Is it really possible to do free homeschooling?
Most families that choose to keep one parent home to homeschool are quite financially strained
As costs spiral, it pays to remind yourself of the educational resources available free to homeschoolers.
There are so many wonderful resources available to us as homeschoolers. Not just curriculums,worksheets but materials and equipment.
Here are some ways and ideas to homeschool for free!
Homeschooling for free is often just a case of using a lot of perseverance and imagination! There are a lot of opportunities to do things for free – you just need to know where to look.
Free Homeschool Curriculums
One of the most expensive parts of homeschooling is buying the curriculum. But I really advise you to not go out and buy one until you have tried out some free curriculums or worksheets that are out there.
This will give you a good feel for what you like and don’t like most importantly what works and doesn’t work for your child in using a curriculum – and you may even decide you don’t want to use one at all. There are plenty of other ways to homeschool without one.
Free Books and Magazines
Books have always been a mainstay of our homeschool! We all love to read and get so much information and knowledge from them – even from fiction!
There are several places you can look for free books for homeschooling.
Gutenberg is a huge repository of public domain books and there are some wonderful titles available. Download to your PC or load onto your kindle or some tablets.
Free Kindle Books. Every day on Amazon there are a selection of free kindle books available. Plus a whole load of classic books too. You don’t need a kindle to read kindle books – just download an app to your pc or tablet. My favorite way to see what is available is the daily email from DailyFreeBooks. You can set up your preferences so they only send you details of titles you may be interested in.
Don’t forget about free audiobooks as well as books. There are several sites you can download them from, including BooksShouldBeFree and Librivox.
Free magazines. You can often get several months worth of free magazines when you start a subscription. But you can also pick up copies for free. This site lists free magazine deals which would be worth keeping an eye on. There are also lots of digital magazines available for free on iTunes.
And don’t forget your library too!
Going to the library to both research on the computer and in books as well as check out books to read and study at home is one of our favorite activities.
Make use of the Internet
The internet is an absolute goldmine for the homeschooler looking for completely free homeschooling. There are so many resources available!
Free Homeschool Worksheets
Homeschool Freebie of the Day
A free download for homeschoolers every day. Check the site regularly – or sign up for their newsletter to get a ‘Heads Up’ on what will be available each week. http://bit.ly/2gdMsxN
Easy peasy is a full free curriculum that you can print for free or pay for a physical books. They have “getting ready” (pre-K) and up.
Free homeschooling planners and printables.
Old Schoolhouse Magazine
Provide some free copies of their newsletter online.
Sign up for the free week,month or free demos on different educational sites.
From Time4Learning to ABC Mouse try them all!
And if it’s something that you find useful you can always sign up and pay for monthly/yearly.
Plenty of fully free education websites too. I will make another post about those as well.
Television and Radio Programs
Many educational programs appear on TV – both for children and adults. The key to taking advantage of this is to plan ahead. Check your TV and Radio Guides for educational programs you think your children may enjoy.
Look out especially for school broadcasts. They might have just the resource you were looking for!
We often download radio programs or free educational podcasts from the internet, and listen to them in the car.
Free Field Trips
Libraries, Museums and Art Galleries are probably the first community resource you think of. But also check your local newspaper or library bulletin board for free lectures and talks in your area. Many cities and towns provide walk-in exhibitions,concerts and recitals.
Many times during the second days of the month different museums of Science Center as well have a “free family day” or “free first Friday”
Try these ideas for free field trips.
Often just taking a walk can unearth opportunities for homeschooling.
Make a Nature Table from your finds, collect leaves and flowers while hiking and then research what plants they are from,a day at the beach or a snow day can be not just super fun but a great learning activity or try a Treasure Hunt.
Use your Community
Your community holds a wealth of knowledge and most people are happy to pass on their skills. Ask around if you are looking for something (or someone) in particular. Local Facebook groups (homeschooling or mom groups) are great resources he can always check Craig’s list as well
Check to see if your town has a coop for homeschoolers. They are great to have! Most of the activities are free it can be everything from educational field trips to a science center or crafts at the park.
Volunteering is also a great way to get involved in your community and get to know people – as well as being a a great way to get some free homeschooling!
My daughter and I worked with a vegan helping homeless group in Phoenix where we would make vegan burritos and meal boxes and then another group would go downtown and hand them out to the homeless.
There’s many different ways to volunteer at almost any age group.
Free Resources and Materials
Travel brochures are great for geography based projects like this one. Pick up paint chip cards and wallpaper samples from DIY stores for craft activities. And sign up for free magazines or newsletters when you see them offered – it may spark something with the children – and at the very least is good for paper mache!
Keep your eyes open for things other people discard. Shops often discard boxes or wooden pallets they no longer require. Offices discard paper when they change their letterheads. Upholsterers may have old fabric sample books. By asking around you will be able to unearth all sorts of treasures.
Another great resource for getting things other people don’t want anymore is Freecycle. Almost every time no matter how small will have a Freecycle group. Buy sell trade Facebook groups corporate resources to sometimes you can get stuff for free other times you buy it or sell stuff of the things you can just trade foand
More ideas for free resources :
Free computers. There is a wonderful list of places that make old computers available for re-use on OpenCollectors.com and another list here.
ScrapStores or Creative Reuse Centers are a great place to pick up (almost free) office and craft supplies. Google for your nearest location.
Hopefully you find these ideas for free homeschooling helpful – and you can see that it is possible to homeschool your child for free. Be imaginative and you will find help and resources at the most odd places.