Starting Homeschool: Where to find what you need

Some of the best learning is not from a book!

Some of the best learning is not from a book!

This is the third of four parts in the “Starting Homeschool” series.  You can download the entire printable guide here: Starting Homeschool Guide.

We have talked about finding your philosophy/method of learning here, and we talked about some of the best known publishers of homeschool curriculum here.  Now we have a list that I could only call “Other Resources.”  There are online “stores” here as well as blogs from people that develop homeschool supplements, online classes, sites that direct you to free resources, video supplements for certain topics, and more.

If you have any other places that you love to use, feel free to add them in the comments so I can check it out.

Other Homeschool Resources

educational games

All Kids Network
lots of free worksheets and ideas

Amazon (of course)
new and used curriculum/supplements

Ambleside Online
Totally free complete curriculum (yes, really), Charlotte Mason-style, Christian

BrainPop (for 3rd grade & up) (for K-3rd)
We use this free through our school district, but I did have a subscription at one time.  It is another expensive one, but it really has so many topics and the companion activities are good.  Here is a list of the BrainPopJr topics (K-3rd)
sometimes on sale at Homeschool Buyers Co-op

Christian Book Distributors (CBD)
Traditional Curriculum/Book Sellers (usually have some downloadable/pdf versions, but mainly hardcopy).  Look for sales and free shipping specials.

free code/programming lessons

Code Academy
free code/programming lessons

Code Monster
free code/programming lessons

Confessions of a Homeschooler
Blog by a homeschool mom who creates curriculum – very good and affordable for complete preschool program and supplements (music, literature and others) for older elementary students

Downloadable curriculum and supplements and online classes

Deep Space Sparkle
Really great art class ideas

Easy Peasy
Totally free complete curriculum (yes, really), Christian

Ebay (of course)
new and used curriculum/supplements
printable supplements (lots)

Hardcopy and downloadable curriculum and supplements

Enchanted Learning
some free, LOTs of printables with subscription

Evan Moor Teacher File Box
subscription-based, access to their workbooks, must be printed from their site, cannot download pdfs, sometimes on sale at Homeschool Buyers Co-op

Exodus Books
Traditional Curriculum/Book Sellers (usually have some downloadable/pdf versions, but mainly hardcopy)  New and used available

Free Homeschool Deals
Alerts you to free and very cheap resources (great site!)

Freely Educate
Blog with GREAT free resources (sometimes they repeat)

Homeschool Buyers Co-op
Group discounts on curriculum/supplements (deals are rotated throughout the year), Free homeschool ID too!

Homeschool Classifieds
Used curriculum (anything and everything)

Homeschool Freebie of the Day
They will send you an email once a week with a free downloadable resource for each day of the coming week.  I usually don’t download them, but every once in a while there is something good.  Christian, very conservative

Howard Hughes Medical Institute
FREE educational materials.  They don’t even charge you for shipping!  High quality dvds and other materials (all from a secular perspective).  Middles school and up.

Internet 4 Classrooms
Online activities to supplement your learning

Khan Academy
Free online learning.  Main emphasis is math, but also science lessons also.

Learning A to Z
Free trial.  Basically, these are leveled readers.  This is by far the most expensive resource we use, but we can use it for all three kids for Reading, Social Studies and Spanish.  We also added the vocabulary one, which creates a vocabulary lesson for many of the books.  We use probably well over 100 books a year from this site, so it is worth it for me. My review is coming.

Muzzy Languages
Free through our library.  Online language learning.

A ton of classroom ideas for PBS documentaries, some ready-made lesson plans that can be adapted for homeschool.  Sign up to get access.

Rainbow Resource
Traditional Curriculum/Book Sellers (usually have some downloadable/pdf versions, but mainly hardcopy)
(new and used)  They also have a free GIGANTIC catalog they will send you if you request it.

Saylor Foundation
Free online classes (K-12 classes launched in 2013)

subscription based, large variety of subjects/grades

Spectrum (Carson Dellosa) workbooks
good for review or extra practice, not teaching concepts in detail

Lots of free early learning activities (Preschool-1st grade)

Super Teacher Worksheets
subscription-based, printable worksheets/supplements (lots)

Teachers Pay Teachers
printables created by teachers
Newsletter sends you 10 free each week

Time 4 Learning
Free two week trial.  We have used parts of this site for different subjects.  In my opinion, it’s better for the younger years (Pre-K, K, 1st) but the kids usually love it.  You can cancel at any time. Sometimes I have used it over the summer as a review.

Online books (mostly little kids) Read to them or read on their own.  Pairs fiction with non-fiction.  We use this free thorough the school district and the library also has a free subscription.

Vocabulary Spelling City
Subscription-based spelling and vocabulary activities.  Some activities are free.

Well Trained Mind
Used curriculum – mostly classical education

Youth Digital
computer classes/video game design (expensive but very good)
sometimes on sale at Homeschool Buyers Co-op