Homeschooling on a Budget

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.

abcteach – 5000+ free printable pages and worksheets

A quality educational site offering 5000+ FREE printable theme units, word puzzles, writing forms, book report forms,math, ideas, lessons and much more. Great for new teachers, student teachers , homeschooling and teachers who like creative ways to teach. Join the popular membership section!

Brightly Beaming Resources

The Lesson Plans Page – Over 3,000 FREE Lesson Plans!

Letter of the Week Preparatory Curriculum

SpellingCity.com Home Page

Teaching spelling is easy with SpellingCity.com. Input spelling lists for your students to use for free spelling help. Students can learn spelling words, practice spelling tests, and play fun spelling games. Keep track of your spelling list curriculum, share spelling lists, and get ideas for teaching spelling on our spelling forum. Help your child learn spelling at SpellingCity.com. Use your own spelling words or use our database of great spelling lists. Kids can play safe online spelling games that will get them ready for their spelling tests. Get the free spelling help you need at SpellingCity.com. Practice word lists, look up your teacher’s spelling lists, and relax with some fun spelling games. Don’t worry about the big spelling test — just learn your words through SpellingCity.com.

Starfall.com

Starfall.com opened in September of 2002 as a free public service to teach children to read with phonics. Our systematic phonics approach, in conjunction with phonemic awareness practice, is perfect for preschool, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, special education, homeschool, and English language development (ELD, ELL, ESL). Starfall is an educational alternative to other entertainment choices for children.

Also, search out support groups in your area of other homeschool parents.  These can be a great resource for information and socialization.

Author Bio

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.

Comments

  1. says

    Spelling City is one of my fave sites! We upgraded to the premium version because we wanted more vocabulary practice. Did you know they also have handwriting sheets you can print?

    I wanted to add a few free sites to you list, if I could.

    Vocabulary is Fun http://www.vocabulary.co.il

    Learning Games for Kids http://www.learninggamesforkids.com

    Homeschool Literature http://www.homeschoolliterature.com (they even have an online bookclub)

    Joyfully,
    Jackie
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  2. says

    I definitely have to stretch those $$ when it comes to homeschooling! I start early and watch for great deals on used curriculum. (This winter I was able to get BRAND NEW Grade 6 and Grade 3 Easy Grammar AND Daily Grams (all books) for just $20 from another homeschooler! Yay!) There are LOADS of sites out there offering free worksheets and even video instruction.

    • Alicia says

      That’s awesome, Jessy!

      These are just a few of the links I have on my blog. :)

  3. says

    Isn’t it amazing how many free resources are on the Internet? After starting to homeschool I’ve been impressed about how many quality programs and ideas I’ve found!
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