Alternative Education Resources

Alternative Education Sources on California's Central Coast and Beyond

Homeschooling Support Groups

A Heart for Learning - Orcutt-based homeschool support group; field trips; co-ops; playdays


Family Homeschool Adventures - park days, co-ops and field trips focusing on the needs of homeschoolers in northern Santa Barbara County

Heartland Academy - cooperative group of families working together to homeschool by offering educational opportunities, accountability, record-keeping, support, prayer, and social interaction, for Christian families in San Luis Obispo County. Nondenominational under the umbrella of El Morro Nazarene Church of Los Osos.
Hearthstone Support Group - provides regular field trips, promotion ceremonies, science fairs, craft fairs; must sign statement of belief; discourages ties to public schools/curriculum; based in Santa Maria

Homeschoolers of the Central Coast - regular gatherings, local events, online forum


Lompoc Christian Educators - Christian homeschool support in Lompoc


Santa Barbara Homeschool Network - is a free, secular, and inclusive support group to help homeschooling families in the Santa Barbara area share information and plan events, activities, field trips, etc 

Santa Maria Inclusive Learners (SMILe) - eclectic group that gathers for play dates, co-ops; based in Santa Maria but serving northern Santa Barbara County and southern SLO County

Seaside Home Educators - serving Christian homeschooling families of southern SLO County gathering for encouragement, fellowship, and group activities including park days, classes, support group meetings, field trips, Bible studies, mom's nights, conferences and community events.

Shining Light Enrichment Program - Christian support; enrichment classes; serves southern SLO County.

Spirit Life Co-op - Northern SLO County co-op for Christian homeschoolers. (805) 239-3601


State-wide Homeschooling Support Groups

Homeschool Association of California - inclusive organization offering regular campouts, annual conference; statewide support; website offering thorough discussion of legalities, excerpts from the education code books, and links to the state dept. of education web sites.

California Homeschool Network - an inclusive, statewide homeschooling organization serving families across a diverse spectrum of homeschooling styles and philosophies; offering campouts, publication, advocacy and annual conference.
Christian Home Educators Association of California (CHEA) - A non-profit ministry established in 1982 to provide information, support, and training to the home education community, to advance the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, and to protect the God-given right of parents to direct the education and training of their children.

Charter Schools

Almond Acres (K-6) San Miguel
Bellevue-Santa Fe (K-6) Avila Beach
California Virtual Academy (K-12) computer-based learning charter school
Family Partnership Charter School (K-12) Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria, Orcutt, and Solvang
Grizzly Youth Academy (9-12) Camp San Luis
Manzanita (K-8) Vandenberg Air Force Base
Orcutt Academy (K-12) Orcutt
Olive Grove (K-12) Lompoc, Los Olivos, Santa Maria, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo
Trivium (K-10) Lompoc, Santa Maria, Arroyo Grande

Unique Public School Programs

Atascadero Fine Arts Academy
Pacheco School Dual Immersion Program - Spanish/English dual immersion program, SLO

Private Schools

SLO COUNTY

Arroyo Grande
     Arroyo Grande Montessori (K) Montessori method
     Coastal Christian School (K-12)
     St. Patricks School (K-8) Catholic    
     Valley View Adventist Academy (K-10) Seventh-Day Adventist

Atascadero
     Children's House Montessori (K-7) Montessori method
     North County Christian School (K-12)
Los Osos
     Wishing Well Waldorf School - Preschool through 2nd Grade

Paso Robles
     St. Rose Catholic School (K-8)
     Trinity Lutheran School (K-8)
San Luis Obispo
     Mission College Prep (high school grades 9-12) Catholic
     Montessori Children's School (K-6)
     Old Mission School (K-8) Catholic
     Outside Now Nature Academy (7-12) holistic learning
     San Luis Obispo Christian School (K-6) 
     SLO Classical Academy (K-12) Classical education
     The Laureate School (K-8)
Templeton
     Santa Lucia School
     Templeton Hills Seventh-Day Adventist School (1-6)

 SANTA BARBARA COUNTY

Carpinteria
     Cate School (9-12)
Goleta
     Coastline Christian Academy (K-9)
     Montessori Center School (K-7)
     Santa Barbara Montessori School (K-9)
     Waldorf School of Santa Barbara (K-9)
Lompoc
     Children's Montessori School (K-8)
     La Purisima Concepcion School (K-9)
Los Olivos
     Dunn School (6-12)

     Midland School
     The Family School (K-8)
Santa Barbara
     Anacapa School (7-12)
     Bishop Garcia Diego High School (9-12)
     Garden Street Academy (K-12)
     Laguna Blanca School (K-12)
     Marymount of Santa Barbara
     Notre Dame of Santa Barbara
     Orca School (2-6)
     Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (K-8)
     Santa Barbara Christian School (K-8)
     Santa Barbara Middle School (6-9)

     St. Raphael's School (K-8)
Santa Maria
     Children's House Montessori
     Crossroads Christian (7-9)
     Pacific Christian Academy (K-8)
     St. Louis de Montfort (K-8)
     St. Mary of the Assumption (K-8)
     St. Joseph High School (9-12)
     Valley Christian Academy (K-12)


Santa Ynez
    Santa Ynez Valley Christian Academy (K-8)

ALL SORTS OF ONLINE RESOURCES: 
I figure since I've now gone off with the "I love the internet" tangent, I might as well SHARE some of the favorite sites I've found. Since we run our own private school, we use LOADS of online resources to help plan our activities. Here are just a handful:

For typing skills for the VERY young, there's nothing better online (perhaps even offline) than BBC - Schools - Dance Mat Typing - Home

VERY small children:
BBC - Little Animals Activity Centre - Count Hoot's number games
BBC - CBeebies - Razzledazzle - Once Upon a Tale - The School Run

Welsh language site:
BBC Wales - Education - Welsh at home

Science:
National Nest Box Week
Cassini-Huygens Kids Space
Solar Vital Statistics
NASA - Cassini-Huygens Close Encounter with Saturn
Monterey Bay Aquarium Living Species List
Monterey Bay Aquarium: Family and Educational Activities and Games
How the Body Works
Vinegar Volcano Art Craft,Preschool Activities,Vinegar Volcano, Kids Funtime,Coloring,,by Manpreet
NIEHS Center -- Baylor College of Medicine, My Health My World, Water and My World
NIEHS Center -- Baylor College of Medicine, My Health My World, The Water Game -- What Am I?
raptors.pdf (application/pdf Object)
Greening Schools - Resources - WaterHabitats of the World--Ecology/Animals lesson plan (grades K-5)--DiscoverySchool.com
Genesis : Search for Origins | JPL | NASAIndex of /educ/docs/Ask Dr. Universe
EnvirothonWeather Walks
AFT: Summer Learning Calendar 2005 - Exploring Earth's Oceans
Carolina Raptor Center - Fun & Games
Virtual Reality Moon Phase Pictures
HomeKidWings
The eSkeletons Project
Central Coast Village Cente
rLesson Launch Page
Steve Spangler Science Experiment Mentos Explosion - Soda Bottle Eruption
Kind Planet's Kind Kids
What's That Bug?
Eagle Eye Cam - Powered By Infotec Business Systems
Women's Adventures in Science
Muss My Hair
Joey Green
MyPyramid.gov - United States Department of Agriculture - HomeUNBiology2tadpoles for children - including how to care for tadpoles
NASA's Radio JOVE Project: Home Page
Edheads - Activities
Home PageCalStar
Project FeederWatch Home Page
http://www.snowcrystals.com/
Understanding Genetics: Human Health and the Genome
Understanding Genetics: Human Health and the Genome
watering hole Central Africa
SOHO Archive Search
SOHO-Publications
YouTube - Broadcast Yourself.
Planetpals educational cartoon characters help kids save earth!licensed characters,licensing,dvd, cd, interactive,children, teacher, activities, crafts, games,toys,nature, enviromnment, ecology, recycle,earthday, holidays, everyday.

Resource Catalogs:
Edmund Scientific
Bio Corporation - Alexandria, Minnesota - Specializing in Preserved Specimens & Dissection Equipment
Discount School Supply
A Beka Book Home Page
Excellence In Education Homeschooling Resource Center
Love to Learn Home School Resources, Curriculum, Books & Supplies: Homeschooling--You Can Do It!
SBCEO - For teachers
Bright Minds - The Critical Thinking Co. ~ At Home
FUN Books - Unschooling For a lifetime of learning fun!
Book Search - HarperChildrens
http://www.montessorimaterials.org/
Home Science Tools
http://esa.homeeducationpartnership.com/
homeschoolla.org - Web Links


HISTORY LINKS:
Unfortunately, these aren't in any sort of order at this point. Considered reordering them, but would rather spend the time getting them posted, at least. Garden duty calls (trench digging; conduit to measure, cut, glue and lay; trees to water...THEN wake up the kids)! :)

Monarchy - History for Kids!
The Myceneans
Anza Junior Ranger - Introduction
Annotated Links to California Missions Web Sites
Home of The Santa Barbara, California Chumash People!
Chumash Interpretive Center
Inezeño Chumash Language Tutorial
Wishtoyo - Projects - Cultural - Chumash Language
FDI - Chumash
PR&F: San Nicolas Island Tour Map
Summary of Archaeological Collections from San Miguel Island and San Nicolas Island, California
Eyeballing the San Nicolas Island Missile Test Center
Jamestown - Tribe
ORIENTAL INSTITUTE VIRTUAL MUSEUM: AsL
Pilgrim-Thanksgiving Unit Study by Cindy Downes - Oklahoma Homeschool
Mesopotamia
Legends - King Arthur - Sources
The Missions Trail
Colonial America 1600-1775, K12 Resources
American Presidents: Portrait Gallery
Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority
BBC - GCSE Bitesize - History | Modern World History
History Books for Teachers and Students at Embracing The Child
Helping Your Child Learn History
BestHomeschooling.org - People, Cultures, and the Making of History
EMPIRE17.swf (application/x-shockwave-flash Object)
Maps of War
Shorpy | The 100-Year-Old Photo Blog
Colonial Williamsburg... History for Kids
Human Evolution Archaeology human origins hominid species images
The Archaeology Channel - Welcome


MATH LINKS:
Here are some more...
These are math...or somehow math related...

Aplusmath.com
BA - Balanced Assessment: Primary Grades Balanced Packet
Math Brain on Funbrain... can you win all 25 games?
Math Forum: Math Resources by Subject
The United States Mint H.I.P. Pocket Change. It's History in Your Pocket!
Teachers Lounge - Math Lesson Plans
Chart Graphic Organizer Printouts - EnchantedLearning.com
Learning addition, children maths, kids learning addition, preschool maths
First grade math ebook Addition 1 from Homeschool
Math.net
That Quiz - Math Tests
NCTM : Illuminations Lessons : Finding Addition Patterns
Math Projects Journal: Articles & Lesson Plans
Why do buildings move
David Goodman's Math Links
Figure This! Math Challenges for Families - Challenge Index
Aplusmath.com : Worksheets
Aplusmath.com : Flashcards : Addition
Crayola® Coloring & Activities - Print & Learn - Numbers
Preschool Maths,School children Mathemarics,nursury kids,preschool students
Count OnMath! Links to articles, games, activities, lessons, freebies, resources for homeschooling -
"Go Figure! The Fascinating World of Mathematics"
Math Resources
The Math Worksheet Site.com
Elementary Math Worksheets
Interactivate: What are Tessellations Discussion
Online Classroom taxes
foldschool - cardboard furniture

JUST FOR KID FUN:
These links are listed as "just for fun" in my bookmarks, but the include not only games and videos, but also art, music and other family-friendly, potentially academic links.

Kiddie Records Weekly
Seeds of Imagination
Fisher-Price Games - Online Games and Activities
http--svt.se-hogafflahage-hogafflaHage_site-Kor-hestekor.swf
Interactive Orion Chart
Sign with Me
Surf's Up - Miniclip.com
The Chevron Cars - Welcome!
Time for Kids | Home
waste vital minutes with the PERPETUAL BUBBLEWRAP
Welcome to Muppet World
rindercella.mp3 (audio/mpeg Object)
Fisher-Price(R) Girls -Salon
MAKE: Blog
Zoobooks Magazine - The Kid's Magazine for Animal Lovers 5-12. A subscription to Zoobooks will turn a Child's Love of Animals Into a Love of Reading!
fly.swf (application/x-shockwave-flash Object)

Seasonal - holiday related

NORAD Tracks Santa Website
Lady Liberty Fireworks
Make your own SNOWMAN
Make a Silly Turkey - Highlights
Kids.com Game of the Month
cat.swf (application/x-shockwave-flash Object)
Advent 22- Christmas Luminaria

Art, Video, Pix to view

R Todd King China Photos 2003 - Northeast Winter
PHOTO IN THE NEWS
World Heritage Sites
http://www.go.to/funpic
Trumpet Duet - Google Video
Video Dog - Salon.com
YouTube - Laughing babies
YouTube - Cat Head Theatre
Our Gang Comedies - AOL Video
Christopher's Gallery 3 - June 2006
glumbert.com | Cat has a toilet flushing obsession
Nature Photography Page 1
Livio De Marchi
Strange houses - No place like home - on Bore Me
America the Beautiful - animated Flash ecard by Jacquie Lawson
Jennifer Lin on TED Talks
A Brush with Wildlife: Create a Composition with Carl Rungius
Jackson Pollock by Miltos Manetas, original design by Stamen, press any key to s

 COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT LINKS:
These are some projects for the larger community. Check your local scout council or a variety of other local service organizations for more ideas.

Do Something
Make A Child Smile
Teacher's Guide
ShelterBox USA

ARTS LINKS:
There's an endless supply of art on the web. LOADS of museums offer great stuff as do art schools, artists of varying descriptions and styles. Here are some of my bookmarked sites:

KinderArt - Art Lessons
How to Dance New England Style
Native American Indian Dance Ceremony Ceremonies
Classics for Kids | Musical Dictionary
Classics for Kids
Music from a Tree
84.04.06: A Dash of Folk, A Pinch of Fairy Recipes for Playmaking
Shape-Book Patterns
Candle in the Window - Mini-Books, Flaps, and Student Folder Websites
SpeechTX - How to...
12PgMiniBk_instruct.pdf (application/pdf Object)
SAN DIEGO MUSEUM of ART | Museum Art School
Performance Standards for Music: Grades PreK–12 - Prekindergarten
Google Image Result for http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/55630main_Sand_and_Seaweed_in_Bahamas.jpg
Microsoft Typography - Internal dev tools
About TED
MissouriMTA.org :: Music learning and teaching
The official web site of Jim Warren
Sistine Chapel

GEOGRAPHY LINKS:
Geography isn't everyone's favorite subject, but when you link other interests to it, the subject becomes incredibly interesting.

Here are some links I've listed under "geography" but could just as well be used in sociology, science, history, or language arts, among other subjects:
Christmas Around the World
Southwest Airlines - Adopt A Pilot
Maggie's Earth Adventures
Welcome to USGS Learning Web
Postcards From America 50 State Travel Adventure
Glencoe Social Studies Geography: The World and Its People: 2002 Edition
Practice Tests
National Geographic News Photo Gallery: Megaflyover: Documenting Africa's Last Wild Places
Pleasant Grove's Christmas Around the World Scavenger Hunt #1
Neumayer 24 Hour Movie


READING/LANGUAGE ARTS LINKS:
Of course, being an avid reader (and rabid writer) I'd have lots of links for this subject and related subjects. Maybe you'll find something of interest to you:

WordCentral.Com - Dictionary - Daily Buzzword - Word Games - Merriam-Webster
Goldilocks and the Three Bears | Free Audio Stories for Kids | Storynory
Learn to Read at Starfall - teaching comprehension and phonics
HCA Adventure Machine - H.C. Andersen
Bembo.swf (application/x-shockwave-flash Object)
The Wishing Tree
Main Page - Gutenberg
The Baldwin Project: READING-LITERATURE: The Primer by Harriette Taylor Treadwell and Margaret Free
The Baldwin Project: READING-LITERATURE: First Reader by Harriette Taylor Treadwell and Margaret Free
ibiblio - People
Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Project
2002 TRC Manual Elementary Programs - Texas State Library
Bilingual Programs for Children Clip Art - Texas State Library
Literature Links - School Libraries (CA Dept of Education)
Recommended Literature (K-12) - Reading/Language Arts (CA Dept of Education)
BPL Kids Page- Books and Magazines
Download Center: Starfall Short Vowel Phonics Puzzles
Alphabet Printable Worksheets, Coloring Pages and Flash Cards
K-Crew's Buzz Book Page
Free printable custom books for girls
Rhetorical Pedagogy: progymnasmata
Lil' Fingers Storybooks: Read a storybook and play games with your toddler
iKnowthat.com Word Builder Game - Online Multimedia Educational Games
2005 Best Children's Book Awards: Ages 4 to 6
Scholastic.com| Activities: Kid Authors
kviekids.org | Reading Rainbow Contest
Homeschool Radio Shows: www.homeschoolradioshows.com
Laura Ingalls Wilder at the Hoover Library-Museum--Activities Index
Wild West Crafts
Literature Guides
Character Education Book List
Character Education Book Lists
"character education" "book list" - Google Search
Character Education Book List
Character Trait Books
Children's Books That Teach the Six Pillars of Character
Libraries In A Topic
Barefoot Books: Choose your Destination
Naughty Shakespeare, part 2
Bookwire
Deism: Reason and Spirituality
National Novel Writing Month - National Novel Writing Month
Myths, Legends, Fables & Folklore - Animals Myths & Legends
Weber State University Libirary - Recommended Reading
Chinaberry.com
Poets.org - Poetry, Poems, Bios & More - National Poetry Month
Poets.org - Poetry, Poems, Bios & More

SCIENCE LINKS:
The 'net is a great place to being your exploration of any science topic. Here are a few of the sites we used this past year...

Cassini-Huygens Kids Space
Solar Vital Statistics
NASA - Cassini-Huygens Close Encounter with Saturn
Monterey Bay Aquarium Living Species List
Monterey Bay Aquarium: Family and Educational Activities and Games
How the Body Works
Vinegar Volcano
NIEHS Center -- Baylor College of Medicine, My Health My World, Water and My World
NIEHS Center -- Baylor College of Medicine, My Health My World, Water and My World
NIEHS Center -- Baylor College of Medicine, My Health My World, The Water Game -- What Am I?
raptors.pdf (application/pdf Object)
Greening Schools - Resources - Water
Habitats of the World--Ecology/Animals lesson plan (grades K-5)--DiscoverySchool.com
Genesis : Search for Origins | JPL | NASA
Index of /educ/docs/
Ask Dr. Universe
Envirothon
Weather Walks
AFT: Summer Learning Calendar 2005 - Exploring Earth's Oceans
Carolina Raptor Center - Fun & Games
Virtual Reality Moon Phase Pictures
Narwhal
KidWings
The eSkeletons Project
Central Coast Village Center
Lesson Launch Page
Steve Spangler Science Experiment Mentos Explosion - Soda Bottle Eruption
Kind Planet's Kind Kids
What's That Bug?
Eagle Eye Cam - Powered By Infotec Business Systems
Women's Adventures in Science
Muss My Hair
Joey Green
MyPyramid.gov - United States Department of Agriculture - Home
UNBiology2
tadpoles for children - including how to care for tadpoles
NASA's Radio JOVE Project: Home PageE
dheads - Activities
Science Kit.org
CalStar
Project FeederWatch Home Page
snowcrystals
Understanding Genetics: Human Health and the Genome
Understanding Genetics: Human Health and the Genome
watering hole Central Africa
SOHO Archive Search
SOHO-Publications
YouTube - Broadcast Yourself.
Planetpals
US NSF - Biology - Research Overview

FRENCH/ENGLISH LANGUAGE LINKS:
Spanish:
Free Online Spanish Games
English - Spanish Dictionary Translation Games , Activities and Quiz
Free Spanish Language Games
Welcome to our Language Learning Center
Oddcast TTS Demo

French:
français interactif – liste de vocabulaire, chapitre préliminaire
BBC - Schools - Primary French
Oddcast TTS Demo

MUSIC EDUCATION LINKS:
We're working on the basics of music theory and reading music. Here are some links we've found useful (and my last post of links for the day):

BBC NI - Schools - Musical Mysteries - Home Page
Mark Wessels' Keyboard Reading Lessons
iKnowthat.com Music Maker Game
note pair free flash game
Reading Music: K-2 Web Sites on Rhythm & Musical Notation - AOL@SCHOOL
Pattern Builder
BBC - The Little Animals Activity Centre - Foxy Dancer's dance game
The Music Lab - Basics
Music History


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