FREE Greenleaf Guide to Old Testament History eBook!

The Greenleaf Guide to Old Testament History is available to download for completely FREE! All you have to do is go through the checkout process here and you will receive an email with a link to download the PDF. (no credit card is required during checkout)

This looks like an amazing resource for anyone looking to educate their kids on the basics of Old Testament. Here’s a brief synopsis of what you get from the book’s description:

This book outlines a reading program which will take you through the history of Israel by reading through the historical books from Genesis to Nehemiah chronologically. Old Testament history is divided into 196 Bible readings (approximately 1 chapter each) along with some suggestions of how to cover the material and keep it interesting. For each reading there is a series of questions to help you focus on the significant details.

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FREE Animated Science Videos and Curriculum!

Math Science Nucleus has several FREE resources for homeschooling science!  They are a non-profit organization that is teaching science to kids.  You’ll find all kinds of fun resources like Interactive Storybooks, Lessons, Experiments, Labs, and tons more.

I love the interactive storybooks that teach kids all kinds of science lessons including the moon, electricity, and various cycles including the universe, life cycle, water cycle, and plate tectonics. They’re a fun, visual way to learn and reinforce certain important scientific subjects.

Go here to check out Math Science Nucleus. For more free online Science resources, check out our FREE Science Curriculum Options Resources page!

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The Question of Homeschool Placement Tests and FREE Testing Resources!

Do homeschoolers have to take standardized tests?

This is a tenuous question for a lot of people. Standardized testing is a polarizing subject, and people have strong opinions about it. For homeschoolers in certain areas, it’s a necessity.

The answer to this question will depend on the laws for your area. Whether or not you have to take homeschool standardized tests will depend on where you live and the homeschool testing requirements for your area. State laws (and country laws, if you live outside of the United States) govern whether or not your homeschooler needs to be assessed on a regular basis. There are some relaxed homeschooling states that do not require homeschool testing of any kind, while other states require regular assessments or testing of homeschooled students, generally on a periodic or annual basis.

Head over to our handy list here for state-by-state homeschool requirements.

What about placement tests?

For some learners, it can be helpful to assess aptitude and progress at some points. There are many homeschooling placement tests available from private companies. Many of these have fees associated with them but there are some free options available.

Alpha Omega

Alpha Omega offers placement tests in subjects such as reading, writing, and math. One of the great things about Alpha Omega is that they offer testing options for specific curriculum choices, such as Switched on Schoolhouse, LIFEPAC, Horizons, or Monarch math. It’s a one-stop-shop for free placement tests and placing an order for curriculum for the school year based on those test results. If you’re not interested in using the Alpha Omega curriculum, you will still get results that can help you determine an approximate grade level for your child.

Internet4lassrooms 

Internet4Classrooms is another popular homeschool placement test resource. They range from first grade through college preparation. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the number of options available for each grade level.

If you’d rather administer paper tests, you’ll find the printable options here

K5 Learning

The online reading and math assessment from K5 Learning is good for your youngest students! You can access it for free with a 14-day trial that also includes their entire program! You’ll also receive a free report providing an objective evaluation of your student’s reading and math skills.

This curriculum allows your children to receive a personalized online learning program so that they learn at their own pace and level.

Math U See

While their curriculum doesn’t follow the standard grade-level approach, you’ll find Math U See provides math class options for your youngest students through Calculus. Their free placement tool is online and you’ll receive recommendations online and can call customer support for more advice as well.

You’ll also find many free resources available through the parent and teacher resource pages including worksheets, drills, webinars, and more.

Free placement test options

Saxon Math

Saxon Math is a traditional Textbook based math curriculum that covers Kindergarten through Advanced Mathematics. You can determine where your children will need to start with the free printable placement tests for their curriculum.

While these placement tests are featured on Sonlight’s website you can purchase Saxon math at various places online after completing the free placement test.

Monarch

You’ll need to create an account to access the Monarch Math and Language Arts placement tests for your students to take. They offer online curriculum for all grades and subjects!

If your students enjoy completing their work online then definitely check out this curriculum, just keep in mind you’ll need an internet connection to complete all lessons.

Sonlight 

Sonlight is a Christian-based curriculum company, also providing free homeschool placement tests. No need to make a purchase. Test options include language arts, a general reading assessment, and tests for several popular math curriculum programs.

This curriculum is literature-based, and a wonderful option for kids who love to read!

Lifepac

Lifepac homeschool curriculum features workbooks that are student-paced for Kindergarten through 12th Grade. They offer curriculum for Bible, Math, Language Arts, Science, History, and more! There are free printable placement tests for Bible, History/Geography, Language Arts, Math, and Science covering Grades 1-8 and 7-12.

SAT Practice Tests

Before it comes time for your homeschooler to take the SAT, it’s time to practice, practice, PRACTICE! Check out these great resources for practice ACT and SAT tests!

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Under the Home – FREE FULL Elementary Homeschool Curriculum!

Under the Home is a FREE full K-5 homeschooling curriculum based on the Charlotte-Mason method of learning. This curriculum has all of the core subjects you will want to cover such as reading, phonics, writing, and math, but there are also non-core subjects such as poetry, Shakespeare, and art history to supplement your curriculum!

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Free Physical Education Activity Log!

Are you new to homeschooling and wondering how to “teach” PE? Or, are you a veteran needing to keep records for your high schooler? In either case, we’ve got you covered with this FREE handy physical education activity log! Create your own list of physical education activities and log them with your own activity log. This is a wonderful mix and match way to teach homeschool PE and it’s really easy to tailor your activities to the ages of your kids.

A PE activity list for younger kids might include 20 minutes of calisthenics like jumping jacks, push-ups, or toe touches, a 10-minute yoga routine, 10 minutes on the trampoline, or a game of tag or hide-and-seek with siblings. Older kids can do any of the above, plus a mile-long hike or walk, 10 minutes of laps in a pool, or a quick game of basketball in the driveway, or even catch or tag in the yard.

The activity log is a way for your children to track their physical activity every day. They pick an activity or two from the options of your choosing. Once complete, they log the date, time spent, and what they did.

Note: for high schoolers, 60 total hours of activity equals 1/2 credit for PE on a transcript; and 120 hours equals a full credit.

Print out your very own PE Activity Log here, for free!

Looking for more ideas? Check out our PE resources for homeschoolers.

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What About the “Socialization” of our Children?

“But, arent’ you worried about socialization?”

Ah, the “socialization” question; that not-so-thinly veiled judgment against a person’s decision to educate their own kids. It usually comes from a person who disagrees with homeschooling as a practice. It’s basically just a code for “aren’t you worried your kid will be weird?” Every time I hear this question I have to reign in a snarky comment before answering that, in fact, multiple studies show that homeschooled children are even better at socialization than their conventionally schooled peers. But how can that be?

Homeschool socialization can mean different things to different people

Some people are worried about kids making friends. Some wonder about cultural exposure – how will kids learn about diversity? And some people want to know how kids will learn about society’s norms – being able to follow rules, etc.

Well, according to a paper written on the topic of homeschool socialization by Richard Medlin of Stetson University,

All these things may be a part of socialization, but socialization can be more accurately defined as “the process whereby people acquire the rules of behavior and systems of beliefs and attitudes that equip a person to function effectively as a member of a particular society”

Medlin, R. G. (2000). Homeschooling and the question of socialization. Peabody Journal of Education, 75 (1,2), 107-123.

How does conventional school socialize our kids?

The thing is, conventional school is extremely institutional. 20-30 of the same kids, all the same age, go through the same routine with the same 2 or 3 teachers, every single day for almost 10 months. That sounds pretty sheltered and segregated to me.

In schools kids do not learn society’s rules of behavior, they learn the school’s rules of behavior.

If the goal is “equipping kids to function effectively as a member of society”, then you have to ask yourself: When will the school experience be replicated in adult life? Sure, they learn how to ask permission to go to the bathroom. They learn to sit silently and raise their hand to participate and only speak when spoken to. But when is that rigid format ever useful to them again? When will they ever need the skills to move in an assigned herd through their day? The only environment that comes to my mind is prison. I think we can all agree that is one we’re actively teaching them to avoid!

So how do homeschoolers socialize?

  • youth sports teams
  • gym-based sports like martial arts, ninja warrior, gymnastics
  • dance, music & art classes
  • co-op classes (group classes with other homeschoolers)
  • community classes (think zoo school, summer camps, rec centers)
  • group field trips
  • clubs – 4H, Lego builders, book clubs, Pokemon leagues, robotics clubs

For example, my kids have been or are involved in:

  • our neighborhood swim team
  • twice a week jiu-jitsu classes
  • weekly American Heritage Girls classes
  • Lego club at our local library
  • An all-day weekly coop: 10-15 students per class, three classes taught by different parents, a meal together, & LOT of free play time before, after & between classes – more playtime than class time, as it should be
  • Several out-of-the-house classes with 1 teacher 12 students or more, some weekly and some bi-weekly
  • Dual credit classes at our local community college (for my high schooler)
  • Weekly tap and jazz classes at a local dance studio
  • Friday night and Saturday rehearsals for a different musical every semester with a local youth theater organization (musical theater has been incredible for my kids) with cast sizes ranging from 80-115 kids, aged 8-19!

Honestly, I’m sure I’m forgetting some, but you get the idea! They get to interact with a lot of people in their day-to-day routines! Social scientists have actually found that homeschooled kids often have better social awareness and skills than their classroom-educated peers.

Homeschoolers socialize better? How can that be?

Well, take another look at the lists above. All of these activities are community-based, mixed-age, and include a wide variety of adult role models – parents of friends, class leaders, librarians, and professionals from coaches to stage directors.

Need more evidence? Check out these excerpts from journal-published research studies, each with a link to the full study for you to deep dive (or copy and paste to a curious relative)

Such question arises mainly in societies in which the institutionalization of children has been the norm for several generations…Numerous studies, employing various psychological constructs and measures, show that the home educated are developing at least as well as, and often better than, those who attend institutional schools. No research to date contravenes this conclusion.  

Ray, Brian. (2017). A Review of research on Homeschooling and what might educators learn?. Pro-Posições28(2), 85-103

These surveys showed that almost all home-schooled children regularly took part in extracurricular activities…In fact, Delahooke found that home-schooled children actually participated in more activities than did children attending a conventional school.

Medlin, R. G. (2000). Homeschooling and the question of socialization. Peabody Journal of Education, 75 (1,2), 107-123.

Montgomery concluded that home schooling parents were purposefully giving their children opportunities to develop leadership abilities. And Johnson found that [they] were actively fostering their children’s development in seven key areas: personal identity, morality, career goals, independence, social relationships, and social skills.

Medlin, R. G. (2000). Homeschooling and the question of socialization. Peabody Journal of Education, 75 (1,2), 107-123.

If you’re worried about socialization, don’t!

The next time you worry about socialization, stop it! Instead, congratulate yourself on the commitment it takes to homeschool! And for the gift that you’re giving to yourself and your kids by spending these precious few years exploring the world together.

You got this, momma!

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Get Ahead of the School Year with these TOP Educational Websites for Homeschoolers!

BEST Learning Websites for Homeschoolers

Even though the summer is still here (and blazing hot if you live where we do!) it’s still a great idea to get ahead with the curriculum you’ll be using for the upcoming school year. And if you’re looking for the best FREE websites to send your children to for homeschooling, look no further. We’ve provided an exhaustive list of full curriculum and individual websites by subject to help you find the best resources in your homeschooling journey!

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Full Curriculum

Old-Fashioned Education – The creator of Old Fashioned education intentionally set out to create a full curriculum for her children using only free resources found online. Old Fashioned education was designed to use the Charlotte Mason homeschooling approach, but with a more structured feel to it.

Easy Peasy Homeschool – Easy Peasy Homeschool was created by a homeschool mom for her own children. She has created this amazing full curriculum totally online and mostly self-taught. It uses only FREE resources found online so you’ll only have to print a few worksheets from time to time.

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 subjects with playlists on finance and history.

***Find more great free Full Homeschool Curriculum options on HTHSFF!

Math

Xtramath – XtraMath® is a Seattle 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to math achievement for all. Our goal is to develop effective, efficient, adaptive, and intrinsically rewarding supplemental math activities.

Math is Fun – Complete K-8, plus Algebra, Algebra 2, and Geometry curriculum. It follows a guided curriculum (scope & sequence) similar to many public schools, so you wouldn’t have to wonder if you forgot to include something.

Maths is Fun – Yes, it is “maths” with an ‘s’, in case you were wondering. 🙂 It includes tons of topics like measurement, operations, geometry, and so much more. There is plenty to do on the web site from Kindergarten all the way to high school.

Math Mammoth – Offers video math lessons on YouTube. There are optional worktexts to go along with the videos (that are not free), but you can get 300 free worksheets when you sign up for the Math Mammoth email newsletter (see info at the bottom of the page). This series is for grades 1-8. YouTube actually has numerous math resources if you take time to browse & find what you are looking for. Please comment if you have a favorite math channel on YouTube.

***Find more great free Math resources on HTHSFF!

History/Geography/Government

American Heritage – American Heritage has a full K-12 curriculum. There are 3 levels of lessons: Elementary, Middle School, and High School. You can choose if you want the Texas Edition or the National Edition.

Student’s Friend – Student’s Friend was the first comprehensive Internet resource for teaching history and geography using online lessons. The website has free downloadable lessons, as well as a teacher’s lounge forum for discussion topics related to teaching the material.

Government Learning Resources – Several free resources on learning about our government and the election process including The Constitution for Kids, election lapbooks, mock elections, and more.

Eyewitness to History – This is a website that uses historical documents to show what events in history were like from those who were there. For example, when Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, his personal secretaries noted, “Vast as were its consequences, the act itself was only the simplest and briefest formality.”

***Find more great free history resources and free geography resources at HTHSFF!

Science

cK-12.org – CK-12 is a company that started up with the intent to reduce textbook waste. These e-books are called Flexbooks. You get the student book, workbook, Teacher Edition, and the Answer Key for each subject. (Note: You have to email a request for the answer key.)

NASA and IMAGERS – NASA and IMAGERS have provided three thematic units. Within each unit, you will find lesson plans, reproducible worksheets, visuals, and links to useful resources. The adventure begins with the online book, Echo the Bat. The teacher’s guide will provide you with printable worksheets, discussion questions, and more.

The Vega Science Trust – has a series of videos and articles involving, well… science! If you want to learn how to generate electricity, click here to watch the video, but also click here to get the article that shows you the lesson. There are various lessons to get your student interested and ready to learn. Be sure to see what other lessons on video are also available!

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Bible

Free Bible Timeline Printables – The Bible Story Printables site includes several printable resources you can use for your Bible studies such as printable timeline characters, notebooking pages, and much more.

Preschool Bible Learning Packs – On Mary Martha Mama, you will find several nice printable packs for learning about Biblical accounts with preschoolers.  They have Creation, Moses, The Exodus, Adam & Eve, Easter, Christmas, and more printables

1-Year Daily Audio Bible for Kids – One year through the New Testament with Daily Audio Bible host Brian Hardin and his daughter China, son Maxwell and wife Jill. Through the Bible for kids by kids.

***Find more great Bible learning resources on HTHSFF!

Foreign Language

BBC – Spanish – Spanish is taught here as an interactive video drama and Spanish course called Mi Vida Loca. It takes you on an intriguing mystery adventure to Madrid. There are 22 episodes, about 10 min each, covering basic learning points for Spanish absolute beginners.

Kypros – Learn Greek Online – This site is currently composed of real audio files (which are around 15 minutes each) and online student notes. It also includes a collection of collaborative learning tools and an online Greek dictionary and a Greek spell checker.

ASL Sign Language – Give your students a good head start in sign language with the free ASL resources you will find at Life Print. Life Print contains a self-study schedule you can use as a guide.  Just begin with lesson one, watch the videos, complete the milestones and the quizzes, & you’ll be on your way to learning ASL!

***Find more great free foreign language resources on HTHSFF!

Reading/Grammar/Writing

Classic Literature – This is a list of thousands of classic literary works available to read for FREE online from several different online sources!

Free Online Audiobooks – This is a list we compiled here at How to Homeschool for Free on some of the best Audiobooks available including Storynory, LibriVox, and Online Audio Stories.

Free Online Phonics Lessons – This is a great list of free phonics learning resources to help your kids get started with reading!

Free Online Grammar & Writing Resources – This list is much more than simple worksheets, which can be found with a quick google search. Let’s get down to business finding some free grammar and writing lessons so our kids will know how to write a proper essay by the time they apply for college.

***More great reading resources from HTHSFF: Reading Curriculum, Lapbooks, Literature Guides, and Resources/Books for Young Readers.

Spelling

Free Online Spelling Resources – This is a great list of free online spelling resources for everything from curriculum to games to Bible-based spelling lessons and more!

Free Online Spelling & Vocabulary Program by Grade – If you are looking for a free and easy to use spelling curriculum you will definitely want to check out this freebie from Grade Spelling.  They have a free spelling and vocabulary curriculum by grade for 1st – 8th grade.

Free High School Spelling Program – This program is designed for students in the 9th – 12th grade and comes with a spelling rules handout and 36 weeks worth of lists and activities.

***Find more great free spelling resources from HTHSFF!

P.E. & Outdoors

Nature Scavenger Hunt Printable – If you have access to nature right now this is a great way to be outside and learn about nature!

15 Easy & Fun Indoor P.E. Ideas – Several games from The Deliberate Mom to help you get creative with indoor P.E. ideas!

All In One Homeschool – All In One Homeschool has a completely Free Health and P.E. course for Grades 1 – 8 and High School.

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Considering Essential Oils?

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Free Arts & Crafts Lesson Plans from Crayola!

Did you know that Crayola has FREE Subject based lesson plans? Several subjects available including math, science, language arts, and more!

Did you know that Crayola has FREE Subject based lesson plans?  I did not, but was so excited to find these! At Crayola.com you can find lesson plans to go along with several subjects such as Science, Math, and history!  You can search by subject, grade, etc, and it will return several ideas you can use in your homeschool.  Love this!

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Free Online Spelling & Vocabulary Program! {Grade 1-8}

Here is your FREE spelling and vocabulary curriculum broken down by grade!

If you are looking for a free and easy to use spelling curriculum you will definitely want to check out this freebie from AAA Spelling!  They have a free spelling and vocabulary curriculum by grade for 1st – 8th grade. With each grade you’ll find thirty spelling and vocabulary lists including practice lessons!

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Understanding Your Child’s Learning Style!

If conflicts occur with curriculum it may be a wrong fit for your child’s learning style.  Understanding your child’s learning style aids you in teaching effectively and finding the proper materials.

Homeschool Christian

Homeschool Christian presents three basic categories of learning styles: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. You will read that most young children are kinesthetic because the visual and auditory skills are underdeveloped. As children get older, you can observe and determine a specific learning style.

Sonlight

Sonlight presents a thorough 33 minute webinar on learning styles. From their website – “Do you and your child clash? Are you concerned about homeschooling because your student is just so different from you? You’re not alone! Each student is different and this can prove challenging to teachers. As a homeschooler, however, you have the unique opportunity to find tools that match your student’s unique learning style.”

Tips for studying

Here you will find tips for studying that are specific for 4 categories of learning styles: Kinesthetic, Visual, Audio, and Other Styles. They have a lot of great ideas that you can implement at home to help your children engage in the learning process.

FamilyEducation

FamilyEducation works to assess your child’s personality so you can use that information to design your homeschool program to suit your child’s strengths. The article is quite detailed and you have to click to continue on to read all 6 sections. It is based on the Myers-Briggs personality typing system, which is widely accepted. “In the Myers-Briggs scheme, there are four basic elements of personality preferences. Each of these preferences is measured on a scale that has two “sides.” Knowing where a person’s tendency resides on each of these scales determines the person’s overall personality type.”

How to Enhance Learning Styles

How to Enhance Learning Styles provides a visual to help you understand how to enhance your children’s learning style.

We hope this helps you better understand your children’s learning styles so you can be better equipped to homeschool your child! Be sure to join our How To Homeschool For Free Support Group for daily encouragement and more great resources for your homeschooling journey!

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