When I returned to working outside the home and set about juggling homeschooling and working I oddly thought in my “school” nothing would need to change.
I was wrong.
At first, everything seemed to be working great and then it started to fall apart. After night after night of tears and frustration, I came to the realization that something had to give. That “something” ended up being my all time favorite perfect curriculum.
Turns out I needed to find curricula that would fit not only our new schedule but suit the needs of my children. I needed to find quality resources they could do on their own or that would take little to no preparation on my part.
I am not exaggerating when I say online curriculum literally saved our homeschool along with my sanity!
Below is a list of resources that are perfect for the working homeschool mom. In order to meet that “need”, I required the program would take little to no prep and/or use easy to obtain resources. Some are online, some are not. Many are free!
Most I have used personally or have been highly recommended from other homeschooling moms. Always remember it is your child, your family, and your homeschool. Homeschooling is not a one size fits all. Use what you can and disregard what doesn’t fit!
Disclaimer: I’ve done my best to choose programs I think my readers would enjoy, but I haven’t personally used every single program listed below. Please preview to determine what’s appropriate for you and your family.
If you know of any I have missed please let me know and I will be happy to update this list.
P-12 Online Programs:
Online K-12 complete programs, meaning they you wouldn’t need to use anything else. That said most homeschoolers pick and choose from the curriculum offered and supplement as needed.
Khan Academy-This program is free. Most people think math, however, Khan Academy covers arts, computer, science and more. Totally worth checking out.
Time4Learning-This program is a monthly subscription as well. It can also be used as an after school program, summer school program or skills building program.
CK-12 this is a program I always forget about but truly is a great resource! They have so much available and all for free.
BrainPOP– 7 subjects! Great to supplement what you are learning.
IXL– P-12 great for Math and English, Free
HippoCampus -5, 700 videos in 13 subject areas-Great for children that learn visually.
Online Unit Studies-13 different unit studies, including a story, experiment and more!
Notebooking Pages: Notebooking pages are one of my absolute favorite resources for homeschooling, I use them as worksheets but by all means use them your way. If you decide to try this out, be sure to grab the Free Pack of 600+ Pages. You might want to stock up on ink! Just sayin’.
Teaching Textbooks – In CD format and Textbook /workbook. Many parents swear by this math program, worth checking out.
Illuminations – K-12 this site offers more than 600 online resources (lessons, activities, and games) for free.
Math Drills Printable worksheets with answers for free.
Math Fact Cafe K-5th grade, games, worksheets and more for free.
Patrick JMT Math being taught through video, great for children who are visual based learners. (middle school-high school) Free
Mathletics-online & app math program
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Spelling City Grade K-5 Free Parents can save lists and more.
Lexia Reading Core5 students of all abilities in grades pre-K–5 online or download
Teach Your Monster to Read – This looks so cute!
Free Rice Grammar and Vocabulary practice for K-12, a really cool idea behind this company.
Spelling Workout 2001/2002 Level G Student Edition– A family favorite for years, easy no prep needed. (Amazon.com/Amazon.ca)
These are the two programs my son is using. They come with an instructor manual and student workbook. For the record, I do these with him on my days at home. They take zero prep work but you do need to be there to guide them.
- The Complete Writer: Writing With Skill Level 2 – We used level 1 last year, and C loved this book!! You will need an instructor’s textbook and a student workbook. (for Amazon.ca: Instructor’s Textbook, Student Workbook)
- Analytical Grammar Set – Again we chose the student and teacher to eliminate guess work. I chose to invest in the Analytical Grammar: Reinforcement & Review Worksheets & Answer Keys so I can use it for 3 years
Scratch, Learn to code for free!
The story of the World vol. 4 We’ve used this for YEARS! and love it. Zero prep for the “lesson”. We have purchased the textbook, I only bought one activity book this year for the activities, recipes, and coloring pages, you can photocopy what you need. We also have on hand The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia which I am beyond thrilled with! My son loves that he can see what else is going on, the photos are amazing!
ASL Summer Camp – American Sign Language for Beginners. Read our review.
Duolingo for the daily practice of many languages. Computer or app.
PetraLingua Online Language Course – Choose from Spanish, French, German, Chinese, Russian or ESL English Videos, songs, and games help learners become bilingual FAST! These are online and can be used on your Windows or Mac computer, iPad, iPhone, Android, tablets, and phones.
These are like a membership but these get delivered straight to your door. Most will contain everything you need to for each activity or will require a few common household items:
Surprise Ride – Making learning offline easy. This box is created by moms for moms. One reader told me her favorite part is they include everything you need in the box. You get all the supplies needed to make two activities, a snack and a fun extra of sorts. The only sad part is they currently do not ship to Canada 🙁
Spangler Science – Amazing hands-on science delivered to your door every month!!! Ignite the spark of science and creativity in your child with a subscription to the Spangler Science Club. There are many different programs you can get as well as an online store in which you buy kits, learning toys and more.
Groovy Box Lab-With Groovy Lab in a Box, you will receive boxes full of everything you need to learn about and do hands-on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) experiments for ages 8+. Each box includes the supplies you need along with a lab notebook for your child. A reader told me she liked this box more as it seemed to have a reason for doing the experiment, leading you toward a goal.
Little Passports– Amazing teach your children about the world. Did you know they have subscriptions for older children too? These kits come with a 16-page comic book, you get to solve a mystery each month, hands-on experiments, access to online videos and more.
So there you have it. The list of resources I wish I had.
Saving Money Resources:
I am so determined to save money on homeschooling curriculum that I keep resource pages for programs offered and recommended by other homeschoolers here on the blog such as:
- Free and Frugal Homeschool Resources
- My Favorite “Go-To” Homeschooling Resources
- Simple Ways to Save Money on Homeschool Curriculum
Great resources from around the web that are terrific for the working homeschool mom! Did I leave your favorite out, let me know below?