Here’s a collection of freebies and printables perfect for the new homeschool mom (or dad or grandparent, of course). Even if you aren’t quite sure about homeschooling yet, these guides, references, and ebooks will help you make your decision and equip you with confidence to educate your kids when you do opt for homeschooling.
Ask any homeschool parent. We’ve all been there. The decision to homeschool is a bit scary. And those first years have moments of both of sheer delight—”Why did I wait so long?! This is great!”—and second-thoughts—”What have I gotten myself into? I’m ruining my child!”
But ask a mom who’s been homeschooling for a few years and finally gained her confidence, and she will tell you to go for it! The years with our children pass so quickly; homeschooling is a sacrifice you will never regret. The time and memories you share as you learn together enrich your family culture in a way that no other experience can.
Go ahead… do some digital hoarding and pile on the homeschool freebies! There are even some print freebies at the bottom for physical goods that will come to your mailbox.
8 PRINTABLES FOR YOUR HOMESCHOOL MOM BINDER
Whether you use an actual three-ring binder or sort things in an elaborate digital system, you’ll want to load up on these handy references and reproducible printables. You’ll turn to them again and again as a homeschooler.
1. A Simple Rubric for Academics
As homeschooling parents, we want to find the sweet spot for lessons…the place right in the middle of too hard and too easy. To do this, you can use this simple rubric for each subject in your homeschool day. GET IT HERE
2. High School Transcript Template
A homeschool transcript seems intimidating. But it’s actually just a one-page summary of four years of high school education. Once you know the basic requirements, it’s easy to plug the facts into this transcript template. GET IT HERE
3. Journaling Pages
Record your goals, a homeschool mission statement, and your daily memories on these lovely journaling pages. GET IT HERE
4. Shopping Checklist & Curriculum Planner
With this handy printable chart, you can get an idea an entire course of education from PreK to 12th grade with the different curriculum options at each stage. It’s such a helpful reference to have in your homeschool binder. GET IT HERE
5. Homeschool Placement Tests
Find out where your child stands in math, reading, and language arts with these free placement tests. GET IT HERE
6. How to Start Homeschooling Checklist
When you’re starting off and making plans for homeschooling, let this printable checklist guide you step by step with actions you may not have even considered yet! GET IT HERE
7. First Day of School Sign & Printable Planner Stickers
Celebrate your homeschooling journey all year long with these printables for your first and last day of school and planner stickers you can use to customize your own homeschool planner. GET IT HERE
8. Printable Reading Log
Record the books your child reads all year long with this simple outline template. The link will go directly to the PDF so you can print as many copies as you need and save a file for future use. GET IT HERE
4 FREE EBOOKS TO READ
Nurture your confidence, boost your flagging enthusiasm, and educate yourself with these easy-to-digest guides on all things homeschooling.
1. It Was Worth it!
Yes, there are sacrifices you make to homeschool. But there are massive benefits, too. When you weigh both columns, most parents agree it’s worth it! GET IT HERE
2. Language Arts Blueprint
Language Arts includes so many pieces. How can you see the big picture? How do you know what to teach, and when? This simply guide lays it out clearly for you. GET IT HERE
3. Benefits of Homeschooling
Inside this free guide, you will find sincere meditations on seven benefits of homeschooling. You’ll be inspired by these messages from a homeschooler who started under protest, and soon became a homeschooling advocate. GET IT HERE
4. Pros and Cons of Homeschooling
This easy-to-read analysis of the pros and cons of public school, private school, and homeschooling offers a thorough look at the broad educational options available to you. This free guide includes a dozen pros and cons so that, even if you’ve considered these choices before, you’ll have some new thoughts to consider. GET IT HERE
2 PRINT FREEBIES TO REQUEST
Not all the freebies are digital. Some generous homeschool curriculum companies like Sonlight actually provide physical goodies, too! Request a print catalog for browsing and shopping. And if you’re new to Sonlight, ask for the free trial so you can see if Sonlight is a good fit for your children and for you.
1. Free Sonlight Catalog
See the full scope of curriculum offerings from the original Christian, literature-based homeschool curriculum provider—Sonlight. GET IT HERE
2. Try Sonlight Free
This is a free sample to test out the Sonlight way of learning. There’s no obligation to buy. The paperback book and guide are yours to keep! GET IT HERE
Sonlight is a complete, literature-based, Christian homeschool curriculum with every subject for students from Preschool through high school. Our curriculum uses a variety of materials to deliver an engaging and complete education that extends beyond textbooks and memorization: literary fiction and nonfiction, biographies, illustrations, and hands-on experiments. These resources come with thorough lesson plans and notes, so that you can enjoy successful homeschooling. Customers who buy from Sonlight enjoy a liberal arts education that produces critical thinkers who are ambassadors for Christ with a heart for the world. Visit us online and request a FREE catalog today!