Home Learning Resources:
Thank you to all of the wonderful teachers at Blue Ridge Charter School for passing on this list of Homeschool Learning Resources!
Special thanks to ALLISON WALTON, our Huck Teacher, for supplying so many fabulous links!
Don't forget to wander through the Rainbow Resource Catalog for some fabulous ideas and reviews on every subject!
We can all google the best sites to learn Spanish, or whatever, but here are a few gems we've found that are a little harder to find....
www.sarahjanestudios.com is giving away FREE printables for the next few weeks! (3/21/2020)
www.thewritingtutor.com - This is our own Holly Van Houten's site
www.Handsonlearning4all.com - This is our own Veronica Stanley-Hooper's site
We Love Kits & Games & Online Sites!
Art Museum Virtual Tours!
Art is history is art. We are so incredibly lucky that we can virtually visit the world's most incredible museums! Treat yourself to these amazing musems that are full of images of their art, lesson plans on art and history, and deepen your understanding of our world and how we got here. This is why online learning is so spectacular - this is brain FOOD. Enjoy enjoy - now is the time to travel all over the world and experience these wonders!
The Getty - right here in Los Angeles!
The Musee D'Orsay - Paris, France
Rijks Museum - The Netherlands
The Smithsonian Museums - Washington DC
The Uffizi - Florence, Italy
The Vatican Museums - Rome, Italy
10 days in Europe boardgame OK - these games are actually kind of hard to find now, but they are brilliant! You can do 10 days in Europe, the USA, Asia, etc. You can use them with almost any age, and they really build geographic knowledge and are FUN. I play this with little kids, I play this with big kids - everyone loves them! Try ebay if you're having a hard time finding the game :)
Science & Engineering
The Magic School Bus has KITS to teach Science!
Kiwi KITS bring STEM to life!
Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History - Excellent site that has videos, images, original documents and lesson plans!
Teaching Tolerance - lesson plans and more!
Smithsonian Learning Lab - Well of course they are spectacular!
The Huntington Library and Gardens - Because the Huntington is so much more than just their spectacular gardens, they have magnificent lesson plans as well using original documents, analysis and more. Check out their science lessons too!
Math / Financial Literacy
Zeus on the Loose My kids always like playing this game! They get to practice addition and subtraction up to 100, and a little strategy as well.
PARTS of a whole playing cards. This is a large set of cards that have fraction equivalents. They have 4 cards for each fraction; the fraction, the decimal equivalent, the percent equivalent and a graph of the fraction. I use these to play "Spoons", Memory Match, and other games to get the kids seeing how the fractions, percentages and decimals relate to one another. You can do hunts for equivalents and so many more home-made games with these great cards! OH - did I say they are color and pattern matched to help kids know if they found equivalents? Super fun :)
Cashflow for Kids I really liked using this in both my Consumer Math class and a Financial Literacy class. This helps kids understand the key concept of Passive vs Active Income along with budgeting and other skills. It's a banking game as well so there is a the component of making change, buying, budgeting. All ages can learn from this game, and there is a more advanced version of it for older kids.
Sequence There is a lot of strategy in this game to make a sequence of 5 in a row. We've played it with little kids and big kids - super fun!
Yahtzee! Don't forget about this classic!
Rush Hour This game is designed as a 1 person game, but I find 2 kids can play. It doesn't teach any math mechanical skills, but it's using the same part of your brain as math! And it teaches great skills like critical thinking and also how to do hard and maybe a little bit frustrating things. Brilliant :)
Katamino. This is also designed as a 1person game, but I've seen the kids play it with more :) Same kind of ideas as Rush Hour, but this one has the added benefit of developing a lot of geometric visualization skills. The kids have to turn the wooden pieces around and around to make them fit. Over time, they don't have to physically turn the pieces around so much because they can see "in their mind" whether it would work or not. Geometric Visualization is one of the super tools of the mind - this is fun way to build it. Enjoy!
I find that a lot of math games don't get the mechanical practice I want for the kids, and they're not always very fun. Here's an EASY way to do math basic drills, without buying a game :)
Create bingo sheet for free online.
Enter the numbers you want the kids to work on. Little numbers for little kids, bigger numbers for bigger kids.
Get out 2 or 3 dice. If you don't have dice, just use slips of paper. You can use 2 or 3 die, or more, depending on how advanced you want to make the game.
They roll the dice and then have to use ALL of the numbers that show up with ANY math operator (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division - you can add in exponents if they know how to do them, and fractions too!) So it could be like this: 5 + (3 * 2) to get 30. Ahhhh - you get to practice order of operations too!
They try to make any of the numbers on the bingo card.
The absolute beauty of this game is that they are doing SO MUCH MATH, but it's fun! So it's not like a worksheet at all. Once they get a couple of numbers on the bingo sheet, they tend to try to get numbers that will help them get 5 in a row, so they'll really be working on mental math to make the number they want with the numbers on the dice. ENJOY!
Don't forget the basics of teaching children how to use a spreadsheet like Excel or Google Sheets! Your financial literacy is the perfect place to learn this skill :) Teach them how interest compounds easily in a spreadsheet and you might see your children wanting to save more money!
PayDay This can be a quick 15 minutes of fun where kids learn to balance expenses and income!
Prime Climb You need to understand prime numbers for so much of your math work! I use this fun game in my classes and with my daughter to strengthen this core concept in a fun and fast way!
Multi Age, Multi Discipline Learning Websites:
Free subscriptions due to the COVID-19 virus:
2Simple, Amazingeducationalresources.org, AdmitHub , ABCMouse/Adventure Academy, ALBERT, Alchemie
American Chemistry Society
Backpack Sciences, Boardmaker, BookCreator App, Booksourcebanter.com, BrainPop, Breakout Edu, Buncee
Century, CheckMath, CircleTime Fun, CK-12 Foundation, ClassDojo, Classroom Secrets, ClassHook
Classtime, CMU CS Academy, CommonLit, Conjugemos Coursera for Campus Curriki
Fiveable, Flipgrid, Fluency Matters, Freckle, Free Math
Google For Edu
Heggerty.org (for phonics lessons)
KET’s PBS Learning Media
Kids Discover Online
LearningAlly (Someone else called it ReadingAlly, so not sure if they are the same thing.)
Minecraft: Education Edition
PebbleGo By Capstone
Readworks.org (Already free. Good to know that some books can be read to students
TimRasinski.org for spelling and word games