DIRECTORY OF FREE HOMESCHOOL CURRICULUM & RESOURCES
Can't find a link that used to be here? I did some housekeeping to keep the main list down to a reasonable length. All removed links are in this post.
DISCOUNTED INTERNET & COMPUTERS
Obviously not free, but enormously useful.
EveryoneOn -- search available discount internet access programs for income eligible households. Some also offer computers for $150.
PCs for People -- offers mobile internet (4G LTE) for as little as $10/mo (pre-paid) and computers. A computer requires a modest donation. This program has more generous eligibility guidelines than other programs (you need to make under 200% of the federal poverty level or be using SNAP, etc.).
Computers for Schools - free or discounted computers.
see also: Phonics/Learn to Read
ABC Jesus Loves Me - five 36 week curricula programs for ages 1-5.
COMPLETE PROGRAMS OR MULTIPLE SUBJECTS
Hunter's Rainbow Curriculum - a complete plan for K-12 using free and public domain resources.
Virtual Homeschool Group -- live and "at your own pace" classes
Baltimore Curriculum Project - K-5 Lesson Plans for art, geography, history, literature, science, and music. Based on the Core Knowledge sequence. Requires access to a decent library to accomplish this for free.
African Waldorf -- Scroll down to the English downloads. All subjects including math.
Discovery K12 -- complete online curriculum for PreK to 12th grade. Parent accounts require a paid upgrade, but aren't required.
All-in-One Homeschool (aka Easy Peasy) and All-in-One High School.
Georgia Virtual Learning – Many free courses (referred to as “shared resources”) for middle and high school math, social studies, science, English, foreign language, etc.
TEACHING WITH VIDEOS
Cross-disciplinary resources. Resources that address a specific academic area are found under that topic.
Journeys in Film: Educating for Global Understanding -- Lesson plans for social studies, science, math, language arts, visual arts, etc.
Homeschooling High School with Video - YouTube channel, videos sorted by subject
WatchKnowLearn - educational videos organized by topic
TED Ed -- videos for math, science, English, art, health, history.... and just about every other subject.
ART & MUSIC
Arttango – art lessons designed for K-5, though many of the lessons would also work well for older kids.
KinderArt - Art lessons for K-12
Art of the Western World -- video series
The Art of Watching Films - modern textbook, from archive.org
Film Appreciation - Series of YouTube lectures, from MIT Open Courseware
American Cinema -- Film history from Annenberg Learner
Zebra Keys – Piano, ages 13+
Teaching with God's Heart for the World - world missions emphasis, young earth timeline
ENGLISH / LANGUAGE ARTS
see also: Film Appreciation
LANGUAGE ARTS (COMBINED)
The Good and the Beautiful Language Arts -- PDF versions of grades 1-5 are available for free.
PHONICS / LEARN TO READ
The Phonics Page - complete, video-based phonics lessons. Great resource.
Progressive Phonics – Complete reading program with free phonics and alphabet books.
Reading Bear -- Beginning phonics lessons using video lessons.
Word Mastery - A Course in Phonics for the First Three Grades -- well-designed, easy to use phonics program.
Teach a Child to Read with Children's Books -- "This guide shows parents how to combine story reading, phonics, and writing to help their children develop into skilled and motivated readers. " You can download the full text as a pdf
Improve Your Writing (University of Bristol) – Useful for older kids to use who need to brush up on grammar or learn it for the first time.
Emma Serls’ Grammar series – Excellent vintage, Charlotte Mason style language lessons for the primary grades.
· Intermediate Language Lessons, book 1 (you can download it as pdf or epub to make it easier to read)
Sheldon’s Advanced Language Lessons – vintage textbook for middle school.
LITERATURE / READING COMPREHENSION
Scholastic Lessons & Ideas - lesson plans, unit plans, discussion guides, extension activities.
Ms. Effie's English Class - Ms. Effie shares some of her best lessons from 40 years of teaching.
Charlotte Mason Narration (all ages) -- Use this technique of “telling back” orally, in writing, or other creative ways with books of your choice.
Hillsdale College - Great Books 101: Ancient to Medieval, Great Books 102: Renaissance to Modern, Shakespeare: Hamlet and The Tempest, An Introduction to C.S. Lewis: Writings and Significance
Invitation to World Literature -- video series
EDSITEment! Literature and Language Arts -- lesson plans from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Myths, Legends, and Folktales:
Fifty Famous Stories Retold -- by James Baldwin
Folktales: A Library of Folklore, Folk Tales, Fairy Tales, and Mythology -- sorted by topic, theme, and character.
World of Tales -- folk tales sorted by region.
Time Magazine A+ Papers - Graphic organizers and example papers for 8 types of writing: biography, book report, compare and contrast, how-to, literary essay, news story, personal narrative, persuasive essay.
CK-12 Writing FlexBooks -- Commonsense Composition, Journalism 101, The Glyfada Method
The Elements of Style (1918)
Glencoe Spelling Power Workbooks - gr. 6-12
Vocabulary Word Study -- for ACT and SAT prep. Very visual.
FREE E-BOOKS & AUDIOBOOKS
LibriVox – audiobooks read by volunteer readers.
Open Culture - Huge directory of free language learning resources for just about any language you can imagine.
Latin Tutorial - culture, history, and Latin grammar.
Mi Vida Loca (BBC) - an interactive video drama and Spanish language course.
Learn Spanish with Señor Jordan - YouTube series for beginning Spanish.
SOCIAL STUDIES & HISTORY
Hillsdale College - video-based courses for US History, World History, Economics, etc.
History.com - video clips and articles
The Great West - vintage history by Mara Louise Pratt-Chadwick
Liberty’s Kids – animated series about the US Revolution.
American Heritage Curriculum – 3 levels: elementary, middle, high school
America's History in the Making -- video series for middle or high school.
A Biography of America -- video series for high school.
Wikibooks US History – printable and pdf versions are also available.
Teaching American History - Uses primary sources to guide students through US history. There's also an optional monthly faculty-led discussion webinar.
Student's Friend -- 2 year history and geography program.
The Western Tradition -- video instructional series for high school and college.
Five Themes Country Study - links to a lesson for Ecuador, but can be applied to any country.
Home Geography for the Primary Grades, Elementary Geography, and Geographical Nature Studies - Vintage geography books
National Council for Geographic Education Geography Club (years 1-3) - for elementary students
Seterra - a map quiz game
Megamaps - Giant printable world maps
GOVERNMENT / CIVICS (US)
Economics - 16 week macro- and microeconomics course from The Christian Scholar
Economics U$A -- video series
A certain level of bias is inevitable. I’ve listed resources that make a reasonable attempt at objectivity and don’t appear to have an extreme left or right bias.
Stossel in the Classroom -- Stossel is definitely conservative, but he includes a "Both Sides of the Issue" section. "To assist teachers in presenting a balanced lesson on some of the issues that John Stossel addresses, we have paired short videos that present an opposing view."
PBS Newshour Extra (7-12). Lesson plans and resources for teachers and students.
CNN Student News - ten minute, commercial-free, daily news program for middle and high school students.
HEALTH & NUTRITION
FIRST AID & SAFETY
Life. Live It. First aid and safety education for children, from British Red Cross.
Wilderness First Aid - from Boy Scouts of America
Wilderness and Remote First Aid - from the Red Cross
Games for Dyscalculic (Math LD) Learners - Ronit Bird's books are the go-to resources for kids with math learning disabilities. She teaches through the use of manipulatives and games. Her books are expensive, but she shares over a dozen games for free on her site, as well as 35 videos on YouTube.
How to Tutor Math -- Efficient instruction from the same person who wrote the Aphaphonics book.
Mathematics Enhancement Programme (MEP) – complete elementary and middle school math program. It's from the UK so some of the money lessons will need tweaking.
CSMP (Comprehensive School Mathematics Program) – funky, awesome program from the 1970s. Go to the video section of the web site to see it in action.
ALGEBRA & BEYOND
Flipped Math - Covers Algebra 1 (traditional and Common Core options), Algebra 2, geometry, pre-cal, and calculus. Video-based with downloadable videos and pdf assignments.
CK-12 E-textbooks for Middle and High School Math
Llevadas Algebra I -- complete course, free pdf textbook and videos.
A First Book in Algebra: New Edition (Boyden) -- vintage textbook
Algebra In Simplest Terms -- video series
Against All Odds: Inside Statistics -- video series
MathTV - 10,000+ math tutorial videos (arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus)
School Yourself - interactive, video-based lessons
Yay Math -- video lessons for Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Trigonometry, and Statistics. Each video includes a worksheet and quiz.
HippoCampus Arithmetic - nicely done video lessons by Art of Problem Solving, WhyU and others.
CK-12 Science E-textbooks for Middle and High School
MS Nucleus - K-8 science curriculum
Annenberg Learner Navigate to “Interactives” or “Lesson Plans” and then select Science.
Ag Science -- Georgia FFA
Learn About Ag -- K-12
Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom -- K-8
Mr. Q’s Life Science - Complete life science for upper-elementary or early-middle school students
Guesthollow Biology - Creationist perspective. This is an edited version of the CK-12 Biology textbook. References to evolution were removed, and videos and additional content were added.
Middle School Biology Curriculum and Activity Guide - created by Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Energy Foundations for High School Chemistry - "Exercises, lab investigations, videos, and demos focus on the fundamentals of chemical, mechanical, nuclear and gravitational energy."
COMPUTER SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Code.org -- Home of the “Hour of Code.”
Scratch -- free programming language community, create your own interactive stories, games, and animations.
EARTH & SPACE
NOAA Earth Science Curriculum - pdf student and teacher materials for weather, ocean, and atmosphere related topics.
Owlie Skywarn - Science and safety lessons for young children from the National Weather Service
Earth Revealed -- geology video series for high school.
The Habitable Earth: A Systems Approach to Environmental Science -- Video series, online textbook, interactive simulation labs.
Astronomy - State of the Art - a beginners course
Big History Project – includes discussion of some science topics (big bang, solar system, evolution, etc.)
ENGINEERING & ELECTRONICS
Project Based Engineering - not really a curriculum, just some fun projects to whet a kid's appetite.
DiscoverE - 400+ hands-on engineering projects, lesson plans, videos, virtual field trips.
Opening the World Through Journaling: Integrating Art, Science, and Language Arts - from the California Native Plant Society
Outdoor Hour Challenges, Getting Started with Nature Study (all ages) - Uses the "Handbook of Nature Study" which can be downloaded for free from archive.org
Intro to Physics- Landmarks in Physics - video course for beginners
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