Frequently Asked Questions
1. How do I register my child for Freedom Homeschooling’s curriculum?
Freedom Homeschoooling is not a school, so no registration or enrollment is required. Our site is simply a compilation of free homeschool curriculum resources available online from various sources.
2. How do I use this curriculum? How do I get started?
Freedom Homeschooling is a compilation of free homeschool curriculum resources available online. To use this site, from the main page menu, choose a subject area. Then, on that subject’s page, you will find a list of links to free curriculum resources. Next, choose a link and follow the instructions on that resource’s website.
3. I’m skeptical. Can I really homeschool for free?
Yes, you really can! Many families homeschool without spending any money on curriculum, using free resources found on Freedom Homeschooling. Of course, there will be some expenses such as pencils, paper, and other supplies. However, these costs should be minimal. For more information, this post addresses some of the common concerns parents have about using free curriculum.
4. Is this curriculum religious or secular?
Freedom Homeschooling lists both Christian and secular curriculum. All of the Christian resources are labeled. Any resource not labeled as Christian does not teach religious beliefs unless otherwise noted.
5. What curriculum should I use? Which is the best?
The best curriculum is whatever works the best for your family. I suggest thoroughly researching various homeschooling methods and learning styles and reading curriculum reviews online. Also, keep each child’s individual interests, strengths, and weaknesses in mind. For more on choosing curriculum, please see this post. We apologize, but Freedom Homeschooling cannot make curriculum recommendations.
6. How do I know what to teach each year? How can I know if I’m doing enough?
Unless you live in a state with specific requirements for homeschoolers, this is entirely up to you. However, if you are looking for a course of study to use as a guide, see this post for more information.
7. Can you tell me exactly how I should homeschool? Why don’t you provide additional services like curriculum recommendations, lesson planning, or schedules?
At Freedom Homeschooling, we believe strongly that a child’s education is the parent’s responsibility. Therefore, we do not feel comfortable telling you how to homeschool. Our goal is, instead, to point you towards resources and materials you can use to make decisions regarding your children’s education yourself. One of the most significant benefits of homeschooling is that you have the freedom to personalize your child’s education and set a schedule that meets the needs of your family. The author of this website (as is the case with most homeschool websites and blogs) is a homeschooling parent just like you, and not an expert. Also, in addition to maintaining this website, the author also homeschools her children and has other outside obligations. Unfortunately, this does not leave much time to provide additional services to Freedom Homeschooling’s thousands of users. Homeschooling is a big commitment and will require work, time, planning, and research on your part.
8. How do I transition from public school to homeschooling?
This post offers several tips that will help your family make the transition from public school to homeschooling.
9. How do I legally homeschool? Do I need to register or notify the school district?
This varies widely by state. Some states have few or no regulations for homeschoolers and do not even require notification of intent to homeschool. Others have very strict regulations that can include notification, submission of an education plan and curriculum to be used, minimum number of days and hours of instruction required, standardized testing, portfolio review, and more. It is very important that you familiarize yourself with your state’s homeschool laws. You can usually find these laws on the website of your state department of education or school district. If that is not the case, ask that they provide you with a copy of the laws pertaining to homeschooling or tell you where to locate this information. It is essential that you read the laws for yourself rather than relying on someone else to tell you what the laws are. If you need additional clarification or legal assistance, contact Homeschool Legal Defence Association (HSLDA). Freedom Homeschooling cannot provide information on your state’s homeschool laws or give legal advice.
10. Can my high schooler use this curriculum to earn high school credits? What credits are required for graduation?
Usually, unless laws in your state say otherwise, homeschoolers are free to use any curriculum they choose. Some states have laws which say what can be counted as a high school credit, as well as, what courses and how many credits are required for graduation. It is very important that you familiarize yourself with your state’s homeschool laws. Contact your local school district, state department of education, or HSLDA for more information about high school credits and graduation requirements in your state. Also, if your child plans to attend college, it’s a good idea to contact the colleges they are interested in to find out if they require (or prefer) that students have taken specific courses.
11. I came across a curriculum listed on Freedom Homeschooling that is not free. Why was it included?
All curriculum accessed from the menu on the main page should be free. However, we sometimes may choose to list a resource that has both paid and free features. So, while a website may require a membership or other purchases to access the entirety of its features or materials, we felt that enough was being offered for free that it was still worthwhile to include. If this is not the case, please let us know so that we can remove the resource from Freedom Homeschooling. Unfortunately, free offers sometimes end.
In our blog posts, we discuss both free and paid resources, among other topics. When we are talking about a paid resource, we try to make this clear. If you found that we didn’t make it clear enough or if something we described as free is no longer free, please let us know.
12. Can I use the curriculum on Freedom Homeschooling to homeschool a child with special needs? Where can I find help with special needs homeschooling?
While we don’t have specific recommendations for children with special needs, we do list many different curriculum options for each subject area. With so many options, it is likely that you may find something that works for your child. Plus, one of the many benefits of homeschooling is that you can adjust any curriculum to better fit your child’s unique needs. For information on where you can find resources and support to help you homeschool your child with special needs, see this post.
14. I (or my company) created a free homeschool resource or curriculum. How can I get it listed on Freedom Homeschooling?
Please contact us with a detailed description of your resource, including a link, and we will consider adding it to Freedom Homeschooling. Keep in mind that on the subject area pages of our website, we only list complete curriculum/courses, not supplemental materials. We only occasionally mention supplemental materials, such as unit studies and printables, in our blog posts. At Freedom Homeschooling, we only include resources that are free to everyone nationwide and do not require any type of paid membership to access. Additionally, we only include resources that are free long-term rather than for a limited time.
15. How can I contact Freedom Homeschooling?
Please visit our contact page to send us a message. Sorry, we don’t offer phone consultations.
16. How can I find out when new free curriculum is added to Freedom Homeschooling?
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