Thursday, February 3, 2011

Two Great Math and Science Resources

One of the major concerns that parents have about homeschooling is the thought of teaching math and science through high school.  We aren't all math and/or science geniuses and for most of us, it's been a LONG time since high school Algebra.  So what's a parent to do?

When I reached this homeschool hurdle, I determined to become the teacher that my children needed.  I became a student.  I relearned what I couldn't remember.  But I needed resources.  My children needed resources.  I search and found what we needed to successfully complete their high school coursework.

I only wish that THESE resources had been available when my daughters were still in high school!

The first is, in my opinion, the BEST math and science resource available. Sal Khan is an educator who has a desire to see that all students, regardless of their level of cultural or economic advantage, have equal access to the best educational resources. To that end, he created The Khan Academy, "a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) with the mission of providing a world-class education to anyone, everywhere." Currently a collection of more than 2000 top-rated instructional videos in the areas of math, science, humanities, and test prep, this amazing resource provides kids (and parents) with videos that can provide complete coursework, supplemental and/or remedial assistance, and more. And all for free. No wonder Sal Khan is Bill Gates' Favorite Teacher!!

The next resource is equally amazing AND a ton of fun! The Periodic Table of Videos is just exactly what the name implies.
"Tables charting the chemical elements have been around since the 19th century - but this modern version has a short video about each one. The Periodic Table of Videos is a series of videos about all the elements on the periodic table, plus other videos about chemistry. We perform experiments, tell you amazing stories and go on road-trips to places which are important in the world of chemistry. Our mission? To show you that chemistry is more interesting than you thought!"

Very cool. Even I might enjoy learning chemistry with these guys!


  1. Excellent resources. Thanks for sharing them!

  2. Just put them both on my favorites. Thanks so much. We are headed into high school and those sites will definitely make it easier.

  3. I was always looking for different ways to explain math (especially Algebra) to my daughters! Here's another GREAT resource: Purple Math

  4. The explosion was cool. We have to do one of those at home!

  5. Uh...I think maybe they meant to put a "do not try this at home" warning on that video. Yikes...please don't hold me responsible when you blow something (or someone) up.

  6. That's right...if I lose my eyebrows it will be YOUR fault. How much can I get in court for pain and suffering from missing eyebrows?

  7. Depends on the judge. Get the right one and you're set for life. And I'm in the poorhouse. :-(