Electives

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This website page has been created for homeschoolers as an easy way to locate items for subject based inquiries of interest to home educators. The first link(s) of each category will send you to the Weatherford Public Library catalog and pull up a list of items related to that particular subject area. The remaining links are website pages of free and low-cost resources online to assist in your child’s education.
Items to check out in the Weatherford Public Library catalog

Homeschool Electives
Homeschool Religious Education
Homeschool College Preparation

Resource Links


Music

8notes.com
Free piano sheet music collection (90% free) has an option to upgrade to a subscription that is unlimited offering higher quality, additional services. Other instrument choices are also available.

Classics for Kids
This website is a great introduction to music and includes free resources, including excerpts of classical music, games, biographies, activities and lesson plans.

E-Chords
Look up chord charts by title of song or artist for free. Hover over the chords and get a visual of placements on the keyboard, fret, etc. from the instrument of your choice: keyboard, guitar, ukulele, drums, bass, flute or harmonica. Each title is rated by difficulty and you can choose to add drawings (chord/keyboard or show chords on the side of the screen). Additional options are available to send, print, or e-mail the results with ease.

Ultimate-Guitar.com
As a free, online community resource for guitar players of any genre, you can look up a song by title or artist, then select the version you prefer, transpose and display chords. There’s even an online tuner.

Zebra Keys
Learn how to play piano online, understand music theory, and improvise with 50 free lessons at various levels of difficulty. Other resources include free sheet music and music tools, such as a virtual keyboard and ear training software. Adobe Flash Player is required.
Local Lessons (all require registration and tuition)

Aledo Guitar Academy
Professional guitar teachers offer a full curriculum individualized to the student. Sign up for a free lesson (assessment).

The Burch School of Music
This local brother-sister team offer lessons in Kindermusik, and piano lessons for all age levels. 

Lakeshore Drive Academy of the Arts
Private piano and voice lessons are taught by qualified teachers as a ministry of Lakeshore Drive Baptist Church. Drama lessons are also available.

Parker County Childbloom Guitar Program
Kevin Townson provides small group guitar lessons in a step by step program called Childbloom. Private lessons are also available.

Travis Academy of Fine Arts

TAFA offers opportunities for homeschool students to participate in group-based artistic expression. Band, ballet, choir, worship leading and songwriting classes require an audition and application process. Fees are required upon approval.
Foreign Language

Duolingo
Completely free, game-like lessons motivate language learning for all ages.

American Sign Language University
This online sign language curriculum offers free lessons and self-study materials. For documentation, there is a tuition cost and required assignments, but access to the information is still free.

Rocket Languages
Award winning software for learning languages offers a free trial. A purchase is required to continue.


Arts and Crafts

Artistic Pursuits
Age leveled art instruction, art appreciation and history are all studied together from this popular homeschool curriculum to purchase. Supply kits are available for an easy, ready to go option.

DTLK's Crafts for Kids
Free printable kid’s crafts, coloring pages, worksheets and activities are featured on this website. Search by themes, holidays, educational topics and more.

Official Home Art Studio
Enjoy the free art lessons on this website. There are additional lessons on DVD to purchase with a corresponding supply list or option to purchase a supply kit.

See the Light Art Class
Free art resources, newsletter art tutorials, and video lessons are available. Reasonably priced DVDs and art workshops can be purchased.


Graphic Design

Canva
Free online graphic design website is easy to use for anyone. Choose from beautiful photos and illustrations: you can even import your own images and photos. Upgrade for even more options. 

Pixabay
Additional free images and videos to use for graphic design are copyright free.
Computer Science

Code.org
Encouraging access to coding for all people, this non-profit website offers free courses for Kindergarten through University levels. Create an account to save progress or just start coding; no account needed.

CompuScholar
Homeschool computer programming courses are available in an online format. Registration fees apply.

Scratch
Program your own interactive stories, games and animations and share them online. Adobe Flash Player is required. Created by the MIT Media Lab, this online service is free of charge.

TechKnow Training Studios
Computer science, electronics, robotics and other technology courses are available. Parent receives a free account for each student that enrolls. FunZone has access to a free Minecraft server and helpful documents for play.


Educational Games Online

7 Generation Games
These multiple award winning educational games run on a variety of operating systems and support educational goals for ages 8-14. Some are free and prices vary.

ABCYa.com
Free education games are for grades K-5. Selections are varied, and you can purchase a family account for instant access to apps on multiple devices.

Cyberkidz
This free educational platform covers ages 4-12 and encourages learning through playing. Adobe Flash Player is required.

Mr. Nussbaum
Developed by a practicing teacher, this free website is for grades K-8. Reinforce skills and challenge students to interactively learn. 

Interesting Additions

Factory Tours USA
If you would like some hands-on learning while also creating memories, try these field trip options (many are free) for your family or homeschool co-op. Just click on the state you live in or plan to visit.

Simply Fun
Balance your kids screen time with educational options in traditional game formats. Shop for hands-on play items by age or subject. Prices will vary.

Teach with Movies
Select from more than 425 free learning guides with corresponding materials to popular films. Search by subject, age level and more. 
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Bible and Christian Worldview Studies

Bible.org
This internet ministry website offers Bible studies for free. Ask a question, view articles by topic, and other free resources for all levels of Biblical knowledge. Lumina is a free word studies tool offered with Strong’s tagging and Greek/Hebrew translation.

Bible Based Homeschooling
Use the Bible as your main textbook with the free resources on this website. Additional resources and ideas are also available for you to include according to your family’s needs.

Heart of Wisdom
Enjoy the freebies at this popular homeschool blog that emphasizes Bible-based learning. More ideas and insights on the website may be useful as well.

Disclaimer:

 The Weatherford Public Library is providing this resource to assist local homeschoolers. A great amount of the information is useful for all educators and parents. It is not an endorsement of any product or business mentioned or a promotion of homeschooling as a preference over other choices in education.