The Christian Homeschool Hub (CHSH) website offers some freebies that might be of interest, but the CHSH Download Club is the main event. For $25 a year or $99.99 for a lifetime membership, you can access more than 50,000 pages of educational material for all grade levels. This includes single worksheets, books of worksheets, parent forms, graphic organizers, templates, shape books, certificates, flashcards, games, lapbooks, science experiments, reprints of out-of-print textbooks, a few current books that are made available by permission of the authors or publishers, and much more. While some resources are donated or loaned by others, most of the current resources have been created by Lynda Ackert who maintains this site.
You can search the site in a number of different ways, so it is easy to find what you are looking for. While there is a hodge-podge of resources, you could theoretically put together a substantial part of your curriculum from these resources. I expect that most homeschooling parents will pick and choose from among most of the resources as supplements, but some of the reprinted textbooks might serve as core curricula. In addition, books on drawing, the Round-Up Review books for kindergarten and first grade, and map skills workbooks are just a few examples of many other substantive resources that should be very useful. On top of options for core subjects, there are extras for the seasons and holidays such as President’s Day and Valentine’s Day as well as an assortment of calendar and organizing/record keeping pages for parents to create their own customized homeschool organizer. Lynda even creates updated calendar pages for each school year.
Following are descriptions of just a few examples of what you might find:
The resources for phonics and beginning reading are so extensive that you could build your own reading program from them. The 16-page workbook, My First Phonics, introduces letters and their sounds, then a series of much larger workbooks offers loads of instruction and practice on long- and short-vowels and blends. The Long and Short “A” Volume 1 workbook alone has 298 pages! There are also charts and posters, word wheels (manipulatives that you put together for children to practice “hands-on” phonics), and a series of ten “learn to read” books. If you want, you can also use McGuffey’s Eclectic Primer. A section of sight-word resources offers additional options.
There are plenty of topical resources for specific areas of math. For example, the Working with Fractions workbook for grades two through four has 110 worksheets, most of them in full color. Answer key sheets follow immediately after each worksheet. There are five additional, similar workbooks on fractions for use up through sixth grade.
A two-part World History course has 600-pages in the first part that covers up through the nineteenth century, then 300 pages in part two that covers up through WWII. The course is listed under the high school section, but it seems most appropriate for junior high. Students should move through it rather quickly since the font is large and the pages include fill-in-the-blanks worksheets and some blank “backs of pages” from the original. Teacher’s guides include the answers. This is a comprehensive course that includes religious events without taking any religious or denominational stands, so it should work for many homeschooling families.
The 35-page Human Anatomy Coloring Book covers all of the body systems at a level appropriate for fourth and fifth graders. You might want to use it along with the Human Body Lapbook.
For handwriting, there are practice worksheets for individual letters and some copywork resources, but most interesting to me was the American Sign Language Cursive Handwrting Worksheets that teach ASL signs for letters of the alphabet as children learn cursive.
Lynda Ackert is continually adding new resources to the site so it continues to grow. I suspect that most homeschoolers will find lots of very useful resources at the CHSH Download Club that will more than offset the cost of membership.