It has probably dawned on most homeschooling families a time or two.
What would your family do if you could not afford your homeschool curriculum
Could you cope?
Would you send your child to public school?
What new methods would you employ?
Would your homeschool suffer?
Think of a Backup Plan.
This question did that for me.
I actually thought about this dilemma this past summer. Funds were tight and I wasn’t sure we would have the money to purchase our chosen curriculum. My husband really got things together we had the funds right on time. But! I started thinking of ways I would get through the third grade with limited finances.
Since I would still opt not to send my child to public school this is the plan I came up with…
From Distance Learning to Textbooks.
You’re probably wondering what that means eh? Doesn’t homeschooling mean we use the textbooks anyway? Well I’m talking about the teacher texts. And yes we receive them every year but…
We use the DVD Distance Learning program from Bob Jones University. We love it but we agree that it’s not the cheapest form of homeschooling. Last year we took a few months off from the DVDs and I used just the Teacher’s Edition without the DVDs.
I did it!
Yes this was a fear of mine, that I could be effective as the main teacher for my child but I was and she enjoyed it! So much so that we probably would have chosen just the texts option this year as well. I mean it is about half the price of the DVD option but you see we are planning a move in the very near future and may have to have some help with homeschooling. The DVD option will make it snap for my mother or my sister (graduated a homeschooler) to pitch in and give us a hand.
So in a nutshell we would try the cheaper option first.
Find Older Versions
Well we really like BJU but what if we couldn’t afford the textbook option? Well when we first started homeschooling our daughter I wanted to see what we would be getting into.
Happily I found earlier versions Bob Jonees teacher texts on Amazon for practically pennies. I would go that route next.
But We Need to Homeschool for Free!
First of all since I use a boxed curriculum that has all the bells and whistles I would need to go and find out what my child needs to learn in the current grade. ‘Cause someone else has been doing that for me for the past several years! I would need to start from scratch…sort of.
Finally I Would Round Up my Supplies and Get Busy!
So we have no money to homeschool (hypothetical) and I’ve decided that the only way we can homeschool this year is to do it for free!
Where do start gathering free homeschool supplies?
1. Number one on my list was to glean my mother. As I’ve mentioned before she has a wealth of homeschool materials hidden in various places throughout her home. The stuff just seems to come from nowhere! So I would check with her first.
2. The Library! My next stop. The source of all free curriculum! I’ve seen many parents homeschooling their children in our local library. I get excited and give a smile but keep quiet you know because they are in learning mode.
More free homeschool lessons.
- Ambleside: Ambleside online is a free online curriculum that is based on the Charlotte Mason theory.
- Scholastic has free some free lesson and unit plans.