Although few of us would want to skimp on our children’s educations, homeschooling need not be terrible expensive to be effective.
In large families, keeping and using hand-me-down school supplies is one way to save big money. But there are other ways to help save on homeschooling costs that you may not have thought of.
Here are 5 simple ways to help cut educational costs without negatively affecting your child’s learning experience.
Use your local library for more than the books. Most libraries have much to offer homeschooling families. For instance, libraries often hold lectures that anyone can attend on a variety of subjects.
They are also a great resource for teaching art appreciation. At my local library, you can even borrow actual paintings to take home and study.
For young children, there are story hours and fun activities where your child can interact with children their own age in a fun, safe setting.
Many libraries also have DVDs and videos available for free. You can find all sorts of interesting educational documentaries if you take the time to look.
Plan a lot of field trips, even if they’re just out to the back yard. Have each child keep notebooks in which they record their field trip observations.
For field trips to museums and similar attractions, ask about discounts for homeschooling families. Many museums discount admission prices for families that homeschool. Call around to find museums near you that offer discounts and plan field trips to them. You can tailor lesson plans around these visits.
Use the Internet to find lesson plans, online books, activities and more for free. There are tons of free downloadable and online educational games available to homeschool teachers.
The Internet also comes in handy when it comes to curriculum shopping. Before ordering any curriculum, research it online. Read reviews and do some comparison shopping to be sure you’re getting the most for your money.
Set your printer on the quick-print option and you can print out worksheets and other activities. This helps kids feel they are doing something different if they are used to working out of one book or set of books.
Shop garage and estate sales for books and other neat stuff like hobby, craft and art supplies. Take your children with you and let them browse and bargain for themselves. Giving older children a set amount of money beforehand will give them a sense of responsibility.
Include your children in everyday activities like household chores and repairs. Children learn by watching and doing in addition to bookwork.
It is possible to provide a complete, fulfilling education to your children without going into debt. Be creative and have fun!