Affordable Home Schooling
Purchasing affordable home schooling curriculum can seem like an impossible task! Hey!! We have 9 children...I should know!! :)
Affordable home schooling tips and resources can help you keep the cost of homeschooling low, and still enjoy the advantages of homeschooling a quality education.
With the majority of homeschooling families living on one
income and teaching more than one child, it can make homeschooling seen
But does it have to be??
Follow these timeless tip that worked for our family to help keep the cost down and your pocket book happy!!
Affordable Home Schooling Tips
Join a Homeschool Group
Homeschool groups can provide support, group learning,and social opportunities for homeschooled children and their parents.
One church group offered several classes taught by parents
with an expertise on that particular subject. For instance, one mother
taught biology once a week, while another taught Spanish.
Other groups are purely for social, like getting together once a week for sports activities.
One other type of group I know has orchestra and choir opportunities.
Some groups are church-sponsored, while others are independent.
Because most groups do not advertise on line, the best way to find out
about local groups is by asking fellow homeschoolers. whether you join
or not is up to you...that is the freedom of homeschooling.
Join a Co-op
School districts get volume discounts because they obviously buy more
quantity, by pooling the purchasing power of many people, homeschool
co-ops are able to get the same discounts that schools get.
Sometimes Co-ops can get 20-40 percent discounts...the key is volume...the more homeschoolers join, the more discount available...the more affordable home schooling! An example is Home Buyers Co-op.
Use Your Local Library
According to a 2003 study by the National Center for Education
Statistics (NCES), when homeschoolers were asked about their primary
source of books and curriculum, 78 percent named their public library.
I personally like to get science and history documentaries to supplement my children's curriculum...sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words.
My children LOVE to read which is an asset when homeschooling. Reading historical fiction books is a great way for your child to learn more about the time period they are studying.
Use the Internet
The Internet is an invaluable tool for affordable home schooling. Look for free homeschooling curriculum programs online.
- Starfall.com - This free phonics program for young ones. The
little videos and games with letter sounds, phonics, reading concepts,
and songs help drive home some of the reading concepts.
- Homeschool Share (HSS) - An on-line
cooperative effort of several homeschooling moms to provide free but
quality literature-based unit studies and resource.
- Amblesideonline - "Free homeschool
curriculum designed to be as close as possible to the curriculum that
Charlotte Mason used in her own private and correspondence schools".
- Explode The Code® - Grades K–4 phonics program that has helps students reach a reading success.
- SoftSchools.com provides free math
worksheets, free math games, grammar quizzes and free phonics worksheets
and games. Worksheets and games are organized by grades and topics.
These printable math and phonics worksheets are auto generated.
- Marble Math
- is a fun and educational activity for children learning addition.
There are five different levels of addition and a fun bonus activity
after each level. Children must score 70% or greater to advance to the
next level. Audio helps children understand how to count and play the
Use Technology...the iPad and iPod
- Video Science
Developer Description: “A
growing library of over 80 hands-on Science lessons that are great for
home and the classroom. These short videos demonstrate inexpensive and
easy to recreate experiments that are designed to inspire and excite
kids of all ages.”
- Teaching with Technology Video Library
Developer Description: “The NETS
video library is a collection of video of actual classrooms, enriched by
additional material such as lesson context, teacher handouts and even
student work, accessible alongside the video.”
Developer Description: “SkyORB features many functions as a 3D
real-time representation of the planets position around the sun, the
ability to hold your device and point toward a visible star and planet
and reveal the name by tracking the GPS position, compass orientation,
the elevation from the gyroscope, warn the user when a phenomenon is
occurs as a full moon, a planet really visible, which is worth the
- Star Walk- Star Walk lets you to point your iPad or iPhone at
the sky and see what stars, constellations, and satellites you are
looking at in real-time.
- National Geographic World Atlas -
preloaded with 3 different styles of world maps, down to country-level
detail. With an Internet connection, you can look at continent-level
- iBooks - iBooks is an amazing way to download and read
books. iBooks includes the iBookstore, where you can download the latest
best-selling books or your favorite classics – day or night.
- Alphabet Projector - Why You Should Try It: Great for letter recognition practice for pre-school and Kindergarten.
- History Line
- “History Line
is a collaborative learning game for the iPad focusing on US History.
The game can be played by 1-6 players. As a single player game, a series
of historical events are presented on the screen and the goal of the
game is to place the events onto a timeline at the bottom of the screen
in the correct sequence. When the event placed on the line is correct
the date appears below.”
- ABS Magic Phonics - “This app will
help your child learn the sounds of the letters of the alphabet, which
are necessary for reading. Learning the sounds of the letters gives your
child the tools for reading and helps them become better readers. A
matching phonetic photo image is matched with each letter to help your
child learn the sound of each letter.”
- Constitution for iPad
- Why You Should Try It: Foundational document of the United States that’s surprisingly misunderstood.
- PBS Kids - Free PBS video content to your lap
- Motion Math Zoom
Developer Description: “Motion Math Zoom’s zoomable, stretchable
number line is missing some numbers – it’s up to your child to put the
numbers back where they belong. The new game uses concrete objects to
represent abstract numbers: from dinosaurs in the thousands down to
amoebas in the thousandths. Fun animal animations and sound effects help
elementary school children master the number line.”
- Stack the States makes learning about the
50 states fun! Watch the states actually come to life in this colorful
and dynamic game! It teaches state capitals, shapes, geographic
locations ALL my children love this app!!
If you can be creative and supplement your curriculum with free or
low cost material, you not only have affordable home schooling, but you
will also have children who are having a great time learning!
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