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My son has made some using Wordpress-- free and easy to use, with lots of cool templates to make it look fancy. No coding required. Here is a science one he made using wordpress when he was six or seven: http://knssciencefacts.wordpress.com/
I didn't plan to homeschool. Actually, when my son started grade one, I was pretty excited about having full days to work. It didn't last long. School was not a good fit, for various reasons, and by the end of October I was tired of banging my head on a brick wall trying to make school be something it wasn't- so we decided to try homeschooling. That was almost three years ago.   For us, homeschooling has been great. I love it and so does my son. What started out as a...
My son just turned nine and has been very intensely into Minecraft for just over a year. He has learned a huge amount from it (computer skills, keyboarding, programming, animation etc) and had a great deal of fun. He's made friends through it-- actually just had a friend over this morning to play together (same LAN world, separate computers). You don't have to play online with other people unless you choose to, and while my son occasionally plays in survival mode, it is...
We had fun with Reflex Math and also SumDog- they are aimed at kids a little older than Dreambox (not that the math is necessarily more challenging- but the avatars, games and graphics are less pre-school-ish, ykwim?). Both have free versions and paid subscriptions. BrainPop also has cool math games. 
YES! There are some more lists here. Actually, a list of lists! Lots of good books...  http://www.pragmaticmom.com/multicultural-books-for-children/
Here's a couple I've been reading recently: http://www.unschoolingnyc.com/blog/   http://www.jennifermcgrail.com/unschooling/   And an oldie but goodie by a now-grown-up unschooler:   http://yes-i-can-write.blogspot.ca/p/new-to-this-blog-new-to-unschooling.html     And here's mine. If you visit, do say hi :)    http://www.robinstevenson.com/wordpress/category/blog/
Justine Larbalestier's YA novel Liar is an interesting example of this. The MC is a young black woman described in the book as having short nappy hair and being somewhat androgynous in appearance. Guess what the cover showed? Yep- feminine fair skinned girl with long straight hair. Sigh. OTOH, lots of interesting discussion (and hopefully some shifts in views and awareness on part of both readers and publishers) arose from it and the publisher did eventually change the...
Just revisiting this thread to add a link-- an argument for the importance of gay characters in middle grade fiction, and a list of a few books to check out:  http://vikkivansickle.wordpress.com/2013/06/13/ya-is-too-late-gay-characters-in-middle-grade-fiction/
  Oh, we do this too! And I thought we were the only ones with a living room decorated with sculptures made from broken remote control airplanes and old circuit boards!   Mama Amie, my son dug an ENORMOUS hole in the yard when he was that age... he and a friend were determined to link their houses with an underground tunnel. His friend's mom said it was fine for the tunnel to lead to her yard as long as they started digging at our end ;)   I think that some young kids...
  We had lots of fun with this when my son was little. There was all kind of strange stuff in the freezer for awhile. Chisel and hammer soon gave way to dremmel and drill, though... We also had a couple big chunks of limestone that were fun to chisel, and wood to whittle.    My son has always loved taking stuff apart too, and has dismantled everything from the Ikea furniture (as a toddler) to toasters and old computers. We found lots of electronics in free piles and...
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