I couldn’t help but notice how much my lovely readers appreciated my list of 14 fabulous sites for free homeschooling. I’ve been watching the comments and shares and realizing that you guys are really into finding ways to homeschool on the cheap. And why wouldn’t you be? You know, of course, that you can come here every week for new free printables and units, but you need more. Right?
Well, it just so happens I am a font of information about homeschooling for free. I’ve been doing it for 5 years, and I have accumulated so. much. stuff. Many of the blogs I follow are not only full of excellent advice but offer free downloads and resources for other homeschoolers. In fact, there are 10 more sitting in my inbox right now, so I thought I would share them with you. You need them. Once again, these are in no particular order. I love them all for different reasons. You will, too.
- Handbook of Nature Study When I first started homeschooling, and I knew Nothing About what I was doing or where to start, one of the first things that intrigued me as I trolled the interweb was nature study. I had never heard of it until 5 years ago, but I was immediately drawn to it. Nature study is a fun and ludicrously easy way to start homeschooling. All littles love learning about their world, and there are so many ways to do nature study that 5 years later, my Littles never get bored with it. Barbara McCoy’s Handbook of Nature Study site is a great place to start. If you subscribe to the site, you will receive for free Every Month the Handbook of Nature Study Newsletter, a pdf download that covers a different topic each month. These newsletters are full of information, ideas, and even printable planning pages for your child’s nature journal. I’m telling you, this is one of the best resources for nature study I’ve come across.
- The Old Schoolhouse The Old Schoolhouse is a homeschool blog and magazine that offers tons of free advice from myriad homeschoolers. Its estore is full of cheapity-cheap homeschool resources as well as lots of free stuff that is truly usable. I can’t tell you how full my school folder is with awesome stuff from TOS. My favorites are The Curiosity Files science units and the Wanna Be career units. And I got them for free!! You have to check this out.
- Only Passionate Curiosity Heather has a shop where you can get units and printables on the cheap, and she also offers freebies all the time. If you click on her Homeschool for Free tab, you will find a huge list of links similar to this very post. But more in-depth. With some sites even I have never heard of. Which rocks, because obviously I am going back there to check those out. I’ll see you there.
- Schoolhouse Connect Technically, Schoolhouse Connect is part of The Old Schoolhouse. But if you go straight to this link, you’ll see the opportunity to get a free welcome basket. And it. is. awesome. You get a choice of 2–one is all e-resources and is totally free, and the other includes a few physical products that will be mailed to you if you just pay shipping. This ‘basket’ is full of goodies to help the homeschool parent, whether you’re a veteran or just starting out. There are even a couple of free Curiosity Files in the basket, so Win.
- Hip Homeschool Moms I love the Hip Homeschool Moms. For one thing, look at that name. Bask in that stuff. I crush hard on it. But also because nearly every other blog post contains free printables. And because the girls over there are intelligent, witty, experienced homeschool mamas who truly help my journey. And I have to admit, I kinda have that feeling like when I grow up I want to also be a hip homeschool mom. Ya know?
- The Practical Mom Blog Are you kidding me? Swapna has an entire tab devoted to more than 75 art project tutorials as well as directions on setting up an art studio for next to nothing. You have got to see this. The projects are for 2.5 to 5 year olds, but I think they could easily be adapted for older kids. She also has a link for STEM and literacy activities that is full of juicy goodness.
- The Natural Homeschool Tanya’s site is beautiful and her free printables are excellent. Think history, organization, science, and all things Montessori-inspired. I love it when a blogger truly puts effort into the stuff she offers, and Tanya made this list because of that effort. She also has an activities tab that you Have To take a look at. Yeah yeah, this one is fun.
- The Multitasking Mom Stephanie has free printables for darn near everything. Not just stuff your littles can use, but stuff for you, too, mama, like personal goal trackers and organization charts. Plus, 40,000 followers must be onto something. Check this amazing site out and you’re sure to find more than one thing your homeschool can’t do without.
- Confessions of a Homeschooler Another very cool blog title. I like it. Erica offers a tab full of entirely free downloads that cover everything from art and animals to science and sight words. Plus, Erica is incredibly cool and honest about her journey and I love reading her blog. I started following her before I started blogging myself, and I still eagerly await every update.
- Donna Young This site requires a subscription, but you won’t be sad about subscribing when you see all the free stuff she has to offer. I have used the science tab on Donna Young more than probably any other site. There is so much here that it’s almost overwhelming. Do not blow this one off. You will be amazed. In fact, I’d like to start a new club. We’ll call it “I Heart Donna Young.” You in?
Seriously. Put this list with the 14 I gave you a couple of weeks ago (and don’t forget to add on Lit Mama! haha), and homeschool is taken care of. Which Rocks.
Also, if you’re into the free stuff, don’t forget to go over to my giveaway and enter to win a canvas with a Seuss quote on it for your classroom or littles’ room.
Have a glorious weekend, lovely readers. It’s gonna be spring weather here, so I am looking forward.