On the Internet
The Internet is fast becoming the new home school support network and we have some really generous home school mom's who have supplied some excellent resources. There are new resources being continually added to the Internet on a regular basis.
If I had access to the Internet and a reliable computer I would make use of this amazing resource. Earlier this year I shared over 90 links in a Homeschool for FREE Resource List.
You will find links to
- Curriculum by Grade
- Curriculum by Subject
- Complete unit studies by subject and grade
- Websites dedicated to compiling free curriculum by subject
- Blogs that generously share what they find on the net by subject
- Bloggers who have a weekly Freebie
- Pinterest boards to get you started on finding free resources by subject. (you don't need an account to use these)
- A list of veteran homeschoolers on Pinterest who have collected some amazing resources.
- Facebook pages to like and follow that share where to source Free curriculum.
request a catalogue from Sonlight Curriculum. I love the Charlotte Mason philosophy of twaddle free literature and this company offers the best collection by grade I've ever come across.
- Armed with this I would join my local library and home educate with the list of books provided.
- Add in a couple of extra books that are interest led by your students.
- Get your children to journal about what they are learning or do mini projects in a notebook.
- Get to know your librarian and she will help you put together an amazing curriculum.
- Libraries these days have some excellent math resources on hand.
- Do old fashioned math. Memorise math facts daily.
- Use a world map and memorise countries and their capital cities.
- Frequent your local opportunity shop and see if you can find any treasures on their shelves.
- Make friends with some local homeschool Mom's. Most homeschool mom's I know are quiet happy to help, impart knowledge and or share their supplies.
- Get to know the area you live in. Visit the local park. Read the signs.
- Go to your nearest Tourist Information office and pick up brochures to learn about what you can do and see in your area.
- Go to a travel agency and pick up a few travel brochures and do unit studies on the destinations talked about in the brochures.
- Read your city councils What's on page to find Free family activities.
- Go to community helpers (police, vet clinic, Doctor office, pharmacy, Fire Brigade) speak to the receptionist and arrange an interview with a helper and learn from them.
- Visit a retirement home and discover the wealth of informative learning through friendships here.
- Get to know people in your church. One of the families in our homeschool group wanted to learn to knit so they asked around church till they found someone willing to teach them and they go over for an hour a week lesson.
If you had no money for curriculum what would you do ? I've enjoyed the challenge of thinking about this question. It has helped me count my blessings and realise just how privileged we are.