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These links have not been checked by Advisory members for CM-compatibility. These links also have not been updated since 2001, but we're working at it (slowly).

Thanks to Missey Gray and Lisa Vos for compiling and formatting much this page!

Audio Books
Bible
History
Geography
    General maps
    Paddle-to-the-Sea
Language Arts
    Phonics
    Handwriting
    Composition
    Grammar
Poetry
Nature Study
    Nature Study: Birds
    Sources of Science Videos
Art appreciation
Music
    Hymns
Handicrafts and Games
Other
    Newspapers
    Testing
    Typing







Audio Books

http://www.audible.com
From an AO member: "With this you can download many, many audio books and burn them to CD (no, it is not illegal as this company has paid for the rights to this). I joined their program where for $20 a month I can download 2 books of any cost."

Homeschool Radio Shows sells audiobooks: Living Books for the Ears
http://www.homeschoolradioshows.com/

RecordedBooks.com
http://www.recordedbooks.com/

Places to Buy Used (and new) Books




Bible

Crosswalk.com

Study Resource - Lectionary, Scripture Study, and Worship Links and Resources: http://www.textweek.com/




History

A First Book in American History by Edward Eggleston
This might be an optional extra for free reading or for those who want an American history spine for younger children.

The Kings and Queens of England http://www.cidadevirtual.pt/poge/kings/index.html

20th Century list online http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~cheps/AO5and6/index.html




Geography

General maps

World Atlas Info Please (click area for closer, more detailed look)
US Atlas Info Please (scroll down to click on separate states and other geography options)
Education Place
Blank Outline State Maps
National Geographic Map Maker
World Atlas outline maps
Historical Maps
UTexas collection of maps
Knowledge Quest (Bramley Books) has maps and geography helps for homeschoolers.
Seterra has online map drills
TapQuiz is a free map drill app for iPad/iPhone.

Paddle-to-the-Sea

The Great Lakes http://www.great-lakes.net/lakes/

Whitefish Bay part 1
From an AO member: "Here are some more pretty good Great Lakes sites that caused us to pause and get sidetracked for a bit when Paddle reached Whitefish Bay and the Soo Locks. We got really interested in the Locks and in Great Lakes Shipwrecks and the fact that shipping stops on the Great Lakes in the wintertime (we are Texas folk, so it's hard for us to imagine anything being halted due to ICE!)"
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Lakes#Shipwrecks

Paddle-to-the-Sea and other Holling geography helps http://webspace.webring.com/people/bt/thephunnyfarm/holling.html The Advisory advises caution in using Beautiful Feet guides as they are curriculums by themselves and will add a pretty big workload (as well as more books) to AO's already packed booklist, and may jeopardize the reflection time needed to savor what's already scheduled.




Language Arts

Vocabulary http://www.freevocabulary.com

Phonics
http://janbrett.com/
http://www.starfall.com/

Handwriting

http://janbrett.com/
Handwriting Worksheet Maker (add to FAQ)
Type your own Manuscript Worksheets
Print Beginner Writing Paper
Handwriting Printable Sheets

Composition

A Junior School English Course for Grades IX and X, by F.F. Potter, M.A., B.Sc., published in Canada by Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons (Canada) Ltd., (Ruth Beechick style)

Grammar

Graded Lessons in Grammar by Reed and Kellogg
This book is in line with the way Charlotte Mason taught grammar, beginning with the sentence before proceeding to how the parts of speech function within the sentence. Would make a first grammar text for a 10-11 year-old.
http://franciacenter.net/html/gradedlessonsingrammar.html

http://www.dailygrammar.com

Graded Lessons in English an Elementary English Grammar: Consisting of One Hundred Practical Lessons http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/7010
Higher Lessons in English: A work on English grammar and composition http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/7188
Both of these books are by Brainerd Kellogg and Alonzo Reed.




Poetry

Poet Index - List of 501 poets in chronological order, linked to biographical sketches and sample poems.
http://eir.library.utoronto.ca/rpo/display/indexpoetdate.html

Year 1 - A.A. Milne
http://www.poemhunter.com/aa-milne/poems/poet-6764/page-1/

Year 2 - James Whitcomb Riley
From an AO member: "There is a section with scanned-in sheet music for some of his poems. The kids' section includes Little Orphant Annie, When the Frost is on the Punkin, and a couple of others."
http://www.jameswhitcombriley.com




Nature Study

http://www.realtimerendering.com/flowers/flowers.html

http://www.nps.gov/plants/color/

Trout Lilies: http://www.npsnj.org/e_americanum_spring.htm

Dutchman's breeches: http://www.npsnj.org/d_cucullaria_spring.htm

Nature Study: Birds

Feeding birds part 2 http://www.pallensmith.com/weather/twc4602.htm

Feeding Birds part 2 - Homemade Suet Cake recipe http://www.pallensmith.com/features/highlights99/h0504e.htm

Feeding Birds part 1 (facts) http://www.pallensmith.com/weather/twc4601.htm
Birdfeeders and Marvel Meal http://home.att.net/~plastereddragon/birdseed.html

Bird recipe collection http://birding.about.com/library/weekly/aa031300a.htm

Bird Info and FAQ's http://www.mainemanna.com/bird_information.html

Backyard Wildlife - feeding birds http://www.ianr.unl.edu/pubs/wildlife/g669.htm

Safe/unsafe Kitchen Scraps http://www.gardenguides.com/articles/birdfood.htm

The Great Backyard Bird Count http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc/

Sources of Science Videos

Answers in Genesis
Moody Bible Institute/Moody Science Films http://www.moodyvideo.org
Master Books
BBC (some evolutionary language)
The Elijah Company http://www.elijahco.com
Rainbow Resource Center http://www.rainbowresourcecenter.com

http://misterguch.brinkster.net/labs.html (no description)
http://science.donnayoung.org/labsheets.htm




Art

Elementary Art Lesson Plans http://www.princetonol.com/groups/iad/lessons/elem/elemlessons.html

Handicrafts and Art Lessons

http://hopechestlegacy.com/lesson1.htm
http://www.princetonol.com/groups/iad/lessons/elem/elemlessons.html
http://www.papertoys.com/

Art appreciation

http://www.artcyclopedia.com/
http://www.gardenofpraise.com/art.htm
http://www.momes.net/coloriages/coloriages.html

Art Books (these are not online)
    Claude Monet: Sunshine and Water Lillies by Steven Packard and True Kelley
    Vincent Van Gogh: Sunflowers and Swirley Stars by Brad Bucks and Joan Holub
    Henri Matisse: Drawing with Scissors by Kessie Johnson and Jane O'Connor
    Pablo Picasso Picasso: Breaking All The Rules by True Kelley
    Mary Cassatt: Family Pictures by Jane O'Connor
    Edgar Degas: Paintings that Dance by Kristin N. Cole




Music

Medieval music
From an AO member: "Here is an interesting link that has some medieval music history on it."
http://www.vanderbilt.edu/~cyrus/ORB/orbmusic.htm

Search for and download music
From an AO member: "I also wanted to mention a great site that is free that you can download just about any kind of music from. I downloaded all of the music for term 2 from it."
http://www.kazaa.com/us/products/

Quick Link for studying lots of songs: http://www.lilesnet.com/patriotic/music/battle_hymn_of_The_republic.htm
Fife and Drum (midi 'fife') for a good number of Civil War Songs: http://www.civilwarmusic.net/fife.php

Classical Music http://www.classicsforkids.com/

Hymns

http://www.cyberhymnal.org/ [now at hymntime.com]

Hymns for A Kid's Heart (4 volume set) for sale at http://www.gnpcb.org/product/1581345054




Handicrafts

http://www.keepersofthefaith.com/Catalog/CraftIndex.asp
http://www.magiccabindolls.com/
http://www.hearthsong.com/

Traditional and folk games http://www.estcomp.ro/%7Ecfg/




Other

Scored reading tests with AO books http://www.stjameswo.org/ACC-READ.htm

Video Titles

"Incredible Creatures" by Dr. Jobe Martin

"Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady"

Dinah Zike's book, Big Book of Projects has forms. http://www.dinah.com

Newspapers

"The Link" http://www.homeschoolnewslink.com

God's World News (current events)

Testing

http://www.fairtest.org

Iowa Basics. Bob Jones University for about $35.00 and the practice tests are $10.00.

http://www.nhen.org/newhser/default.asp?id=291

Typing

Free Typing Programs http://www.goodtyping.com/
                 http://www.kidwaresoftware.com/kidtype.htm
                 http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/typing/ (for younger students; perhaps too twaddly for some?)
Test Your Typing Speed http://www.powertyping.com/typing_test/typing_test.shtml (most courses require 25 wpm to pass)

Word Whacker - Not free, but an enjoyable, basic no-nonsense typing program ($24.95 to register after downloading and testing the trial) http://www.nimblefingers.com/p_prog.htm