Last year, I posted Part 1 of this article. So, while you’re planning your next school year, let me help take the stress off your budget!
But if you are committed to homeschooling, a small budget won’t deter you. This is why it’s so important to have a goal and a purpose. If you remind yourself of the reasons you homeschool, a small bump in the road shouldn’t throw you and the kids out of the bus.
I have lived this. Let me tell you my story:
I mentioned in the previous post that I have homeschooled with almost NO budget. In 2002, I found myself divorced, a single mom of 2 girls, penniless and homeless. We moved into my parent’s 2nd home and began a new life. Life was hard. My girls were 2 and 6. I had graduated from college with a business degree and could easily have been hired in a good position that would have supported us comfortably. But I wanted to be the one to raise my girls.
Choose any topic that you or the kids might like.
Check out the age-appropriate books on that topic.
Incorporate Language Arts with reading on the subject, writing a paragraph or summary of a book, copywork from a book, and check spelling and grammar as they go along. See Ruth Beechick’s books for more examples of this.
Go to a museum or on a field trip related to your topic.
Dress up in costumes, and even do a skit for Dad or the neighbors. Look up recipes that might be related.
Follow rabbit trails. A study on the human body might lead to talks about dental health and a visit to the dentist. A study of Pioneers might lead to talks about living without electricity, preserving food, gardening, hunting, sewing, etc. The possibilities are literally endless!
Create a workbook
- Google free worksheets on any topic.
- Make a binder with wipe-off page protectors to use repeatedly.
Read books online
- Many Kindle books are free from Amazon, and can be used without an actual Kindle.
- Project Gutenberg is a free resource for online books. FREE.
Easy Peasy is a free, all inclusive curriculum with everything you need available right on the website. The author’s hope is that families will continue to Homeschool no matter what their circumstances.
Ambleside Online is a free online curriculum designed around the Charlotte Mason method. The curriculum uses as many free online texts as possible.
How to Homeschool for Free is a wonderful website. This link takes you to a list of full-curriculum sources that are completely free.
Hillsdale College has some great free history/government courses online, including video lecture, reading materials, quizzes, etc. Perfect for high school students.
Here is a Pinterest Board with free online curriculum links.
Homeschool Share is one of my favorite sites for free printables, lapbooks, and unit studies.
- join a co-op (or create a group of friends)
- borrow books
- trade books
- buy used as much as possible
- teach them what you know
- watch documentaries on Netflix
- make your own flash cards
I cannot stress the importance of reading good books to and with your children. There is a world of information out there on any topic if you just look.
Have you read about how Laura Ingalls Wilder went from learning to read to teaching school in just 7 years? See my post Learning to Read on the Prairie for the scoop!
God gave these kids to you and He trusts you to do the job. Doing it differently than the public school won’t mess your kids up! Trust your instincts!
For more ideas and encouragement, check out my Big List of Homeschool Posts HERE.
Hi! I’m Nicki! Welcome to my blog! A little about me? I’m a 9th generation Texan living on a nine-acre homestead in North Texas with my husband and five children. I write about homeschooling, history, freedom, my faith, homesteading, reading, and quilting. If you want faith-based encouragement, be sure to follow me on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and subscribe to my blog!