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100 COMPLETELY FREE Distance Learning Resources for Homeschoolers

Apr 8, 2009 Jennifer Williamson, Distance Columnist | 3 Comments

Home-schooling your kids? Check out these free online resources for parents and kids of all ages—including lesson plans, activities, educational online games, test prep, online high schools, forums and support groups.

Lesson Plans

Hotchalk: A lesson plan resource for kids of all ages, from pre-kindergarten to high school.

Educator’s Reference Desk: Wide range of lesson plans for all ages encompassing a variety of subjects including philosophy, physical education, computer science and the arts as well as the three R’s.

Teach-nology: Printable worksheets and teacher-submitted lesson plans for kids of all ages.

EdSITEment: Literature and language arts lesson plans. a few thousand teacher-tested lesson plans and lesson ideas for a wide range of subjects.

Education World
: Creative teacher-tested lesson plans on a wide range of subjects including everyday activities, Five-Minute Fillers, and other special features.
: Lesson plans in a variety of subjects, including a “Parents” section of lessons tailored to the home. Lesson plans divided by age, subject, and theme.

LessonPlanZ: Lesson plans and activities for kids of all ages, geared toward home-schooling families.

Scholastic: Lesson plans, teaching strategies, tools including rubrics, flash-card makers and podcasts, printables and mini-books, and a section for new teachers.

Educational Websites

: Educatinal website on various topics including dinosaurs, space, animals, science, math and reading. Games, educational videos and interactive features.

Study Stack: Study tools including virtual flash cards, memory and word games.

FunBrain: Online educational game and resource site.

Gamequarium: Game site for elementary school-age kids.

PBSKids: Games, music and resources related to popular PBS shows.

The Problem Site: Educational games for a variety of topics.

National Geographic Kids: Videos, activities, games and stories.

: Online games and directory of game sites. Games and educational videos for kids. Free online tutoring site with interactive forum.

Online High Schools

For more information on online high schools, check out this article on online high schools.

Keystone High School

Stanford University Online High School

Citizens High School

Kaplan College Preparatory School


University of Missouri Online High School

University of Oklahoma High School

Forest Trail Academy

Florida Virtual School

Primavera Online High School

Open Courseware

MIT: Medical Anthropology

Tufts University: Producing Films for Social Change

Berkeley: General Biology

MIT: Introduction to Urban Design and Development

Berkeley: Introduction to Computers

MIT: Economics and E-Commerce GED and College Prep

Utah State University: Avalanche and Snow Dynamics

Delft Open Courseware: Math Learning Space

Sogang Korean Program: Basic Korean

Test-taking Resources

TeachKidsHow: Teach Kids Test Taking Strategies

SAT Test Prep

SAT Practice Questions

Number2: Free SAT Test Prep

PSAT Online Prep

GED Test Prep

SteckVaughn GED Practice Test

GED For Free

GED Prep Online

ACT Test Prep

Reading Resources

Math and Reading Help for Kids

Reading Rockets

Reading Rainbow

Storyline Online


Kids’ Place: Houghton Mifflin Reading

The Story Place

Poetry Splatter

Story Starters

Math Resources

Math and Reading Help for Kids:




Science Resources

NASA for Kids

Endangered Species Kids Corner

The Universe Adventure

Smithsonian Education

Bill Nye the Science Guy

Extreme Science

Human Anatomy Online

Robot Constructor

Social Studies Resources

New York Times Learning Network

Library of Congress Site for Kids and Families

U.S. Census Bureau Kids’ Corner

TerraWeb for Kids

White House for Kids

Presidents of the United States

Library of Congress American Memories

Ben’s Guide to U.S. Government for Kids

Patent and Trademark Kids’ Pages

Home Schooling Resources

Home School Spot: Forum for parents of home-schooled kids.

Home School Website full of homeschooling resources, newsletters, lesson plans, planning and more.
: Homeschooling curriculums, resources, interviews and articles, and a database of local and regional homeschooling support groups.

Home Education Magazine: Online magazine geared toward homeschooling families.

Home School Resources: Site with information on local support groups, pre-k to high school education, special needs and more.

Home School Buyers: Website offering volume discounts on school supplies for homeschooling families.

The Well-Trained Mind: Website spin-off of The Well-Trained Mind book; directory of home-school blogs, forums, and resources.

Homeschool World: Official website of Homeschool World Magazine. Free newsletter, forums, experts, articles and resources.

SHEAF Homeschool Blog: Homeschooling with a Catholic theme.

Let’s Homeschool: Homeschool resource site with articles, curriculum resources, and directory of 100 best homeschool sites on the web.




Rmelodie Over a year ago

This is an awesome list of resources for students of all ages.

lauren maftel Over a year ago

Impressive list but is missing in the list..

Keri Over a year ago

Thanks for sharing all this information! There were alot of free resources. Here is another Great one I did not see listed that we use in our Homeschool ~> http://www.learninggamesforkid...

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