After homeschooling for 12+ years this is what I wish I had known to start with. You can do this plan without spending any money! This plan would be for an elementary aged child. To use it with a younger child you can read aloud and have the child narrate back to you. There are many free phonics courses online that you can print and use to teach your student to read. For an older child you can add additional subjects to this plan and require more in depth essays. I don't think a child is ever too old or young for read aloud time.
Daily basics to start with:
*Bible- Have them read the Bible if they are ready or let them read Bible story books. Or you can read aloud to them.
*Math- Do a lesson each day. If they haven’t memorized their math facts(+-x/) have them use flashcards or a computer drill program until they know them. You can do math facts only until they master them and then start math lessons.
*Reading- Find the best books you can and let them read. My children usually have one book on each subject in their possession. I don’t tell them when to read what I just let them read. I set a timer for 30 minutes in the morning and the afternoon and we all read quietly. They also read in their free time if they want to. After they have read a book from all four categories I let them choose a fun book to read before starting with four new books.
Here are the subjects my children read:
Literature- classics, Bible, good fiction books
History and Geography
Science- Ours are mostly about animals, plants, etc. My children like The Magic School Bus books.
*Writing- have them write about the books they are reading. If they are not ready to write they can copy a sentence or more from one of their books or the Bible. You correct and discuss errors and then they can practice any words they didn’t know how to spell. I assign a different writing subject for each day of the week:
*Spelling as needed. There are some free websites you can use, SpellingCity or Big IQ Kids. Or you can just make your own list and quiz them, etc.
*Read aloud. This is our favorite part of the school day. You can read something that is too hard for them to read on their own and they will be able to understand it and enjoy it. Some of my favorites are Winnie the Pooh, The Chronicles of Narnia, Anne of Green Gables, The Wind in the Willows, and other classics.
Free resources online:
Forms- attendance records, lesson planners, and many others- donnayoung.org
Free curriculum plans including links to free books:
Sites to find good books which you can then search the library for:
Free math resources: