Classical Homeschool Curriculum and Free Classical Homeschool Resources
If you are beginning your homeschooling adventure with the Classical Homeschooling Method or are a veteran looking for a few more resources, this page is for you! Find both secular and faith-based resources that can help move your classical homeschool toward your family’s goals:
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Classical Homeschool Curriculum, Programs, and Materials
Now that you’ve made the commitment to use the classical approach, choosing a curriculum for the foundation of your studies may be the next, and possibly most crucial, step. Do you know where to look for a quality secular classical homeschooling curriculum or classical Christian homeschool curriculum? Here are some options to explore for both:
Getting Started with Latin: Beginning Latin for Homeschoolers and Self-Taught Students of Any Age $
By William E. Linney (Author)
“What’s preventing you from teaching Latin in your homeschool or learning it on your own? If you’re intimidated because you’ve never studied Latin, bewildered by traditional Latin books that move too fast, or just don’t know where to begin, then Getting Started with Latin is for you! […] For additional help and instruction, the author has provided extensive audio commentary recordings that teach through every lesson and exercise in the book. With everything you need here in one book, why aren’t you Getting Started with Latin?”
MindWare Math Perplexors: Set of 6 $
“Build logic skills, one story at a time, one clue at a time. Each fun story problem can be solved using deductive logic and the “cross-out-and-circle” process of elimination. […] As students progress through the levels, each Math Perplexors’ logic puzzle book increases in difficulty. This set of 6 includes one from each level; a great gift for a family with kids at different levels, or for a single child to grow through.”
MindWare Perplexors Puzzle Collection: Set of 6 $
“Puzzle solvers will love these entertaining story problems that require deductive reasoning, logical elimination and math skills. Perplexors use clues to cross off words in a list of all possible answers to arrive at the solution. 48 problems increase in complexity as you work your way through the book.”
Well-Trained Mind Academy $
“The Well-Trained Mind Academy was founded by Susan Wise Bauer to give parents additional help in carrying out the goals of classical education. […] Susan has drawn on her academic training, extensive research, two decades of home schooling four children through high school, her own past as a homeschooled student, and over fifteen years of college teaching experience to help shape the Academy classes into rigorous, flexible training for middle and high school students. […] In line with the philosophy set forth in The Well-Trained Mind, we believe that parents have the responsibility to teach and nurture their children in their faith. Instructors at our Academy will not proselytize, and they will not assume that students share a common religious tradition.”
Classical Academic Press $
“Classical Academic Press (CAP) is a classical education curriculum, media, and consulting company. We are the product of years of brainstorming, conversations, thoughtful critiques, and application in private, public/charter, and homeschool classrooms. Our mission is to produce and supply to today’s market the finest classical curricula and resources. Our motto, ‘Classical Subjects Creatively Taught,’ describes the essence of all that we publish (Latin, Logic, Writing & Rhetoric, Grammar, Greek, Spanish, Poetry, Literature Guides, and more). We seek to produce classical curricula and media with a clear design and structure and incremental and systematic instruction, all with a touch of delight, creativity, and flair. Learning should be fun and beautiful!”
Classical Conversations $
Would you like to start a Classical Conversations homeschool? “Classical Conversations is so much more than a homeschooling program. Everything centers around community. Working with like-minded families, parents are supported as they learn alongside their children. Whether studying math, science, English, or just how to think critically, you will find yourself redeeming your own education as you are equipped with resources and training to teach your children not what to learn, but how to learn. With engaging, hands-on learning opportunities for all ages, students broaden their minds and develop a Christian worldview with every passing year.”
Escondido Tutorial Service $
“For 25 years, ETS has brought Great Books tutorials to Christian homeschool families through the Internet and locally.” Find tutorials, information, and resources about Great Books, classical Greek, and Euclid’s Elements. Explore through courses, readings, and activities, as well as travel to Europe.
Greek n’ Stuff $
Find Greek and Latin resources, as well as materials for Bible Studies. Included on the website are some free activities and the opportunity to learn a Greek or Latin word.
Greenleaf Press $
Browse “twaddle-free books” on the Old Testament, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and Reformation, and 16th and 17th Century literature. Find study packages, biographies, high school literature guides, handwriting support, and more.
High School Summer Great Books Program | Thomas Aquinas College $
“At Thomas Aquinas College’s Summer Great Books Program, you will be challenged to wonder…to think about and discuss the big questions — questions that philosophers, scientists, mathematicians, poets, and saints have asked throughout history — and hunger for the answers: “What is man?” “Can we come to know anything with certainty?” “Does God exist?” It is your turn to wonder about these fundamental questions and step closer to knowing their answers! The Summer Great Books Program will help you to start down the path toward wisdom.
The Fallacy Detective: Thirty-Eight Lessons on How to Recognize Bad Reasoning $
By Nathaniel Bluedorn (Author), Hans Bluedorn (Author), Martin Reeve (Narrator)
“The Fallacy Detective has been the best-selling book for teaching logical fallacies and introduction to logic for over 15 years. What is a fallacy? A fallacy is an error in logic, a place where someone has made a mistake in his thinking. “A cloud is 90 percent water. A watermelon is 90 percent water. Therefore, since a plane can fly through a cloud, a plane can fly through a watermelon.” This is an easy book for learning to spot common errors in reasoning. For ages 12 through adult. Fun to use – learn skills you can use right away. Includes The Fallacy Detective Game. Exercises with answers.”
Learning Logic at Home | Fallacy Detective $
If you want to teach your children logic within a Christian worldview, this site includes a suggested course of study for your homeschool. Find reviews of logic books and materials, a listing of online logic resources, and books with logic lessons and activities to purchase.
Logos Online School $
“Logos Online School exists to support parents in their biblical responsibility to train up their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. To this end, we provide a Christ-centered classical education for grades 7 through 12 that is convenient, affordable, and accredited.”
Memoria Press $
“Classical education is the cultivation of wisdom and virtue through the study of the liberal arts and the Great Books. The liberal arts are the universal linguistic and mathematical skills students need to excel in every area of life. The Great Books are the means by which we pass on the cultural heritage of the Christian West. A mastery of both is the best way to prepare a child for a life of wisdom and virtue, and Memoria Press’ comprehensive and accessible classical Christian curriculum provides the tools for mastering these two essential elements of education.”
Roman Roads Media $
“Roman Roads specializes in classical curriculum for home and classroom use. We craft our courses to delight both students and their parents.”
Schola Classical Tutorials $
“Schola Classical Tutorials offers live group tutorials over the internet in the subjects of a classical Christian liberal arts curriculum: the classical languages, the great books of literature and history, and rhetoric. These are the subjects that teach students the skills of thinking and learning, the history of the ideas that have shaped our culture, and the taste for wisdom, beauty, and virtue. These skills, and a knowledge of these ideas, are the foundation for further study and for a lifetime of learning and intelligent participation in our culture.”
Scholars Online Academy $
“Scholars Online has been offering exceptionally rigorous academic content to students around the world for over a decade. Some of our teachers were among the pioneers offering classical education in online courses in the mid-1990s. […] We are unabashedly logocentric — we prize the written word as the medium through which the most critical ideas have been conveyed throughout the generations. This underlies our approach to our source material, and also our instructional media. […] We specialize in supporting college-bound students, but we welcome anyone who would like to achieve a better grasp of the essentials of a true liberal arts education and are delighted to provide a classical education opportunity for adults as well as for younger learners.”
The Story of the World, Text Bundle, Paperback Revised Edition: History for the Classical Child: Ancient Times through The Modern Age $
By Susan Wise Bauer (Author), Jeff West (Illustrator), Mike Fretto (Cover Art)
“Told in an entertaining, engaging style, The Story of the World uses the stories of women and men, countries and empires, rebels and rulers, peasants and presidents, to walk young readers through a continuous, chronological account of human events. The reading level of each volume increases slightly in difficulty, growing along with the developing ability of the children following the narrative thread.”
Trivium Pursuit $
Find resources for teaching art, logic, English language, English literature, Latin, Greek, Hebrew, history, and theology. Discover more about Christian Homeschooling in a Classical Style through Teaching the Trivium and see a list of national contests and exams.
Veritas Scholars Academy $
“Founded in 2006, Veritas Scholars Academy is the largest classical Christian school in the world. It is also the oldest online school in the classical tradition. […] We offer more than 100 courses. There are more than 10,000 students from more than 50 countries taking classes with us. More than two-thirds of our teachers have advanced degrees. Students cover more than 200 Great Books in Veritas’ reputed Omnibus curriculum. They also study logic, rhetoric, and classical languages in addition to more traditional subjects.”
Free Classical Homeschool Curriculum and Materials
You may be thrilled to find quality classical education homeschool curriculum and materials, but wouldn’t they be even better if they were free? Here are some resources you can explore without spending any of that hard-earned cash:
Children’s Books on the Ancient World | University of Kentucky College of Arts & Sciences: Modern & Classical Languages, Literatures, & Cultures
This is a selective bibliography maintained by Diane Arnson Svarlien of Georgetown College in Georgetown, Kentucky. It contains references for the following: Mythology and Literature; Aesop’s Fables; History, Biography; Historical Fiction; Nonfiction, Civilization; Near Eastern, Egyptian, & Indian; Biblical; Archaeology for Kids; Latin for Kids; Modern Greece and Modern Greek.
Classics Archive | MIT
“Select from a list of 441 works of classical literature by 59 different authors, including user-driven commentary and ‘reader’s choice’ websites. Mainly Greco-Roman works (some Chinese and Persian), all in English translation.” There is a renovation project in progress to restore this list, but you will find many good resources here now.
Also, check out our Free Latin Resources for Kids page!
Classical Curriculum Guide | Escondido Tutorial Service
“This list contains the writings that have generally been held to be the core of Western intellectual history. They provide an excellent opportunity to understand and critique the influences that have shaped Western culture. Unless we teach our children to understand the past, we have not given them the tools to critique the present with a biblical worldview.”
“The Bluedorns welcome you to Trivium Pursuit. Here are resources to apply Christian classical education to homeschooling.” Find information and blogs, along with free downloads such as audio seminars, booklets and sample pages, and a Greek primer.
Additional Classical Homeschool Resources
Still looking for more classical homeschooling resources? Below are just a few more that may be helpful!
Association of Classical & Christian Schools
“We are the primary public advocate for classical Christian education. We offer an extensive array of member services to help build distinctive schools. And we provide accountability through accreditation. The ACCS seeks to set an educational standard for a unified and directed approach to classical and Christian learning.”
Homeschool History Book of Centuries: A Portable Timeline for Charlotte Mason and Classical Education Students $
By Anna Travis (Author)
“History is like an intricate puzzle! Help your students develop a deeper understanding of how the pieces fit together by keeping a Book of Centuries. As your student discovers historical heroes, villains, battles, artists, inventions and events, they make note of them in their portable timeline. The Homeschool History Book of Centuries gives a double page spread to the earliest historical eras. As students move forward along their timeline, they will find more pages for each century, giving them room to record personal interests such as family history. The Book of Centuries is a long-term project, stretching over as many years as a student maintains interest. Provide older students with their own timeline or keep a family Book of Centuries with younger students.”
Classical Me, Classical Thee for Homeschoolers: Squander Not Thine Education $
By Rebekah Merkle (Author)
“Rebekah Merkle knows which high school classes you like and which you roll your eyes at, which books you enjoy and which you kinda skim. That’s because she went through this whole thing called classical education, too: She was a guinea pig in one of the very first classical Christian schools in the country. Written for students by a (former) student, Classical Me, Classical Thee is lighthearted and–most importantly for you busy homeschoolers–very short. It has a simple goal: to explain why you students are doing what you do in class. […] This new updated edition of the book is specially geared for homeschoolers and will help all students see the big picture of the crazy things they do all day.”
What do you think is the best classical homeschool curriculum? If you know of other great classical homeschool resources, especially a secular resource, let us know in the comments below!