Homeschooling, Absolutely Free Curriculums, Free Online Resources, and Virtual Schools

Great Home Schooling Resources.

Maybe you're already home schooling and looking to implement something to your routine. Or possibly you are just searching to see what sort of virtual schools there are and free resources. I home school 2 of my children age seven and eight. From my experience, when you're first exploring the available options it can get overwhellming after just one Google search !

First of all, you have to decide what type/style of schooling your looking for. You don't want to put homeschooling into a search engine, you will come up with millions of hits. Most of which having absolutely nothing to do with what you are actually looking for. You want to be as specific as possible. I have done extensive research on this subject and hope I can help you out in some way.

Cheap or Free Homeschool Books and Curriculum

I have 5 children so I am always trying to find the cheapest or free homeschooling curriculum'sand resources. There are a TON of free online resources that are fabulous ! You need to decide what type of curriculum you want to do.

If you want a traditional (reading and workbooks) homeschooling curriculum that's cheap I would recommend ACT and Alpha and Omega. With ACT, you can get a whole curriculum for under $200. Alpha & Omega, you can get for $250 - $300 depending on what subjects you purchase. Within Alpha & Omega is 5 different curriculum's, the cheapest is called LifePac.

State By State Homeschool Regulations

Totally Free Curriculum's and Free Virtual School

I have found two schools that offer completely free curriculum's. The first one is connections academy. Connections Academy will send you all books and workbooks needed to complete whatever year of school you need. The second is called K-12 and is a free virtual school.

Free Online Homeschool Resources

Another great resource that is free is online video's. You can find literally hundreds of video's in every possible subject. I love using these video's for Science and History. It really helps children grasp what is being taught by putting a visual aspect to it.

I actually prefer using these types of video verses just getting a Science book. My kids tend to lose interest in the books. I also do science experiments which you can also find a TON of them online.

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Cheap Online Curriculum Under $20 a Month, Time4learning

One of the best and cheapest virtual/online schools is called Time4learning. Both my children use this and they LOVE it ! It keeps record of what they do as well as their grades on school work and tests. It's only $19.99 a month, for two kids it's only $34.99. The video's are awesome and make learning really easy. There's even video's for math which really makes learning new concepts easy.

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Miss Info 5 years ago from New York City

As a college professor, I am a staunch opponent of homeschooling, as it usually poorly prepares students for college - socially and academically.

If parents or private instructors are homeschooling youth, it is important that their curriculum at least mirrors that of state-wide public schools and conforms to that of the US Dept of Education.

Students that are homeschooled typically do not perform as well on standardized tests and college courses as students from public schools, and substantially lower than students from private schools.


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ThelmaC 5 years ago from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA

I enjoyed your hub. I have always been fascinated by the concept of homeschooling. Keep up the good work!


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Collisa 5 years ago from California

I'm not sure where Miss Info's information comes from. I've heard the opposite is true. If anyone wants the other argument, follow this link:

http://www.hslda.org/Default.asp?bhcp=1


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Miss Info 5 years ago from New York City

Collisa, your data is bias. You cannot justify a source by using data or information from a supporter of that source. HSLDA is the Home School Legal Defense Association, so of course the organization will defend, justify and support homeschooling.

Furthermore, I personally experienced my first batch of home-schooled students at a private Christian college that I previously taught at a few years ago. I had no previous qualms with homeschooling and didn’t question it much. However, “What in the world did I get myself into?”, became my regular thoughts about 3 classes into the semester. While the three (out of 16) public school students were all pushing through the course (calculus), the homeschoolers complained that they had never come across even the basics of the class (which was trigonometry) – which is standard learning in any public or private high school. This course was meant to be a mere fundamentals course for all freshmen students. The homeschooled students began to drop the class one by one from the very first day when I supplied them with the syllabus.

Note that my syllabus was based on the standard NY State syllabi for teaching calculus, as well as, fully compliant and in synch with most (if not all) calculus textbooks. Nonetheless, by the end of the course all but about four remaining homeschooled student had failed the course and this was largely due in part to regularly free tutoring offered by the college. Take a guess at which students ended up with the three A’s in the class – the public school students.

Most faculty members are against homeschooling for this exact same reason: Students transition into college poorly. When I began researching and questioning the practices of homeschooling, it was no surprise that the same problems that I had with homeschooled children, was also problems that other professors across the US were having. I soon after left the college.

My even bigger issues or problems with homeschooling are that it encourages polarized teaching in various forms and detrimental degrees, as well as, it lacks the necessary monitor of State and Federal government. Homeschoolers can be taught any controversial morals, practices and academic lessons from unmonitored instructors.

You wanted non-bias sources (NY Times, Scholastic, Wikipedia, etc) opposing homeschooling – they are below for anyone’s review.

http:// query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C01E1DD113EF93AA15752C1A9609C8B63&ref=homeschooling

http:// www.nytimes.com/2008/01/12/us/12bodies.html?ref=homeschooling

http:// www.educationbug.org/a/against-homeschool.html

http:// www2.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=1346

http:// www.educateexpert.com/argumentsagainsthomeschooling.html

http:// www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=16185703781

http:// en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homeschooling

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