There are so many sites with free homeschool curriculum that one blog post could not possibly list them all. However, I am going to point out a few of the more popular free curriculum sites that offer whole curriculum. You may not need to use a whole curriculum but may prefer to utilise a subject or two. Either way, take a few moments to check out the following options for homeschooling for free which are listed in alphabetical order.
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Ambleside Online – This is a free Charlotte Mason-style curriculum, with a complete schedule for grades K through 12. Also contains the complete text of Charlotte Mason’s original homeschooling series, along with a library of free online books and a complimentary support group. You’ll find here a directory of free homeschool curricula, literature and text books … This curriculum is built largely, but not completely, on public domain texts.
An Old Fashioned Education – A free homeschool curriculum that utilises a combination of public domain textbooks and living books. Contains a complete 40-week schedule for Bible, math, science, social studies, language arts, literature and history for grades K through 12.
Baltimore Curriculum Project – BCP’s Core Knowledge lessons are organised by grade level, month, and discipline. Be aware that it is not Australian based. You can download and print the lesson plans but note that all lessons are in draft form. At this time the draft lessons on this web site do not have accompanying graphics, such as maps or cut-out patterns.
Bitesize – is a British website offering free interactive lessons in math and reading. I didn’t find it the easiest site to navigate but there are some very useful lessons. Be aware that it is UK based so grade levels are completely different.
Core Knowledge – This free homeschool resource is not a curriculum in a box. However it is a useful resource, especially the Free Teacher Guides, Downloads & Forms. Core Knowledge offers suggested content to be taught and presented at various grade levels.
Easy Peasy All in One – currently offers 1st, 4th and 6th grade curriculum for Reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary, spelling, math, history/social studies, science, geography, Bible, art, music, PE/health, computers and logic using free resources on the Internet. Se our related post about EasyPeasy.
Free-Ed – is a site that I didn’t find easy to navigate but that might just be me. It is probably more suited toward upper years/high school years of homeschooling.
Head of the Class – provides access to free curriculum based content for K-8 students and teachers. It is organised by grade-level, you will find instruction, activities, and multimedia on reading, math, spelling, writing, art, history, music, geography, science, and more.
Lesson Pathways – is a free K-5 curriculum and teaching resources contains 36 full-week lessons for science, math, history, phonics and reading. There is a homeschool and an afterschool schedule. This schedule aims to provide a multi sensory experience by using a variety of materials, activities, videos and games. This program might be suitable as enrichment or reinforcement material.
Mater Amabilis – is a free homeschooling curriculum for Catholics. It is based on the Charlotte Mason method. Contains math, reading, writing, English, literature, history, geography, science, foreign language and music studies for grades K through 12.
NeoK12 – offers online videos, lessons and games to help homeschool students learn about a wide variety of topics. Lessons can be found for English, math, science, social studies, geography, history, music lessons, sports lessons and arts and crafts. I debated about including this NeoK12 on this list as it isn’t really a complete curriculum but it might suit some for a subject. This site would be useful to use as revision and reinforcement or enrichment along with your main curriculum.
Open Education Source – Is a free service to homeschooling parents which provides comprehensive curriculum links for every subject from K to 12. Each link provides a full, comprehensive body of work for the subject for a year, not unit studies. You will find the best sites for teaching each subject on the subject pages, and a selection of grade appropriate resources on the grade pages.
The Puritan’s Homeschool Curriculum – is a home school curriculum consistent with the historic reformed Biblical faith as it is excellently summarized in the original Westminster Standards. Documents are in pdf format.
Caution – It’s free but is it valuable?
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- Is it age/development appropriate for your child?
- Is it laid out clearly?
- Will your child be able to follow the schedule? Is the amount of teacher/mum preparation involved suited to your needs?
- Is the subject a part of the plan for your child? If not, is it os special interest? What is your justification for including it in your homeschool schedule?
- Are the objectives of the material clear? Will it be able to meet those objectives for your child?
- Is any information presented accurate and unbiased?
- Is it complete? If there are questions, are there answers?
- Do you have any other materials, supplies, tools, or instruments that are required for the curriculum?
Homeschooling is largely heart to heart. The methods and even the curriculum do not matter nearly as much as the relationship between child and parent.
~Dr. Ruth Beechick