About The Curriculum Group

support-580298_1280If you are new to the group, you may need some additional information as you are joining in the middle of a transition. 

I started this group a year and a half ago to help parents in need find FREE curriculum choices for their homeschooling. Our membership consists of homeschooling parents, daycare teachers, a handful of course authors and blog writers, and teachers of other varieties.

We started with a few links for free resources, then requests started to roll in and the list of links grew and grew. We proved that you can learn just about anything for free, even learn Elvish! We have been a great support to one another, sharing advice on every area of homeschooling. Our goal was simple, to encourage home-education no matter the financial strains we might find ourselves in. However, our audience had many reasons to come, the most common factor between us being the love for our children (or the children being loaned to us for a period).

Our group is over 10,000 strong now, and I find myself at a crossroads. I love the support we have built here, but I had to make a very difficult decision in order to keep my family fed, clothed and provided with a roof. We are moving the group to another platform, where I can do what I am already doing in the group, providing parents with links to free resources that meet their homeschooling needs, but with a more personal touch, and provide more services that I was not able to provide using Facebook’s platform. We are moving to a new educational platform. I have more information on the group’s page, but I wanted to tell you a little more about the consulting services I will be offering. Keep in mind that this is just a fraction of what I will be doing.


The group membership provides

~Support from other homeschoolers creating their own curriculum 

~Weekly post loaded with links to free resources

~Free curriculum resources for every child in your family. Just ask and receive. UNLIMITED!!!

~Custom Curriculum I create for my own children.

To provide you with fitting curriculum choices, you will tell me about your child’s specific needs: subjects needed, and learning style (they do better with worksheets, videos, books or other criteria).  I will consider those heavily when choosing curriculum for that subject and child. I will supply you with at least 10 resources, describe each resource, and explain how I would use each resource. (See pricing below).


With a phone consult, you receive an hour of my time via telephone or chat (soon with Skype). You will email any questions you have before the consult, so that I might adequately prepare and make the best use of the time during the consult. This consult covers all of your homeschool questions outside of curriculum, but may include curriculum choices as well. (See pricing below).


With this service, you will receive daily lesson plans for your child  with links to content and activities. I tailor these plans to your specific needs. These are primarily for online learning, but can include hands-on activities.


~Curriculum Group – $5 a month

~Phone Consult – $15/hour

~Create a custom curriculum using FREE resources – fee $10 per subject, per month



~Free curriculum choices
~Teaching a child to read
~Child-centered learning
~Building a homeschool curriculum
~Scheduling curriculum
~Homeschool practices
~Learning Difficulties
~Student Motivation
~Early Childhood Education
~Gifted Learners


Heather far exceeded my expectations. She sent me two pages of links (single-spaced with descriptions) broken down according to subject area and age group. I highly recommend Heather and look forward to working with her on the next project. “ ~CM

Heather delivers every time. She listens to my requests and sends suggestions and options that are the exact fit I have searched hours for on my own, but couldn’t find. Great, fast communication, and wonderful results!” ~TS

It is pretty awesome what you do?” ~JN

Thank you so much for all the great information I had no idea that even existed Heather Pontious. I have looked into all of the link and sites you gave me and I have already gotten next week lesson plan ready and we sat down together and did it which you suggested and I can’t wait to get started “ ~AB

For more information on our move, click here.


Free Home Economics Resources


pizza-1013631_1280When introduced early, house-hold responsibilities seem less chore-like. They can even be fun. Young children, especially those looking for a little extra-autonomy, may even love the idea of doing something Mommy or Daddy usually takes care of. My kiddos love it when we cook together. Each takes a job to match their skill level (sort of-last night the shredded cabbage might have been a little much), and they are ready for the next job, asking, “What else can I help you with?” I’ve seen the same reaction when it is chore time, only keeping in mind that, like I have my physical limits, they have their attention limits, so it is important to set them up for success. Planning is key and time required for each task is worth considering.

I’ve put together a list of Home-Economics resources. It is by no means exhaustive, though I will continue to add as the resources are revealed or I am inspired. The first link will help you brainstorm, list, and sequence the home-economics topics you believe are pertinent to your child’s life and get you moving towards building your own home-economics curriculum, but first a little history and a little on each of these categories under home-economics umbrella.

(Don’t leave without checking out my Facebook group Build Your Own Homeschool Curriculum for FREE , where you can find more FREE resources for teaching or homeschooling.)

Scope and Sequence

Build your own using Proverbs
The Basic List
Write your own curriculum with Bright Hub Education
Other great ideas to add your curriculum

Home Economics  (all sub-topics)

Home and Economics with Howcast
A full year of High School Home Economics with Plain and Not So Plain
Creative Living Skills from Glencoe
Homeschool Course at Brady Bunch Homeschool
An Old Fashioned Education

Cooking/Food Safety

52 week curriculum, Cooking For Kids
Age Appropriate Cooking Lessons for Kids, Ages 3-18
Cooking Unit Lapbook with Homeschool Share
Cooking and Home-Economics from Archive ebooks
Kidspot Kitchen-Recipes
Video Recipes
from Spattulatta.com
Printable Recipe Books for Kids
Food Network-Cooking with Kids
Cooking/Farm to Table

Sesame Street Recipes
Easy Recipes for Kids (blog)
Publications on Food Safety At Home
Food Safety from the USDA


Teaching Your Child to Clean with FREE Homeschool Deals
Chore Cards from Five J’s
Lessons from Clorox
Printable Chore Chart
Home Cleaning with Pinterest


Gardening Lapbook
Garden Preschool Pack Printables
Kids Gardening
My First Garden
Gardening for Kids, Fun and Inspiring Ideas
More Gardening Idea for Kids

Sewing and other Needle Crafts

Crafts and Fabric Links
Sewing Book, Lessons for beginners
Online Video Lessons by Craftsy
Easy Sewing Projects for Kids
History of Fashion and Design Tutorials
Share your designs on DIY!
Crothet Lessons with Craftyminx

Managing Money

Practical Money Skills Lessons,  Resources,  and Games
Visual Economics for Kinder-2nd grade
Hands-on Banking for All ages
Checkbook Lessons
Money Instructor, “a reality based personal finance course for young adults”
Financial Literacy for High School
Consumer Math Worksheets
Economics Lessons for Elementary to High School
Family Online Links for Economics


Nutrition Detectives
Nutrition Education from the USDA, for all ages
Passport to Nutrition Program (kit)
Team Nutrition
Online Nutrition Education Course

Social Media and Technology

Computer Basics OnlineTutorials
Early Computer Skills
Learn the Parts of a PC
Internet Safety
Technology Tutorials
KidsComputer Lesson, Preschool to 12th grade
Lesson Plans, Ideas and Activities from Hot Chalk
E-learning for Kids

Other Life Skills

Bee Keeping with USDA’s Beesource
Bee Keeper’s Manual, and Amazon ebook

First Aid Course

Responsible Dog Ownership

Fire Arm Safety Online and DVD

Child Safety Curriculum
Safety Kits with Lessons on Being Safe

Provident Living and Emergency Preparedness with an Old Fashioned Education
Emergency Preparedness Unit

Emergency Preparedness with Old Fashioned Education
Emergency Preparedness by State (FEMA)
Problem Solving in an Emergency
Fire Safety Publications
Weather Safety and Preparedness

In the Public Domain

Homeschool Common’s compilation of Home Economics Resources
Home Occupations for Boys and Girls
Pennsylvania Dutch Cooking
Household Sewing with Home Dressmaking
Home Dressmaking
Home Dressmaking Made Easy, Hooper
Home Dressmaking: a complete guide to household sewing
How to Make Over Old Dresses
The complete book of sewing; dressmaking and sewing for the home made easy

Ebook Series in the Public Domain

Mary Francis Instruction Books
When Mother Let’s Us Play Series
Library of Cookery

Here are some Pinterest boards you might gain some inspiration on. All of the pins may not be FREE, but I never let that stop me from tweaking an idea into my own or sending me on another search to find a similar FREE alternative.

Homeschool~Home Economics
Explore Home Economics
Gardening with Kids

When Mother Lets Us Play Series

whenmotherletsus00rich_0001Dive into this instructional series and learn a new skill or strengthen an already growing interest with the many inviting projects. From carpentry to sewing, the series covers some fun home-economics basics ( and a travel to Italy) with great illustrations and some playful rhymes as well.

When Mother Lets us Carpenter

When Mother Lets us Make Candy

When Mother Lets us Cut Out Pictures

When Mother Lets us Garden

When Mother Lets us Make Gifts

When Mother Lets us Cook

When Mother Lets us Keep Pets

When Mother Lets us Help

When Mother Lets us Play

When Mother Lets us Travel in Italy

When Mother Lets us Act

When Mother Lets us Sew

When Mother Lets us Make Paperbox Furniture

When Mother Lets us Make Toys

When Mother Lets us Give a Party


Mary Francis Instruction Books

Mary Francis Instruction Books, written by Jane Earye Fryer teach life skills through a delightfully entertaining story. Learn the basics of home-economics as you follow Mary in each book.

Adventures Among the Doll People: Easy Steps in HMAry Francesousekeeping

Adventures Among the Story People: Mary Frances Story Book

Adventures Among the Thimble People: Mary Frances Sewing Book

Adventures Among the Kitchen People: Mary Frances Cook Book

Adventures Among the Garden People: Mary Frances Garden Book

Adventures Among the Knitting People: Mary Frances Knitting and Crochet Book

Mary Frances First Aid Book


Finding Surrender

STOP the comparison of yourself and others. STOP letting others give their examination and assessment of your life . ONLY His assessment matters.

Proverbs 16:11 A just balance belongs to the Lord; all the weights of the bag are His concern.

Proverbs 20:23 Differing weights are and abomination to the Lord, and a false scale is not good.

Psalms 139:23-24 Search me, O God , and know my heart; try me and know my anxious thoughts, and see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me the everlasting way.

James 4:6-10 But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, “God is opposed to he proud, but gives grace to the humble. Submit therefore to God, Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be miserable and mourn and weep, let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy into gloom. Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.

No one else can measure me. God is the measure I should use to weigh my efforts.

Weighing yourself through the world’s eyes, another’s eyes, against another’s efforts or appearance is not a righteous endeavor. Always go to the Word and measure yourself with the Truth.Let God in to judge you. Seek His measure daily and let Him have His way in your life. Be in the Word (draw near to Him and purify your hearts). Let Him be the exalting force instead of exalting yourself. Humble yourself so that He might do a good work in you and be glorified in the process.
Don’t be quick to defend yourself to others. It would be a vain attempt boast. Instead close your mouth in humility, knowing any goodness in you comes from God.  Seek God to solve the unsolvable problems that seem to make your efforts meaningless when weighed by inaccurate scales.

SO, what are His requirements?
Luke 10:27 And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.”

Love Him,  spend your time with Him,exercise your faith and fruits of the Spirit, do His will submitting your life to Him, love others.

Matthew 10:34–39 “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn ‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law—a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’ Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.”

God is not looking for perfection, so why are others asking for it. He wants our submission, our devotion, our commitment to Him.

Matthew 11:29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from . I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Jesus balances us when we allow Him to take full possession of our lives. When we look to others instead of Him to measure our efforts, we take Him out of first place. He should be our first love.

Matthew 6:33
But seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you.

He promises that if you seek Him above all else that all of the nuisances and necessities of life will be taken care of. You will find your way through life through His guidance. You will find your purpose, passion, and path.

Note: This is scripture from a devotional from Focus on the Family, titled Balance Living. It is something that I struggle with more than I like to admit. I’ve added my thoughts on today’s reading. I am not a scholar, just seeking His will and letting the Holy Spirit be my guide.

Free Phonics for Schooling at Home

boy-on-a-bookReading Instruction

Learn to Read 2000 provides instruction on teaching a student how to read , information on  what is needed to be ready for learning to read and has it’s own YouTube Channel.

Meeghan has put together a wonderful amount of info on how to teach your child to read, on her blog, Sight and Sound Reading.

Comprehensive Programs

Phonics by the Book , A Beginning Reader’s Bible Curriculum      

Reading Bear,  a video program

Progressive Phonics: Free Homeschool Reading Program

Sound City Reading

Homeschoolers can sign up as a private school to receive ABC Mouse  for free!

Free Reading, 40 Weeks of Phonics Lessons

This Reading Mama provides a free 31-week reading curriculum for emergent readers.

Preschool Phonics Course from the Ron Paul Curriculum

Kindergarten Phonics from The Ron Paul Curriculum

Orton-Gillingham Phonics Method Software Program
A free dyslexia reading program for children ages 6 and up.

McGuffey Readers and Free Video Courses for the Readers

Primary Readers, Containing a Complete Course in Phonics, First Book

Word Mastery: A Course in Phonics for the First Three

Ultimate Phonics Reading List while the phonics list is the only free part of this phonics program the list itself is enough to create your own with few supplements to include visuals and hands-on practice. You can find worksheets  and videos in link below.

ABC Fast Phonics, a digital presentation for letter names, sounds blends and basic phonics rules.

Owl and Mouse has a FREE Software program that is now all online. Check out the Reading links here to teach your child how to read.


Alice Nine’s Johnny Can Spell Program has made videos available for all phonogram sounds and letter formation.

Want to put your own phonics program together, but you are not sure how to do that? Dorbooks has several free phonics aids including a fourteen point checklist for a successful phonics program.

Free  Readers

Phonetic Readers

Sight Word Readers from the Measured Mom

Beginning Readers from Nellie Edge

Free Phonics Videos

Guru Parents requires an email subscription, but has many alphabet videos, charts, songs, worksheets and more.

Free Phonics Interactives

Kid Port, Language Arts

Free Phonics Printables and Workbooks

MES English


Rock ‘N Learn

One Beautiful Home Blog

Sight Word Printables from the Kindergarten Mom

You can find more phonics printables in my post here on making your own word family lapbooks.

Free, Real World Math Resources

When do we use math in the real world? Here are some links that can answer that question and inspire children to see beyond the calculations and discover the joys of applying math skills to everyday problems.

Online Activitiessewing-machine-606435_1280

PBS Learning Media

Figure This

Watch Know Learn

Math Apprentice

Real World Math.org

Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science provides a list of internet-based collaborative projects. (K-12)

Real world mathematical equations and formulas on Slideshare

Lesson Worth Sharing from TEDEd, Math in Real Life

Real World Math Problems in video

Offline  and  Hands on Activities

Graphing Real World Math

Graphing Storiesdrawing-board-670027_1280

Lemonade Stand

Yummy Math

Real World Applications

Calculating a Car Payment

Real World Math Applications of Arithmetic -Hands on Projects

Real World Math Lesson Plans from Teachnet.com

Unschool Rules Lessons on real world math


Illuminations has lessons and interactives for all grade levels.

Full Course or Curricula

Data Analysis Curricula (including Algebra), International Boiling Point Project,  Population Growth Project, and Human Genetics

Geometry Curricula-The Noon Day Project

Numbers and Operations Curricula- Down the Drain Project

Trigonometry Curricula-Navigational Vectors

Foundations of Real World Math at Saylor Academy

Real World Math at Saylor Academy

Ponders the Question, “Why do we use Math?”


Mathematical Moments

We Use Math

Math in Daily Life

NASA’s Practical Uses of Math and Science

Connecting Math to Real Life and other related videos

The Teaching Channel’s  Make it Real: Connecting Math to Real Life, real world math examples.

Videos from the Future’s Channel

See how professionals use math on Get the Math videos and challenges.

Engineering and  Design

Math By Design, a design course that includes interactives focusing on building measurement and geometry skills

Engineering Everywhere is a free engineering curriculum fro middle-schoolers with download able units.

Architect Studio 3D lets you enter the virtual world of building with this 3D game download, available for Windows or MAC.

Math in the Airairport-178199_1280

Line up With Math and Fly by Math are NASA created units that help students apply math to decisions in air traffic control situations.


Free Time Resources on Pinterest


Money Math: Lessons for Life

Economics lectures and articles from FEE

Economics articles and videos from Mises

High School Financial Literacy

Money Skill, an interactive personal finance course for high school and college students

The Mint

Hands On Banking from kids to seniors

Online Personal Finance Game

Consumer Math Worksheets for Middle School

Practical Money Skills, materials to order or download.

Elementary economics Lessons for Children from the Money Instructorberlin-507408_1280

Center for Economic Education provides printable economics lesson plans for all grade levels.

Free Money Resources on Pinterest

Easy Lessons on Money Matters

Internet 4 Classrooms
This website aligns itself with Common core, however many of the sites it links to are not aligned.  Some of the links listed here include an entire page of real-world math practice, while others have them scattered throughout the page based on standards listed. You can use the search feature to search for “real world” to find them quickly.

Measurement Skills (4th grade)

Recognize Angle…(4th grade)

Real World Division (5th grade)

Measurement Skills (5th grade)

Real World Data (6th grade)

Measurement Skills (6th grade)

Data Analysis and Probability Skills (6th grade)

Real World Linear (7th grade)

Data Analysis and Probability Skills (7th grade)

Interactive Math Skill Builders, Real World Problems (8th grade)

Real World Problems (8th grade)

Symbolic Algebra (8th grade)

Apply the Pythagorean Theorem (8th grade)

Mathematical Processes (Algebra 1)

Find more FREE homeschooling resources and learn how to Build Your Own Homeschool Curriculum for FREE.

Build Your Own Homeschool Curriculum For FREE
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I Will Build Your Curriculum for $5 at Fiverr

I Will Build Your Curriculum for $5 at Fiverr
I Will Build Your Curriculum for $5 at Fiverr

At the birth of Build Your Own Homeschool Curriculum for FREE group on Facebook, I had one of our members ask if she could pay me to build her entire curriculum. The timing wasn’t right. We were so busy and I had to decline.
I’ll still do this for FREE on the main site one subject at a time, but if anyone needs more focused attention, I have set up this easy and affordable option at Fiverr.

I will find 10 FREE year long homeschooling curriculum resources for any ONE academic subject
OR I will provide 10 FREE resources for a UNIT STUDY across the curriculum for one subtopic. (For just $5)

To summarize the cost of building a curriculum for one child…
One list of materials for one subject.grade level combo costs $5. For 2 subjects, it would be $10,
3 subjects $15, and so on…
For 5 core subjects, you cost would be $25.
BUT don’t forget about electives!

So each subject would get it’s own list of materials. It says 10 sites, but I just finished my first Gig and there were 16 resources given because I like to be thorough.

If you have another child in a grade level. well above or well below the first, then you would need to make another order, but if the children were close in age, many resources do overlap age groups and can be used for both.

If you are a member of the group or find the articles on the blog helpful, I wonder if you would please share this link amongst your homeschooling communities online for me. I greatly appreciate all of your support.

Free Homeschooling Courses for High School and College (Dual Credit)

Here is a list of sites that offer FREE courses for High School and College credit, or dual credit. More information on receiving dual credit is posted below the links.

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Saylor Academy

Open 2 Study


Academic Earth



University of Reddit


Learners TV

Open Culture

Open Learn

MIT OpenCourseware

Open Learning Initiative

Open Yale Courses

Utah State University OpenCourseware

Webcast Berkley

Education Portal


Free Literature offers Literature classes and much more.

Dual Credit At Home has lots of information and helpful Freebies for receiving dual credit while homeschooling. Check out the Resources!

Here is some more information on How to Get College Credit by Taking Free Online Courses.

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