Choosing to homeschool does not mean you need to spend loads of money on curriculum. There are many ways to homeschool your child for free. Using the Charlotte Mason method is one of the easiest ways to get by with homeschooling for nothing! Here’s how to homeschool for free using the Charlotte Mason method.
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How to Homeschool for Free Using the Charlotte Mason Method
LIVING BOOKS AND THE LIBRARY
The Charlotte Mason method is one of the most natural methods to homeschool for free!! Most of your subjects will be taught using living books that can be found on your bookshelves or in your local library! So, don’t be afraid to use what you have or make that trip to the library once a week or so to get new books for your family to read.
Ambleside Online is a free online homeschool curriculum. They give you a book list and lesson plans for free. Most of the books that are required are books that are found in public archives online and are completely free. However, there are a few books that are not available to read for free.
There’s a simple solution to this problem… the library! Most of the time you can find the same book… or a closely related book to replace it with… at your local library.
Math and Language Arts are also 2 options that are not free on Ambleside. But, again, you can check out your local library, or you can find free online options. Khan Academy is one free option that I can think of off the top of my head. Also, The Good and the Beautiful offers free Language Arts curriculum for grades 1-5.
Ambleside is an excellent choice for anyone who doesn’t want to venture out to create their own Charlotte Mason homeschool curriculum.
PUTTING TOGETHER YOUR OWN CHARLOTTE MASON CURRICULUM
There’s always the option of putting together your own Charlotte Mason curriculum.
A Delectable Education has an excellent podcast explaining every aspect of the Charlotte Mason! It is super thorough and easy to understand. (And it’s my favorite homeschooling podcast!)
They go through each subject by form and even list some book suggestions to help you get started with putting your list together!
Don’t forget to check out our free list of living science books: 50+ Living Science Books.
USING WHAT YOU HAVE
I have mentioned this before, but use what you have on your own bookshelves! You might be surprised at what books you already have on History or Art lying around your home!
EXPLORE THE OUTDOORS
Nature is right outside your door. All you have to do is walk outside, and you will find something to learn about!
Nature Study is one of the easiest Charlotte Mason subjects to teach because we all have the biggest tool at our disposal… outdoors. Pick a topic that is in Season that your child is interested in, and go from there.
OTHER FREE CHARLOTTE MASON RESOURCES:
Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool has a ton of good resources you could pick from. The entire site is completely free! Not all of it aligns with Charlotte Mason’s philosophies, but the site is super helpful. We use the Math program. She also has drawing courses on her website.