Resources for Core Subjects

Here is a list of websites that help teach one or more of the subjects that are traditionally taught in schools. The resources below are not associated with a particular curriculum, although they certainly could supplement any course of study. For families just starting out in homeschooling, or for those who are designing a customized learning plan, these websites are a great place to begin. They are user-friendly and easy to navigate, and most of them are free. Price information and subject tags are listed for each.

1. becausegamesmatter.com

Extra Credits have produced hundreds of educational videos, all of which can be found on the YouTube channel. The videos are short–usually 5-12 minutes long, and are grouped into five categories: Extra Credits (about gaming), Extra History (extremely popular animations about history), Extra Mythology, Extra Sci Fi, and Extra Politics. Free. [history and more]

2. coreknowledge.org

Core Knowledge is a not-for-profit organization with a mission “to advance excellence and equity in education for all children.” Comprehensive curricula are available for core subjects, for preschool through 8th grade. Their Core Knowledge Sequence document details all the content areas and skills that are meant to be taught in each grade. An illustrated version of the “Sequence” can be purchased in the book series What Your __ Grader Needs to Know. Free downloads for some subjects; other subjects available for purchase. [language arts, history & geography, music, science, visual arts]

3. curiositystream.com

Curiosity Stream is a subscription service for educational documentaries. $2.99/month after 7-day trial. [science; history; technology; biology]

4. duolingo.com

Duolingo is a fun, game-based method for learning languages, including Spanish, French, Greek, Swahili, and many more. Free. [foreign language]

5. education.com

Worksheets, games, lesson plans, projects, and songs. Sort by grade level or subject. Free with optional subscription for additional content. [math; language arts; computing; science; history; foreign language; art]

6. geoguessr.com

Geoguessr is a simple activity that involves looking at street views and trying to figure out the matching location on a world map. Individual or group modes available. It’s super fun, and it encourages close observation and discussion about different parts of the world. Free. [geography]

7. k12reader.com

K12reader provides worksheets for spelling, reading, grammar, and composition. Free. [spelling; language arts]

8. khanacademy.org

Khan Academy offers step-by-step courses, complete with video tutorials and quizzes, for pre-K through college level. Free. [math; science & engineering; computing; arts & humanities; economics & finance; test prep; careers & more]

9. kidactivities.net

The title says it all. Designed to serve parents and educators, this website has thousands of activity ideas for kids. They are grouped thematically, for example, “71 Literacy Activities for Preschoolers,” “28 Random Acts of Kindness,”  and “27 Science Experiments.” So many ideas. Nicely organized and perfect for unit studies. Free. [math, reading, language arts, science]

10. math-aids.com

Math-Aids is a great site for generating worksheets about basically any math topic. Worksheets can be customized for difficulty level and much more. Free. [math]

11. seterra.com

This site offers quiz games for dozens of geography topics–countries, capitals, rivers, landmarks, flags, and so on. A map pops up and you try to click on the right spot. Straightforward and fun! Free. [geography]

12. teachingideas.co.uk

Teaching Ideas has downloadable “teaching packs,” which can be used for unit studies on various topics. These packs include posters, stories, vocabulary, math activities, puzzles, coloring pages and more.  There are nearly a hundred topics available, but a few examples include dinosaurs, fractions, magnets, poetry, and volcanoes. Approximately $23.00/year. [math; language arts; science; history; geography]

13. teachyourmonstertoread.com

Teach Your Monster to Read is a game-based system for developing reading skills, starting with letter/sound recognition and continuing up through complete sentences. It is targeted toward preschool, kindergarten, and first grade. Free on the website, or $4.99 for the mobile app. [reading]

14. typingclub.com

Typing Club is a straightforward program for learning to touch type. Starts with the basics, like hand positioning, and the short lessons can be repeated as often as necessary. Free. [computing]

15. varsitytutors.com

Varsity Tutors is a tutoring company, but they also provide a series of mobile applications for diagnostic tests, flashcards, quizzes, and practice tests. There are dozens of topics covered, from Kindergarten Common Core to Advanced Placement exams to the LSAT! Free apps. [math; language arts; science; social studies, test prep]

16. worksheetworks.com

Design, customize, and print worksheets for math, grammar, handwriting practice, geography and more. Free. [math; language arts; geography]

17. dadsworksheets.com

Thousands and thousands of math worksheets for all levels and topics! This site also has some handy features like a long division calculator and Roman numeral converter. Free. [math]

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