Career, Home, and Money Skills for Teens

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So many students come out of high school without knowing important life skills such as balancing a checkbook, managing their time, getting a job, among others.  I found this really neat website which can help with that.  You can go here to see resources and a Life Skills Curriculum for Teens and Adults.  You will find several great workbooks there such as one on Getting the Job, Career Management, goal setting, essential skills, money, everyday math and more.

Don’t forget to check out all the FREE Homeschool High School Resources on How To Homeschool for Free.

Huge Selection of Free Science Resources

Don't miss this HUGE selection of free science resources for your homeschoolers!

Do you enjoy teaching science in your homeschool?  I am so excited to have found this fabulous free resource for science.  On the EllenJMchenry site you can find a Huge selection of FREE Science resources!  You will find science games, worksheets, notebooking pages and more for all kinds of science topics.  The image below shows just a few of the choices.

Free Science Homeschool Rescources

Check out all the FREE Homeschool Science resources on How To Homeschool For Free!

Free Chemistry Lessons for Middle School Students

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Are you looking for a free Chemistry curriculum for your middle school student?  Middle School Chemistry has Free Chemistry Lessons for Middle School Students on their site.  This is a full chemistry curriculum which includes experiments, reading, activity sheets, and more.  You will find lessons on Density, The Periodic Table, Matter, Changes of State, and more.

Be sure to check out all the free homeschool science resources on How To Homeschool For Free.

Financial Literacy for High School Students

Teach your high school student how to manage money for free!

Knowing how to manage money after high school graduation is a life skill everyone should have.  Take a look at this Free Financial Literacy Curriculum for High Schoolers.  You will find a full curriculum from The Actuarial Foundation which includes lessons about banking, loans, investing and more.

Don’t forget to see all the High School Homeschool resources on How to Homeschool For Free.

Ultimate Guide to Early American History Curriculum!

Here is a wonderful FREE resource for guiding your children through early American history!

If you’re looking for a primer on American history for your kids with an emphasis on the founding documents, here is a great looking, free resource to help your kids learn their history!

Mom’s Mustard Seeds and Founders Academy have created this wonderful Ultimate Early Guide to American History Course that will teach your children about American History. These lessons include:

  • The Mayflower Compact
  • The Declaration of Independence
  • The Constitution of the United States of America
  • The Federalist and Anti-Federalist Papers

Be sure to check out all of the free homeschool history resources on How to Homeschool for Free!

Free High School Consumer Math Curriculum

Here is a great FREE Consumer Math Curriculum for your high schooler!

Consumer math includes math skills which will help your student prepare for real life.  It includes things like budgeting, etc.  Are you thinking of having your high schooler take a Consumer math course this year?  If so you will definitely want to check out this free Consumer math curriculum from Math and You.

You will find units on taxes, borrowing & saving, and much more.  Don’t forget to check out all the Free Homeschool Math curriculum on How To Homeschool For free.

FREE & Fun Online Typing Lessons For Kids!

It's time to teach the kids how to type! Here is a fun and free online resource to teach them the basics!


If you’re looking for a fun typing program for your kiddos, then check out Dance Mat Typing put together by the BBC!

There are four different levels and each level has 3 stages (so 12 lessons in all).

I went through several of the lessons and I was really impressed with the lesson structure… plus, I think the kids will have a lot of fun doing them (and they love English accents)!  🙂

The only thing that I would love to see added is an option to score accuracy and words per minute, but for a free typing program for the elementary-ages it definitely works great!

Head over to Dance Mat Typing HERE to get started.

Be sure to check out more free homeschool electives resources on How to Homeschool for Free!

(Thanks Marisa!)

FREE Printable Multiplication Practice Sheet For Numbers 3 – 12! {100 Problems}

Here is a FREE printable multiplication practice sheet for problems 3-12!!
My mom (who was a public school math teacher for many years) has always encouraged me to really focus on having the kids memorize all of their math facts, and for them to be able to do them FAST!  She taught Jr. High math and would have kids who had no problem learning the concepts of Pre-Algebra and Algebra I, but who would make several mistakes simply because they didn’t have their multiplication and division facts down.

Here is a FREE printable multiplication practice sheet for numbers 3-12!!

I love sharing the printable worksheets that I make for the kids with you guys, so if you would like to print this practice sheet for your kids (or for YOU – some of us parents likely need some extra practice here!) then just click the link below to download the pdf!  🙂

Click here to download the PDF of the 100 Practice Problems!

Also, if you don’t want to have to print out a new sheet every day, I am IN LOVE with my Scotch Laminator that my husband got me for Christmas!  We use dry-erase markers on the sheet to do the daily practice and it has worked out great!

Free Online Assessment Tests!

Curious where your student stands in their schooling or want to see if there are any gaps in their learning? Check out these online assessment tests!
Before I go through the free test-taking resources available online, let me say that I’m an “unschooler” at heart.  I love learning being just a regular part of life and I think that most gaps in a homeschool education can be taken care of pretty easily.

But there are certain subjects that I do like to test in each year, like math and reading.  The kids don’t know that it’s a “test” (especially when they are younger) but it gives me a tool for finding any gaps in those subjects that I need to take care of.

If you do opt for a test that gives scores, know that not all scores are completely accurate and are not the final say in grade level (if you even do grade levels). Keep in mind as you administer a test that a lower test score does not mean that your child is “behind” or that you have not done an awesome job as a teacher – these are just tools for finding any gaps in the areas that you want to be sure to cover.

State Testing

EdInformatics

EdInformatics provides a list of states with assessments and benchmark tests available online (keep in mind that different states have different standards)

Internet4Classrooms

Internet4Classrooms has a simple way to find an assessment to meet your needs. When you arrive on the page linked here, you will be asked for information but most is optional. You simply click on the grade level or subject you are interested in testing. There is a wide variety of tests available here for printing as well.

Academic Benchmarks

Academic Benchmarks will give you the state guidelines for different grade levels.

Secondary and College Testing

Test Prep and Test Practice

If you want to give your child a preview of the SAT visit Test Prep Preview or Test Prep Practice. Both websites offer free testing samples which include the GRE, Vocational Exams, Law School LSAT, and many more.

Curriculum Placement Tests

Taking Curriculum Placement Tests is another way to find any gaps in your homeschool academics (these are what I typically use). Several curriculum companies offer free diagnostic and testing tools for your use. Even if you have to register to take the test, you are not obligated to buy the curriculum at all.

Sonlight

Sonlight provides Horizons Math readiness tests.  You will also find tests for Teaching Textbooks, Singapore Math, and Saxon. Once you have your student take the test, look at the results to see where gaps.

Alpha Omega Homeschool

Alpha Omega Homeschool  provides tests for grades 3 and up.  You will have to register but you are under no obligation to purchase anything.

Math Mammoth

Math Mammoth tests are intended to assess end of year mastery.   The tests group the questions by topic, so it is easy to find any gaps in understanding. Let us know in the comments if there are any other assessment testing resources that you like!

Homeschool State History Resources: Printables, games, activities, & more!

FREE homeschool history resources for your state! Printables, games, activities, and more!
While you don’t have to spend a ton of time on state history, many states require that at least some state history be taught. Here are several completely free resources that can help you to get that requirement covered without breaking the bank!

Resources for all 50 states

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This has all 50 states with a general plan for covering all the topics in a state history unit study. If you don’t like the link for your state below, come back to this link and find your state. It seems fairly comprehensive, including reading lists.

Mr. Donn

Mr. Donn is a classroom teacher who shares his resources online.

Individual State Links

• Alaska

Alaska Museum of Natural History

• Arizona

Arizona Memory Project

• Arkansas

Arkansas Historic Preservation Society

• California

Road to California

LearnCalifornia.org

• Colorado

History Colorado

Doing History/Keeping the Past Project

• Connecticut

Connecticut History Online

The Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute

NOTE- You will need to scroll all the way to the bottom of the page for the 2 units on Connecticut history.

• Delaware

Delaware.gov

Historical Society of Delaware

• Florida

Historical Society of Palm Beach County

Florida Kids

• Georgia

Old Governor’s Mansion

Georgia History

• Hawaii

Hawaiian History

This page has multiple subjects on it. The history is the 3rd topic on the list.

• Idaho

Idaho.gov

Idaho’s Capitol for Kids

• Illinois

Wild Illinois History

Illinois History Teacher

This is online access to past issues of Illinois History Teacher magazine. It contains a “Connection with the Curriculum” section.

• Indiana

Indiana Magazine of History

Indiana Historical Society

• Iowa

State Historical Society of Iowa

• Kansas

Kansas Historical Society

Kansas History

• Louisiana

Louisiana – A State Unit Study

Louisiana History Project

• Maine

HOME- The Story of Maine

Maine Memory Network

• Maryland

Maryland History

• Michigan

Michigan Historical Museum

• Minnesota

Minnesota Historical Society

Minnesota History: A WebQuest

• Mississippi

Mississippi—A WebQuest

• Missouri

Finding Missouri Video Series

University of Missouri

• Montana

Montana: Stories of the Land

This is an online Textbook. The textbook is free but you need password for the answer key. I do not know if homeschool teachers can get the password. Please post a comment if you know any additional information.

Montana Kids

• Nebraska

Nebraska Studies- Historical Timeline

• Nevada

Nevada Culture and History

• New Hampshire

New Hampshire Historical Society

• New Jersey

New Jersey History for Kidsand the Teacher’s Guide for it

• New Mexico

The Atlas of Historic New Mexico

Explore NM history using maps.

New Mexico History Museum

• New York

New York Historical Society

• North Dakota

State Historical Society of North Dakota

• Ohio

Ohio History Central

• Oklahoma

Oklahoma Historical Society

• Oregon

Celebrating Oregon’s Heritage

• Pennsylvania

Explore Pennsylvania History

• Rhode Island

Rhode Island History

• South Carolina

Teaching US History in South Carolina

This is American History as it correlates to Carolina History.

• South Dakota

The Weekly South Dakotan

• Tennessee

Tennessee History for Kids

• Texas

Texas Beyond History

• Utah

Utah State History

• Vermont

Vermont History

• Virginia

Virginia State History Curriculum

• Washington

Washington History

• West Virginia

West Virginia History & Fun

• Wisconsin

Wisconsin Historical Society

• Wyoming

Wyoming.gov

Look for the link to the Student Packet.

Enjoy! and Please post in the comments any other helpful resources for State History!