How to Find the Right Learning Resources for Your Homeschool


The internet is a vast, wondrous place; there is almost nothing you can’t Google these days.

But have you tried Googling “homeschool learning resources”? I just did, and there were 920,000 results. At first glance, this is an excellent number! It’s amazing that we have access to so much support right at our fingertips in under 0.56 seconds!

How to Find the Right Learning Resources for Your Homeschool

However, the first page of these results is a mix of organizations and blogs, and it’s difficult to know what links to trust and even more difficult to find the time to filter through those that are irrelevant to your homeschooling needs.

So what do you do?

Have no fear! Homeschooling has been around long enough that most of the leg work has already been done for you. Here are some of the ways you can effectively search through the expanse of online resources with ease.

Online Directories

Learnamic

Founded in 2016, Learnamic is an online learning resource directory that is designed to make finding resources as easy as possible.

Learnamic’s directory is organized by subject, grade level, price, and other qualifications, which you can screen through using the site’s search tools. The ability to quickly filter through material will save you time that you can spend on your homeschool or other activities!

Educators, homeschool parents, and Learnamic Staff post the resources on Learnamic themselves, which means that the material is validated by experts in the field. Learnamic’s directory is completely independent, so you can find the best learning resources for you, regardless of the cost or who made them.

There are currently over 3,000 resources on Learnamic, and more than half of them are free to use, so it’s as easy on your budget as it is to use!

Learnamic indexes all kinds of resources, such as free YouTube videos, iPhone and Android apps, printable worksheets, online classes, and books, so if you want a start a collection of resources to fit any budget, schedule, or learning style, give Learnamic a try.

Khan Academy

There are few stories as great as the one of Khan Academy, which started as one man tutoring his cousin and turned into one of the biggest destinations for online education.

One of the coolest features about Khan Academy is that you and your student can work on material together through your own accounts. This lets you know exactly what your student is excelling in or struggles with, giving you the ability to better support their learning process.

Khan Academy is a helpful tool for homeschooling parents, especially if you are homeschooling multiple children. Unlike Learnamic, which lists resources created by other educators, Khan Academy lists only its own lectures and assignments. You can read testimonials about Khan Academy from families like yours here.

Material that supports older students through the SAT, AP Exams, and the LSAT is one of Khan Academy’s recently launched projects. Since many preparation courses for these exams are costly, finding support for free is a big win for many families.

Khan Academy not only wants to help students learn, but they also want to help educators teach. So if you’d like support for you and your student, sign up for Khan Academy.

Curriki

Not unlike other learning resource directories, Curriki has an expansive collection of learning materials that you can explore through with the ease of a search bar.

But, what separates Curriki from its counterparts is that the peer-reviewed and classroom-tested material is curated specifically for educators, students, and parents. That’s actually what inspired the name Curriki!

The ability to join groups, contact other members, and organize lessons on your personalized dashboard is a feature on Curriki that will not only help you organize your material but also expand your community of partners in education, giving you the ability to utilize whatever level of support you need as you move through your homeschooling journey.

Curriki’s mission is to help educators — at home or in the classroom — feel confident that they are creating lessons that follow standards from the get-go. The content on Curriki is vouched for by educators, trainers, and students, so you can feel assured that you are starting from a solid foundation.

Other Ways to Find Resources

Online Communities

When you decide to make the move from public education to homeschooling, you immediately lose the support systems that naturally come with public schools, such as teachers, administrators, and other parents.

Fortunately, with a little help from the Internet, you can still find a community that will support you through your homeschooling process.

Facebook groups like Rock Your Homeschool!, Homeschooling Preschoolers, and Hip Homeschool Moms have large communities of homeschooling parents like you who share advice on various homeschooling and parenting concerns, including finding and sharing resources. You can find similar platforms on a homeschooling blog’s forum or websites. Check out this homeschool thread on Reddit and the Confessions of a Homeschooler community.

Local Support

One of the greatest aspects about homeschooling is that there are homeschooling families everywhere, which means that there is likely a support system geographically close to you.

The Homeschool Legal Defense Association is a website dedicated to legally supporting homeschooling across the US, and they have a great tool for finding support groups for homeschooling families here.

Asking your school district for a list of communities in the area is also a solid option to help you find other parents and students who choose to homeschool.

Whatever Works Best for You

If you choose to homeschool your children, you’re familiar with the concept that you can take action to do what’s best for your family, and the same applies when finding learning resources that best fit your homeschool.

The task of doing your best for your homeschool can be challenging, but fortunately, there are many venues for you to find the materials you need to lead a successful homeschooling experience.

Chelsey Crumrine

About the author

Chelsey Crumrine is a first-generation college graduate with a deep love for education and making it accessible to all. She is the Outreach Manager for Learnamic and has a long history working with children in schools through stay-in-school outreach programs and as a behavioral tutor. In her free time, she enjoys reading, playing guitar, and snuggling with her cats.

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