The resources found on this page are ones that I have either personally used or found helpful in my years as a Homeschool Teacher, Homeschool Support Group Leader, Non-traditional Private School Owner, Daughter, Wife and Mom. I hope that they are of some help to many of you. Be sure to click "View All" to see all of the links - there are more than what meets the eye here!
(wearer of many hats)
Many people ask about curriculum - what do I use and what do I recommend. I've listed some great resources below, but the answer to what I use is too long to list here. Click here for my answer, complete with links!
I use this link regularly to look up Bible verses and see what they look like in different translations; there's much more to the website.
The Homeschool Resource Roadmap
I also use this link quite often to look up curriculum to see if it is aligned with Common Core Standards or not. The Roadmap "provides current and prospective homeschooling parents with free summative information about more than 3,800 homeschool-oriented resources in over 300 different content areas," according to their webpage. I can tell you that they have so much information there that you can get overwhelmed. It's great to go into it with a particular curriculum in mind to check to see if it's aligned with Common Core Standards. It's also great to find out about curricula that you've never heard of before, but be ready to spend some time there!
Cathy Duffy Reviews
I find myself suggesting this one to most new home educating parents. I used it a lot when I first started out too. Cathy Duffy has reviewed quite a few different curricula and has a number of resources.
Rainbow Resource Center
WOW! What a website and what a catalog! They have over 50,000 homeschool products - curriculum and games and planners, oh my! Honestly, order a catalog, it's as big as a phone book (or what they used to be) and each item in it has been personally reviewed by someone in the company. If you ever find yourself with a little extra spending money, it's easy to use up on their clearance/sale page!
A to Z Home's Cool
Homeschooling is Cool! A to Z Home's Cool community website will help you homeschool your kids from preschool, kindergarten, through homeschooling high school with free online education, home-friendly lesson ideas, educational websites, helpful articles, top homeschool programs, books, materials, curriculum... and best of all... Homeschool Friends!
Florida Parent Educator's Association
The FPEA has one of the largest homeschooling conventions in the world in Orlando every May, along with an awesome graduation ceremony for its seniors - but that's not all that it's about.
The Home Education Foundation
The Home Educator's Voice at the Capitol is Brenda Dickinson's website with all of the latest news about what is going on in Tallahassee regarding the laws that affect homeschooling. Sign up for her newsletters and be ready to make a call, write a letter, or send an email when she puts the word out that it is needed. And please, consider a donation.
Home School Legal Defense Association
Advocates for homeschooling.
Free Kindergarten Resources
I came across this site while looking for some free kindergarten curriculum or resources to help someone and really liked what I saw. I thought I should share with everyone!
Free Reading Program
The Free Reading Program is free for students in need and sponsored by donors who want to help make a change. Our program provides learners in reading levels K-6 with a comprehensive online studying tool, designed to reinforce fundamental reading skills. With over 3,500 activities accessible online, our program is used by over 300,000 students in 185 countries. Our impact is diverse and widespread. From new English learners, to students looking for something to curb summertime learning loss, anyone is welcome to give the program a try.
I have enjoyed this site, and the emails from the Erskine's forever! They are always giving us truly free resources, and some wonderful humor too.
The Ulitmate Grocery List
A pdf file that you can download and just check off the groceries you need to get!
Donna Young Printables and Resources
When I started out, all of Donna Young's stuff was free! As she began to grow her site and her stuff became more and more popular, she decided to go to a subscription based site. I can tell you that her calendars and planners are amazing!
Kiddie Records Weekly began in 2005 as a one year project devoted to the golden age of children's records. This period spanned from the mid forties through the early fifties and produced a wealth of all-time classics. Many of these recordings were extravagant Hollywood productions on major record labels and featured big time celebrities and composers. Over the years, these forgotten treasures slipped off the radar and it became our mission to give them a new lease on life by sharing them with today's generation of online listeners. Each week throughout the year we'll add a new recording. We took a break in 2008, returning in 2009 for one final year. So whether you are hearing these records for the first time or reuniting with a childhood favorite from long ago, we hope you take great pleasure in your trip down memory lane!
Life in the Roman Empire:Historical Fact and Fiction
Each article provides an in-depth treatment drawn from information in books and articles by academic experts. Whenever I can, I bring in details related specifically to being a Christian during that era. The site features: 1) In-depth articles on many topics, including adoption, slavery, citizenship, crime and punishment, and chariot racing. 2) Reviews of fiction set in the Roman era with its suitability for wholesome supplemental reading by teens in mind. 3) For fun, Latin puzzles related to the articles for language learners or puzzle lovers. 4) For the “full Roman experience,” Roman recipes from an authentic Roman cookbook from AD 100 with an invitation for people to send me modern versions to post and share.
Florida Department of Education Graduation Requirements - you can check to see what public schools are requiring for graduation. This is helpful when you are planning the high school years or building a transcript.
CPALMS is an online toolbox of information, vetted resources, and interactive tools that helps educators effectively implement teaching standards. It is the State of Florida’s official source for standards information and course descriptions - if you click on Course Descriptions, then you can browse the courses for all levels, including high school. This is helpful when you are building a transcript.
Where you can register for the ACT test, upload scores. etc.
The SAT is offered at least seven times each year in the U.S. and six times internationally. It is offered in October, November, December, January, March (U.S. only; SAT only), May and June.
Florida College Access Network - College Ready Toolbox
Florida College Access Network (FCAN) provides resources to support schools, districts, and organizations to implement the College Ready Florida statewide initiatives to promote a college-going culture in their communities.
Where to find scholarships for college
A flyer from the Florida College Access Network with information about scholarships
How to Pay for College
Flow Chart from Florida College Access Network about How to Pay for College
High School Resume Examples
This site has examples of good (and bad) high school resumes - and has a free resume builder!
College and Career Readiness Guide
Brochure from Florida College Access Network about Planning for the future
College Planning Guide for Students with Learning Disabilities
In this extensive planning guide, we give you the tools you need to be successful in understanding the college environment for students with learning disabilities as well as your rights and potential accommodations. Whether it’s in-person or online college you’re pursuing, we’ll show you where to find the best resources to achieve your goals.