by Amy Pass, MHA Board Secretary
Are you homeschooling on a tight budget? You are not alone! Homeschooling can be really expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. That’s why we’ve put together a list of free and low cost resources for MN homeschoolers! (Disclaimer: Some of the resources on this list are not secular. Every effort has been made to make a note when this is the case, but it is possible that some were missed.) Here’s what we’ve got:
Ambleside Online is a full Christian curriculum for grades pre-K through grade 12 using a Charlotte Mason approach. Books are not included, though most of the books used in the curriculum can be found through the library or are available for free online. https://www.amblesideonline.org/
Art for Small Hands offers free art lesson plans (in the form of individual blog posts) for ages 3-13.
Centre for Innovation in Mathematics Teaching offers free math curriculum for grades K-12 from the UK.
Classics for Kids offers classical music podcasts, lesson plans, games, and quizzes for grades K-6.
Coursera offers college content for free on a variety of subjects. Users may choose to pay for access to quizzes or certificates, but the video lectures are all available for free once you create an account.
Easy-Peasy All-in-One Homeschool and Easy Peasy All-in-One High School together form a full Christian curriculum for pre-K through grade 12.
Guest Hollow is a Christian curriculum offering language arts, science, history, math, geography, and a few other odds and ends for various grade levels. Not all of their curriculum is free, but the authors of the website have this to say:
“If you are dealing with a financial hardship, please contact us. We don’t want any homeschooler to go without, when suffering through difficult times. Just send us a summary of your situation, and let us know which item from our store we can donate to you.”
Homeschool Share offers resources to accompany literature-based unit studies & lapbooking for preschool-late elementary. Resources are written and shared by the homeschool community.
iCivics is a free civics curriculum with printable lessons and worksheets, as well as online games, video links, and tutorials.
IXL Math offers free math curriculum for pre-K through grade 12.
Khan Academy offers free curriculum for K-12 for most subject areas. Most lessons have video and written content followed by practice problems and quizzes – all online.
Loyal Books (formerly “Books Should Be Free”) offers free audio and eBooks for kids and adults.
Math is Fun offers a free web-based K-12 math curriculum.
Middle School Chemistry offers a free curriculum for…well…middle school chemistry. The textbook is available for free. You will need to purchase some materials, but many of the materials are household products and not too difficult to find.
The Physics Classroom offers free middle/high school physics curriculum. A solution guide is available for $25 if you choose to use the “curriculum corner” of the website. Otherwise, the tutorials are all free with questions and solutions embedded in the tutorials.
Progressive Phonics is a free phonics curriculum for kids learning to read. This is not a web-based curriculum. Materials are downloaded and printed.
Starfall is a free resource for kids learning to read. They have expanded their content to include paid member-only resources, but much of their content for learning to read is still free. They also offer free apps.
Super Teacher Worksheets offer a variety of worksheets for free and many more for the annual membership cost of $19.95. From their website:
“Members have unlimited access to thousands of worksheets and printable materials on Super Teacher Worksheets. We offer math worksheets, reading comprehension stories, spelling lists, handwriting practice sheets, grammar worksheets, holiday printables, and much more!
While we do have hundreds of free worksheets on our website, our members have full access to all of our printables.
We’d love to hear your feedback if you know of other wonderful, free curriculum websites!