The Best Summer Learning Resources for FREE!

The Best Summer Learning Resources for FREE!

When I heard about free learning resources for the summer, I was interested. But when I learned that Discovery Education and myOn Literacy were some of the free programs available to us homeschoolers, I couldn’t contain my excitement.

I have used Discovery Education with my family and the incredible videos and teaching helps they include are absolutely perfect for low-key summer learning. My association with myOn is a little more interesting! I used to be a sales rep for this incredible program that is marketed to public schools. Whether you have a beginning, struggling, or avid reader, you will be amazed by the interactive books that are available with reading supports (audio and highlighted text and more). It is like having an entire library in your home.

But that’s not all that’s included as freebies for and if you’re smart, you’ve already started scrolling down to see what you get! I’m definitely claiming my freebies now. Have a great learning summer!
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The Best Places to Find Homeschool Freebies & Giveaways

The Best Places to Find Homeschool Freebies & Giveaways

best places, homeschool, freebies, printables, giveawaysIf you’re like most homeschoolers, you’ve come across some great freebies — whether it’s a website, a whole curriculum, or a printable you can use in teaching your children. Maybe you’ve even heard about a book, curriculum, or iPad giveaway that you’ve entered.

The good news is you don’t have to hope that you hear about good deals like these. You can stay informed with this list of the best places to find homeschool freebies and giveaways. Pin it, bookmark it, and share it with your friends.

Your Favorite Curriculum or Website Mailing List

Signing up for the mailing list of your favorite homeschool or educational website will provide you access to exclusive freebies and giveaways. One of my favorite mailing lists is Notgrass. I’ve enjoyed excellent free unit studies from them.

Freebies & Giveaway Websites

Free Homeschool Deals – this site is hosted by Jamerrill Stewart, who not only offers information on great freebies like printables and ebooks (including free Kindle books), but has been very generous with me personally. The Once-and-for-All Meal Plan was featured on Free Homeschool Deals.

Money Saving Mom – Jamerrill also shares the best freebies here, a site where you can find more ways to be a frugal mom.

Homeschool Giveaways – Carrie Fernandez is another generous lady. Subscribing to this site will ensure you get valuable freebies. I got a curriculum I am using this year that sells for over $30!

Blessed Beyond a Doubt – Jill links to others’ printables, creates her own great printables for readers and subscribers, and lists free Kindle books of interest to homeschoolers. I shared the easiest record keeping system ever with her readers.

Homeschool FreeB – a round up of freebies available every day.

Teaching With Cents – daily freebies and deals for educators.

CurrClick – a very impressive list of free ebooks, lapbooks, and unit studies.

Giveaway Tools Daily Linky – not only homeschool-related giveaways, but many are.

Christian Book Distributors – Christian giveaways, not necessarily homeschool-related.

Good Reads – can find Christian book giveaways, not necessarily homeschool-related.

Imaginative Homeschool – offers a giveaway linkup

Giveaways

Are you unsure of how to enter a giveaway? Rafflecopter is a popular means of hosting a giveaway and has an explanation for you: How to Enter a Rafflecopter Giveaway. Some other sites to check for giveaways include:

Blog Giveaway Directory – may not be homeschool related.

PunchTab Giveaways app – This app will allow you to search for giveaways using PunchTab rather than Rafflecopter.

Low Entry Giveaways on Mom Bloggers Club – The more popular sites will offer you a lower chance of winning. This site which offers giveaways that are not all homeschool related, only features giveaways that have low entries.

Last Chance Giveaways – On the same theme, this site has low entry giveaways that are not all homeschool related.

Printables

Printables are digital products that you can print at home. Many of the websites above offer free printables, but these sites specialize in them.

Donna Young – featuring printables in many subject areas, her handwriting printables (including every kind of paper) are especially impressive.

Teachers Pay Teachers – this website offers many freebies as well as printables for purchase from teachers who may not be homeschoolers.

iHomeschool Network – featuring printables from many homeschool bloggers.

Meet Penny – includes a link-up for homeschool bloggers to share printables they’ve created.

Confessions of a Homeschooler– has printables listed by subject.

Unit Studies

Amy’s Wanderings has a great list of free unit studies.

Homeschool Share has another list of unit studies that I’ve used.

Free Kindle Books

This About page lists 25 places to find free Kindle books.

Free Apps

Many educational apps have promotional days when they are free. These apps alert you to these deals.

Amazon’s Free App of the Day – Android app, not necessarily homeschool related.

iTunes Free App of the Day app – not necessarily homeschool-related.

Facebook

Facebook is a great place to find exclusive freebies and giveaways. Like the pages of your favorite curriculum vendor or blogger so you won’t miss out on great deals. Many pages offer a freebie simply for liking. Other pages have Facebook parties where prizes are offered only to attendees. Your odds of winning are excellent! Here’s how to participate in a Facebook party.

Have you liked the Homeschool Sanity page?  Some other pages you should be sure to like include:

Free Homeschool Deals – Jamerrill Stewart

Homeschool Giveaways – Carrie Fernandez

Educents

Homeschool Deals and Freebies Group

Pinterest

Pinterest is ideal for finding freebies. You can find giveaways, too, but often you’ll see a pin when the giveaway has ended. Search Pinterest for the exact freebie or giveaway you want, using those terms. You can also follow pinners or boards to have the best deals show up in your Pinterest feed. I pin freebies to subject-specific homeschool boards and to What’s Hot in Homeschooling. Follow me and the following boards so you can pin and share.

Free Homeschool Deals – Jamerrill Stewart

Free Homeschool Printables – Jamerrill Stewart

3 Boys and a Dog’s Board – many freebies shared.

Vicki Arnold’s Giveaways Board – if you’re on Pinterest frequently, you can enter these before they’re gone.

Google +

Google+, if you’re not familiar, is like Facebook only centered around interests rather than friends. Because there are fewer people using it, your odds of winning giveaways featured here are better. Freebies that may get lost in the fray may also better catch your attention here. As with Pinterest, you can search for freebies and giveaways and find relevant posts. I’d love for you to add me to your homeschool circle. You can also join these two communities:

Homeschool Giveaways Community

Frugal Homeschool Family

Twitter

Search Twitter using these hashtags (#homeschool #freebie #giveaway) and you may discover just what you’re looking for. As with Facebook, consider attending a Twitter party to win a prize reserved for party attendees. Here’s a guide if you’re a Twitter party beginner.

Are you following me on Twitter? I share giveaways and freebies that I don’t have space to include in What’s Hot in Homeschooling.

Google Alerts

Do you know you can set up Google alerts to find out about exactly the freebies and giveaways you’re looking for? Perhaps you’d really like to win an iPad mini. Just enter iPad mini and giveaway as search terms and new posts that include those terms will be sent to your inbox.

Small Blogs

Smaller blogs are motivated to offer amazing freebies and giveaways to gain new readers. These blogs are likely to have low entries, too. Please remember that bloggers and businesses offer you freebies and giveaways in good faith. Please don’t subscribe, get the freebie, than immediately unsubscribe or share material with friends who haven’t subscribed. Thanks so much for your understanding.

Free Homeschool Resource Lists

I couldn’t possibly list every free website available to homeschoolers, and isn’t that wonderful? I can offer you these lists of the best free websites, however.

The Homeschool Buyers Co-op List (also a source for great deals on the best curriculum)

Click Schooling – provides a free website for education every week day

By subject and grade level

Blessed Beyond a Doubt’s List

Pioneer Woman’s List

Best Place to Buy Borrow Sell Used Homeschool

The Best Places to Buy or Borrow Used Homeschool Curriculum

Some of the places I listed in this post offer free curriculum. Be sure to check it out, too. Here’s a site I found recently — the sister site to Free Homeschool Deals.  Curriculum Share – (members pay shipping only). If you can’t find something you need for free here, you may be able to get it for very little money using the used curriculum list.

Are there other places to find homeschool freebies and giveaways you recommend? Please leave a link in the comments.

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Reasons to Educate Your Daughters, Free Language Arts & More: What’s Hot in Homeschooling This Week

Reasons to Educate Your Daughters, Free Language Arts & More: What’s Hot in Homeschooling This Week

Whats Hot in Homeschooling

This week I’m very thankful for the Internet. Through it, God enables us to enjoy the immense talents He has given to so many homeschoolers! I’m thankful, too, for the homeschool bloggers who share their creativity with us. If you’re featured this week, please grab the “Featured” button in the right footer. If you’re a blogger, I’d love for you to link up. If you’re a Pinterest person, please pin the great ideas from the What’s Hot in Homeschooling board. If you just want great articles and resources, read on!

5 Important Reasons to Educate Your Daughters

Whether daughters that we hope will be homeschooling moms should be educated beyond high school is a hot topic these days. This article from Intoxicated on Life is great encouragement to provide continuing education.

How Do I Stand Being with My Children

It’s a question I’ve been asked many, many times. Karen of Simply Living for Him does a great job of answering it.

Fly-Paper Mama

Of course, we don’t want to just “stand being with” our kids. We want to really enjoy them. A Humble Vessel shares how we can do just that!

Homeschool Language Arts for Free

If I could only choose one subject area to teach my children well, it would be language arts. When our kids can read well, they can learn God’s Word and even math well. Only Passionate Curiosity has assembled a great list of free curriculum for teaching these critical skills to 1st through 6th graders.

Teaching Strong Sentence Writing

Speaking of language arts, teaching kids how to write good sentences can be a challenge. The Chaos and the Clutter offers us a simple and fun method for making writing click. Can’t wait to try it with my kids!

All About My Homeschooling Family Printables

So You Call Yourself a Homeschooler points out that many worksheets that ask students to write about their families aren’t appropriate for homeschoolers. So contributor Jill made some and they’re free!

Now it’s your turn. What’s hot in your homeschool this week? Please grab my button from the blog’s right footer or link to this post. Please visit the blog linked before yours and thank them for the hot ideas!

 



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Spring Encouragement, Gardening with Kids, Free Curriculum & More: What’s Hot in Homeschooling This Week

Spring Encouragement, Gardening with Kids, Free Curriculum & More: What’s Hot in Homeschooling This Week

Whats Hot in Homeschooling

Spring may finally be here! Some of what’s hot this week is perfect for those of you with spring fever. Thank you to everyone who linked up last week! If you are featured this week, please grab a button from the bottom of the blog. Want to get even more hot homeschooling goodness? Follow the What’s Hot in Homeschooling board on Pinterest!

Spring Encouragement for Homeschool Moms

Jen at the Most Illustrious Mother offers us great advice for this time of year when many of us are just plain tired!

Homeschooling Before the Storm

Liz of The Hesitant Housewife helps us navigate the often scary transition that occurs after we take a break from school.

Ecclesiastes from a Homeschooling Mom’s Perspective

Homeschool Circus shares further encouragement for us based on Scripture. This would be great to print out and read instead of gorging yourself on chocolate!

30 Gardening Ideas and Activities with Kids

I’m not a gardener, but these activities are enough to have me considering some dirt time. KC Edventures has wheelbarrows full of ideas.

Ask a Next Generation Homeschooler About Curriculum

Ever wonder what a mom who was homeschooled would use to teach her own children? Wonder no longer! The moms at NextGen Homeschool share their experiences.

Guest Hollow

Speaking of curriculum, few things are more exciting than the word FREE. Guest Hollow has made a variety of curricula (history, science, math) available at no charge. I’m particularly interested in the ancient history for next year as it can be used with Mystery of History (and also Story of the World).

Now it’s your turn! Link up what’s hot in your homeschool this week. Link to this post or use the What’s Hot button on the bottom right.


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