Unschooling Resources: Miscellaneous
the company that publishes those beautiful, detailed coloring books. Looking for a coloring
book on King Tut or Hercules or African designs? Or, perhaps you'd like to cut and assemble
a Crusader castle or the house from Hawthorne's The House of the Seven Gables. This
is the place. Dover also publishes literature books, art books and more. Sign up for their
weekly sample pages here.
Lots of fun for rainy (and not so rainy) days. Learn knitting, juggling, hairwraping,
gardening, paper airplane folding, watercolor painting, hemp knotting, origami, embroidery,
clay sculpting, cats cradle, magic tricks, hackey sacking, yo-yo-ing, and more!
Ultimate Visual Dictionary by Dorling
Includes many different sections: The Universe; Prehistoric Earth; Plants;
Animals; The Human Body; Geology, Geography and Meteorology; Physics and Chemistry; Rail and
Road; Sean and Air; The Visual Arts; Architecture; Music; Sports; and Everyday Things. Ever
wondered what parts made up Ford's Model T? How about the ways in which woodwind instruments
differ from one another? Or maybe you want to know about the various types of feather in a
bird's wing...? Filled with wonderful photos and illustrations, this is a perfect book to
flip through. From Viking ships to alternative engines, there's something for everyone!
The World in One Day by Russell Ash
"Every day... 7 million pizzas are eaten in America... one human heart pumps enough
blood to fill 170 bathtubs... lightning strikes Earth 8 million times...." Includes
sections on world population, one day's food, production, travel, animals, planet Earth
and more. Oversized book with fold-out pages.
A cool commercial-free magazine. Each issue
focuses on a single theme: Pyramids, bicycles, weather, the brain, rainforests, suffragism, etc.
You can view the Kids Discover website here.
"Muse is a science magazine, a history magazine, and an art magazine--all rolled
into one! With insightful articles on topics ranging from anthropology to zoology and just about
everything in between, Muse will captivate curious readers...." From the publishers of Cricket,
Cobblestone and more.
Movies and Shows
Inspector Gadget's Field
"Every kid goes on field trips, but not to places like Rome and
NASA's space center. Join Inspector Gadget as he exposes colorful facts and interesting legends!"
Free Online Graph
This astounding site offers dozens of printable pages, not only of common
types of graph paper, but also of musical staff paper and tablature, hexagonal graph paper
(great for role-playing games), "tumbling-block" paper (fun to color), number lines,
Celtic knotwork graph paper, Chinese character guide papers, and many more!
Mr. McGroovy's Box Rivets
box of rivets for a few dollars and turn cardboard into something amazing. The projects on this
site are astounding! Build a castle, a firetruck, a train, a sleigh, a ship - even knight's
armor.... Very, very cool! (post #1270)
Online Paper Airplane Museum
sites collects paper airplanes from all over the Internet into a single, giant database. Because
of this, the designs are somewhat hit-or-miss, but it’s quite fun to browse through.
Another great paper airplane site is Alex's
Paper Airplanes, which includes detailed instructions for two dozen paper planes, as
well as video instructions for a select few.
Free downloadable paper models including animals, seasons and holidays, and motorcycles (since
this site is owned by Yamaha).
The Toy Maker
"Folding paper toys that you can make
WorldWorks paper models
models of castles, caves, bridges, ships, characters and more, these print-outs (use card stock
for stability) make for hours of cutting and folding fun. The finished designs are amazing and
beautifully detailed. Seige equipment actually works (with rubber bands and such). Website is
somewhat overwhelming, but check out all the photos of the diffrent models!
collection of free online courses from About.com (post #205)
Angel Bear Yoga
mother Christi Eley and her husband Mark have created an inspiring imaginary world centered
around a reverence for nature, positive character traits, healthy bodies and relaxed minds.
Angel Bear leads children on a journey through an enchanted forest along with his small friend
Sweet Pea who needs a little help rediscovering her own inner light. Angel Bear Yoga focuses on
fifty character traits, such as confidence, freedom, honesty, patience and wholeness. The traits
are incorporated into stories and translated into nature poses. This is a wonderful way to
introduce children to the world of yoga. You can read our full review of Angel Bear Yoga in LFLF
Over 400 cartoon movies on
a variety of topics in several categories: science, English, math, social studies, technology
and health. Each is only a few minutes long, easy to follow, and lots of fun. Cost is $80/year,
but there is a 14-day free trial (no credit card required) that's definitely worth looking into.
Very cool site. Highly recommended! Also, check out the new BrainPop Jr.!
Dr. Demento Archive
Lots of silly stuff here - not always
child-appropriate, but this site is certainly worthwhile. With over 1300 of the Good Doctor's
shows in digital format, this is truly an amazing collection. Searchable by artist, song title,
or date. Some favorites? Try Tom Lehrer, Animaniacs, Weird Al, and They Might Be Giants. Then,
just go browsing. There's lots and lots and lots of fun stuff.
"Enchanted Learning produces children's educational web sites which are designed to capture
the imagination while maximizing creativity, learning, and enjoyment." Over 17,000 web
"This site was developed and is maintained by the Federal Citizen
Information Center. It provides links to Federal kids' sites along with some of the best kids'
sites from other organizations all grouped by subject." Truly expansive site.
The Freechild Project
connects young people to create social change, particularly those who have historically been
denied the right to participation. We offer resources, programs, training, and more." A
great site, it even provides a section about unschooling!
Flash cartoons and games featuring the bumbling, armless Homestar, Strong Bad, The Cheat and
others. Check out Strong Bad's email section! Hours of entertainment!
The Pattern of
An interview with homeschooled costume designer Jennie Chancey. Includes
link to an online "Costume Classroom" offering costume, fashion and sewing
Resource Suggestions from Steve
Steve posts lots of interesting websites (post #81)
The Rudiments Of Wisdom
Encyclopaedia by Tim Hunkin
A collection of thousands of strange, categorized facts
in cartoon form. Amazing! (post #217)
Study Guide for Student Drivers
Free online continuing education courses (post #201)
"An Aussie e-zine celebrating unschooling
children sharing life and learning at home and in the community." This delightful site
offers articles about Australian unschoolers, book reviews by children, projects, tons of photos
and more! What a joy!
free encyclopedia that anyone can edit!"
Yahoo Audio Search
audio files on the Internet. Type in a search word or phrase, and a list of matching audio files
comes up. Very cool. (post #128)
From the website: "Boomerang! is a monthly 70-minute CD in the format
of a 'magazine.' Designed for ages 6 through 12, Boomerang! introduces kids to the world of big
ideas - science, current events, economics, history, poetry and geography. Jokes, mysteries,
music and interviews combine to make this monthly program a child's own personal window to the
world at large." There's a sample quicktime cd on the website.
A full-featured fantasy map creation program. It allows users to create
walls and floors, place objects, insert text, and more. Though it is specifically designed for
fantasy role-playing games, this software is relatively easy to use and can be lots of fun for
Looking for interesting free stuff? Here, you'll find used books, old toasters or radios to take
apart, trading cards, and just about anything else you can imagine.... From the website: "The
Freecycle Network™ is made up of many individual groups across the globe. It's a
grassroots movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns.
Each local group is run by a local volunteer moderator (them's good people). Membership is free."
Find out if your town has an active Freecycle movement.
The Learning Tower
beautiful wooden "tower" is an absolutely wonderful invention. It functions as a giant
stepstool, allowing a child to have access to kitchen counters, tables, etc. while still being
safe. It can also become a great imaginative tool - turning into a playhouse, desk or stage.
Perfect for unschooling! (Post #927)