So you want to home school but you don’t want to break the bank.
That’s understandable. Have you seen the price of some of that
curriculum? Of course, that’s why you’re reading this article.
There’s no getting around the fact that you will have to spend some
money. But there are many ways to do it with out going broke, so
don’t get discouraged just yet.
First, there are several places where you can get used curriculum at
a reduced price. You’ve probably already guessed ebay and Amazon.
There is also the Curriculum Exchange, The Swap, Educators Exchange,
Abe Books, Alibris, Home school Classified, Home_school Fleamail
(yahoo groups) and a whole host of other on-line used home school
This is assuming you even want to use curriculum…
Did you know some home schoolers don’t use curriculum? You heard that
right. So what do they do instead? They go to zoos, parks and museums,
for example. These places often have classes and demonstrations for
These home schoolers also go to libraries. Chances are, there is a
public library near you. Do you know that public libraries have a
large supply of children’s textbooks and readers you can use to teach
your child to read?
My local library has the well-known book, “Teach Your Child To Read
In 100 Easy Lessons”. If only I had known sooner, I could have saved
the money I forked over to buy it. (Sigh…)
Libraries also have math books with lots of problems to practice
addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals
and percents. They have science and history books to engage the mind
and enlarge student vocabularies. There are craft books and music
books. My library even has stuffed animals for imaginative play.
Have I made my point about libraries?? Don’t let this great resource
go to waste.
Of course, there are other ways to save money while home schooling.
Some home learners are taking advantage of the many web sites that
provide worksheets for a minimal fee. Some are even free.
Places like looklistenlearn, themathworksheetsite, tlsbooks,
edhelper, kidsknowit, spellingtime, mathmammoth and coolmath4kids.
These are just a few of the wonderful resources you can use. Some
people use them for extra practice. Others use them as the main
If you are really adventurous, you could design your own curriculum.
Of course this takes a lot of time which many of us don’t have.
Always a catch somewhere, isn’t there?
You could also use unit studies. Unit studies are usually less
expensive than other forms of curriculum, and you can use them with
children of varying ages at the same time.
They reinforce reading, writing and thinking skills, while allowing
the student an in-depth study of one subject. Unit studies allow the
student to see how things are interrelated.
You will, however, have to add a math curriculum. Unit studies don’t
Don’t forget garage sales, rummage sales, auctions and used book
stores where you might find something you can use. So get out there
and take a look. You can use it as an excuse to get out of the house.
Last, but certainly not least, you can buy them from other home
schoolers in your support group. What? You don’t belong to a support
group? Well, now you have one more reason to join…