Sometimes, life hands you a blog post. I had intended to write about something very different today, but last night a woman I like very much pm’d me on Facebook. Her daughter is about to start homeschooling her own littles, and she wondered if I could advise them where to go to get free curriculum. I started getting the list together for her, and I realized this list might benefit a whole lot of people, even veterans looking to spruce up their schooling plans. So rather than pm her back and keep all this yummy goodness between us, I thought it might be a good idea to share it with you, too. I’m cool like that.
Free Homeschooling Sites
This list is in no particular order. These sites are all favorites of mine. Some of them are aimed more at elementary students and some at students of all ages. Some are full curricula and some are just good places to go to get lapbooking, notebooking, or other supplementary materials. Whatever you need, there should be something here for you. Otherwise, I’m not really doing my job, am I?
Tina’s site always has free materials on it, or links to free materials. I love her ocean resources, and her ‘5 Days of Winter Homeschooling Ideas and Downloads’ series, which includes Look to the Sea, such a plethora of ocean study resources I almost couldn’t breathe when I discovered it. The rest of the series includes Look to the Sky, Pokemon, Unit Studies, and Free Teacher Guides. Be sure to check them out. Actually, I can’t sing Tina’s praises enough. You could get a ton of good stuff just trolling her site for a couple of hours.
Misty at Year Round Homeschooling is another blogger who consistently offers free lapbooking and worksheets to her readers. Just this week, she’s offered a free Dr. Seuss pack, a free Polar Bear Handwriting pack, and a free Bee Mine Valentine pack. Plus, if you subscribe, you get over 40 pages of Ice Skating Notebooking and Coloring Pages and access to all her subscriber freebies. Hello? Misty is awesome.
Apples is a free elementary education resource that I still use sometimes for my middle schoolers. Because it has great ideas. The site is separated by months, and each month has lots of resources for studying whatever subjects relate to the month. (Hey, if school is 180 days here in Indiana, why do they celebrate the 100th day? Why not the 90th? I mean… halfway, right? Anyway…) This month you can get resources for Black History Month, Mardi Gras, President’s Day, and pages for the three states who entered statehood in February. And check out this cute Tissue Paper Heart Ornament. What a fun idea for Lovey Lovey Heart Day!
Cindy’s site is a miracle, truly. She offers everything from lessons on how to look at art to projects your littles can do. If you want to include art in your homeschool but aren’t sure how to go about it, Cindy’s your girl. My favorite is her Art Around the World series, which she offers in an ebook but you can access on the site. It is 30 days of art from different countries. It has seriously helped me with my Asia unit studies this year.
I don’t even remember how I found this gem of a site. It is basically reading comprehension downloads. But the readings are over just about every topic under the sun. And I kid you not, I print out 1 or 2 a week to supplement our lessons. Because they’re reading comp, yeah, but they’re Informative Reading Comp. With questions at the end to help your little remember what they’ve read. So. Awesome.
This is a British site. I Love This Site. I’ve found that because of the difference in the way Brits and Americans school, you can find some pretty creative things on British sites that you won’t necessarily find on this side of the pond. They offer free printables, craft ideas, puzzles, and games on an easily navigable site. The printables list offers everything from cutting skills to times tables. Yeah, that’s the stuff.
Okay. I’ve sung EarthSky’s praises since I started this blog. They don’t offer free printables. But they offer such a vast array of free information about the earth, the sky, the planets, the universe (multiverse?) that even though it’s been 4 years since we formally studied astronomy, I still subscribe to their site and read their daily emails. If your little is studying space or just interested in it, sharing this site with him will make him very happy. It’s absolutely covered in gorgeous photos and is my first alert about meteor showers, eclipses, and visible planets. Plus, it reports on things like earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and other natural disasters.
Jamerrill is awesome about pretty much daily emails with lists of free resource links in them. I’ve subscribed to her for a couple of years now, and I always get excited when I see her in my inbox. So easy to read the list, see if there’s anything you want, and click the link to be whisked straight to the download. She also lists free Kindle books in each email, which really helps me find reading material. Okay, you know I don’t really need help finding reading material. But I do get super excited about free books in any format!
This is a site you can join for a relatively low membership fee, and it has periodic sales when the fees are even lower. But you can also print out several of its worksheets per month if you’re not a member. I’ve used it often during our journey, because it offers quality worksheets and units.
O.M.G. I love the Currclick. It’s a site where many e-publishers sell their homeschooling materials, ranging from the very cheap (like, 25 cents cheap) to the higher-end. But there’s a freebies sections that is chock full of goodness, and they have several site-wide sales per year where you can spend $20 and walk away with a ton of e-books, unit studies, workbooks, whatever. I’ve probably used Currclick more than any other e-material resource, simply because it’s got so many different publishers in one place. Tidy. They also offer some free online clubs for your littles and even free live classes.
Educents is a shop, yeah. But they often offer free stuff you might not come across without them. I have lucked into some awesome stuff by subscribing to this site. The Curiosity Files from The Old Schoolhouse? For free? Yeah, definitely check this one out. For instance, today they’re offering a free football subtraction unit. And since the Broncos are going to win the Superbowl on Sunday, that’s a timely worksheet set.
Jill is always offering freebies, like Because of Winn Dixie notebooking pages. She also offers coloring pages, craft ideas, and a virtual book club for kids called Poppins Book Nook that is cool just for its name, let alone its purpose.
Um, duh. It’s right in the title. This site offers full curriculum options, unit studies, lapbooking and notebooking resources, printables… It’s like this post turned into a website with much more information.
If you subscribe to this site, you get a sampler of over 600 notebooking pages. Notebooking is such a good way for littles to learn to research on their own and practice grammar and writing skills. We notebook quite a bit here at Lit Mama, so this sampler has been a big help. Subscribe to the site, too. She often holds giveaways for free memberships, and think about what that means if the freebie is 600 pages strong.
Here’s the thing. Bloggers are homeschoolers, too. And they are here for you. I have been homeschooling for next to nothing for 5 years because of sites like these. They need your support to keep it up. It takes a lot of time and effort to put this stuff together. So subscribe to them. It’s free and helpful for you and lets them know they’re appreciated.
Also, be sure to check back with me next Tuesday so you can enter My Very First Giveaway! I’m so excited to get to offer this free gift to you, my lovely readers. But you have to come back on Tuesday to read about it.
In the meantime, happy trolling!