With the age of the internet, homeschooling materials, even Christian materials, are easy to find everywhere. For those doing homeschooling on a shoestring, free online materials and books that are beyond copyright protection are sometimes a good option (we'll chat about where to find these later on). Other great options include pre-owned homeschooling curriculums on eBay or Gumtree.
But, I think one of the best resources for homeschooling parents is the Khan Academy. The Academy has resources on pretty much everything from learning your basic ABCs to advanced Medical topics.
Free Resources from the Public Domain
Or if you're not a twitter junkie, you can checkout old books online that are no longer copyright. Many of these can be found in the Public Domain (therefore, free to be printed). Wikimedia Commons and other sites also have a lot of free resources. Indeed, most of Wikipedia's photos come from the Public domain.
Plenty of photos can also be found on public domain sites such as:
With many companies that produce Christian homeschooling materials, parents often have several choices of curriculums, including more structured curriculums and less structured curriculums. You should keep in mind that less structure in a curriculum means flexibility is easily attainable in the homeschooling family. Also checkout American homeschooling curriculums as they often have great Christian content. Remember: you can always change the curriculum. It's not a lock in contract!
Even if your family has only a small income, Ebay or Gumtree can offer a wonderful range of new or used homeschooling materials. If you have books you no longer need, these sites can be great places to sell your books onto other homeschooling parents.
These resources are what the government uses in its public school system. You may choose to look at the structure of the curriculum and form your own curriculum ideas by using their outline, or perhaps even some of their resources.
Issues: Australian History vs American History
Often American homeschooling curriculums frustrate Australian parents as they don't want their kids being confused by irrelevant content. This is true especially when studying history. An American curriculum may teach Australian homeschoolers about American Indians and the first "president" of the United States.
Fortunately, there is a great range of Australian materials. A homeschool parent can find country specific resources. For instance, this may be important if the state requires a child to learn about indigenous folk in Australia. Many Aussie homeschoolers don't have to be too concerned about these issues, however, as Australia has plenty of specifically Australian materials.
What to Look for in a Christian Homeschooling Curriculum
When purchasing a curriculum parents should consider four points:
1. Is the curriculum affordable for the families’ budget.
2. Will it fulfill government requirements in your state area.
3. Is it suitable for the needs of my child?
4. Does it have suitable Biblical teaching for a Christian?
(Of course, don't forget the great outdoors for materials either. God is a great teacher!)
Australian Christian Homeschooling Resources
The following are two providers of Australian Christian homeschooling resources: