Free Homeschool Materials

Did you know there are organizations and companies that will send free printed materials, DVD's, posters, and other educational resources right to your door?  We've compiled a list of websites for you here.  And don't forget to check our compilation of free resources for parents and open source links for additional free resources.

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America's Heritage: An Adventure in Liberty
America's Heritage: An Adventure in Liberty is a tested lesson plan resource and supplement for Kindergarten-12th grade teachers of social studies, U. S. history, U. S. government, political science, economics, geography, speech, and/or related subjects. Written by fellow teachers, the resource consists of age-appropriate and modifiable lesson plans grouped into three separate books according to level: elementary, middle, and high school. Download online or order a free CD.
Big History Project
The Big History Project is a free, online social studies course designed for secondary schools (grades 9 and up). Watch full length episodes online, download study guides,and sign up to receive a USB drive with exclusive video and curriculum content to explore Big History (for a limited time/while supplies last).
Econ in the Classroom
The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago offers a What We Do lesson plan kit, a supplement for the average high school or entry-level college economics course. It aims to help you teach about the role of the nation’s central bank in a new and multi-modal way. Included are a DVD that outlines the role and responsibilities of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, a game that helps students understand the concept of inflation, a set of multiple-choice questions, and a take-home assignment that requires the students to reflect on what they have learned. For your convenience, the entire lesson plan is included in both a print and electronic format.
Entomological Foundation
Educating Young People About Science Through Insects. Free educational insect materials compiled by the Entomological Foundation. (There may be a small shipping and handling charge.)
Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Look here for links to educational programs (grades K-12 and higher) and to download lesson plans and resources that are effective in teaching about various topics in economics, money and banking, personal finance, and the Federal Reserve.
Free TeachKind Materials for Educators
From curriculum kits to magazines to posters, look here for free materials to help you teach your children about animal rights and social justice. There are also downloadable teacher guides and worksheets.  (Must be a member to order, but membership is free.)
HHMI - Howard Hughes Medical Institute
HHMI is a non-profit medical research organization founded by Howard Hughes in 1953. It is one of the largest private funding organizations for biological and medical research in the United States. This link takes you to the HHMI Catalog where you can order DVD's and CD's and download PDF's about evolution, genes, infectious diseases, and more. All products ordered through the HHMI Catalog are free and there is no shipping charge.
How to Become President of the United States Poster
Use this colorful, and informative Kids.gov poster (22x34in) to help kids understand the process of becoming President of the United States. You can order one in print or download it online.
Illinois First Amendment Center Classroom Materials
Look here for a variety of free First Amendment and Constitution classroom materials. You'll find posters, curriculum and activity guides, coloring and activity books, flash cards, DVDs, and newspaper ads. Shipping and handling charges may apply.
Imagine the Universe! Free Classroom Materials
NASA offers free posters, booklets, lithographs, and an Imagine the Universe! CD to teachers and homeschoolers. The CD captures three websites: Imagine the Universe!, Starchild, and Astronomy Picture of the Day, all of which are also available online. (See our Science Links)
Journey to the Stars DVD & Activity Sheet
Are you ready to take your students a Journey to the Stars? The American Museum of Natural History and NASA have joined forces to produce a planetarium show about the amazing variety of stars that dot our cosmos--exploding stars, giant stars, dwarf stars, neutron stars, even our own star! But you don't have to go to a planetarium to experience this mind-blowing journey. NASA will send you a DVD and Educator's Guide, for free!
Minnesota Pork Board Educational Materials
The Minnesota Pork Board offers free materials to help educators teach students about hogs and pork. Their Teacher Packet includes stickers, a bookmark, a coloring book, an activity booklet, a cookbook, and more. You can also order lesson plans, a storybook, and a DVD.
NetSmartz Online Safety Education Kit
Request your free comprehensive online safety education kit designed for kids in grades K-5. NetSmartz is a program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, and it focuses on educating children about online and personal safety. There is also a kit designed for kids in grades 6-8 at http://www.netsmartz.org/mskit.
Practical Money Skills by Visa
Visa's free financial literacy materials, including classroom modules, games, DVDs and brochures, for educators, parents and consumers. You can download these resources or receive them by mail. Be sure to visit their For Educators page for free lesson plans and more free resources.
Save the Manatee Club Education Materials
Look here for free manatee education materials for students and educators.  Many of the educator materials are available by download and mail, including guides, coloring books, posters, and DVDs. Student materials include bookmarks, stickers, student education packets, and more.
Southwest Florida Water Management District's Free Publications
Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFMD) offers free brochures, posters, DVDs, coloring/activity sheets, bookmarks, posters, and teaching guides to Florida teachers within a 16-county area. (For those not in the area, you can download free PDFs) Learn about our wetlands and water sources, common species on SWFMD lands, the hydrologic cycle and more.
Supercharged Science Experiment & Activity Guide
Ad Your kids will be so jazzed about science that they'll be begging to learn more. Click here to get the Science Experiment Guide. This eBook download comes bundled with the Rocket Scientist Newsletter, which includes a weekly free science experiment in your email box. You will need to enter your email address so they can email you the guide.
Timez Attack - FREE Version!
Ad Timez Attack is a stunning, high-end video game just for multiplication! There's a downloadable free version and a premium version. Give it a try!