You’ve made the decision to homeschool, you’ve sent in all the paperwork, and now it’s time to get started. All you need now is the curriculum, but you are on a budget and can’t spend a fortune. Now what?
Before you get too stressed out by looking at all the flashy expensive curriculum there is out there know you can stay on a budget and have a full homeschool curriculum, all without spending money you don’t have.
Did you know you can homeschool for free?
There are many different ways to homeschool for free, or for very little money. The money saved on the school supplies alone is crazy. Public and private school supply lists can cost the average family around $100.00 per child. This is for all the extras the teachers now have to ask for because they no longer have a budget for those supplies. If you have more than one child the costs can really stack up.
When you homeschool you most likely have the supplies you need already at home, and if not you can buy only what you need. The Dollar Store is a great place to buy inexpensive supplies, you can get a lot for a little.
The website Easy Peasy All-in-One offers free curriculum for Pre-K all the way to High School. They also offer electives, foreign language, art, bible, computer, and more. We have used this curriculum in our home and loved it. Every day is planned for you with all the resources you will need. You will need internet access and a printer for this curriculum.
The local public library also has a plethora of resources that you can use to school for free, there is also free internet access if you need it. The education section is my favorite area of the library. You can find books about homeschooling, grade levels about what your child needs know, audio books, DVDs, and more. You can create your own curriculum for free using the library.
The library also offers free classes like crochet, computer skills, Minecraft club, book clubs, summer kids clubs, and some libraries offer homeschool classes during the week as well. Contact your local library for a listing of upcoming classes they will be offering.
Some states offer the K12 program. This is an online program that is ran by the public school system, in some states the cost is free. You may qualify for free a computer, printer, and internet access through K12
Ambleside Online is a free classical approach to homeschooling. They use the Charlotte Mason style of learning. Most books used for this curriculum can be viewed online or checked out at your local library.
Khan academy is a free online math program for all grades. Easy Peasy All-in-One uses this program for math as well. You can make your child an account and start them at their level and they can move up as they learn and master the lessons.
Worksheet websites are a great place to find everything you need to compliment the lessons you are teaching, a lot of the worksheets are free. Edhelper.com and SuperTeacherWorksheets.com are a few of my favorite websites for free worksheets. There are paid subscriptions on these websites but I have found that there are plenty of free worksheets that work perfect for every subject.
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Planning will be more work with some of the free curriculum choices, but it is totally worth every penny saved. You can save thousands of dollars buy just putting in a little extra time.
Other Ways to Save:
If you homeschool that means you will most likely be at home more, and that can be a real money saver. The savings alone on clothing is huge! You save money when you don’t have to purchase uniforms and special shoes. It doesn’t stop there, some require special socks, hairbands, sweaters, backpacks, and more.
Buy used curriculum. There are so many places you can purchase used curriculum for a fraction of the original cost. Ebay has been my favorite place for buying used curriculum, as well as selling groups on Facebook. Just type the name of the curriculum you are looking for in the Facebook search bar and you will see the buying and selling groups populate in the list. You can also post if you are looking for something and you will usually get a response quickly.
There are some local discount book stores that sell used curriculum, you may need to call around to see which stores do, but you can save a lot of money this way. Finding books at the Goodwill is also a favorite place to find all kinds of books for school and they are only .50 at my store, you can’t beat that!
Homeschooling on a budget is very doable. It may take some extra time and planning on your part, but the rewards are endless. If you have a plan and stick to it you can do this, you can save money, stay on a budget, and homeschool.
Alana Satterly is the voice behind the blog I have a Future and a Hope. She is a follower of Christ, homeschooling mom of 4 kiddos, wife of 18 years, and a lover of peppermint mocha coffee.
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