Ten Free Sites I Use in My Homeschool

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With the advent of modern technology, there is a plethora of online resources available to homeschool families. Whether you are looking for a stand-alone curriculum or something to supplement your current studies, there is so much to choose from. I have found some great resources that I have either used in the past or am currently using in our homeschool day-to-day. I hope you find something useful in this list that will make your homeschool experience a little richer as well as a little easier. Here are ten FREE sites I use in my homeschool on an almost-daily basis!

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Heritage History

I love Heritage History! This site is a wonderful place to explore all branches of history – Ancient History, Biblical History, World History, and American History. They have a broad spectrum of history curricula that is for purchase. I have purchased several of their curriculum CD’s, but we also utilize the online version {which is free} often. When you visit their site, click on “ebooks” on the top menu bar. This will give you a list of all of the ebooks they offer. When you lick on individual titles, you will have the option to read each of the books online instead of purchasing them. They offer books for young readers all the way through high school. As I plan each history unit, I browse the Heritage History site to see what living books I can assign for my daughter to read. 

Friday Freewrite at Brave Writer

My daughter is a wonderful writer. She loves to write stories, and she is currently working on a short novel of her own. Each Friday, Brave Writer publishes a “Friday Freewrite” picture prompt on their blog. Em loves to write stories based on their pictures and the accompanying prompt. This is helpful when she gets writer’s block and can’t think of anything new to write about. 

 Wordly Wise 3000

We use Wordly Wise 3000 in our homeschool. My daughter really enjoys it. At the start of each unit, I have her visit the Wordly Wise website to hear her vocabulary words. Each list is available online. Students can hear the word and definition being read aloud. Then, there is typically a question that goes with each word to make sure students comprehend the word. At the end of each unit, they can also play review games. I assign these before each test. Because these word lists and review games are free, this could also be used without the curriculum if you wanted to make up your own lessons to go along with the word lists. 

Quizlet

Quizlet! I have been using this site for about ten years now. This is my all-time favorite site for reviewing vocabulary and so much more. Students and teachers can create flashcard sets for all of their vocabulary words, memory work, history dates, and so on. The flash cards can then be used to play review games. I create sets for everything – vocabulary, Latin, science, history timeline information, etc. 

NotebookingPages.com

I like to utilize notebooking pages for various subjects like science, history, and fine arts.  NotebookingPages.com is the first place I go when I’m looking for free notebooking pages. Whether I’m looking for something specific – a notebooking page on birds or Thomas Jefferson – or I need a general notebooking page for note-taking/narration, I can always find a something that will work for us on this site. 

Homeschool Share 

When my kids were younger, we did lapbooks more all the time. My favorite place to find free lapbooks and unit studies was Homeschool Share. The lapbooks and unit studies on that site are divided into levels as well as divided by subject. There are so many to choose from, you could certainly plan an entire year of study just from the choices offered here. 

Ambleside Online

Ambleside Online is a free Charlotte Mason homeschool curriculum site. They have a literature-based curriculum for ages K-12. Most of the books suggested in this curriculum are available for free online. 

 All-in-One Homeschool

I just discovered All-in-One Homeschool over the summer, and I love it. I have utilized it as a supplement for our history studies quite a bit this year. I have not researched all of the grades and all of the links, but I have been pleasantly surprised by what I’ve seen in the fifth grade section. 

From the site:  “This site holds preschool (getting ready 1), kindergarten (getting ready 2), and first through eighth. Grade levels include all of the English, math, computer and logic. I have also finished three years of all of the other subjects. These are called “program years.” Year 4′s theme is modern history, physics and chemistry. Year 1′s theme is ancient history and biology. Year 2 has early American history and zoology for the theme. Year 3 should be ready in 2014 with earth science and geography and cultures as  the theme.”

Book Adventure

It’s been a while since I utilized Book Adventure, but in the past, we used it weekly. If you’ve ever had a child in public school, you’ll notice that this is similar to the Accelerated Reader program. Children can read a book, take a quiz, and earn prizes at Book Adventure. I like how this program tests for reading comprehension. You have the option to use their prizes or set your own. There are so many books for you to choose from. 

Classics for Kids

We love Classics for Kids. There are about 100 composers to choose from. You can search by name, musical period, and region. When you click on the composer’s name, you are taken to their show site. Most of the shows have several episodes which consist of biographical information, information about their lives and music, and you can hear their music. Often, there are activity sheets that my daughter enjoys working on while she listens to the show. We love this as a supplement to our composer studies. 

Comments

  1. says

    Stopping by from Inspired Bloggers. I’m new to the group and excited to meet new blogging friends as we learn to glorify Him through our blogs.

    I’ve never heard of a few of these sites. Thanks for sharing!

    Blessings,
    Trish

  2. says

    These are fantastic!!! I use All in one homeschool and love it!!! I am going to check out some of the other’s on this list too! Thanks for putting it together!

    • Tara says

      We’ve enjoyed supplementing our history studies with All-in-One. I hope you find something new in the other sites I’ve listed.

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