I’m so excited to bring you guys a new weekly feature! Ryan and I have homeschooled since our oldest was in Pre-K and I would have LOVED to know from the start all of the different FREE resources that are out there for homeschoolers and educators to utilize!
Whether you piece the posts in this series together to create a full curriculum, or just use it as a supplement, I hope that it can be of benefit to those of you who homeschool and want to save some money while doing it!
Jody Scott, fellow blogger, homeschooler, and AMAZING cake-creator, is going to be bringing us these awesome posts each week!
And now for the first one… FREE Reading Resources For Homeschoolers & Educators!
I have sorted through many websites to bring you the ones that I think are the most helpful, and offer more than just worksheets. Please feel free to comment with any that I might have missed that have been especially helpful to you.
A free program that is quite comprehensive is offered by Society for Quality Education. It uses systematic phonics to teach reading. There is a placement test so you can determine where you should start.
If your child can already read and you want to monitor comprehension in a fun way, check into using Sylvan Learning Center’s Book Adventure. It’s a free quizzing program where kids can earn points to spend on prizes. My kids have used this for years and the prizes are quite motivating for them. A favorite prize for them is the Highlights magazine subscription!
Lesson Pathways used to be a paid-subscription website for planning out your child’s school year. It’s now free and it covers grades K-5. For reading, you can use the search tool to see if there is a lesson pathway for that book. The Language Arts pathways include numerous books for a variety of interests. They also promote using the Free Reading program listed below.
Free Reading is a PreK – 6th grade reading intervention program. It provides useful lesson plans for books you can get at your local library. There is a scope & sequence provided, as well as video tutorials on how to use the program.
Ambleside Online offers reading lists and lays out a course of instruction for grades K-12. These booklists are books that can likely be found at your local library, or you can buy them if you wish. If you are not sure what Charlotte Mason Classical Education is, click here.
And, last but not least, is a website that changes its freebies weekly. While it is mainly downloadable & printable items, the freebies here are often very useful and serve a purpose for lesson planning. CurrClick currently has many reading and language arts freebies. I have a habit of downloading pretty much anything they have to offer and storing in on a flash drive. It might be free this week, but $10 next month when I decide I actually want it.