Free/Cheap Homeschooling Resources

Here, I have curated a list of free/cheap resources to get you started TODAY with home educating your child. It can seem overwhelming, but pick one and start reading. Do some research and your own due diligence to see if any of these options align with your educational preferences. Some are online, some are in person, some are printables, some are a mixture of everything!

Remember, this isn’t an exhaustive list by any means. That’s the amazing thing about homeschooling nowadays – there are SO MANY RESOURCES/OPTIONS! This is just a jumping off point. I personally recommend taking a peek at Easy Peasy All-In-One Homeschool and clicking around. You can school completely for FREE from pre-k through high school using this curriculum. It is also the perfect starting point if you’re not sure where to begin!

  • The Homeschool Store: This recommendation is specifically for those who live in Houston, Texas. Located on Ann Rd., this local store offers a wealth of information at your disposal. Pop in and chat with the knowledgeable owners and browse their used (and new) curriculum choices. They also offer periodic homeschool informational days that you can catch if you follow them on their Facebook page.
  • Homeschool Buyers Co-op: A free membership gets you access to significant discounts on popular homeschooling curriculum and materials.
  • Local Libraries: Your local library is a fantastic source of free educational materials, from books to DVDs, and often offers educational programs and activities.
  • Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool: This is a complete, free online Christian homeschool curriculum for all grades.
  • Khan Academy: This free online resource offers interactive content for a variety of subjects at all grade levels.
  • Starfall: This website offers free and low-cost resources, focusing on reading, phonics, and math for PreK-3rd grade.
  • Old Fashioned Education: This free Christian homeschool curriculum uses public domain textbooks and living books for grades K-12.
  • Ambleside Online: This is a free homeschooling curriculum designed to be as close as possible to the curriculum that Charlotte Mason used in her own private and correspondence schools.
  • Texas Parks and Wildlife Department: Offers free, TEKS-aligned activity books, educator guides, posters, and trading cards for teaching Texas wildlife and conservation.
  • Museum Free Days: Many museums in Texas offer free admission days or have suggested donation times, providing an excellent opportunity for educational outings.
  • Coursera and edX: These online platforms provide free courses from top universities around the world. While these may be more suitable for high school students, they can be a valuable resource for advanced learners.
  • Discovery K12: A free online homeschool platform and curriculum for pre-k to 12th grade. It covers seven subjects including art and physical education.
  • CK-12 Foundation: Provides free online textbooks, videos, exercises, flashcards, and real world applications for over 5000 concepts from arithmetic to history.

 

Remember that part of homeschooling’s beauty is the ability to use the world as your classroom. Local parks, historical sites, and even grocery stores can become educational experiences. But I would start here to get your feet wet to see what is available!

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