Resources

Written By: susan wight

A packaged curriculum is not necessary to home educate successfully but there are many options available for those who wish to use one. Time spent thinking about what you and your children wish to learn and what best suits their style of learning before buying anything will be rewarded. Cheap mistakes are easier to back away from than expensive ones and some families later regret having outlaid a large sum of money on a curriculum which was not right for them. It is worth reading a variety of books about ways of home educating before making these decisions. A list of recommended titles can be found in the books section.

If you choose to use a curriculum, you may not need to buy a whole package new. Try your library, second hand book store and the Internet. Consider borrowing some materials from a friend before you buy to check if they suit your family. Keep in mind your own bookshelf, your local bookshop and even your newsagent. You can draw on material from the Internet, encyclopedias, CD-ROMs, community courses, libraries, museums, special interest groups clubs, friends willing to share skills and many other things that may be available in your area.

This list is only a starting point to the many resources available.

Govt Contacts/Resources

Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority 
Legally, all Victorian home educators are required to register with the VRQA. Registration forms and the VRQA’s Support Materials for the Registration of Homeschooling in Victoria (registration information) can be downloaded from the VRQA website at http://www.vrqa.vic.gov.au/homeSchool/ or obtained by telephoning them on  (03) 9651 3293. The full legal requirements for home educating in Victoria are on our legal page. We also have links to legal information for other states.

Homeschooling in Victoria: A guide to services and support
A booklet produced by the Victorian government and published in November 2009. It is sent to all newly registered home educators upon registration with the VRQA. It can also be downloaded from: http://www.vrqa.vic.gov.au/Documents/homeschoolingbooklet_1.pdf

National Curriculum

A national curriculum is currently under development  for Prep to Year 12. The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority is the body responsible for developing the curriculum and the draft curriculum is available at http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/ Home educators in some states will be required to adhere to the national curriculum but Victorians will not be.

Victorian Essential Learning Standards In Victorian schools, Prep to Year 10 curriculum is provided by a framework known as the Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS) The AUSVELS (the interim between the VELS and the National Curriculum) are provided online at http://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/pages/foundation10/f10index.aspx   This website works through all topics giving examples of expectations for each year and sample units of work and examples of student work. Note Victorian home educators are not obliged to use the VELs but may wish to refer to it in designing their own program or as a useful guide to year level expectations.

Distance Education Centre
Phone:             (03) 8480 0000
Email: ua.ude.civ.ecnatsidnull@llorne
Web: www.distance.vic.edu.au
The eligibility criteria is restricted basically to those living a certain distance from a school or those with a medical reason for not attending school. To check the full criteria and see whether you fit into one of the categories, see the Distance Ed website. It is also possible to purchase the Distance Ed curriculum to use yourself without support from the centre. The cost is around $150 per year per student for the full curriculum. Individual subject supplies are also available for sale.

NAPLAN TESTS
NSW home educators registered with the Board of Studies may register for NAPLAN – contact them for details. Victorian home educators are not currently eligible to sit the NAPLAN (unless they are enrolled part-time at a school).

FUSE and Connect. These are publicly accessible websites developed by DEECD. FUSE is for educators and is specifically designed to provide teaching, professional learning and policy resources. fuse.education.vic.gov.au/pages/teacher.aspx The Connect resources have been selected to support and enrich learning and teaching. There are primary and secondary pages.

Languages Online
Website developed by DEECD which provides teaching and learning resources suitable for LOTE from prep to year 10. Online interactive tasks and worksheets for French, German, Indonesian and Italian. There is also a ‘game maker’ template to create interactive language games using your own text, voice recordings or images.www.education.vic.gov.au/languagesonline

Free Resources

(see also websites under separate subject and style headings)

Free Geometry software http://www.geometrygames.org/

Teacher Resource Website http://gigglepotz.com/ Curriculum resource materials and free downloads

The Learning Federation Educational Interactive Games in Maths, Science, English etc. http://www.thelearningfederation.edu.au/default.asp?id=1691

Charlotte Mason Curriculum Free Charolotte Mason curriculum  www.amblesideonline.org

Funbrain www.funbrain.com/cashreg/index.html Maths activities

Cool Mathmaths games etc http://www.coolmath4kids.com/

Math Is Fun games etc http://www.mathsisfun.com/

Dr Mike’s Math Games Completely free and useful website for games, ideas and printables. Some are helpfully divided by grades which gives you an idea of the level they might appeal to/be appropriate for. Kids seem to love the games especially the “traffic jam” game  www.dr-mikes-math-games-for-kids.com

Lets Play Maths is a maths teachers’ blog of ideas, games and projects for teaching maths from preschool to highschool http://letsplaymath.net/2011/06/17/math-teachers-at-play-39/

Khan AcademyFree & useful website with videos on High School Maths, Chem, Physics and Biology, History, Economics khanacademy.org The presenter uses a Youtube format and a blackboard with a casual approach.

Super Simple Science http://www.kidzone.ws/science/

Chemistry www.HowToTeachScience.com Free elements newsletters – also sell science resources.

How Stuff Workwww.howstuffworks.com Explanations on everything from tooth whiteners to robots.

Brainish: Maths Program p-12 http://www.brainish.com/

Resource for self-motivated learners http://www.eliteskills.com/free_education/?foo=x

Dreamspark http://www.dreamspark.com/ This site lets registered students (including home ed students) download all of Microsoft’s development tools for free!

Physical Education Program for young children http://www.animalexercisefun.org A fitness/play program for young children. “Animal Exercise Fun” teaches the basics of: breathing, stretching, aerobics, balance and relaxation through rhyming verse instructions modeled after the natural movements of animals from around the world.

Preschool to Grade 5 – maths, reading, art & music http://www.toytheater.com/

Climate Science The Skeptical Science website is an excellent resource on climate change, especially useful when you need accurate information to combat denialist arguments. Scientific skepticism is healthy. In fact, science by its very nature is skeptical. Genuine skepticism means considering the full body of evidence before coming to a conclusion. However, when you take a close look at arguments expressing climate ‘skepticism’, what you often observe is cherry picking of pieces of evidence while rejecting any data that don’t fit the desired picture. This isn’t skepticism. It is ignoring facts and the science. The free downloadable booklet, The Scientific Guide to Global Warming Skepticism looks at both the evidence that human activity is causing global warming and the ways that climate ‘skeptic’ arguments can mislead by presenting only small pieces of the puzzle rather than the full picture.

Astronomy – Star Guide. Professor Watson, Astronomer in Charge at the Anglo-Australian Telescope in northwest NSW, has recorded an audio tour of the sky. This can be downloaded from the ABC website at http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2010/01/06/2771371.htm , along with southern sky maps for January, February and March. “Using an MP3 player to guide you through the night sky is a great way to find constellations without the distraction of a flashlight and star-maps,” says Professor Watson. “Once you’ve got to know a few of the brighter stars, it’s relatively easy to find your way around the sky.”

Alison Website: Free Australian curriculum courses including Chemistry, and senior maths, touch typing, Microsoft programmes and much more http://alison.com/

National Geographic: Free and loads of information, activities and lesson plans for geography plus printable maps. http://www.nationalgeographic.com.au
The magazines are also extremely useful and back issues can often be picked up by the boxful at garage sales.

National Geographic Education: Teaching resources developed by National Geographic http://education.nationalgeographic.com/

Australian National Geographic Website: Website is free with loads of information including lesson plans, articles, videos http://www.nationalgeographic.com.au The magazines are also extremely useful and back issues can often be picked up by the boxful at garage sales.

CSIRO Education: Australian Science organisation CSIRO publish two excellent science magazines for kids – The Helix and Scientriffic available by subscription or from some newsagents. The website contains loads of free materials including a library of science activities, as well as many teacher resources in the ‘teachers’ section‘.

BBC Schools http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/

Typing  Tutorials - www.typingweb.com

Open Education Database - free online courses in lots of subjects   http://oedb.org/open

Public Lectures

Many universities run regular public lectures which are a great resource for home educators. Here are some links but explore the websites of your local universities and see what they have on.

University of Melbourne Public Lectures http://events.unimelb.edu.au/ with podcasts/vodcasts and transcripts here http://unimelb.edu.au/speeches/

Latrobe University https://www.latrobe.edu.au/events/eventSearch.jsp with podcasts herehttp://www.latrobe.edu.au/news/podcasts

Monash University http://www.law.monash.edu.au/castancentre/public-edu/public-lectures.html with papers, audio and video recordings where available.

Competitions

There is a range of competitions available that can be accessed by home educators during the year. Some are available to the public, some require evidence of your homeschooling registration and some can be entered with HEN as your school.

ICAS Home educated students may enter the International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS). Tests are run on seperate days for Computer skills, Science , Spelling & Writing, English and Maths. You may enter one or all of the tests which each have an entry fee ranging from $6.60 to $15.40. Closing dates range from 27 April to 20 July. In order to enter, home educators need to provide evidence of registration and the tests need to be supervised by an independent invigulator. A statutory declaration is required to confirm the test was completed under test conditions at home or students need to attend a test session at a participating school. For more information:
Website: http://www.eaa.unsw.edu.au/
Email: ua.ude.wsnu.aae@ofni
Phone 02 8344 1010

Big Science Competition is a one-hour competition of 30 multiple-choice questions open to secondary students. The test can be sat on paper or online.
The competition challenges students to think critically and solve scientific problems using everyday examples. The questions are aligned to the Australian Science Curriculum. Home schooled students are welcome to take part and can register by contacting ua.ude.isa@isa or 02 6201 2552. The competition can take place in your own home under exam conditions. Registrations are taken around April each year. The cost for the competition is $7.70 for the online version of the test, or $8.25 for the mailed out paper version of the competition. There will be a small surcharge to cover for postage for homeschoolers. For more information, contact ua.ude.isa@isa or 02 6201 2552. or visit https://www.asi.edu.au/site/programs_bigscience.php

Australian Geography Competition challenges Australian secondary school students to demonstrate their geographical knowledge and skills. It rewards student excellence with great prizes, including selection for Australia’s international geography teams. The deadline for entries is in February each year with the competition held in March – April. To register for this competition please go to http://www.geographycompetition.org.au/entry/form
The cost is $3 per entry and you can register and pay online individually.
To find more information out or download and try past exams click http://www.geographycompetition.org.au/ and follow the links. The past exams are under the “Teachers” section

Jeanie’s competition roundup for 2014. Jeanie has put together a list of competitions and events on offer for 2014 available here http://www.home-ed.vic.edu.au/2013/12/03/jeanies-roundup-of-competitions-and-events-2014/

Just to whet your appetite…there are maths, science, history competitions for example (remember HEN members can enter the AMC, AIC and Rio Tinto comp through us) as well as things like:

Commonwealth Essay competition – entries close May next year for details see http://www.home-ed.vic.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Commonwealth-Essay-Competition-2014-Flyer.pdf
International Children’s Painting Competition http://www.thinkeatsave.org/index.php/23rd-international-children-s-painting-competition

Australian Mathematics & Informatics Competitions These are not open to individual entries but HEN members can enter with HEN as their school. Members are notified each year when entries open.

 

Worksheets

There  are loads of free worksheets available online. We’ve listed a few sites here but if they don’t have what you are looking for, you can just google exactly what you need – e.g. “three digit addition worksheet”,  ”grade three maths worksheet”, “zoo animals worksheet”, “phonics worksheet”, “Australia worksheet” or “Australia printable map” and so on . Remember to use the quotation marks to refine your search to exactly what you need. Also, if you are looking for something in maths, remember that Americans spell it “math” so if you are not having any luck with “maths”, try adjusting your spelling.
http://www.tlsbooks.com/
http://www.ezschool.com/EZSheets/index.html
http://www.rhlschool.com/
http://teachingtreasures.com.au/teaching-tools/Worksheets4-5/main-worksheets4-5.htm

Discounted Resources for HEN members

Mathletics $36 per student from Oct-Oct  http://www.home-ed.vic.edu.au/2008/11/20/mathletics/ contact Colita to enrol at ua.ude.civ.de-emohnull@scitelhtaM Mathletics users can also elect to enrol in Spellodrome for $15 instead of the market rate of $50.

Into Science $36 per student from Jan-Dec. Available for year 7 & 8. Contact Colita to enrol at ua.ude.civ.de-emohnull@scitelhtaM

Maths Online (60% discount) Members may email Sue for details at ua.ude.civ.de-emohnull@rotide

Reading Eggs (40% discount) . Simply sign up for a free trial with Reading Eggs then phone their customer service desk (02) 8585 4020 with your HEN membership number and pay for your subscription by Visa or Mastercard.

Skwirk – Australian Online Curriculum (50% discount)http://www.skwirk.com.au/ Members can email Sue at ua.ude.civ.de-emohnull@rotide for the discount code.

Rosetta Stone $66 per subscription (members advised by email when enrolments open each year – intakes beginning March and November)
See also the Rosetta  Rosetta Stone language blog http://www.rosettastone.co.uk/blog/

Easy Read System for dyslexia and reading problems. 10% discount for HEN members

General Resources/Suppliers

UNSW Tests/Competitions

The University of NSW runs competitions in Maths, English, Science etc each year.  http://www.eaa.unsw.edu.au/  Some home ed students enter the competitions by making arrangements to attend a participating school on competition day.

SPELD Victoria http://www.speldvic.org.au/ A not-for-profit organisation supporting people with dyslexia and specific learning difficulties. They do have affordable workshops $5 – $50 and also offer access to assessment and tutoring but both are costly.

Beverley Paine, Practical Homeschooling
Yankalilla SA
Phone             (08) 8558 3212
Email: moc.eniapyelrevebnull@tcatnoc
www.alwayslearningbooks.com.au
Beverley has many resources available including the book Getting Started with Home Schooling: Practical Considerations along with many of the classic home education books.

Link Education Supplies
Educational Book Specialists
341 Waverley Road, Mt. Waverley 9807 5422 www.linkeducational.com.au

Hawker Brownlow Education
General Educational supplier, Moorabbin, Vic
Phone             (03) 9555 1344
Tollfree Phone             1800 334 603
Email: ua.moc.ebhnull@nworb
Web:  http://www.hbe.com.au/

Dominie Educational Supplies
www.dominie.com.au
Ph: (02) 9905 0201
General Educational supplier

Central School Supplies
Essendon
Phone:             (03) 9379 7900

Dover Educational colouring books http://store.doverpublications.com/by-subject-children-coloring-boks-standard-colouring-books

Dymocks Book stores have a good range of educational texts and offer a 10% discount to home educators.

Moore Educational www.mooreed.com.au LEGO Educational Resources

Parkside Publishing Company
Ph:  (08) 9345 3937
Maths and English workbooks.

Soundbooks
Phone  (03) 9824 7711
Email: ua.moc.skoobdnuodnull@skooboidua
Wide range of audio books and offer 10% discount for home educators.

Currclick www.currclick.com Whether your child is a budding Chessmaster, a master Lego builder or just curious about languages and cultures, there’s an online homeschool club for them at CurrClick.com. These totally free clubs offer homeschool kids an opportunity to interact live with a CurrClick teacher who they’ll be able to see and hear live, via webcam. They’ll also be able to interact with other homeschoolers from all over the world in a safe and 100% moderated online environment. Kids will learn new concepts, have fun, make friends and be able to share their ideas with others in a friendly and supportive setting. Clubs are open to all ages. Sign up at any time. Sign up to attend one of our online clubs today! New sessions starting every week. CurrClick.com is also looking for club leaders with great ideas and online experience. Those interested should contact us at moc.kcilcrrucnull@inor Remember, care should always be taken with online groups for kids.

The Great Courses - University lecture courses available on DVD or CD – loads of subjects. These are expensive but every course goes on sale at least once a year.www.shopgreatcourses.com.au

Spell-checker for Dyslexics http://www.ghotit.com

Senior Students ResourceCentre
257  Collins Street Melbourne
Ph:             (03) 96501998
Web: www.ssrc.com.au
Email: moc.dnopgibnull@crssem

Ed Resources Pty Ltd
School supplies direct to the public
P.O. Box 850
BROADWAY NSW 2007
Ph 1800 655 887
Fax 1800 600 456
Email: ua.moc.secruoserdenull@selas
Web: www.edresources.com.au

Butterfly Bookstore - Australian supplier home ed supplies resources, all items in stock and free postage
www.butterflybookstore.com.au

Gifted Resources

Gifted Resources
Postal PO Box 4176
Croydon Hills Vic 3136
Phone             (03) 8711 3630
Email gro.secruoserdetfignull@oj
Website www.giftedresources.org
Resources and advice for families with gifted children.

Enrichment Units for Middley Years (EUMY) These units were designed for use by the Virtual School for the Gifted to provide academic enrichment for gifted students. The VSG no longer exists but the units are now available for purchase by schools or for home use and are very reasonably priced for home educators. http://www.eumyeducation.com/

VHSG email list – a yahoo group for mutual support of families home educating gifted kids. Join at http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/VHSG/info

Gifted Homeschoolers Forum http://giftedhomeschoolers.org/ useful forum with resource ideas, articles, links etc

Dyslexia Resources

The Easyread System is a fully supported online phonics course for children with dyslexia, auditory processing issues and highly visual learning styles who struggle to read and write. Easyread uses Guided Phonetic Reading to help kids overcome guessing, skipping words, reading stress and more. It works through fun 15-minute daily lessons and has an unconditional refund guarantee. If interested, we can put you in touch with another parent who has been through the course as a first-hand (unbiased!)reference. www.easyreadsystem.com||moc.metsysdaerysaenull@troppus

10% discount for HEN members.

ASD Resources

Aspect Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) Program is a state wide program funded through the Department of Human Services for parent/carers of children and young adults between 6-25 years of age, diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and living at home.

Aspect PBS program is a family/person centred initiative that focuses on building capacity within the family, confidence in managing behaviours of concern and providing a consistent and sustainable environment for children/young adults with ASD.

The three tier program offers different levels of support:

  1. Three day workshops for parents/carers  (and professionals invited by parents/carers)
  2. Post workshop consultations (Short term additional assistance for families needing support with their individual behaviour support plan).
  3. Individual Behaviour Support (Wrap-around team approach to provide support to families with a child or young adult with complex needs or enduring challenges).

For more information about our workshops, please  check out our website, scroll down to ‘view calendar’ to see dates and locations:

http://www.autismspectrum.org.au/  or contact our Victorian office

Amber Day on (03)9377 6600 or ua.gro.murtcepsmsitua@yada

General Information Aspect PBS program (Jan 2014)

Smiths Equine Link Project a project encounters with horses for young people experiencing social or emotional difficulties, including those on the autism spectrum.

 SGEL Flyer

Gateways Support Services, Geelong: Katy Mackenzie, Strengthening Parent Support Worker, Autism Case Manager,
10 – 12 Albert Street, Geelong West  3218, Ph: (03) 5221 2984, Fax: (03) 5223 1789

HEN ASD email list – a yahoo group for mutual support of families home educating kids on the spectrum. Join at http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/HENASD/info

Full Online Curriculum

Skwirk - Australian online curriculum which covers all the core subjects. HEN members are entitled to a 50% discount on a 12 month subscription.

English

Fitzroy Programs
Phone: (03) 9489 5700
Email: info@fitzprog,com.au
Web: http://www.fitzprog.com.au
Phonics reading program popular amongst homeschoolers

Quantum Literacy
Kalbar, Qld
Phone: (07) 5463 5677
Email: ua.ten.xamrepyhnull@atled
Web: http://www.quantum-literacy.com.au/
Reading, Writing and spelling resources

Adnil Press
Booleroo SA
Phone: (08) 8658 6019
Suppliers of Voyagers series for literature, language, phonics etc
Email : ua.moc.liamezonull@sserplinda
Web: http://www.adnilpress.com.au

Edworks www.edworksglobal.com

Magic Words www.magicwords.com.au Packs of word cards for reading games

Shakespeare Blog Free blog and podcasts run by a highschool English teacher with a PhD in English Literature http://www.bigcontact.com/shakespodospheare

This website is unavailable currently. The podcasts are also available at Podcast Alley.

Future School: Australian online English and Maths curriculum. Works out around $500 per year for up to 5 students for Maths and English or $300 per year for a single student. http://www.futureschool.com

Literacy Planet (formerly called Intrepica) – Literacy website
HEN members can access the LiteracyPlanet Literacy website programme at a 50% discount. Current members can email Sue at wighthouse(at)southernphone.com.au for the discount code.

Mighty Book Junior
Reading site aimed at children from 1 to 10.
Offer to Homeschool families free subscription until 31/12/2011.
There are 900 animated books, games, quizzes, songs and puzzles relating to the books and each book is marked for the age suitability. Reviewed here:
http://www.home-ed.vic.edu.au/2011/06/01/mighty-book-junior-review/

Maths

Maths Online
An Australian K-12 online maths programme. 60% discount for homeschoolers
http://www.mathsonline.com.au/

Brainish: Maths program p – 12 http://www.brainish.com

Geometry Games Free Geometry software http://www.geometrygames.org/

Mathletics
Full K – 12 maths curriculum available at $99 per year per student or $30 per year per student to HEN members.
www.mathletics.com.au or HEN members may email Colita (at) hollyburton.com.au to enrol through HEN at the discounted rate.

Hot Maths: An Australian online maths programme www.hotmaths.com.au

Gnarly Maths: www.gnarlymath.com Maths CDRom from America

Math U See: American Maths programme popular with homeschoolers. Free sample DVD available moc.dnopgibnull@eesuhtam Ph: 5154 1977

Cool Math: maths games etc http://www.coolmath4kids.com/

Math Is Fun: games etc http://www.mathsisfun.com/

Fitzroy Maths: Beginner and Junior sets of maths workbooks http://www.fitzprog.com.au

10Ticks program http://www.10ticks.com.au/homeeducation.aspx
10Ticks is a Maths only computer program for school aged children with lots of printable worksheets. It will design a program for you or you can design your own. The cost of the program is $17.90 per month for up to five children in the family. The company has offered a free 5 day trial to HEN members. If you would like a free trial contact Darren at ua.moc.skcit01null@doow.d.

Future School: Australian online English and Maths curriculum. Works out around $500 per year for up to 5 students for Maths and English or $300 per year for a single student. http://www.futureschool.com

Khan Academy: Free & useful website with videos on High School Maths, Chem, Physics and Biology, History, Economics khanacademy.org The presenter uses a youtube format and a blackboard with a casual approach.

History

Batmania – John Batman and early Melbourne

Interactive games and more
http://www.nma.gov.au/education-kids/classroom_learning/multimedia/interactives/batmania

Janette’s Pictures of Australian History
Set of 35 pages of 140 B&W pictures, rhymes & notes that tell the story of the first 100 years of Australian history to colour
www.australianhistorypictures.com
Phone:             0413 019 575
Email: janettecasey(at)bigpond.com

Khan Academy
Free & useful website with history videos on French Revolution, Haiitian Revolution, Napoleon, as well as many maths & science topics khanacademy.org The presenter uses a youtube format and a blackboard with a casual approach.

Geography

National Geographic Website

Free and loads of information, activities and lesson plans for geography plus printable maps
http://education.nationalgeographic.com
The magazines are also extremely useful and back issues can often be picked up by the boxful at garage sales.

Australian National Geographic Website
Website is free with loads of information including lesson plans, articles, videoshttp://www.nationalgeographic.com.au
Again, the magazines are also very informative.

Science

The Story of Science – excellent series of Science books with a narrative perspective. Reviewed here http://www.home-ed.vic.edu.au/2011/06/19/the-story-of-science/

Alison Website
Free Australian curriculum courses including Chemistry, and senior maths, touch typing, Microsoft programmes and much more http://alison.com/

CSIRO Education
The CSIRO publish two excellent science magazines for kids – The Helix and Scientriffic available by subscription or from some newsagents. The website contains loads of free materials including a library of science activities, as well as many teacher resources in the ‘teachers’ section‘.

Haines Learning Centre
Phone:             (03) 9568 6966
Email: ua.moc.seniahnull@airam
Web: www.haines.com.au
Hands on resources for science, technology, maths & construction.

Maths and Science Videos Online
http://www.learnerstv.com/

Biotriya
Ph: 0403806226
http://biotriya.resourcez.com
Science in a box kit: The Human body

Monash Science Centre
Ph:             (03) 9905 1370
Science kits for hire

Chemistry Podcasts

http://www.meaghersclasses.podomatic.com/

How to Teach Science
www.HowToTeachScience.com
Free elements newsletters – also sell science resources.

How Stuff Works
Web: www.howstuffworks.com
Explanations on everything from tooth whiteners to robots.

Astronomy – Star Guide
Professor Watson, Astronomer in Charge at the Anglo-Australian Telescope in northwest NSW, has recorded an audio tour of the sky.

This can be downloaded from the ABC website at http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2010/01/06/2771371.htm , along with southern sky maps for January, February and March. “Using an MP3 player to guide you through the night sky is a great way to find constellations without the distraction of a flashlight and star-maps,” says Professor Watson. “Once you’ve got to know a few of the brighter stars, it’s relatively easy to find your way around the sky.”

Khan Academy
Free & useful website with videos on High School Maths, Chem, Physics and Biologby, History, Economics khanacademy.org The presenter uses a youtube format and a blackboard with a casual approach.

Climate Science The Skeptical Science website is an excellent resource on climate change, especially useful when you need accurate information to combat denialist arguments. Scientific skepticism is healthy. In fact, science by its very nature is skeptical. Genuine skepticism means considering the full body of evidence before coming to a conclusion. However, when you take a close look at arguments expressing climate ‘skepticism’, what you often observe is cherry picking of pieces of evidence while rejecting any data that don’t fit the desired picture. This isn’t skepticism. It is ignoring facts and the science. The free downloadable booklet, The Scientific Guide to Global Warming Skepticism looks at both the evidence that human activity is causing global warming and the ways that climate ‘skeptic’ arguments can mislead by presenting only small pieces of the puzzle rather than the full picture.

John Morris Scientific Pty Ltd
sell lab equipment etc.
Karl WyzenbeekCole-Parmer Unit Manager
Ph:             02 9496 4230       /             1800 552 724
61-63 Victoria Ave, Chatswood, NSW 2067Australia
Email:   mailto: ua.moc.sirromnhojnull@wlrak Web:    www.jms-cp.com.au

Quick Study Labs
This website has online science classes (American time but it looks like you can access them any time during the week)
Particularly appropriate for kids with the Edison Trait. They have a summer programme on Green Technology at the moment.
http://www.quickstudylabs.com/

Mr Science Teacher
Web: www.mrscienceteacher.com This is an on-line tutoring programme for Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.  There is also a homework help available for extra cost. The programme is quite expensive and to enable actual class discussion the student would have to be online in American time otherwise only a recorded version of each lesson would be available.  There are 15-25 students in each class. Parents receive a report at the end of each semester. Reviewed here: http://www.home-ed.vic.edu.au/2011/06/01/mr-science-teacher-review/

Open Education Database - free online courses in Engineering and Computer Science  http://oedb.org/open/subjects/engineering-computer-science/

Technology

Typing Collection of Typing Tutorials - www.typingweb.com

Open Education Database - free online courses in Engineering and Computer Science  http://oedb.org/open/subjects/engineering-computer-science/

LOTE

Languages Online
Website developed by DEECD which provides teaching and learning resources suitable for LOTE from prep to year 10. Online interactive tasks and worksheets for French, German, Indonesian and Italian. There is also a ‘game maker’ template to create interactive language games using your own text, voice recordings or images. www.education.vic.gov.au/languagesonline

Victorian School of Languages
DEECD’s Victorian School of Languages (VSL) provides programs in over 55 languages for students in 40 centres throughout Victoria. Home ed students are able to access the out-of-hours programs (Saturday mornings or after school). The cost is $70 per year for Victorian students up to Year 10, VCE $85, adults in VCE classes or country classes $210 (plus books). There is also a distance education service but the cost is much higher – see website for details. All teachers are VIT accredited and the VSL produces a high percentage of the Top Scorers in a range of languages each year.
Web: www.vsl.vic.edu.au
Phone: (03) 9474 0500

Rosetta Stone
Discounted subscription for HEN members to the Rosetta Stone Course
$120 per subscription
(members advised by email when enrolments open each year)
Or purchase individually on CDRom.
http://www.therosettastone.com.au/

See also the Rosetta  Rosetta Stone language blog http://www.rosettastone.co.uk/blog/

 

 

Art

Zartworks
Ph             (03) 9890 5110
Fine arts and crafts supplies
Offer 15% discount for home educators

Steiner Resources

The Steiner Store
9 Strathalbyn St Kew East
PH: 9855 0066
Web: http://www.steinerstore.com.au/
Email: ua.moc.erotsrenietsnull@eciffo

Golden Beetle Books
Blackheath, NSW
Phone:             (02) 4787 5335
Email: moc.dnopgibnull@skoobelteebnedlog
Web: http://www.waldorfhomeschoolers.com/tag/golden-beetle-books/

Steiner homeschooling books

Cairns Rudolf Steiner School Association
Cairns, QLD
Phone:             (07) 4059 0332

Steiner Based Curriculum
Marie Bajada             (03) 5368 9441

Millennial Child –  podcasts and articles
http://millennialchild.com/

Charlotte Mason Resources

Ambleside Website

A free online Charlotte Mason curriculum
http://www.amblesideonline.org/

Living Maths
Free Charlotte Mason Maths ideas, book reviews, lesson plans and email list.
http://www.livingmath.net/

Living Science
http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/LivingScience/info

Classical Education Suppliers

Leatherwood Books (Australian) http://www.leatherwoodbooks.com.au/show.php?f=getcat&id=47
Memoria Press http://www.memoriapress.com/
Classical Academic Press http://www.classicalacademicpress.com/
The Well Trained Mind http://peacehillpress.com/

Christian Resources/Suppliers

Note many of these are fundamentalist – check before you buy

Australian Christian Homeschooling (ACHS)
PO Box 3101
(8-12 Business Drive)
Caboolture BC Qld 4510
Ph:             (07) 3881 5745
Web: http://achs.cem.org.au/
Providers of Accelerated  Christian Education materials. ACHS was set up by the Christian Education Ministries (CEM formerly known as Australian Christian Academy ACA).
CEM also run the Australian Christian College, a distance education college but, due to a ruling by the VRQA, they are unable to enrol Victorian students in the distance ed school.
Victorian ACA families have been transfered from ACA to ACHS and Victorian home ed families can continue to legally access the ACE materials in this way.

Chariot Press
PO Box 5044
North Geelong VIC 3215
Providers of Christian and non-religious home ed materials
http://www.chariotpress.com.au
Phone:              1800 706 548           Fax:  03 5276 1787

Email:  custserv @ chariotpress.com.au (remove space before/after ”@” symbol)

Kingsley Educational Pty Ltd
Mt Waverley Vic
Phone             (03) 9544 8792
Email enquiries(at)kepl.com.au
Web: http://www.kepl.com.au
Catalogue of Christian resources

Light Educational Ministries
Belconnen
Phone:             (02) 6259 3944
Web:  http://www.lem.com.au
Christian curriculum resources

Homeschooling Supplies (Aust)
Werribee Vic
Phone:             (03) 9742 7524
Email: office(at)homeschooling.com.au
Web: http://www.homeschooling.com.au

Alternatives for older students

Victorian School of Languages: DEECD’s Victorian School of Languages (VSL) provides programs in over 55 languages for students in 40 centres throughout Victoria. Home ed students are able to access the out-of-hours programs (Saturday mornings or after school). The cost is $70 per year for Victorian students up to Year 10, VCE $85, adults in VCE classes or country classes $210 (plus books). There is also a distance education service but the cost is much higher – see website for details. All teachers are VIT accredited and the VSL produces a high percentage of the Top Scorers in a range of languages each year. Web: www.vsl.vic.edu.au Phone: (03) 9474 0500.

VCE via Distance Education 

See also our teenagers and university sections

 

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