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Choosing Homeschool Curriculum from Free Resources
We have many resources available at our fingertips that are free especially online. There are wonderful free curriculum and resources that are available to us. We just have to look for them and choose wisely. I will be sharing tips on how to choose homeschool curriculum from free resources. The free resources I will be talking about are found online. I will be talking about the ones that I know of and have used.
1) Guest Hallow website
Guest Hallow is one of my favorite site for free and low-cost resources. They offer free curriculums for all grade levels. One of my favorites is their Biology curriculum. Almost all of it is free. The only thing that is not free is their schedule for using their Biology textbook. I highly recommend it. They also offer grammar, geography, elementary science, and history. Guest Hallow is my first go to site for curriculum and resource. They have a wonderful reading list for chronological history.
Look through this site and pick what will work for you. You can always add your own materials to their curriculum. For example, I added stuff I already had on my shelf to their Biology curriculum. I was very pleased with their Biology textbook but I also wanted other books that I had to go along with it. With free curriculum its easy to add or take away books or materials.
2) Easy Peasy all in one homeschool
Easy Peasy program is huge. So many free curriculum and resources to choose from. This particular site houses all materials from K to 8th grade. They offer all subject matter. I highly recommend you download whatever course you are interested in and make sure you are satisfied with the program before using it with your children.
Make sure all the links are working. I did find some links that didn’t work for us so that was a bit frustrating. Do a test run on all of the courses you pick in Easy Peasy. When you do this it helps you decide whether you want to use it or not.
Easy Peasy has a sister site for high school curriculum. Its called All In One Highschool. There is something for everybody in both sites. Always check the links and materials on both sites. Be careful in overloading your high school kids with so many subjects. It can be overwhelming to go through both of EasyPeasy site. Make your decisions carefully.
YouTube has many educational videos. There are videos about science, art, graphics using online free programs, coding classes and many more. You can even find science experiments that you do not want to do in your home but the kids can watch and write a report.
Always preview YouTube videos before your kids watch them. There are some you may not want your kids to see. Some of the advertisements are mature so you may have to invest in commercial-free YouTube or set a parental control to limit the maturity of the ads.
The library also has many resources. They do have textbooks, encyclopedias, and literature books. If you do literature-based history, you can always find books at the library that is related to the time period you are reading. I used the library a lot when my kids were younger. The kids and I loved spending time there and picking out books. We used it for Science, Art, history, and literature. I even checked out math textbooks even though we were using a different math program. It was very helpful to see a different way of doing math than what our program did.
Libraries offer many different enrichment programs for kids of all ages. Depending on your library policy, some may be free and some are not free. The one we went to all had a charge for the enrichment activities. I have heard of other libraries offered them for free. So check them out and see if its free.
There are many sites that offer free worksheets, experiments to watch, e-books plus more. Whatever you are looking for, do a search for it and it will pop up in your search engine. There are endless resources at our fingertips online. Again, check them out carefully and make sure you want your kids to have access to the sites.
There are a lot of homeschool bloggers who blog about their homeschool adventures. They also post their curriculum and may have some that are free on their site. I love the ones that post their science experiments. These are cool to watch online and see the results of their experiments.
Join several homeschool groups on Facebook. There are groups for Homeschooling with YouTube videos and Amazon Prime as well as Netflix. I belong to a handful of groups that range from Unit study groups to Classical education to Christian based homeschool groups. Whether you are a Christian or Secular there is a group for you. There are curriculum-based groups on Facebook. Take your time and join a few. If you do not like a particular group, you can leave with no issues. Hope you will give it a try.
There are many more free resources online than what I have talked about here. The main thing you need to do is to have your plan of studies for your kids. After you do that you can search for free resource and curriculum. The five I listed in this article will help you get started. Here are the things you need to think about when choosing a free resource or curriculum.
- Is it a full curriculum?
- Are the links broken?
- Do a test run to see if you are happy with this free resource/curriculum before you use it with your kids.
- Look at the background of the curriculum. Is it secular? Is it Christian based? Does it align with your beliefs?
- Always ask your homeschool friends if they used it and what their thoughts are.
I hope these tips help you get started on choosing free resources and curriculum. have shared tips on how to choose curriculums from free resources. What is your favorite tip? Do you have a favorite online resource? Please comment below and let me know.