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Fall Homeschool Freebies

by Jessica Parnell | Oct 15, 2018 | 2 min read

The school year is in full swing, and while we enjoy the curriculum we’ve chosen for the year, sometimes you just need a change of pace. But who wants to spend endless time searching or having to open your wallet to find it? Enter fall homeschool freebies! These homeschool freebies can be just the thing your family needs to get more involved in what they are learning. 

Field Trips

  1. Take a trip to a local farm to walk around and explore the fall scents and flavors! Many farms will offer tours or opportunities to purchase hayrides and pick apples or pumpkins, but you don’t have to pay to play. Don’t forget to pack a lunch to make a fun afternoon outdoors. For younger kids, take along a Fall Harvest I Spy page for them.
  2. Go to a farmer’s market. Take some time before you go to study farming and what grows this time of year, then explore what your local farmer’s market has to offer.
  3. Take a virtual field trip. Have a few rainy days where the kids are antsy and you can’t get outside? Check out some of these famous museums, historical sites, and landmarks from the comfort of your own home. It’s a great, free way to get a change of scenery.
  4. Go hiking! Have a nature park or trail by you? Study what is happening in nature and take a nature walk and picnic. See what fall items you can collect, and keep an eye out for animals finding nuts and food before hibernation!
  5. Visit a nursing home. Many local nursing homes welcome families and kids to come to their free events to spend time with the residents. It can be anything from coloring or building puzzles together to just talking and meeting new friends. This gives kids the opportunity to understand other people’s perspectives and hear life stories from another generation.
  6. Bake fall goodies. When your home smells like fall, it really begins to feel like fall! Take time out to bake one of these yummy fall treats with your family for a sweet fall brain break.


  1. Writing  Make writing fun and engaging with these fall prompts! They help young kids visualize what they saw by drawing it and then writing a story about an experience. If you have older kids and teens, here are some great autumn essays and persuasive prompts.
  2. Math Want to help your kids learn about numbers and counting? Here are some fun printables for kindergarten and 1st grade! Or help your kids learn addition and rounding numbers with these fall worksheets.   
  3. Crafts and games Encourage your kids to learn letters and colors with these fall leaves, spot visual differences in these pictures, or make your own puzzles with these craft sheets!  


  1. Libraries Going to the library doesn’t just mean that you get books and study. Many libraries across the U.S. offer entertainment days, culture days, game days, clubs, etc. Find out what your local library has to offer and join in the fun!
  2. Trade shows and festivals. Explore your city or town with the local festivities! Many of these events give kids the opportunity to try new foods and products, as well as learn how to make certain foods.
  3. DIY workshops Many craft stores and home improvement stores (like joann fabrics and home depot) offer hands-on experiences for families and kids every single month. It’s a great way to tap into your creativity while having an expert guide your projects.

How does your family enjoy the fall season? Do you have any homeschool freebie ideas to share?

Jessica Parnell
Hello everyone! I’m Jessica Parnell — mom, homeschool evaluator, teacher, and CEO of Bridgeway Academy. In my 20+ years of experience as a homeschool mom and evaluator, I have had the privilege of meeting homeschoolers that take a variety of approaches to their education. It is their many stories and successes that inspire me in my own homeschooling and I love to pass on the knowledge that I have gained from them to other homeschooling families. The one constant that always remains true is that there’s no such thing as a “cookie cutter child.” Each child is fearfully and wonderfully made and as a result, learns and functions differently. It’s our job to ensure that we’re raising each child to fulfill their individual purpose and when we can teach in a way that inspires them, we are on our way to homeschool success. When I’m not writing or teaching my children, I like to ski, write and participate in triathlons. I graduated from Kutztown University with a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Masters in English and I am currently pursuing a degree in Neuroleadership.
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