We are a homeschooling family with four children, ages 11, 14, 17, and 19. We are homeschooling our sixth grader, freshman, and junior. Our eldest graduated from homeschool in 2014 and is now a freshman at a four-year university, pursuing a Bachelor of Applied Science degree with a helicopter specialization (I’m hoping he’ll fly me around!). I am Lori Seaborg, a mother, wife (of 22 years!), and the writer of this blog.
At FreelyHomeschool.com, I prove that a high quality education can be obtained by all. There is no obstacle too great! I highlight 100% free educational finds, deals for homeschoolers and parents, and articles on how to creatively educate a child (this is my favorite topic). I post what I would use or buy or do for our homeschooling family (for those kids above!). It won’t all fit with your family, but I hope much of it will be helpful.
One goal is to prove a high quality education can be free. I don’t have a problem with paying for education. I’m just trying to remove one obstacle – finances – from those who think they “can’t” give – or get – a good education. Even if you don’t have money, you can still have knowledge. Isn’t that a beautiful truth?
We don’t receive compensation for the daily posts; we just want you to know about them. We receive compensation for some sponsored giveaways (always disclosed), and we place a couple of ads in the sidebar. When you purchase curriculum or books online, you help us by purchasing through our links here or by clicking on an ad. I hope you don’t mind. It helps us keep the site up!
HOW FREELY EDUCATE CAME TO BE
In 2004, Hurricane Ivan directly hit our Gulf Coast area. Our family endured losses during that time, of a job, things, and …peace. A few people helped with food (and the Tennessee power guys helped out with a bag of Snickers for the kids!), but the greatest help came in the area of education as someone reached out two hands full of generosity.
As soon as we were back on our feet, as a “pay-it-forward” thing after Hurricane Katrina hit our neighbors to the West in 2005, I started a Yahoo! group called FreeHomeschool. There, people could post 100% free educational products they wanted to give away to anyone who may need just that thing. The only charge allowed was shipping.
FreeHomeschool grew in 2 years to over 3,000 members. Meanwhile, shipping costs rose, hurricane memories faded, and the freebies offered by members fell by such a large margin that for the most part, I was just posting free educational finds I’d seen around the Internet.
I thought it would be easier to archive and more pleasing on the eyes to move the groups’ messages to a blog format. I also wanted to reach out to all educators including parents & teachers who aren’t homeschoolers, so I launched this blog in 2008, naming it Freely Educate.
In 2011, we added a blog named Frugally Educate, to highlight “exclusive discounts and exceptional deals for families who love to learn together.” That site did well, but it was overwhelming keeping up with two blogs. In 2014, I decided to merge the blogs under both Freely Educate and the original name, Freely Homeschool.
Thank you for supporting Freely Homeschool by visiting, commenting, emailing me with finds, visiting our ad sponsors, or purchasing your teaching materials through our links in the right sidebar. No matter what you do – even if you just come by and read – you’re helping us get the word out that education can indeed be for anyone, no matter the obstacle. We’re proving it.
MY CONTACT INFORMATION
Do you want to pay-it-forward, too? Email me with freebies you’ve found, for advertising, review & giveaway information, or just to send a little encouragement. I love hearing from you! Also, follow Freely Homeschool on Twitter or on Facebook.
The information I provide is on an as-is basis. Although all links are working and all downloads are safe at the time of posting, we cannot guarantee they are forevermore working or safe, so do be careful when digging through our archives. Here’s the legal version of that bit: I make no representations as to accuracy, completeness, currentness, suitability, or validity of any information on this blog and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its use.