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Homeschool for Free: Literature Guides

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I should probably be embarrassed about how giddy I feel looking through this long list of free literature guides, but I’m not. :) Most of them fall into three categories: Lit Guides, Book Units, or Study Guides.

I know from experience that it takes a long time to sift through these to find what you need. If you are short on time, I HIGHLY recommend the 7 Sisters Homeschool Literature Study GuidesThey are super-affordable and contain no busywork. You can try out Anne of Green Gables for FREE.

Classical House of Learning

Glencoe Literature Library

Nancy Polette’s Literature Guides

Novel Study Guides

Reading Units

Millstone  Education World Literature Units  (K-3rd)

Millstone  Education World Literature Units  (4th-7th)

Millstone  Education World Literature Units  (8th-12th)

Literature Based Reading Lessons

CanTeach Novel & Picture Book Activities

HarperCollins Book Activities

Children’s Literature Lesson Plans

Young Adult Literature Lesson Plans

Random House Teacher Guides

Children’s Literature

ClassZone Novel Guides

ClassicNotes Literature Guides

Cummings Study Guides

Reading Guides & Activities

First Stage Enrichment Guides

TeacherVision Literature Guides

Shakespeare for Kids

Shakespeare Online

Read Kiddo Read

Penguin Teacher’s Guides

Outta Rays Head Literature Lessons

7th Grade Literature Lessons

Book Units Teacher

Literature Learning Ladders

English Literature and Composition

American Literature and Composition

Literature Guides for Books

Scholastic Discussion Guides

Core Classics Teacher Guides

Discovery Education Literature Lessons

~Study Guides~

Cliffs Notes

Pink Monkey Book Notes

Book Rags




Book Wolf

The Best Notes


Bibliomania Study Guides

Shmoop Literature Guides

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Our 2014-2015 Curriculum Plan

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2014-2015 curriculum

I am SO looking forward to this upcoming school year! Y’all, this past year was just plain hard. We moved 1200 miles away from our entire extended family. We battled illness for months (and we rarely get sick). You can sum up our homeschool experience in one word: trudging.  But you know what? That’s okay. Life happens. God is in our midst whether good or bad. It makes us appreciate the year that awaits us, with new friends and book clubs and a beach to explore.

With 5 kids to teach, I like to do as much work together as possible. This looks a little different each year, depending on the books we use and what our yearly focus is going to be.  I choose a couple of subjects each year that need a little extra attention. Last year it was math & science; this year it is history and writing. Our focus subjects are the ones that we do no matter what! Our group work lineup for grades K, 4th, 6th, 10th, & 12th includes: Bible, History, Geography, Writing, & Nature Study. 

I took our hard year into account when planning this year because we all need a break from the trudging. Writing is one of those areas that can just be a beating for everyone involved, so I was determined to add it to our group playlist and have a bit of fun. Pinterest (once again) came to the rescue and I had a lightbulb moment when I found the Ultimate Guide to Creative Writing for Students. Creative Writing with the whole family for a full year? Well why not!?!

I’ve been organizing our morning times for the past few years using my Theme of the Day chart. (That post has tons of free resources!) In a nutshell, it takes all of the subjects that sometimes get pushed to the side – art, poetry, geography –  and assigns them to a day of the week. We would do morning time right after finishing breakfast and our Good Morning Guide, break up for individual subjects, and then come back together for group work in the afternoon. This year I am flipping our day. We will be spending the entire morning together and then splitting up in the afternoon. I am replacing our Theme of the Day with a new routine that I am calling Mornings with Mom. We will spend about 30 minutes each morning learning new words, watching interesting short videos, practicing math drills, memorizing scripture, and exploring whatever cool websites Mommy discovers that week. **I am almost done with a Mornings with Mom post that contains a big list of free & fun educational links. I’ll link it up here when I get it done.**

I still have a few details left to iron out, but here is what we’re running with for now:

~* Bible *~

~* History *~

~* Geography *~

~* Creative Writing *~

~* Nature Study *~

~ Science ~

~ Handwriting ~

~ Reading ~

~ Literature ~

  • (undecided)

~ Spelling ~

 ~ Grammar ~

~Math ~

~ Government/Economics ~

~ High School Electives ~

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Homeschool for Free: Foreign Language

free foreign language curriculum

I am amazed at the number of free foreign language courses available. And I am not even finished with this list! Are you looking for a language that is not on this page? Leave me a comment and I will do my best to find it for you.

ASL University

Introduction to Arabic

Learn Croatian

French in Action  Yale

Lexique FLE

To Learn French

French Assistant

French Games

Français interactif’  University of Texas

Elementary French I & II  Carnagie Mellon University

Basic German Language Skills

Mission Berlin

Slow German

Textkit Greek & Latin

Learn Greek

Classical Greek Online

Ancient Greek with Thrasymachus

Learning Greek Podcasts


Let’s Learn Hungarian!

Icelandic Online  run by the University of Iceland Language Centre

Oggi E Domani  Italian

Italy Heritage

Visualizing Japanese Grammar

Fresh Korean

Native Languages of the Americas

Cherokee Nation

Russian for Free

123 Teach Me Spanish 

Spanish Made Easy

Online Free Spanish  good for younger kids

Spanish Flashcards

Don Quixote

Spanish Online


Study Spanish

Spanish Language Practice  Bowdoin College

Education First  German, French, Italian

Georgia Virtual Learning  Spanish, German, French, Latin

Duolingo  Spanish, French, Italian, German, Portuguese

BBC Languages  multiple

Memrise  multiple

Lingo Jingo  multiple

Language Podcasts  multiple

Surface Languages  multiple

MIT Foreign Languages  multiple 

Learn a Language  8 languages

Livemocha  35 languages

Byki  50+ languages

Busuu  12 languages

FSI Language Courses  40+ languages

Free Language  30+ languages

Internet Polyglot  35+ languages

Fictional Languages, For you Out-of-the-Boxers:

Languages of Middle Earth

The Klingon Language Institute

Atlantean Language Institute

Na’vi (Avatar)

Don’t forget to check the online resources at you local library!

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