Free is good!

A while back at Why Homeschool, Henry Cate mentioned that your satisfaction with curriculum seems to have an inverse relationship to how much you paid for it. What you shell out big bucks for rarely works, but what you get for free is usually just what you needed. I completely agree!

My oldest son Noah is moving into high school level work, and truth to be told, I just don’t have money for the sort of text books he needs. So, I went looking on that modern miracle of the internet and found some free resources I’m very happy with that I thought I’d pass along to y’all.

High School Algebra:

There is a good, old fashioned Algebra One text book which is found here. We’re about half way through this one and have been very happy with it. Click on the picture of the Algebra book and it will take you to a page where you can choose to view the book online or via a pdf file. You can download it by chapter and there are answer keys available as well.

Grammar:

The Internet Grammar of English is a British resource which says that it is written primarily for university undergraduates. However, perhaps undergraduate means something different in Great Britain than it does here or perhaps it’s just a matter of how poor our education systems have become. My 12 year old son is not having any difficulty with the material which explains grammar much better than I could (not that that’s saying much!). This looks to be about a 2 year course to me.

AP Biology:

My son has an unusual interest in biology, and we had more than exhausted middle school science, so I decided to have him delve right into AP Biology. I found an online biology book here which overall I am happy with. It is up-to-date, well written and covers a very wide range of topics. Someone has put a lot of time into this one. HOWEVER, please be forewarned that the author is quite obviously no fan of religion. While I cannot abide creationist lies myself, I am also a devout Christian and some of his comments about religion and science in sections about evolution cross the line for me. I copied those sections into Word and just edited out the offending material. I was able to do this with no effect on the overall coherence or material presented (which only goes to show how extraneous this author’s beef with religion is to the topic at hand, but you know!).

A couple of other places to look for free texts for your kids that I found are:

Free Load Press has mostly college level texts if you are looking for AP level courses for your kids. There are many Computer Application texts available on this sight. There is a brief registration in order to gain access to the books. And there are advertisements embedded in the texts, so use your judgement. These texts open in Adobe.

Textbook Revolution is a more eclectic sight and there’s some good stuff there as well.

If you know of any good, free resources, please share! Because free is good ūüôā¬† And sharing is caring ;P

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5 thoughts on “Free is good!

  1. Dog-gone-it….I thought I left a comment here yesterday. So, I will try again.

    Although the resources would be considered free, in all actuality, you do have to pay for shipping. I belong to several on-line book swapping sites. In all of them, you get points when you ship out books to others – – you can, in turn, use those points to get books for yourself. The most common cost of mailing a book is 2.13. Very good deal for a book. Here are the sites:
    http://www.bookmooch.com
    http://www.frugalreader.com
    http://www.paperbackswap.com
    http://www.whatsonmybookshelf.com

    A lot of the books I use for the swaps are from the thrift shop, library sales and what I already have on hand (that we have read and are done with).

    Here are some of my favorite Free (or nearly free) resources:

    Audiobooks:
    http://storynory.com/
    http://librivox.org/newcatalog/
    http://www.wiredforbooks.org/index2.htm

    Classical Music/Composers:
    http://www.classicalarchives.com/
    http://www.squidoo.com/musiclapbook
    http://www.classicsforkids.com/
    http://www.highsmith.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Production/LSP/pages/2005_pdfs/lsp_mar05_lessons.pdf

    Language Arts
    http://www.spellingcity.com/
    http://www.wowio.com
    http://www.poemofquotes.com/articles/poetry_forms.php

    Science
    http://www.middleschoolscience.com/life.htm

    History/Geography
    http://www.studentsfriend.com/index.html
    http://lunablog.net/2007/12/02/happy-holidays-the-first-free-lunablognet-homeschool-curriculum-is-on-its-way/
    http://www.ourlosbanos.com/homeschool/history/americanpdf.html

    Curriculum (with LOTS of FREE resources)
    http://amblesideonline.org/index2.shtml
    http://oldfashionededucation.com/index.html

    Okay, there you have it – – my faves broken down…..hope this helps!! : )

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  2. I have tried to leave two comments to you – – both have not shown up. I will post the list on my site and you are more thean welcome to come on over and check it out.

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