Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Tip of the Day -- Finding Free Curricula Online

Sometimes as homeschoolers, we don't have the money to buy the curriculum we want.  Sometimes we don't have the money to buy the supplemental materials we'd like.  

Today's homeschool tip is to search the internet for free curricula.  I've been amazed in the past year by how many free curriculums there are available online.  I'm thankful that others have shared the curriculum and lessons they've designed, so that more families have a chance to homeschool.  Many of these are unit studies, and that may not be a teaching method you have used, but sometimes we need to try something new.  And when the money to buy text books isn't there, the motivation to try something new may be stronger.

Please be cautious when searching for free curriculum online.  Practice integrity, and do not use websites that are violating copyright laws.  If you find a website that has posted someone else's curriculum, in violation of copyright laws, do not participate in that theft by using what was posted.

Here are the free curriculum websites I've found:

Unit Studies
Homeschool Share -- Free Unit Studies
Brightly Beaming -- Free Curricula for Preschool through Early Elementary
Easy Fun School -- Free Unit Studies and History Lessons
Eclectic Homeschool Online -- Thanksgiving Unit Study
Highland Heritage Homeschool Unit Studies

Charlotte Mason
Ambleside Online -- Free Charlotte Mason K-12 Curriculum
Home Made Living -- Articles on Charlotte Mason Methods & Discussion Forum
Carol Hursts' Children's Literature Site -- lists books for many subjects
Literature List By Grade
1000 Good Books List
Early Years Reading List

Classical Education
The Trivium Suggested Course of Study

Bible
The Bible Curriculum

Resource Materials
Britannica Encyclopedia Online
Free E-books
Read Classic Books Online
Webster's 1828 Dictionary Online
Another Webster's 1828 Dictionary Online
New England Primer

Worksheets
School Express -- offers some free worksheets on many subjects
Donna Young -- Worksheets, Charts, Calendars
Preschool and Kindergarten Worksheets
ABC Teach -- Worksheets on Many Subjects
Free Handwriting Fonts for Teachers
Handwriting Worksheet Links
Download Basic Math Facts Worksheet Creator and Basic Bingo Creator
Eclipse Crossword Creator -- download for free

History & Geography
Books to Supplement History Study
Reading Your Way Through History -- Literature List
Easy Fun School -- Free Unit Studies and History Lessons
Place the State Puzzle
Map Test
Read Henty Books Here

Typing
Kids Learn To Type
Typing

Math
Saxon Publishing -- Online Activities
Timez Attack
Multiplication Games
The Math Worksheet Site
Super Kids -- Create Your Own Math Worksheet
CIMT -- Complete Math Curriculum
CSMP -- Math Lessons

Phonics & Language Arts
Phonics Games
Starfall
Dolch Word List
Mad Libs Online
Study Dog -- Free to Low Income Families

Science
Field Guides
Identifying Animal Droppings
Nature Study
Backyard Nature: Nature Study Online
MS Nucleus -- K-12 Science Curriculum
Science with Me -- free science website for elementary ages

Email Groups

Free Homeschool Tools -- email list for giving away curriculum, and has many free links

Miscellaneous Websites
Dori Oakes Free Curriculum List
Dori Oakes Homeschool For Free Website
Teach The Children Well
Old Fashioned Education
Sheppard Software -- Online Activities on Many Subjects
Forms and Activities for Many Subjects, including History
Julie's Free Stuff for Homeschoolers Blog
Homeschool Tracker -- Free Basic Edition
Mr. Hall's 1st Grade Games & Activities

And lastly, Homeschool eStore offers a free curriculum product each week.  You can register to be notified of their free item each week, by creating an account at their website.  I've seen them offer free curriculum for history, geography, handwriting, Bible, literature, and science.  Many of them are short unit studies, but they are definitely a blessing to homeschoolers on limited budgets.  They also have downloadable e-curriculum available for sale at very reasonable prices. 

Hopefully, these websites can help someone who is homeschooling on a small budget.

April E.  (ElCloud Homeschool) is a Homeschool Mom of 6.  She has homeschooled for over 7 years, and enjoys sharing the things she's learned in her homeschool journey with others.

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