If you are looking for a homeschooling curriculum or resources I am sharing this large (and growing) list to help the homeschooled family find exactly what they need.
Maybe you are new to homeschooling, or maybe you are just researching. Perhaps homeschooling has been on your heart for a while or maybe some large situation has popped up in life that has you looking at homeschooling for the first time. Maybe you have a special needs child. Or perhaps overreaching government mandates, and deteriorating morals, and values of the school system have made you finally say enough is enough.
No matter why you are here, you are welcome. And you are not alone homeschooling has grown more in the last few years than in the decades before that.
I am going to share all the nooks and crannies of homeschooling curriculum & resources I have found, used, or heard from others over my decade-long journey through homeschooling. And if you have a resource or link you think would be a good addition to this list, comment or reach out, I intend this list to grow as it needs to. After all, it’s a real-life resource list meant for real-life homeschool families to use.
Homeschooling where to start
If this is your beginning, this process can be nerve-wracking and can create a lot of fear. Let me start by saying you CAN do this, don’t be fearful, this is an amazing journey.
Often when we start homeschooling we have fear of the unknown. Not knowing where to start or what the legalities are for where we live. Maybe we have family, friends, or a community that has instilled that fear, or simply having no support system can create the fear itself.
The legalities let’s start there, it can be different for everyone I highly recommend you check out Home School Legal Defense Association they have all the ins and outs of every aspect of homeschooling and any legal issue (you can even get a membership where they will fight for you if legal issues should arise). Not to mention they have a ton of resources to help you get started.
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Does homeschooling have to cost a fortune? Absolutely not. Can you spend a ton of money on it? To that, I also would say yes.
If you are thrown into this or are working from a small budget you can still do a ton of your homeschool things without spending a dime check out free resources for homeschooling.
Homeschooling can be as cheap or as expensive as you are willing for it to be.
Homeschool Curriculum and where to find it
This will be a big list (which that is my goal) I want to point you to anything and everything that might help you navigate this path.
Curriculum Express I have also used this place from time to time.
Master Books is not one I have used but I do have several homeschooling friends who love it.
The Curriculum Store I have used this from time to time.
Cristian Book has a huge inventory of everything you could think of for homeschooling curriculum and resources alike. Including all the major names in homeschooling curriculum publishers.
Well-Trained Mind I have used curriculum from them over the years and in some cases, they even have digital products (and we all know how I like that). If you like a classical type of education this is a resource I would point you toward.
Rainbow Resource This place is kinda a one-stop shop for all sorts of homeschooling items. From math manipulatives to science kits, workbooks, and more.
The Good and the Beautiful I have used this a lot over the years from language arts to handwriting, science, and math. Again one of those things I love (downloadable curriculum) that I get to print again the good and the Beautiful is great for finding just that (they also of course have a curriculum they ship to you).
Canon Press I just only recently learned of this place and we got our Latin curriculum from them, however, I am really impressed.
Notebook Pages is a resource I have loved. I bought the lifetime membership years ago and it has paid for itself several times over.
Milestone Books I have a good friend who gets a lot of her homeschooling stuff from here
Critical Thinking Co. is currently, one of my new favorite homeschooling resources. This place has great (and affordable) workbooks (even PDF and printable ones) little learning games you can put on a computer or device or even standardized test prep, this is a great resource.
Homeschooling in the woods I have loved this place over the years. We have built history timelines, ancient Egypt lapbooks, election year lapbooks, and constitution lapbooks. If your kids like hands-on learning you will love this, not to mention it is pretty easy on the budget and great for multiple ages or group learning.
Thrift Books I love thrift books it’s been a great way for us to slowly build a homeschool library over time. Used books that are way cheaper and often you can’t even tell they are used. Not to mention they have a program where you earn free books over time.
When it comes to planning your homeschool, the options out there are vast, and there is something for just about every personality type.
- Well Planned Gal they have a homeschool planner for nearly every situation. From mom planners to student planners or planners for the entire high school years. These planners are a little bit more religious based they encompass a lot, and they are absolutely beautiful
- Homeschool Happy Planner here is my post on how to make your own DIY Homeschool Happy Planner.
- Printable homeschool planners. When it comes to a printable planner there is a lot to choose from, check out Etsy for a huge variety, and here is The Relaxed Homeschool planner perfect for unschooling, relaxed or eclectic homeschools.
- Digital Planning if you are the type who prefers to do everything digital then I recommend Homeschool Planet for an online homeschool planner. In fact, I started using it this year I like it to plan out my lessons for the whole year but then I write and keep track in my Printable Planner week by week as we go.
Inspirational and Must-Read Homeschooling Books
When we teach our kids I truly believe we need to both keep learning ourselves and show our kids we are willing to continue learning ourselves. When your kids see you read they will be excited to become readers too. Inspirational and homeschooling books are one great way to keep growing and learning in something that will help your homeschool thrive.
The Well-Trained Mind by Jessie Wise & Susan Wise Bauer
Motivational, empowering, and full of how-tos when it comes to homeschooling. A must-have for every homeschool family library.
The 4-Hour School Day by Durenda Wilson
This book is an amazing guide to have to guide you through all the years of homeschooling. Homeschooling doesn’t need to take the time a public school does, you can accomplish so much more (both quantity and quality work) in so much less time, this book helps you to see that path and start walking it out in your homeschool.
Homeschool Bravely by Jamie Erickson
We anyone starts a homeschooling journey we often doubt, doubt our success, our abilities, or the whole situation. To squash that doubt and homeschool from a place of belief, this book does just that. Plus great tips on homeschooling struggling learners, with younger kids at home and more.
More great books for the homeschooling parent
Homeschooling and where to start and what to do can seem daunting and scary for a new homeschool family. However, there is a ton of resources out there both paid and free that can be a great help. The homeschooling world is growing by leaps and bounds this is a great time to start homeschooling because the resources are so many. This list is by no means an exclusive list, but it is a great place to start on your homeschooling journey ♡♡♡
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Beth is a mother of 6 living on a handful of acres in an old farmhouse in central Kansas. Beth has a background in the military and health and fitness however her passions come from her homestead life. Beth is an enthusiastic homeschooling mom, avid organic gardener, chicken & goat wrangler, who is obsessed with herbs and natural remedies and maintaining an all-around Do-It-Yourself lifestyle. Beth loves to share all she has learned about and sustainable living. While striving for a healthy, natural life, family-centered life.