Homeschooling on a Budget
It’s that time of year again when homeschool parents everywhere start thinking about the curriculum they will using for the next school year. Those who are considering homeschooling start wading through the ton of information out there to decide what style they want to go with: Charlotte Mason, eclectic, unschooling, etc.
They also start wondering how they’re going to afford it. If you are one of those, this post might just be what you are looking for.
I officially started homeschooling my children in February of 2012, after removing them both from public school. I had read so much online that my head was spinning. I had gone back and forth from one curriculum to another: MFW, Sonlight, Abeka, and more. Finally, I decided there HAD to be a way to homeschool them with little to no budget. So I started looking for FREE curriculum and low-cost items I could find locally.
As I found free websites, I bookmarked them, and as I found items in stores, I would purchase them. I was able to find a lot of workbooks and other items at Dollar Tree, Walmart, and Target in their Dollar Section. I also found a TON of websites offering worksheets to print off or programs to use online.
First, you need to research the homeschooling laws in your state to learn what is required. Oklahoma is one of the easiest states to homeschool in. We are required to do 180 days of school and that is our only requirement. Most people don’t really start keeping detailed records until their children are in middle school grades. Other states require you to send in records of what you’ve taught and grades.
Once you’ve decided what style of school you want to do, andlearned the requirements of your state, then you can start searching. I’m including some links here to get you started.
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Also, search out support groups in your area of other homeschool parents. These can be a great resource for information and socialization.
Alicia is a wife, homeschool mom to their two children, blogger, book and curriculum reviewer, baker, and quilter. You can follow their adventures at Walking In Faith.