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July 13, 2020

Guides and Resources:

Ultimate Guide to Free Homeschooling Resources

COVID-19 has introduced a brand new challenge to parents, especially those parents who are not accustomed to homeschooling their students.  Knowing what sort of activities are out there to keep your child busy, engaged and on track can be hard to figure out.

As a former homeschooler, myself, I wanted to make sure we put together a very thorough homeschooling resource guide that will give families a start on what to do during this difficult time.  Educating at home should not break the bank.  I have compiled hundreds of mostly free resources in a categorized list below. 

I knew when I first began homeschooling my children I was the one that would be responsible for navigating them through the proper education.  It wasn't easy.

We're in a digital world now and there are so many more homeschool resources available.  Use this as a start and remember these links belong to their respective websites, so if you have an issue with one of the resource links, contact their webmaster, and let us know so we can update out list.  Feel free to leave us any feedback or additions you think others will benefit from in the comments section below.

- Jean Burk

Audio and Video Downloads

Australia National Parks & Fraser Island - Australia

Description:
A 360 degree virtual tour of Fraser Island.

Grades:                                                             K-12

amazon prime

Description:
A listing of educational shows on Amazon Prime.

Grades:                                                             K-12

BBC Podcasts

Description:
BBC Podcasts

Grades:
9-12

Brinkman adventures audio

Description:
Dangerous Waters episode download enjoy a sample download of the Brinkman Adventures.

Grades: 
K-12

Buckingham Palace-London England

Description:
Explore this magnificent building via their virtual tours, which include the Grand Staircase, the White Drawing Room, the Throne Room and the Blue Drawing Room.

Grades:                                                             PK-12

christian audio

Description:
Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer listen to the audio book of the month for free.

Grades:
K-12

disney

Description:
Disney Magic Moments lets you experience the mage of Disney wherever you may be.

Grades:                                                             K-12

Doge's Palace

Description:
Visit this very impressive structure composed of layers of building elements and ornamentation from the 14th and 15th century.

Grades:                                                             PK-12

Dublin Zoo-Ireland 

Description:
.Watch various exhibitions at the Dublin Zoo

Grades:                                                             PK-12

Edinburgh Zoo-UK

Description:
. A virtual tour of the Portland Japanese Watch the various animal exhibition live cams at the Edinburgh Zoo

Grades:                                                             PK-12

Finish WELL RADIO

Description:
Start your homeschool adventure with confidence and joy

Grades:                                                            Parents

Description

Grades

URL

Free virtual museum tours & printables/resources.

K-12

Check out the best documentaries for high schoolers right here!

9-12

Hermitage Museum-St. Petersburg

Description:
Education programmers for children which include themed tours, lectures, quests (journey games) and specialized programmers for school and pre-school study groups, and for parents and children.

Grades:                                                             PK-12

Hidcote Gardens

Description:
Enjoy the magnificent views through the heart of the old garden, discover exotic species in the plant house or take in the vibrant colors along the red borders on one of their 360 degree virtual tours of Hidcote.

Grades:                                                             PK-12

Homeschool Hideout

Description

Grades

URL

150+ educational shows on Netflix organized by category.

K-12

150+ educational channels on YouTube.

K-12

150+ homeschool apps

K-12

A lsiting of 150+ educational apps for kids

K-8

Landscape virtual tours of England & Scotland-UK

Description:
Take a 360 degree virtual tours of various landscapes at different seasons in England and Scotland.

Grades:                                                             K-12

Description:
Enjoy Frozen Fire by Lamplighter Theatre

Grades:                                                             6-K-12

Le Galleries Delgli Uffizi-Italy

Description:
Visit this Italian museum and their HyperVision virtual galleries.

Grades:                                                             PK-12

Lit2go

Description:
A collection of stories and poems in mp3 format. Kids can download and listen while going on a walk, gardening or doing chores.

Grades:                                                             6-8

Louvre

Description:
Online Tours of the museum's exhibition rooms and galleries including Mona Lisa VR experience, 800 years of history and a closer look at Louvre artworks.

Grades:                                                             PK-12

Media Angels

Description:
Each week you can join live for free with Felica and her friends who are experts in the homeschool community.

Grades:
Parents

Media Angels

Description:
Each week you can join live for free with Felica and her friends who are experts in the homeschool community.

Grades:                                                             Parents 

Monet's Gardens

Description:
A visit to Claude Monet's garden at Giverny.

Grades:                                                             K-12

Museum with no Frontiers

Description:
Dive into the enormous collection of digital resources for museums all over the world.

Grades:                                                             PK-12

Netflix

Description:
This link will provide a collection of some favorite titles for homeschooling with Netflix.

Grades:                                                             K-12

Open Culture

Description:
Has thousands of free audiobooks.

Grades:                                                             9-12

Oxford Owl

Description:
Free children's audiobook downloads.

Grades:                                                            K-3

Portland Japanese Garden

Description:
. A virtual tour of the Portland Japanese gardens.

Grades:                                                             K-12

Pyramids of Giza-Eqypt

Description:
Visit the last standing wonder of the ancient world.

Grades:                                                             K-12

San Diego Zoo

Description:
Watch live cams of various exhibits at the San Diego Zoo.

Grades:                                                             PK-12

Science Museum Group

Description:
Wonderful learning resources from their museums, games, activities and videos. 

Grades:                                                             K-6

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Description:
Enjoy the museum from wherever you are with online programs, stories, videos, activities, virtual tours, and resources from us here at Air and Space. 

Grades:                                                             6-12

Star Trek

Description:
Original series set tour.

Grades:                                                             6-12

Storyline Online

Description:
Offers free videos os celebrities reading children's books.

Grades:                                                            K-3

Ted-ED

Description:
Ed-Ed is at its heart a library of 1000+ educational videos, as well s a unique plateform for teachers and educators to create their own interactive lessons using any YouTube video or existing TED-Ed lessons.

Grades:
K-12

Ted-ED Must watch TED talks for Kids and Teens

Description:
A library of educational videos for kids and teens.

Grades:
K-12

Teenboom.org

Description:
Ten Boom Museum Virtual Tour

Grades:                                                             6-12

The British Museum

Description:
Visit more than 60 free galleries at the British Museum. These include the Egyptian Sculpture gallery, Mexico. Enlightenment and Medieval Europe 1050-1500.

Grades:                                                             6-12

The Fitzwilliam Museum-Cambridge

Description:
Online resources and exhibitions to utilize during museum closures.

Grades:                                                             3-9

The Metropolital Museum New York

Description:
Virtual galleries available for your viewing pleasure on Google Arts & Culture.

Grades:                                                             PK-12

The National Archeological Museum

Description:
Visit the largest museum in Greece and one of the most important in the world from the comfort of your home. 

Grades:                                                             PK-12

The Palace of Holyroodhouse-Endinburgh, Scotland

Description:
Visit the Queen's official residence in Scotland. Normally, visitors can

Grades:                                                             PK-12

The Tower of London

Description:
A virtual tour of the Tower of London.

Grades:                                                             PK-12

The Vatican Museum

Description:
Visit the galleries great art in Rome Italy virtually. 

Grades:                                                             K​​​​​​​-12

The Virtual Museum of the Strickland Museum of Entomology

Description:
View the entomology collection of thousands of species..

Grades:                                                             6​​​​-12

University of Oxford podcasts

Description:
Free podcasts from the University of Oxford

Grades:
9-12

Vintagehomeschool moms.com

Description:
50 top Christian films that are recommended without hesitation to parents.

Grades:                                                             K-12

Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

Description:
An article on how to use movies as literature studies.

Grades:                                                             6-12

United States of America National Park

Description:
Travel with a guide and learn all about hidden worlds of the National Parks in the United States of America.

Grades:                                                             K-12

Curriculum Suggestions

ABC Education

Description:
Free curriculum-linked resources for Primary & Secondary students and teachers.

Grades:
K-12

all in one high school

Description:
Offers its "easy peasy" curriculum free. It breaks it down by subject daily with exercises, printables, links to resources and videos.

Grades:                                                              9-12

All about Learning Press

Description:
On their site, they've posted FREE COVID-19 Resources for you to pick and choose from!

Grades:                                                             K-8

Alpha Omega Academy

Description:
Free Kindergarten readiness evaluation

Grades:                                                              K

amazon inspire

Description:
Resources for students. Put in post code 02049, scroll to bottom and choose Homeschool

Grades:
K-12

bored teachers

Description:
30+ free physical education classes & resources for kids at home.

Grades:                                                              K-12

Captivating Compass

Description

Grades

URL

A high school homeschool curriculum guide!

9-12

5 Summer scavenger hunt lists for all your Summer adventures.

K-6

Character Action Media

Description:
Free monthly lesson plans to help your child learn virtues and morality,

Grades:                                                              K-6

christian book

Description:
Homeschool curriculum in multiple subjects for children

Grades:                                                              K-12

Description:
Three years of Homeschool co-op curriculum in one place.

Grades:                                                             K-6

Description:
Free quality printable activity worksheets.

Grades:                                                            PK-K

college board 

Description:
Free advanced placement course classes by The College Board.

Grades:                                                              9-12

Description:
1000s of worksheets on various subjects

Grades:                                                             PK-3

Description:
Compass Classrooms Megabundle; try 22 courses for 2 weeks.

Grades:                                                             K-12

CORE KNOWLEDGE

Description:
The Core Curriculum Series provides comprehensive, content-rich learning materials based on the Core Knowledge Sequence. Here you will find Free Downloadable Core knowledge Curriculum.

Grades:                                                             K-5

Curriki Resource Library

Description:
Library of free teaching and learning resources.

Grades:
K-5

disney

Description:
10 Disney Zumba videos to work up a magical sweat.

Grades:                                                              K-12

EasyPeasy All-in-One Homeschool

Description:
A complete, free online Christian homeschool curriculum for your family and mine.

Grades:
K-12

everfi

Description:
High school financial literacy

Grades:                                                              9-12

Description:
Free workout videos.

Grades:                                                             K-12

Description:
Free Homeschool Curriculum on various subjects..

Grades:                                                             Parents

Description

Grades

URL

Homeschool methods explained: online homeschooling

K-12

Free STAR WARS printables & resources. 

K-6

Free printable that include mater for 120 square, alphabet and high-frequency word strips, letter formation and so much more!

PK-3

A guide to assist parents on how to incorporate chores into their daily homeschool schedule.

K-12

Free printable animal activity pages to get help with thinking skills, coloring, laughing and learning.

K-3

​​Visit Website​​​

Giant list of online homeschool resources to assist you during school closures.

K-8

100+ early learning printables for young learners through grade 1 to help them improve and practice a range of educational skills.

PK-2

These kid activities to fight boredom will keep kids thinking, active, and engaged in education fun while being stuck at home all day.

K-6

Free ice cream-themed printable, resources and recipes!

K-6

gopeer

Description:
Students from Harvard, MIT, UC Berkeley give free tutoring to K-12 students.

Grades:                                                              K-12

Description:
Suggested sequences and curriculum recommendations.

Grades:                                                             K-12

​Havard University

Description:
​Free Online Courses

Grades:                                                             ​College Students

How to Learn

Description:
Personalize every learning experience with learning styles quiz.

Grades:
K-12

hogwarts is here 

Description:
Fans of Harry Potter created a website lets you take classes at Hogwarts for Free!

Grades:                                                              3-12

Home Educator

Description:
FREE home school lesson plans and schedule templates.

Grades:                                                              Parents                                        

Description:
Grab this unique, free printable garden bingo scavenger hunt to get out of the house for some fresh air and fun.

Grades:                                                             K-8

Description:
Resources for creating an ice cream unit study. Make summer learning fun with these Ice Cream printables, hands -on activities, crafts, and even homemade recipients.

Grades:                                                             K-3

Description:
Free firefighter printable for preschool kids. They focus on community helps and fire safety with these printable learning activities.

Grades:                                                             K-3

How Wee Learn

Description:
Free preschool and kindergarten resources to help your young ones learn from home in no time.

Grades:                                                             PK-K

Description:
Personalized learning that provides comprehensive curriculum, rest-time diagnostics, personalized guidance and actionable analytics.

Grades:                                                             PK-12

izzit

Description:
Free, high-quality education materials to educators; teacher, homeschoolers, parents, grandparents, scout troop leader-to anyone interested in learning/teaching.

Grades:
K-12

learn our history

Description:
Free kids guide to the Presidential election.

Grades:                                                              K-6

Learning through experiences.com

Description:
If you need a little extra help guiding your homeschool this year, check out this roadmap!

Grades:                                                             K-6

Description:
45 places you can download tens of thousands of books, plays and other literary texts completely legally for free.

Grades:                                                             K-6

Living Life and Learning

Description:
Free visual homeschool schedule download for young learners to help keep your kids on track with homeschooling life.

Grades:                                                             K-5

Description:
These resources include links to free printable that were used to create Montessori-inspired fire-safety activities for preschoolers through first grade.

Grades:                                                             PK-1

Description:
Check out these make a time capsule ideas and printables to capture this moment in time with your children.

Grades:                                                             K-8

khan academy

Description:
A non-profit with the mission to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.

Grades:
6-12

K5 LEARNING

Description:
Free Worksheet for kids

Grades:                                                             PK-3

Description:
National Treasures Workbooks

Grades:                                                             K-6

Description:
Printables and actives for home and school.

Grades:                                                             PK-3

national geographic

Description:
National Geographic invites you to explore curated collections of activities that have been developed for educators, parents, and caregivers to implement with K-12 learners anywhere, anytime.

Grades:
K-12

Description:
45 places you can download tens of thousands of books, plays and other literary texts completely legally for free.

Grades:                                                             6-12

Description:
Use these Free SMART goals templates to achieve any goals that you may have this year.

Grades:                                                             6-12

Description:
This course is designed to help you with the basics of kitchen and lessons in simple cooking.

Grades:                                                             6-8

Description:
Free daily printable to help teach kids the days of the week.

Grades:                                                              PK-2

Description:
Free emotions matching game printable.

Grades:                                                              K-3

SCHOOL EXPRESS

Description:
1000s of Teacher created materials for parents to integrate into the homeschool curriculum.

Grades:                                                             K-8

Description:
1000s of teacher created materials. This is a free resource to find, share and organize classroom materials.

Grades:                                                             PK-3

Scholastic Learn at Home

Description:
Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking and growing.

Grades:                                                              K-9

Sheppard Software

Description:
Lots of subjects covered with these games including science, math, geography, language arts, and health. There is a section that breaks down what ages they are for, from preschool to adulthood.

Grades:
K-12

Description:
This site provides free math worksheets, math games, grammar quizzes, free phonics worksheets, and games. 

Grades:                                                             K-8

sophia

Description:
Low-cost, self-paced courses for college credit in a fresh and fun learning environment until July 31, 2020.

Grades:                                                             College

Description:
Here children learning while they are having fun!

Grades:                                                             K-3

Swing Education

Description:
Learning resources and free subscriptions for teachers parents..

Grades:
K-12

Tara Haelle

Description:
101+ Ideas to keep your kids busy during Coronavirus closures.

Grades:
K-12

teachers for all

Description:
100+ totally free at-home learning printable made by teachers for all.

Grades:                                                              K-12

Description:
Thousands of resources available to students and parents on various subjects.

Grades:                                                             PK-12

the little gym

Description:
Online virtual gymnastics classes for babies, toddlers and school children.

Grades:                                                              K-6

The National Association for Young Children

Description:
Many suggestions for teaching math to young children at home.

Grades:                                                              K-5

The Homeschool Compass

Description:
Curriculum suggestions for students

Grades:                                                              K-12

Description:
Free customizable printable coloring pages, worksheets, and mini books.

Grades:                                                             K-5

Description:
This resource has a list of FREE homeschool curriculum for all subjects including multiple subjects, language arts, math, science, history and more!

Grades:                                                             K-6

Description:
Hundreds of worksheets.Millions of combinations.

Grades:                                                             1-6

whyville

Description:
Whyville is a destination for preteen online learning. The site includes a variety of social features, with a focus on learning materials geared for young teens.

Grades:                                                              K-8

123Homeschool For Me

Description:
Free Brain Break printable cards

Grades:                                                              K-12

Description:
Free Homeschool certificate Printables to celebrate your homeschool year or whenever your kids make a special achievement.

Grades:                                                             K-8

Religion

Description

Grades

URL

Feelings & Emotions scripture memory cards to help guide you through teaching all about emotions for our kids. 

K-3

This Ten Commandments FREE printable pack will help kids memorize the commandments in order with print and cursive copy work, matching, drawing and more!

K-3

My Joy-Filled Life

Description:
36 weeks of scripture copy work with each week focusing on a different character quality. Plus, 36 scripture cards and blank copy work pages. 

Grades:
4-12

Path Through the Narrow Gate

Description:
Free peaceful verses and Bible activity pages with mazes, crossword puzzles, connect the dots and more!

Grades:
6-12

Description:
Free gospel Bible verses poster and cards to pair along with your Bible lessons.

Grades:
6-12

Description:
Free sample page of the Psalm 1 Self-study.

Grades:
6-12

Geography

Description:
Free geography workbook that provides guidance for your kids to write their very own repost on each of the sates in the union.

Grades:
6-12

Description

Grades

URL

Free country of France coloring page.

K-2

A unit study on the Eiffel Tower which includes a mini-book with information and space for kids to write their own notes and to draw.

1-4

Description:
A free 30-Day Reading Challenge for kids of all ages that encourages kids to explore different genres.

Grades:
K-12

Description:
Free Italy unit studygenres.

Grades:
6-8

Virtual Field Trips

Description:                                                       Virtual Tour.


Grades:
K-12

Description:
Explore Colonial Williamsburg from home! Travel back in time from your couch.

Grades:
K-12

Description:
24 Free resources for virtual learning.

Grades:
K-12

Description:                                                       Visit famous institutions in Paris, Amsterdam and more-without ever leaving home.


Grades:
K-12

Description:                                                       FundaFunda is offering live free lessons to middle and high school students.


Grades:
6-12

Description:                                                       10 Irish museums to visit virtually.


Grades:
K-12

Description:
Free virtual field trips for the whole family!

Grades:
K-12

Description:
NASA’s offering online astronaut training while you’re stuck in lockdown.

Grades:
K-12

Description:
Enjoy a kid-friendly virtual zoo school from Texas’ Houston Zoo

Grades:
K-8

Description:                                                       Google now lets you explore U.S. National Parks via 360-degree virtual tours.


Grades:
K-12

Description:
12 Frank Lloyd buildings are offering virtual tours

Grades:
6-12

Music & Arts

Description:
10 University art classes you can take for free online..

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College

art biz success

Description:
19 art documentaries you shouldn't miss.

Grades:
9-12

Description:
Enjoy this mini-course that will walk you through step by stop to create a pen & ink masterpiece that makes the perfect gift.

Grades:
3-5

bob ross

Description:
You can watch every episode of Bob Ross’s “The Joy of Painting” for free right now.

Grades:
6-12

Description:
You can now watch Cirque Du Soleil online from your couch..

Grades:
K-12

Description:
A free online music school, aiming to provide a world-class music education for everyone.

Grades:
K-12

Description:
Free digital cooking classes for kids every week day.

Grades:
K-6

Description:
Class Dismissed: A Film about Learning outside of the classroom

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Parents

Description:
Amazing art and cultural exhibitions for the entire family.

Grades:
6-12

Description:
Metropolitan opera streams FREE operas starting March 16.

Grades:
6-12

Description:
Nikon is offering free online photography classes for all of April.

Grades:
9-12

Description:
This great resource will help your toddlers, preschoolers or kindergarten kids learn their colors at home with pictures.

Grades:
PK-K

Description:
Free drawing bugs writing activity

Grades:
K-3

Description:
Free access to a Smart Music subscription through June 20, 202

Grades:
K-12

Description:
At-home craft activities for children.

Grades:
K-6

Description:
Virtually visit The Met’s art and architecture in a fresh immersive way.

Grades:
6-12

Description:
YouTube will air a different Webber musical for free each Friday.

Grades:
6-12

Description:
Use your dogs paw prints to make art while inside.

Grades:
K-12

Learning Tools

Description:
7 things you can do to improve your memory.

Grades:
K-12

Description:
Provides everything an instructor needs to bring the classroom together on iPad.

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Parents

Description:
You can make your own jeopardy games to play with your students. There is a variety of other tools available as well.

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Parents

Computer and Technology

Description:
Free online game for learning to type.

Grades:
K-6

Description:
Exactly that, free typing games.

Grades:
K-6

Description:
Platform to learn essential computer and life skills.

Grades:
K-12

Description:
They are offering 50% off with code COVID19 until life returns to normal. Also a free unit study for 5-12 graders that introduces students to what goes into programming games.

Grades:
5-12

Description:
Try a one-hour tutorial designed for all ages in over 45 languages..

Grades:
2-12

Description:
Whether you are a student, teacher, or simply a curious person that wants to learn, you'll find a wealth of insight and inspiration n MIT OpenCourseWare. There is no signup, no enrollment, and not start or end dates.

Grades:
9-12

Description:
Computer skills 14 day FREE trial.

Grades:
K-12

Description:
Free touch typing program.

Grades:
6-12

Description:
Free program for learning typing.

Grades:
6-12

Games

Description:
Giveaway-Enter to Win a $100 gift certificate 

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Parents

Description:
Crossword puzzles for older students (or Mom or Dad)..

Grades:
K-5

Visit Website

Description:
Social studies, science, math, health, English