DIRECTORY OF FREE HOMESCHOOL CURRICULUM & RESOURCES
This is an ongoing project I initially started just to help out some local families. The challenge: how do you homeschool on a very tight budget with only the internet (which may consist of the library's free wi-fi) and a decent library?
What's here: complete programs for the subject (e.g. a structured program with a full school year's worth of American history) or websites that are great resources or supplements (e.g. history.com/topics). I've chosen not to include many of the excellent reading plans / book lists out there or curricula that require additional purchases to be useful.
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
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.
Ambleside Online K-12 – This is a Charlotte Mason inspired program that uses mostly vintage, public domain books. Books not available for free can normally be found via the library or substituted with another title. You'll need to find something for math and foreign language.
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.
The Virtual Instructor - Free Middle and High School Lesson Plans
Arttango – art lessons designed for K-5, though many of the lessons would also work well for older kids.
Sketchbook Skool - drawing instruction videos on YouTube
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
AFI's Top 100 Films - like a Great Books list, but for movies.
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.
How to Teach Your Child to Read – includes links to some phonics worksheets.
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.
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.
H.A. Guerber: Myths of Greece and Rome by H.A. Guerber, The Book of the Epic: The World's Great Epics Told in Story, Legends of the Middle Ages, Narrated with Special References to Literature and Art, Legends of the Rhine
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
How Ben Franklin Learned to Write -- article about the process Franklin used to improve his poor writing skills.
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.
French in Action -- video series
SOCIAL STUDIES & HISTORY
Hillsdale College - video-based courses for US History, World History, Economics, etc.
Historical Movies for Kids (with Reviews!) for ages 6-12
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.
World History by Mr. Dowling - downloadable lessons and assignments (pdf). Site also has extras like related YouTube videos.
Student's Friend -- 2 year history and geography program.
The Western Tradition -- video instructional series for high school and college.
A History of the World in 100 Objects -- BBC podcast series
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 fun 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
Psychology 101 - online textbook from All Psych
Discovering Psychology -- 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
School Yourself - interactive, video-based lessons
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.
Math in English -- free, printable math exercise workbooks.
Actuarial Foundation - lesson plans, discussion materials, posters, online activities, and competitions for grades 4-12
ALGEBRA & BEYOND
School Yourself - interactive, video-based lessons
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
Money Smart for Young People -- created by the FDIC. Four levels: Pre-K to 2, 3rd to 5th, 6th to 8th, 9th to 12th.
Money Talks -- financial literacy course for high school from the University of California
Accounting - from Classes without Books
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
HooplaKidszLab - wide variety of fun, hands on science demonstrations.
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.
Cognitive Neuroscience - Video-based, part of MIT's High School Studies Program.
Middle School Biology Curriculum and Activity Guide - created by Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Biology Coloring Worksheets - for middle/high school students. Lesson and questions, with instructions for coloring the image. Available as .doc files.
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.
Electronics Class - from FearofPhysics.com
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
FearofPhysics.com - free online physics course.
Intro to Physics- Landmarks in Physics - video course for beginners
MIT Physics - many courses available
OTHER USEFUL STUFF
Let's Book It - Instructions to make mini-books, foldable graphic organizers and power point presentations.
Rosegate Harbor -- Robinson Curriculum with a dash of LDS
Newspapers in Education -- there's a lot of useful stuff here. I'm not sure how to categorize it, but it's well worth the time to browse through these resources.
DIY.org -- "Awesome Skills for Awesome Kids" I love this site
Homeschool Share -- lapbooks, notebooking pages, and unit studies by and for homeschoolers.
Edited by shinyhappypeople, Yesterday, 10:22 AM.