Homeschooling Freebies

by Mary Ann Kelley

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Looking for a math curriculum that's both fun AND effective?
Promote a can-do attitude toward learning
with an online math curriculum that
combines technology and fun!
  • Teaches concepts with a sense of humor
  • Access to lessons a grade above & below
  • Uses technology to overcome math anxiety

10 Finger Breakout  (Y,M,O,T)
Downloadable typing tutor game ()

A to Z Teacher Stuff: free downloads  (Y,M,O,T)
Free downloads in a variety of topics. Each product in the store also has a free sample you can use to view pages from an item before you buy.

Ambleside Online  (T)
Ambleside Online is a free curriculum designed to be as close as possible to the curriculum that Charlotte Mason used in her own PNEU schools. The curriculum uses as many free online books as possible, and there is no cost to use this information or join the support group.

America's Heritage: An Adventure in Liberty  (T)
From AmericanHeritage.org. A curriculum supplement written by teachers for Kindergarten-12th grade.

ArtBug Mail  (Y)
Free art tutorials and art software designed especially for 4 - 10 year olds are available from their website. A private online art gallery service for children (allowing them to easily archive their own work) and the first completely safe art email service for children as young as four years old are offered as a low-cost resource but are not required to access the free resources.

Backyard Conservation  (Y,M,O,T)
"Backyard Conservation" shows you how conservation practices that help conserve and improve natural resources on agricultural land across the country can be adapted for use around your home. These practices help the environment and can make your yard more attractive and enjoyable. Most backyard conservation practices are easy to use. America's farmers and ranchers have been using these practices successfully for decades. Backyard Conservation - cover. Download the publication in English.

COREPlus from Download Learning  (Y,M,O,T)
"COREPlus is an exciting collection of FREE educational software programs that makes it easy to learn all about history, geography, science, fine art, and more." There is nothing to download, just set your browser to allow pop-ups from www.downloadlearning.com

Create paper  (T)
Recently I needed a template for a specific kind of lined paper that would be dark enough for my daughter to see if another piece of paper was placed on top of it. I was getting frustrated pretty quickly, since despite my searches I wasn't finding anything. This site has an interactive PDF creator that will create just about any kind of paper you need.

Design and Discovery  (M ,O,T)
Interest youth in design and engineering with this free curriculum; it provides a hands-on, inquiry-based experience with identifying and designing creative solutions to everyday problems.

Design and Discovery: Experiencing Engineering Through Design  (M,O)
"Looking for a way to get students interested in engineering? Design and Discovery is a free program that includes a complete, downloadable and reproducible curriculum as well as related resource materials and an implementation guide.

Dissection Alternatives  (Y,M,O,T)
From Dissection Alternatives.com This website provides students with an alternatives to dissecting animals. Many organizations now offer free loan programs through which teachers and students can borrow non-animal alternatives at no charge.

Dover Teacher Sampler  (T)
Welcome Teachers! Sign up for the Dover Teacher's Sampler and each week we'll send you an email with fun and educational projects and activities -- puzzles and brain-teasers, science projects, stories and poems, nature illustrations, and much more. Dover's been publishing children's books for over 40 years and we have more than 2,000 titles for Pre-K to 12th grade. Sign up for your FREE weekly samples now. It's easy as 1, 2, 3:

Evaluate Schoolhouse Test  (T)
Create tests and quizzes with eight different question types: multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blanks, matching, short answer, list, order, true/false, long answer. The only limitation to the evaluation is that tests print with banners. Otherwise, the software is fully functional.

Free Aviation Resources  (T)
Teaching resource materials offered directly by NCAE members.

Free award-winning audio book series - "Runt the Brave"  (Y,M,O,T)
From Clear Water Press.com

Free Christian History Timeline eChart  (T)
This "Christian History Time Line" eChart shows the years from Christ's birth until AD200, and includes important dates, events, people, and places. More samples (this is a selection from a book from Rose Publishing) are available with free registration.

Free Education Resources from the US Postal Service  (Y,M,O,T)
The National Postal Museum offers a variety of materials and services for educators and students. School tours and Curriculum Guides

Free educator guide for The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe  (M,O,T)

Free Holiday Sampler Download  (T,Y,M)
Free from Teacher Vision, the Holiday Sampler contains worksheets about Christopher Columbus, Election Day, Halloween Pumpkin, Hallowed Areas, Happy Thanksgiving, Which Ones Are Your Turkeys, Make and Play the Dreidel Game

Free Internet Safety Kit  (Y,M,O,T)
Did you know that two in five online teens (42%) said they've posted information about themselves on the Internet so others can see it and contact them? And nearly half of the teen respondents (47%) to a 2005 survey by Teen Research Unlimited admitted that they've used code words to alert others online to a parent's immediate presence--an effort to disguise a conversation about which a guardian might not approve. More than one in four (28%) said they use such lingo daily.In an effort to protect children by informing parents, the Polly Klaas Foundation has created an Internet Safety Kit. When parents obtain the free Internet Safety Kit, they will be offered a free download of Wired with Wisdom ($19.95 value). Wired with Wisdom grew out of the real need many parents express to catch up with their technologically sophisticated children. In this swift-moving online age, parents often feel overwhelmed or under-qualified to address children's Internet habits.Together, the Internet Safety Kit and Wired With Wisdom provide busy parents practical, workable solutions to help manage their family's Internet safety, including email, personal websites, chat rooms, social networking and instant messaging as well as recognizing and avoiding online predators.

Free Lapbook Unit Study  (Y,M,T)
Hands of a Child has some great lapbook learning resources, and each quarter the site offers a free resource. You will need to create a free account in order to download the quarterly unit.

Free NASA Publications  (T)
Free Posters, Lithographs, Fact Sheets, Brochures and Interactive educational resources

Free park day for active duty or active reserve military  (Y,M,O,T)
Anheuser-Busch is honored to salute the men and women of our armed forces and their families. Members of the military and as many as three direct dependents may enter any one of Anheuser-Busch's SeaWorld, Busch Gardens or Sesame Place park.

Free Planet Protectors Club Kit  (T)
From the EPA

Free Publications from the US DOE  (T)
Order Free US Department of Education Publications

Free SAT exam school  (O,T)
"Our Online SAT school is the most comprehensive collection of Free SAT study resources on the web offering practice exams, study guides, flashcards, quizzes, cram sheets, articles, links and tips to help you succeed on the SAT exam!"

Free Supercharged Science Activity Manual and Video Collection   (Y,M,O,T)
Ever felt challenged when it comes to teaching science? By special arrangement with Supercharged Science, we have a free collection of experiments and activities from a special science program (including videos and readings) for you to download. Aurora Lipper of Supercharged Science has been kind enough to write several very popular science articles on TheHomeSchoolMom and she has created a remarkable solution to the challenge that homeschoolers face when teaching science. Her K-12 e-Science online science curriculum is a totally fun and exciting curriculum that guides kids step-by-step through science lessons and activities using video instruction combined with lots of hands-on activities and experiments.

Free Wordsearch Software Download  (T)
Download page for crossword, word search, math, map and bingo worksheet. Note that some are free programs and others are 30 day evaluation copies.

Freebies from Teacher Created Materials  (Y,M,O,T)
Free monthly activities including calendars and teaching tips can be found at the TCM website. The best find is the free weekly lesson plans, activities, and brain teasers. All of the archives are posted as well, so there are hundreds of free printout resources!

George Washington Carver Coloring and Activity Book  (Y,M)
From the Department of Agriculture with art work submissions by the National Park Service and the American Peanut Council.

Globalmania eBook  (Y,M,O,T)
From Knowledge Quest, this eBook promises to teach world geography in just 7 months. I have used other KQ products and they are high quality. Globalmania makes use of an organized plan and online resources to help students master world geography. It also includes several quality world maps. The eBook is a PDF download that will require going through the checkout process but does not require any payment information. Checkout will show a $0 due and will process the order without payment.

History Mini-unit study Newsletter from Learning Through History  (T)
Receive a mini unit study on a topic within one of these four historical periods on a monthly basis: Ancient History, Medieval Period, Renaissance to Revolutions, Modern World. Also includes a VCR Alert! section, highlighting a can't miss historical programs on television for quality family viewing and a Recommended Resource for each issue.

Homeschool Tracker Basic Edition  (T)
Homeschool Tracker is a free software program for homeschoolers to track assignments, grades, attendance, and more. It is fully customizable for your students, your resources, and your subjects. Click on Products then Free Planner for the free basic version

It's a Wild Ride  (Y,M,O,T)
It's A Wild Ride takes you on a tour of an interdisciplinary math, science, and language arts project where students apply the laws of motion, use linear equations, and write technical reports as they design an ultimate roller coaster to save the local amusement park from bankruptcy. (The CD is 15 minutes in length.)

Kindness Unit (excerpted from The Organized Teacher's Guide to Building Character)  (Y)
26 page unit on kindness, a book excerpt with graphic organizers, book recommendations, activities, and more

Leader's Guide for EXPELLED: No Intelligence Allowed  (O,T)
This is a large file that may take several moments to download (or several minutes if you are on dial-up). The colorful guide will help you sort through some of the information from the movie about the origins of life from a Creationism and/or Intelligent Design perspective.

Life Of the Forest Freebies  (Y,M,O,T)
International Paper's complete "Life of the Forest" educational series includes 10 full-color full-size posters showing various important stages in the life of the forest, a matching set of 10 teaching guides with in-depth information pertaining to each poster and its subject matter, and a 16-page booklet featuring over-sized, full-color illustrations depicting the cycles and stages of forests. Perfect for kids!

Life Prep for Teens: The Car Purchase Project  (O)
Life Prep for Homeschooled Teenagers is a curriculum that teaches teenagers skills and values they'll need in the adult world they're about to enter. It walks them through processes like researching a place to live, figuring out health insurance and understanding budgets.

Live and Learn resources  (Y,M,O,T)
Live and Learn Press offers many lapbook resources (called Learn 'N Folders) and their freebie page includes several PDF downloads for free, including an Apple Learn 'N Folder, How to Fold a ShutterFold Book, and an All About Me Folder. If you join their Yahoo group (the link is on the page), you also get folders for Thanksgiving, St. Patrick's Day and Fourth of July.

Make a Farm Printable  (Y)
If the younger children in your house are getting stir-crazy, try this printable Foldup from Own and Mouse Software. You download and install the software, then print the pages and let the kids cut, fold, and tape. You can also download Make a Town.

Mineral Information Institute Free Resources  (Y,M,O,T)
Five lessons are free online and you have the option to order posters for about $2 each to complement the lessons. The following lessons are available: A Study of the Earth, Everything We Have Comes from Natural Resources, Everyday Uses of Minerals, Creating a Universe, and Natural Uses we Use.

MIT's Free OpenCourseWare Project  (T)
A free and open educational resource for faculty, students, and self-learners around the world. OCW supports MIT's mission to advance knowledge and education, and serve the world in the 21st century.

NASA Teaching Materials  (Y,M,O,T)
Extensive database of downloadable educational materials searchable by subject, grade level and product type

NASA's New Online Robotics Course   (T)

National Gallery of Art Loaner Program  (T)
Connect art and curriculum by borrowing free learning materials from the National Gallery of Art's Division of Education.

National Parks Service  (Y,M,O,T)
Curriculum based Programs in your park

Parties with Purpose  (Y,M,O,T)
If you think your children are more self-focused than they should be, then this idea is for you. Watering Can Press is the company that publishes The Hero Book and The Giving Book, and they have developed party planning guides to accompany both books. You can download these free guides in PDF format.

Partnerships for Endangered Species Recovery (Poster)  (Y,M,O,T)
Offers a full size version of an artistic "Recovery Poster" in PDF.

Pi Poster  (Y,M,O,T)

Posters/Charts (PDF files)  (Y,M,O,T)
Links to all pages that contain high-quality PDF files that print well as small one-page charts or as large posters.

PrayKids Magazine Lessons  (Y,M)
Don't miss these excellent downloadable lessons on prayer from NavPress. The lessons are created in a magazine format with a companion Teacher's Guide on the website. This quality publication is a great way to introduce your children to biblical concepts.

Schoolhouse Tech  (T)
Schoolhouse Tech sells software, but they have lots of free stuff on the site as well, including wordsearch software, mathfacts worksheet generator software, and articles.

Science and Our Food Supply  (M,O,T)
Investigating Food Safety From Farm to TableFree curriculum kit for your Middle Level or your High School Classroom!

Science Museum Reciprocal Program   (T)
Visit a science center or museum--for free! The ASTC Passport Program allows members to sample some of the world's most exciting science centers and museums when they're on vacation or visiting family and friends.

Sustainable Agricultural Resources and Programs for K-12 Youth  (Y,M,O,T)
Sustainable Agricultural Resources & Education (SARE) Program for K-12 Youth

Textbook Revolution  (Y,M,O,T)
"Textbook Revolution is the web's source for free educational materials. This is a student-run, volunteer-operated website started in response to the textbook industry's constant drive to maximize profits instead of educational value... At Textbook Revolution, you'll find links to textbooks and select educational resources of all kinds. Some of the books are PDF files, others are viewable only online as e-books. Most books are aimed at undergraduates, but there are at least a few resources at every level, from kindergarten to post-doc. All of the books are offered for free by their respective copyright holders for online viewing."

The Basic Cozy Spelling Course  (M)
This free, thirty lesson spelling course has been made available courtesy of Marie Rackham, author and producer of The Basic Cozy Grammar Course and several other language arts courses. The curriculum for the free spelling course was personally used by Marie in the public school system at the grade 7, 8, and 9 levels.

The Journey InsideSM  (M,O,T)
Take an interactive journey to learn about what is inside your computer.

The Math Worksheet Site  (Y,M)
TheMathWorksheetSite.com is an online math worksheet generator where "you can create an endless supply of math worksheets. The intuitive interface gives you the ability to customize each worksheet to target a student's specific needs...

The OCTA-TETRA Construction Set  (Y,M)
FREE geometric construction set instruction Booklet

The Paperback Swap  (Y,M,O,T)
Free book swap (paperback and hardback)

USDA Food Safety Mobile Coloring Book  ()
Meet Thermy, BAC, and some other characters on these pages while you learn four important food safety steps: Clean, Separate, Cook, and Chill. Tell grown-ups to use Thermy, a food thermometer, when they cook! (PDF Only; 4MB)

Using Live Insects in Elementary Classrooms  (T,Y)
Funded by the National Institutes of Health Science Education Partnership Award. This program combines the use of live insects with math and sciecne activities for kids grades K-3.

Water Resources Outreach Program  (Y,M,O,T)
"Water-resources topics of all completed posters are drawn in a cartoon format by the same cartoonist. Posters are available in color or black and white. The back sides of the color poster JPEG files contain educational activities: one version for children in grades 3-5 and the other with activities for children in grades 6-8. The black-and-white posters are intended for coloring by children in grades K-5.

WRAP KID'S CORNER: What you can do to prevent Air Pollution  (Y,M)
Download Complete WRAP Kid's Handout (9.5MB) PDF

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