Free Homeschooling

Educating your children doesn’t have to be expensive and there are many free resources on the web. I’ve listed here a lot of the sites that I’ve found and you can find even more homeschooling and educational freebies under the tag “education freebies”. More sites will be added as I run across them and as time permits.

Updated August 13, 2012


~Free K-12 Curriculum~

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~General Resources~

  • CurrClick - has a huge section of free products, offers a new free product a week –all in electronic form; workbooks, copywork, ebooks, audios, unit studies, lapbooks, notebooking.
  • DonPotter.net –free resources and links for phonics, reading, spelling, Greek, Hebrew, Latin, Spanish and English.
  • DonnaYoung.org -free homeschool and household planners, calendars,  printables in various subjects,  homeschool planning tips.
  • GuestHollow.com –free science curriculum for all grade levels, 3rd grade American history curriculum, and worksheets, notebooking pages, copywork and lapbooks for a variety of subjects.
  • Homeschool Freebie of the Day -offers a new, free educational resource, Monday-Friday –available that one day only. Resources are in electronic format; ebooks of classic children’s literature and textbooks, teacher helps, unit studies, lessons, audios, videos. Sign up for the newsletter and get advance notice of all freebies for the week -plus an extra, weekly  “subscriber only” freebie.
  • Homeschool with Index Cards –free Bible verse, books of the Bible and Aesop’s Fables memory cards; sign up for newsletter and receive subscriber only freebies and specials, copywork pages and A-Z Bible verse card set.
  • Internet Archive –huge library of free public domain texts, audio, and video in electronic format.
  • Jimmie’s Collage: Freebies -tons of free notebooking pages and other printables for art, Shakespeare, writing, science, language arts, math, history, music and nature.
  • New Library of Congress -free lesson plans, primary source sets, activities and presentations for the subjects of history, civics, government, geography, literature, the arts, science and more.
  • LibriVox -Over 10,000 free audiobooks. Multiple languages.
  • New Smithsonian Education -free lesson plans for all grade levels in the areas of Art and Design; Science and Technology; History and Culture; and Language Arts
  • SchoolExpress -Free worksheets, activity sheets and games. Sign up for the newsletter for a free theme unit each week.
  • Teacher Created Resources -Free daily brain teasers, weekly writing prompt, teaching tips, lesson plans, monthly activities and more. Free ebook every month when you sign up for the newsletter.
  • The Homeschool Mom –free homeschool planner, monthly resource calendar, homeschooling site of the week, weekly dinner menus, free newsletters.

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~Computer Science/Technology~

  • New Common Sense Media Digital Literacy and Citizenship Classroom Curriculum -complete K-12 curriculum to teach students how to be safe online, manage personal information, behave ethically, and think critically about finding and evaluating information online. Units include printable lesson plans, teacher and student handouts, parent resources, videos and more.

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~English/Language Arts~

Grammar

  • New Daily Grammar -over 400 (and counting) free daily grammar lessons with weekly quizzes, new lessons are posted daily on the Daily Grammar Blog, for grades K-Adult

Spelling

Find more free spelling resources here: Homeschool/Education Freebies: Spelling Resources

Journalism

Mass Communication

  • New Elements of Mass Communication -”An Interactive Cybertext”, a comprehensive mass media course that covers film, radio, TV, magazines, newspapers and the Internet, for high school and college students

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~American History~

General Resources

  • New Veterans Inspiring Patriotism -free educational program for schools, organizations and clubs includes “an inspirational video, a personal testimony from a veteran, and a question/answer period”

The Civil War

  • New Gettysburg College Lesson Plans -free PDF format lesson plans to help teach students about the Civil War, categories include African Americans, Battles and Military, Civil War – Other, Confederacy, Culture, Medicine, Abraham Lincoln, and Historical Figures, Soldiers and Civilians
  • New The Civil War Trust -free elementary, middle school, high school and gifted/talented curriculum; individual lesson plans, PowerPoint presentations, field trip planner, maps, student activities and much more
  • New The Civil War: 150 Years -the National Park Service Sesquicentennial Commemoration, includes:
    • “Then and Now” timeline
    • Civil War facts infographic
    • people of the civil war:
      • soldier and sailor database
      • politicians
      • military
      • activists
      • spies
      • religious Figures
      • civilians
    • stories
    • places
    • virtual tours of historic collections
    • links to teaching resources -both online and individual parks’ programs
  • New Gettysburg National Military Park Curriculum Materials -6 lesson plans and a Civil War curriculum in PDF format:
    • Civil War Lesson Plans -made to go along with ranger-led programs but can be adapted for classroom use:
      • Care of the Wounded
      • Impact of War
      • Civil War Soldier
      • The Unfinished Work
      • Pickett’s Charge
      • Battlefield Footsteps
    • Civil War Curriculum -African American Civil War Experiences:
      • The War for Freedom

American Presidents:

William McKinley

Memorials, Monuments and Libraries

Biographies

Classic Children’s E-books

Lapbooking and Notebooking Pages

Theme and Unit Studies

Video

Famous Americans

Daniel Boone

Online Biographies

  • Daniel Boone (link fixed) -short biography from AmericanWest.com (Note: This link is to the archived website on the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine -the original site is gone.)
  • History of Daniel Boone (link fixed) -from the Daniel Boone Homestead, includes timeline and suggested reading list

Free E-books

  • Boys’ Book of Frontier Fighters” by Edwin Legrand Sabin, was originally published in 1919 and contains tales of Daniel Boone, Buffalo Bill, Kit Carson and many other famous frontiersmen.

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~Science~

General Resources

  • New Science Lesson Plans -over 400 lesson plans in all areas of science for various grade levels, created by science teachers participating in Columbia University’s Summer Research Program

Weather

Snow

  • SnowCrystals.com -”Your online guide to snowflakes, snow crystals, and other ice phenomena.” Beautiful pictures, guide to snowflakes, snowflake physics, movies of growing snow crystals, snow and ice activities, snowflake wallpaper for your computer and much more.
  • Snowflake Bentley -Vermont farmer Wilson A. Bentley “The Snowflake Man”, pioneering  photographer of snow crystals.
  • Snow Activities -Science, activities, art, literature, food, links and borax crystal craft.
  • Snow -Build a snow castle, make virtual snowflakes, become a snow artist.
  • Paper Snowflakes for Children -”Make Snowflakes and Learn Amazing Facts About Snow Science” Free instructions and patterns for making paper snowflakes, snowflake info and activities.

Avalanches

  • Nova Online “Avalanche” Companion Web site to “Avalanche!,” originally broadcast on November 25, 1997. Scientists on a quest to find out how snow can sometimes strike with the force of TNT, take NOVA’s cameras inside an avalanche to unlock its deadly secrets. Video clips, resources and teacher’s guide.

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~Picture Of The Day Sites~

Space

Earth/Geographic

Weather

  • New Photo of the Day -Blue Ridge/Great Smoky Mountains area, from Ray’s Weather Center

Nature

Science

History

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