A common question many new homeschoolers ask is how expensive is homeschooling? The short answer is that homeschooling is as expensive as you allow it to be. There is curriculum out there that can fit any budget, from a substantial amount, all the way down to free. Yes, that’s right you can homeschool for free!
Here are just a few of many free websites out there offering free curriculum.
Khan Academy: Free math website complete with videos and tutorials for a variety of different areas in math.
Classical House of Learning : A place for FREE classical literature guides following a 4-year history cycle.
Easy Peasy All in One Homeschool: A free comprehensive homeschool program for student’s preschool through 8th grade.
Homeschool Share: Free Lapbooks for the Little Ones J
Ambleside Online: Ambleside Online is a free curriculum using the Charlotte Mason philosophy of education.
ABC Jesus Loves Me: is a complete preschool Bible-themed curriculum.
Bible Road Trip: A free three Year Bible program for children and adults.
Starfall.com: Phonics site perfect for those who are learning to read.
Spelling City: Free spelling games and activities for kids.
Scott Foresman Reading: Free printable grammar and writing sheets for students in grades 1-6.
In addition to these great sites, there are many other resources available right at your local library. Rebecca Rupp offers a book titled Home Learning Year by Year. This book includes recommendations for numerous resources that are available to create your own homeschool curriculum. Many of these are probably located in your town’s library. I have used this book for years and have found it invaluable.
Also, many libraries offer teachers kits. These kits are available on a variety of subjects. They may include crafts, books, audio, and many other resources. Check and see if your library has any to offer.
Youtube and Netflix have many educational videos for kids. One show that my children love to watch on Netflix is the Magic School Bus. Another great one that is on YouTube is Liberty Kids. It is all about American History during the Revolutionary War.
These are just a few resources that I have used or found that are free and great homeschooling resources. If your budget is tight, and you’re not sure how you can fit the homeschool curriculum into the budget, I encourage you to check out these resources. Even if your budget isn’t tight, we all love things that are free, right?
Author Bio: Misty Bailey is the blogger behind Joy in the Journey and the podcaster behind Joyfully Homeschooling. Her goal in this online space is to encourage and inspire you on your homeschool journey by providing practical tips for real life homeschooling. Through real stories, real struggles, and real life, Misty encourages her blog readers and podcast listeners to embrace imperfection and strive for a more joyful homeschool.