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You Can Teach Your Kids at Home – It’s Easy & Free!

You Can Teach Your Kids at Home – It’s Easy & Free!

If you think you can’t afford to homeschool, think again. There are several options that allow you to teach your children at home… for FREE!

These Resources Can Help You Homeschool For Free

First of all, there are many excellent, free homeschool curriculums like Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool and Ambleside Online. These are two websites that will give you everything you need (except for basic supplies and books, which you can get from the library). These tools are extremely easy-to-use. They are designed to help parents teach their children.

If you prefer student-led learning, then you may prefer to use Khan Academy. Khan Academy is an interactive website that can be used by the student with minimal interference from the parent. It covers a wide variety of topics, including math (pre-K through college levels), science, computing, economics, reading, language arts, life skills, arts and humanities, and more. It is without a doubt one of the most robust free learning tools in existence.

Children who struggle with math may enjoy Prodigy Math. This is a free math-based video game, which makes it a great resource for children who dislike math or are struggling to master math concepts.

Of course, if you’re teaching your children at home, you’re going to want to go on field trips.  When you homeschool for free, you don’t have to stay at home.  Check out our “free offline homeschooling” resources below for more information. about ways that you can enjoy free adventures and learn away from screens!

There are also a wealth of virtual field trips to help your children see the world from your own home. You can visit the Louvre,  the National Baseball Hall of Fame (which even has homeschooling curriculum for grades 3-12), Buckingham Palace, or Vietnam to see the world’s largest cave, Sơn Đoòng, without ever leaving the comfort of your home.

Free Offline Homeschooling Resources

Homeschooling gives you a tremendous amount of freedom to enjoy offline activities. There are some great free offline homeschooling resources available, especially for low income families!

For example, the library is an incredibly powerful resource. Many libraries offer far more than just books. Our local library has a 3D printer and makerspace, free museum passes and telescopes you can check out, a huge selection of classes, and so much more. You can also use your library card to access limitless music, video, audiobook and other digital downloads! Check out what your local library offers here.

If you have an EBT card, you may be able to get free or discounted admission to around 1,000 different museums and venues across America. These include zoos, aquariums, children’s museums, science centers, planetariums, botanical gardens and historical sites. There are some truly incredible deals here, so make sure you check out this list.

Of course, you can also use these free museum days if you don’t have EBT.

There are other free offline homeschooling resources available, as well. Join your local homeschool groups on Facebook and other social media platforms for more information about free local events, classes, meetups and curriculum exchanges!

Public School Resources Are Also an Available Option

If you’re okay working with a public school to teach your child at home and would like more help or oversight, there are even more options. These programs aren’t officially recognized as homeschooling because it’s actually online, at-home, public schooling. This means that the school system provides all the materials and helpful support services while you do the teaching at home.

One of the largest providers of online public schools is K12.com. As the name implies, they serve all students between Kindergarten and 12th grade.

With K12, all you need is an internet connection! You log in every day and complete the assignments that are listed in your day’s tasks. Some tasks instruct you to use offline materials. Many are completely online. Students are expected to work 5-6 hours per day completing online assignments, offline worksheets, projects and other activities.

Everything you need for the offline activities is shipped directly to your home. When I signed my son up for first grade, we received four big boxes of supplies… all the books and materials we would need for the entire year. There were handwriting workbooks, math shapes, counting cubes, a scale and so much more. It was awesome – and he was so excited to dig in and start learning!

Since they are a public school, they participate in all state standards, assessments and requirements. Students check in regularly with an assigned teacher.  They also graduate the online school with a high school diploma.

Schools can use K12 in different ways. Some are complete virtual academies, and others are blended schools. To find out what K12 schools are available to you, click here.

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Of course, K12 isn’t the only public-school-at-home provider. I have a friend who absolutely loves using Columbia Virtual Academy’s Moving Beyond the Page curriculum for her two boys. You can follow her blog here to learn more about CVA and Moving Beyond the Page. I’ve never used it but it sounds great!

Depending on where you’re located, you may also have access to one of these public schools:

Calvert Schools
Connections Academy
iA Internet Academy
….and more!

Of course, every family is different. Fortunately, there are school options for everyone. If you’re looking to teach your kids at home, there is a homeschool or school-at-home program that will meet your family’s unique needs. If you have any questions or suggestions, please leave them in the comments! 🙂

If you’d rather improvise your own curriculum though, the Internet is full of free homeschooling resources, like these tremendously helpful lists from Only Passionate Curiosity and How to Homeschool for Free.

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Nicole leads the Low Income Relief team with over 20 years of professional research and writing experience. Nicole started Low Income Relief after a personal experience with poverty. When her husband was medically discharged from the US Army, their family experienced tremendous financial hardship. Nicole was able to gather help from multiple community agencies and move into a nearby low income housing unit in just two weeks! Since then, Nicole has been dedicated to helping low income families in crisis. She regularly spends hundreds of hours combing through countless resources to make sure that Low Income Relief has the most comprehensive and complete resource directories on the internet today. Prior to starting Low Income Relief, Nicole worked as a novelist, journalist, ghostwriter and content creator. Her work has been featured in various print and online publications, including USA Today, eHow, Livestrong, Legal Beagle, The Daily Herald, The Chronicle and more.