- Save money! Digital curriculum is more affordable than paperback books in many cases. Most eBooks, especially curriculum, are available in formats that can be used on any device, including your computer.
- They often allow use for multiple children in the home without violating copyright (as opposed to buying separate consumables for each child).
- You can choose to print only what you want/need (I do this ALL the time with several curricula).
- Easily portable for learning experiences while traveling or for lesson planning at the coffee shop.
- Take advantage of free curriculum and living books available almost daily.
- More space on your shelves for other books!
- You loose the tactile experience unless you print it out.
- eBooks can create digital clutter without a digital organizational system.
- Can’t share digital products with other families without potentially violating copyright.
The main problem I’ve found with digital curriculum and ebooks is keeping track of them so that they actually get used. Then you face the potential of forgetting or losing what you already have.
1 – First, I organize my ebooks and digital curriculum into folders by subject on my computer (Reading, Writing, Math, Science, etc.). It’s simple but keeps things easy to find.
2 – I also keep a short list of ebooks and curriculum by subject written in my homeschool planner. That way I can easily reference it to find resources and supplements for my lesson plans. You could put one in a digital file on your computer or phone as well.
3 – Finally, I give myself a reminder to check the digital curriculum files each quarter when I do my rough plans for the coming three months. This could be a checkbox in your planner or a reminder on your digital calendar. It really helps!
My Favorite Digital Curriculum
- Sound Words for Kids: Lessons in Theology – My theology curriculum for ages pre-k and elementary. Once a week with some weekly memory review.
- Bible Road Trip – Our staple Bible curriculum that we’ve used for years. My older kids also do the notebooking journals.
- SchoolhouseTeachers – To pull in electives and supplements to our studies, fun rabbit trails, etc.
- Tapestry of Grace Year – TOG is a great, Christ-centered curriculum perfect for multi-level teaching.
- SkillTrek – An online life skills program for multiple ages. Great for teaching them all those life skills I probably should have. LOL!
- Music in Our Homeschool – We use the Music in Our Homeschool Plus membership for music appreciation and love it! They have downloadable elements for each lesson as well.
- No Sweat Nature Studies – Nature Studies membership that we love! It has downloadable elements for many of the lessons, and we use their printable NaturExplorer studies as well.
- Notebooking resources from Productive Homeschooling
Free and Frugal Homeschool eBooks as Digital Curriculum
- Your Library: Ours has a selection of eBooks available to checkout online. See if yours does as well!
- Amazon ebooks collection Free ebooks on Amazon, and links to more ebook archives.
- Project Gutenberg has great older classics available for free.
- Free Homeschool Deals One of my favorite sites that compiles lists of free eBooks and digital curriculum on a daily basis.
- Homeschool Giveaways and Freebies is another favorite site of mine for free curriculum.
- Books Should Be Free has free public domain autdiobooks and ebooks.
- Heritage History free eBooks listed by genre (science, Bible, literature, etc.)
- Classic Reader for Christian classics
- Librivox for a selection of free audiobooks
- CurrClick is a great source of free and frugal homeschool curriculum. We have many labpbooks, unit studies, and more that we have found there!
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