Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Free Media for Homeschoolers

 I did a post last week about ways to save money homeschooling.  You can read it here if you missed it.  I wanted to break out some of the links for clarity.  This post is all about free media sources to supplement your studies.  I've enjoyed all these websites, some more than others, please preview as necessary for your family.

Primary source materials - These are mainly museums that put original documents up on the web.  There are so many more here, please add your favorites in the comments.
The British Library -
Gilder Lehrman - Gilder Lerhman Institute of American History
Library of Congress
Massachusetts Historical Society -
National Postal Museum - a division of the Smithsonian

Audio books and sound materials
Ambling Audio books 
Free Music Archive - free music recordings, audio stories and story books for kids through Kazoomzoom
Kiddie Records Weekly - Vintage kids records - really fun
LibriVox - Free audio books
Lit2Go - stories and poems as Mp3's 
Story Nory - Free audio books for kids
Wild Music - sounds exhibition from the Science Museum of Minnesota

Print books
Amazon freebies for Kindles
Baldwin Project for Children's Literature - ebooks of children's classics
Bartleby - Great books online
International Children's Libray - Mulit-lingual
Project Gutenberg - 40,000 free ebooks
Rosetta Project - Complete Library of kids books - great options for foreign language study

Early America - Short historical films
National Film Board of Canada 
TED talks
Top Documentary Films - Free documentary films
Wolfram Demonstrations Project - Science models

Some of everything
Open Culture

And last but not least, check with your public library.  Ours offer audio book and music downloads for free.

Post in the comments section any wonderful sources I've left out.



Thaleia said...

Thanks for sharing! Some are new to me and I'm always on the look out for good audio resources for my homeschool.

toady mama said...

You're welcome!

educator said...

Thank you for the useful tips.

toady mama said...

You're welcome!

Crystal said...

Love your collection! What a time saver for me that you have put this together. If you have time, i'd love for you to link this up and any other homeschooling mommy resources on my weekly hop, Mommy Solutions. We are new to homeschooling and I can't wait to learn more from blogs like yours.


toady mama said...

Crystal - I did that. Thanks for the suggestion!

Homeschooling Hub said...

Great collection of resources thanks for sharing. Also Google Books, Khan Academy and Gooru are nice tools.

toady mama said...

I don't know Gooru, I'll check it out. Thanks for adding that.

Susan said...

Thanks for sharing this list at Favorite Resources...there are a few here that are new to me.

toady mama said...

Susan - Thanks for checking the post out!

Kelli said...

Woot! WOOT! Congrats! Your post was the #4 most clicked link on Homeschooling on the Cheap! this past week. You are being featured on my blog. Stop in and see your feature and I hope that you link up more of your awesome, kid friendly ideas!

Thanks, Kelli

toady mama said...

Check out these Scholastic books for early readers.

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