Today’s Thrifty Tip written by Denise, a homeschooling mom of 3 kids ages 15, 12 and 10!
I’ve often heard many non-homeschooling parents say, “I wish I had the money to homeschool my kids!” While packaged curricula can often exceed the cost of a family’s single car payment, there are a number of ways to educate your children from home without going broke. 😉
Here’s a list of frugal homeschooling ideas that virtually anyone can use that will save you hundreds – if not thousands – of dollars over the cost of 12 years of schooling:
1) Use the Library – This is by far, the very best *free* resource open to you. If you absolutely cannot find a particular book, video or CD through your own library, ask your librarian to see if they can order it through the inter-library system. (Larger counties in WA state – like Snohomish and King counties – provide this service.)
2) Printable Worksheets – No need to spend oodles of money on workbooks. Simply print what you need direct from home! A few good sites to try: ABC Teach, Easy Fun School, Homeschool Math.net and Scholastic.
3) Curriculum Swap – Consider hooking up with your fellow homeschoolers and swap out your old curriculum for another. This is a great opportunity to “try before you buy” and experiment with other learning/teaching methods. This tactic is especially useful with unit studies, phonics programs, expensive DVD programs and more.
4) Educator Discounts & Freebies – Many local museums, bookstores, movie theaters and art galleries offer educator discounts on admission, free passes, coupons and more. Even Pizza Hut’s “Book It” program allows homeschoolers to earn free personal pizzas for reaching their reading goals.
5) Use Free Internet Resources – There are tons of free websites offering complete to nearly-complete curriculum programs for all ages. Consider StarFall.com if you’ve got a little one learning to read or Ambleside Online if you’re looking for a K-12 Charlotte Mason approach to learning.
Which of these ideas have you used with your family? Do you have any tried ‘n true homeschooling tips you’d like to share? Leave a comment below and tell us about it! 🙂