Finding Home Schooling Lesson Plans Online

There are many places on the Internet where you can find homeschooling lesson plans. This article will look at three of the most popular websites.

Home Schooling Lesson Plans from the Discovery Channel

Discovery Communications is the English Speaking world's premier brand name in educational television channels, with over a dozen channels including Animal Planet, The Learning Channel and Planet Green. It was founded in 1985 and is a joint venture by NBC Universal, the BBC and the German newspaper Der Spiegel, as well as local partners for their Asian and South American media outlets. It owns the website Discovery Education, which features an extensive library of lesson plans.

Subjects include Math, Language Arts, US & World History, Geography and Science. There are lesson plans for the full range from Kindergarten through to 12th Grade. Parents and teachers can also create puzzles online and there are also educational tools such as worksheets, clip art and brain teasers.

Home Schooling Lesson Plans from BrainPOP

BrainPOP is an interactive homeschooling website founded in 1999 that features a library of animated lessons covering Science, Social Studies, English, Math, Arts & Music, Health and Technology. There is an interactive state standards search tool that enables you to select lessons tailored to your state's standards.

There are a few free trial lesson, but full membership requires paying an annual membership fee of $115 for children from Pre-K to Grade 3 and $195 for Grades 4 and up. There is also a Spanish language version for $115 while $255 gets you access to all three services. Membership buys you unlimited access for one year, for up to three students at the same site.

Home Schooling Lesson Plans from EdSitement

EdSidement is an educational website run by the National Endowment for the Humanities. As you would expect, the emphasis is very much on language, the arts, social studies and history. There is a huge library of lesson plans, browsable by subject and grade level, with a keyword search box for more specific searches.

All lesson plans linked to the site have been thoroughly reviewed by educators to ensure the highest quality of content. The plans have been incorporated into the Smithsonian Institute's Permanent Research Collection on Information Technology.

Subjects covered include the origins of the alphabet, folk tales, allegory in painting and the 1878 campaign of Andrew Jackson. It is a website for parents who are serious about educating their children in the arts, culture and humanities.