If I had to homeschool for FREE, I know I could do it. What we are paying for when we buy curriculums more than anything is convenience. How much do you want to pay for that convinience? That depends on your time and resources. Some people live in rural areas without strong internet or amazing libraries. If you are fortunate enough to have the last two, you have the world at your fingertips.
I want to share with you my personal top 5 favorite resources that are FREE!
Are the kids going stir crazy as you have to make dinner? Put on a fun audio book in the background. Their objective is to make all books in the public domain available, for free, in audio format on the internet. There are so many great children’s books if you search or browse for them.
- Librivox is a non-commercial, non-profit and ad-free project
- Librivox donates its recordings to the public domain
- Librivox is powered by volunteers
- Librivox maintains a loose and open structure
- Librivox welcomes all volunteers from across the globe, in all languages
Of course, this would be on any homeschooler list. Most of us don’t have the space to create a library for our children in our houses. Even if your library doesn’t have a specific book you want, you can request it. If your library system does not have that book, you can still request it for free with an inter library loan. Did you know you can even get Life of Fred books this way? There is SO much more than just borrowing books! Here is some other ways I have fully made use of my library card.
- FREE Meeting room usage. It depends on your branch, but I have been reserving rooms for at least half a year for various reasons such as piano lessons, book club, and spanish classes.
- FREE classes- I could write a post on this alone! As you know my children take free coding classes but there is so many programs each month. For example at my library there are Thursday family nights including activities in science, art and fun nights. We are also having a whole grains, lentils and beans class with free samples on Sept 16th. I will be taking my kids to their drop-in crafts afternoons so I don’t have to deal with buying so many consumable materials and cleaning up the mess ha! They can do that at the library and clean up there. The Mesa library has a place where you can even use a sewing machine for free!
- FREE Culture Pass- We can check out a culture pass that gives access to two people at any number of given venues in Arizona. We have used this to visit Arcosanti and other locations.
- They have a digital website where you can download music for free and download books that might not be at your library.
This is just a very small taste of all the great free resources that fall under the one category of library.
Of course you need to be very careful when giving any kind of access to children with the internet. If you have a strict filter or sit alongside with them, here are a list of 10 awesome youtube channels for children. It includes some of my favorites like Khan Academy, Socratica, and the Learning Station. I also use frequently the McGuffeys reader online tutor.
There are many art lesson/drawing type channels as well but my kid’s current favorite is Draw So Cute. With a little searching you can find something to reinforce or aid your homeschooling on YouTube.
My friend Joan told me about this and it has been a favorite since. He is a really nice warm teacher and his piano lessons are so digestible in this format. My daughter Elly who loves to play her keyboard, really enjoys these lessons. You can choose to pay for some extras but you can just go through the lessons for free. I highly recommend you check this site out.
5. The Internet
There is just SO much information out there. You can learn about anything for free today. I will just share 3 of my favorite free websites-
HippoCampus– This site is for middle and high schoolers- lots of great information.
Starfall.com My #1 favorite site for pre-schoolers and elementary grades learning how to read.
Letter of the Week- This is the site I used when I first started homechooling. You can start as early with babies with this site! I highly recommend it and have fond memories of starting out our homeschool journey with this.
I hope this encourages you to take a look around at ways you could save money or new things you could incorporate that wouldn’t cost you anything. Have a great week!