I recently ran across this lovely website called Many Little Blessings. Fun and full of great posts, I found an especially appealing series called “Top Ten Tuesday”. For the next ten weeks the iHomeschoolNetwork.com is participating in her series with topic-specific themes for homeschooling bloggers to share their “Top Tens”.
This week’s topic is top 10 favorite websites to use for homeschooling. There are so many fabulously helpful and encouraging homeschooling websites out there that it was hard for me to determine my “Top Ten”, but I think I have it narrowed down.
- Rainbow Resources – Not only do I often order new curriculum from this awesome provider, but I regularly visit just to read the reviews and product descriptions and peruse the sample pages.
- Librovox – This has been an invaluable resource in our homeschool. It has been a huge challenge homeschooling children who just do not embrace reading the way that I do, but being able to find free audios of great books has been a huge blessing. Not only could we download the MP3s to listen while on the go, but by listening together I was sure that the kids were actually doing the assignments. (Not that they would ever say they read something and not actually do it-not my children-lol)
- Handbook of Nature Study – We totally love nature study and Barbara’s site is the spot for the best nature study lessons. The best part is that it is not just for younger students. She includes activities for the high school level students that are more detail orientated and challenging.
- Happy Hearts at Home and Happy Hearts Homeschool Library – Alexandria maintains these two sister sites. The first is her personal blog where she not only shares her homeschooling experiences but frugal and free resources she finds. On her Happy Hearts Homeschool Library site she shares all the free and public domain books that she has found that are a huge help to free homeschooling. She has all her finds nicely categorized and searchable. She was my inspiration to use Google Books to find loads of great older free eBooks.
- Speaking of Google Books, that site definitely makes this list as well. I have used this many times to download PDFs of classic literature to go along with our Librovox listening and for copywork inspiration. I have also found lots of older schoolbooks that have been very useful in our studies.
- CoreKnowlege Lesson Plans – When the kids were younger and we were doing a lot of unit studies, I used this site a lot. There are so many great ideas and lesson plans for units for kids preschool to eighth grade.
- Homeschooling A to Z – This site is overflowing with lesson plans, helpful articles, inspiration, reviews, and a treasure trove of information and links.
- Simply Charlotte Mason – I don’t think we could be technically called Charlotte Mason homeschoolers (especially seeing that my kids are not fond readers) but I have tried to implement many of her techniques and learning tools in our schooling. The Simply Charlotte Mason website has been a huge help in understanding and utilizing this method of homeschooling.
- Moments with Mother Culture– This is Karen Andreola’s blog, writer of A Charlotte Mason Companion. Karen has inspired me to apply many of Charlotte Mason philosophies in our schooling.
- Worksheet Works.com is a really cool website that allows some flexibility in creating your own worksheets.
If you had to choose just 10 of your favorite homeschooling sites, which ones would you select? If you post on your blog, why not link up at Many Little Blessings’ site HERE so others might find that perfect resource they might have been looking for and did not already know about. Also I’d love to know your choices, so go ahead and leave me a comment so I can check them out too.