HERE ARE SOME LINKS TO FREE HOMESCHOOLING RESOURCES TO GET YOU STARTED DURING COVID-19. I'll be adding to this list. Feel free to share with anyone who might need it. The original list was shared by Joy-Filled Days, Joy-Filled Days FB Page I highly recommend following her. She is always there to encourage others and she has so much wisdom to share. I am continuing to add to it as more resources become available.
ENCOURAGEMENT FOR PARENTS
Harbor Media reached out to me for an interview. Here is a LINK to that interview, I hope you find it encouraging.
Great Homeschool Conventions are the Homeschooling Events of the Year, offering outstanding speakers, hundreds of workshops on today’s top parenting and homeschooling topics, and the largest homeschool curriculum exhibit halls in the USA.
We believe passionately in the God-given right and responsibility of parents to train and educate their children.
WGBH Distance Learning Center As schools and students, families and educators adapt to the current health crisis, WGBH — in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care, WGBY/New England Public Media, and The Basics — is supporting them by gathering some of our free, trusted digital resources from PBS LearningMedia and our award-winning educational preschool programming. PBS LearningMedia resources span disciplines for grades PreK-12, are aligned to national and state standards, and include videos, comprehensive lessons, and other activities. Family Activities support learning and development for children ages 0 to 8. Start exploring your resource options below.
Learn at Home Courses by Scholastic Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing. Just choose a grade level and go
Clarendon Learning We provide free learning tools and lesson plans to aid in the education and strengthening of America's youth. They also have some great videos and topics in each subject area. Theses are materials created by teachers to help other teachers. Available content includes full lesson plans, videos, worksheets and other interactive activities. Right now, we have the entire K-6 curriculum available for download and we are currently working on a comprehensive reading curriculum.
Homeschool Buyers Co-op
They offer many resources at the best price and there are a lot of free trials to test our before you buy or just to carry you through.
School House Teachers
Over 250+ subjects for Pre-school through High School. You can purchase by the month to get you through.
Skrafty list of courses
For those Minecraft kids, all subjects can be taught with this program. They are given Minecraft tasks related to their assignments on a moderated server.
Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool K-9
Easy Peasy is a totally free online homeschool curriculum for preschool through ninth grade, generously shared by a homeschooling mom named Lee Giles. The methodology is an eclectic mix of traditional and "Charlotte Mason" with lapbooking and online resources. It uses real books, picture studies, copy work, and narration techniques, but it also has activity sheets and incorporates other online courses that are more traditionally designed.
Easy Peasy All-in-One Highschool
This is also done by Easy Peasy All-in-One K-9 but is just for Highschoolers. She is continuing to add new courses, which she says are college prep.
Ambleside Online They provide a complete online learning program. This is their emergency program that was released during recent fires, and other natural disasters. I've used their full program it is excellent and my children enjoyed the lessons. There is so much available on their website. Check it out.
Adventure Academy is offering a free 30-day trial and will work with you to extend if your school remains closed. Students up to age 13 play games to learn across a range of topics (math, reading, social studies, science, and more), while also creating their own online persona and interacting with others in the game.
Brain Bop BrainPop offers in-depth learning on topics across the curriculum for upper elementary and middle school students. Each topic includes videos, quizzes, related reading, and even coding activities. Teachers have access to planning and tracking resources too. They also offer BrainPop Jr., specially designed for younger kids.
Breakout EDU breakout EDU uses online games to bring the fun of escape rooms to learning across the elementary curriculum.
Directory of Online Classes A place to be able to search for the type of online class you want for your students. You will notice I also recommend some of the same websites.
BOOKS & RESOURCES TO HELP YOU GET STARTED HOMESCHOOLING
7 Steps to Start Homeschooling
HSLDA preserves our rights to homeschool and has numerous resources to know the laws and requirements for each state. They also have help with special needs and homeschooling high schoolers
Educating the Wholehearted Child
Is a wonderful book that explains the differences between public, private and homeschool and helps you will many resources on how to make your home a center of learning. I highly recommend.
102 Top Picks
by Cathy Duffy To learn about how to pick the best resources and identify your children's learning style
Home Ed Expert
Home Ed Expert is a powerful tool developed by homeschooling specialists to help you find the curricula and resources that best fit your goals and teaching style, as well as your students’ unique needs and learning styles.
I also offer Homeschool Consulting if you would like personalized help one-on-one.
Learn Everywhere FB Group
This group was created to help parents at home to have guidance and support during this time from experienced homeschoolers.
HSLDA Special Needs
This site will answer your questions as well as guide you to the various teaching methods that work for these children, curriculum, testing, and therapies that are available to you.
Homeschooling Preschool thru Middle School
HSLDA is here for you as you embark upon this incredible journey! Our Early Years consultants are available to answer HSLDA members’ specific questions, provide general advice, and offer encouragement.
Massachusetts Homeschool Organization of Parent Education
FREE MATH HELP
This is like have a private tutor teach all levels of math with instant feedback. You can download a free trial or short membership that includes all of your children for one price.
DreamBox combines a highly personalized math learning experience with a rigorous curriculum for a deep understanding of math concepts, so students learn to solve real-world math problems. They are offering a 90-day trial
Boodle Learning Boddle is a math platform for 1st-6th grade that makes learning fun and personalized. Teachers and parents are able to track student progress remotely and quickly identify learning gaps.
Parent Guide to Free Language Arts Lessons from IEW
We are offering the first three lessons for grades 3–12 (Level A: Grades 3–5, Level B: Grades 6-8, Level C: Grades 9–12) of Structure and Style for Students. Level A can also be used for SPED students.
Fix It! Grammar is our award-winning grammar program for students in grades 3–12.
We are providing the first three weeks of lessons in three different levels.
Linguistic Development through Poetry Memorization is an optional course that introduces students to the beauty of language and literature. In learning and memorizing poetry, students learn sophisticated syntax and vocabulary as well as elocution skills. We are providing downloadable teacher’s manual, student pages, and the MP3 audio for the entire first level of the course.
The Good and the Beautiful Language Arts Level 1-5 They are also offering a Free Homeschool Science Curriculum—Marine Biology
Daily Writing Tips: Volume One You’ll find daily writing prompts for all ages from Julie Bogart of Brave Writer
FREE SCIENCE HELP
INTERACTIVE SCIENCE TEXTBOOK
Discovery Educational K-8 Science Techbook
This is an online interactive textbook for Science you can also try it out with a free trial.
Free Tutoring To K-12 Students Students From Harvard, MIT, UC Berkeley Give Free Tutoring To K-12 Students
Jr/Sr HIGH SCHOOL Classes (Some College)
Academic Earth Academic Earth was launched on the premise that everyone deserves access to a world-class education. In 2009, we built the first collection of free online college courses from the world’s top universities. The world of open education has exploded since then, so today our curated lists of online courses are hand-selected by our staff to show you the very best offerings by subject area. We also make sure there is something for everyone: whether you want to explore a new topic or advance in your current field, we bring the amazing world of academia to you for free.
OpenStax Textbooks OpenStax publishes high-quality, peer-reviewed, openly licensed textbooks that are absolutely free online and low cost in print. For all our available formats, visit openstax.org and select the subject that interests you.
Veritas Press Online Self-Paced Program Free for 60 days. Omnibus (Humanities) for grades 7-12.
HippoCampus Free educational resources for Middle School through College
MIT Open Courseware OCW makes the materials used in the teaching of MIT's subjects available on the Web.
Open Culture Resources listed below
- 1,500 Free Online Courses from Top Universities
- 1,150 Free Movies Online: Great Classics, Indies, Noir, Westerns, etc.
- 1,000 Free Audio Books: Download Great Books for Free
- 800 Free eBooks for iPad, Kindle & Other Devices
- MOOCs from Great Universities (Many With Certificates)
- Learn 46 Languages Online for Free: Spanish, Chinese, English & More
- 200 Free Kids Educational Resources: Video Lessons, Apps, Books, Websites & More
10 Best Free and Affordable Platforms for Online Courses BestColleges.com team of experts created a guide for our group.
Free Software and Web Development Online Courses
CodeWizardsHQ They offer both one hour to three classes in coding. If you are interested in Group Pricing we need six students interested in taking a full course in three weeks. Email me and I will try to set this up and get the discounted rate.
Interactive Online Courses from the Best Universities
EdX offers interactive online courses and MOOCs from the world’s best universities, and institutions. Online classes are available from MITx, HarvardX, BerkeleyX, UTx and many others. All edX courses can be audited for free.
Foundation's in Personal Finance by Dave Ramsey Online for $20 I highly recommend this class. We teach it in our Co-op as well.
Hillsdale Free Online Courses
You’ll study with the same Hillsdale faculty who teach on our campus. It’s a great way to experience aspects of Hillsdale’s Core Curriculum, as well as learn from some of today’s best teacher-scholars in the fields of politics, history, economics, and English.
Campus Tours for those trying to conduct a college search during the shutdown. Search by school name or region to experience interactive virtual tours at colleges and universities throughout the country.
Fiveable--Online AP Resource for Homeschooling Families This is free app, but they also offere very affordable AP classes
Dr. Delora’s free ASL classes Club ASL Sign Language on FB
VIRTUAL FIELD TRIPS
Virtual Field Trips by Discovery Education
Maybe take time to explore somewhere new with your kids.
Virtual Activities online Technology has really made it a small world. You can visit faraway places from the comfort of your own desk or couch! We've rounded up some fun animal cams, virtual tours of museums, and nature cams for you to explore.
Virtual Disney Rides We may not be able to visit in person but this could be fun to experience from your device. They have expanded and now have even more virtual rides as well as descriptions for you to enjoy UPGRADED Virtual Rides
Travel and Leisure Virtual Tours Explore Bucket-list Attractions Like Machu Picchu and the Taj Mahal Without Leaving Home
Top 100 things for kids (and students) to virtually tour These are world-famous places that can be fun (such as LEGOLAND), educational (the Colosseum in Rome), or a bit of both (the National Aquarium). The article has details on each one as well as information on how to do the tour.
FREE UNIT STUDIES
Nature Notebook by The Good and the Beautiful free during Covid-19
Free Nature Journaling Curriculum from John Muir Laws Geared toward children ages 8 to 12. This Nature Journal integrates art, science, poetry and language arts through games, activities, writing prompts, and step-by-step instructions. This is a great way to jump into nature journaling or help your children grow in their skill at observing and documenting nature.
Ben's Guide to the US Government Learning adventures and games to help children at different levels learn about our government. Age breakdown 4-8, 9-13, and 14+.
Classical Music for Kids
Come Listen, Play, and Learn about classical music.
Fun Art Projects at home Get creative and put all of those arts & crafts supplies to use! Lots of ingenious little projects to choose from for kids of all ages.
Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems Each weekday at 1 pm ET beloved children’s book author and illustrator Mo Willems. Grab your paper, markers, crayons, or pencils for a fun time of writing and creating.
MakingMusicFun.Net available now through April 30th. Kids can access piano lessons at all different levels, print sheet music, learn about composers and more. Login with username MMFMarchApril and password schoolmusic to access the Music Academy for free.
Nightly Opera Streams from Metropolitan Opera If you would like to introduce your children to opera, now is the perfect time. For as long as they remain closed due to the coronavirus outbreak, the Metropolitan Opera will offer a free nightly stream of one a different encore presentation of one of the company’s Live in HD series.
Bob Ross painting videos available free on YouTube
Google Art & Culture Virtual tours, Eye Spy in Art games, Philharmonic Online, Art activities to do at home, Explore museums, etc....
Art History Resources Art listed by Culture, location, or time period
Free Arts & Crafts Resources Recommended by a family who has found this page helpful. It is much more than just arts and crafts, it has virtual field trips of museums and Interactive Art games. Thanks so much Erin and Trey for the recommendation.
Alphabet Coloring Sheets
FREE AUDIOBOOKS Loyal Books
Audible for Kids For as long as schools are closed, we're open. Starting today, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet. Explore the collection, select a title and start listening.
Storyline Online The SAG-AFTRA Foundation's Online Library of Read-Alouds by various actors and actresses
This is a library of beautifully illustrated children's books in many genres.
Focus on the Family Audios Access video and audio. Adventures in Oddessey, Radio Theatre (which has literature classics and mysteries), Imagination Station, McGee and Me, Last Chance Detectives.
FAMILY FUN/ Easter Ideas
13 Crafts & Activities for Families
Just some fun to build memories with your family
Magic Tricks Practice your sleight of hand skills with these simple magic tricks, especially for kids.
Go Noodle lots of fun physical activities and games to play. I used this while leading the YMCA afterschool program when we couldn't go outside.
Free Live Dance Classes The free online live dance class series begins at 3pm Pacific/6pm Eastern on March 16, 2020. Each day, classes will be offered in a variety of styles including contemporary, jazz, hip-hop, tap, lyrical, and more.
Lots of local businesses are doing virtual activities to help get you through Macaroni Kids Maybe you will find a new favorite for when this ends.
I received additional ideas from We Are Teachers you can check there for more idea