Here begins the second instalment of my So you think you wanna homeschool series. In this post I’ll be sharing all of my favourite free to use curriculum sites. It’s a great way to get started and see what’s out there without spending a ton (or any!) money. Once you’ve decided to make the jump into homeschooling you’ll quickly learn that there is a veritable plethora of curriculum options and it can be incredibly overwhelming. Starting here will give you the chance to try some different ones out.
First on my list is one of the best maths and science programs out there, Khan Academy. It’s got instructional videos on every topic, progresses kids through their maths levels at their own pace and lets them collect points to level up their creature. What kid doesn’t love monster animals? They also send you a detailed report to your email each week so you can keep track of and see how much time your kids are spending on the program and what they are learning at the same time.
This next one has both a free and paid version. You can download and print out worksheets and sort them by grade level or subject. The aptly named Education.com has great paid for features as well, but I’m saving that info for another post.
Discoveryk12 is great for the busy parent who needs more time to work, either at home or away. Or has a larger group of children to teach, or babies who need constant attention. Everything is laid out on a 180 day schedule, meant to be used from September to June but children can start at any time of the year. They also recently added a grade specialising feature in which a child can take different subjects at different grade levels. This all in one curriculum is very structured, not well suited to a parent looking to take a more relaxed approach.
The next two are amazing language learning resources; Doulingo lets your child learn any number of foreign languages. My kids both do French as well one does Gaelic and the other Japanese. There’s a lot of reading involved in this program though so it’s only good for children who have learned to read independently unless you have the time to sit with your kids and read the lessons to them. Lifeprint is an amazing resource for the whole family if you are interested in learning about the rich culture and language associated with American Sign Language and the deaf community.
Who doesn’t love a good spelling list? These ones are organised by grade level, easy to download with different activities for each day. Free educational resources also has links for many other subjects.
In today’s world learning to use a computer and navigate the World Wide Web is important for anyone’s future career. That’s why it is important that kids learn to type quickly and efficiently. Dance Mat is great for introducing young children to the keyboard, it’s interactive and fun with cute cartoon characters and audio cues to let them know when they have made a mistake. Typing.com is better for older children, or those who have graduated the Dance Mat program. Like Khan Academy it allows kids to rack up points like a video game so they have tangible proof of their success and progress.
Music study is a great elective for any student and even if you aren’t musical yourself Opus Music Worksheets can help you give your child a basic understanding of how to read music. This can be great prep for a child heading into music lessons, or just interested in music and an understand of the musical language. There is also The Young Persons Guide to the Orchestra run by the Carnegie Hall website, which is a great game kids can play to learn about the different instruments that make up an orchestra. My son has played through it probably 10 times!
Last on my list is a great blog with an even bigger collection of free resources. I told you this would be overwhelming. However it should be more than enough to keep you all busy for another week until the next instalment of So you think you wanna homeschool.