Full Online Homeschool Curriculum Options!

Now before you freak out that I used the word “curriculums” instead of “curricula”, check out Webster’s Dictionary online which indicates that either way is just fine. I personally think that the word “curriculums” looks and sounds better than “curricula” so that’s what I chose, even though others disagree. Now that we have that out of the way, let’s move on to the FREE full curriculum options that are available online!  :) While there are a few websites have all (or almost all) of what you need on their website, many of the websites also use books that are free to download or read online. Some require you to get a book from the library, and then others will have free instruction for a college or high school textbook that you would need to buy. While the latter is not completely free, the instruction is, which I think qualifies as a freebie!

Ambleside Online

Ambleside Online is a free home school curriculum designed to be as close as possible to the curriculum that Charlotte Mason used in her own private and correspondence schools. Ambleside Online recommends the highest quality of books and most of the books could likely be found through a library loan system. The curriculum also uses as many free online books as possible, and there is no cost to use this website or join the support group.

Old Fashioned Education

Old Fashioned Education offers a directory of free home school curricula, literature and text books organized for the use of home schooling families. It has its roots in Charlotte Mason, but has a more structured routine and schedule. There is a book list, daily schedule, and many other resources for each grade level from K- 12. One of my favorite things about this website is that there is a section where you can find numerous websites to find free online books! Even if you don’t agree with all of the ideals presented, this is a useful website for planning your school year.

Mater Amabilis

Mater Amabilis is a curriculum designed for Catholic home schoolers but can be very useful even for those who are not Catholic. I found their scope and sequence very helpful and it is a Charlotte Mason structured curriculum and the religious sections can be left out or replaced with your own Bible courses. There is a lesson schedule for each level for Pre-K through grade 8.

PASS

(UPDATE: As of 9/16/12 it looks like the PDF downloads are not working. Hopefully they will fix this soon and I’m going to leave in this info just in case they do fix it.) Complete textbooks in downloadable form (PDF files) for all core subjects are available from the Parallel Alternative Strategies for Students (PASS). These textbooks are written to help students with various learning needs and are presented in an easy-to-understand format. Teacher guides are also available if you email the contact listed on the site they will mail you a copy. Even though this is for Florida schools, I was able to get a CD mailed to me in Texas. The website is no longer maintained since the PASS program is over and could disappear from the site at any point in time so I recommend that you get it while you can.

Lesson Pathways

Each Pathway unit is prescreened and intended to provide a week’s worth of educational resources. While there is a recommended “path” for each grade level, you can add or delete paths as you see fit and can manage all of your students in the online planner. Many of the resources on this website are from outside sources, but it’s definitely nice to have all of the resources already found for you and organized! You can also choose the easy log in through your facebook page and there’s no registration required if you do it that way.

SAS Curriculum Pathways

For grades 6-12, SAS Curriculum Pathways is available at no cost and used by thousands of educators in all 50 states. SAS Curriculum Pathways provides academic instruction of English, mathematics, social studies, science and Spanish. Social studies materials include an interactive atlas. In math, an interactive tool helps students develop basic algebra skills. Enhancements to the award-winning Writing Reviser in the English module help students master sentence fundamentals. Spanish materials help students develop reading and listening skills in real-world situations. You might want to take note that this software is picky about which computer is using it. I couldn’t get it to run on my Macbook with OS 10.5, but it is supposed to work on some of the Tablets!

MIT

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, also known as MIT, is a private university that has numerous courses available for free online (not for MIT credit, though). What they have is called Highlights for High School and it is your guide to MIT courses selected specifically to help high school students prepare for AP exams so students can also get a glimpse of what they will study in college.

HippoCampus

HippoCampus.org offers Algebra, American Government, Biology, Calculus, Environmental Science, Physics, Psychology, World Religions, and US History. You can follow a course of the curriculum in each class, or select a problem area to get a clear explanation and practice problems. Many of the subject home pages include a corresponding moderated blog created by teachers, for teachers. Each blog contains ideas and activities that teachers can use to use HippoCampus in creative ways. Posted lesson plans include learning objectives, assessment ideas, assignment details, instructor notes, and a rubric for grading lessons. The lessons also utilize some videos from Khan Academy.

Khan Academy

Khan Academy is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to provide a free world-class education to anyone anywhere. With over 2600 videos, they cover K-12 math, science topics such as biology, chemistry, and physics, and even reach into other subject with playlists on finance and history. Each video is approximately 10 minutes long, and learning is self-paced.  Parents, as teachers, can see any student in detail, have a real-time class report for all students, and see resources for providing targeted interventions in learning if necessary.

CK-12

CK-12 is a non-profit organization that has a ton of great educational resources! Once you create an account, you will have access to full lesson plans (including several with videos) for math, science, engineering, history, english, and technology! Once you click on a subject, you can pick a specific topic that you want to study about OR you can click on the “Concept Map” option to see the order that they recommend teaching the concepts in. Please keep in mind that this is a completely secular curriculum, so any science lessons that talk about the origin of life would come at it from an evolutionary perspective. If you like utilizing a Kindle, or your Kindle App on your smartphone or tablet, then you can also download A TON of CK-12 textbooks for FREE!

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  1. PASS does not plan to put the files back online. Last I checked, they were mailing out CDs of the books but I don’t know if they’re out of materials yet. I know a lot of people have requested them lately.

    Thanks for the list. I knew about most of them but there are a few that were new to me. I have to vote for curricula though. The other just doesn’t look right! ;)

    ~Alicia

    • Curricula is growing on me. I don’t know why I have such an aversion to the word, but maybe one day I will officially switch over. :)

  2. Another full curriculum that I love is “Easy Peasy — All in One Homeschool” http://allinonehomeschool.wordpress.com/

    Crystal

    • I’m the author of Easy Peasy. It’s different from the others listed. It’s all there online ready for your child to learn independently. They just go to day 1 and start using the links. It uses books from Ambelside but includes the assignments, not just for reading, but for writing, grammar, vocabulary and spelling. 180 days of lessons and assignments are online for English, math, history, science, and Bible as well as weekly lessons in art, music, PE/Health, logic and computer. The site is in progress and will grow to include high school. It starts with pre-K and has a complete learning to read program. And not only is the curriculum free, but the materials are all free too. It only uses free materials found online.

      • I love it! Thank you so much for developing such a great website!!

      • Wow – thank you so much lee!!!

      • I just wanted to say that after trying several learning to read programs with my current 5yr old, Easy Peasy is the only one that is working without any frustration on either of our parts. I’m so thankful to have found your website. I was also able to pass it along to my sister who is incredibly enthusiastic to use it with all of her children in homeschooling next year. It’s a great resource for those families who don’t have the extra money to spend and it’s so great that it’s already put together for us. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

      • Thank you! this curriculum looks amazing. I love that it is Christian and that is loud and clear throughout all of it! Keep up the good work!

      • I was looking at Easy Peasy…has anyone tried it yet? I have a Kindergartener, 2nd grader and 11th grade…

        • valorie sporleder says:

          I am using it for my Kindergartener/1st grader. I had been using a boxed curricula and she was flying through it. I began using it to supplement and slow her down. I have found it to be wonderful. She loves it. I plan to use it exclusively beginning next year.

    • All in one homeschool is a God send for those of us who have to work outside the home to provide for our families. I just found this site two weeks ago, and am thoroughly amazed at the content of the curriculum. It is student led with exact instructions that are easily understood. Our family is eternally grateful to have found this amazing curriculum!!

  3. Just this week, I acquired the CDs for the PASS curriculum. The people who respond to the requests are very fast to mail them out, by the way. I emailed on Monday and received them by Thursday.
    If you find yourself unable to get a copy from the PASS website contact information, please contact me at anotheremailforjody@ gmail . com (remove the spaces) to see if I have them available to email to you.

  4. Hi, I wanted to let you know that you can find the PASS textbooks by searching within the PASS website using Google, and specifying “PDF” as the file type. Here is a shortcut link for this search:
    http://goo.gl/vfwuW
    This will bring a listing of all the PDF’s on the PASS website (847 of them). Then you can sift through these results to download the ones that you want.

    If you want to find a list of files, you can do so by looking up the PASS website in the Internet Archive:
    http://web.archive.org/web/20080226093647/http://www.pass.leon.k12.fl.us/Book%20Subject%20Areas/English.aspx

    Or as Jody mentioned, you can just request the physical CD’s….

    Thanks for this great resource you have provided for homeschooling families!

  5. Hey there. Another is Easy Peasy homeschool. I like it a lot. http://allinonehomeschool.wordpress.com/

  6. Just wanted you to know about a new curriculum that’s totally free! We use it every day and LOVE it! It’s called Easy Peasy all-in-one homeschool. It’s at http://www.allinonehomeschool.wordpress.com :)

  7. Hi, the website http://WWW.openeducationsource.weebly.com also provides free full curriculum resources for those who prefer to put together their own curriculum.

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  9. I have a 2nd grader that is autistic. I am debating about homeschooling. What curriculum would everyone recommend? She learns better when things are repeated/rephrased in many subjects. She is a very fluent reader but struggles with reading comprehension at times. Thanks in advance for any leads as I do my research.

  10. Anyone have any suggestions for a Christian Based Homeschool program? I am looking into one for my 2 boys 5th & 6th Grade. Thanks!

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