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I first discovered Cathy Duffy Reviews while I was preparing to begin homeschooling five years ago. I was immediately impressed with the thoroughness of her reviews and the sheer volume of reviews she offers. She has reviewed nearly every popular curriculum on the market, as well as many lesser-known curricula.  I always check her website for reviews before purchasing curriculum.

Many of you are probably familiar with Cathy Duffy Reviews and read her reviews before buying curriculum. But, did you know that she also reviews many free curriculum resources? I was surprised to find that not only does she review free curriculum, she does so with the same thoroughness as paid curriculum.



Here are some of Cathy Duffy’s reviews of free curriculum:

Bible Fluency  (7th to 12th)

Core Knowledge Language Arts  (Pre-K to 3rd)

Daily Grammar  (7th to 12th)

Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool  (Pre-K to 12th)

Economics 101: The Principles of Free Market Economics  (10th to 12th)

The Good and The Beautiful Language Arts  (1st to 5th)

Hillsdale Online Courses  (9th to 12th)

Inquiry in Action Science  (3rd to 8th)

Kids Guitar Zone Lessons  (4th to 12th)

MasterMath  (6th to 9th)

Math is Fun  (Pre-K to 12th)

Prager University Five-Minute Video Courses  (9th to 12th)

Primary Concepts FREE Phonics  (K to 1st)

Teaching a Preschooler to Read  (PreK to 4th)

Under the Home Complete Curriculum  (K to 4th)

Virtual Homeschool Group  (5th to 12th)

For more free curriculum, visit the main page of our website.
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At FreedomHomeschooling.com, we list several free all-in-one-curriculum programs. These programs include every subject your 6th grader will need. Homeschoolers often choose all-in-one programs because of the simplicity they provide. They take care of the planning and curriculum selection for you.

However, many homeschoolers, myself included, prefer to choose a separate curriculum for each subject. This allows us to customize our children’s education, choosing materials that fit their learning styles and individual needs in each subject area. Also, I’ve always enjoyed the variety that a more eclectic approach provides. Using the same approach and materials for every subject can become monotonous for some students.

If you’d like to piece together your own customized 6th grade curriculum, visit FreedomHomeschooling.com’s main page, and choose a subject area to explore from the menu. On that subject’s page, you will find a list of links to free curriculum resources.

Below, I’ve provided a sample 6th grade Christian curriculum. This sample curriculum is intended to give you an idea of what a 6th grade curriculum could look like. Feel free to make substitutions as needed. If you have other children, you may prefer to study some subjects, like Bible, history, and science, together as a family.




Math

MasterMath teaches middle school math through video-based lessons. Each lesson includes a video lecture, printable worksheets, an online quiz, and links to other websites for practice and further discussion of the lesson’s concept. To complete this math curriculum, the parent will need to add additional worksheets or online practice for each concept. While the author recommends an IXL math subscription, you can find free practice at HelpingWithMath.com, Dad’s Worksheets, and Khan Academy. For more information on using MasterMath, be sure to read their instructions for homeschoolers. Keep in mind that if your child plans take Algebra I in 8th grade, rather than 9th, they’ll need to work through MasterMath’s middle school curriculum at a quicker pace.

  Grammar

The National Treasures Grammar Practice Books are downloadable workbooks which teach 6th grade grammar. Each lesson begins with a short explanation of the concept, followed by a practice exercise. A wide variety of exercises are used, including short answer, multiple choice, editing, paragraph writing, and more. Each unit ends with a test and a review exercise.

  Spelling

The National Treasures Spelling Practice Books are downloadable workbooks which teach 6th grade spelling. Each lesson consists of a pretest, three practice worksheets, a proofreading exercise, and a multiple-choice posttest. However, rather than using the multiple choice posttest included in the workbook, I would dictate the words to your child and have them write the words down to check retention. Multiple-choice tests aren’t usually a good way to determine spelling ability.      

  Literature

For literature, you may use the following downloadable novel study guides:

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell

Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George

Sounder by William H. Armstrong

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis

The guides include background information about the author, comprehension questions, vocabulary, writing assignments, and more. While these study guides are free, you will need to obtain the necessary novels. To save money, you can either borrow them from your library or purchase used.

For additional reading, you can use Elson Reader: Book 6. This reader includes both fiction and nonfiction reading. Classic stories from famous American authors are also included, along with biographies on each author. The reader includes discussion questions and vocabulary words.

  Writing

The grammar book, spelling book, and literature guides all include writing assignments, so an additional writing curriculum should not be necessary. However, if time allows you may like to use Hammermill’s Paper is Power writing curriculum. This downloadable textbook teaches writing and editing.  It includes sections on fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. It also highlights three famous authors: Lucy Maud Montgomery, Frederick Douglass, and Wilfred Owen. If you choose to use Paper is Power, I’d recommend either skipping some of the writing assignments in each novel guide or choosing one of the novel guides to skip entirely, to allow time.




Bible

God’s Hand in Our Lives offers 59 downloadable Level 3 (4th to 6th grade) Old Testament Lessons. Each lesson includes a thorough teacher’s guide, opening and closing prayer, Bible story, worksheets, discussion questions, memory verses, and a hymn. If you are unfamiliar with the hymn, most of them can be found on YouTube. This curriculum was written for use in Lutheran Sunday Schools, but its layout also works well for homeschool use, and most of the content should work for members of other Protestant denominations. Aim to complete about two lessons per week to finish this curriculum in one school year.

  Science

In Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool’s Zoology course, your child will learn about the main branches of the animal kingdom. They will study animal habitats, behaviors, diets, and adaptations. They will also study endangered species, classification, mimicry, camouflage, ecosystems, and food webs. The course uses readings, videos, and a variety of online activities. The material is scheduled in 180 daily lessons. Easy Peasy offers this course at two levels. Your 6th grader will be in the upper level, which is designed for 5th through 8th graders.

  History

In Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool’s Ancient History course, your child will study the history of mankind from ancient Egypt through the Renaissance. Some of the topics covered are ancient Egypt, ancient China, Mesopotamia, Babylonia, Maya, Indus Valley, Greeks, Romans, Vikings, middle ages, feudal Japan, Mongols, Renaissance, Reformation, and early explorers. Geography and current events are also incorporated into the lessons. The material is scheduled in 180 daily lessons.

  Art

In Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool’s Art – Ancient course, your child will study art throughout history, from ancient cave paintings through the Renaissance. They will study the art of various cultures, including Egypt, China, India, Greece, Rome, Japan, and Viking. They will also learn about line, color, motion, and perspective. This art course coincides with Easy Peasy’s Ancient History course. The material is scheduled in 36 once a week lessons.

  Music

In Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool’s Music – Ancient course, your child will listen to music from ancient times through the Renaissance. They will study the development of instruments and how music was used in different cultures. They will also learn about wind, string, and percussion instruments and the basics of note reading and rhythm. This art course coincides with Easy Peasy’s Ancient History course. The material is scheduled in 36 once a week lessons.

Electives and Life Skills

At DIY.org, children complete challenges to learn different skills and earn virtual patches. The virtual patches are free, but real embroidered patches can be purchased if desired. Over 130 patches are offered including animator, baker, bike mechanic, chemist, fashion designer, landscaper, gymnast, toy maker, vocalist, zoologist, and much more. Children can create portfolios to show the skills they’ve learned, as well as, meet, share with, and learn from other children in DIY’s safe online community.

  Computer Skills

GCF’s Computer Basics course teaches hardware and software basics, internet use, computer safety, computer maintenance, and more. The course includes 23 lessons and a final quiz. GCF’s Basic Computer Skills course teaches basic computer skills, computer set up, installing & uninstalling software, and more. This course is also made up of 23 lessons but does not include a final exam. To finish both courses in one school year, your student should do one to two lessons per week. Most of the lessons are fairly sort and are made up of text and image-based tutorials. Some also include videos.

If your child doesn’t know how to type yet or needs more practice, use Typing.com. This website teaches touch typing through interactive lessons. Your child may start at the beginner, intermediate, or advanced level. The program tracks progress and provides additional lessons for frequently missed keys.

  Physical Education, Recess, and Health

Make sure your child gets plenty of free time for active play and exercise. If you would like some ideas, Chapter 3 (page 46) of Physical Activity for Everyone from the Center for Disease Control provides information about how much exercise children need, as well as, numerous suggested activities. If your child plays a sport or takes dance, karate, gymnastics, swimming lessons, etc., these can also be considered part of your physical education program.

Operation Fit Kids’ curriculum for 6th through 8th graders teaches the importance of physical fitness and proper nutrition. The downloadable lessons include activities, worksheets, journal pages, and more. This curriculum only has seven lessons, making it a short unit that could be completed at any point during the school year, rather than a complete year-long program.

  Other Grades

I hope this sample curriculum has been helpful. If you’re looking for guides for other grades, you can find them here.

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At FreedomHomeschooling.com, we list several free all-in-one-curriculum programs. These programs include every subject your 5th grader will need. Homeschoolers often choose all-in-one programs because of the simplicity they provide. They take care of the planning and curriculum selection for you.

However, many homeschoolers, myself included, prefer to choose a separate curriculum for each subject. This allows us to customize our children’s education, choosing materials that fit their learning styles and individual needs in each subject area. Also, I’ve always enjoyed the variety that a more eclectic approach provides. Using the same approach and materials for every subject can become monotonous for some students.

If you’d like to piece together your own customized 5th grade curriculum, visit FreedomHomeschooling.com’s main page, and choose a subject area to explore from the menu. On that subject’s page, you will find a list of links to free curriculum resources.

Below, I’ve provided a sample 5th grade Christian curriculum. This sample curriculum is intended to give you an idea of what a 5th grade curriculum could look like. Feel free to make substitutions as needed. If you have other children, you may prefer to study some subjects, like Bible, history, and science, together as a family.


Language Arts, Geography, and Art

The Good & the Beautiful (TGTB) Language Arts Level 5 covers reading, writing, spelling, literature, grammar, punctuation, art, and geography in one downloadable course. The course download includes the course book, course companion, geography & grammar cards, daily checklist, and shared reader. TGTB recommends that you use their free assessment to determine if Level 5 is the correct placement for your child.

TGTB doesn’t include handwriting instruction. For cursive penmanship practice, you can print Bible copywork worksheets at Bible Story Printables and Hubbard’s Cupboard. Or you may choose to have your child copy passages from their Bible or history lessons in cursive.

For additional reading practice, either borrow books from your local library or download some of these classic readers. If you would like your child to work on reading comprehension, try Read Theory. This reading practice website starts children out with a placement test. Then, the child is given passages to read at their level. Based on how they answer the questions about the passage, their level will move slightly up or down. The site also keeps track of progress.

 

Math

FreeMath uses online activities and printable worksheets. The lessons will need to be taught by the parent. You’ll notice that only 27 weeks of materials are included, rather than 36 weeks, which is a typical school year. This is because the curriculum skips the review often included in other math courses. If your child needs more review, consider adding Doctor Genius for online practice or K5 Learning or Dad’s Worksheets for printable worksheets. If your child does not require review, just progress to 6th grade math when your child completes 5th grade math. Unfortunately, FreeMath ends at 5th grade. When your child is ready for 6th grade math, you can begin MasterMath. Be sure to read MasterMath’s instructions for homeschoolers for important information about how this curriculum works and how to use it.

If your child needs practice with math facts, you can either use flashcards or have your child practice online at XtraMath. XtraMath’s facts fluency program helps children master addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts. XtraMath tracks progress and generates reports for the parent/teacher. After the child has mastered an operation, they are awarded a printable certificate.

 

Bible

Free Sunday School Lessons was designed for use in a group setting but also works well for homeschoolers. There are 95 Foundations of the Faith Lessons. If you do three lessons per week, they could all be completed during a single school year. Each lesson includes worksheets, notebooking suggestions, and a memory verse. Every 5th lesson is a quiz. Review flashcards are also included for each unit.


History

U Read Thru History is a Charlotte Mason inspired, literature-based approach to learning history. Each year your child will spend one semester learning World History and one semester learning American History. Year 5 covers the Post Civil War Era and Enlightenment. Each weekly lesson includes discussion questions and activities. If you are unable to find the books recommended in your local library, you may substitute any book that covers the same topic. If you choose to buy some of the books, save money by purchasing used books. For more information on how these history courses are set up, be sure to read the teacher’s guide.

 

Science

In Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool’s Biology course, your child will learn about two branches of biology: human anatomy and plant life. The course uses online textbooks, videos, and other online learning materials. The course is scheduled in 180 daily lessons. Easy Peasy offers this course at two levels. Your 5th grader will be in the upper level, which is designed for 5th to 8th graders.

 

Electives and Life Skills

At DIY.org, children complete challenges to learn different skills and earn virtual patches. The virtual patches are free, but real embroidered patches can be purchased if desired. Over 130 patches are offered including animator, baker, bike mechanic, chemist, fashion designer, landscaper, gymnast, toy maker, vocalist, zoologist, and much more. Children can create portfolios to show the skills they’ve learned, as well as, meet, share with, and learn from other children in DIY’s safe online community.

 

 

Computer Skills

Code.org’s Course F teaches visual block-based programming. Your child will review loops, events, functions, and conditionals before learning about variables and more advanced loops. In the second part of this course, your child will design and create a capstone project they can share.

Typing.com teaches touch typing through interactive lessons. Your child may start at the beginner, intermediate, or advanced level. The program tracks progress and provides additional lessons for frequently missed keys.

 

Physical Education, Recess, and Health

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Operation Fit Kids’ curriculum for 3rd through 5th graders teaches the importance of physical fitness and proper nutrition. The downloadable lessons include activities, worksheets, journal pages, and more. This curriculum only has seven lessons, making it a short unit that could be completed at any point during the school year, rather than a complete year-long program.

 

Other Grades

I hope this sample curriculum has been helpful. If you’re looking for guides for other grades, you can find them here.

 

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One of my favorite things about homeschooling is the freedom that it gives our family. So, in honor Independence Day, I asked our Facebook followers to complete the following sentence:

Homeschooling gives my family the freedom to…

Here are the responses!

…visit family out of state anytime we want!  -Andrea

…explore the topics we wish to at our own pace.  -Kristen

…be a kid for longer! Enjoy learning what we want to learn, and do it at a pace we are comfortable with.  -Bethany

…spend more time with family, learn from each other, and grow together.  -Christina

…choose their own path and learn in a way that is tailored to them.  -Gwen

…find what they love to do and follow it!  -Marsha

…be ourselves and allow our kids to be themselves with no peer pressure to be or do something they are not.  -Sean

…travel and see family and explore our world. It also gives me the opportunity to watch them grow and enjoy them while they are growing up.  -Denise

…watch my child blossom in the comfort of her own home and go at a pace that’s most accommodating to her special needs!  -Miranda



…not be stressed.  -Michai

…enjoy learning at our own speed, travel off season (way less money and more trips that way), and have more love for learning.  -Danielle

…exercise FREEDOM to its fullest in every aspect of child rearing from education to spirituality.  -Theresa

…do way more unit studies and hands-on projects, and to bond as a family while doing it!  -Susan

…learn at my child’s own pace, interest-led learning, learn all needed to learn at home, comfortably and relaxed.  -Stephanie

…allow our child to shine and achieve their fullest potential.  -Katie

…have God in our daily lesson plans, and we make our own schedule. I also like the fact that we get to pick curriculum.  -Kristy

…be individuals, instead of the same cookie cutter mold as everyone else.  -Dee Dee

…spend time with a shift working daddy who our kids would miss seeing a lot of if they were in public school.  -Natalie

…breathe.  -Sharon

…explore and get to know my children on another level. I learn what areas they struggle in and where they excel. My favorite part of it all is creating memories that will last forever!!  -Laydiij

…make our own schedule pursuing our family values.  -Sharon

…learn and grow in a safe and healthy environment.  -Julie

…explore and learn the best way for each individual child and as a family and grow together all while learning new things and exploring opportunities and destinations.  -Misty

…travel to visit family when we want!  -Nicole

…do school whenever we want. My husband is a paramedic and therefore works very long hours, homeschooling allows our kids to spend time with dad when he’s home, which is usually during the week during “normal” school hours.  -Tabatha

…to grow. Being together while learning offers numerous opportunities to grow in ways not available otherwise.  -Lisa

…to learn at our own pace while experiencing the world around us!  -Laranda

…enjoy learning while having the flexibility to study what engages each child, travel to see family in Namibia every December and generally have a blast together while exploring!  -Carrie



…explore our own interests.  -Amanda

…choose our own materials, go at our own pace, learn in our individual learning style, and keep our family unit together more.  -Sarah

…not vaccinate.  -Kristen

…go where we want when we want, especially since my husband’s work schedule does not allow for vacation when many people tend to go on vacation.  -Sherri

…explore, experience, and express ourselves.  -Mariana

…match their dad’s work schedule so we can maximize our time with him.  -Jennifer

…let my child be his true self.  -Kam

…pursue personal interests of study and travel.  -Annette

…take music lessons at 11 am, instead of in the afternoon when we’re tired.  -Sarah


This Independence Day I’m thankful to live in a country where my family has the freedom to homeschool. Unfortunately, in many countries around the world, this isn’t the case. We shouldn’t take this freedom for granted. It wasn’t that long ago that homeschooling was illegal in most of America.  During the 1980s many states passed laws to legalize homeschooling, but it wasn’t until 1993 that homeschooling was legal in all 50 states. Parents in the 1980’s fought hard for the education freedom we enjoy today. Now, It is up to us to preserve our freedom for future generations.

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Free 4th Grade Christian Homeschool Curriculum 

At FreedomHomeschooling.com, we list several free all-in-one-curriculum programs. These programs include every subject your 4th grader will need. Homeschoolers often choose all-in-one programs because of the simplicity they provide. They take care of the planning and curriculum selection for you.

However, many homeschoolers, myself included, prefer to choose a separate curriculum for each subject. This allows us to customize our children’s education, choosing materials that fit their learning styles and individual needs in each subject area. Also, I’ve always enjoyed the variety that a more eclectic approach provides. Using the same approach and materials for every subject can become monotonous for some students.

If you’d like to piece together your own customized 4th grade curriculum, visit FreedomHomeschooling.com’s main page, and choose a subject area to explore from the menu. On that subject’s page, you will find a list of links to free curriculum resources.

Below, I’ve provided a sample 4th grade Christian curriculum. This sample curriculum is intended to give you an idea of what a 4th grade curriculum could look like. Feel free to make substitutions as needed. If you have other children, you may prefer to study some subjects, like Bible, history, and science, together as a family.

 



Language Arts, Geography, and Art

The Good & the Beautiful (TGTB) Language Arts Level 4 covers reading, writing, spelling, literature, grammar, punctuation, art, and geography in one downloadable course. The course download includes Course Books Part 1 & 2, Level 4 Creative Companion, and Geography & Grammar Cards. TGTB recommends that you use their free assessment to determine if Level 4 is the correct placement for your child.

TGTB doesn’t include handwriting instruction. For cursive penmanship practice, you can print worksheets at SchoolExpress and Guest Hollow. Guest Hollow also offers Bible verse copywork.

The Good & the Beautiful Language Arts includes spelling, but it is not taught as extensively as in other levels of their language arts curriculum. The entire Level 4 includes only 80 spelling words. Therefore, you may find it necessary to add an additional spelling curriculum. K12 Reader’s spelling curriculum includes 36 weeks of spelling lists. Each list has five different printable spelling activities to help support learning. Also, each week’s spelling words correlate to K12 Reader’s weekly reading comprehension worksheets.

For additional reading practice, either borrow books from your local library or download some of these classic readers. If you would like your child to work on reading comprehension, try Read Theory. This reading practice website starts children out with a placement test. Then, the child is given passages to read at their level. Based on how they answer the questions about the passage, their level will move slightly up or down. The site also keeps track of progress.

 

Math

FreeMath uses online activities and printable worksheets. The lessons will need to be taught by the parent. You’ll notice that only 27 weeks of materials are included, rather than 36 weeks, which is a typical school year. This is because the curriculum skips the review often included in other math courses. If your child needs more review, consider adding Doctor Genius for online practice or K5 Learning or Dad’s Worksheets for printable worksheets. If your child does not require review, just progress to 5th grade math when your child completes 4th grade math.

To practice math facts and improve recall speed, you can either use flashcards or have your child practice online at XtraMath. XtraMath’s facts fluency program helps children master addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts. XtraMath tracks progress and generates reports for the parent/teacher. After the child has mastered an operation, they are awarded a printable certificate.

 

Bible

God’s Hand in Our Lives offers 59 downloadable Level 3 (4th to 6th grade) Old Testament Lessons. Each lesson includes a thorough teacher’s guide, opening and closing prayer, Bible story, worksheets, discussion questions, memory verses, and a hymn. If you are unfamiliar with the hymn, most of them can be found on YouTube. This curriculum was written for use in Lutheran Sunday Schools, but its layout also works well for homeschool use, and most of the content should work for members of other Protestant denominations. Aim to complete about two lessons per week to finish this curriculum in one school year.

 

 



 

History

U Read Thru History is a Charlotte Mason inspired, literature-based approach to learning history. Each year your child will spend one semester learning World History and one semester learning American History. Year 4 covers the Civil War Era and Renaissance & Reformation. Each weekly lesson includes discussion questions and activities. If you are unable to find the books recommended in your local library, you may substitute any book that covers the same topic. If you choose to buy some of the books, save money by purchasing used books. For more information on how these history courses are set up, be sure to read the teacher’s guide.

 

Science

Mystery Science offers a limited number of free annual memberships each week. Every time I have visited Mystery Science’s website there have been plenty of free memberships available. If there aren’t any when you visit, try again the next week and they should have more available. Mystery Science’s online lessons teach using a discovery approach. Each lesson features engaging videos which frequently stop for an activity or discussion. All of the experiments and activities use items that you should be able to find around your home or at your local grocery or discount store. This curriculum is designed for classroom use, but most of the activates are easily adapted to a smaller group or single child at home. Each lesson includes printable assessment questions, and many also include printable handouts or templates for use in the activities. Mystery Science’s units may be completed in any order. This makes it easy to choose science units to go with what your child is learning in other subjects or what they are currently interested in.

 

Electives & Life Skills

At DIY.org, children complete challenges to learn different skills and earn virtual patches. The virtual patches are free, but real embroidered patches can be purchased if desired. Over 130 patches are offered including animator, baker, bike mechanic, chemist, fashion designer, landscaper, gymnast, toy maker, vocalist, zoologist, and much more. Children can create portfolios to show the skills they’ve learned, as well as, meet, share with, and learn from other children in DIY’s safe online community.

 

 

Computer Skills

Code.org’s Course E teaches visual block-based programming. Your child will practice coding with algorithms, loops, conditionals, and events before they are introduced to functions. In the second part of the course, they will design and create a capstone project they can share.

Typing.com teaches touch typing through interactive lessons. Your child may start at the beginner, intermediate, or advanced level. The program tracks progress and provides additional lessons for frequently missed keys.

 

Physical Education and Recess

Rather than following a set curriculum, simply allow your child plenty of free time for active play. If you would like some ideas, Chapter 3 (page 46) of Physical Activity for Everyone from the Center for Disease Control provides information about how much exercise children need, as well as, numerous suggested activities. If your child plays a sport or takes dance, karate, gymnastics, swimming lessons, etc, these can also be considered part of your physical education program. Your child may also enjoy these dance and exercise videos, especially when the weather isn’t good for outdoor play.

 

Other Grades

I hope this sample curriculum has been helpful. If you’re looking for guides for other grades, you can find them here.

 

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I’ll let you in on a little secret. Most homeschoolers don’t have any more patience than you do. I sure don’t! I frequently have people tell me I must be “so patient” or that I have “the patience of a saint” because I homeschool. That couldn’t be further from the truth. I’m surprised my children don’t burst into hysterical laughter when they overhear these comments.

Parenting requires patience.

Think of all the times your patience has been tried as a parent. You’ve made it through sleepless nights with a newborn, potty training, and teething. You’ve likely been puked and peed on. Maybe you’ve had to deal with sibling squabbles, homework at the end of a long day, and long waits at the pediatrician’s office with a sick child. All of these things require patience. Homeschooling is no different. If you have enough patience to parent, you have enough patience to homeschool.



Jobs require patience.

If you work outside the home or have ever worked outside the home, you know how much a job can try your patience. Have you ever dealt with rude clients/customers, slacking co-workers, or unreasonable expectations from upper management? These situations require a great deal of patience to get through. I’ve found that some of the jobs I’ve held have tried my patience way more than homeschooling or parenting ever has. Often at work, we find ourselves in situations we can’t do much to change. You can’t teach those rude customers manners or discipline your slacking co-worker. However, as a homeschooling parent, you DO have the ability to teach, influence, and discipline your children to improve their behavior. The result is children who test your patience much less.

I’ve always found it strange that when people discover someone homeschools, they’ll say, “I could never do that. I don’t have enough patience.” But when the same people find out what someone does for a career, they never say something like, “I’d never have the patience to deal with clients and a boss!” If you have enough patience to hold down a job, you have enough patience to homeschool.

Life requires patience.

Every day we encounter situations that require patience- late UPS packages, long lines at the grocery store, traffic jams, waiting for payday, annoying neighbors, family issues… The list is endless. Think of all the times your patience has been tried over the past few days. For most of us it’s probably been several times, often multiple times a day. If you have the patience required to function in everyday life, you have enough patience to homeschool.



Our culture

So, if we have enough patience to parent, hold down jobs, and function in everyday life, why do we feel that we couldn’t possibly have the patience to homeschool? It simply isn’t the norm in our culture for families to spend all day together. Both parents go to work, and the children go to daycare or school. Because that’s all many of us have ever known, it seems almost unnatural for parents to spend all day with their children. Parents in our society have forgotten how to be with their own children. We have forgotten that throughout history, families spent most of their time living and working together.

While reading Little House on the Prairie to my children, it occurred to me that when the Ingalls family set out in their covered wagon to begin their journey from the woods of Wisconsin to the prairie in Kansas, no one expressed concern over the family’s desire to spend all their time together, alone in the vast prairie. That would have seemed absurd then. I can imagine the reaction today. “Oh, Caroline, how will you be able to spend all day with your children? I’d never have the patience for that!”

Now, not only are we not used to families spending most of their time together, we are actively taught by our culture that it is wrong. We are told that our children are better off with the experts in schools and daycares than with us. And we are told that the sooner we can place our children in the care of these experts the better off we’ll all be. Nationwide, compulsory school ages are being pushed lower and lower, and many are advocating for mandatory public Pre-K.

We grow up hearing that children are a burden, annoying, and will keep you from doing something more important with your life. Every day on social media, we are bombarded with memes expressing how hard parenting is and how terrible children can be. Our entire lives we have heard parents complain about their children. We’ve grown up seeing parents, maybe our own, dread summer break and celebrate when their children return to school at the end of summer. It’s not surprising at all that people in our culture would doubt their ability to have the patience to homeschool.

Consider this

The same culture which tells us that we can’t possibly have enough patience to deal with our own children expects teachers to have enough patience to handle a classroom full of children. How can it be that people think it requires a superhuman level of patience for me to homeschool only two children, but take it for granted that their child’s teacher has the patience to handle 20 to 30 children at a time? It doesn’t make much sense to me. If a school teacher can muster up the patience needed to educate that many kids, you should have enough patience to educate your children.

Learning a new skill takes practice.

If your child is frustrated with trying to learn to ride a bike, you wouldn’t say, “Oh well, you can’t ride a bike. You’ll never be able to ride a bike.” You would encourage your child to keep practicing. Patience is a skill that many of us, homeschooling or not, could stand to improve. So, don’t say, “I don’t have any patience. I’d never be able to homeschool.” Instead, work on practicing and growing your patience just like you would any other skill you’d like to learn.

The more time you spend with your children, the easier it will get. You’ll get used to it and so will they. If you have multiple children, they’ll learn to get along better. As a homeschooling parent, I get to spend the best part of the day with my children, rather than only the end of the day when the entire family is often tired and grouchy, and my patience is stretched thin.

If you’re a believer, pray for God’s guidance and help in growing your patience with your children and in all areas of your life. These 10 Prayers of Patience can provide a starting place. Also, spend some time reading Scripture about patience.

  The take away
  • Homeschooling does not require any more patience than other aspects of life.
  • You are already more patient than you realize.
  • Don’t let the culture make you feel that you can’t handle your own children.
  • Like any skill, with practice, patience can be improved!
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Math can be a challenging subject for many homeschooling parents and children. Fortunately, there’s an abundance of free math resources available online to help. Below, you’ll find sources for printable worksheets, video instruction, online practice, games, and more!

Printable Worksheets & Workbooks

Bridges Practice Books  (K to 5th)

Dad’s Worksheets  (K to 12th)

EZY Math Tutoring  (3rd to 12th)

HelpingWithMath.com  (K to 8th)

HomeschoolMath.net  (1st to 8th)

K5 Learning  (K to 5th)

Math-Aids.com  (K to 12th)

Math-Drills.com  (K to 12th)

Math Games  (Pre-K to 7th)

Math in English  (1st to 6th)

Mathletics  (K to 12th)

Worksheet Fun  (K to 6th)

Video Instruction

Home School Math Online  (7th to 12th)

Khan Academy  (K to 12th)

Math Antics  (3rd to 8th)

Math Game Time  (Pre-K to 7th)

Math Mammoth  (1st to 8th)

Math Planet  (7th to 12th)

Math TV  (3rd to 12th)

MathVids  (6th to 12th)

Mr. Math Blog  (2nd to 12th)

Peter Blake Maths  (7th to 12th)

Virtual Nerd  (6th to 12th)




Online Practice

AAA Math  (K to 8th)

A+ Click  (1st to 12th)

Doctor Genius  (K to 6th)

Facts Monster  (K to 6th)

Khan Academy  (K to 12th)

Math Games  (Pre-K to 7th)

MobyMax  (K to 8th)

XtraMath  (K to 6th)

Games

Cool Math  (7th to 12th)

Cool Math 4 Kids  (K to 6th)

Fun Brain  (K to 8th)

Hooda Math  (K to 12th)

Math Games  (Pre-K to 7th)

Math Game Time  (Pre-K to 7th)

Math XP  (2nd to 8th)

Prodigy  (1st to 8th)

Sheppard Software  (K to 12th)




Online Graphing Calculators

Desmos

meta-calculator

Equation Solvers

cymath

Mathway

Quick Math

Complete Math Curriculum

If you’re looking for a complete math curriculum, you’ll find many options on our free math curriculum page.

Did I miss anything?

I hope these free resources will help you teach math with confidence while saving your family money. If I’ve missed any free math resources, please let me know in the comments.

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Free 3rd Grade Christian Homeschool Curriculum 

At FreedomHomeschooling.com, we list several free all-in-one-curriculum programs. These programs include every subject your 3rd grader will need. Homeschoolers often choose all-in-one programs because of the simplicity they provide. They take care of the planning and curriculum selection for you.

However, many homeschoolers, myself included, prefer to choose a separate curriculum for each subject. This allows us to customize our children’s education, choosing materials that fit their learning styles and individual needs in each subject area. Also, I’ve always enjoyed the variety that a more eclectic approach provides. Using the same approach and materials for every subject can become monotonous for some students.

If you’d like to piece together your own customized 3rd grade curriculum, visit FreedomHomeschooling.com’s main page, and choose a subject area to explore from the menu. On that subject’s page, you will find a list of links to free curriculum resources.

Below, I’ve provided a sample 3rd grade Christian curriculum. This sample curriculum is intended to give you an idea of what a 3rd grade curriculum could look like. Feel free to make substitutions as needed. If you have other children, you may prefer to study some subjects, like Bible, history, and science, together as a family.



Language Arts, Geography, and Art

The Good & the Beautiful (TGTB) Language Arts Level 3 covers phonics, reading, writing, spelling, literature, grammar, punctuation, art, and geography in one downloadable course. The course download includes the course book, course companion, two readers, and challenging words flashcards. TGTB recommends that you use their free assessment to determine if Level 3 is the correct placement for your child.

TGTB doesn’t include handwriting instruction. You can print beginning cursive handwriting worksheets at K5 Learning, K12 Reader, and TSL Books.

For additional reading practice, either borrow books from your local library or download some of these classic readers. If you would like your child to work on reading comprehension, try Read Theory. This reading practice website starts children out with a placement test. Then, the child is given passages to read at their level. Based on how they answer the questions about the passage, their level will move slightly up or down. The site also keeps track of progress.

Math

FreeMath uses online activities and printable worksheets. The lessons will need to be taught by the parent. You’ll notice that only 27 weeks of materials are included, rather than 36 weeks, which is a typical school year. This is because the curriculum skips the review often included in other math courses. If your child needs more review, consider adding Doctor Genius for online practice or K5 Learning or Dad’s Worksheets for printable worksheets. If your child does not require review, just progress to 4th grade math when your child completes 3rd grade math.

To teach math facts, you can either use flashcards or have your child practice online at XtraMath. XtraMath’s facts fluency program helps children master addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts. XtraMath tracks progress and generates reports for the parent/teacher. After the child has mastered an operation, they are awarded a printable certificate.

Bible

U.B. David & I’ll B. Jonathan Inc. offers the following Bible lessons appropriate for 3rd grade children: Know Your Bible Level 3 (24 lessons), Explorers Series 1 & 2  (24 lessons), and The Boy from Brooklyn (5 lessons). If your child completes two lessons per week, they’ll finish all three courses in about 27 weeks weeks. Each lesson includes a story, memory verse, and a quiz. If you register for a free account, your child can earn points towards free certificates as they complete their lessons.

You may also want to add Know the Truth: 60 Questions and Answers on Christian Beliefs. This downloadable Catechism is based on the 2000 Baptist Faith and Message. While this book was written for Baptist families, most of the questions will be relevant to other Protestant denominations.



History

U Read Thru History is a Charlotte Mason inspired, literature-based approach to learning history. Each year your child will spend one semester learning World History and one semester learning American History. Year 3 covers Westward Expansion and Dark & Middle Ages. Each weekly lesson includes discussion questions and activities. If you are unable to find the books recommended in your local library, you may substitute any book that covers the same topic. If you choose to buy some of the books, save money by purchasing used books. For more information on how these history courses are set up, be sure to read the teacher’s guide.

Science

DIY Homeschooler provides lesson plans to accompany Our Wonderful World by Emery Lewis Howe. This classic nature study book is now in the public domain and available for free download. The book has 32 chapters, and it’s suggested that you cover one each week. The lesson plans for each chapter provide numerous actives, additional reading, and links to investigate the topic further. Some lessons include a video. Every lesson includes scripture related to the topic that’s being studied. Additionally, each lesson links to the corresponding section in The Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock. This book is also available for free download and will give you valuable information about the week’s topic. It will also give tips on where to find the animal or plant your child is learning about and how to observe it.

Life Skills

Practical Money Skills teaches children basic concepts about financial topics like saving money, comparison shopping, and managing their allowance. Each lesson includes a printable teacher’s guide and printable student materials. There are only four lessons, making Practical Money Skills a short unit that can be completed at any time during the school year.

Kids Sewing Projects offers sewing lessons for beginning through advanced sewing. The website’s lessons feature detailed tutorials with pictures of the steps. Some of the lessons also include videos. If your child has never sewn before, they probably need to start at Pre-Beginner Level 1. Progress through the levels at your child’s pace. If they enjoy sewing, you can continue lessons on into 4th grade and beyond.

Computer Skills

Code.org’s Course D teaches visual block-based programming. Your child will develop their understanding of algorithms, nested loops, while loops, conditionals, and events. They will also learn about digital citizenship.

Dance Mat Typing is a gentle beginning typing program. It only has 12 lessons, so it’s not a complete typing course. It is an excellent first introduction to typing for younger students, though. The lessons include animated animal characters and provide clear instructions. The lessons are not timed, as they usually are in other typing programs, but this takes the pressure off for first-time learners.

Physical Education and Recess

Rather than following a set curriculum, simply allow your child plenty of free time for active play. If you would like some ideas, Chapter 3 (page 46) of Physical Activity for Everyone from the Center for Disease Control provides information about how much exercise children need, as well as, numerous suggested activities. Your child may also enjoy these dance and exercise videos, especially when the weather isn’t good for outdoor play.

Other Grades

I hope this sample curriculum has been helpful. If you’re looking for guides for other grades, you can find them here.

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Textbooks can be costly, but homeschooling through high school doesn’t have to break the bank. OpenStax offers free downloadable textbooks. While the textbooks are intended for college students, many of the courses offered could be completed by motivated high school students. These free textbooks are high-quality, peer-reviewed, and frequently updated to ensure that the material is current and accurate.




Instructor Materials

In addition to the student textbook, each course also has numerous instructor resources, including an instructor guide, answer guide, PowerPoint presentations, and more. To access these instructor materials, you’ll need to sign up for a free account. To keep these materials secure, OpenStax requires that anyone requesting access verify that they are an instructor or staff. Fortunately, they do allow home educators to access the instructor materials! To sign up, you will need to submit some type of document or other proof that you are a home educator. Some examples of proof you may submit are:

  • Link to your homeschool website
  • Link to a website for a homeschool collective or other organization that mentions you
  • Letter from your state certifying you as a homeschool teacher
  • Letter from your cover school or other homeschool organization you are affiliated with
  • Homeschool Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) membership card

If you have questions about what types of documentation OpenStax will accept, contact their customer service department.




Textbooks Offered

These are the textbooks currently offered by OpenStax.

  • Math– Pre-Algebra, Elementary Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra, Algebra & Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus Volumes 1 to 3, Introductory Statistics, and Introductory Business Statistics
  • Science– Anatomy & Physiology, Astronomy, Biology, Concepts of Biology, Microbiology, Chemistry, College Physics, and University Physics Volumes 1 to 3
  • Social Sciences– American Government, Principles of Economics, Principles of Macroeconomics, Principles of Microeconomics, Psychology, and Sociology
  • Humanities– U.S. History
  • Business Introduction to Business, Business Ethics, Principles of Accounting: Financial Accounting, Principles of Accounting: Managerial Accounting, Introductory Business Statistics, Principals of Management, Entrepreneurship, and Organizational Behavior

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Free 2nd Grade Christian Homeschool Curriculum 

At FreedomHomeschooling.com, we list several free all-in-one-curriculum programs. These programs include every subject your 2nd grader will need. Homeschoolers often choose all-in-one programs because of the simplicity they provide. They take care of the planning and curriculum selection for you.

However, many homeschoolers, myself included, prefer to choose a separate curriculum for each subject. This allows us to customize our children’s education, choosing materials that fit their learning styles and individual needs in each subject area. Also, I’ve always enjoyed the variety that a more eclectic approach provides. Using the same approach and materials for every subject can become monotonous for some students.

If you’d like to piece together your own customized 2nd grade curriculum, visit FreedomHomeschooling.com’s main page, and choose a subject area to explore from the menu. On that subject’s page, you will find a list of links to free curriculum resources.

Below, I’ve provided a sample 2nd grade Christian curriculum. This sample curriculum is intended to give you an idea of what a 2nd grade curriculum could look like. Feel free to make substitutions as needed. If you have other children, you may prefer to study some subjects, like Bible, history, and science, together as a family. Also, many homeschoolers choose to skip formal curriculum for subjects like science and history in the early years. Instead, they do things like read library books, explore nature, and watch videos.



 

Language Arts, Geography, and Art

The Good & the Beautiful (TGTB) Language Arts Level 2 covers phonics, reading, writing, spelling, literature, grammar, punctuation, art, and geography in one downloadable course. The course download includes the course book, course companion, phonics cards, and reader. TGTB recommends that you use their free assessment to determine if Level 2 is the correct placement for your child.

TGTB doesn’t include handwriting instruction. For manuscript penmanship practice, you can print worksheets at SchoolExpress and Guest Hollow. Guest Hollow also offers Bible verse copywork.

For additional reading practice, either borrow books from your local library or download some of these classic readers.

 

Math

FreeMath uses online activities and printable worksheets. The lessons will need to be taught by the parent. You’ll notice that only 27 weeks of materials are included, rather than 36 weeks, which is a typical school year. This is because the curriculum skips the review often included in other math courses. If your child needs more review, consider adding Doctor Genius for online practice or K5 Learning or Dad’s Worksheets for printable worksheets. If your child does not require review, just progress to 3rd grade math when your child completes 2nd grade math.

To teach math facts, you can either use flashcards or have your child practice online at XtraMath. XtraMath’s facts fluency program helps children master addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts. XtraMath tracks progress and generates reports for the parent/teacher. After the child has mastered an operation, they are awarded a printable certificate.

 

Bible

U.B. David & I’ll B. Jonathan Inc. offers the following Bible lessons appropriate for 2nd grade children: Know Your Bible Level 2 (24 lessons), Let’s Talk About Series (16 lessons), and Best Friends Series 1 & 2 (20 lessons). If your child completes two lessons per week, they’ll finish these courses in 30 weeks. Each lesson includes a story, memory verse, and a quiz. If you register for a free account, your child can earn points towards free certificates as they complete their lessons.

 



 

History

U Read Thru History is a Charlotte Mason inspired, literature-based approach to learning history. Each year your child will spend one semester learning World History and one semester learning American History. Year 2 covers Revolutionary War and Ancient Greece & Ancient Rome. Each weekly lesson includes discussion questions and activities. If you are unable to find the books recommended in your local library, you may substitute any book that covers the same topic. If you choose to buy some of the books, save money by purchasing used books. In second grade, you will read the books aloud to your child. For more information on how these history courses are set up, be sure to read the teacher’s guide.

 

Science

Under the Home’s 2nd grade science course is Animal Nature Study. There are 36 lessons, so you will complete one per week throughout the school year. For each lesson, the “lesson” tab is where you’ll find the story and audio recording, and the “lesson guide” tab is where you’ll find the coinciding vocabulary words, key concepts, activities, printable field guide, and more.

You may also like to add Nature Readers: Sea-side and Way-side No. 1. If your child is reading well, he may be able to read this book independently. Otherwise, it makes a great read aloud.

If your child would like to learn more about science, he may enjoy SciShow Kids on YouTube. These short videos explore all those curious topics that make kids ask “why?” It’s a fun way for younger kids to learn about all sorts of science topics.

 

Life Skills

ChopChop Cooking Club provides recipes, how-tos, shopping and storage tips, fun activities, and conversation starters. Children can upload pictures of the meals they’ve prepared to receive virtual badges. Badges celebrate the different cooking skills learned in each recipe, such as whisking, roasting, mixing, measuring, and grating. Cooking is an excellent hands-on way for children to practice math and reading skills. For more kid-friendly recipes and tutorials, check out Spatula Cooking for Kids.

 

 

Computer Skills

Code.org’s Course C teaches visual block-based programming. Your child will create programs with loops and events, translate their initials into binary, investigate different problem-solving techniques, learn about internet safety, and more. At the end of the course, they will create an interactive game. Your child may occasionally need some help with the activities.

 

Physical Education and Recess

Rather than following a set curriculum, simply allow your child plenty of free time for active play. When the weather isn’t ideal for outdoor play, consider using some of these dance and exercise videos on YouTube.

 

Other Grades

You can find free curriculum for 1st grade here. I will post similar sample curriculum guides for 3rd through 8th grades soon. So, check Freedom Homeschooling’s blog often!

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