Thursday, August 15, 2013


Homeschooling in this day and age is so much fun.  Everyday, I find new educational videos, movies, games,etc to help enhance the kids learning. - Eric found Crash Course yesterday and oh how I love it!    They cover U.S. and World History, Literature, Ecology, Chemistry and Biology.  The best way to describe it is: crass educational facts on speed!  The Crash Course team makes no bones about the dirty side of human history.  Religion is discussed as it affects various parts of history but do so without showing favoritism.  I do recommend that parent's preview this before allowing their kids to see it just to make sure it is inline with your families beliefs.  They will see nude art, sex is mentioned as appropriate which he calls (ex. He talks about how early Europeans saw nothing noble about Indians and one of the "character flaws" that he mentions is that they were able to engage in pre-marital sex without shame). - Two guys, one dry erase board, one camera and hundreds of dry erase markers. lol  They take people's science questions and answer them in the simplest and shortest way possible.  Most videos are are G-rated but there are a few you may want skip (ex. How to Scientifically Cure a Hangover.) - Good Eats!  How I love Alton Brown.  His shows serve three purposes: teaching us how to cook, WHY certain things happen with food through scientific explanations and the history and culture of foods. - 4,500 free educational videos and the ability to practice what you've learned!  The goal of the creator of Khan Academy is free education for all....regardless of race, religion, economic status or place on the globe.  They cover everything from basic arithmetic to SAT test prep. - One of my kids' all-time favorite shows, Liberty Kids!  If you aren't familiar with Liberty Kids it is a cartoon about the history of the United States. - The site claims to be a complete curriculum for K-8th grade.  Personally, I would not use it as a curriculum but I definitely think it is a great supplement/review/testing tool.  I really like how they start each section with an assessment test to gauge a child's strengths and weaknesses. - A free, all-in-one reading program.  I personally have not tried this site but it has gotten a lot of good press from other homeschooling moms. - Up and coming pre-k curriculum from the makers of Signing Time.  Obviously, I don't have pre-schoolers anymore but I love Signing Time and I love Rachel's passion for early childhood education. - Many of you may remember when The History Channel started broadcasting Modern Marvels.  If you do not, the program focuses on how scientific advances affect our world today. - Free Science publications!  We've ordered everything in their catalog.  I will say it is definitely for upper grades and it is definitely secular. - The mom of this blog has taken the time to compile several resources for the Story of the World Vol. 1 & 2.

Facebook - do I need to tell you what a great resource Faebook can be for homeschooling?  I didn't think so.  :-)  I will share with you some of the pages I frequent:
Homeschooling Around the World
The Homeschool Life
Secular Homeschooling with Netflix & Other Media
"The Story of the World" Curriculum
Secular Homeschool Families
Buddhist Homeschool Group

Last but not least, Pinterest.  If you are a homeschooling mom, you've probably spent more time on Pinterest than you care to admit to.  If  you are interested, you can follow me on Pinterest @

Obviously, there are THOUSANDS of resources for homeschoolers online.  I will make every attempt to post new links as I find them.

Hope everyone has a great day!  If you have any questions or comments, leave them below.  Also, if you have a Pinterest account with amazing resources, share it!  I'd love to see what other people have found.  :-)

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