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This section deals with online classes and instructional materials for home schoolers in America. The materials linked below feature puzzles, quizzes, projects, and fun reading materials, while touching on many topics for teaching and learning from home.
Scroll further down to access free online public school classes in every state.
Alabama - facts and photos.
Alaska - towns and wilderness. No parka required.
Arizona - other-worldly landscapes.
Arkansas - state parks, cute towns and rugged back roads.
California - National Parks and secret city treasures.
Colorado - villages, vistas and vacation homes.
Connecticut - quirky destinations and fabulous hotels.
DC - Sights, facts, and hotel recommendations.
Delaware - Events and fun places to visit.
Florida - beach scenes and vacation packages.
Georgia - mountains, farmland and theme parks.
Hawaii - tropical scenes and vacation ideas.
Idaho - National parks, mountain ranges and more.
Illinois - Outdoors, inside and outside of Chicago.
Indiana - Scene-scapes, neighborhoods, universities, and more.
Iowa - Cities, universities, farmland, tornadoes.
Kansas - Stull and other middle America towns we rarely see.
Kentucky - Thoroughbreds, blue grass, mountains, universities and more.
Louisiana - Street scenes, music, colleges and culture.
Maine - Sunsets, Light Houses, Blueberries and Lobsters - but that's not all!
Maryland - Attractions, retirement villages, ocean scenery and more.
Massachusetts - Universities, architecture and fascinating facts.
Michigan - Lakes, lakes and more lakes. Did we mention lakes?
Minnesota - Cities, towns and flea markets.
Mississippi - Houses, sunsets and the Mississippi River.
Missouri - Universities, Saint Louis, state parks, hiking trails and more.
Montana - Mountains, Ranch land, Reservations, the Custer Battlefield and numerous National Parks.
Nebraska - Cities, parks, universities and roadside attractions.
Nevada - Active Retirement, golf, state parks and more.
New Hampshire - Universities, retirement villages, and everything in between.
New Jersey - Local attractions and top universities, among other things.
New Mexico - Explore enchanted landscapes and dream-worthy desert scenery.
New York - Universities, NYC, and statewide sightseeing ideas.
North Carolina - Cities, islands, universities, demographics and more.
North Dakota - Badlands, oil fields, reservations, sunsets, Photography Art Galleries.
Ohio - State parks, universities, down towns, Amish country.
Oklahoma - Indian tribes, major cities, and other local attractions.
Oregon - Cities, universities, parks, golf, retirement villages, cloudy beaches, and seaside vacations.
Pennsylvania - Facts and photos.
Rhode Island - Sublime seaside villages and other gorgeous local landscapes.
South Carolina - State facts and photos.
South Dakota - Casinos, badlands, Indian Reservations, towns, and unbelievable sunsets.
Tennessee - Cool homes, great cities and more.
Texas - Major metro areas, nature preserves, universities.
Utah - Warm desert landscapes and other attractions.
Vermont - Autumnal scenery, tiny towns, church steeples and more.
Virginia - Cities, universities, downtowns, beaches, sunrises.
Washington - Cities, universities, parks, rainforests, science exhibits, desert stallions and more.
West Virginia - Mountains, towns, attractions, fall foliage.
Wisconsin - Cities, universities, roadside attractions, and dramatic sky-scapes.
Wyoming - Wolves, horse ranches, and Wild West towns.
Authentic Native American Halloween Costumes
American Cultural Attractions:
Art and History Museums in every state
Miscellaneous American Culture:
Official State Seals A-K
Official State Seals L-N
Official State Seals O-W
American History FAQ:
Told in the Drooling Ward, by Jack London
The Ransom of Red Chief, by O. Henry
The Tale of Peter Rabbit, by Beatrix Potter
Life Expectancy by State
American States and Cities
From a town known as Wheeling West Virginia
Rode a boy with a 6 gun in his hand
And his daring life of crime
Made him a legend in his time
East and West of the Rio Grande
STATE NAME ORIGINS: How each state got its name.
STATE NICKNAMES: A state's nickname, like any other nickname, is usually chosen based on a characteristic feature of the state itself. The chosen feature tends to differentiate one state from all the rest.
Visit Lake Havasu, Arizona during Spring Break.
Check out Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California.
See the Annual International Snow Sculpting Championships in Breckenridge, Colorado.
See Mackinac Island, Michigan for a uniquely carless experience.
Fishing enthusiasts are encouraged to visit beautiful Lake Hubbard, Michigan.
LARGEST CITIES: This page lists each state's largest city. In other words, the city in each state that contains the greatest number of people. The cities with the highest populations are not necessarily the cities with the biggest land areas, and are not necessarily state capitals.
Professional Logo Quiz
Beer Can Chicken: Also known as drunken chicken, this bird falls over when cooked, and is great fun to look at.
Bourbon Chicken: This popular recipe is a tangy Kentucky favorite, featuring plenty of the state of Kentucky's most well known natural resource.
Chicken Fajitas: A popular Mexican dish prepared restaurant-style. Easy to make and fun to eat. Great with Guacamole and Salsa!
Chicken Marsala: This is an Italian favorite dinner recipe made with mushrooms and Marsala wine. A simple, elegant, five star meal.
Chicken Parmesan: A popular favorite Italian poultry dish, baked and breaded with tangy tomato sauce and a combination of cheeses. Incredibly inexpensive and easy to make, not to mention delicious.
Curry Chicken: A lively, popular poultry dish made with lean, boneless meat and flavored with classically familiar Indian spices. Americans on a budget often grab some breasd from a local Indian restaurant and then make Chicken Curry at home.
Deep Fry Turkey: Deep-frying makes a comeback with this delectable Thanksgivin style feast. Surprisingly tender and juicy!
Hawaiian Chicken: A sweet, satisfying dinner favorite featuring oven baked chicken with pineapples and sweet bell peppers.
Jerk Chicken: A popular Caribbean favorite. Go easy on the Cayenne Pepper! For the faint of heart, this page also features a much less spicy Rotisserie Chicken recipe.
Orange Chicken: Tender boneless chicken pieces coated with orange glaze, cooked to perfection and served (if you like) over light, fluffy steamed white rice.
Sesame Chicken: A spectacular Chinese dish featuring just a few simple ingredients. Great either cooked in baked chicken recipes or sauteed in a skillet.
Smoked Chicken flavored with herbs and spices.
Teriyaki Chicken A traditional Japanese favorite.
7 Layer Salad Recipe: This versatile appetizer recipe is crispy cool visual delight.
Ambrosia Salad: This sweet, fruity recipe is a popular American summer favorite.
Bean Salads: Protein-rich lunch or side dish recipes, best when served warm.
Chicken Salad: This chicken salad recipe features fresh grapes and chopped celery.
Cold Pasta Salad: A hearty side dish recipe that functions as a meal.
Egg Salad: Great when made into cracker sandwiches, or served as a raw veggie dip.
Green Salad: Green salads are a fresh, lively start to any meal.
Jello Salad: This versatile recipe is served as an appetizer, side dish or dessert.
Ramen Noodle Salad: A quick and easy lunch recipe. Elegant, inexpensive and delicious.
Banana Bread 1: A very basic recipe that's always a treat.
Banana Bread 2: This soft, creamy variety is wonderful served warm with butter.
Ciabatta Bread: A soft, spongy Italian bread with a thin, crunchy crust.
Cheese Fondue: A warm cheese dipping sauce for breads, fruits and vegetables.
Deviled Eggs: An easy way to jazz up ordinary hard boiled eggs.
Grilled Corn: A perfect recipe for an outdoor summer barbecue party.
Grilled Vegetables: Served as a healthy side dish or a complete vegetarian meal.
Hummus: A Middle Eastern dip served with pita bread or raw veggie slices.
Cole Slaw: - A popular American favorite.
Scalloped Potatoes Cheesy and delicious with a baked brown topping.
Sweet Potato Fries Crunchy salted french fries with an unexpected sweetness.
Twice Baked Potatoes A smooth, creamy recipe with chives and two cheeses
Other Popular Recipes:
Egg Rolls: The classic Chinese recipe we all know and love.
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The Federal Cost of Living Index gives a measure of living expenses by state, as compared to other states, and to the national average. This page also provides helpful info on average housing costs in every U.S. state.
Income Tax in Every State provides a list of income tax rates by state.
Sales Tax shows the basic sales tax rate by state.
Personal Income by State shows your state's minimum wage and other income demographics.
Poverty Stats provides a list of the percentage of people in each state who are said to be living below the poverty line.
Unemployment gives current unemployment statistics for every U.S. state.
Four-Year Degree Programs in Acting: Performing Arts Universities listed by state
Online Colleges and American Universities: Accredited Universities throughout the United States. Includes campus locations, photos, phone numbers and online degree programs.
Science Adventures: Science museums, listed by state. Also included are some handy science project ideas for your next science fair.
Smart States: A ranking of states by the quality of each state's elementary level education.
Libraries in America
Miscellaneous U.S. Geography:
Natural Wonders of the United States
US Geography Quiz (State Photos)
Weight - A healthy weight chart showing a range of acceptable weights for different heights and genders. The page also links to useful nutritional info for all kinds of food.
Blood Sugar A very basic way to figure out if or not you should see a doctor about your blood sugar levels. Other nutritional info is also included here.
Blood Pressure A way to evaluate your blood pressure measurements using a handy printable chart. Also see tips on how to keep blood pressure levels under control.
Math A collection of math problems for practicing the art of subtraction. These problems are especially appropriate for a first or second grade learning level. Answer key included.
Math A collection of multiplication problems featuring three-digit numbers multiplied by single-digit numbers. Answer key also provided.
Math Free printable worksheets of slightly more difficult multiplication problems. These teacher worksheets feature double-digit numbers. An answer key is also provided.
Math Free printable fractions worksheet for beginners. Answer key is provided.
Math Fraction worksheets that are slightly harder. A printable answer key is included.
Multiplication Table Free printable multiplication table.
Metric Conversions Unit measurement conversions from inches to centimeters, miles to kilometers, pounds to kilos, and more.
U.S. Photo Quiz (Name that State)
U.S. City Quiz (Name That Downtown)
US Geography Quiz (State Maps)
Gallery of United States Regional Art, featuring paintings by fine artists from every state.
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Here is a list of free online classes for public grade school and public high school diplomas in every state. These online classes are officially part of each state's public school system. Public school online classes cover the same materials as the classroom learning format, but with online classes you get to work at your own pace. Online learning of this type is best used in conjunction with other home schooling activities.
Online Classes in Public School Systems
Alabama Access Virtual Learning accessdl.state.al.us
Alaska Anchorage School District asdk12.org
Arizona Arizona Virtual Academy azva.k12.com
Arkansas Arkansas Virtual Academy arva.k12.com
California California Virtual Academies cava.k12.com
Colorado Denver Public School Online online.dpsk12.org
Connecticut CT Virtual Learning Center ctvirtuallearning.org
Delaware Griggs International Academy griggs.edu
Florida Miami Dade Online k12.com/miamidade
Georgia Georgia Cyber Academy gca.k12.com
Hawaii Connections Charter School connectionscharterschool.org
Idaho Idaho Virtual Academy idva.k12.com
Illinois Chicago Virtual Charter School cvcs.k12.com
Indiana Indiana Virtual Charter School invcs.org
Iowa Iowa Virtual Academy iava.k12.com
Kansas Kansas Online Learning kansasonlinelearning.org
Kentucky currently no public online schools, however private online schools are available.
Louisiana Louisiana Virtual School louisianavirtualschool.net
Maine Maine Virtual Academy miva.k12.com
Maryland Maryland Virtual Academy mdva.k12.com
Michigan Michigan Virtual Charter Academy mvca.k12.com
Minnesota MN Virtual Academy mnva.k12.com
Mississippi Mississippi Virtual Public School connectionsacademy.com/mississippi-school
Missouri Missouri Virtual Instruction Program movip.org
Montana Montana Virtual Academy mtva.k12.com
Nebraska Nebraska Virtual Academy neva.k12.com
Nevada Nevada Virtual Academy nvva.k12.com
New Hampshire NH Virtual Academy nhva.k12.com
New Jersey New Jersey Virtual School njvs.org
New Mexico NM Virtual Academy nmva.k12.com
New York K12 International Academy icademy.com
North Carolina NC Virtual Public School ncvps.org
North Dakota ND Virtual Academy ndva.k12.com
Ohio Ohio Virtual Academy ohva.k12.com
Oklahoma Oklahoma Virtual High School oklahomavirtualhighschool.com
Oregon Oregon Virtual Academy orva.k12.com
Pennsylvania PA Virtual Charter School pavcsk12.org
Rhode Island RI Virtual Academy riva.k12.com
South Carolina SC Virtual Charter School scvcs.k12.com
Black Hills Online Learning Community bholc.org
Tennessee Tennessee Virtual Academy tnva.k12.com
Texas TX Virtual School Network txvsn.org
Utah Utah Virtual Academy utva.k12.com
Vermont Vermont Virtual Academy vtva.k12.com
Virginia Virginia Virtual Academy vava.k12.com
Washington WA Virtual Academies wava.k12.com
West Virginia WV Virtual Academy wvva.k12.com
Wisconsin Wisconsin Virtual Academy wiva.k12.com
Wyoming Wyoming Virtual Academy wyva.k12.com
Online classes are considered part of most public school districts, just as a brick and mortar school are. Online public schools are accredited by any of the following associations, among others:
New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)
Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities