Middle school

Language Arts

Fix-it Grammar (grades 3-12). From IEW.  Placement test can be found here.  This is a popular series for online classes, but it’s easy to do on your own.

Wordly Wise 3000 Book 6

Write at Home

The Lost Tools of Writing

A Pirate’s Guide to the Grammar of Story

The Lukeion Project – language arts online coursework

IEW online courses



Our first online class was with Natural Math and my daughter loved it as a 6th grader.

Prodigy Math – online for grades 1-8. This was recommended to me by a teacher in New York. Set up help can be found on this page.

Acellus – online option for $30 a month, all subjects. My 8 year old in particular likes this one. Several homeschool families we know use this option for much of their learning.  The classes are hit or miss, but it’s a good option for covering core subjects if you’re traveling for a few months.

Aleks math – used by schools in at least 2 districts in another state where I used to teach.

Life of Fred – the books are often prices best on this page of Educents.  It helps if the kids know some of the story from the earlier books before diving into the Pre-Algebra books –  Pre-Algebra with Biology, Physics, or Economics.


Elemental Science

Physics for 6th grade – part of the Life of Fred Pre-Algebra Series


Tools and methods

Forces, speed, velocity and acceleration

Energy and energy transfers

Simple machines and mechanical advantage

Waves and light



Periodic Table


We love the Gilder Lehrman Institute for American History. You can spend a 15-30 minute period on any time in American history and really learn some interesting tidbits.