I started homeschooling my son for the 2020 – 2021 year and I’ve learned so much over these past few months including free homeschooling resources. Homeschooling requires a lot of work and planning, but I learned the following things thus far:
- Your school day doesn’t have to be 6+ hours long like with traditional school.
- As a parent, you are qualified to teach your child and mix in academic guidelines from your state with subjects and electives you also want to teach them
- Homeschooling doesn’t have to cost a ton of money and there are plenty of free homeschooling resources out there
I choose to pay $40 per month for my son’s online homeschool curriculum but there are still tons of free homeschool resources and options out there to consider.
If you are thinking about homeschooling your child or children, here are 8 free homeschool resources you’ll love.
1. Khan Academy
Khan Academy is a non-profit organization that provides free education for students from Pre-K through college. The platform is founded on the belief that education is a human right and you can find access to different instructional videos, worksheets, test prep courses, and more. Teachers and school districts also use Khan Academy to supplement academic lessons in class. A recent study even indicated that students were over twice as likely to meet grade-level standards with Khan Academy.
To get started, create a profile then look for a relevant course based on your child’s grade. My son finds math instruction videos to be very helpful so we use the math lessons to supplement his existing curriculum.
2. Easy-Peasy All-in-One Homeschool
Easy-Peasy is a free online-homeschool curriculum created by homeschooling parents. Educational class material go up to 8th grade and cover material such as reading, writing, and math. Easy-Peasy is planned out by day so once you select your child’s grade level and classes, you’ll be able to see specific lessons and assignments for each day so you can follow the directions. You can also order additional workbooks if you wish or print out worksheets on your computer at home to enhance your child’s learning experience.
3. Ambleside Online
Ambleside is a free Christian-based homeschool curriculum that uses the popular Charlotte Mason teaching style. The curriculum is split up into 3 terms or semesters and provides a list of books families can obtain along with links to places to find most books for free. With Ambleside Online, the curriculum for each week is laid out in a calendar format and you can easily print off the PDF form and use it to guide you throughout the school year.
There’s a list of daily work, weekly work, as well as electives depending on your child’s grade. If you plan on giving your child exams based on what they’re learning over time, these are provided for free as well. Ambleside’s curriculum goes up to 12th grade.
4. K12 Reader
- Reading comprehension and finding the main idea of a passage
- Grammar including word usage, parts of a sentence, and punctuation
- Vocabulary including homophones, prefixes, synonyms and antonyms
- Writing skills like editing and proofreading
- Cursive worksheets
- And more!
Reading resources and worksheets are available from students in kindergarten through 12th grade
5. Varsity Tutors
Varsity Tutors is a virtual tutoring platform that also offers some virtual classes for free. Last summer, they launched their free virtual summer camp classes with courses ranging from art, reading and English, to math, coding, and foreign language. They also offer a few different enrichment classes like cooking, karate, gaming, fitness, and more. Some classes charge a small fee but the larger classes are free to register for.
Another website is FunBrain which provides free educational interactive games starting at kindergarten and up. If your child enjoys learning through play and games, they’ll love the digital games on this site. Choose from games like math baseball, learning about the human body, and more. Just click on your child’s grade to find relevant games and activities for them to play. I also love how this site includes popular age-appropriate free e-books for students to enjoy. My son loves the Diary of a Whimpy Kid book series so I was surprised to find the free e-books on this site.
7. 123 Homeschool For Me
123 Homeschool For Me is a homeschool advice and education site that provides links to hundreds of free homeschool resources. You’ll find something for every student when you check out their free resources page to search for homeschool worksheets ranging from preschool through high school. These academic worksheets can help your child practice what they’re learning through your existing curriculum and also help you keep class time fun and exciting with new activities. There are ideas for holiday art projects, crafts, and more.
8. Smithsonian Learning Lab
Can’t make it to the Smithsonian museum? Experience it at home through the Smithsonian Learning Lab. Gain access to millions of digital images, texts, historical videos and view current collections in the museum. There are collections covering language arts, science, social studies, science and dozens of additional subjects for curious and creative learners.
Summary – Free Homeschooling Resources