HUGE List of FREE Homeschool Curriculum & Resources

 

This is the weekly list of Free Homeschool Curriculum and Resources compiled by Jamerrill from FreeHomeschoolDeals.com. If you aren’t a homeschooler, but you’re a parent, teacher, babysitter, or nanny, you’ll probably find at least a few useful freebies in this list. You may also want to go through the Educational Deals and Freebies from earlier this week for more.

Spring has sprung, well at least online it has. This week we began seeing a variety of spring themed learning packs as well as Easter and Resurrection printables. However, we have not forgotten those of you who are just looking for the basics. So read on and grab a few goodies!

St. Patrick’s Day Themed Learning

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While there are other St. Patrick’s Day themed learning resources farther down this list, below you will find some fun printable packs to get you started!

Preschool

Here is a FREE Updated Preschool Daily Learning Notebook, great for meeting time with toddlers.

Have fun in the medieval times with this FREE Preschool Activities: Castles, Catapults and Shields Printables.

Can you ever have enough busy bags? Learn the alphabets while playing with this FREE Preschool Alphabet Busy Bag Printables.

Fine motor skills are a must for preschoolers. Here is a great Free Fine Motor Skills Printable Pack (100 Pages!).

Prewriting skills make learning to write even easier. Try this FREE Pre-Writing Printable.

Bible Based Learning

Easter card template in the form of the cross of Calvary against the rising sun

Get into the Word with this FREE LEGO Easter Story Challenge and Printable, these FREE Names of God Card Printables, and these FREE Printable Verse Cards.

Wondering how to talk to your child about Heaven? Here are FREE Talk to Your Kids about Heaven Printables.

Math

Grab these FREE Shamrock Math Multiplication Printables before they expire on 3/14/15.

Here are FREE Skip Counting by 5 Clip Cards Printables to practice multiplication.

Review or learn the numbers 1-4 with this FREE Romping and Roaring Numbers 1-4 Review Pack.

Make math time fun with a FREE Multiplication Spinning Game Printable Worksheet.

Science

It’s never too early to start chemistry with these FREE Chemistry for Kids Printables and Activities.

Toddlers will enjoy this FREE Printable Bug Hunt Activity.

Puzzled about where to start with Biology? Snag this FREE 35 Page Cell Unit Study – Limited Time!

Reading and Phonics

If you are teaching reading in a phonics based program, you may want to know what Phonics Rule is Busted: When Two Vowels Go Walking and why.

Practicing sight words is a fundamental skill when learning to read. Use these FREE Romping and Roaring Primer Sight Words (set 5).

This FREE St. Patrick’s Day Literacy Pack (subscriber freebie) is not just for fun, it also includes many educational resources as well!

History and Geography

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Studying world history? Here is a FREE EUROPEAN COUNTRIES AND CAPITALS PACK (instant download).

March is women’s history month, and here is a FREE 29 Page Women’s History Notebooking Page Set to start you off right.

Random Homecshool Goodness

Did you know that sometimes children learn cursive easier than print? Here is a FREE Kindergarten Cursive Verse Handwriting printable so your child can give it a try.

Learn how to read a story so it comes alive with this FREE The Storyteller Tips ebook (subscriber freebie).

Here are 25 FREE STEM Books for Your Homeschool and FREE Homeschool Resources for High School.

Don’t miss this FREE Spring Printables Pack (33 pages!)

Click here thousands of homeschool freebies!

*Don’t forget! If you are looking for additional free homeschool resources please check the huge growing list of free homeschool curriculum and resourceson MoneySavingMom.com!

Jamerrill is the homeschooling mother of a large and growing family. After seasons of spending $50 or less annually to homeschool her children, she started Free Homeschool Deals in 2012 to help all families afford the homeschool life. You can follow the homeschool goodness on Pinterest and Facebook.

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Brigette’s $63 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 6

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Aldi

1 3-ct pkg Romaine Hearts – $1.99

1 large bag Kale – $1.99

2 1-lb pkgs frozen Ground Turkey – $3.78

2 pkgs Garden Salad – $1.18

1 5-lb bag Red Potatoes – $1.79

1 16-oz bag Tilapia Fillets – $3.49

1 bunch Bananas (2.07 lbs @ 0.35/lb) – $0.72, plus receive back $0.25 from Checkout 51 – $0.47 after rebate

1 3-head bag Garlic – $0.79

2 16-oz cartons Egg Whites – $3.98

1 24-oz pkg Zucchini – $1.99

3 16-oz pkgs Baby Carrots – $2.07

4 1-lb pkgs Butter (only $1.89 each!) – $7.56

2 8-oz cartons Mushrooms – $1.58

1 3-lb bag Yellow Onions – $0.99

1 3-lb bag Sweet Potatoes – $1.69, plus receive $0.25 back from Snap by Groupon – $1.44 after rebate

1 16-oz bag Frozen Peas – $0.89

Total after rebates: $35.98

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Harris Teeter

10 8-oz bags shredded Cheese, various kinds (B2G3)- $13.00

1 gallon Milk – $2.99

1 12-oz bag Sorrento Stringsters – $2.49, used $1/1 Sorrento Galbani Stringsters or Sticksters Snack Cheese (SS 01/11/15 #2 R) – $1.49 after coupon

1 pkg Sargento Tastings Cheese – $1.49, used $0.75/1 Sargento Tastings Cheese, exp. 3/22/15 (SS 01/25/15) (doubled) – FREE after coupon

1 box Fiber One Protein Cereal – $3.00, used $0.75/1 printable (doubled), plus $0.75/1 Harris Teeter evic, plus receive $0.75 back from SavingStar – FREE after coupons and rebate

1 box Tetley Tea – $1.29, used $0.75/1 Tetley Tea, exp. 3/31/15 (SS 02/08/15 R) (doubled) – FREE after coupon

1 head Cabbage (3.60lbs @ $0.25/lb) – $0.90, plus receive 20% back from SavingStar – $0.72 after rebate

2 8-oz Dawn – $2.00, used 2 $0.25/1 printable (doubled) – $1.00/2 after coupons

1 32-oz bag frozen Spinach – $2.29

2 Yoplait Yogurts – $1.00, used $0.40/2 printable (doubled) – $0.20/2 after coupon

4 pkgs McCormick Gravy Mix – $2.00, used 2 $0.50/2 McCormick Gravies, exp. 4/12/15 (RP 03/08/15 R) – FREE after coupons

1 8-oz container Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa – $3.89 (NOT a good price – but Aldi was out of cocoa powder today, and I NEEDED cocoa powder! :))

Total after tax and rebates: $25.90

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 Flower Foods Bakery

6 pkgs Bread and Hoagie Buns (reduced to $0.33 each) – $1.98

Total: $1.98

Weekly Total: $63.86

Weekly Menu Plan

Breakfasts

Oatmeal and Strawberries (from the freezer) x 3

Veggie Omelettes x 2

French Toast with Homemade Strawberry Chia Jam x 2

Lunches

Cheese Sticks, Crackers, Carrot Sticks, Bananas x 2

Build-Your-Own-Salad Bar (Lettuce, Kale, Mushrooms, Carrots, Boiled Eggs, Shredded Cheese, Sunflower Seeds), Toast x 2

Baked Sweet Potatoes, Apple Slices, Tuna

Leftovers x 2

Dinners

Egg Roll in a Bowl, Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Cheesy Hashbrown Potatoes with Ham (a friend gave us a huge ham this week!), Sautéed Zucchini, Tossed Salad

Chicken and Gravy over Brown Rice, Steamed Buttered Carrots, Toast

Cheesy Hamburger Potato Soup, Sweet Potato Biscuits, Oranges

Pan Fried Tilapia, Baked French Fries, Tossed Salad, Steamed Peas

Date Night (SO excited for a night out with my man! :))

Leftovers

Snacks

Smoothies, Popcorn, Yogurt, Cheese Sticks, Chewy No-Bake Granola Bars

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Brigette’s $63 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 6

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Aldi

1 gallon Milk – $2.99

1 3-ct pkg Romaine Hearts – $2.99

3 1-lb pkgs frozen Ground Turkey (not pictured) - $5.67

1 can Frozen Orange Juice Concentrate – $1.69

2 12-oz  pkgs American Cheese – $3.78

1 32-oz container Greek Yogurt – $3.89

1 24-oz pkg Zucchini – $1.99

1 head Cabbage – $1.29

2 heads Cauliflower – $3.98

1 bunch Bananas – ($2.76lbs @ $0.44/lb) – $1.21, plus receive back $0.25 from Checkout 51 – $0.96 after rebate

8 0z Heavy Whipping Cream – $1.89

1 pkg assorted Mini Sweet Peppers – $1.99

2 5-lb bags Flour – $2.78

1 16-oz jar Salsa – $1.49

I 6-oz pkg Raspberries – $1.49

1 8-oz pkg Swiss Cheese – $1.79

Total after Rebate: $40.66

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Harris Teeter

2 18-ct cartons Eggs  – $3.54 (limit 2)

1 box Cheerios (B1G1 @ $3.39) – $1.70, used  $0.75/1 printable (doubled) – $0.20 after coupon

2 9-oz Dawn Dish Detergent – $2.00, used 2 $0.25/1 Dawn Product, exp. 3/31/15 (P&G 03/01/15)  (doubled) – $1.00/2 after coupons

2 8-oz chunks Cheese – $2.54 (limit 2)

2 Colgate Toothpaste – $2.00 (used a rain check from several weeks back), used 2 $0.50/1 Colgate Toothpaste, exp. 3/14/15 (SS 03/01/15) (doubled) – Free after coupons

3 4-ct pkgs Kozy Shack Chocolate Pudding (B1G1 @ $2.99) – $4.49, used 3 $0.75/1 Kozy Shack Pudding, exp. 3/31/15 (SS 01/18/15) (doubled) – Free after coupons

1 pkg Shirataki Miracle Noodles – $1.69

Fuji Apples (3.02lbs @ $0.99/lb) – $2.99

4 pkgs Gwaltney Hotdogs – $3.88, used 2 $0.75/2 Gwaltney Hot Dogs, exp. 3/15/15 (SS 02/01/15 R) (doubled) – $0.88/4 after coupons

Total: $13.09

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Sawyer’s Produce

By far the score of the week was discovering – thanks to a sweet friend – a produce warehouse just a few miles from our house that was selling flats of organic strawberries for $5 each! They are sweet and not over-ripe. I am freezing most of them, and we will be enjoying them mixed into oatmeal, smoothies, yogurt, etc. for the next several months!

16 1-lb cartons Organic Strawberries (plus a couple of oranges they sent home for us to sample) – $10.00

Total: $10.00

Weekly Total: $63.75

Weekly Menu Plan

Breakfasts

Oatmeal and Strawberries x 3

Cereal

Scrambled Eggs and Toast x 3

Lunches

Peanut Butter and Strawberry Chia Seed Jam Sandwiches x 2, Mini Peppers

Greek Yogurt Mac and Cheese, Sautéed Zucchini, Apples

Baked Potatoes with Toppings (Salsa, Greek Yogurt, Broccoli, Shredded Cheese), Raspberries

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Roasted Cauliflower x 2

Leftovers

 Dinners

Taco Salad, Oranges, Steamed Peas

Pakistani Kima over Brown Rice, Tossed Salad

Oatmeal Pecan Pancakes, Turkey Bacon, Bananas

Pan Fried Tilapia, Baked French Fries, Steamed Broccoli

One Million Vegetables Lentil Stew, Homemade Whole Wheat Bread

Chicken Tetrazzini (leaving out the mushrooms), Steamed Cauliflower, Italian Garlic Bread

Leftovers

Snacks

Pudding, Smoothies, Overnight Strawberry Refrigerator Oatmeal (for me), Strawberry Crumb Bars (for the family), Popcorn

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One book I read this week & how it surprised me (+ what I plan to read next week)

The Adrenal Reset diet

This book wasn’t even on my list to read last week but after reading Erin’s post on Adrenal Fatigue, I was so intrigued by it and the changes she’s made that I used some of my Swagbucks to buy a Kindle copy of The Adrenal Reset Diet.

I’m such a paper/hardcover book girl so you know I was anxious to read this book if I bought a Kindle version and read it on my phone. Because I basically never do that!

However, I’m so glad I did because this book challenged and inspired me in some fairly significant ways. I was surprised to realize that some different symptoms I’ve been experiencing recently are likely the result of too much stress in my life and not enough sleep.

I’ve made getting an average of 7 hours of sleep per night a priority for quite a long time now, but reading the book and going through the Adrenal Fatigue quiz opened my eyes to some different things — namely that I haven’t been functioning at my best capacity for awhile now. Based upon what I read, I’m pretty sure sleep and stress are the culprits. And they kind of work in a vicious cycle.

I’m so much healthier and rested and sane than I was five years ago when I was completely run down, exhausted, and stretched way, way too thin. (If you’re interested, I wrote about my journey of hitting rock bottom and the steps I took to recovery in my book, Say Goodbye to Survival Mode.)

After reading The Adrenal Reset Diet, my eyes were opened to the fact that I’m not thriving as much as I’d like to be or should be. The book gave a lot of different recommendations, but the three that I decided to try for the next 4-6 weeks are: 1) Going to bed by 10 p.m. or earlier every night and shooting to get 8+ hours of sleep every single night. 2) Eating a high-protein breakfast every morning. 3) Not drinking coffee after noon (the book suggestions 9 a.m., but I’m starting with noon since I’m all about babysteps!)

We’ll see how it goes. So far, I’ve already been able to tell a marked improvement in just a few days. That’s exciting and encouraging!

Books I Read This Week

9 Books I’m Reading This Week:

Help Me, Jesus! I Have Nothing to Wear! — I heard the author speak at a conference not too long ago and loved her suggestions and tips for dressing well. I was so inspired, in fact, that I went and bought her book and had her do my color analysis at the end of her session. Can’t wait to dive into this book.

Parenting the Wholehearted Child — Can I be really honest with you? Parenting books aren’t my favorite genre. In fact, I typically steer clear of them.

I was raised in an age and culture where many families followed parenting books and discipline plans to a tee and, well, much of the fruit from all that didn’t turn out so great. It left a bad taste in my mouth for the whole “follow steps A, B, and C as a parent and you’ll be a Godly family/good parent” etc.

So yes, I kinda prefer to stay far away from anything that remotely resembles a system or method of parenting. Because I truly have come to believe that there are no one-size-fits-all plans.

At any rate, I was hesitant to start this book because it fell under the “parenting book” genre. But I’m so glad that I did. I’m two chapters in and it is honestly turning out to be one of the best non-fiction books I’ve read in a long time.

I just want to sit and read the whole thing in one sitting. But on the other hand, I want to process it slowly so that I can take it all in!

Unstoppable — I’m about halfway through this book and being challenged and convicted by it.

She Reads Truth Lent Study/Bible — I am loving the Lent study so far… as I have loved all the She Reads Truth studies. Seriously, one of the best things I’ve invested in for my personal spiritual development and relationship with God ever.

Stepping Heavenward — My new friend, Allison Burr, (who is not only been a huge blessing to my life by helping me with some business projects but is also just a week away from moving from Minnesota to just 15 minutes away from me — I’m so excited!) sent me this book and said it was one of her very favorites ever. Can you believe I’ve never read it? I’m working on remedying that stat.

Lizzy & Jane — So far, I’ve found this to be really engaging!

The Cricket in Times Square — I’m reading this to the kids right now and we’re about halfway through it. They’ve all enjoyed it and beg for me to read more chapters each — which is always a good sign!

Long Walk to Freedom & Kaffir Boy — I’m working through these as I seek to understand more about South African history.

What did you read this past week? Any must-read book recommendations?

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Educational Deals & Freebies Round-up

Here are some of the best educational deals and freebies available right now from Katie who writes at Cincinnati Cents:

Little Golden Books for $2.09: Amazon has their Little Golden Books on sale for as low as $2.09 each. The following titles are all priced at less than $3 each – Frozen, The Monster at the End of the Book, Sofia the First, Tangled, Peter Pan, Cinderella, and Richard Scarry’s ABC Book.

Learning Journey Match It! Spelling Set for $7.79: Purchase the Learning Journey Match It! Spelling Set for just $7.79. This set features 20 self-correcting puzzles that teach spelling, develop problem-solving skills, and expand vocabulary.

Magnetic Wooden Letters Set for $3.88 Shipped: Amazon has their Colorful Magnetic Wooden Letter Set on sale for $3.88. This set of letters includes free shipping as well.

Free 4-Week Trial of Reading Eggs: Sign up for a free 4-week trial of Reading Eggs. This is an online program that fosters a child’s love of reading through games and activities. Each lesson builds upon the previous lessons and focuses on five key areas – phonemic awareness and phonics, sight words, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension.

Orbo Jr. 4GB Android Kid’s Edition Tablet for $59.95 Shipped: Amazon has their Orbo Jr. 4GB Android Kid’s Edition Tablet on sale for $59.95. This tablet typically retails for $199.99 (a savings of 70%), and it features a lightweight, compact design for little hands, a silicone gel case to protect against drops and spills, 4GB of memory with room for expansion, and an interface that’s fun and easy to use. Plus, this item includes free shipping as well.

Personalized Calendars & Books for 40% Off: Shutterfly is featuring 40% off your entire order when you enter the promotional code LUV40 at checkout. This is an ideal way to create a classroom calendar that features important dates, upcoming field trips, and project due dates. As an alternative, you could also create a customized book that teaches a variety of topics (ABCs, numbers, parts of speech) by using pictures of family members, friends, and familiar places and/or objects. This type of book makes the learning process fun and familiar for your child.

Crayola Colored Pencils (24 ct.) for $3.02: Amazon has their Crayola Colored Pencils (24 ct.) on sale for $3.02. These pre-sharpened pencils are ideal for any art or craft project.

Free Bird Printable Pack: Download a free Bird Printable Pack from Homeschool Creations. This pack includes such skills as rhyming, adding, counting syllables, puzzles, and more.

Up to 50% Off Wonderworld Wooden Toys: Amazon is featuring up to 50% off their Wonderworld Wooden Toys. There are dozens of items on sale, and you can find the entire listing here.

70% Off Wall Calendars & Planners: Are you trying to find a way to keep track of your child’s school work, field trips, and extra-curricular activities? If so, DaySpring has you covered! DaySpring is featuring 70% off their wall calendars, appointment planners, and 28-month planners. No coupon code is required for this promotion, and prices start at just $1.50. This sale is valid through January 31st.

Liberty’s Kids Complete DVD Series for $5: Amazon has their Liberty’s Kids Complete DVD Series on sale for $5. This set received a 5-star rating from over 500 reviews and has over 800 minutes of run time.

Free Bear Snores On Pack: 3 Dinosaurs has a free Bear Snores On Pack available for download. This pack includes beginning sounds, matching, patterns, puzzles, and more.

LEGO Friends Sunshine Harvest Set for $15.99: Amazon has their LEGO Friends Sunshine Harvest Set on sale for $15.99. This set features a trailer, a fruit stand with cash register, fruit, cake, a tree with apples, a garden patch with vegetables, and a cute dog house.

Clue Board Game for $5.48: Amazon has their Clue Board Game on sale for $5.48. There are several other games on sale as well including Twister Skip-It Game for $9.71, Doc McStuffins All Better Game for $8.82, Jake & the Neverland Pirates Adventure Board Game for $6.99, and Jake & the Neverland Pirates Treasure Hunt Game for $12.98.

Katie is a wife and homeschooling mother of four who writes at Cincinnati Cents about saving money and having fun as a family without breaking the bank. She enjoys sharing new recipes, ideas for frugal family fun, and tips for spending less at the grocery store.

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5 Books I’ve Read Recently + 3 Books I Hope to Finish This Week

Books Read This Week

It’s been awhile since I’ve shared a post about the books I’m reading. In all honesty, that was because I was so focused on finishing my own manuscript I didn’t have much extra time to read other people’s books.

And oh how I’ve missed it! It’s been so good to get back to regular reading the past two weeks!

Books I’ve Finished Recently:

Undone: A Story of Making Peace With an Unexpected Life — Ya’ll. Do yourself a massive favor and go pre-order this book. It is SO good. Michele is one of the best communicators I’ve ever known. The way she paints pictures with words moves and inspires me as a writer. But her book is much more than beautiful word pictures; it’s the story of a woman finding hope and peace in the middle of messes, heartaches, and unexpected difficulties in life. Highly recommended.

Addicted to Busy — This wasn’t the best book I’ve ever read on white space and margin, and I sort of struggled through parts of it because it sort of felt like it was dragging on a little slowly (maybe that’s an indication that I’m addicted to busy? That I have a short attention span?? ;)), but overall, it made me think and examine my own life. Some of my thoughts on S-P-A-C-E were the result of things I mulled over after reading this book.

You and Me Forever — I thought this book had some valuable information in it, but honestly, I found it a little scattered in how it was laid out. While I’m not opposed at all to self-publishing a book (as this one was), I felt like it could have benefited from having some more editing for clarity, flow, and to further develop and strengthen the bones of the book. I still feel it’s really worth reading — especially if you want to have your mindset challenged on what constitutes a “Godly marriage”.

Me Before You — This was one of the most heart-breaking, compelling, and thought-provoking books I’ve read in a long time. I thought it was very well-written and found it hard to put down. In fact, I read the entire book in one day! Caveat: This book is not written from a Christian perspective, has quite a bit of language, and the plot line deals with suicide in a very raw form. I didn’t agree with the outcome of the book, but it made me dig deep and think hard… and books that do that are ones I feel are very worth my time.

Grace is Free: One Woman’s Journey from Fundamentalism, to Failure, to Faith — As someone who was deeply involved in what many would term “the fundamentalist movement” for a number of years of my life, I found this book’s title intriguing. One of our elder’s wives from our church in Kansas recommended it to me and I found it insightful, thought-provoking, and encouraging as I’m on a journey to walk by faith and live a live steeped in grace instead of being a performer, perfectionist, and people-pleaser.

Books I Hope to Finish This Week

I Thought It Was Just Me (But It Isn’t) — I’m really digging into this right now after setting it aside for a few weeks. Such thought-provoking stuff in it!

A Proper Pursuit — I finally started reading this one! It’s been on my to-read stack what feels like forever! I’m about eight chapters in and enjoying it.

The Best Yes — I’m working through this as part of my morning devotions and really finding it helpful as I think through my priorities and goals for 2014.

And maybe I’ll read a few others, too. We’ll see!

What have you read recently? What are you planning to read this week? Any good book recommendations for me?

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