Potential homeschoolers are always asking if homeschooling is expensive and how to make it more affordable. So, can you homeschool on a shoestring? Absolutely!
Can You Homeschool on a Shoestring?
Entire homeschool curricula can be found online, as can books, games, worksheets, you name it. I don’t know how homeschoolers did it before the advent of the personal computer! To peruse a whole bunch of homeschooling freebies I’ve found, you can click on Free Homeschooling Resources to see a list of everything I’ve shared in the past.
- The Homeschool Freebie of the Day – free books and resources daily
- www.amblesideonline.org – a complete and completely free curriculum
- Homeschooling for Free with GA Peach Homeschool
- www.starfall.com – terrific for phonics fun
- www.homeschoolshare.com – free unit studies
- www.homeschooltracker.com – free homeschool organizer and record-keeping software
Other than using the internet, here are some simple things that we do or use to save money in our homeschool…
- Library – we do not buy books we can find at the library – I use our local library’s website to search from home and can take a trip to the library weekly
- Dollar store – there are so many things we can use at the dollar store, from bristol board and tape, to books and workbooks
- Freecycle or any free exchange group – we used to belong to our local Freecycle group before it closed down and then joined a Facebook exchange group. We’ve received all sorts of great books and freebies as well as gifted unwanted items to others
- Re-usable curriculum – we use Tapestry of Grace. Once you’ve bought all 4 years of the program, you have the outline for all 13 years of school, for as many children as you have. Plus, I have always saved the curricula that I use with my eldest to use with my youngest when she gets to that level.
There is also a book named Homeschooling on a Shoestring that you may want to check out for more ideas.
What’s your favourite resource for homeschooling on a shoestring? Please let me know in the comments below!
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Please note: This article was originally published in August 2010 and has been revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.