Homeschooling can be expensive. Whether you’re looking for something to supplement your existing homeschool curriculum, or hoping to homeschool on a budget, you’ll want to look through this list of free homeschool resources.
Many families, whose children would benefit immensely from a home-education, are put off from homeschooling due to a belief that they cannot afford to do so.
In the U.K., as well as many other parts of the world, home-educators are offered no financial support from the government, bearing the cost of homeschooling themselves.
However, in the age we live in, we have been blessed with the internet! The internet allows homeschoolers to have access to thousands of high-quality resources, many of which are free.
Homeschooling has never been so accessible and more possible for families on a small budget.
After much research and thought, I have put together a list of Free Homeschool Resources that I believe every homeschoolers should know about!
FREE Homeschool Resources
The list below includes online educational resources that are great quality and genuinely free! They have been included because I would (and probably already do) use these resources with my own children.
Ambleside Online : A free homeschool curriculum that uses Charlotte Mason’s classically-based principles. It aims to prepare children for a life of rich relationships with everything around them: God, humanity, and the natural world. It provides detailed schedules, time-tested methods, and extensive teacher resources.
Khan Academy : Provides courses and lessons for children aged preschool to high school. Also offers lessons in college application and exam preparation.
Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool : A complete curriculum for children aged from preschool to 8th grade (Year 9). Although designed for the Christian homeschooler, this free homeschool curriculum can be adapted and enjoyed by families of any faith.
Project Gutenberg : Take a look at this online library of over 60,000 free books!
Many Books : 50,000+ free eBooks in multiple genres
Archive : Even more free e-books!
Librivox : A huge collection of free audiobooks read by volunteers
Duolingo :Your children can learn a foreign language for free with this online programme that personalises their learning experience to their needs. Languages on offer include all popular European languages, as well as Arabic, Hindi, Latin and more!
Memrise : Learn a new language with this app by watching and listening to native speakers!
CK-12 Foundation : High quality classes in Maths and Science for children of all ages.
Discover K12 : Discovery K12 offers a traditional, non-Common Core, secular, homeschool curriculum. Reading classic literature, writing essays, creating presentations, and conducting research are important aspects to the program.
CBBC Newsround : Your children can keep to date with the U.K.’s current affairs here!
Google Earth : Inspire your children’s geographical interests with Google earth. This incredible website allows users to see anywhere on the earth…and beyond!
Twinkl : A favourite amongst U.K. homeschoolers, this website offers a HUGE collection of worksheets and other downloadable resources. Some of the site requires paid membership. However there is a substantial mount of free content.
Teachers Pay Teachers : Designed by teachers, this site offers a variety of downloads to use in your homeschool lessons.
EventBrite : Find free local events at the museum, library, educational centre, amongst others.
NASA for students: Inspire your students with lessons in STEM, aeronautics, and space exploration.
Steve Spangler Science : Ideal for those days you’re looking for an experiment to go along with your science lesson.
How to Smile : Over 3,500 of the amazing science and math activities to choose from.
Homeschool.com :A monthly round-up of the best free online resources.
Free Homeschool Deals : Free printables, downloads, kindle books, lap books, unit studies and more!
K12 : Free online public school. Yes…seriously!
TES : This U.K. website is filled with teaching resources for children of all ages, as well as up to date information about the national curriculum and mainstream education in the U.K.
Kids Type : Simple no-frill lessons in touch-typing.
Code : Children of all ages can learn computer science for free on this website.
Scratch : Your children can learn coding for free with scratch from M.I.T.
BBC Bitesize : Hundreds of lessons and videos that follow the national curriculum (U.K.)
Science Museum Group : Hundreds of free resources and science lessons from multiple Science Museums in the U.K.
Natural History Museum : Stories about the Museum’s collections, scientists and research. Learn about the history of life on Earth, from the smallest insects to the largest mammals.
Quizlet : Flashcards, helpful diagrams and study guides for all subjects KS1-KS4.
KM Tuition : A library of worksheets and past papers for KS1-KS4
Soft Schools : Online games, quizzes and worksheets for every age in Maths and English.
MEP Maths: Download this complete Maths curriculum for your students. Covers all ages, including GCSE and A-Level. Lessons are not online, but must be printed off and completed at home.
School Science : Free online science resources for teachers and students.
BBC Terrific Science : Fun science activities and lessons, linked to the national curriculum (U.K.)
U.K. Parliament : Teacher resources and lessons plans about the U.K.’s government
Art for Kids Hub : Free drawing lessons on YouTube for children of all ages! They have HUGE library of lessons that I’m sure your children will love working their way through.
Primary / Elementary School
Starfall : A free online programme designed to help children learn to read and develop reading fluency. For children aged from kindergarten to 3rd grade (Year 4).
National Geographic Kids : Interactive website for children, with a focus on geography and nature.
US Forest Service : Activities for children to learn more about the outdoors
Forestry England : Lesson plans, teacher packs, spotters guides and activity sheets all about the UK countryside.
Enchanted Learning : Worksheets about every topic you can imagine!
XtraMath : This site is all about Maths facts – Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division!
Oxford Owl : Free e-Books for children aged 3-11.
Rising Stars : Free and Paid resources for all school subjects in KS1 and KS2 (UK)
Topmarks : Learning games for Primary aged children.
Primary resources : U.K. website of teaching resources, lessons plans, teaching ideas and worksheets for primary aged children.
Have Fun Teaching : 15,000+ Teaching Resources for preschool through to Grade 6. Both free and paid content.
Teach Your Monster to Read : Free phonics and reading game.
Corbett Maths Primary: Maths video lessons with accompanying worksheets
Prodigy Maths : Prodigy maths teaches maths through educational games. Includes free and paid content.
Maths Chase: Fun Times Tables game to teach your children multiplication.
Mystery Science : This is a favourite in our house! These are complete open and go science lessons. Typically they involve a well-produced video, alongside thoughtful worksheets and fun activities.
Worksheet Works : If you’re looking for worksheets, this website will probably have what you need. My favourite part of this site is the handwriting practice generator.
Secondary / High School
Coursera : Courses, certificates, and degrees online from world-class universities and companies.
TED-Ed : Inspirational lectures from experts on wide range of topics.
Actuarial Foundation : Fun and engaging Math programmes. Free maths lesson plans, worksheets and posters.
Math is FUN! : Maths games, worksheets and activities.
National Geographic : Beautiful videos, photography and articles for a deeper insight into geography, history, nature, current affairs and more.
edX : 2500+ courses from Harvard and other excellent universities:
Open Learn: Free courses from the Open University for secondary school aged children
Corbettmaths: Free GCSE maths video lessons with accompanying worksheets
National Gallery: Teacher’s notes, lessons plans, handouts and activities about famous works of art.
Isn’t that incredible?! There are so many fantastic resources available to homeschooling families, and best of all, they’re free!
But tell me, what did I miss? Do you know any great homeschool resources that are free?
Please share them with everyone in the comments below this blogpost.
Thank you for stopping by!
Peace and Love,