If your concerned about the cost of homeschooling curriculum; don’t stress there are several types of affordable homeschooling programs. Homeschooling doesn’t have to cause you financial stress or tighten your budget. Parents who teach their children at home can even choose to create their own homeschooling programs or choose from a myriad of inexpensive programs.
When you set out to choose your curriculum here are few questions should be asking yourself:
- How does my child like to learn? Experiential( learners who process information best through a “hands-on” experience. Actually doing an activity can be the easiest way for them to learn),Auditory (learners who would rather listen to things being explained than read about them) & lastly Visual (learners learn best by looking at graphics, watching a demonstration, or reading) We have one Visual Learner & one Experiential Learner; this can also change as your child grows up.
- What are my teaching strengths? Are you someone who works best with a plug & play type of curriculum? Do like at add your own creative flare to the lessons? Or do you like a little of both?
- Does it meet your States Home Education Requirements? Find out more here
- How much am I going to budget for my homeschooling curriculum/supplies?
- What works best for our family? Daily co-op or enrichment classes, weekly meet ups, online courses etc.
- Ask other homeschooling friends what they are using? Find yahoo or Facebook groups where others share their curriculum experiences.
Once you answer these questions you can begin your search for a curriculum that meets your children’s needs and yours. Now, this search can get overwhelming pretty quickly since there are numerous places to purchase curriculum. Everyone has a different budget for homeschooling. I have always been the type of person that doesn’t like paying more than I have to for materials. So, as a result I usually seek out the places with the best prices; I have a handful of go to sites that I can usually find most what I am need for our homeschool year. Each of these sites offer deep discounts on curriculum, books & supplies.
Check out this inexpensive Simple Homeschool Planner (under $7)!
Budget Friendly Homeschool Recources
- Homeschool Buyers Co-op is the world’s largest buyers club for homeschooling families. Founded in 2005, they are family-owned and operated business dedicated to providing top-quality curriculum at the lowest price possible. Free to Join.
- Thriftbooks provides the internet’s cheapest prices without sacrificing our commitment to providing quality used book. I recently purchased our entire History Curriculum here for less than $50.( I can use these books for several years)
- CurrClick mission is to make homeschooling more convenient and more affordable to homeschoolers all over the world. They strive to offer excellent customer service, a stress-free shopping experience, and to providing a marketplace that rewards authors and publishers who create good quality education materials.
- Intellego Unit Studies mission is to provide engaging curriculum that meets the need of the 21st century student. Using the best resources available on the Internet, Intellego Unit Studies unites technology, learning style theory, and multisensory activities to help children reach their true academic potential.
- Online groups are an excellent place to find used curriculum (usually 50% off the original price). Also, check with local co-ops and homeschool groups to inquire if they have any used book our curriculum sales. (most do)
Whether you go with an all inclusive curriculum or piecemeal your very own there are a ton of very affordable options out there to fit anyone’s budget. Just take your time, ask questions, and most importantly have FUN!
Please share your favorite Homeschool curriculum sites below.