Resources to Start Homeschooling for Free

Starting homeschooling can be really intimidating. Especially with all the options for curriculum out there! It’s enough to make your head spin. And the cost alone can be discouraging. But there are tons of free resources on the web, even complete curricula. Always check out what the laws are for your state before you start homeschooling as some states have stricter requirements than others. You can find out what the laws for your state are by googling them or checking out the Home School Defense League’s website. Make sure your curriculum jives with your state laws. Some states might require you to purchase a curriculum. On to my recommendations!

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Starting free you have two options: Find a free complete one, or check out several sights and piece together your own curriculum. 

Free Curriculum

Here’s a list of complete, free curriculums that I’ve checked out (they were free at the time of this writing):

  • Easy Peasy All-in-one Homeschool– This is a Christian curriculum. You might have to purchase some books, but you should be able to find free digital copies of them. Everything you might need is included on the sight. Here’s their About page. This curriculum was designed to be comprehensive, while also keeping the school day short.
  • Ambleside Online– This is a Charlotte Mason inspired curriculum. The site is being re-done at the moment of this writing, but you can still access the content. Make sure you read the Introduction and FAQ pages.
  • An Old-Fashioned Education– This site has not been updated in a long time, but it contains some good information, such as a list of where you can get public domain books and other things.
  • Mater Amabilis– A Charlotte Mason approach for Catholics. The materials on the sight are free for use (check out the License).

I have not used any of these (though maybe I should have, lol), so I cannot comment on ease of use or how easy it is to find the resources and materials required, though I am looking into possibly using Easy Peasy or Ambleside, since they are close to the way I teach and use some of the same books we are currently using.

Free Resources

To piece together your own subjects, Google and Pinterest can be your best friends. Be discerning though. There are some great free resources out there, but there are also some low quality ones.

Free Homeschool Deals is one site that I follow. It’s worth it to subscribe to their email list. Be warned: It’s easy to go overboard with all the great freebies. Sometimes you can only get the freebies by subscribing to more sites. You’ll have to decide for yourself if it’s worth it. I have found some pretty nice sites through Free Homeschool Deals.

Seriously, just search “free homeschool deals” on Pinterest. You will find tons of cool stuff. I just found this Living Learning printable from Ed Snap Shots, which is a great reminder that kids are always learning. Tip: If you see something interesting but aren’t ready to pin it and don’t have time to check it out, like it. You’ll be able to find it later. lol I couldn’t find that printable I just mentioned, and I had not pinned or liked it, so I had to open the tab again to pin it. I could not find it in the search pins!

Google is the same. The internet is an awesome resource. Utilize it. There are many free educational websites out there as well. Here’s a list of 14 free educational websites that I found on Pinterest.

One more resource: My Free Homeschool Resources Pinterest board. I am currently working on populating that bad boy with more great resources.

Have you come across some free homeschool sites or resources I should include here?

Thinking about Homeschooling?

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Thinking about homeschooling? | Retro Modern Melissa

We’re going into our first whole year of homeschooling this month. I’m pretty excited about it. I’m hoping my boy is too. lol He’s more excited about  it some days than others. Since I’m over the “I want to homeschool, what do I need to know?” phase, and into the “Crap, what have I gotten myself into?!” phase, I wanted to share the resources that have been invaluable to me along our journey. I’m sharing them here with the hopes that they’ll help you as well, whether you decide to homeschool or just help your child along with public/private/whatever school.

Google

Honestly, I think Google is the bee’s knees when it comes to researching things. Admittedly, it can be kind of a pain when you’re not quite sure what you’re looking for. Google is how I started our homeschooling journey, simply by looking up what homeschooling is all about.

Blogs

There are a couple of blogs that I subscribe to by email (I prefer getting everything in my inbox instead of hopping around to different readers or sites) that are about homeschooling. They’ve been so helpful with inspiration and information. There are quite a few more homeschooling blogs, these are just a few of my favorite.

Simple Homeschool– This is one of my favorites. I read pretty much every single email. It’s very inspirational.

1+1+1=1– Another favorite. I’m using their Raising Rockstars Preschool curriculum for Sister. Well, at least that’s the plan. I don’t think she’s quite ready yet.

Free Homeschool Deals– The name is pretty self explanatory.

Stores

Educents– They have lots of deals for a variety of things. These are daily deals, so check back often!

CurrClick– There is so much material on here. Lapbooks, mini unit studies, printables, notebooking pages, you name it, you’ll find it here. They also have free clubs, such as a Lego Club and Magic Treehouse Club. CurrClick also offers classes.

Homeschool Buyers Co-op– This is a co-op for educational resources. There’s a huge variety.

Rainbow Resource Center– They have TONS of products, ranging from full curriculums to games, school supplies, whatever you need to homeschool successfully. I’ll warn you, I ordered a copy of their catalog, and it is HUGE. Like over a thousand pages. They don’t have everything, but they have a great variety.

Books

There are lots of books about homeschooling out there. There is one in particular that I would recommend to anyone who was thinking about homeschooling and that is Cathy Duffy’s 101 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum. It is chock full of good information about homeschooling in general and her top curriculum picks.

This is by no means an exhaustive list. There are so many resources out there that it’s enough to make your head spin. These are just the resources I used/am using that have been the most helpful.

Is there a resource I didn’t mention that you found helpful getting started homeschooling or supplementing your child’s education?