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An increasing number of black (African American) parents are homeschooling their children; faster than any other segment of the population - an estimated 140,000 K-12 students in the U.S. in 2008.

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Encyclopedia Smithsonian

Encyclopedia Smithsonian helps answer frequently asked questions about the Smithsonian with links to resources on subjects from Art to Zoology. is dedicated to making teaching and learning an exciting, rewarding adventure for students, teachers, and parents. They provide innovative teaching materials for teachers, useful and enjoyable resources for students, and smart advice for parents about how to help their kids enjoy learning and excel in school. The site is constantly reviewed for educational relevance by practicing classroom teachers in elementary school, middle school, and high school.

Smithsonian Education

This site contains lesson plans in four categories and a search engine to find lesson plans, field trips, publications and productions, and professional development resources. You can narrow your search by grade level (preK-3 to General Audience) and subject (from African American Art to World History.)

The Educator's Reference Desk

The Educator's Reference Desk builds on over a quarter century of experience providing high-quality resources and services to the education community. The Educator's Reference Desk brings you 2,000+ lesson plans, 3,000+ links to online education information, and 200+ question archive responses.

PBS Teachers

Over 4,500 lesson plans, online activities, classroom resources, and professional development projects are available at this public PBS education Web site.

Teacher QuickSource

Tied to Head Start Child Outcomes, this Website offers activities in a variety of subjects aimed at helping preschoolers learn in a fun and creative way.

Internet Public Library

The Internet Public Library created by the University of Michigan has reference materials and research advice for almost any project. Browse Web-site lists, periodicals, or some 20,000 full-text books; if you don't find what you're looking for, you can ask a real-life librarian for help. Also check out the KidSpace section which houses a special online library just for kids!

FunBrain is one of the top five most-visited kids learning sites on the Internet, featuring over 50 fun and interactive learning games for kids, parents, and teachers. Over 150,000 teachers use FunBrain's Quiz Lab. Teachers can use or customize over 40,000 ready-made quizzes for all ages and grade levels, track student and class progress daily with instant analysis, and assign FunBrain games that build skills and correlate to national testing standards.


eThemes is an extensive database of more than 900 content-rich, age-appropriate resources organized around specific themes. eThemes are created and maintained by University of Missouri-Columbia College of Education staff and graduate students from the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies.

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