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Best Websites for Teaching & Learning

The 2019 Best Websites for Teaching & Learning foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration. Sites recognized are free web-based sites that are user friendly and encourage a community of learners to explore and discover.

For Educators

Assignment Alert
Educator Card
Little Library in a Box Service
Have a Book Sent to Your School
Library Databases
Tour the Library
Web Resources
Therapeutic Toy Collection
Special Needs Collection
Assignment Alert

Please offer us as much advance notice as possible.  Please be aware that students may not be able to check out some materials and should be prepared to  work in the library.

Submit an Assignment Alert

Little Library in a Box Service
Have a Book Sent to Your School
Library Databases

databases selected just for kids by the Michigan eLibrary

Tour the Library
Web Resources

A to Z Teacher Stuff

Accelerated Reading List – Maltby and Scranton Middle Schools

Activity Idea Place 3400 lesson plan ideas for toddler, preschool and kindergarten teachers

Association for Library Service to Children – the world’s largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children.

Center for Parent Information and Resources – Your central “Hub” of information and products created for the network of Parent Centers serving families of children with disabilities.

Common Core State Standards – hosted and maintained by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center).

Early On – Early On – assists families with infants and toddlers, from birth until 36 months or 3 years of age, who have a delay in their development or a diagnosed disability.

Enchanted Learning– Curriculum Material Online — Over 25,000 Web Pages for teachers – Good resource for parents of children from preschool through high school.

Great Start Livingston – a partnership of local professionals, community leaders and parents committed to establishing and maintaining a comprehensive early childhood system addressing all factors influencing a young child’s readiness for school and life. – Annenberg Media’s site for teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum

Michigan Association for Gifted Learners

Presechool Education

Reach Out and Read Reach Out and Read (ROR) promotes early literacy by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud in pediatric exam rooms across the nation.

Reading is Fundamental – We prepare and motivate children to read by delivering free books and literacy resources to those children and families who need them most.

Reading Rockets

Read Write Think – Our mission is to provide educators, parents, and afterschool professionals with access to the highest quality practices in reading and language arts instruction by offering the very best in free materials.


Smithsonian Institution’s Education Portal

SuperKids – a collection of easy-to-use, free educational resources, for home and school.

Teacher Tube An online community for sharing instructional videos for teachers, schools, and home learners. Teachers can post videos designed for students to view in order to learn a concept or skill.

Teaching with Historic Places’  by the National Parks Service

Therapeutic Toy Collection

These hands-on toys and activities encourage creativity, conversation, and active play. Some help build fine motor skills, others offer tactile stimulation. Speech and therapy cards are excellent for cognitive, speech, or emotional impairments. Our story kits help children with comprehension.  Toys may be checked out for two weeks.

Special Needs Collection

This collection aids the person with visual and hearing impairments, cognitive challenges, motor, speech or language delays, and emotional and behavioral issues. Parents, caregivers, and teachers of special needs students will find these current resources very helpful.

For Homeschoolers

Homeschool Curriculum
Homeschool Groups
Homeschool Laws, Regulations and Organizational Resources
Homeschool Magazines and Websites
Homeschool Curriculum
Homeschool Groups

Heritage Co-op
South Lyon, Michigan (reaching Oakland, Washtenaw and Livingston counties)
A parent-run Christian co-op serving homeschoolers in need of support from other homeschooling families. We provide quality academic and enrichment classes for all ages with a focus on growing and establishing our Middle/High School program. Most classes are taught by parents in their areas of education and experience, which keeps the cost of classes very minimal for required materials, with a few classes taught by professional instructors.


Home School Connection (HSC)
1825 East Joy Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Contact: Lisa Branton
Phone: (734) 649-6649

The Home School Connection, LLC is an interdenominational Christian co-operative: parents working with parents, to provide a variety of academic and enrichment classes for their home-schooled students of all ages.


Howell Athletic Association of Christian Homeschoolers
P.O. Box 1328, Brighton, MI 48116
Contact: John Firestone
Phone: (517) 546-0941
Howell Athletic Association of Christian Homeschoolers
Homeschool athletics in various sports – volleyball, basketball, soccer, baseball – see website for teams levels offered.

Homeschool Laws, Regulations and Organizational Resources

Michigan Department of Education
600 W. Allegan St., Hannah Building
Lansing, MI 48909
Michigan NonPublic Schools, Home Schools and Boarding Schools Unit
Phone: (517)373-1833

H.O.M.E. (Homes Organized for Meaningful Education)
John and Cheryl Boone
Grand Blanc, MI 48439
(810) 750-4382

Mid-Michigan Homeschoolers
6109 Pebbleshire,
Grand Blanc, MI 48439

Home School Legal Defense Association
P. O. Box 3000
Purcellville, VA 20132
Phone: (540) 338-5600
HSLDA has over 55,000 families, supported by more than 50 dedicated staff members, who have banded together to ensure that our rights are respected and our freedoms are protected.

National Homeschool Association
P.O. Box 290
Hartland, MI 48353-0290
(513) 722-9580

Mid-Michigan Christian Home Educators, Inc.
P.O. Box 346
Bridgeport, MI 48722
(517) 790-0269

Information Network for Christian Homes
4934 Cannonsburg Road
Belmont, MI 49306
(616) 874-5577

Homeschool Magazines and Websites


Homeschooling Today Magazine
Online magazine.

Practical Homeschooling Magazine
Homeschool World is the official site of Practical Homeschooling and presents an extensive collection of homeschooling resources. Their list of Homeschool Organizations is organized by state.



If searching the Internet for more information, consider using search terms such as “homeschooling,” “home schooling,” or “education + homeschool.”

Alternative Education Resource Organization
This nonprofit organization concerns education alternatives: community schools, alternative learning centers (public and private), and homeschooling.  Site features e-mail discussion groups, a magazine, radio talk show, and catalog on education news.

Carol Hurst’s Children’s Literature Site

Eclectic Homeschool Online
The magazine for creative homeschoolers. Published from a Christian perspective.

Family Education Network
The FamilyEducation Network provides helpful advice by ages, grades and school subjects, educational activities, news affecting children and families, and homeschooling.

Family Unschoolers Network

Great Start Livingston

Homeschool Central
A comprehensive menu of homeschool sites, study resources, and an online Homeschool Mall. site includes links to many different kinds of information, from local state information to joining a message board and chat rooms.

Homeschool Fun
Monthly e-zine with articles, ideas, lesson plans, and educational resources and tips.

Home School Legal Defense Association
This attractive Web site of the national legal organization features easily accessible summaries of applicable laws and homeschool statutes by state.

Homeschool Mom
TheHomeSchoolMom site will “guide you through the free homeschool resources available online, making the most of your budget and your planning time. The Internet is full of sites that provide free lesson plans, worksheets, activities, online educational games, software, and more, all for free, and we help you find them!”

HomeSchooling On a Shoestring
Crafts, recipes, unit ideas, and more for the homeschooler on a budget.

Information Network for Christian Homes (INCH)
Directory for local home education support groups.Information Network for Christian Homes (INCH)

Learn in Freedom “Colleges that Admit Homeschoolers”

Learning Ally (formerly Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic)
An 83,000 title library of textbooks on tape or computer disk for people who cannot effectively read standard print because of a visual impairment, learning disability or other physical disability.

Brighton Naturally Boxes
Exciting and unique nature-based resource boxes are available for check out for 8 weeks with a Brighton District Library card.

Brighton...Naturally is an environmental education initiative to connect children, families and individuals to the natural world.

These resource boxes contain a variety of books, learning toys, activities and audio/visual materials to support various nature related topics. To reserve a box, click the link below and place a hold through the library catalog.

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