For some families, the decision to home school comes down to home schooling costs.
Since home schooling requires focused attention, especially if you have younger children who can't work alone yet, one parent usually commits to overseeing the day to day schooling and nurturing of the family.
Most home educators give up careers outside the home, to provide the best education possible for their family.
So, how does a family live on one income and home school successfully?
To be honest with you, home schooling doesn't really cost that much.
When comparing homeschooling vs public schooling, there really isn't any comparison when it comes to cost.
Public schools get thousands of dollars per student to educate children, but don't let that scare you. Most of the money pays for salaries, school supplies and upkeep of buildings. Some is also wasted.
So far this year, my home schooling costs are minimal. Since we have been home schooling for a while, I am reusing some of the resources I used with previous children.
I purchased some new curriculum for my high-school student totaling less than $200, and some new school supplies, but other than that...
The curriculum I really enjoy using and my kids like, we keep. The rest we pass along or sell when we are done. Selling your used curriculum is a great way to get some money to reinvest into the next school year.
There are many places where you can sell or buy used home school curriculum which I will discuss later, but for now... back to home schooling costs. :)
Depending on what type of curriculum you purchase, home schooling costs will vary from family to family.
Some families choose to buy resources from many different sources, others enroll in umbrella schools and others choose to buy complete accredited homeschooling curriculum packages.
Most often when you purchase a complete curriculum package for a specific grade, you will receive all the workbooks, teacher’s manuals, tests and answer keys for each subject. But with any purchase you make, you will want to double check.
Sometimes you will need to purchase additional home school material or supplies for science experiments, or will need math manipulatives to use with your math curriculum or program.
When it comes to spending money, who likes surprises, right?
There have been times I purchased something only to find out that I needed to buy additional books or supplies to use the curriculum correctly.
Read the catalog descriptions carefully. Calling a company’s customer service department to ask questions is a great way to find out more information or what additional items you will need when using their home school curriculum.
There are many ways to reduce your home schooling expenses.
Our local home school group frequently offers the opportunity for families to get together and share their home school curriculum and resources with others. We get to look at many different products, ask questions and find out whether it would work for our family.
A home school curriculum fair is also another source for great information before taking the purchasing plunge!
Other inexpensive homeschooling solutions can be found at your local library, through your local home school co-op or support group, or on the internet.
Yes, home schooling costs you your time – a significant investment of time. However, the time you invest in educating or raising your child, is always time well spent!
As you embark on the wonderful world of home schooling, you will discover that home schooling your child doesn’t have to cost a lot of money.
With a little thought, a few tips and some creativity, you can keep your home schooling costs to a minimum!
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