A homeschooling program using free homeschool resources is not impossible to achieve, though you do need to do some planning and use your creativity. The internet has a wealth of free homeschooling resources available. On the following pages I'll provide links to a wide variety of these free resources including:
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Since math has never been a strong subject in our homeschool, I started my research looking for free math worksheets.
Free Homeschool Resources - Free Online Homeschool
More and more homeschooling parents are looking to online schools and curriculum, particularly the K-12 program. The K-12 program was designed to help children who were not having success with traditional education models and to help parents who wanted structure for their homeschooling kids.
K-12 is basically an online curriculum or school. The work is done online and with the aid of books and teaching aids. Children have access at any time to certified teachers in their area and they can work at their own pace. Many online public schools have opened in numerous states to offer this curriculum at no extra cost to children who are not thriving in a traditional public school setting. Many homeschooling parents are thrilled that they can now keep their children at home while still using the public education resources that they pay taxes for. Some 26 states and over 1 million children are using the K-12 online curriculum at this time, and these numbers are sure to grow.
K-12 uses an internet program that children and parents log into to do their lesson plans, chat with teachers, and takes tests. They combine the online work with book work and they provide all the books necessary. Most schools using the K-12 curriculum will also provide you with a computer. They usually have meet and greet parties for students, as well as planned fieldtrips to museums and other educational venues, providing opportunities for socialization and fun. Many yahoo groups exist to help online schooling students and parents meet up with each other. Other online schools with their own curriculum will also usually lend a computer and printer to their students.
Benefits of online schooling include allowing your children to be educated at home, flexibility with scheduling and progress, and having numerous resources available to you at no extra cost. Many parents enjoy having that support system. It is also a great program for students who did not flourish in brick and mortar public schools. Drawbacks would include the mandatory attendance that is common with public schooling and not all online schools are created equal. Parents will need to do their research and see which one would best suit them.
Virtual schools are becoming more popular today but are less flexible than independent homeschool programs. Two of the largest virtual schools are Connections Academy and K-12. Click here for more information and/or to enroll in Connections Academy. Click here for more information and/or to enroll in K-12.
Free Homeschool Resources - Connections Academy free online public school is available in the following states:
Connections Academy free online public school is in development in the following states:
|California||Kentucky||New Mexico||North Carolina|
K12 free virtual academy is available in the following states:
|Alaska K-8, FT||Arizona K-12, FT||Arkansas K-8, FT||California K-12, FT|
|Colorado K-12, FT||District of Columbia K-8, FT||Florida K-12, FT||Georgia K-10, FT & PT|
|Hawaii K-12, FT||Idaho K-12, FT||Illinois (Selected Areas K-12, FT||Indiana K-12, FT|
|Iowa K-6, FT||Kansas K-11, FT||Louisiana K-10, FT||Michigan K-12, FT|
|Minnesota K-12, FT, PT||Nevada K-12, FT||New Mexico 6-12, FT||Ohio K-12, FT|
|Oklahoma K-11, FT||Oregon K-12, FT||Pennsylvania K-12, FT||S. Carolina K-12, FT|
|Tennessee K-8, FT||Texas 3-11, FT||Utah K-12, FT, PT||Virginia K-8, FT|
|Washington K-12, FT||Wisconsin K-12, FT||Wyoming K-12, FT|
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