Most prepackaged homeschool curriculums, for elementary or secondary grade levels, cost in the hundreds or thousands of dollars per school year. For some families that wish to homeschool, but have limited income, this amount is prohibitive. Indeed, many formerly two-income families give up one of the incomes in order to homeschool. Frugality is necessary.
If you wish to homeschool with an organized curriculum and do not have the finances to purchase one, there is still hope. Of course, it takes a bit more time and research to put together the homeschool resources yourself, but it can be done. Free homeschool items and opportunities can satisfy your curriculum needs.
Free Homeschool Resources on the World Wide Web
The internet is a veritable treasure trove of free homeschool resources. For those that follow a more structured, traditional plan when homeschooling, there are a multitude of free worksheets, unit study, and lesson plans available online. You can find them for every grade level and every ability and interest.
If you do not include worksheets or free printables in your homeschool classroom, you can still find many great resources online. With a high speed internet connection, you can access thousands of documentary style videos on nature, social issues, history, and news broadcasts. You can view films showing and explaining scientific experiments and even tours of historical sites.
Your Local Library
Most cities and towns have free libraries that you can visit. Often, getting a library card is also free, or only costs a few dollars. Libraries offer many free homeschool resources. Of course, books are an excellent resource for the homeschool family. Through reading fiction, non-fiction, and biographies, your homeschool student will learn about many subjects.
Libraries have much more than books, however. Many have videos, DVDs, books on tape, and computer software that can be borrowed. This multi-media offering is a fabulous free homeschool resource.
Besides the different items that your homeschool can borrow from the library to use, they also offer various classes, field trips, and lecture series. Some libraries also offer children’s events with songs, arts and crafts, and some educational exploit. These events are excellent free homeschool resources.
Free homeschool resources are everywhere, if you adopt the attitude that life is a learning experience. When I began homeschooling, my income was well below the poverty line. While I was poor in finances, I was rich in the desire to teach my children all about the world from home. Now, I could afford expensive curriculums if I chose to use them. But, I still utilize all the free homeschool resources that can be found in the library, the internet, and the world.