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How to Homeschool for Free Using the Charlotte Mason Method

Is it possible to homeschool for free?

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.

How to Homeschool for Free Using the Charlotte Mason Method

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How to Homeschool for Free Using the Charlotte Mason Method

1. Living Books & 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.

2. Homeschool for Free Using Ambleside Online

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.

3. Homeschool for Free by Putting Together Your Own Curriculum

There’s always the option of putting together your own Charlotte Mason curriculum.

I know it may seem intimidating to put together your own curriculum, but it’s not as hard as you may think. There are some great Charlotte Mason homeschool resources you can use to help you put one together.

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.

4. Use 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!

I love buying books from thrift stores. We have a local thrift shop that sells their books 5 for $1. So, needless to say, I stock up on all the good classics when I find them.

So, if you’re like me, you probably have some good homeschool resources already.

If not, here’s a few post that will help you build your library:

5. 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.

Get some Free Nature Journaling Pages here.

Also check out these 30 FREE Nature Study Resources for your homeschool.

More Free Charlotte Mason Curriculum and Resources

We have quite a few free homeschooling resources right here on my blog. So don’t forget to check those out below.

I also highly recommend checking out this new website: Free Charlotte Mason.

It’s sole purpose is providing free Charlotte Mason homeschooling resources to homeschool parents like you and I.

Free Artist Studies (This is just one of many Artist Studies available through her website!)

Impressionist Artist Study Free

Full 36-week Composer Study Curriculum

Read: How to Start Homeschooling Step-by-Step

Also Check out our Ultimate List of Free Charlotte Mason Homeschool Curriculum.

Your turn

Any more ideas for homeschooling for free using the Charlotte Mason method? Leave them in the comments below.

I love seeing how other homeschoolers implement ideas. Especially free homeschooling. We can all use a little bit of FREE in our lives.

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