Looking for free Lutheran educational resources? Looking to see what’s even out there in the Lutheran homeschooling world? Welcome to this page!
We are full of joy to share with you what people have been finding within Lutheranism and its educational resources! Even better, so much is FREE and gifted to the church!
You should probably scan through the table of contents.
Note Well: We are always happy to learn about resources to share, but this page should pertain to Lutheran education. Please let us know resources that you have found or developed
General Information Regarding Lutheran Education
- Information on synod-wide LCMS education & LCMS School Ministry
- Luther on Lutheran Education
- What is classical and Lutheran education?
These are not specifically geared toward children, however a free Lutheran resource is a free Lutheran resource!
- 1517 Academy
- CPH FaithCourses
- Lutheran Hour Ministry Courses and Learning Library
- St. Polycarp Academy (Yes, a Lutheran organization) offers some of its courses for free.
Lutheran Authors addressing Special Education
Cheryl Swope has specialized in educating those with learning disabilities and behavior disorders. She is a faithful member of an LCMS congregation, who has homeschooled two special-need children of her own. You can find articles by her here and her website here. In addition to the resources on her website, she works with Memoria Press, developing classical curriculum for those with Special Needs, and writing for both of The Classical Teacher and Simply Classical Journal.
On a less education-specific note, Alvin Franzmeier blogs in support of those with intellectual disabilities.
By School Topic
Art & Fine Arts
- Artists and Their Art: Sharing Visual Stories, a free education tool to promote visual literacy through artwork. Formerly hosted by Concordia University Chicago, has been moved to Professor Emeritus Deb Heran’s personal site.
The books aren’t particularly free, but the lists are!
Classical Studies/ Classical Lutheran Education
- The Consortium for Classical Lutheran Education (CCLE) (See above under Organizations) offers
- Luther’s Latin Litany
- Lutheran Public Domain Liturgy Project
Full, Free Curricula
- Wittenberg Academy offers elementary curriculum entirely for free! Kindergarten through Sixth!
History (See Church History under Religious Instruction)
Hymn-Learning or Study
- A Weekly Hymn Selection with Accompaniment
- CPH Hymn studies: Hymn of the Day Studies
- The Free Lutheran Chorale Project
- Children Making Music DVD, put together by the former LCMS Commission on Worship
- Organ Playing 101 (Videos below are 8-10 minutes each)
- Organ Registration — What do all these names mean and how do I know which stops to use?
- Hymn Introductions — How to add variety and interest.
- Hymn Playing — How to lead the singing of the congregation with appropriate tempo, pulse, and phrasing.
- Liturgy Playing — Ideas for leading Divine Service, Setting One.
- Liturgy Playing — Ideas for leading Divine Service, Setting Three.
- Leading New Hymns and Liturgical Settings — How to help yourself and your congregation.
- Simplified piano student arrangements of Lutheran hymnody.
- Youtube videos
- Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Highlands Ranch, put together a brief introduction to Luther’s Small Catechism with the following links here.
- Simple Small Catechism Reading Plan – LutheranCatechism.org
- Church Year Catechism Reading Plan – LutheranCatechism.org
- Family Devotions Summer Reading Plan – Pastor Michael Mohr, Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Strasburg, IL
- Family Devotions School Year Reading Plan – Pastor Michael Mohr, Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Strasburg, IL
- Small Catechism Memory Cards – Concordia Publishing House
- Small Catechism Flash Cards – Concordia Publishing House
Early Church & Pre-Reformation
- Celebrating the Saints guide to accompany Celebrating the Saints
- Faithful Forebearers: A podcast that explores historical church figures’ lives, times, challenges, and achievements.
Reformation & Post-Reformation
(For Hymnody, see Music above)
Liturgics & Worship
- An Explanation of the Common Service with Appendices on Christian Hymnody and Liturgical Colors and a Glossary of Liturgical Terms
- According to Your Word: Draw the Liturgy and Draw the Catechism
- Bethesda: Welcome to My World: An inclusive coloring book from Bethesda Lutheran Communities
- Creed with Bible References and Suggested Hymns
- Equipping Families to Use the Hymnal at Home
- Free coloring pages from CPH
- Kids in the Divine Service for the Lutheran Service Book: Free PDFs!
- Lambs at Pasture: Daily devotions following the One-Year Lectionary, including weekly readings, a hymn, and a section of the Small Catechism.
- Liturgy Audio Files from LCMS Worship
- Lutheran Service Building app! It’s designed for church workers, but the free trial is not currently time-limited and allows full use of the site, except bulletin-making. AWESOME! For example, search for a Bible verse to see when it shows up in the church year, what prayers and liturgies and hymns are based on it. You can type in a hymn by name or number and then listen to the tune on your computer so you can sing along with it. You can search for a word or phrase and see where it shows up in Scripture, hymns, prayers, and liturgy, etc. WOO HOO! (The search function can be tricky to find on mobile web browsers, but it’s in the upper right corner from a computer.)
- Audio files to help learn Divine Service liturgy!
Lutheran Doctrine &/or Identity
- Hallmarks of Lutheran Identity may not be free, but the CPH teaching guide for 7-12 graders (25 weeks plan!) is.
- LCMS CTCR
- What Does This Mean Blog
- The Cranach Institute
- 5 Free Bible Reading Plans: One Year, Two Year, Chronological, Bible Narratives (I like this one for kids, too!), and Daily Lectionary
- This Passion Book, developed by Rev. Andrew Richard, combines woodcuttings and various artwork with the Passion readings traditionally read throughout Holy Week for home and devotional use.
- A summer reading schedule for reading Concordia: The Lutheran Confessions, A Reader’s Edition is available here, by RCF and hosted on the website, A Shepherd’s Story, run by Rev. Johann Caauwe, a wonderful WELS pastor. The schedule begins on May 30th on introductory material.
- A summer reading schedule for other editions, including Tappert, Kolb-Wengert, the Triglotta, and Die Bekenntnis-Schriften, is here, by Michael D.Henson. This one begins June 1.
- A 40-day Lenten plan from CPH, originally available here.
- Yearly plan: I think the same Monday through Friday plan is available in both of these places. Begin any time with week one.
- Concordia: The Lutheran Confessions, A Reader’s Edition, pp. 19-22
- BookofConcord.org (I love that site) has it here, and you can request to join a daily email group!
Prayer & Support Projects
- A Collection of Prayers
- Lutheran Heritage Foundation Adopt a Program
- LCMS Mission Project Catalog
- Mission Friends: An online LCMS program written for the fourth grade level but easily adjusted.
- Pray for Us Calendar
Organizations, Boards, Websites, and Programs for Lutheran Education & Support
- According to Your Word
- Concordia Promise/ Concordia Promise Plus
- Concordia Publishing House: CPH EDU offers blog posts and practical resources at education.cph.org
- Consortium for Classical Lutheran Education (CCLE at ccle.org) offers homeschool groups for discussion for both email and face, recommended reading/ resources/ websites, and a Curriculum Resource Guide for Classical Lutheran Education (now in its second edition).
- The Hausvater Project
- Into Your Hands LLC: An interesting site and educational consulting available
- Lutheran Education Association (LEA.org) offers weekly devotions, webinars, an online magazine, monographs, and a library for archived past material.
- Kloria Publishing
- NLOMA: The National Lutheran Outdoors Ministry Association serves the Church through promoting outdoor ministries. In other words, this website helps you find Lutheran camps to consider!
- Online Lutheran schools &/or Classes
- Lutheran Dual Credit Opportunities
- On My Heart: Lutheran Memory Work Program (They are not, at this time, allowed to use the Small Catechism whose copyright is held by CPH.)
- Ryan MacPherson
Also Worth Knowing
- CPH has a homeschool page here, where you can sort by grade or topic.
- CPH a discounted section of Not Quite Perfect books, including subsections of Children and Youth and Education!
- Online or streaming music/radio
- Lutheran Public Radio! Echo/Alexa can play it, too.
- Amazon Prime comes with quite a collection of CPH recordings
- (Amazon Prime does have a Student membership for college folks and reduced rate for those with an EBT or Medicaid card)
- KFUO online/app
- Lutheran Public Radio Talk/ Issues, Etc.
- Lutheran Radio UK
- Lutheran Songbird Project (Youtube and Facebook)
- Pirate Christian Radio (pirate as in outside main stream)
- CPH Music Channel
- Seminary Resources and Free Offerings
- Online libraries!
- Facebook: There are WONDERFUL Lutheran facebook groups! Check for your own synod if not LCMS! The file sections let you avoid reinventing several wheels.
So many free Lutheran educational resources!!! And let us know about more and more free Lutheran educational resources!!!