In our state, K12 and Connections Academy are two options for school at home, and they are free (they’re not free in some states). There’s nothing wrong with K12, Connections Academy, or other public school online programs in which your child can learn in the comfort of home or on the go. They are often free or very affordable and include everything your child needs to learn at home. However, they are not technically “homeschool” programs, in that the curriculum provided is government-dictated and does not allow flexibility in scheduling or parent-led teaching, which many homeschooling families wish to avoid. Here are some alternatives to the online public school programs that are also free (or in some of the cases below, affordable).
Posts on The Frugal Homeschooling Mom usually contain affiliate links, ads, and sponsored content, including this post. That means when you click through links within my site, I receive a commission. This does not result in any extra fees or inconvenience for you, of course. Here’s my full disclosure statement.
Free Homeschool Homeschool Full-Curriculum Options
Free homeschool curriculum is great – but in my experience, it usually requires supplementation. As a previous public school teacher, I see holes in a lot of these, and can’t say that any one of them is completely perfect. You may need to step in and guide your child’s learning (without much guidance, how-to, or support), pick and choose options that fit your family, and fill in any holes with supplemental materials. But these “full curriculum” options are all free, and give you a wonderful place to start. Many families DO use these as a complete curriculum for their children and have no complaints.
- Ambleside Online
- CK-12 Online
- CK-12 Textbooks on Kindle
- Discovery K12
- Easy Peasy All-in-One
- Mater Amabilis
- Old Fashioned Education
Affordable (but not Free) Approaches to Full Homeschool Curriculum
All the good stuff without the loss of parental choice. These curriculum options aren’t free, but the good thing about them is that there is more flexibility in which pieces or parts you might want to use, and you are granted the opportunity to direct the path of learning for your child. And, they’re somewhat more complete and dependable, some have good support for parents. They are also much more affordable than the options listed at the bottom of this list (which is what I like about them of course!).
- Homeschool Complete
- Robinson Curriculum
- Time 4 Learning.com
- Some local homeschool co-ops are free or affordable – research what’s available in your local area.
High-Quality Full Homeschool Curriculum Alternatives
This being a “frugal” homeschooling blog, I can’t recommend these options for many of my readers. However, if you can afford them, then these are the way to go, and so I list them here for your information. The benefit of each of these programs is that they are sometimes accredited (meaning they are complete and there is accountability and professional oversight provided with them which you can *generally* trust). They are usually comprehensive and include everything your child needs for that particular program or grade level of study.
- A Beka Academy
- Alpha Omega
- BJU Press
- Classical Conversations
- Memoria Press
- Liberty Online
- The Well-Trained Mind Academy
- Some local co-ops are very expensive but can offer all that you need – check out what’s available in your local area.
These alternative approaches to teaching homeschool other than a public school at home option (like K12 or Connections Academy) are listed here for your convenience and to guide you as you make your decision as a homeschool mom. I hope they have helped you in your search!
Let me know if I’ve forgotten any by leaving a comment below. Also, feel free to leave a comment telling my readers which of these programs you have used and loved!