Even the best homeschool curriculum needs to be supplemented from time to time. Whether it’s to enhance learning or to further explore topics of interest, I’ve come to rely on several fantastic supplemental sites in our homeschool.
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Today I’m sharing those go-to resources for supplementing and how they’ve helped in our homeschool. Let’s get started, shall we?
My Favorite Homeschool Supplemental Sites
1. Pinterest – It shouldn’t surprise anyone that I’d suggest Pinterest first. Where else are you going to get a huge variety of ideas in one place? You can find help from other homeschooling parents, publishers, teachers, and everyone in between. That help can come in the form of free printables, book lists, Netflix ideas, activities, crafts, and so much more, all to go along with your lesson plans and take your child’s learning to the next level. All you need to do is search and read.
2. CurrClick – I’ve been a CurrClick fan for years now and have used their resources in countless ways, but I primarily use CurrClick for supplementing and clubs. (You know that Magic Tree House Club The Boy loves so much? It’s one of the *free* gems provided through CurrClick.) CurrClick is a great place to go for curriculum, unit studies, lapbooks, supplemental materials, classes, clubs, and more.
3. Teachers Pay Teachers – This is a great place for supplemental material and I’ve used it more times than I can count over the years. Although I usually go for the freebies offered on Teachers Pay Teachers, there are hundreds of thousands items available for a small cost. I’ve used TPT for worksheets, presentations, review games, etc.
|Teachers Pay Teachers has given us lots of extra resources through the years,
like these language arts printables The Boy used last year.
If common core implementation is a concern for you, it would behoove you to be mindful that many of these resources are geared towards “traditional” school settings. Despite this, most can be adjusted to fit homeschool needs. With that said, I tend to gravitate towards homeschool oriented sites like CurrClick now, but TPT has been a big help in the past.
4. Easy Peasy All in One Homeschool – I’ve never used All in One Homeschool as our full curriculum, but I often head that way for non-traditional ideas for history and science. Let the record show that there’s much more to the site than these two subjects though!
I use the Scope and Sequence pages to help me know what lines up with my lesson plans and then go from there to find the appropriate subject and schedule day. The Boy has honestly loved everything he’s done through Easy Peasy; I’m so thankful that the Giles family shares their labor of love with the rest of us.
|The Boy used Easy Peasy All in One Homeschool to learn more about Egyptian embalming practices last week.|
5. Magic Tree House – The Boy loves to spend time on this site, but it’s more than fun and games. If you click on the For Teachers tab in the upper right corner, you’ll find a world of educational resources to go along with the books. Like many other mainstream resources, these are designed with a classroom full of kids in mind, but there’s a plethora of good stuff here and it’s worth a look, especially when planning for history and science.
6. Khan Academy – There’s a lot more to Khan Academy than math, but the math alone makes it worth mentioning. This free site offers thorough grade appropriate video instruction along with follow up questions to test mastery before allowing the student to move on. Add the points-based achievement and mastery system and you’ve got a site that most kids will love. Worth noting, The Boy is a Khan Academy fan.
7. Crayola – Oddly enough, my favorite Crayola resources aren’t terribly artsy. Sure, the art-based lesson plans on the site are great for us not-so artsy folks, but the coloring pages were particularly helpful when The Boy was younger. There are lots of categories to choose from on the site, but the geography selection is especially good.
8. Education.com – Similar to the resources found on Teachers Pay Teachers, Education.com is a site I’ve accessed in the past for worksheets and quizzes. (The main difference between the two sites is that TPT is a marketplace for teachers to share or sell the resources they have personally made.) There’s a limit to the number of free resources you can download each month, but you have the option to pay for education.com membership if you prefer to avoid that cap.
Supplementing in Action
So, what does all this supplementing look like? Here’s one example:
If you’ve got a Magic Tree House fan in your home like I do, you can use the Magic Tree House books to your advantage. When we studied the Revolutionary War last year, The Boy read Revolutionary War on Wednesday and we read the matching American Revolution Fact Tracker together.
Add the Liberty’s Kids DVD series and our textbook and we had it covered pretty well.
If I had stuck to using only our text, it’s likely that The Boy would have been bored and retained very little of what was read. While it’s not always needed, supplementing really can make a huge difference!
Looking for more resources for your homeschool? Stop by iHomeschool Network’s Resources for Homeschool Moms Link-up and see what you can find. There’s lots of good stuff waiting for you there!