Let me put it to you straight: homeschooling is amazing. You have the opportunity to provide a curated educational experience while providing direct, individualized attention and support to your child. At the same time, starting to homeschool can feel overwhelming and confusing and worrisome, especially when it comes to which resources you should utilize and how much you’ll have to pay for everything.
I totally get it! We are a one-income family, and we do not make a lot of money. Let me ease your mind immediately by telling you that there are TONS– I mean, TONS– of incredible, totally free homeschooling resources out there for you to access.
We live in a time when there are more free, high-quality educational resources at your fingertips than ever before. Thanks to technology, you can easily supplement your child’s learning with super hands-on, engaging, innovation resources. These tools help make learning what it should be: fun, interesting, and relevant to the real world!
In the list below, I’ve linked 40 of my absolute favorite, completely free homeschooling tools that every homeschool family needs to know about. Some of these resources are ones I used when I was a full-time high school teacher, others I use current-day for my toddler, and others I’ve used when tutoring and teaching K-12 kids. So, really, there’s something for every age range in this list! And every single tool on this list is actually, legitimately free– not hidden behind a paywall. AND! Each tool is user-friendly and not littered with tons of pop-up ads and stuff that you find on outdated, poorly designed websites. This list is truly the bread-and-butter of my go-to free homeschooling resources!
- Khan Academy: This is a popular website that provides free educational content in a variety of subjects, including math, science, and humanities.
- Khan Academy Kids: A free app with interactive activities, games, and books for young children.
- PBS LearningMedia: This website offers free educational videos, interactive lessons, and activities for K-12 students.
- ReadWorks: This website provides free reading comprehension passages, lesson plans, and activities for K-12 students.
- Crash Course: This YouTube channel provides free educational videos on a variety of subjects, including science, history, and literature.
- Duolingo: This is a free language-learning app that can help homeschool students learn a new language. Download the app in the Apple Store or on Google Play!
- Project Gutenberg: This website offers free access to over 60,000 e-books, including many classics that can be used for homeschool literature studies.
- TypingClub: This website provides free typing lessons that can help homeschool students improve their typing skills.
- Google Arts & Culture: This website provides free access to art collections and virtual tours of museums and historical sites.
- NASA: This website provides free educational resources related to space science and exploration.
- NASA Kids’ Club: Offers games, videos, and activities related to space exploration and science.
- National Geographic Kids: This website provides free educational resources related to science, history, and geography.
- History.com: This website provides free resources related to historical events and figures.
- Smithsonian Learning Lab: This website provides free educational resources related to science, history, and culture.
- Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool: This website provides a free, full homeschool curriculum for grades K-12. I will say that this is a very common beloved favorite amongst any homeschool family I’ve ever met! I will also say that it describes itself as “Christian homeschooling,” however, we (a secular family), just skip the “Bible” section of curriculum.
- Ambleside Online: This website provides a free, Charlotte Mason-style homeschool curriculum for grades K-12. Note: this curriculum does use reference to “God, humanity, and the natural world.”
- Open Culture: This website provides free access to online courses, audio books, and e-books.
- Ted-Ed: This website provides free educational videos and lesson plans on a variety of topics.
- Scratch: A visual programming language and community where kids can create interactive stories, games, and animations.
- Coursera: This website provides free access to online courses from top universities and institutions.
- CK-12: Provides free textbooks, interactive activities, and personalized learning resources across multiple subjects.
- Code.org: Teaches coding and computer science concepts through interactive activities and games.
- Librivox: Offers free audiobooks of public domain works, great for literature and language arts studies.
- BBC Bitesize: Provides educational resources, games, and quizzes for different age groups and subjects.
- Funbrain: Offers free educational games, books, and videos for kids of all ages.
- Virtual Nerd: Offers free video lessons on math and science topics.
- PhET Interactive Simulations: Provides interactive simulations for science and math concepts.
- Virtonomics: The Business Simulation Game– This is an online game that teaches your student how to create a company and then manage that business in a competitive environment. It is SO COOL! This game was a favorite of my upper-level students when I taught full-time. There are paid upgrades in the game, but your experience will not be lackluster without them.
- National Gallery of Art: Offers an online collection of high-resolution art images and educational resources.
- Imagine Learning Classroom: Provides free standards-aligned math and English language arts lessons.
- Quizlet: A platform for creating and studying flashcards and quizzes on various subjects.
- Teach Your Monster to Read: A free game-based app that helps young children learn to read.
- Instructables: Offers step-by-step guides and tutorials for various DIY projects.
- Wolfram Alpha: A computational knowledge engine that can answer questions and solve problems in various subjects.
- OpenLearn: Offers free online courses and resources from The Open University.
- Free virtual escape rooms: A fun, hands-on way for your student to learn. DazzlingDailyDeals put together a great, comprehensive list of 55 FREE Virtual Escape Rooms that I’ve bookmarked and use when I’m working with older students, or when my family wants to do something different for game night. I will say that her website is a bit clunky, but the list is worth your time!
- Mathway: An online math problem solver that shows step-by-step solutions.
- Your local library: my personal favorite homeschooling resource! And NOT just for the free books and media! Your local library likely offers myriad classes and programs you don’t know about!! Our local libraries have full-blown six-week technology classes of all sorts: using excel, accounting 101, bookkeeping, entrepreneurship, etc. They also have singular workshops like how to self-publish a book, genealogy, Lego Club, computer classes, art classes, Pre-K science classes, story times, and more. They also offer resources for job training, free legal consulting times for small business owners, and language-speaking groups. They also offer free subscriptions to even more educational resources like ABC Mouse, Lynda.com, and beyond!! Seriously, get a library card NOW and utilize it to its full capacity!
- HappyKids: The Free Roku Channel – If you use a Roku for streaming in your household, then you must add the HappyKids channel for free!! There are over 60,000 kid-safe, entertaining, educational shows! No subscription required!! There’s even a ton of Spanish-speaking content, including popular shows like Blippi translated into Spanish. Instead of paying for a streaming service like Netflix or Hulu, just use HappyKids!
- Teachers Pay Teachers: Yes, this site does have content for you to purchase, BUT there are also TONS of 100% resources on here as well. This entire site is dedicated to deliverables, lessons, and full-blown unit plans made by real, certified teachers, so it’s worth exploring. You can filter your search by “free” and find all sorts of resources for your homeschooling journey. Then, if you find some teachers whose content you really like, you can check out their paid content as well. Prices are extremely affordable, especially if you’re looking to get entire unit studies or full-year curriculum. For example, you can get your entire year’s worth of Kindergarten math curriculum for just $35– no planning or work required by you!! For $35? I’ll take it!
I’m hoping that these 40 free homeschooling resources will take some of the burden off of your shoulders as you start your schooling journey. Interested in finding even more free resources? LearningWorksForKids has a MEGA archive list of 110 free homeschooling resources. Simply comb through the list and click any tool that sounds interesting to you. Each listing will tell you what age range the tool is for, what it does, what learning it provides, whether it’s free or if you have to subscribe, etc.