Even if you enroll your homeschooled child(ren) in a charter, it’s tough to get everything you need without dipping into your own pockets. And if your kiddo isn’t old enough to start school yet, you might be at a loss (or breaking the bank!). Fortunately, there are plenty of free homeschool resources out there; here are five of my favorites!
Free Homeschool Resources for All Ages
Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool
When I first stumbled across this resource, I couldn’t believe it.
It’s an entirely free complete curriculum for all ages! Yes, it is Christian-based, and yes, you may need to make some modifications if you rely on it to meet California state standards.
But Lee Giles, a homeschooling mama to six kids, curated all her kids’ school assignments into Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool so we can all benefit.
The site is arranged so that you can choose a level for your child (starting with preschool) and then follow a day-by-day list of activities.
For example, a preschool lesson might involve:
- A YouTube video to review/introduce the alphabet
- A game to cover a specific letter
- Images of the letter
- Printable pages to color
- A story about the letter/its sound(s)
Everything is linked for you, and you can skip or repeat as necessary. My then-preschooler absolutely loved doing his “school” when I discovered this.
We mostly did it to keep him busy while big brother was working on his schoolwork. But the activities did wonders for his letter recognition abilities anyway!
Note: Lee talks extensively in her About section on the subject of creationism and how she addresses her religious beliefs with her kids, but you can easily skip those parts of the curriculum to suit your beliefs.
When it comes to free homeschool resources, Prodigy tops my list. I found the app by accident while searching for times table help for my then-3rd grader. Surprise surprise, he loves doing math in the context of the Prodigy game!
Kids can play Prodigy on nearly any device (so far we have it on Google, Amazon, and Apple devices) or in the web browser. You create a free account (write down their login info), then you receive email updates on their progress.
Each child has their own grade level (you can change this later and as necessary), so the problems address topics accordingly.
The premise is that your child is a wizard fighting bad guys through spells (which require math to activate), and nearly every step of the “game” requires them to solve an equation.
Prodigy had my kids both begging to do math so I’d say that’s a win! A paid version is also available (our charter allows us to use funds for it), but as far as I know, the only benefit to that is in-game additions like avatar wardrobes and accessories.
National Geographic Education
We already know National Geographic is amazing, right? But did you know they have a search tool on the “Education” area of their website that you can use to find lesson plans, activities, photos, and more?
You can find resources like:
- Video documentaries
- Complete lessons on a huge range of topics
- Educator guides for you to peruse before teaching
- Educational coloring pages
- Craft ideas
- Historical photos
I haven’t used the tool extensively (there’s so much good stuff!) but I definitely deem it worth a share. You can download and print resources to your heart’s content, or you and your kids can explore the videos and photographs together.
Much of the content geared toward older kids (junior high to high school) is even accessible for them to manage on their own, too.
Two Amazing Handwriting Printable Generators
If your kids struggle with handwriting or you just want to practice spelling in an easier way, these next two resources are right up your alley.
Zaner-Bloser Handwriting Printables
ZB Fonts Online Plus is an online tool where you can create personalized worksheets for your kids. The free version doesn’t allow you to use the “story” layout, but everything else is accessible.
Choose from a manuscript or cursive font for your kiddo to copy, then type whatever you want onto the page. Download and print, and repeat as necessary!
Create Printables is a similar concept to the ZB Fonts tool, but with fewer snazzy tools to work with. You can still create a custom traceable printable and choose a font, it’s just not as seamless to look at as the ZB version.
I do like that you can choose how many times to repeat your kiddo’s name (or whatever word you enter). It’s also nice that you can orient the page to either landscape or portrait mode.
What about you?
Do you have any free homeschool resources you turn to time and time again throughout the school year? Share with us in the comments, and I’ll add it to the list!
Looking for summer learning resources, too? Check out 5 Free Online Resources to Keep Kids Busy (& Learning) This Summer!