Your local library is a great resource as suggested.
In the meantime, here's a great place to start, IMHO, for free stuff
to get started: http://oldfashionededucation.com/fullcurriculum.htm
The other thing that I would suggest is to join some online resource
groups. There are several Yahoo! groups out there that send daily
lesson plans or daily sites to help supplement lessons.
Since I just read that you have several children, but didn't list the
ages/grades I will just post a variety of groups. These are not my
groups, so I am not self-promoting, but they are the groups that I
send out as recommended groups to those that join my resource group:
Lesson Theme of the Week
Every week a complete lesson plan for all ages is posted. Each lesson
plan will include all subjects including an art project based around
a certain subject. This group also has a "no chat" version of the
group where you can just get the weekly mailing of the unit study:
The themes are so organized and put together nicely.
A to Z Homeschool
Here is a group that chats AND gives out plenty of information. Ms.
Ann Zeise, even has a web-site that you can go to that is loaded with
tons (did I mention tons) of resources and information.
Each day you will recieve a lesson plan with activities focused on a
At a loss for what to do today? Recieve free daily lesson plans for
your Kindergarten to 3rd grader.
Take a Virtual Field Trip! Do you want to know how cars, pens,
jelly beans and cheese are made? Do you want to travel through the
solar system, see eagles nesting, or visit a hotel made out of ice?
can! Join our community and on Friday of each week we will send you
email with a link to a website where you can take an educational and
fun virtual factory tour or field trip! What a great way to enhance
learning for homeschoolers and afterschoolers!
Shirley Lovett's Early Childhood Printables
This is a group to distribute my free printable learning activities.
This group is for childcare providers ... preschool teachers ...
kindergarten teachers ... head start teachers ... daycare
teachers ... parents ... homeschool teachers ... special needs
teachers ... speach therapists ... autism therapists ... occupatinal
therapists .... anyone who works with children in the field of early
childhood. I will be posting file folder games ... mini books...
circle time ... lacing cards ... puzzles ... matching mats ... math
mats ... alphabet mats ... all kinds of goodies to enrich your early
childhood program. (from the website)
Plenty of activities for indoor and out!!
Games for Learning
This list shares ideas for creating games that can be used to learn
in the home environment as well as the school environment. They want
to share ideas for creating games individualized to the needs,
interests, and abilities of each child.
Steve Spanglers Science
Sign up for his newsletter; watch his experiments.
Whether your (homeschooling) style is classical, unschooling, self-
directed, unit study, scope and sequence, or eclectic, you should
find this group a valuable asset. Aristotle Academy group owners
post a message each day that covers one subject. The message contains
links to websites that are covered that day.
Every day an e-mail in the computer and my work is half done! I
think this is a great site for everyone that wants to add a little to
their daily subjects. One-stop shopping, my favorite kind!! Monday:
Tuesday: Social Studies/History; Wednesday: Writing/Language Arts;
and Friday: Computer Technology/Science. This group puts in a lot
of effort to get these out each day.
Another "one stop shopping" website that delivers: "newbie"
information; listing of local support groups by grade; free
curriculum links; 100 Best Educational Sites on the Web; and also a
free newsletter that you can sign up for. The owner of this website
has written several books about homeschooling.
Everything here is FREE!! Unit Studies, notebooking pages, templates
PLEASE remember: NO portion of this group can be copied and sold to
make a profit. The files here are copyright material.
Ms. Diane Flynn Keith has set up a really nice group that sends out a
recommendation for a site each day.
Monday-Math; Tuesday-Science; Wednesday-Language Arts; Thursday-
History Social Studies; Friday Virtual Field Trips; and Weekends are
for Electives -- Art, Music, Foreign Languages and more!
The Link Lady
Welcome to my group. This group has been formed for anyone needing
educational resources for homeschool or to supplement a public or
private school education. These links may also be of interest to
anyone wanting to further their own knowledge. I will occasionally
post articles of interest as well. All posts are moderated, feel free
to suggest resources or make a request. The more we share the more we
And last, I don't know if with being on a tight budget that you
cable/dish/direct TV, but if you have it, Cable in the Classroom
(started in 1989) provides commercial free shows to supplement
lessons (for middle school and high school aged kids).
45am (MonSa) A&E Classroom A&E (sometimes Mondays are a TV show)
56am Assignment Discovery DSC
67am History Channel Classroom HIST
7-8am Biography Channel Classroom BIO (Tu-Fr)
I set the DVR for these shows and then pick and choose what I want to
use to supplement our lessons with. These are the same shows that
these stations show, just at a special time for educators because
they are commercial free. And to be honest, I started using these
programs with my children in the fourth grade and still use them
Even if you don't have cable/dish/direct TV, you may have a family
member that does and would be willing to tape them each morning for
you onto a VCR tape, which you can use over and over.
Also find some co-ops in your area. Our local co-op has a table that
is set up each week for people to either sell (very reasonably) or
donate curriculum items to those that want them. I have seen some
great readers, books, textbooks and workbooks on these tables for
free just because homeschooler like to share with each other!
I would (also) suggest dropping a note to your local public school
(age appropriate for the books that you are looking for).
Here's why: 1. They have publishing companies all of the time that
solicit them to try out a new math, reading, science, or
history/geography series. They generally leave a whole set (textbook
and teacher book) with the librarian/media specialist or who ever is
designated to handle this (one telephone call to the school can
direct you to the person). However, if the school is not looking
that year to change books, these items generally sit in storage until
they are thrown out at the end of the year. Ask if you can come in
and check them out.
2. Ask if you can come in and look at the library books that are
being discarded at the end of the year. You will probably be able to
view them after the teachers, parents and students of the school, but
so what? One year I got 200 books from a local elementary for my
kids...many of which I still have. They were mysteries, (a lot of)
biographies, reading, and poetry. Almost all of them were older
(didn't matter to me) and hardback editions.
Last, check with your libary when they are having their book sales.
Our library buys a lot of copies of the "Sunshine Readers" for
Florida and the Accelerated Readers. Then at the end of the year,
they sell almost all of the extra copies for under a dollar! Plus
our library has now incorporated a "homeschoolers" section in which
they put in items that other homeschoolers have donated during the
year, plus a lot of reading, science related, curriculum/lesson and
biography books. I can generally fill up a box for only a couple of
I'm sorry this was long. I generally don't post too much on here, so
I guess I saved up a lot to write! LOL!
I hope that this helps.