I know there are many parents who may feel that they can not afford to homeschool their children. They worry that their children will not receive a quality education due to a lack of funds in the budget for homeschooling. I wanted to give you a few ideas and encourage you not shy away from homeschooling due to finances. Do what you can, and your children will still benefit.
Start with prayer!
- Pray, God always provides for our needs.
- Keep in mind what is important, and that time with your children is invaluable
- Kids are always learning and there is more to education than textbooks and manipulatives.
- There are tons of free resources online. With a little printer ink and paper, you can homeschool without making many other purchases.
- Utilize family and friends. If they are going to buy things for the children anyway, why not ask if it can be educational items. Even better… a gift card so that you can pick the items that they need.
- Look for free shipping discounts and coupons online before making your purchases.
- Utilize your local library resources and free classes.
Purchase items at thrift stores and resale shops.
- Check out homeschool sales or Co-Ops. Many times they will have a free item table/giveaway.
- Find ways to cut your budget in other areas.
- Sell things online or find creative ways to make money at home, to buy homeschool items with.
- Learn to be content and don’t allow what others have cause you to buy and want unnecessarily.
- Never underestimate the dollar store.
- Look for free craft days in your community (Lakeshore Learning and Home Depot).
- Shop around for the best price.
- Create your own resources, manipulatives and games.
- Think of multiple uses for one item.
- The Bible can be used for literature, history, Bible lessons, and copy work.
- Pull on your spouses knowledge as a resource.
- Children are very creative, don’t leave them out of the planning, ask them for frugal creative ideas.
- Don’t overlook everyday opportunities to teach lessons.
- Utilize your tax refund.
Get outdoors when you can and use nature as your textbook.
- Look for items on clearance and sale.
- Use resources that can be passed from one child to the next.
- Try an online public school option (K12 or Connections) I am not a fan of these, but if it keeps a child at home, do what you need to do.
- Plan ahead so that you don’t buy items unnecessarily. Don’t buy a resource just because it is popular in the homeschool world. It may not work for your children and you would have wasted money.
- Try looking for things you can use at yard sales in the summer.
- Remember to keep things simple. Bigger and more costly is not always better.
- Ask family or friends to teach your child a class or lesson.
Laminate worksheets so they can be used over and over with dry erase markers.
- When shopping for a printer, check the ink price before you buy it. Just because the printer is a good deal does not mean it will be a good deal in the long run.
- Download free curriculum and have your child do their work on notebook paper and avoid printing altogether.
- Have the child complete work orally or in notebooks, so that the text can be used again with other children. The notebook(s) can also be saved as an example of the child’s work for that year.
- Think outside of the curriculum box and be creative.
- Teach your child what you know and that is a good place to start. I’m sure you know years worth of information that you can share with your child. You balance a checkbook, shop, pay bills and more. There is a ton of math in things we do everyday. Teach your child practical skills that they will use in life everyday.
- If you are reading this blog, you can teach your child how to read with few to no resources. Teach them how to do what you do everyday. Don’t sell yourself short and be confident as a parent. If God has blessed you with that child, He will equip you to train them up in the way that they should go. Just get started with what you have and you will be amazed at what God will do with it.
I hope some of these will help. What have I forgotten? Please leave a comment let me know if you have any other homeschool money-saving ideas. Be blessed.