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, save for a few in the "supplementary section," meet that requirement.  Some will carry you for a full year, or even through many grade levels. 

One word of caution...most 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, 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.


All/Most Major Subjects

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)
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
A complete online K-12 curriculum...I believe this is totally free.  Secular resource.

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 arts  

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.



SUPPLEMENTAL RESOURCES WORTH MENTIONING
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

CK-12
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. 

Starfall.com
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.

The Good and the Beautiful  Language Arts Curriculum:  For grades K through 6th (though the 2nd part of of 3rd - 6th will not be available until June 15th, 2017 ).  Covers phonics, reading, spelling, grammar, usage, punctuation, literature, and art.

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.



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, that uses some resources that are not.  But you might be able to tweak any you can't find in your library out.

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.

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 easily adjusted for homeschool.  I could easily see using library books to cover the gaps. 

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.

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.


Geography

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.)


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.




Math


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.


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




Science

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.

Learning About Planets Unit Study
This has been offered free before but I believe it's only free for a limited time now.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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




Foreign Language

Duolingo
Completely free online/app platform for learning a language.

Memrize
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).


Art

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


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.

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

Currclick (mostly paid ones but some free.)

Teachers Pay Teachers (mostly paid ones but some free)


Lapbooks
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. Feb - Listen, Write and Read 
March - Charlotte Mason Reading How To 
April - Daily Grammar Lessons







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    1. You're so welcome! Just glad people are finding this helpful!

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    1. Thanks so much for letting me know. Guess they need to change their name ;).

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