EXAMPLES OF RESOURCES THAT HOME-EDUCATORS USE
As a home-educator, you are under no obligation to follow the national curriculum.
Some families do but many (if not most) do not.
For families that do wish to follow the national curriculum, it is downloadable for free from the gov.uk website https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum
For those that do not follow a curriculum, but still wish to have some structure, home-educators use resources from all over the world.
There are many free resources on the website – just Google the subject you’re interested in and YouTube.
Some use encyclopedias (such as Usborne, Dorling Kindersley etc – in fact, most Usborne and DK books are very educational)
Some use textbooks and workbooks.
Others base their education on lots of trips.
Many home-educators are autonomous or child-led.
Lots of home-educators use a complete mix of methods.
Things that other home-educators have used:
Galore Park – UK textbook publishers who cover KS1-KS3 in the independent schools sector
CGP – quite “dry” but good for exam revision and question practice.
Singapore Maths for Maths – which follows a UK kind of structure of teaching.
Saxon Maths – American homeschool maths curriculum – may not make as much “sense” to us in the UK because their way/order of teaching secondary maths is so different from ours)
Maths-U-See – American hands on maths curriculum
Critical Thinking Company – wide range of subjects but with a logic/puzzle basis (also American
Well Trained Mind – Classical Education “how to” book, written by American homeschoolers, very academic, not for everyone,
Story of the World – Chronological World History in story form (for ages 7-12 approximately, over 4 volumes. Accompanying activity books available, from the authors of Well-Trained Mind. However, you don’t need to be following “Well-Trained Mind” methods to use SOTW. It’s completely “free standing” and quite sweet. It does cover history of other religions but there is a slight Christian bias.)
First Language Lessons (from the authors of Well-Trained Mind. American “Language Arts” (what they consider to be “English”) curriculum. Note that the American method of teaching English is very different from the UK)
Writing with Ease – from the authors of Well-Trained Mind. Writing curriculum.
Reading Eggs (online)
BBC Bitesize (online)
YouTube (has videos for every subject under the sun – even videos of science experiements!)R