Thanks to technology, it’s never been easier to give kids an excellent education at home. There are many resources available online for homeschoolers, giving parents access to a wide range of lesson plans and teaching materials.
A lot of these materials cost money, and there are no guarantees they’ve been designed by qualified teachers, but if you know where to look, there are many quality free resources to be found.
These are some of the best places to find free homeschooling resources you can trust:
Education Department Websites
Lessons have been designed to meet the requirements of state curriculums, and websites provide valuable information about planning and design frameworks.
You don’t need to limit yourself to your own state when looking for resources. Materials from other states and even other countries can usually be adapted to meet your child’s curriculum.
Unlike many lessons plans available online, you can be certain materials found on government websites have been designed by qualified professionals.
Don’t forget that past exam papers with links to marking guidelines and notes are also available for free on state government websites. Past NAPLAN papers can be downloaded from the ACARA website.
Publishers often provide quality free resources for teachers, including lesson plans, ideas for activities and teachers’ toolkits. Some also provide free access to online book clubs where students can post messages and interact with others about the novels they’ve read. This is great for kids who are schooled at home and may have limited contact with other students.
Museums and Art Galleries
Many museums, art galleries and other educational institutions provide thematic units for different subjects, complete with worksheets, links to resources and assessment tasks. These materials provide in-depth coverage of topics and use a range of teaching strategies to meet the needs of diverse learners.
Teachers forums give homeschoolers an opportunity to connect with other educators, swap ideas and share resources. They can be a vital source of information and inspiration.
There are forums specifically for homeschoolers, but those who educate their children at home are also more than welcome in general teacher forums where they can tap into a vast pool of knowledge for free.
Quality free resources for homeschoolers are readily available online if you know where to find them.