workshop.  I am very excited about helping new Homeschool families and also very nervous.  

Topics I plan to cover are Oklahoma Education Freedom, Homeschool Mission, Learning Styles, Curriculum Types and Choices, Schedules and Routines, and Resources, Groups and Co-ops.  There will be handouts.

If you are just starting out or feel you need some help and direction I hope to see you there.  

Local Incentive Programs

If you have elementary age students it is time to sign up for Braum’s Book Buddy and Pizza Hut’s Book It!  There are a few other programs that offer rewards and incentives for education.  I know Incredible Pizza used to hand out a book of coupons to teachers if you called and asked about it.  I don’t see anything about it on their website but it is worth a phone call if you go to Incredible Pizza a lot.  Near the end of the semester I will try to put together a more comprehensive post of companies that have good grade rewards.

 

Does Common Core Affect Homeschoolers?

CommonCoreMy sister in law, Renee Gotcher,  wrote a post on our Next Generation Homeschool Blog today about how Common Core affects homeschoolers.  I am reposting it here with some information pertinent to Oklahoma Homeschoolers.  Oklahoma legislators booted Common Core laws this summer thanks to strong grassroots efforts that involved many parents, teachers and homeschoolers.  But the fight is not over.  Common Core supporters have not given up.  There is pressure from both outside the state and within, from politicians, teachers groups and others to reinstate Common Core Standards.  We, as homeschool families, need to stay abreast of what is going on and continue to make our voices heard.  The other side of this is, now that Common Core is out the window, Oklahoma standards are being rewritten.  Parents need to be involved in this process if we want education in this state to get better.  If we want local control of education we need to have local involvement.  If you really want to follow and be involved in the fight find Linda Murphy on Facebook and follow her.  She is a leader in this fight.  Please read Renee’s post on How Common Core Affects Homeschoolers and then get involved.

 

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