In addition to all the wonderful and simple outdoor (and indoor) pleasures of childhood – be it reading a book borrowed from the local library, blackberrying with grandma, or playing hide and seek with siblings – there is nowadays an abundance of free resources on the web intended specifically to help with the home education journey.
The more I look into purchased curriculum (and boggle at the prices), the more I marvel at the extent of the free stuff available! Of course, technically it is not completely free – you have to somehow print or download the stuff. I have no doubt that there is much in the way of quality and support in many of the curriculums available to buy, but until my Local Education Authority start giving us the £3k/year/child we’re saving them, it just ain’t gonna happen.
So here are my Top Ten homeschool freebies on the web, starting off with free whole curriculums. They won’t all suit you or your children, but hopefully you’ll find something useful in here.
1. Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool
A complete, free online Christian homeschool curriculum. Seriously, I think the mum who created this is Superwoman. If you want every day planned out for you, this is it.
A free homeschool curriculum that uses Charlotte Mason’s classically-based principles to prepare children for a life of rich relationships with everything around them: God, humanity, and the natural world. AO’s detailed schedules, time-tested methods, and extensive teacher resources allow parents to focus effectively on the unique needs of each child.
If you want access to quality, free resources on most subjects, all in one place – this is it. Another Superwoman.
Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. Maths, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. All completely free.
Curriculum and classes, in a click! Thousands of unit studies, lapbooks and downloadable resources. The link should take you straight to all the free resources.
6. ClipArt ETC
ClipArt ETC provides students and teachers with over 70,000 pieces of quality educational clipart. Every illustration comes with a choice of image size as well as complete source information for proper citations in school projects. All images are appropriate for classroom use. You’ll find no advertisements, pop-ups, or inappropriate links here. A friendly license allows teachers and students to use up to 50 free clipart items in a single, non-commercial, school project without further permission.
7. Teachers Pay Teachers
Huge resource of teaching packs – many of which are free. Again, the above link should direct you to the Free Downloads page.
Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, and more. You can print old primers such McGuffey’s and it’s the home of the Librivox Audiobook Library.
10. Teach Your Monster To Read
The groundbreaking and award-winning game that makes learning to read fun, from The Usborne Foundation. Covers everything from letters and sounds to reading full sentences. Designed in collaboration with leading academics.