Regardless of whether you are a traditional school year or year round homeschooler, the beginning of summer signals the need to check out your curriculum for the next school year. Not only are book sales, events and swaps more prevalent during these months, most of us do take breaks that would allow us the time to think through what we plan for next year. Here are 7 Tips For Cheap Homeschool Curriculum that are sure to help you make it through the next school year without the financial burden. As you plan your upcoming school year, remember that flexibility is a great way to reduce your expense and stress level. Have a basic plan to begin with and work in those added manipulatives, events and supplies as you can.
7 TIPS FOR CHEAP HOMESCHOOL CURRICULUM
SWAP WITH FELLOW HOMESCHOOLERS: If you are in a community with a homeschooling group, co-op or mailing list check to see what other parents may have the books you need. While you may not be able to get full curriculum (quizzes, tests, workbooks) you can easily pick up student and teacher books for up to 75% off original prices.
SHOP BOOK SALES: Most larger communities will have annual book sales with tons of curriculum from homeschoolers, and occasionally from local public schools that are changing curriculum. We picked up some great reading comprehension books last summer from a local school book sale for only $1 each.
DOLLAR STORE WORKBOOKS: If you don’t have easy access to printing worksheets while on the road or out and about, grabbing a few of these simple $1 workbooks that review basic reading, math, spelling and comprehension skills is a cheap way to have something on hand at all times.
YARD SALES & GOODWILL: Recently while browsing our local Goodwill store for some shorts for the Wee Child, I came across a huge box of ABeka Curriculum. It had a complete 7th & 8th grade Science, History, Math and Language set within the box. Each book was only $2 and they were in excellent condition. While I didn’t buy as it will be several years before we need that grade, one of my friends was able to spend less than $30 and have a full set of tools for her son for the next two school years. Yard Sales, Thrift Shops, Resale Shops and Flea Markets are great places to pick up individual curriculum books and supplements for dirt cheap.
EDUCENTS: We love this site for the regular sales on various curriculum and downloads. Make sure to sign up for their email newsletter to get their sale alerts. They also routinely have FREE printables, downloads and such promoted through these emails.
LOCAL PUBLIC LIBRARY: The best free resource you can use in your area is going to be your local public library. I find ours especially helpful when we decide to do a unit study on any particular subject. Your library will have tons of information when needing more educational and research related materials, as well as the fun and whimsical reading about the subject that can be included.
EASY PEASY HOMESCHOOL: This free online homeschooling resources has nearly everything you could ever need in one location. Full curriculum with suggestions ,lists, printables and more. While this is a Christian based program it isn’t terribly “preachy” unless you choose to include the Bible parts. It is educationally sound and for the most part easy to follow. I preferred my own method versus their full curriculum, but I still hit this site routinely for printables or suggestions when I ma floundering on what to do.
Homeschooling doesn’t have to be a financial burden for your family. With all the options available online and in your local community, you can easily educate your children within a small budget. Print your own worksheets from home. Create your own curriculum using Encyclopedias, Library Books and simple thought provoking stories. These 7 tips for cheap homeschool curriculum are just a small part of what helps most homeschool families survive the budget stresses each year. If you have multiple children, making investments in quality supplies will carry on for years to come in younger students. While it may be tough to include in your family budget, your child and their education is one of the most important things you can take care of as a parent. Use the tools above and others at your disposal to make the upcoming school year a successful and stress free one for your whole family.