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Of course, the most important resources you will need you already possess:

The Holy Spirit. I am hoping you have Him as Your Helper. I could not live without Him! He is the third person of the Trinity, and He has all of God’s wisdom ready and waiting for us to access–hallelujah! (To find out more, check out this post: How To Be Filled And Walk In The Holy Spirit)

You. Yes, you are a great resource. I know you don’t think that way. You may put up a brave front by spouting coaching slogans such as, “I got this!” but in your heart you have all of these voices screaming that you don’t have a thing at all. Thankfully, God’s voice is not one of them. He doesn’t see you that way. He has uniquely chosen you to parent your little one, and you are in the best position to observe the personality and needs of your child. Besides, there is no one else who cares about his upbringing than you; no counselor or teacher or educrat in some big concrete building in Washington DC (who studies charts where people are represented by numbers–how absurd).

No matter how vehemently your knees "smite one against the other," you are the best your baby could ever hope for. 

The Internet. I mention this obvious fact because we often dismiss what is directly in front of us. You could definitely homeschool without the Internet, something our forerunners did quite well for thousands of years, but as long as technology does not interfere with our learning, we can use it to its greatest advantage.

Regular, everyday “stuff.” You have lots of stuff, don’t you? I mean, even if you are a minimalist you have things all over your house that kids are curious about, that they need to learn about, that they CRAVE to learn about and beg you and nag you about learning about (yes, I used “about” about a zillion times).

You have cooking stuff, and cleaning stuff, and personal hygiene stuff, and craft stuff, and repairing stuff, and business stuff, and books about all that stuff, and on and on.

As I was finishing out our last school year I actually started inventorying all of the resources I had gathered over the years and realized that if we never checked out another book from the library or ordered another item from the Internet we would have enough “materials” to give a person a top-notch education that would defy one earned at the most prestigious university of the land!

So I decided this year we would use what we had to its greatest advantage, and you can do this, too.

And here is where to start:

With goals.

Don’t start with books, don’t start with programs, don’t start with methods. Start with what you want to see happen ultimately with your child.

Also, don’t turn it into a dissertation for a group of administrators. Those modern “educrats” we mentioned above have one amazing talent; they know how to turn something beautifully simple into something complicated and awful (which is why you should not look to them as your standard).

Instead, look back a few years to the beginning years of our country when there weren’t any educrats. Despite what you may have heard, back before there was an edict that children be forced to attend school, we enjoyed a 90% literacy rate (it’s said to be 79% now). They were able to teach children the skills necessary to forge the most prosperous nation on the face of the earth without any help from school counselors or standardized tests or “mandates.”

In the end, I believe most of us would gather all of it up and package it neatly like this:

We educate our children so they will be able to read and understand the Holy Scriptures and so they will be able to get along in life.

Simple, elegant, and enough to get the job done, don’t you think?

Now we can formulate a plan.

If variety is the spice of life, too much of it causes belly aches. While I may be familiar with a kazillion homeschooling methods and choices, I will drive myself mad trying to keep track of how I can implement them all with my children.

I crave simplicity–don’t you? So, here is the very basic idea that you need to make the most amazingly wonderful homeschooling program program for cheap or free:

  • Books
  • Discussion
  • Writing
  • Math
  • Life Experiences

I know this is confusing to our school curriculum brains, so I will attempt to break each item down a bit.


Here are the basic categories:

  • Bible
  • Early Reading
  • Literature
  • History
  • Science, both theoretical and operational
  • Fun
Please note: Unless someone or something makes it necessary, our lists of books for our children should never include:

Just say yuck, blech, phlooey, and hear your kids cheer Hooray! Yay! Yummy!

Ignore the “schoolmarm within” and realize this is education YOUR way. Whenever and however possible, choose materials that are delightful.

And, to help choose books you might want/need, at the end of this post are some suggestions (with links where possible). I have purposely chosen things that are either cheap or free in keeping with our theme.

*Side note: The recent history of the world points to the idea that we need to gather up as much of the physical written word as possible. None of us could have predicted our current predicament, and while we are not afraid of the future, we might want to think of preparing for unsettled times. The freedom and accessibility we have been enjoying of late may be interrupted or disappear entirely, so let’s take advantage of this window and store up the treasures available to us.


This is an essential part of an excellent education, and here’s why:

The current accepted form of education is based on the Greek idea, but the Biblical idea is more in accordance with the ways and means of the Creator as outlined in His book, Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth.

Let me illustrate with a chart:

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As you can see, in Biblical education discussion is not optional. However, it is also NOT limited to “academic” subjects. The greatest part of this type of discussion covers the why’s and how’s, not necessarily the facts and procedures.

So, when we are teaching a toddler how to share and be “gentle,” we are educating them. When we are sharing baby stories and talking about the importance of being thorough while demonstrating toilet cleaning to an eight-year-old, that is true learning.


One of the worst, most confusing articles I ever read on teaching children to write was in a teacher’s magazine. What should have taken only two or three paragraphs to write was stretched out to three or four small-type pages. It was so filled with jargon and edu-speak that it was difficult to unlock.

Point--modern schooling over-complicates writing instruction. It also tries to make a science out of something that should be an art and ends up killing it altogether.

It’s just as Ruth Beechick has suggested:

To learn to write, write.

Ruth Beechick

Start small–simple words, then simple sentences, then slowly increasing until there are paragraphs and essays and stories. When the child feels comfortable writing on a regular basis, then we begin the refining process.

Thankfully, this is not expensive at all! There are so many cheap or free (and fun) ways to go about this–can’t wait to share the links (after the intro…).


I’ve written extensively on this subject, mostly because this is the one most feared part of homeschooling. This is why most of us are willing to pluck down whatever it takes to make us feel better.

But even this doesn’t have to be expensive or extensive. For one thing, it shouldn’t take six years to get through the basics, and for another thing, not everyone needs higher math.

Then, when we discover that formal math instruction need not start until at least the age of eight, and probably would be better not begun until nine or ten, we begin to relax and realize it can be done.

Also, I have uncovered some amazing methods (in the form of books) from the past that have so helped my children who have struggled with numbers which I will share with you in the links section.

Life Experiences

For those of us who have been given a Greek education, this title is puzzling. When we were in school, the only things that counted were regular subjects and school approved “extra-curricular activities.” Real life was not considered legitimate learning.

Biblical learning is almost totally opposite of that, and for a good reason. Some really honest educators have taken the time to prove that children do not take in (nor do they retain) information that is presented without context (see Dr. Raymond Moore). When children are surrounded by brick walls and startled with ringing bells on a consistent basis, everything they are fed tends to become unreal and irrelevant, so it is easily forgotten.

This is why we are turning out folks with 4.0 grade averages who haven’t a clue who George Washington was or who actually believe our entire society is socially malignant; not to mention the lack of familiarity with things such as responsibility and virtue.

However, when a child is surrounded with real things, such as a cozy couch where they can sit and read Shakespeare with a cat napping in their lap, then everything is legitimate learning, and everything counts.

Newborns, laundry, and home-made chocolate chip cookies are just the education most young people are missing out on when they are forced into concrete bunkers with armed guards at the doors. And within the context of real life, all of the other subjects gain new significance and what is learned is easily retained.

Now that we have covered the basic outline, let’s talk about procedure. It looks something like this:

Make some lists, including:


Keep this one sweet and real. Write down:

  • Your child’s strengths
  • Your child’s natural “bent” as you see it
  • Your child’s weaknesses

Materials you already own

Go through your house and write down:

  • Books
  • Games
  • Crafting materials and projects
  • School supplies
  • Videos you haven’t used
  • Furniture and spaces (for studying or creating nature, music, crafting, and science stations).

Next, consider how you could use what you own to help you with your goals, and then decide where you have gaps. Then do some research and compile a (prayer) list of the items you think you will need.

For instance, I knew I had what I needed for early language arts with my Gentle Grammar series, but my daughter had been through this series and was ready for the next step. I didn’t think she was ready for a full-blown English grammar and punctuation program such as Harvey’s, but she still needed something formal to work on. I did some looking around and discovered The Child’s Own English Book on the Our House Homeschool website, and along with DK’s Visual Guide to Grammar and Punctuation, I was pretty sure we would have what we needed.

So, I put these items on my list to be printed and bound or purchased on the Internet.

After all of your items are procured, then you need to have a plan as to how you will use them. The most uncomplicated way to do this is to:

  • Gather a bunch of books and materials.
  • Make a stack for each of your children, and a stack for you to read aloud and enjoy together.
  • Put these stacks into individual baskets or bins for each person/purpose.
  • Purchase some basic school supplies, such as notebooks, binders, pencils, and composition books. Print off some notebooking pages and other fun stuff for free from the Internet.
  • Each day spend time reading aloud and talking with your kids. Then spend time teaching them to read and have them read from their stack of books and write in their notebooks and notebooking pages.
  • Take time to teach them interesting and useful things, such as how to care for babies and pets and how to iron a shirt.
  • Play some logic games and add in a math book for each person.

Then, voila! Instant curriculum!

I’ve done this for years, and years, and it works.

I will show you the one I used recently (one of many I have done over the past 31 years) here.

First of all, I am sort-of a year-round homeschooler. Actually, I don’t keep that close track of things. We really do have stints of schoolish to-the-books type learning, which we all love, and then there are other stints where real life intersects with a whole bunch of delightful off-the-books learning. (Some would count these times as “breaks,” but I believe they are valuable, so I use The Record Book and count those in, too!)

In order to have all of this make sense for those who would be peeking in to “make sure” we are learning (ha ha), I have come up with this scheme:

I take the entire year–52 weeks–and split it into four equal parts of 13 weeks each. Some would call these “quarters,” but to distance myself from the mindset, I am calling them “batches.”

Next, I decided what each child could do in a day (supposedly six hours a day according to the officials in our state), then in a week, and I decided we needed nine weeks’ worth of work to be done in each “batch” of weeks.

This means in each batch of 13 weeks we do nine weeks’ worth of academics and have four weeks for interruptions (such as illness and holidays, or for doing some super-cleaning, baking, camping, swimming, visiting, etc.).

Now, I do keep a written record of all of my planning. I don’t use pretty paper or a page in an expensive dot-grid notebook. Instead, I do loads of scribbling on legal and steno pads when I am in the beginning stages (I choose these because I can get them fairly cheaply and so I am not inhibited by thoughts of wasting pages).

Then I take these notes and plug them in to forms I create using Microsoft Publisher. I’m including some for you here:

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Now for some links.

I have been gathering and gathering so much stuff that I am bursting with excitement to share! I’m going to try and put them into categories, although they probably won’t behave themselves, so I may be repeating some of them throughout the rest of this post.

Websites brimming with links and ideas:

DIY Homeschooler

SO MUCH–vintage book links, unit studies all done up, some printables, Ruth Beechick’s philosophy of learning, and on and on…

An Old Fashioned Education

This site has been so helpful to those of us who have huge ideas and small budgets. You can find everything here from homeschool philosophy, to full-blown curriculum lay-out, to simple book lists and links.

Since it was done a while back, not all the links work, and there are also some newer resources that are better than the ones listed. But don’t let this deter you; there is enough information here to keep you researching and learning for quite a while!

Google Books

You may need to clear out half a day for exploring this one. I have spent a few hundred hours (at least) combing through the public domain books on this one site.

Some tips and tricks:

When you are searching for a book or title, make sure and click on the arrow by the “Any Books” menu, then choose “Free Google eBooks.” This way you will only be view those books you can download for free.

Once you find a title you are interested in, be sure and click the “add to my library” option so you won’t lose it. This also allows you to be able to read the book on your phone or other device with the Google Play app.

There is also a “Download PDF” option for you to select. This saves your book to your hard drive so you can print it out and bind it if you like.

For some books there is a “print on demand” option, which means you can pay for a book already printed. Sometimes this is a bit pricey, it just depends.

A great option is the “Similar Books” button, which will start you on a grand goose chase…an expedition I have embarked upon quite often!

As for the rest….

I have spent hours upon hours accumulating information to share with you, loads of which you will find here in this mega post, but if you are looking for something you can print out and squish into your purse while you are thrifting, etc., I compiled a PDF for you that you can find here:

Homeschool for cheap or free mega post with loads of links and printables
Homeschool for cheap or free mega post with loads of links and printables

Also, before we get too far into the links, let’s start with a simple list of general sources and resources we haven’t covered yet:

Heritage History

YWAM Publishers

Gutenberg Project

Internet Archive

Yesterday’s Classics

Master Books

Christian Liberty Press

Bethlehem Books

Lamplighter these books are so nicely done, but if you can’t afford them, try looking up the titles and authors on the free eBooks sites.

Dover Publications


Dorling Kindersley


Thrift Books


Rainbow Resource

Answers in Genesis (look for the free online books here)

Ambleside Online

Charlotte Mason Help

Gateway to the Classics

The Homeschool Mom

Plain and Not So Plain

Rosegate Harbor

John Taylor Gatto

Moore Home Schooling–Moore Formula


Physical copies.

Call me old-fashioned, but there is just something about the feel of an actual, physical Bible. I like to take one and get closely acquainted with it, memorizing where my favorite passages are, tabbing it with sticky notes, underlining, scribbling notes in the margins, etc. I also want my children to enjoy this experience. Here is an interesting link for free options:

20 Places to Get a Free Bible

Still, there is a place for the online versions and apps. My favorite is Bible Hub, both online and app versions. This one includes an entire library of Greek and Hebrew lexicons that are instantly linked to the text, which is one of my favorite features. There are also commentaries and other helps, and the search engine is great!

My next favorite is YouVersion. This is great for straight reading, has the ability to sync with other family members, and you can even create verse graphics for social sharing.

I’m sure there are others–share in the comments below!

Printables for kids.

Here is a quick round up of just a few that I found that I have used or am planning to use (there must be a kajillion more!):

Magnify Him Together Bible resources galore…

Calvary Curriculum free printable Bible pages

Bible Crossword Puzzles

Pre-Reading and Early Reading Resources

Teach Your Monster to Read one video game we actually encouraged for our children (we don’t normally allow video games).

Super Simple Songs

Elementary Phonics (step-by-step instruction) from Under the Home

In the Nursery of My Bookhouse nursery rhymes, folk and fairy tales for reading aloud to young children

Reading-Literature series by Treadwell and Free:

Reading-Literature: Primer

Reading-Literature: Book 1

Reading-Literature: Book 2

Reading-Literature: Book 3

Reading-Literature: Book 4

Reading-Literature: Book 5

Yesterday’s Classics versions of the Reading-Literature series

Here are some interesting free resources for the Reading-Literature series:

My Little Robins

The Momma Knows

Book Links Links

McGuffey Readers with The Lesson Book tutorials

Meaningful Homeschooling Free Kindle Books (lots for the Robinson Curriculum list)

A Quiet Simple Life Free Old-Fashioned Cozy Books for Kindle

13 Books Every Teen Should Read

Links for Math

Wentworth Arithmetics, bk 1

Wentworth Arithmetics bk 2

Wentworth Arithmetics bk 3

Strayer-Upton Practical Arithmetics

Why U goofy but informative and helpful math video series

Common Core Sheets I hate the “common core” idea and methodology, but these sheets (and sheet generator) can be used with any method.

Free Math Worksheets

Khan Academy

Free Math Program both online exercises and printable worksheets

Spelling and Language Arts

Old Schoolhouse

K12 Reader

Gentle Grammar

Math and Language Arts

Printable Worksheets (Dorling Kindersley-nice)

Common Core Sheets

Don Potter

Mom links

Scattered Squirrel bunches of nice FREE planner pages, some we are using for school

Flanders Family

Teachers Printables

Clip Art Etc.



Homeschool Helper loads of free printables

Clean Mama

Music and Art Study (just some highlights)

Lancaster Symphony printables

Free Piano Music

Art Renewal Center online museum dedicated solely to realistic art

Freebies on Mom Delights

First of all, I’d like to add a few new collections of notebooking pages that I just created a few weeks ago that you may find very helpful:

Homeschool for Cheap or Free Literature for Boys and Girls Notebooking Pages

Homeschool for Cheap or Free Books and Poems for Boys and Girls Notebooking Pages

Homeschool for Cheap or Free Art and Music for Boys and Girls Notebooking Pages

Now for the rest:

Weekly Assignment Sheets

Homeschool Encouragement Scriptures

McGuffey Readers Level Placement

Child Training Strategies

True Learning Levels

Unit Study Forms

Detailed Homeschool Schedule

Pantry Staples List

Superb Movies List

Pocket Guide to Loving God’s Way

Scriptures for Peace

All About Eggs

Four Branches of True Education

Tools for Tackling Frustration

Homeschool Lunchboxes

How to Build Your Own Homeschool Method

Assignment Sheets Birds and Nests

Homeschool Plans 2017-2018

Dotted-lined writing paper–b&w

Dotted-lined writing paper–color

Homeschool Goals

Record-Keeping Sheet

Notes for Tackling Homeschool Chaos

Free Fun Notebooking Pages

Literature Notebooking Pages

Arithmetic Notebook

Middle Ages Homeschool Study Guide

Gentle Grammar Level 1

Gentle Grammar Level 2

Gentle Grammar Level 3

Gentle Grammar Level 4

To the Top Free Reading Program

Happy Times Primer

Exploring the History of Medicine Notebooking Pages

Exploring the World Around You Notebooking Pages

Exploring Planet Earth Notebooking Pages

Exploring the World of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Astrology, and Mathematics Notebooking Pages

Bethlehem Books Science Notebooking Pages

Christian Liberty Nature Readers Notebooking Pages

Math in Nutshell

Assignment Sheet Elephants

Large Family Miracles Notes

Woman Assessment

McGuffey’s Script

Assignment Sheets and SOP’s

I sure hope this helps–wait, I know I’m missing something…can you think of anything I missed? If so, let me know in the comments below:

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45 thoughts on “Homeschool for Cheap or Free Mega Post With Loads of Links and Printables”

  1. Thank you so much for this precious post! It was an encouraging, inspiring, motivating reminder of what I’m aiming to do as I educate my children and how that is best accomplished. I also love the list of links! What an exciting bunch of resources to enjoy exploring! I’m sure I will be re-reading this many times as I seek to both gain and maintain perspective in the midst of my fall planning. Thank you again for all the time and effort that you put forth to write this wonderfully comprehensive and helpful post!!

  2. Sherry,
    Thank you for sharing your heart, time, and all of this wonderful information with us. I am looking forward to setting aside some time to click away at all of these fabulous links.
    Blesssings to you and you family!

  3. Wow! This is amazing! This is going to help so many people, Sherry! The PDF Homeschool Guide alone is a treasured find. You have truly thought of everything that one would need to homeschool. Just wow! Thank you so much for sharing this with us. I can’t even begin to think of the hours that it must have taken to put such a post together. Bless you!

    • Thank you, Jill. It was truly a labor of love–but I am believing God will use it to encourage many other moms just like you and me.

  4. Sherry, I know I’m not alone when I say that I have really been looking forward to this post. It really is incredible! Homeschool gold! I spent a good amount of time yesterday reading and printing from the different resources you have listed. Thank you making this available at no cost and for being so thoughtful of families trying to serve the Lord and teach their children on a low budget by including so many wonderful free and easy to access resources. Love your homeschool guide too!

    • Oh, that’s so great to hear! I know what it means to be homeschooling on a budget–glad you find the resources easy to access, means I’m doing my job 🙂

  5. I can’t say what a blessing you have been over the past few years! When I start to worry and wonder if I’m doing things right you come along and remind me that YES, I am. Blessings blessings blessings on you!

  6. So much fun stuff here! I love it all 🙂 Just the confidence booster I need to do what I feel God is already leading me to do. You’re reading list is a treasure and I love what you’ve included in your level 4 list. Good stuff! About 3/4 of those books are on my high school reading list as well. I was wondering if you assign books from that list in a certain order, or allow them to choose? Any thoughts on how you cover all those good things in high school?
    I have been concerned that reading fairy tales, Lambs Shakespeare, and other literary fiction with my young ones will not give them an appetite for the mature reading like you have listed for level 4. I’ve been listening to teaching saying that we should only be giving them Bible stories, biographies, and moral, character building stories. What are your thoughts on this? Why do you think fairy tales and classic literature deserve a place in the Christian homeschool?
    Thank you so much for all your time, faithfulness, and encouragement!

    • I love encouraging others–freely have I received, so freely I give!

      I understand the idea that we need to emphasize true stories and character building, but I think it depends on the quality of the fairy tales. I have found that a lot of the old ones actually emphasize character and teach things, although not in a preachy way. My children were brought up with the old fairy tales, but they love the more mature books that I suggest on my lists.

      Hope this helps!

  7. Five years ago, the Holy Spirit prompted me withdraw my two oldest children from public school, in the middle of the school year. That was when I first found your Homeschool Sanity Book and I’ve been a fan since. This past year has been really difficult for my large family and I, and finding this today has uplifted my spirit more than I can articulate. I am so grateful for everything you have done. Thank you for even more resources, encouragement, and validation! May the Lord bless you and your family with favor in an area of great need, in Jesus’ Name. Much love, Iva

    • Aww, that’s so sweet, Iva–I receive your prayer and believe God will honor it. Thank you for taking time to encourage me 🙂

    • Oh, oopsie… 🙂 I found some… but I have another question …. Do you possibly have links to the Book house printable worksheets and the The First Book of______ …..
      Thank you ever so much!

    • Bless you 🙂 I just tried the link for the free Spencerian and it went to a sex toys site! I am going to alert Our House to the problem, sorry for the disappointment–it worked a few weeks ago!

  8. Hi Sherry, when you say that you spend 1-2 hrs a day on math, does this include young children? Currently I have 6 kids 10 and under and the 10 year old only spend 45 minutes a day on math, the younger ones less. I do feel his math skill could improve, but do I have him spend 1-2 hrs a day?

  9. I was really enjoying your YouTube site and website but I have seen at least a couple of references to you disparaging school counselors.

    I was a school counselor before my daughter was born. You seem to misunderstand what a school counselor is. We are very important in helping teach children social skills, academic skills, dealing with personal and family issues as the actual trained counselor in the building, work with families on supporting their children in any of these ways, finding community resources like food, housing, help with utilities, shoes, clothing, school supplies, and innumerable other things for children from families that are unwilling or unable to do so. We report child abuse that wouldn’t be known otherwise, we alert parents to suicidal ideation in their children, cutting, pregnancy, and so many other things that are serious and scary.

    We support children through grief, make sure that children aren’t mistreated or isolated at school by their peers, help children determine where their interests lie for their futures, help them research higher education opportunities, encourage them, support them, track and praise progress in improving their grades, write college recommendations, make sure students will have the credits to graduate high school, hold group sessions on dealing with anxiety, ACT and SAT preparation, and a thousand more things that I could list here.

    A school counselor’s job titles are innumerable and valuable in the school setting. We care about and love these children and do everything we can to help them succeed. It is heartbreaking sometimes and so encouraging others. The only more important job I could have is now to be a mother to my daughter.

    Please give some consideration to my words. Everyone’s job is valuable whether they are the janitor or the president. I believe in homeschooling and that’s why I’m learning everything I can, but public school and the people that do the many jobs there still do serve those students in the best way they possibly can and try to guide and encourage the students in the best way they can given the limitations of the school setting and the often heartbreaking homes that these children come from.

    God bless you.

    • I hear you–this is a very important job, and, thankfully, there are conscientious people like you who are willing to go above and beyond and love and serve the children in your care and have a solid world view. Unfortunately, not all counselors are equal. What can be a wonderful ministry by one counselor can become an opportunity for harm by another. It’s not your fault, it is the system we have created. And the problem is, how does a parent know which type their children are talking to? How does a young person in school know how to differentiate between voices of good and evil? This is why I disparage them–not because there aren’t any good ones such as yourself, but because there is always the potential of the bad ones, and there is no accountability for them in the system.

  10. Wow, this blog post of information, wisdom and resources is a treasure! I am a 24-year-old mom of 3 (baby #3 is due in 6 weeks!) and I have been searching for a simplified method to homeschool my little ones. My oldest is almost 4 and I am easing into homeschooling her this year. However, I’ve been bombarding with all the ideas, methods, curriculums, and books imaginable and have been left feeling so overwhelmed. I was homeschooled during my elementary years so I know it’s not supposed to be this complicated! Anyway, your resources are truly a blessing to me and my family! This is something I have been praying about and I am so thankful the Lord allowed me to find your YouTube Channel and website! I look forward to learning more from you. ❤️

  11. Hi Sherry,
    I have been searching high and low for that download you shared on YT about learning how to draw faces. Would you please share the link with me? I am so blessed by your wisdom and enthusiasm. So many times when I watch your videos I think to myself how fun it would be to be in your “school”!

    • I’m so sorry, Callie. I haven’t gotten around to creating it 🙂 The one I am using is copywritten, so I have to have one of my daughters create one for everyone. I will make sure and write that one on my list.

  12. I have heard you talk about Harvey’s Grammar. Was that on here? If so, when do you use this? I see two of them. Harvey’s Grammar and Composition and Harvey’s grammar. They see to be different age ranges. Do you use both after they finish Gentle Grammar or just the older age range one?

    • I’m not certain if I included Harvey’s in this one. I would start Harvey’s Elementary Grammar and Composition after Gentle Grammar. The other grammar book is more technical, with a lot more parsing. If you do a search for Harvey’s on Google Books and follow the suggestions for similar books, you will discover a whole bunch more as well!

  13. Hi Sherry,
    This list is such a blessing and I refer back to it often! I’m looking for some (preferably free) resources for ancient history for 12 year old. Do you have any special sites or places to look?
    Thank you for sharing your wisdom!

    • Sure–I think one of the places to start would be, and then I would add in some things from Answers in Genesis. Also, Ruth Beechick has some things, and watching/reading anything from Francis Schaeffer (his film series “How Should We Then Live” is free on YouTube), Chuck Missler, etc. Bethlehem Books has some great titles, and I like to glean some good book ideas from Sonlight and My Father’s World. I would steer away from The Story of the World and steer towards The Mystery of History. For older children or as a read-aloud, “Ben Hur” is great for the Roman period. Also, I and my teens really enjoy reading “The Robe.” I’m thinking of delving into Greece and Rome with my girls this winter, so I may even make a study guide and share it, Lord willing 🙂

  14. I love your content, and am so pleased I stumbled on this older post with your wonderful homeschool guide! Thank you for all you do!
    I have a question about the reading levels. We are newer to homeschool, and I was wondering if you have a general age range you have found to be most successful with each “level” of reading recommendations? I understand all children are different, but I am looking for a starting point to test out the literature for my 7 and 9 year old daughters.

    • Good question. Ruth Beechick has suggested that you have a child read a portion of a book, and if they miss a lot of words, it is too difficult, if they read it quickly and easily, it is below their level, if they read it well but every once-in-a-while come upon a word they don’t know, it is probably just above their level and will cause them to grow. Hope this helps!

  15. Sherry, this is a wonderful resource. I have a question about the levels and what “grade level”range each one is. Level one must be k-1? Level 2 is very short is that 1st grade range? Levels 3 & 4 are huge and I’d love to know how many years I can stretch these levels you have created and which ones I will use for my children!
    Thanks so much!!

    • I understand your need for clarity, but I really try and keep from putting real learning into those arbitrary categories. Having said that, I think you probably have come to the right estimations for each level.


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