|Software for Education|
Always Ice Cream (for girls) and Cleaver Dragon (for boys) are websites that provide online educational exercises in math, reading, typing, christian studies, foreign language and geography. Annual or monthly subscriptions available at reasonable rates. Free trials.
Computer Products for Education is a Microsoft authorized education reseller which sells the "big" programs (AutoCad, Adobe Creative Suites, Office, etc.) for a fraction of the price if it is used for educational purposes. Good news is that they will accept homeschoolers upon verification of their homeschool (for example: a copy of your ESD notification, copy of HSLDA card or any other homeschool organization membership, copy of recent curriculum receipts, etc.) The savings are vast for those students who are headed towards a technical degree or need a big program (like Adobe) to advance their skills. The programs are full functioning, and complete (although some features have been disabled so that you cannot sell your work...ie the clipart in Adobe is very limited or watermarked.) Personal Note: We at the CHOC Board used CPE for our daughter's purchase of Adobe Creative Suites as she was headed for journalism in college (her home experience proved invaluable and helped her get a student job in graphic publishing at the college). We plan to use them for our son for his AutoCad before he heads to engineering college.
FREEHomeschool Software.com This company is a homeschool family that scours the market to find educational software to sell cheaply, and THEN adds lesson plans to them! ($7.95 per title to cover shipping and handling). We at the CHOC Board recognized many of our old favorites (like Story Weaver Deluxe by MECC) which have dropped off the general market. This company states they have tested all programs and found them to work on Windows XP, and there is a policy of 100% satisfaction guaranteed or your money is refunded with no questions asked. We've not tried this particular service (although we've tried similar). The downfall is these are older programs which generally should work with XP, but ought to doesn't mean it will. Also, since these are obviously back inventories of items not generally on the market, the supplies are limited and their inventory varies daily. Most of these programs will be secular. We list them because we recognize some old wholesome favorites.
Gamequarium is a site with links to educational computer games and videos to access online. Many games are represented across all subjects, mostly aimed at the elementary ages, but some high school subjects as well. School House Rock Videos, The Magic School Bus, and Bill Nye the Science Guy are included in the multi-linked repetroire. Secular.