Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Curriculum for FREE

Below is a list of free curriculum I've found online  (curriculum, not random one page resources).   For something to count as "curriculum" in my book, it should...
  1. Be at least unit study length (last a week or more).
  2. Cover a subject to some completion, in a sequential, organized way.
All of the resources below meet that requirement, save for a few in the "supplementary section" and sometimes the "Limited Time" section.

One word of caution...many of these are printable resources, and "free" is always relative for printables.   It's worth it to calculate in printing costs:  look up how many pages, on average, you can get per printer cartridge on the printer you use,  add in the cost of paper, and then calculate how much a printed resource will really cost you.     For some resources you can view it on a tablet or computer and avoid the cost of printing that way.  In other cases it may cost you less to buy a used or even new resource than to print one out for "free."

Limited Time

Sometimes there are resources only available for a limited time, which I share here, right up at the top, so people can find them more easily.

St. Patricks Day Unit Study
This excellent Unit Study by Knowledge Quest includes a short historical fiction about St. Patrick, and daily activities.

All/Most Major Subjects 

The Gentle Classical Preschool Curriculum
Ages 2-4.   Described as a mix of classical, Charlotte Mason, and Montessori for the preschool set.

Kindergarten in 20 Minutes a Day
A guide on how to homeschool your KG, with sequential activities suggested for each subject.

Easy Peasy All In One Homeschool
Covers all of the core subjects and some supplementary subjects.  Uses free online resources. I believe this is a Christian resource.

Ambleside Online
A PreK-12th Charlotte Mason curriculum.  Does not include all books to be collected, though they are generally classical books that can be found in libraries.

Kahn Academy (online lessons)
All Ages - Videos and online practice problems for various subject including math, art, computer programming, economics, physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, finance, history, and more.  (I've personally used the math lessons and am very happy with them...not sure if all subjects have practice problems or just math).  A secular resource. 

Discovery K-12
K-12 - Complete online curriculum.  Secular resource.

Virtual Homeschool Group
K - 12 - Virtual online classes for various grades and subjects.  This is sort of like an online homeschool co-op.  Classes are free but you may need to obtain books and supplies for some classes. 

Lesson Pathways
K-5th grade curriculum using free, screened online tools.

Core Knowledge 
Pre-K - 8th Grade program covering  language arts, history and geography, mathematics, science, music, and the visual art. 

An Old Fashioned Curriculum
Curriculum using mainly free online texts. 

The Puritan's Homeschool
A K-12 Christian Curriculum (reformed Churches).

Mater Amabilis
K - 12 Catholic Charlotte Mason curriculum.
MIT Open Coursework
High School/College.  Various subjects.   My understanding is these are actual classes taught through MIT, on video and available online.   A secular resource.

Not "full week" resources, but well organized collections that could be cobbled together to make a full resource (including full single day plans).

SAS Curriculum Pathways

Books, videos and other resources...some of which I would consider a complete curriculum, on a wide array of subjects.   I'm including some resources under the categorized sections before, but wanted to includes this here for you to explore yourself.

Language Arts

Charlotte Mason Reading How To
Pre-School - Age 6 or 7 Aproximately.   This isn't so much a curriculum as an instruction guide on how to teach reading in the early years (followed by some suggested resources, some free, some not).  Could be used with any readers, or children's books.

Progressive Phonics
Early through Intermediate Literacy Stages - This program teaches reading and handwriting (the handwriting is a similar style as Handwriting Without Tears).   I've used the phonics readers from intermediate on and love them.

Sight and Sound Reading and Handwriting
Pre-K - K.  Free beginning reading and handwriting (manuscript...ie, ball and stick).

Listen, Write and Read
Early Literacy Stages - A progressive curriculum to improve reading and writing with a focus on sight words. 

Online reading program.  I've heard there's an app too.  We used this years ago with our kids and it was great.

Teach Your Monster to Read
Online reading program.

Free online grammar lessons...graded for you. 

Daily Grammar Lessons
Roughly 3rd Grade and Up - 100s of daily short grammar lessons.

Spelling Solutions 1
For All Ages.  Spelling Solutions teaches students how to spell the  250 most commonly used words in the English language using a process described by Charlotte Mason in the early 1900's using "mind photography."

Wordly Ways
Grades 8th - 12th.  Free literature and composition curriculum.   Includes World and American literature.

National Novel Writing Month - Various
There are various lesson plans and free printable resources for NaNoWriMo, most of them month long, which you can find at the link above.

9 Week Unit Study on Emily Dickenson
Unsure of grade level, but looks like middle/high school.

Beatrix Potter 9 Week Unit Study

Free Poetry Pack 


Adventure Tales American History 
(Plus State History for California & Arkansas)
Graphical US history books (available online and as pdfs).  Volume I covers Exploration through the Civil War and comes with a teacher's guide, activity pages, and audio files.   Volume II covers the Guilded Age through the Depression, and comes with a teacher's guide.  There are other supplementary books going into more detail on various aspects and people from American history.

Big History Project
For Middle and High School Students.  A common core aligned video based social studies program.  You can register as a teacher or use their public course...both to my knowledge are free, though I'm not sure what the difference between the two are .

Myths, Maps and Marvels
A free history curriculum, but it does use some resources that are not free (unless you can find them in your local library).

Reading Like a Historian
A stanford history project using primary sources to teach kids how to teach students to read like a Historian.   Looks aimed at High School Age.

Marion Brady - Investigating World & American History
For 5th through 12th grade.  This program is designed to teach critical thinking skills more than to teach history.  As such, it doesn't attempt to cover history completely, but does cover the historical subjects it touches on DEEPLY.  It is intended for classroom use but could be adjusted for homeschool use.

CK-12:  US History Sourcebook
Covers history from Colonial Time to WWI

This Country of Ours, Part 1 by Henrietta Elizabeth MARSHALL
1917 Audio version of a 1917 History Book on US History.


Pirates Unit Study
14 page pirate pack with information and activities.  Subscription necessary for freebie.

Experiment With the Vikings
This free resource combines science and history, and touches on concepts in chemistry, biology, physics and more.   Contains both narrative and experiments.  It says its for primary to age 14, but some of the science concepts I think would be harder for younger students, and I think could certainly be used with students older than 14.

Asia - It's People and History (Limited Time)
Unit study, over 100 pages.  If I remember right this is a Christian resource.    This has been offered free before but I believe it's only free for a limited time now.

Geography and Culture

Globalmania by Knowledge Quest
This book shows you, in week by week steps, how to teach world geography using free online tools.  A free subscription is required.

Elementary Geography by Charlotte Mason
A beautifully written geography book...seriously, gorgeous wording.   It was written sometime before 1923, but the topics work today with a little tweaking (For instance, in her description of the planets, she says "As each one keeps at a regular distance form the sun all through its journey, the more distant the planet is, the longer is the time it takes to finish its course."  We now know that some planets have eliptical orbits so this is not completely true. )

Home Geography by C.C. Long, PhD
This book was originally published in 1894 as an instruction book for teachers, but the lessons I read seemed easily adaptable for today, and some of them actually very kinesthetic (something I didn't expect as much in lesson plans from the 1800s.)

Marion Brady - Investigating World Cultures
Junior High - High School - A study of world cultures focused not so much on specific cultures but on how culture works and can be understood using a systems approach.  It was intended for classroom use but probably can be adapted for homeschool.

Free Geography Curriculum List
This list includes some of the resources here (but not all of them), and some that aren't here.

Project Explore
Videos (and corresponding lessons) on various world cultures.

Monthly Free Country Unit Study from Knowledge Quest
Every month they give away a different free unit study to subscribers.

Asia - It's People and History (Limited Time)
Unit study, over 100 pages.  If I remember right this is a Christian resource.    This has been offered free before but I believe it's only free for a limited time now.

Lego Travel Adventures Unit Study
Ages 6 - 8.  I debated over whether to include this here or in Unit Studies, but this does cover quite a bit of geography (as well as some other non-related things) and while it's not even close to being comprehensive, for the age group it's a good geography introduction.


Kahn Academy (online lessons)
K - College.   Videos and online practice problems for various subject including math.  I mentioned it in the "All Subjects" because there are various subjects there, but math is by far the most well developed.

Free Math Programs
This is more of an index of free math programs....including some I don't have here.  Yes, I'm being lazy and just posting this--but they've gone to a lot of trouble of linking to the specific parts that cover math in some "all over programs" as well as programs that just do math.

Mathematics Enhancement Programme
K - 6th - British  mathmatics program (thus, the spelling above).

I Hate Mathematics Book
Free pdf of a Marilyn Burns book with creative math activities, especially for kids who don't like math.



McGraw Hill Science California
Grades 1 - 6.  Textbook, reading and writing in science, and activity book.

ACS Inquiry In Motion (Study of Matter)
Downloadable book for grades 3-8 with lesson plans for the study of matter (and the scientific process).  Designed for classroom teachers but seems adaptable to homeschool use. Very complete resource.

Life Science Curriculum
Elementary - 36 week life science curriculum.   Includes text, worksheets and activities (see parent resources).

ACS Middle School Chemistry
Lesson plans covering matter (solids, liquids and gasses), changes of state, density, the periodic table and bonding, water molecules and dissolving, and chemical change.  This seems very complete, and while designed for classroom use seems adaptable for homeschool.  If you are attempting to match your State Standards, you can use their widget to determine which standards these lessons apply to.

Geology Kitchen
Geology Kitchen is a twelve episode online video series that uses food metaphors to explain earth science concepts in a fun and entertaining way.  

Experiment With the Vikings
This free resource combines science and history, and touches on concepts in chemistry, biology, physics and more.   Contains both narrative and experiments, in 47 lessons.  It says its for primary to age 14, but some of the science concepts I think would be harder for younger students, and I think could certainly be used with students older than 14.

Guest Hollow - Biology Textbook
High school - A Christian biology textbook including a Bible study covering creationist views with a list of FREE high quality books you can access online.

High school astronomy curriculum using free material found online (designed from a Texas Astronomy textbook).

(Also see "More Unit Studies" section at the end of this page)

Hurricane Unit Study
Short unit study meant to be centered around following an actual Hurricane.

Learning About Planets Unit Study
Grades 1-6

Metals Unit Study by Hands of a Child
Grades 4 - 10.  Includes a 6-day Planning Guide, Related Reading, 15 Hands-On Activities,  a 9-page Research Guide, and Answer Key.  Students will be introduced to the properties of metal, the periodic table, types of metals, key regions where metals are found, mining for metal, recycling, and more.

NIH Lesson Plans
The National Institute of Health has various free lesson plans for various health related subjects (mostly for high school and middle school, but there is one unit for elementary students.  Some of the lesson plans would last a week or more.


Calvary Bible Curriculum
Separate detailed Bible studies for ages 3-KG (56 lessons) and grades 1st - 6th (325 lessons).  

The Biblical Feasts
E-book about the feasts talked about in the Bible

Foreign Language

Completely free online/app platform for learning a language.

Initially free online/app platform for learning a language.  There are extra services you can purchase (and it may only be the beginning lessons that are free...but I haven't gotten far enough to tell).


Redemptive Artistry
Elementary - 13 Free step-by-step lessons that progresses from basic techniques to art projects inspired by famous artists.


Middle School/High School - a complete 20 unit curriculum

MORE FREE Unit Studies
While I do list a few under topics listed above,  I'm not attempting to list all the unit studies out there on this page, as you can find hundreds on nearly any subject you can think of.     Since there are many already collected on the sites below, I'll just send you to those sites to browse.

Stone Soup Homeschool Resources - Unit Study List

Ultimate List of Unit Study Resources (May include some paid ones too)

Homeschool Share

Gypsy Road Unit Studies

Ellen Fun Learning

Oklahoma Homeschool

Homeschool Giveaways and Freebies

Homeschool Helper

3 Boys and a Dog Free Unit Study List

Currclick (mostly paid ones but some free.)

Teachers Pay Teachers (mostly paid ones but some free)

While lapbooks can sometimes be supplemental some can be used as a complete study, including text to complement the laptop building .  This site has a great list (though completeness may vary).

Just including this graphic to make this easier to post on linky lists, like the Frugal Mommas Linky and  Penny Pinching Party 
and  the homeschool linkies you'll find here.

Another good Free Curriculum List 

If you know of any other free curriculum resources that you think should be shared here, please leave me a note in the comments (unit study size or longer only, thanks).

New Items update list (so I know when to remove the "new" tag)
New items keep their tags for 3 months before not being "new" anymore. 

March - St Paticks Day Unit
April - Kindergarten in 20 Minutes a Day 
May - Adventure Tales History, Geology Kitchen