When my husband and I were first married, we planned how everything would work out for us financially. We would both work but live off of just one income until we started a family; then I would stay home with the children while he continued working. But things often don’t work out as we intend, and it was a real struggle to support ourselves with only one income with each new baby that came along. And as the kids grew older, the expenses continued to increase. I soon found myself doing various things to help with the income, including babysitting, tutoring, teaching classes, and selling items on eBay.
Now, in our fifteenth year of homeschooling, we still have times when unexpected bills present those old familiar challenges. That’s why I was so glad to find these resources online. These are sites that offer free homeschooling curricula, many with free downloads as well!
1. Easy Peasy All-In-One Homeschool: This site offers all the resources you need for a complete year of homeschooling! As the creators explain, this site is designed to “enable families to homeschool who thought they couldn’t because of lack of finances, a lack of time, or a lack of know-how.” The individual courses cover 180 days of lessons and assignments, including grammar, writing, spelling, reading, math, social studies, computer, music, art, Spanish, and more. For grades Preschool – 8.
2. Ambleside Online: This free homeschooling curriculum is patterned after the curriculum used by Charlotte Mason. Only the highest quality of books are recommended, and many can be found in public libraries.
3. An Old Fashioned Education also has its roots in Charlotte Mason’s philosophy of education, although it offers a more structured schedule. Here you’ll find a daily schedule, book list, and other resources for all of your students in grades K – 12. Most of the texts used are within the public domain, so you are free to download, print, and copy them.
4. Khan Academy: Founded by Salman Khan, this educational site is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to provide a free education to anyone. Over 2600 videos cover a variety of subjects including math, science, and history.
5. Good and Beautiful Homeschool Curriculum: This language arts and literature curriculum created by Jenny Phillips is designed for grades K-4. The subjects covered include phonics, reading, spelling, grammar, and literature. A writing curriculum is also available for grades 1 and up; geography for grades 2 and up. No preparation time is required. Just print off the lessons and follow the instructions!
Have you found a free online curriculum that you like to use?
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