Mindsprinting.com is one of the most awesome FREE educational resources on the ‘Net

FROM THE SITE:

In 2003 tutoring was not really an option for most families. Small group tutoring in well-known centers ran as high as $500 per month and worksheet programs, such as Kumon, cost $85 – $110 per subject per month. And if cost wasn’t the problem, time was, because driving to tutoring centers was another time-consuming obligation. That left most parents without the ability to provide their kids the help they needed. For others, that meant trying to tutor their kids themselves: assessing knowledge levels, creating lesson plans from online libraries or purchased software/books, and teaching skills that may not have been revisited for years. In short, at a time when polls continually showed most parents were extremely concerned about their children’s education, most parents were without a reasonable solution.

And that’s when, one lazy afternoon, we were struck with the idea that later evolved into MINDsprinting. As parents we knew those problems all too well. So, we asked ourselves, why hasn’t anyone created an affordable, convenient, quality tutoring program using the greatest delivery system the world has ever known – the Internet? And we spent the next 2+ years researching, designing, and building an online tutoring system that would satisfy us as parents.

  • We sought and found experienced educators with a curriculum they had proven successful over the course of 20+ years.
  • We developed an interactive Assessment Test that would analyze each individual student’s skills and needs and tailor a program just for him/her.
  • We built a system that would assign lessons based upon the results of the last lesson to ensure mastery of skills.
  • We designed a user friendly website where: kids could access and print their own lessons (we wanted them to learn the time-tested way – doing lessons by hand; not staring at a screen for hours); Mom or Dad could quickly correct lessons and enter results; and progress would be tracked and easily shared with teachers.
  • In January 2005 MINDsprinting officially launched. Over the next 2 1/2 years, thousands of kids around the world enrolled. Some learned of us on the Internet, while others were members of groups where our programs were used (e.g. various Boys & Girls Clubs of America) or endorsed (e.g. UAW-Ford, AFGE, Wal-Mart). Until finally, in 2007, a combination of opportunity, technology, and a little luck allowed us to take the most gratifying step of all: to provide our programs for FREE – and ensure every child has the opportunity to receive quality tutoring.

In January 2005 MINDsprinting officially launched. Over the next 2 1/2 years, thousands of kids around the world enrolled. Some learned of us on the Internet, while others were members of groups where our programs were used (e.g. various Boys & Girls Clubs of America) or endorsed (e.g. UAW-Ford, AFGE, Wal-Mart). Until finally, in 2007, a combination of opportunity, technology, and a little luck allowed us to take the most gratifying step of all: to provide our programs for FREE – and ensure every child has the opportunity to receive quality tutoring.

At the same time we added a new State Standards Program for math that addresses the skills required on each state’s annual proficiency exam. This unique program gives parents, teachers, and schools a FREE tool to help ensure their students are prepared for the exam. We believe this unique program (and our new custom Reports capability) will assist schools in their efforts to comply with the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

We know there are those who frown on ads even though the most-visited websites today (including kid’s sites) contain them. To them we say, you may rest assured we did not take this step without assurances from our educators that the integrity of our programs (and the student experience) would remain intact. So we hope that you will take a brief moment to sample our free Assessment Test and proven programs. We are confident you will be pleased with the results.

www.mindsprinting.com

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Free Online Homeschooling Classes – Open to ALL Homeschoolers

FROM THE SITE:

In response to demand for online homeschooling facilities, Excellence in Education Academy in association with Abacus Educational Services is sponsoring a free online schoolroom for the use of homeschoolers everywhere. Any homeschooling parent may be added as a teacher and may create resources and activities on this site.

http://abacus-es.com/eie/free_homeschooling_class.html

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FREE Practical Money Skills for Life – Financial Literacy Programs

There are CD-ROMs as well as printed materials covering everything from budget planning to identity theft and they’re all FREE!

https://www.practicalmoneyskills.com/resources/free_materials/print.php

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Free Online Classes with Self-made Scholar

In addition to free classes covering everything from acting, Arabic and English as a second language, there are links to free libraries, articles, online resouces and more.

http://selfmadescholar.com/b/

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Free educational games site (Thanks to Christa for this one)

It’s called Toy Theater and it is a FREE educational games website aimed at grades K-5. 

www.toytheater.com

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A teacher’s case against homeschooling (Thanks for sending this one Linda)

This public schoolteacher’s article makes me even further strengthen my resolve to continue homeschooling my children.  One of her more ridiculous statements is that, “God hates homeschooling” and she actually uses biblical scriptures to try to justify the statement.  :Sigh: Another day and yet another educated idiot with Internet access. 

http://teacherrevised.org/2009/05/30/the-case-against-homeschooling/

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Review of MeetMeAtTheCorner.org

MeetMeAtTheCorner.org is similar to other video sites that allow users to upload video content, but better for educational purposes because the content is geared towards learning and the fact that it’s fun makes it even better.  It is a very well-organized website that is extremely easy to navigate.   It contains many instructional, informational videos as well as links to other resources for additional information about the subject.  MeetMeAtTheCorner.org covers a wide variety of topics in many different categories like art, architecture, astronomy, science, cooking, photography and social studies (just to name a few). There are also contests you can participate in that award some great prizes. The best part is that it’s F-R-E-E. You do have to register for an account, but there is no cost to use the site. Simply put, this is a fantastic resource. I wish the creators much success.

www.meetmeatthecorner.org

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