Reading Eggs

  • Paid
  • Australian
  • Secular
  • Ages 3-13

Reading Eggs is an online program from ABC, for kids aged 3-13 to learn to read with fun reading lessons and phonics games.  HEN members can get a 40% discount (you will need to login or join to access this discount).

Spellodrome

  • Paid
  • Various countries (including Australia)
  • Various Ages/Levels

Online program dedicated specifically to spelling.  Students love it because Spellodrome encourages independent learning and the development of critical spelling awareness.
$15 for HEN members – Requires a Mathletics or IntoScience subscription)(you will need to login or join to access this discount).

Phonics Hero

  • Paid
  • Various Countries, including Australia
  • Ages 3-7

“Phonics Hero teaches children aged 3-7 to read and spell with systematic, synthetic phonics. It teaches all 44 phonemes/sounds of the English language. A subscription includes: 850 games (either through the app or website), live reporting, parent video tutorials and tips from our phonics experts.”
$100 to public, $20 for HEN members – an 80% discount!
Discount code is in our member area.(you will need to login or join to access this discount)

Fitzroy Programs

  • Paid
  • Australia (and other countries)
  • Secular
  • Primary

A large set of phonics readers which, when used in succession, create a phonics reading program. Popular amongst homeschoolers.  Phone: (03) 9489 5700.  Email: info@fitzprog.com.au

Edworks

  • Paid
  • Australia
  • Tutoring Service
  • Multiple year levels

Edworks is a tutoring service, offering general tutoring, scholarship tutoring and NAPLAN specific tutoring.

Magic Words

  • Paid
  • Australia

Packs of word cards for reading games.

Future School

  • Paid
  • Australia
  • Online Tutoring Service

Australian online English and Maths curriculum. Works out around $500 per year for up to 5 students for Maths and English or $300 per year for a single student.

Literacy Planet

  • Paid
  • Australian
  • All year levels

Online literacy program, aligned to the Australian Curriculum.  HEN members can access the Literacy Planet website programme at a 50% discount. Enrolments are taken at the beginning of each year. Many public libraries have the program available for free through their websites.

Write Away With Me

  • Paid
  • Australian

Story telling and writing workshops as well as holiday programs. These have been recommended by a number of HEN members.

English for the Australian Curriculum

  • Free
  • Australian
  • Secular, Aus Curriculum aligned
  • F-10

E4AC is a basic website which offers lessons plans and outlines/instructions for various year levels in English.  There are not a lot of lessons here, but each is aligned to the Australian Curriculum and are free – you will need to provide other resources to match, such as books to be read and studied.

IEW – Institute for Excellence in Writing

  • Paid
  • American
  • Christian
  • All year levels

Online courses and materials to use at home, which include teaching DVDs, that teach how to “write with structure and style”.  For beginning writers to upper level high school writing (and beyond). US produced – can be purchased from the US or in Australia via My School House, or Educational Warehouse, there are also local home educators that run IEW classes.

The Good and the Beautiful

  • Free
  • American based
  • Christian
  • 1-5

An American made, Christian based free language arts downloadable and printable program.  Only levels 1-5 of language arts are free – however there are other subjects and year levels that are available for purchase.  Language arts 1 through 5 are also available in hard copies for a price (which would likely include large overseas shipping costs).

Mathletics

  • Paid
  • Australian
  • Multiple Ages/Levels

Online maths program aligned to the Australian Curriculum.  $37 annually per student for HEN Members

Math Seeds

  • Paid
  • Australian
  • Ages 3-9

Mathseeds is an online program from ABC, dedicated to helping young children learn maths with fun games and activities.  HEN Members receive a 33% discount

Maths Online

  • Paid
  • Australian
  • Primary and High School

An online maths tutoring program, which uses short tutorials to teach maths concepts, followed by worksheets and activities to practice those concepts.  HEN Members receive a 60% discount

Hot Maths

  • Paid
  • Australian
  • Foundation – year 10

An Australian online maths programme which also provides printable options.

Future School

  • Paid
  • Australia
  • Online Tutoring Service

Australian online English and Maths curriculum. Works out around $500 per year for up to 5 students for Maths and English or $300 per year for a single student.

10Ticks program

  • Paid
  • Australian
  • Foundation – year 10

10Ticks is a Maths only computer program for school aged children with lots of printable worksheets. It will design a program for you or you can design your own. The cost of the program is $17.90 per month for up to five children in the family. The company has offered a free 5 day trial to HEN members

Fitzroy Programs

  • Paid
  • Australia (and other countries)
  • Secular
  • Primary

A large set of maths workbooks for beginners and juniors. Popular amongst homeschoolers.  Phone: (03) 9489 5700.  Email: info@fitzprog.com.au

Anytime Maths (formerly Lifestyle Tutoring)

  • Paid
  • Australian
  • Years 3-6

Anytime maths is an online maths tutoring program, with a large set of lessons for each of the available year levels.

Math-U-See

  • Paid
  • Secular ?
  • Australian version (US developed)
  • Prep to Year 12

Skill focussed workbooks using hands on manipulatives, with DVDs explaining concepts.  (see review).  Quite a different sequence of learning maths, as it focussed on particular skills for each year. See website for detailed info.

 

Wolfram MathWorld

  • Free
  • Worldwide collaboration

Mathworld is a website which hosts a large amount of information about maths and maths concepts.

KhanAcademy

  • Free
  • American
  • High School

Free and useful website with videos on High School Maths, Chemistry, Physics and Biology, History, Economics. The presenter uses a video format with virtual blackboard and a casual approach.  Also has android and apple apps, as well as apps on other devices such as roku.

Math Is Fun

  • Free
  • UK
  • All year levels

Maths is Fun is an online resource for learning mathematics for all year levels.  It incorporates normal written explanations including graphics, some animations and more.  Each concept also has worksheets and questions.

Cool Math and Cool Math 4 Kids and Cool Math Games

  • Free
  • US 
  • Multiple ages

The Coolmath Network is made up of three separate but linked websites, all of which do the same thing – help people learn and enjoy maths.  Cool Math 4 Kids is aimed at children under 12, Cool Math is for anyone 13 and over, and Cool Math Games is as the name suggests, maths games.

Let’s Play Maths

  • Free
  • American
  • Multiple Ages

Let’s Play Maths is a maths teachers’ blog of ideas, games and projects for teaching maths from preschool to highschool.  She also sells books about maths.

Dr Mike’s Math Games

  • Free
  • American
  • Multiple Ages

Completely free and useful website for games, ideas and printables. Some are helpfully divided by grades which gives you an idea of the level they might appeal to/be appropriate for. Kids seem to love the games especially the “traffic jam” game.

Alison Website

  • Free and Paid
  • Global
  • Upper high school, pre-tertiary

Free and paid courses in various subjects and topics, including Chemistry, and senior maths, touch typing, Microsoft programmes and much more

Geometry Games

  • Free
  • Global
  • Multiple Ages

Geometry Games is a website that offers free to download software games that help learning in geometry.

MEP Maths Enhancement Program

  • Free
  • Secular
  • UK Based
  • Prep to Year 12 (Reception, Grades 1-9, GCSE equiv to ~Year 10-11, A Level equiv to ~Year 12)

Downloadable and printable workbooks

Primary – 1 page a day workbook with a variety of maths problems, with a focus on problem solving; separate teacher’s book with lesson plans plus tests and answer books

High School – Explanations and problems all contained within a student workbook; more similar to Aus maths programs than US based curricula; teacher materials, tests and answer books available. Options for 3 different “streams” to tailor to each child (standard, academic and express)

Note: you will need to email MEP to obtain access to passworded files – just say you are a homeschooler.

IntoScience

  • Paid
  • Australian
  • High School

IntoScience is a genuinely groundbreaking leap forward in secondary school science education. Engaging 3D environments, virtual experiments and simulations.
($36 annually per student for HEN Members)

Stile Apps

  • Paid
  • Australia
  • Secular
  • Multiple year levels

Stile Apps offer three science resources:

Double Helix Science Lessons for year 5&6, $10 per student.
Ignite a passion for science amongst your students with Double Helix Lessons from CSIRO. Mapped to the Australian Curriculum, Double Helix Lessons is a suite of online interactive science lessons for upper primary school students designed to make it easy for any school to supercharge their science program.

Cosmos Lessons  Years 7-10. $36.50 per student
Science lessons built on science news. Cosmos Lessons enable students to connect with science by providing exciting science lessons based on breaking science news. Curriculum-mapped, interactive, classroom-ready lessons.

Innovation Generation Years 5-7.  $3 per student
an inquiry subject containing a collection of classroom-ready, digital lessons designed to ignite the passion in your students through action-based learning.  A study in social responsibility in regards to sustainability.

CSIRO Education

  • Free and Paid
  • Australian
  • Secular
  • For multiple ages

Australian Science organisation CSIRO publish two excellent science magazines for kids – The Helix and Scientriffic are available by subscription or from some newsagents. The website contains loads of free materials including a library of science activities, as well as many teacher resources in the education section.

Astronomy – Star Guide

  • Free
  • Australian

Professor Watson, Astronomer in Charge at the Anglo-Australian Telescope in northwest NSW, has recorded an audio tour of the sky. This can be downloaded from the ABC website at www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2010/01/06/2771371.htm , along with southern sky maps for January, February and March. “Using an MP3 player to guide you through the night sky is a great way to find constellations without the distraction of a flashlight and star-maps,” says Professor Watson. “Once you’ve got to know a few of the brighter stars, it’s relatively easy to find your way around the sky.”

The Lab of Mr. Q  

  • Free and Paid
  • American
  • Secular
  • Multiple levels

The Lab of Mr. Q is a website created by a high school science teacher.  He shares complete units of study in various science topics, which are highly praised by home educators.  One of his packs is completely free, a 36 week life science curriculum, including a student and teacher pack.

Apologia

  • Paid
  • American
  • Christian
  • Multiple Levels/Ages

Probably the most popular christian science resource, written for homeschoolers and very appropriate for multi-age teaching..  Whilst it does have a text to read, the main difference to other science texts is that each book focuses in depth on one area of science, rather than a “spiral” approach commonly used in science.  Children and teens are able to delve deeply into each topic, and whilst age appropriate language is used, particularly for primary aged kids, the science concepts and vocabulary are at much higher level.  

WASP

  • Free
  • Australian
  • Secular
  • Multiple Ages

Woodside Australian Science Project is a website that shares science lessons for multiple year levels on various subjects.  This site doesn’t have hundreds of lessons, but the handful on offer are helpful additions to home education.

KhanAcademy

  • Free
  • American
  • Secular
  • High School

Free and useful website with videos on High School Maths, Chemistry, Physics and Biology, History, Economics. The presenter uses a video format with virtual blackboard and a casual approach.  Also has android and apple apps, as well as apps on other devices such as roku.

Alison Website

  • Free and Paid
  • Global
  • Upper high school, pre-tertiary

Free and paid courses in various subjects and topics, including Chemistry, and senior maths, touch typing, Microsoft programmes and much more

Astronomy

  • Free and Paid
  • American
  • Secular
  • Multiple ages

Astronomy Magazine is a paid resource about astronomy, but the website offers free information in the form of articles, news, astronomical calendars, photos, videos and more.

How To Teach Science

  • Free and Paid

Free elements newsletters – also sell science resources.

Skeptical Science

  • Free
  • Secular

This website is an excellent resource on climate change, especially useful when you need accurate information to combat denialist arguments. The free downloadable booklet, The Scientific Guide to Global Warming Skepticism looks at both the evidence that human activity is causing global warming and the ways that climate ‘skeptic’ arguments can mislead by presenting only small pieces of the puzzle rather than the full picture.

Mystery Science

  • Paid (annual homeschool family sub available)
  • American
  • Secular/Science Based
  • All year levels

A science website with ready to go lessons, including activities and experiments, for multiple year levels.  Also crosses into technology and other KLAs.

Physics Central

  • Free
  • American
  • Multiple Ages

A physics website that offers a lot of free content including videos, podcasts, articles, and even physics based comic books (read online).  Be sure to check out the educators area.

Coursera

  • Free and paid
  • Secular
  • Global
  • Upper High School, Pre-Tertiary, Tertiary

Coursera offers courses in numerous subjects, which are created by leading universities and organisations. Access to the lectures and non-graded course materials is free, but to get graded and earn certificates it does cost money per course.

Udacity

  • Free and paid
  • Secular
  • Global
  • Pre-tertiary and Tertiary

Udacity offers course in numerous subjects, which are created by leading organisations and universities.  Access to the course materials is free, but to access the projects and earn nano-degrees it will cost money.

Code.org

  • Free
  • Secular
  • All ages

Offers free introductory coding courses/activities, including “Hour of the Code” (a global initiative to get kids into coding), for all ages, plus links to further coding courses (free and paid).

Grok Learning

  • Paid
  • Secular
  • All Year Levels

Australian based – offers various coding courses and challenges (many are offered in schools).  Homeschoolers are able to participate in individual challenges (eg. NCSS Challenge costs $20 per student), or are able to subscribe to all courses, challenges and activities such as Hour of the Code for $30 per year (2017 prices).  Parents can get a free subscription that gives them access to all courses and tracks the students’ progress.

Compuscholar (formerly Homeschool Programming)

  • Paid
  • Secular
  • Ages ~ 10yrs+

Offers online courses (and some downloadable courses) in coding using a variety of languages. Was designed by a homeschool parent for independent learning at home.

FIRST.org

  • Paid
  • Australian
  • Multiple year levels/ages

Not a homeschooling resource as such, but a great way to learn – combines almost all of the different KLAs (math, science, technology & design, english, humanities and social sciences).  There are currently Jnr FLL and FLL competitions in Melbourne, and the number of home educated teams is growing every year.

First.org is a worldwide organisation that fosters STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) learning by offering four streams of international level competitions.  

  • Junior First Lego League – for 6-9 year olds – uses Lego and requires a FLL Jnr kit ($20)
  • First Lego League – for 9-16 year olds – uses Lego Mindstorms, Lego Technic and a field kit ($400 for one team kit, or $475 for 2 teams using one kit) to build a robot and solve field missions based on an environmental type theme; prepare and present a project based on the theme, and learn team working skills.
  • First Tech Challenge – for 14-18 year olds – uses mechano type technology to build and program robots to compete (cost ~$500 for competition entry and re-useable kit)
  • First Robotics Competition – for 14-18 year olds – “A large-scale robotics competition, FIRST® Robotics Competition brings together students and mentors to build robots that perform in a competitive but gracious environment against teams from all over the world.  In building their robot and doing all the other things that go with an FIRST® Robotics Competition team, students learn valuable life skills like teamwork, collaboration, public speaking, technical science and engineering skills, Gracious Professionalism®, and others.” (entry fees are very expensive, so this requires sponsorship and business skills, which is something that the participants learn as well)

National Museum Australia

  • Free
  • Australian
  • Multiple Ages

The National Museum of Australia has an education section on the website, with free teacher resources and learning activities for students.  Of high interest is the Batmania section, which outlines the beginning of Melbourne and it’s alternative first name of Batmania.

HistoriCool

  • Paid
  • Australian
  • Supplementary resource

HistoriCool is an Australian magazine for kids with a focus on history, similar to Horrible History in some ways.  The magazine is no longer in print, however past copies, books and teachers resources are still available.

Australian History Mysteries

  • Paid
  • Australian
  • Secular
  • All Year Levels

Australian History Mysteries is a program that focuses on Australian history.  It is a paid subscription service, prices depend on the type of subscription you choose – primary, high, both or a group purchase.

NFSA Digital Learning

  • Free
  • Australian
  • Multiple ages/year levels

NFSA Digital learning is an Australian website which hosts numerous Australian specific learning websites.  Australian documentaries, videos, audio clips, digital resources and so much more.

National Geographic

  • Free
  • Australian
  • Secular
  • Multiple Ages

Free and loads of information, activities and lesson plans for geography, history and science. The magazines are also extremely useful and back issues can often be picked up by the boxful at garage sales.

Big History Project

  • Free
  • American
  • Secular/Science Based
  • Upper Primary – High School

Big History Project is a lengthy course in history, incorporating multiple other HASS subjects, sciences and various other KLAs.  It’s broken down into smaller courses and may require significant teacher/parent input and even has courses for teachers/parents to learn how to effectively use the resource.  It is completely free, aligns to USA standards and was created by teachers, students, curriculum experts, tech experts and supported by Bill Gates.  It is secular and science based, beginning it’s look at history with the Big Bang.

Horrible Histories

  • Paid/Free
  • UK
  • Supplementary resource

Horrible Histories is a book series, TV show and more which takes a light hearted look at history, particularly capturing the interest of children who enjoy a focus on the horrible.  Not a program, not complete but an excellent supplementary resource.

Histography

  • Free
  • Global
  • Secular (evolution heavy)
  • Multiple Ages

This is not a curriculum program, but an interactive timeline of history that looks as far back as the big bang.  Scrolling through the ages you will find the years lined with dots, each dot representing a significant event in that year or time period.  Clicking on a dot will bring up a list of options, including a video from youtube, a link to wikipedia and related events.  A great supplemental resource for history, and even geography, would make a great jumping off point.

National Geographic Education

  • Free
  • American
  • Secular
  • Multiple Ages

Nat Geo education is a section on the overall Nat Geo website which shares videos, articles, news, lesson ideas and more in the subjects of history, culture, science and more.

Australian Parliament website  

  • Free
  • Australian
  • Secular
  • Multiple Ages

The Aus Parliament website has some education resources and provides a good educational guide to the website.  Probably an essential place to begin when learning about Australian government, civics etc.

The Victorian Parliament website

  • Free
  • Australian
  • Secular
  • Multiple Ages

Vic Parliament website has some good resources on civics, citizenship and the political process. You can also visit parliament or go to the Visit Parliament page of the website which includes a virtual tour of Parliament House with a 360 degree view of significant areas. Proceedings of both chambers, and some committee hearings, are streamed live and can be viewed through the Video and Audio section of the website.

Money Smart

  • Free
  • Australian
  • Teenagers

The Money Smart is a FREE resource and has a ‘Rookie’ section with some great info for teens including buying a car, credit and debt, studying, moving out, first job, mobile phone deals and online transactions. Other useful pages for teens are the budget planner and scams info. There are also teaching resources.

Key Money Concepts

  • Paid
  • Australian
  • Teens

Key Money Concepts is a paid alternative to Money Smart and offers videos, all available online, covering topics from renting a flat, car loans, HELP loans, investing and other real world issues

Other HASS Resources

  • Australian History Pictures, a book by Janette Casey with information, colouring pictures, rhymes and notes telling the story of the first 100 years of Australias colonial history.
  • Many banks have Budget planners and blogs and articles
  • The Checkout is consumer affairs program on ABC TV which offers great consumer info in humorous way.
  • Book, The Great $20 Adventure, is a fun book for young kids that explores the possible ways one can use $20.

Literature Based curricula for history / geography

  • US Based
  • Paid
  • Christian

If you would rather not use textbooks to teach history and geography, these Christian publishers loosely follow a Charlotte Mason philosophy of using living books / historical novels to teach various periods of history.  Ordering new packages from US be rather pricey, so worth trying to source secondhand materials to see if this will suit your family.

Check out homeschool review sites for other options.

Story of the World

  • Paid
  • Neutral (suitable for secular and faith based)
  • Multiple ages

Reads like a series of stories, for younger and older children.  Suitable for faith based/secular homeschoolers, it is very neutral in its world views (samples available on the website). It is often used as a  read-aloud “spine” for history/geography, with other materials/books supplementing it, so you can create your own history/geography program.

Kids Health in the Classroom

  • Free
  • US based
  • Secular
  • Multiple year levels

Kids Health in the Classroom offers free lesson plans for the Health KLA.  The site includes teachers guides, videos, activities, experiments, quizzes, discussion prompts, handouts and more.

Adventure to Fitness

  • Paid
  • US based
  • Secular
  • Primary

Adventure to Fitness is a monthly or annual subscription service that offers a fitness program for teachers and/or parents.  Using videos of varying lengths – full length lessons and mini-lessons – they provide fitness and exercise in a fun and engaging manner.

Cosmic Kids Yoga

  • Free
  • Primary

Cosmic Kids Yoga is dedicated to teaching young kids to do yoga in a fun and engaging way.  The videos are free through the website and on youtube, they also have a shop for buying DVDs and related products.

Gayby Baby

  • Paid and Free
  • Australian
  • LGBTIQA+ resource
  • Multiple Ages

Film study (need to buy the film) with free resources.  Gayby Baby is a documentary film which traces the experiences and stories of six young people from a range of different family units. It is a useful film for opening up discussions about diversity, inclusion, same sex families, parenting, stereotypes in the media and popular culture and personal identity. It can be used as tool for assisting with meeting a range of learning outcomes for primary and secondary aged children, particularly in English, Health and PE and Personal Development areas. There are free download materials available online – one for primary age and one for secondary age.

ArtVenture

  • Paid
  • Australia
  • Secular
  • Multiple Ages

An online arts program which gets rave reviews by home educators and parents.  24 hour free trial available and Discount subscription for HEN members

Arts Edge

  • Free
  • American based
  • Secular
  • All year levels

Arts Edge is a website from the Kennedy Centre that has small lessons on various topics that mostly revolve around the Arts KLA, but crosses into other KLAs.  Some lessons require outside resources, but each one includes a lesson plan/outline, information on how it links to various US-based standards and various printables.

Riot Art and Craft

  • Paid
  • Australia
  • Secular
  • All year levels

Art and craft supplies store. 10% discount for home educators – just ask at the checkout.

Drawspace

  • Free and Paid
  • Canada created, global
  • Multiple year levels

Drawspace is a comprehensive art education website, offering lessons, courses, books and more.  About 15% of the site is free to use, but the rest costs money.

ZartArt Supplies

  • Paid
  • Australia
  • Shop
  • Multiple Ages

Educational art supplies store with a physical gallery of student works that changes every term.  Online gallery with ideas and curriculum links.

Quarterly newsletter and catalogues available.  Huge variety of art supplies, great for specialty art resources.  Annual clearance sale around July school holidays.  (03) 9890 1867.  4/41 Lexton Rd, Box Hill North

Mark Kirstler Drawing Lessons

  • Paid and Free
  • Multiple Ages

Fun series of drawing books and online lessons.  Free lessons available on youtube channel, and there are paid subscriptions for more complete collections of lessons.  Look for discounted subscriptions on homeschoolbuyersco-op.org website.

Languages Online

  • Free
  • Australian
  • Prep – year 10

Website developed by DEECD which provides teaching and learning resources suitable for LOTE from prep to year 10. Online interactive tasks and worksheets for French, German, Indonesian and Italian. There is also a ‘game maker’ template to create interactive language games using your own text, voice recordings or images.

Duolingo

  • Free
  • Global
  • Multiple year levels

Duolingo is a free online program for learning various languages other than English, it not includes the usual LOTE choices such as Greek, German, Italian etc but also includes unique languages such as Klingon (in beta).

WeSpeke

  • Free
  • American
  • Multiple ages

WeSpeke is a free to use online program for learning the more common LOTE languages, German, Italian etc.

Victorian School of Languages

  • Paid
  • Australian
  • All year levels

DEECD’s Victorian School of Languages (VSL) provides programs in over 55 languages for students in 40 centres throughout Victoria. Home ed students are able to access the out-of-hours programs (Saturday mornings or after school). The cost is $70 per year for Victorian students up to Year 10, VCE $85, adults in VCE classes or country classes $210 (plus books). There is also a distance education service but the cost is much higher – see website for details. All teachers are VIT accredited and the VSL produces a high percentage of the Top Scorers in a range of languages each year.
Phone: (03) 9474 0500

Rosetta Stone

  • Paid
  • Australian
  • Multiple year levels

Rosetta Stone is a paid program for learning languages other than English.  Discounted subscription for HEN members to the Rosetta Stone Course $60 per subscription. Available through our shop.

Asian Language School Online

  • Paid
  • Australian
  • Multiple Ages

Online classes for kids to learn various Asian languages: Chinese, Japanese, Indonesian and Korean. Classes are delivered via Zoom (like Skype) and you can join a group or have individual classes.

Skwirk

  • Paid
  • Australian
  • Secular
  • Foundation – year 10

Skwirk is an award winning learning resource providing National Curriculum content for both students & teachers.  (50% discount for HEN Members)

FUSE

  • Free
  • Australian
  • Secular
  • All year levels

FUSE is a website from the Victorian government for the use of teachers and parents to create, share and use resources and learning plans with each other.  Covers most KLAs, most of the resources are free to access and use.  Home educators do not have a way to create an account to share their own resources.

Future School

  • Paid
  • Australia
  • Online Tutoring Service

Australian online English and Maths curriculum. Works out around $500 per year for up to 5 students for Maths and English or $300 per year for a single student.

Cool Australia

  • Free
  • Australian
  • Secular
  • Multiple Year Levels

Cool Australia is an online resource that provides ready to go lessons and units based around various subjects and topics.  Mostly science, environment, history and geography.  Includes videos, worksheets, lesson plans and more.

Suzi’s home education ideas

  • Free
  • Australian
  • Multiple year levels

Suzi is a home educator in Australia who uses her blog to share resources and ideas for Australian home educators.  Includes post on matching interest-led learning to national curriculum requirements.

Forest Learning

  • Free
  • Australian
  • Multiple year levels

Forest learning is an Australian designed website which offers free lessons and lesson plans for educators in Australia.  It covers multiple year levels and subjects, with a focus on Australia and sustainability.

Australian Organic Schools

  • Free
  • Australian
  • Multiple year levels

Australian Organic Schools is a free to register website that offers teachers and home educating parents several free lessons/lesson plans that revolve around organic gardening.  The lessons cover Science, Health and Environmental studies (sustainability) and are aligned to the Australian Curriculum.

KhanAcademy

  • Free
  • American
  • High School

Free and useful website with videos on High School Maths, Chemistry, Physics and Biology, History, Economics. The presenter uses a video format with virtual blackboard and a casual approach.  Also has android and apple apps, as well as apps on other devices such as roku.

Crash Course

  • Free
  • American
  • Secular
  • High School

Crash course is an American created resource of free online videos in multiple subjects, including Science, Technology, HASS, Maths and English.  Also has a dedicated YouTube channel.

TED and TED-Ed

  • Free
  • American
  • Secular? (maybe mixed)
  • Multiple year levels

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks.  The TED-Ed branch is devoted to learning and uses short videos, including animations, as lessons.

Teach With Movies

  • Free
  • American
  • Secular?
  • Multiple year levels

Teach with movies is a website with free lesson plans and worksheets that work on using a movie to guide the lesson.  Works on multiple KLAs/subjects and aimed at multiple year levels/ages.

Core Knowledge

  • Free and Paid
  • American
  • Secular ?
  • K-8

Core Knowledge is an American website which offers a massive list of free curricula materials, as well some paid materials.  They cover multiple KLAs and year levels.

Internet 4 Classrooms

  • Free
  • American
  • Secular, Religious, Mixed
  • F-8

This is not a curriculum resource so much as it is like a live lesson/learning plan.  Click on the appropriate grade level, subject and it will provide a list of learning outcomes desired for the level as well as links to places that can be used for each of those outcomes (including secular and religious links).  Some links may be defunct, but it should provide some interesting paths to follow online.

BBC Educational

  • Free
  • UK based
  • Secular
  • Multiple levels

BBC contains an educational section incorporating English, Maths and Science.  Generally comprising of small “bitesize” videos followed by an activity such as a game or answering some questions.  Fairly basic, but perfect as a mini-supplement.  Also has pieces on Welsh language.

 

National Parks Service

  • Free
  • American Based
  • Secular
  • Multiple Levels

National Parks Service website offers free lesson plans in various subjects, mostly science and the social sciences (HASS).

DIY.org

  • Free
  • American
  • Secular, maybe mixed
  • Ages 7 – 16 approx

DIY.org is an online community for kids to create and share projects and activities, while earning badges and learning various skills in a range of subjects and topics.  In a way it is like an online Scouts.  It can be overseen by a parent/teacher.  While not directly tied to any curriculum, the projects and skills that are shared and done here can easily be aligned to the 8 Key Learning Areas.

Fun Brain

  • Free
  • US?
  • PreK – 8

Fun Brain is a website that offers videos, games, books and comics with the express design to help increase children’s maths, reading, literacy and problem solving skills.

DLTK Network

  • Free
  • American
  • Secular-ish, some Christian things
  • Primary ages

DLTK is a network of websites that offers all sorts of free, fun and educational things for young children.

  • Kidzone – It offers free worksheets, activities and basic lessons in multiple subjects.
  • DLTK Teach – offers educational resources for children and teachers
  • Coloring – Coloring offers free colouring in sheets for kids.
  • First School – offers activities and resources for pre-school aged children.
  • DTLK Bible – offers bible crafts and resources for children
  • DLTK Cards – offers printable cards for children to make
  • DLTK Holidays – offers information and activities for various holidays, includes Australian holidays.

Stanford Online

  • Free
  • Global (Us based)
  • Secular
  • Tertiary

The US university Stanford offers free courses of various subjects online to people all around the world.  Not all of their course are available through this service, but there are some wonderful courses available.

MIT OpenCourseWare

  • Free
  • Global (US based)
  • Secular
  • Tertiary

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a leading tech university in the US, via this website they offer nearly all of their course for free. Many of the course revolve around technology, however they offer a range of courses in various subjects even the fine arts!

Open Culture

  • Free
  • American
  • Secular
  • Multiple year levels

Open Culture is a website offering free courses, audio books, movies, textbooks and ebooks in a variety of subjects and topics.

Turtle Diary

  • Free
  • American
  • Primary

TurtleDiary is a technology-based online educational program that offers an in-depth educational content for early learners, with a multitude of lesson plans, educational games, learning activities and exciting features.

CK-12

  • Free
  • American
  • Multiple ages

CK-12 is a website dedicated to helping children learn in the ways that work best for them.  It is a free online resource for all year levels and ages, in all subjects and many many topics.  Alongside the main website, there are other connected websites with more specific foci.  BrainGenie focuses on maths and science, while FlexMath focuses on providing a focus on algebra.

NASA

  • Free
  • American
  • Secular
  • Multiple Ages

NASA has a great website which also includes resources for educators – but even without that, you can’t go past all those articles, reports and photos to do with space! Among the educational resources available are STEM on Station, which has the crew of International Space Station doing STEM activities and includes lesson plans and videos.  Be sure to look around at everything they offer.

Wonderopolis

  • Free
  • American
  • Multiple Ages

Wonderopolis is a fascinating website that has a Wonder of the Day, each day.  Each wonder is a basic question, from, “Is the Loch Ness monster real” to “What does a molecular biologist do”.  Each wonder explores the topic, contains link to further information and has a quiz at the end.  A great resource for exploring an interesting topic every day in any of the KLAs. Previous wonders are available to look at.

Magic Forest Academy

  • Paid
  • American Based
  • Secular
  • Ages 7-12

A relatively complete curriculum program for kids in the middle years.  This is a nature based program, which revolves around the seasons.  Being US-based the material will not match Australian seasons perfectly, making this not as complete as it would be for the northern hemisphere, but adjusted by 6 months and supplementing with Australian native flora and fauna studies, this could be an enjoyable program.  The early primary and the high school levels are still being created.

Please keep in mind that while a complete curriculum program can be helpful in the home, the VRQA require us to individualise our learning programs for our children.  No program is deemed complete enough, and so the resources below can only be noted as one among many of the resources you will use when handing in a plan or undergoing review.  If you choose to use a complete program, still look at the other KLA resource lists for supplements to use alongside the complete program, and to include in plans and reviews.

Many programs that are touted as being complete are often missing LOTE.  It is also important to remember that any program that comes from outside of Australia will be missing key areas, especially in the HASS subjects where the focus will be on the country of origin rather than Australia.

Complete Education Australia

  • Paid
  • Australian
  • Secular
  • Foundation to level 10

An almost full curriculum program aligned to the Australian Curriculum.  Available for all pre-VCE year levels, on a per term subscription basis.

First Class Resources

  • Paid
  • Australian
  • Secular
  • Foundation – 7

An Australian created printable program for Foundation to level 7, based on the Australian Curriculum.

Riverside Distance Education

  • Paid, enrolment or materials
  • Australian
  • Christian
  • All year levels

Riverside is a Christian Distance Education school which is available to enrol in or buy the curriculum materials.  It aligns to the Australian Curriculum.

Australian Christian Home Schooling

  • Paid
  • Australian
  • Christian
  • All year levels

ACHS is a Christian based home school curriculum program that covers all year levels and all KLAs, aligned to the Australian Curriculum.  ACHS also has the option for children to gain a year 10 and year 12 graduating certificate that is recognised in Australia.

 

Ambleside Online

  • Free
  • American
  • Charlotte Mason style, Christian
  • All year levels

An online program/schedule.  This is not fully comprehensive for all KLAs, so will require some supplements, namely in maths and LOTE.  But it is very close to complete.

Easy Peasy All in One

  • Free
  • American
  • Christian, but adaptable in certain areas
  • Primary years, levels 1-8

An online program that covers all KLAs.  Not all resources are contained within the EP site, but they outsource to free to use sites for various things like LOTE, games and more.  Has some printable materials, with more being adapted to printable – but for the most part this program is best used online and requires internet access.  You can choose to only use one or several of the KLAs, or all of them as suits your needs.

Easy Peasy All in One High School

  • Free
  • American
  • Christian, but adaptable in some areas
  • High School years

An online program that covers all KLAs.  Not all resources are contained within the EP site, but they outsource to free to use sites for various things like LOTE, games and more.  Has some printable materials, with more being adapted to printable – but for the most part this program is best used online and requires internet access.  You can choose to only use one or several of the KLAs, or all of them as suits your needs.

Oak Meadow

  • Paid, either material purchases or enrollment
  • American
  • Secular, Whole Child Approach
  • K-12, primary and high school years

A complete print-based curriculum program that can be purchased as it is or your child can actually enrol in as a student with teachers.  It is American based and as such the enrolment and certificates given will not be recognised by Australian standards – but as a home education program it is highly praised. Not a cheap choice.

EarthSchooling by BEarth Institute

  • Paid
  • American
  • Secular, Waldorf/Steiner
  • K-12, primary and high school years

A complete curriculum program based on the Waldorf style. It is secular and nature based.  Can be bought in parts, by subject, by year level or with a lifetime family membership.  Can be very expensive!

Time 4 learning

  • Paid
  • American
  • Secular
  • All year levels

Time 4 Learning is an online subscription curriculum program that aligns to American educational standards.

 

As you get into the upper levels of high school you may need to consider future pathways, whether that be VCE, VCE alternatives, tertiary education, employment or other possibilities.

Below (right column) we share links to several tertiary and similar courses available, some which are accredited and some which are not.  You can also extend into university study through Open Universities Australia (most first year units have no prerequisites and there are also bridging units available if needed).

Note: Not all courses are nationally accredited so ask before you sign up. Nationally accredited courses are a qualification in themselves and can be used to gain entry to other courses. eg. a Cert IV may qualify you for entry to a Diploma or an undergraduate degree and a Diploma may qualify you to enter a degree at second year level. It all depends on the particular course you are trying to get into and the qualifications you already have.

We have a page on the website dedicated to VCE and Alternative routes to university which you may find helpful to read through.

Home ed kids can undertake work experience – in Victoria you or your parent just need to approach an employer and set it up with them. More information can be found here.

It may also be helpful to read through HENs own Alumni Handbook which shares how life has turned out for those who were once home educated.

KhanAcademy

  • Free
  • American
  • High School

Free and useful website with videos on High School Maths, Chemistry, Physics and Biology, History, Economics. The presenter uses a video format with virtual blackboard and a casual approach.  Also has android and apple apps, as well as apps on other devices such as roku.

Crash Course

  • Free
  • American
  • Secular
  • High School

Crash course is an American created resource of free online videos in multiple subjects, including Science, Technology, HASS, Maths and English.  Also has a dedicated YouTube channel.

TED and TED-Ed

  • Free
  • American
  • Secular? (maybe mixed)
  • Multiple year levels

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks.  The TED-Ed branch is devoted to learning and uses short videos, including animations, as lessons.

YouTube

  • Free
  • Global
  • Secular, Religious, Everything
  • All Ages

YouTube is a website for sharing videos about everything and anything.  Not just for music videos and funny cats, educators and students can find a lot of useful videos in a vast range of subjects.  Every single KLA, and perhaps every topic/subject within each KLA will have at least one good video about it on YouTube.  

Money Smart

  • Free
  • Australian
  • Teenagers

The Money Smart is a FREE resource and has a Rookie’ section with some great info for teens including buying a car, credit and debt, studying, moving out, first job, mobile phone deals and online transactions. Other useful pages for teens are the budget planner and scams info. There are also teaching resources.

Key Money Concepts

  • Paid
  • Australian
  • Teens

Key Money Concepts is a paid alternative to Money Smart and offers videos, all available online, covering topics from renting a flat, car loans, HELP loans, investing and other real world issues.

Gayby Baby

  • Paid and Free
  • Australian
  • LGBTIQA+ resource
  • Multiple Ages

Film study (need to buy the film) with free resources.  Gayby Baby is a documentary film which traces the experiences and stories of six young people from a range of different family units. It is a useful film for opening up discussions about diversity, inclusion, same sex families, parenting, stereotypes in the media and popular culture and personal identity. It can be used as tool for assisting with meeting a range of learning outcomes for primary and secondary aged children, particularly in English, Health and PE and Personal Development areas. There are free download materials available online – one for primary age and one for secondary age.

Alison Website

  • Free and Paid
  • Global
  • Upper high school, pre-tertiary

Free and paid courses in various subjects and topics, including Chemistry, and senior maths, touch typing, Microsoft programmes and much more

Coursera

  • Free and paid
  • Secular
  • Global
  • Upper High School, Pre-Tertiary, Tertiary

Coursera offers courses in numerous subjects, which are created by leading universities and organisations. Access to the lectures and non-graded course materials is free, but to get graded and earn certificates it does cost money per course.

Udacity

  • Free and paid
  • Secular
  • Global
  • Pre-tertiary and Tertiary

Udacity offers course in numerous subjects, which are created by leading organisations and universities.  Access to the course materials is free, but to access the projects and earn nano-degrees it will cost money.

Stanford Online

  • Free
  • Global (Us based)
  • Secular
  • Tertiary

The US university Stanford offers free courses of various subjects online to people all around the world.  Not all of their course are available through this service, but there are some wonderful courses available.

MIT OpenCourseWare

  • Free
  • Global (US based)
  • Secular
  • Tertiary

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a leading tech university in the US, via this website they offer nearly all of their course for free. Many of the course revolve around technology, however they offer a range of courses in various subjects even the fine arts!

Open2Study

  • Free and Paid
  • Global
  • Secular
  • Tertiary

Open2Study is a website providing access to free courses from various universities and institutions, in a variety of subjects and topics.  While the courses are generally free, to get accreditation it will be necessary to pay.

Open Culture

  • Free
  • American
  • Secular
  • Multiple year levels, including tertiary

Open Culture is a website offering free courses, audio books, movies, textbooks and ebooks in a variety of subjects and topics.

Open Colleges

  • Paid
  • Australian
  • Secular
  • Tertiary, pre-tertiary

Open Colleges provides TAFE course online, these are paid courses but easier to access especially for those who don’t have ready access to TAFE.

Homeschooling Reviews

  • Free
  • American
  • Blog

A site with curriculum reviews to help those wanting to use a structured program and trying to decide on whether it will fit their child/family.

Cathy Duffy Reviews

  • Free
  • American
  • Blog

Another website of reviews of US based curriculum.

Storynory

  • Free
  • Audio Books

Storynory offers a large collection of free to use audio books for kids.

LibriVox

  • Free
  • Audio Books

Librivox offers a large collection of free to listen to audio books, all public domain and out of copyright.

Free Classic Ebooks

  • Free
  • Audio Books

A selection of free to use classic books in audiobook format.

Project Gutenberg

  • Free
  • EBooks

Project Gutenberg offers over 50,000 free to download or read online ebooks.  All are legal, public domain or past copyright date books.

Planet Ebook

  • Free
  • Ebooks

Planet Ebook offers a nice collection of classic ebooks, all free.

Baldwin Online Childrens Literature

  • Free
  • Ebooks

The Baldwin Online Childrens Literature Project is a website which shares ebooks in the public domain.  It also includes a list of books for Waldorf curricula.

Kids4Classics

  • Free
  • Ebooks

Kids4Classics is a website that shares a nice collection of classic books in ebook format, just for kids.

Archive.org

  • Free
  • Ebooks and more

Archive is a not-profit library sharing millions of ebooks, videos, music and more.  While it contains the same types of books as the sites above, it is unique in that it also includes publications by individuals, including research articles.

 

Pinterest

  • Free (with links to free and paid things)
  • All countries
  • All styles, subjects, everything
  • All ages and levels

Online social media pinboard, where people “pin” things they find on the web according to their interests.  There are many home educators sharing their resources, and you can easily search for your particular needs.  All subject areas.  Pinterest isn’t only great for finding resources, but is also very handy for keeping track of your own finds.  Create your own boards, for subjects, topics and more, pin links to various websites and resources in your chosen boards.  Great way to categorise and bookmark interesting websites, especially helpful for unit studies and similar.

Educents

  • Free and Paid
  • Multiple Countries
  • Multiple KLAs
  • Multiple Age Groups
  • Multiple Styles, Religions etc

Educents is a website which shares all sorts of educational resources, both digital and physical (though physical is easier if in the US).  In essence it is a resource shop, where you can buy complete curriculum programs, complete subject/topic programs, complete unit studies, mini-units, mini-topic studies, notebooking and lapbooking pages and so very much more.  Some of it is free, some of it is paid.  Not only can you buy resources, you can also sell resources you have made.

Teachers Pay Teachers

  • Free and Paid
  • Multiple Countries
  • Multiple KLAs
  • Multiple Age Groups
  • Multiple Styles, Religions etc

Teachers Pay Teachers is similar to Educents above, a website for teachers and other education people to share and sell their resources, mostly digital.  From complete subjects to mini-resources.  Some of it is free and some is paid, many of the paid stuff have free samples.  Not only can you buy resources, you can also use the site to sell the resources you create.

Currclick

  • Free and Paid
  • America
  • Secular and Faith Based
  • All ages / all subject areas

US site with downloadable homeschooling resources, such as unit studies, books, classes, and other materials.  There are many free resources available, and the site is easily searchable by subject area, age, price, etc.  Frequent sales with highly discounted products.

Notebooking Pages

  • Free and Paid
  • American created
  • For any style
  • Multiple Ages

Notebooking Pages offers some free notebooking pages, and a large selection of paid pages.  Best to check out the freebies to get an idea of whether they are of use to you or not, before paying for the other pages, or purchasing a lifetime membership.

Homeschool Share

  • Free
  • American Created
  • Unit Studies, Lapbooking, Notebooking
  • Multiple Ages

Homeschool Share is a collaborative website created by several homeschooling mums, to share free but quality literature based unit studies and resources.

Homeschool Freebie of the Day

  • Free
  • American created
  • All styles
  • Multiple Ages

Homeschool Freebie shares a single free resource every day (except some holidays).  These may be free to read/download public domain books, resources that have been temporarily made free by the resource creators, unit studies, lesson plans, music lessons, poems and more.

Free Homeschool Deals

  • Free
  • American
  • All Styles
  • Multiple Ages

Free Homeschool Deals is a website dedicated to finding and sharing everything homeschool, for free.  Resources, ideas, plans, units, books, reviews and so much more.