Home Schooling Resources
These resources are usable in multiple curriculum areas. They cover areas such as resource databases, commercial software suppliers, lesson plan databases, planners and organisers, worksheets, … . A selection of Australian-based suppliers are included.
Included are several resources for people with specific home schooling requirements - Preschool, Christian, Islamic, Montessori, Special Needs, … . Unless otherwise stated they are free.
Remember many sites are not Australian. Check carefully to be sure they conform to Australian requirements before use, e.g. spelling, terminology, guidelines, … .
Listed individual resources are suitable for all education levels unless indicated otherwise. You should also view teaching resources on separate curriculum resource pages.
- ADNIL Press
Run by a home schooling family. Purchase material useful to those interested in home schooling. While a good range, it is particularly strong in language areas.
- Always Learning Books
‘Homeschooling, unschooling, Natural Learning Books to Inspire and Encourage’. Purchase suitable materials.
- Aussie Homeschool Classifieds
‘The place to buy, sell or swap curriculum - new or used. A place for fun, fellowship, information, learning’. Check their Homeschooling for Free in Australia section in particular.
- Australian Education Online Resources
Annotated links. These are the “Web Reviews” from the “Resources” section.
- Australian History Mysteries for Home
Primary Level ‘Inquiry Units that focus specifically on the Key Inquiry Questions in the Australian Curriculum : History and Extension Case Studies that encourage students to investigate some of the mysteries in Australian History in greater depth’. Fee-based but reasonable.
- Australian History Mysteries for Home
Secondary Level. ‘Website containing inquiry learning case studies that are directly relevant to many aspects of Australian Curriculum : History Years 7, 9 and 10. Its current 18 case studies include a wealth of video, print and interactive content’. Fee-based but reasonable.
- Barinya - Family, Fun & Educational Activities
‘Barinya is an Australian Aboriginal word meaning Star. Our educational activities are designed to stimulate a child’s natural curiosity and creativity’. Many activities, movie reviews, travel information [South Australian based], more.
Homeschooling in Australia
Links to various Christian homeschool resources and information useful for all homeschoolers.
- Educational Aids [Australia]
‘Educational aids and school supplies’. Covers all curriculum areas. Fee-based materials.
- From Wonder … to Wisdom
Home education, free books, children’s writing, recipes, more.
- Games for Fun, Fitness & Learning
‘A resource book for parents, teachers, childcare workers, Cub Scout Leaders, Sunday School teachers, anyone else who supervises or entertains children. The book provides games for children between the ages of 7 and 16’. There are also free games and activities.
- Games from Everywhere
‘Australian owned and operated. We sell Board Games that have thrilled families for thousands of years, plus the latest award winning board games from Australia, USA, Europe and beyond. Games that take you into the daily lives of Kids from Ghana, Monks from Tibet and the Pharaoh’s of Ancient Egypt !’
- Home Education Websites
Annotated links from the Family and Home School Support Centre.
- Homeschooling Downunder
‘Australian homeschool supplier and publisher of Australian homeschool resources. Find uniquely Australian products for sale and free homeschooling resources’.
- Home Schooling Supplies [Australia]
Victorian supplier who has home schooled her own children.
- Look, Listen & Learn
‘Each Look, Listen & Learn™ set includes a DVD and an interactive CD-ROM, as well as full-colour books [both printed or electronic]. By watching the video and following the activities, children are encouraged to place their own interpretations on the material studied’. Note : this section of their site is for Homeschoolers and parents and has specific prices for them.
- Maths Games Plus Literacy
A wide range of hands-on resources by level, with ACARA reference and NSW Outcome number. Listed by grade level. Fee-based but affordable.
‘Online Learning Management Tool based on the Australian National Mathematics Curriculum for Years 5 to Year 10. It provides a comprehensive mathematical problem solving tutorial available to all students and a fun game to develop fluency with number skills’. Fee-based.
- Precision Academics©
‘Over 400 Workbooks suitable for students with special learning needs. Resources are designed to cater for the needs of children of all ages, who attend mainstream, special schools as well as home school settings’. Costs are within the scope of families [and schools].
A collection of information and links from Home Ed. Victoria.
- Resources and Activities
Extensive, quality information available from the Australian War Memorial.
- Rockpool Homeschool
Access a forum, find information about events & groups, news & articles, reviews, classifieds, blogs, links to further homeschooling information.
- South Australia Homeschool Camps
A Yahoo Group for these.
- Teaching Treasures
Material and activities that can be used for regular as well as gifted and talented students. Done in subject areas.
- The Educating Parent
‘We hope you enjoy the articles and activities and find the links and recommended resources useful’. Vast collection from Beverley Paine.
- Vocal Adrenaline Performing
‘We teach singing, piano and acting with lessons catering for all ages from beginner to professional. We are also offering a Free Introductory Lesson for all new students !’ Based on the Gold Coast, this studio has been used by other Home Schoolers. You can access this studio through this email address.
- Youth Excel
‘Life skills resources developed for young people between the ages of 12-16. They have made an excellent resource for home schooled children’. Samples available.
Tomorrow’s Lesson Today ! Search for resources [Fee-based] by age, subject or publisher. Discounted material, reviews, FAQs, several tutorials, more. USA, so some material may not be relevant in the Australian setting. USA.
- Favourite Companies and Resources
Homeschooling children with special needs.Listed in two major groupings of What families are using for …, and subject listings. USA.
- Free Educational Podcasts
‘Educational podcasts are a wonderful way of homeschooling for free. As well as podcasts, I have included some other MP3 type resources’. Listed primarily in subject areas. UK.
- Free Homeschooling Resources
Free or paid membership. Free resources available. Very strong with regard to notebooking. Strongly Christian in outlook. USA.
- Great Homeschool Links For Special Learners
Extensive listing of annotated links for all sorts of products and information. USA.
- Homeschool Central
‘Has been around for many years helping homeschoolers of all types. Whether you are just beginning or you are a pro, we have information that will make your job easier’. US-based. Several sections will not be relevant, others will. USA.
A collection of annotated links compiled by the Burlington County Library System. USA.
Being Canadian based means some sections will not be as relevant as others, but there is useful material. Canada.
- Homeschooling Today
4 main areas covered in this journal - considering homeschooling, getting started, continuing, beyond homeschooling. USA.
- Homeschool Journey
‘The History Portfolio Series encourages rigorous study and plenty of creativity while providing a compact and handsome way of keeping and storing a student’s own written projects and reports, colourful drawings, photographs, clippings, downloaded images, anything that can fit between the pages !’ USA.
- Let’s Homeschool
‘Free online resources and curriculum for homeschooling’. Information on homeschooling in a number of countries including Canada and New Zealand. Does not appear to have been updated for a while, but general information may still be useful.
- Life Learning
‘Discover how to employ self-directed, life-based learning in your own life and/or that of your child. This type of learning is sometimes known as Unschooling, Radical Unschooling, Unstructured Homeschooling or Natural Learning. All the issues of Life Learning are available to read for free in PDF’. Canada.
- Mikey’s Big Book Of Drawing Tips
Extensive listing of techniques, with the majority using a cartoon-based format. Still very effective.
- Online Learning Haven
‘Provides a child friendly environment for learning just about anything and everything ! Ideal for homeschooling and vacation activities’. Many areas but strongest in Social Sciences.
Planners & Organisers
The majority are fee-based, though often not expensive. Many originate in the US. Be careful to ensure they suit your needs. Some are for particular operating systems - PC, Mac.
- Donna Young’s Free Homeschool Lesson Plan Forms
Many forms for different purposes. Check “Index” area to see a larger listing or use separate sections available from the home page. USA.
- Edu-Track Home School [PC]
Extensive information provided on all aspects of its use. USA.
- Homeschool Planners and Organisers
‘There are a variety of homeschool planners and organisers available online, both free and for purchase. The organisers are in several formats’. There is also a Free Homeschool Planner and Organiser to download in sections in PDF format. USA.
- Homeschool Reporting Online
Fee-based but there is a Free Trial period available. USA.
- Homeschool Tracker
Basic edition is free but the other edition is not. Features, system requirements, more. USA.
- Planning &
Annotated lists of programs including Windows and Mac, free and fee-based. USA.
- ABC-Home Preschool
‘We offer separate Preschool Curriculums for 2 year olds, 3 year olds, and 4 thru 6 year olds’. There are also resources available. USA.
- Free Preschool Curriculum
‘Online Curriculum Ideas for Preschoolers - JumpStart’. USA.
Annotated links for activities, advice and other online sources of information. USA.
- Letter of the Week
Preschool Curriculum. A free online curriculum that begins with Preschool and extends way beyond. Strongly Christian in outlook. USA.
- Ultimate List of Free Preschool
‘Just think, you don’t have to do the work and planning for preschool - all these generous people have already done it all for you’. USA.
- Quiz Hub
Information in school levels and sections such as quiz, spelling, words. A good addition. USA.
‘Online spelling program that makes practising for spelling tests fun. Over 30 000 words, including plurals, contractions, past and future tenses’. Free and fee-based memberships. They also have an app available for multiple systems. USA.
‘Primarily designed for first grade, Starfall is also useful for pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and second grade. Perfect for home schooling’. Large group of free resources. Starts with the alphabet and expands from there. USA
- The Homeschool Freebie of the Day
‘Every weekday, Monday through Friday, we’ll post a new homeschooling “freebie”. Stuff like : Unit Studies, Ebooks, Audio Programs, Games, Samples, Lesson Plans, classic books, other quality resources !’ Only free on the one day. Some material may not be relevant in Australia. USA.
- The Home School Mom
Bringing You the Best Free Homeschool Resources. Offers information for those new to homeschooling, newsletters, a school room, teachers’ lounge, even help in the kitchen for busy homeschoolers who still have to cook. USA.
- Web Page Sites for Montessori Students