Homeschool for Less
Dear loyal mommies,
Wish you were in sweet moment *hugs*
Please keep in mind: education doesn’t have to be expensive to be good.
If you need to keep down the cost of homeschooling, there are a lot of free online: books, worksheets and games.
All you need to do is to be creative. Trust me, limited funds will enhance your creativity 😉
If you plan to homeschool more than one child, you have to save on the cost. A lil ingenuity can go a long way when it comes to homeschooling on a budget.
Big bro KiruaMi-cHan with tiny baby Hide-cHan 😉
Daily Tips: Set a budget for the year and stick to it.
If there is anything left over, plan a trip, buy that “most wanted item” or add just enough to create a new budget for the same amount. Strive to use less each year or to get more for your money!
Things You’ll Need:
- Lots of paper
- Lots of writing/scribbling utensils
- A whole lot of lessons
- A Lot of patience
- Love, appreciation and understanding
- A specific room (study area)
What You Should Do?
- Step 1: Research!
Read all the materials you can find on homeschooling that go along with your method of teaching.
Parents have many options on how to approach teaching their children at home.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money for books to read.
You can gather a lot of information online or buy used books and materials at garage sales and by joining a homeschooling group who sell used materials and books.
From online math tutorials to educational games for every level, the internet is the biggest free source of educational materials. Examples:
Starfall.com (a fun resource for teaching reading to young children)
Big sis ReiHi-cHan 😀
- Step 2: Collect!
Gather all the materials needed to start you out on your homeschooling journey.
If you are teaching using a certain method of your own, decide what you need to start your children learning and make sure you have enough materials to keep them learning for months to come.
- Step 3: Space!
Make sure you have a room that you can set up with everything needed for your child to be comfortable while he is learning.
- Step 4: Lesson!
Sit down and make up a lesson plan so that you have some organization in your teaching.
Have a grade book and keep up with what your child does so you can evaluate what they have learned.
All of these materials can be bought at a discount online or at nearest bookstores.
It may take some time to gather all that you need, so make sure you start early.
- Step 5: Check out your library.
Librarians are some of the most helpful people and even when they don’t know the answer, they know how to find out. With database searches that libraries have available, you have access to virtually every public library in the country.
- Step 6: Stop at garage sales.
You never know what treasures you might find. Sometimes the seller at a garage sale will advertise that homeschooling curriculum will be sold. Just be sure to get there early.
- Step 7: Shop the used curriculum swaps and sales.
- Step 8: Explore!
Go on field trips and use community resources.
Besides providing educational opportunities galore, you never know when these connections might lead to volunteer opportunities, jobs, or even apprenticeships for your children who are interested in a particular area of study.
- Step 9: Team up with other homeschooling families.
Not only can you share resources, but you can also share areas of expertise.
One parent can lead a group of children in diagramming a sentence, and another parent can help the kids dissect a frog.
- Step 10: Check for discounts.
Many craft stores, office supply stores, bookstores and others will give an educator’s discount.
They will almost always include homeschoolers in this.
- Step 11: Use nature to teach early science.
It is all around us. Use made up charts and diagrams to teach math and spelling.
All subjects can be taught usually by making up your own charts or posters.
Put them all over the homeschoolroom and make them available to your children throughout the day.
You can also make personal charts that they keep on their desk or that are a part of their desk.
- Step 12: Turn on the TV (with Astro Learning Package).
Play House Disney Channel (PHDC) has great resources for toddler & kids. Choose the programs that will complement whatever you’re studying, with teaching aids to go along with it.
Lil Sis YunaFi-cHan 😉
- Spend only what you have to. Don’t go overboard when you first start.
- Try to get only the materials you need and try not to acquire a lot of junk.
- Approach homeschooling with a lot of patience and understanding. Please reward your child with hugs and kisses 😉
- Try not to overload your child with too much work (it’s a burden!).
- Always give your child as much time as needed to finish their work.
- Never expect the same results from each child.
- Keep in mind that if you are teaching several children, there will be several levels of learning.
- Never push your child too hard. Try to give them the confidence they need to acquire the knowledge they need to have for their age group.
- Learn patience by getting involved as much as needed, but letting them do some of their work on their own.
- Never do their work for them, but always be available and supportive if they need you.
- If you realize you cannot homeschool or feel that you cannot handle it, make sure you have other options readily available.
- Never give up until you have exhausted all your abilities to teach your children. Try different methods before giving up, but don’t feel like a failure if you just cannot do it.
Keep on trying *gambatte ne* 😉
May Allah swt blessed your journey with your family. Amin~