Monday, May 17, 2010

Various Resources in One Post

I thought I would share some of the resources I've found over the years that proved helpful in our homeschooling/unschooling.
I hope no one feels intimidated. These are tools I've used over 10+ years and is actually only a partial list. I've added links where I thought they might be useful, fun or interesting.

(Note: Not all of these worked for all of my kids, so it's good to try to borrow the books or DVDs from the library whenever possible to test them out. I originally found many of the books and DVDs through our library system.)

-The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise
-Secrets of a Buccaneer-Scholar by James Marcus Bach (my son just read this, it has an unschooly feel)
-Teach Your Own by John Holt
-Freedom to Learn blog
-TED Talks
-Brainpop (many free featured videos on this site)
-Free Rice (mini quizzes on various topics)
-Random Facts (facts on different topics--this is a new one I just found out about that will be very useful)

English and Reading:
-Guys Read
-Starfall (Online reading program)
-Schoolhouse Rock's Grammar Rock
-Where Do You Get Your Ideas? by Sandy Asher (on writing)
-Rose, Where Did You Get That Red? by Kenneth Koch (on writing poetry)
-Nitty Gritty Grammar by Judith P. Josephson and Edith H. Fine:
-Elements of Style by Strunk and White
-Barron's Painless Grammar and Painless Junior Grammar
-Vocabulary Cartoons series by Sam, Max and Bryan Burchers

-Muzzy Spanish
-Laugh 'n' Learn Spanish by Lynn Johnston and Brenda Wegmann
-Minimus by Barbara Bell (for Latin)
-TuTubusLatinus (many lessons in Latin, we use the Aeneid of Virgil, where the Aeneid is translated in a series of videos)

-Sir Cumference series by Cindy Neuschwander
-The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics by Norton Juster
-Singapore Math
-Murderous Maths series by Kjartan Poskitt
-Khan Academy (site offers video help with math and physics)
-Algebra Unplugged by Kenn Amdahl (good for readers)
-Barron's Painless Geometry
-Geometry Success in 20 Minutes a Day

-Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Comstock
-The Usborne Complete First Book of Nature
-Best of Beakman's World DVD
-Delta Education's Science in a Nutshell kits (expensive, but worth it if you have several children or worry about doing experiments)
-My First Body Book by Melanie and Chris Rice
-Adventures with Atoms and Molecules by Robert C. Mebane and Thomas R. Rybolt
-The Physics of Superheroes by James Kakalios (there are great videos at his website)

-Horrible Histories series by Terry Deary
-Various biographies by Mike Venezia
-Wicked History biographies
-The Kingfisher Complete Book of World History (this one may be out of print)
-The Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia Of World History
-American Girl series


Karen said...

Great list, Cristina!
Next rainy day, which I think is supposed to be tomorrow actually, we're coming here to check some of these out.

call*me*kate said...

Looks like a great list! We have some tapes of Beakman's World around here somewhere, I need to dig them out now that the kids are old enough to "get" the humor. Todd and I watched Beakman all the time when Chad was a baby (that was back when we had TV.) We loved Josie.

Thanks for your comments on my post about my "Surprise" trip. I love how you and I think alike so often. It's reassuring to know someone understands! Please tell your lovely daughter "Happy Birthday" for me. She is a treasure - lucky you!

Have a terrific week!

P.S. HSB has certainly made things more complicated, at least in my opinion. How are you doing with that site? Perhaps it's just me!

Pragmatic Mom said...

I blog on math workbooks and really like Singapore Math, Daily Word Problems and Life of Fred at

I have reviews on these workbooks/textbooks if you want more details.

My kids use these for summer supplementation (we pick and choose chapters).

Pragmatic Mom
Type A Parenting for the Modern World

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