As most of y'all know, we've been homeschooling for over 8 years now. It is what works for us, and we love it. I do know, though, that homeschooling is not ideal for everyone. Which is why I really feel for the parents, caregivers, and students affected by schools closing down nationwide, and are now forced to consider home education. Here are some free resources for home education that can help you through this trying time!
Free Resources for Home Education
That Bald Chick Printables
Of course, That Bald Chick printables are free to use, so I'll link some that you may find useful.
Alphabet Writing Practice PrintablesLowercase Do A Dot PrintablesUppercase Do A Dot PrintablesAlphabet Craft Printables100 Writing Prompts for Middle School StudentsSunshine Makes the Seasons PrintableSolar System Word FindTalk Like a Pirate Printable PackTalk Like a Pirate Word ScrambleMath is Fun PrintableSight Word FlashcardsSolar Eclipse PrintableFun With Robots Printable
Free Resources from fellow Homeschool Bloggers
- Tiffany, has a list of educational shows on Netflix.
- Rebecca, at Line Upon Line Learning has an entire free homeschool resource library, too.
- Lydia, at GreenUrbanMama, has a free Montessori alphabet printable.
- Judy, at MeaningfulHomeschool, has a free hymn study.
- Po Tim, at FortuneCookieMom, has free Chinese Theme Packs and a free literature based Chinese pack.
- Shannon, at CaptivatingCompass, has free resources for studying Ireland, including a free Irish Blessing copywork printable.
- Rachel, at YouveGotThisMath, has a list of 200 free math activities.
- Ami, at WalkingByTheWay, has free copywork printables and a giant list of story art projects.
- Jean, from WaldorfInspiredLearning, has a free Guide to Creating a Daily Rhythm.
- Heather, at BlogSheWrote, has a free 6 week Writer's Workshop.
- Alisha, at MasterpieceSociety, has a free impressionist bluebird art lesson as well as 5 free famous artist lessons.
- Amy, from Humility and Doxology , has a Free Curriculum Plan for US Government and Economics Courses.
- Leah, from My Little Robins, has a free monthly preschool resource.
- Sheila, at Brain Power, has a free sight word game.
I will add to the free resource list from fellow bloggers as I become aware of them.
iHomeschool Network Custom Search Engine
As a homeschooling blogger, I belong to the iHomeschool Network of bloggers. There are a ton of helpful articles on the iHomeschool Network blog. iHomeschool Network also has a custom search engine, which has all of the iHN bloggers in it, that you can use to save time searching. Check out the iHomeschool Network Custom Search Engine today!
Free General Education Resources
- The CK-12 foundation offers resources in math, science, social studies, and photography.
- One Community offers free resources in many core subjects.
- PBSKids has always been a favorite of ours, and has many resources for kids up to 8 years old.
- Many of my friends use EasyPeasy All in One Homeschool.
- E-Learning for Kids has a lot of fun lessons in math, science, environmental skills, computer skills, health, language and life skills. It is recommended for kids 5-12.
- Amazon Inspire is a beta program that has free resources, but they are going away soon (i.e. June 30, 2020).
- Softschools.com offers free math worksheets, free math games, grammar quizzes, free phonics worksheets, and games. Worksheets and games are organized by grades and topics. These printable math and phonics worksheets are auto generated.
- EdHelper.com offers free printables in math, language arts, spelling, critical thinking, and much more. You can search by subject or grade level, or you can make your own.
- Create free educational games at Kahoot.com.
- Hippocampus offers free educational resources for middle school to college, with over 7000 free videos in 13 subject areas.
- Education.com has free learning resources on just about any subject.
- BetterLesson.com has 1000s of lessons available, and you can sign up for a free account.
- Open Up Resources offers two complete K–5 curricula for ELA and middle school math curriculum.
- NeoK12 offers free educational videos and games in most subject areas.
- YouTube EDU is compiled by YouTube itself, and is a collection of educational videos.
- MobyMax offers a free personalized learning in all K-8 subjects.
- Teachers Pay Teachers offers freebies weekly.
- The Libby App – access thousands of books from your local library for free.
- SmartyGames has game based learning in math and reading.
- Ambleside is a free online curriculum that is based on the Charlotte Mason method.
- PowerMyLearning offers free, standards-aligned games, videos, and interactive activities in all K–12 subjects
- Zonderkidz offers free downloadable resources for quite a few of their kids books, as well as resources for parents and teachers.
Free Language Art Resources
- CommonLit has a free collection of reading passages in all literary and non-fiction genres for grades 3-12
- DuoLingo is a free resource for personalized learning of a new language.
- Scholastic offers free teaching tools for teachers, including ideas for classroom activities, book lists, and articles.
- The Literacy Web, from the University of Connecticut, is a great resource for finding literacy based lesson plans, videos, and more.
- ReadWriteThink has free resources for parents and teachers.
- Grammar Bytes offers free grammar exercises, videos, and more.
- Storybird helps kids create short stories with over 700 challenges!
- Storyjumper allows kids to read, create, and publish their own stories.
- The Poetry Foundation is an amazing archive of poetry.
- OpenCulture has a vast archive of 1000 free audio books and 800 free ebooks.
- Project Gutenberg is a library of over 60,000 free ebooks.
- The International Children's Digital Library offers free access to high-quality children's books from around the world in different languages.
- Lit2Go is a free collection of audiobooks from the University of South Florida.
Free Science Resources
- A 2 Z Homeschooling offers free science curriculum.
- ChemMatters is a digital magazine from the American Chemical Society that is geared toward high schoolers.
- DiscoveryEducation has free math and science resources for classrooms. They also have a free puzzle maker.
- MIT-K12 offers free science and engineering videos for kids K-12.
- National Geographic Kids has an amazing collection of science resources for kids, as well as history and social studies resources!
- NASA has a large collection of science resources.
- Science Kids has fun activities, facts, projects and experiments to encourage kids to learn more about science and technology.
- Rock Your Homeschool has a free solar system cootie catcher. Seriously, kids love these things.
Free Math Resources
- Khan Academy is well known for their free math resources, but they have a ton of resources in science, history, test prep, and more.
- Math-Drills.com offers free math worksheets.
- Math Shack are self-paced math drills from Shmoop.
- Greg Tang Math has games, puzzles, worksheets and more for grades K-6.
- Splash Math has both free and premium programs for K-5 math.
- Illuminations offers lesson plans, mobile games for students, interactive activities, and brain teasers for pre-K -12 students.
- Print free math worksheets from MathSeeds, geared for students K- 3.
- Math Blaster is a free game, registration is required.
- Fun Brain offers math games by topic or grade level.
- Generate free math worksheets on homeschoolmath.net
- Hoodamath offers free math games.
- AAA Math has resources for K-8 math, with unlimited practice!
Free Social Studies Resources
- Best History Sites has links to over 1200 sites that can supplement history lesson plans. You can browse by topic or search the database.
- Looking for resources on the USA? 50states.com has a ton of it, including state outline maps and quizzes.
- WorldAtlas.com is a great way to explore the globe, learning of different countries and cultures.
- A Crash Course in World History is a YouTube series that covers from the beginning of human civilization 15,000 years ago through to our modern age.
- Ben's Guide to US Government has learning adventures for kids age 4-8, age 9-13, and 14+.
- History Matters is designed for high school and college students, as well as teachers, and is a gateway to web resources on history.
- LibertysKidsTv is a YouTube channel with free videos.
- Get free government lesson plans from usa.gov.
Free Arts Resources
- The Kennedy Center has free Arts resources for music, dance, theater, and so much more!
- Google Arts and Culture gives you access to more than 1,000 works of art appearing in 17 great museums across the world.
- Make classical music fun and entertaining with Classics for Kids.
- The World Music Archive allows you to sample music from all over the globe.
- The National Gallery of Art offers free learning resources, including lessons, activities, and videos.
- The Women's Natural History Museum offers free digital classroom resources.
Free Computer Science Resources
- Code.org is a nonprofit that offers free coding for the beginners. My son has been using this and loves it.
- Crunchzilla's Code-Monster is a fun way to learn coding for kids.
- MIT – aka The Massachusetts Institute of Technology – provides free online access to teaching materials for nearly all of its courses, allowing students and teachers to enjoy unrestricted access to these resources. These are great for high school students! Check out the MIT OpenCourseWare.
- CMU CS Academy offers free high school computer science resources.
- Stanford offers free access to their intro to computer science course.
- Codecademy offers two tiers of support for students interested in learning to code on a professional level. Self-directed study and basic coursework is available for free through the website.
- Typing Club – free typing program
- KidzType – free typing program – this is one we use and all enjoy.
Free Physical Education Resources
- PECentral has a free video library and offers free skills and fitness challenges.
- SparkPE offers free lesson plans
Know of resources that I've missed? Be sure to let me know, and I'll add them!