Contests for Homeschoolers
The sites listed below offer a variety of contests available to homeschoolers that may be of interest to your homeschooler. Competition offers children a chance not only to show off the skills they have learned and to earn some terrific rewards for their efforts. They also become ambassadors for homeschooling, sometimes even making headlines. Please take a few moments to visit the sites listed below and see if you can find a contest or two of interest to your young scholars.
Doodle 4 Google, is a contest where we invite students in the United States to use their artistic talents to think big and redesign Google's homepage logo for millions to see. This year we ask students to exercise their creative imaginations around the theme, "If I could travel in time, I'd visit..." One lucky student artist will see their artwork appear on the Google homepage and take home some cool prizes--and as a special bonus, the winning artwork will appear on a limited edition of Crayola's iconic 64 box!
Give us your best stories! Write and illustrate your own original story and enter for a chance to win prizes at both the local and national levels. Each author receives a certificate of achievement and winning stories will be published at kviekids.org.
- Open to: Homeschoolers in age groups — 7 to 11 and 12 to 16.
- Goal: Developing interesting introductions and conclusions.
- Word Limit: 100 to 400 words
- Award: $25 US Savings Bond (one bond awarded for each age group)
Poetry Contest - The purpose of the poetry contest is to bring recognition to student poets. Winners share over $70,000 in prizes. All poets in grades Kindergarten to 12th are welcome to enter. Winning poems will be published in the hard bound anthology. There is no entry fee and no purchase is required. [Contest Rules]
Enter a Poetry Contest. The postmark deadline for each contest follows:
Essay Contest - The purpose of the essay contest is to bring recognition to student writers. For over 15 years Creative Communications have published only poetry. Numerous teachers requested a contest for prose. Creative Communications came up with an essay contest. This contest provides an outlet for many writers because each writer can choose his or her own topic. Students in grades Kindergarten through 12th are eligible to enter. Over $3,000 is awarded to student and teachers in each regional contest. [Contest Rules]
Math Contests Open to Homeschooling Children
Annual Math League Contests
The contest is for children in grades 4-8, high school students, and Algebra I students. Every contest has questions from different areas of mathematics. The goal is to encourage student interest and confidence in mathematics through solving worthwhile problems.
Math League's contests are now available in a subscription package for homeschoolers. You will receive 1 copy of each of Math League's contests and solutions for your homeschoolers (one each of our 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, Algebra Course I, and High School Contests, plus solutions for each). E-mail for details
The USA Mathematical Talent Search (USAMTS) is a free mathematics competition open to all United States middle and high school students.As opposed to most mathematics competitions, the USAMTS allows students a full month to work out their solutions.The USAMTS is run on the honor system - it is an individual competition, whose competitive role is very secondary.
Contests which individuals can enter by themselves are appealing to homeschooled students, since it can be difficult for homeschoolers to gather up enough players to enter one of the many team-oriented math competitions. Also, homeschoolers might be interested in entering regional meets, which are major events sponsored by colleges and universities.
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Contests & Scholarships: Index
We are proud to announce that the Co-op has just published the Internet's largest database of contests & scholarships available to homeschooled students -- over 124,000 different prizes worth over $2.5 million!
Furthermore, the Co-op has elected to make this information freely available to all homeschoolers, whether or not they elect to become members.
Competition among equally prepared peers can be fun and challenging to children and teens with competitive natures. No child should be forced to enter a contest that doesn't interest him or her. These contests encourage the participation of homeschoolers, but may have restrictions because of age or location. Since contests require registration, kids, ask your parent's permission before entering.
Ann has organized her links according to subject matter to enable you to easily find contests of interest to your children.
Visit our Contests Hall to find information on upcoming contests for homeschoolers!
Updated: January 25, 2012