Each Friday, at least for the foreseeable future, I will be sharing a blog post from the past. These will be posts from other places that I have retained the rights once again, or from this blog. I hope you enjoy these entries. I know they are ones that have made me smile.
This post originally was posted September 4, 2012.
I had every intention of writing an entirely different post for today. But sometimes God has a way of whispering to your heart that you need to do something else. Sometimes He gets so insistent that you almost feel like He has dropped a brick on your head. That is how this post came to be. I am stubborn at times. I knew this would be a ton of work to put together. But He has the bigger plan and knows how to lead me to sources for His purposes. I knew of several of these resources already, but when I put out the call for help, I discovered some new ones. And they are amazing.
With the economy being what it is at the moment, I have a feeling that somewhere out there, one of God’s children is feeling a bit discouraged and feeling like they can’t homeschool if they do not have adequate funds. Perhaps there are several of His children feeling this way. But when He calls you to homeschool, He always provides a way if we have enough faith to follow His lead.
I hope that this list will bless you in your homeschooling journey. Even if you have no funds for schooling, there is always a way. Sometimes, we find that the very best resources are free. One of my favorites is our local library. In my family, we are using a language program to learn German through our library this year. It doesn’t cost us a dime and we can do it online at home. We love it!
This list is just a start. If you have some that I have not listed, could you please leave a comment with a link below. I would also love to know of any special needs resources that are free.
Please note that as of the time of the publishing of this post, all links are active and working. Also you will find that some of these resources will work better for you than others. That is what makes our mosaic of homeschooling so wonderful. What works for one family, might not for another. However, what might not work for you, will be just perfect for another. It is how God weaves his beautiful tapestry we call life and homeschooling. It is what makes us unique and that is quite special.
Old Fashioned Education
Puritan Homeschool Curriculum–Contains many subjects but is religious.
Lesson Pathways—Free registration required.
NCERT (from India)
Baltimore Curriculum Project—Uses Core Knowledge.
Homeschool College USA–Highschool
Whole Curriculum Guides/Schedules:
Charlotte Mason Schedules
Simply Charlotte Mason–Charlotte Mason Style Schedule and curriculum list. Lots of free resources available as well. Some items do have a charge.
Tanglewood Education–Whole curriculum ideas and lists. Reading Schedules for lower grades.
Mater Amabilis Catholic Charlotte Mason Curriculum
Preschool Curriculum and Resources:
Brightly Beaming Resources
Rimes and Rhymes
Jan Brett’s Activities Pages
Making Learning Fun
Phonics and Beginning Reading:
McGuffey’s First Reader
Teach Your Child to Read (Canadian)–Free Registration Required
Kind Conversation Alphabet Path
The Phonics Page
CSMP Materials–Grades k-6
First Lessons in Arithmetic
Khan Academy–For Older kids
SuperKids Math Worksheet Creator
Math Fact Cafe
Math U See Drills
The Math Worksheet Site
Education Unboxed–Math tutoring lessons
Living Math History–Lesson Plans on Right side of Page
H.I.P. Pocket Change
Elementary Math Lessons
Math Moves You–Online interactive exploratory program for middle school and up.
Learn With Math Games–Games to supplement your lessons.
Math Facts Practice–Great Listing of Math Drill Sites broken down to levels
Multiplication Workbooks–step by step.
Cool Math Games
Literature/Reading Guides and Units:
Novel Study Guides
Reading Units by Gay Miller
Garden Of Praise
Literature Activity Guides–These are samples, but are in depth enough to test if your child understood the story.
Classical House of Learning–Uses books recommended in The Well Trained Mind.
Reading Activities and Projects
Dangerous Journey–Book is the retelling of Pilgrims Progress by Paul Bunyan (Christian).
The Hobbit and Screwtape Letters
Kids 4 Classics
Online Library of Liberty
The Baldwin Project
19th Century Schoolbooks
Read Print Online Books
19th Century Girl’s Series
Books Should Be Free
Light Up Your Brain
My Audio School–About 20% of the site has unblocked content for free. The rest is available through a low annual subscription.
ZB Spelling Connections
Splashes from the River
K12 Reader Spelling Curriculum
Spelling Whiz Practice
Vocabahead–If you sign-up for the email, they will send you a new word every day.
Big IQ Kids–Basic online play is now free.
Spell by Color–3rd Grade
English Banana Elementary Workbook-Individual Pages
English Banana Elementary Workbook–Complete Download
Road to Grammar
English Grammar 101
Intermediate Language Lessons Book 2
Sheldon’s Primary Language Lessons
Kind Conversation Language and Literature
Custom Tracer Pages
Cursive Via the Palmer Method
Bogart Family Resource–109 page download on how to teach handwriting. Christian
Scripted People of America History Lessons
Little City Kids
Mosaic Introduction to World History
American History–High School level, put out by Stanford
Ancient History for Homeschool
World History For Us All–Middle School and up.
Kind Conversation History
American History 1
American History 2
Ancient Mesopotamia Unit
ALMA Project–Mostly units concerning Native American and Latino History.
Digital History Online Textbook
Ben’s Guide to U.S. Government
Story of the World Volume 1 Workbook Pages
National Archives Teaching with Documents
Edsitement–This site covers humanities.
Google Images–Type in the person or item you are looking for.
Clipart Etc–Lots of free pictures
Mosaic Introduction to Timelines
Simply Charlotte Mason Book of Centuries
GuestHollow’s Timeline Pages
University of Texas Portrait Library
Timetoast–-Free registration required.
Timeglider–Free registration required.
Countries and Cultures Around the World–Elementary age.
Sheppard Software Geography
Discover America State by State
Pearson Map Bank
Homeschool Creations World Geography Study–More countries being added regularly. Go to Printables by country section for plans.
Globalmania–Learn world geography in 7 months.
Historical World Atlas
Peace Corps Lesson Plans
PBS Newshour Extra
Student News Net
Student News Daily
Scholastic News Daily
CNN Student News
K-12 Science Curriculum
Fossweb–Click on the subject, then teacher resources. You will then have to click on Teacher Prep videos for the lessons. Everything else on the page supports the lessons. There are games, worksheets, and many additional resources listed.
Take a Cloud Walk
National Geographic Education
Middle School Chemistry
My Science Box–-Variety of Subjects
Sahm I Am! Apologia General Science Schedule and Add-ons
Sahm I Am! Apologia Physical Science Schedule and Add-ons
Sahm I Am! Apologia Biology Schedule and Add-ons
Khan Academy–For older kids.
Science Fusion–This is an outside site with the links organized by grade.
US Energy Department Lesson Plans
Science of Cooking
NOAA Learning Objects
NASA Educators–Click on Find teaching materials.
PE Central Lesson Ideas
The El Paso Collaborative Health Literacy Curriculum
Charlotte Mason’s Swedish Drill Exercises
Disney Channel Pass the Plate
Computer Programming Course
Computer Training Courses
Computer Animating and Design
Own Your Own Space–A free e-book for teens regarding online safety.
Computer Science Unplugged
Dick Blick Lessons
Meet the Masters
Virtual Art Student
Free Online Art Classes
Pencil Drawing Lessons
Garden of Praise Art Appreciation
Online typing Course
Dance Mat Typing
Kiran’s Typing Tutor
Tux4Kids Tuxtype–This is a free program to download.
Answers in Genesis
The Homeschool Channel
Watch Know Learn
How Stuff Works
You Tube–You will need to monitor your kids closely on this site.
JCE Software Chemistry Videos
Sqool Tools Videos
Virtual Field Trips and Webcams:
Take a Field Trip
Meet Me at the Corner
National Zoo Webcams
Sportsman Paradise Wild Animal Webcams
4-H Virtual Farms
Top Ten Earthcams
Tramline Virtual Field Trips
Global Online Adventure Learning
HippoCampus Free Courses
Mixed Courses in many subjects
University of Berkley Courses
Yale University Open Courses
University of Washington Free Courses
M.I.T. Open Courseware
Various Unit Studies
Birds Notebooking Pages
Dynamic 2 Moms Lapbooks and Lessons
Online Lesson Planner, Scheduler, and Tracker
Super Teacher Worksheets
Highland Heritage Forms
Homeschool Tracker Basic Edition
Barefoot Meandering–General planning forms and Story of the World forms
Homeschool Freebie of the day If you Sign-up for the weekly email, you will receive additional free resources.
Currclick They feature a free product once a week to download. It usually changes Monday afternoons.
Hoagies Gifted Tons of Free high school curriculum links.
Internet Activities to coordinate with each grade and subject
Thinkfinity–a resource for the teacher or parent for ideas–more of a formal public educational support, but still some things you might find valuable to use.
Free Technology for Teachers
Jan Brett’s Free Activity Page
Internet for Classrooms
Our Nest of 3
Homeschooling Hearts & Minds
Kathy’s Cluttered Mind