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 as well as great deals for homeschoolers and parents. Occasionally, I write 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?
Another goal is to prove that you do have what it takes to homeschool. We are all homeschooling to a degree. All of us! Start with “A” and “1,” and learn with the child. Make memories! I’m so very thankful for the beautiful education our now-college-student had at home. I’ll show you how to help a child keep his or her love of learning.
Faith and culture are two important parts of my life, and I mention them because they may come through some posts. I’m a missionary kid from a non-denominational, simply-Bible-based, family. I spent my childhood on a third world, South Pacific island. My perspective as a Third Culture Kid (raised in a culture different than that of my parents), and that of my faith may come through some posts, though most posts are simply about education.
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 place a couple of ads in the sidebar or within posts. 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 HOMESCHOOL 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 Facebook and especially on Pinterest (because that’s my favorite).