Every day you will find post from homeschool moms looking for suggestions on curriculum to buy. More recently there has been an influx of moms looking for secular curriculum. As a mom who has spent five years searching for a perfect secular curriculum, I learned there is NO such thing. I also learned over the years that piecing together subjects from publishers can become very pricey.
Last year though, I discovered the world of free books published in the early 1900’s and late 1800’s made available by Google. Not only is there a treasure trove of readers and classic text books, but there are great teacher plans, course of study listings to guide you and insightful essays written by some of the best teachers of the time.
I began using these materials as the core of educational program last year and i haven’t looked back. My children are soaking up knowledge and they are enjoying learning. So, I decided to share just a sampling of what is available on Google books with you, mostly for the primary, or 1st - 3rd grades. Just a small piece of a vast library that you too can use to provide your child with an almost free education.
- Course of study in history and literature: with suggestions and directions
- Morning Exercises and School Recreations
- Golden treasury readers: Primer & Golden Treasury Readers: Plan Book for Teachers
- Projects in the primary grades
- Mental arithmetic upon the inductive plan
- Nature study by grades: teachers' book for primary grades, Volume 1
- Outline of drawing lessons for primary grades
- Character Building, Volume 1
Full Plans by Year
- The First School Year: A Course of Study and Selection of Teaching Material
- The second school year: a course of study
- The Third School Year: A Course of Study with Detailed Selection of Lesson
- The Fourth School Year: A Course of Study with Detailed Selection of Lesson
Like all things old, you will need to proofread all of the text before using them to check for material that is out of date that you will need to supplement. I also highly suggest going to google.com/books and searching “teacher’s monographs.” When you find them, read, read and read some more. Soak up all of the wonderful tips and information provided.