Robinson Curriculum and Money-saving Ideas
Hi! I'm Jessica Worthier, instructor/director here at Chosen Generation Home Education program stationed in FL. I am just referring the Robinsons curriculum to any homeschool family that has multiple children in multiple grade levels. This curriculum is a onetime purchase between 199.99 - 250.00 and all curriculum comes on cd roms. Your children are going to learn to work independently and the only cost is for a good LaserJet printer (Robinsons recommends Brothers), but there are ways around that.
If you are on the road or cannot afford a printer, download to individual student tablet. I mean you have to work it the best way you can, right? Also for logging/record keeping, I have my children work on the same bible verses for devotion, as well as songs. There are free cursive hand writing worksheet makers available for free just type in what you want the student to trace and viola you have a customized worksheet for free.
My children will log in their own daily assignments. My oldest will help in leading devotions, while I take care of important issues first thing in the mornings, when needed.
To help save money on homeschooling, there are free downloadable attendance sheets, planners, etc. You can even find free camping spots at national forests nationwide, just google it - priceless education!
I create my own posters and achievement awards for free and make my own school newsletters. My children fill in their own monthly calendars, and student time cards just as if they were at work.
Home economics ideas: every chore they do I log it, room check, recipes means reading comprehension and following directions also measuring and temperatures - log it all.
When washing clothes, take them on a field trip to a laundromat) counting quarters, sorting colors and whites, loading clothes, drying, folding and putting them away.
Other activities to record and or save in a milestones log:Survival skills in emergency situations.
Arts and crafts for free play or for science experiments - log it.
Visits (free field trips) to the doctor's office - take pictures and get informational pamphlets.
Writing letters to family members and self
expression. Some of my money-saving tips:
Save your packaging from supermarkets they can become useful for storage and projects. Please go to Wal-Mart and use all the coupons and buy one get one free specials you can possibly find, they will honor it really! I don't know where you are on the map nationally but Wal-Mart will honor any sale ads from any store as long as the Wal-Mart you go to carry the same brand and size, and you do not have to have to have the ad with you. So, from food to gardening or electronics price ad match guarantee at Wal-Mart.
Not sure if any one receives snap or food stamp benefits but if this applies to your household you are able to purchase edible plants and seeds to grow your own food what a catch food and a science experiment and take the children to the store for budgeting and money lessons (don't forget to record it!)
I color code everything and use milk crates for their lockers. Home Depot and Lowes hardware stores will give you free supplies all you have to do is ask. We have not because we ask not - ask and ye shall receive. :)
Also consider moving to a state where homeschooling laws are not as serious which relieves the pressure of the government checking in on you: states like Alaska, Idaho, and Texas just to name a few.
Contact your water management services offices for a lot of free posters about natural resources - all free. Display or mount projects on your shelves or walls - it makes the children proud when company comes over and sees their completed work.
Play relay games for math times tables, sight words, and phonics. You can make your own flashcards with index cards it's your family's schools not the governments. It will be as happy and interesting and creative as you make it. I hope this helps.Thanks for the Robinsons Curriculum recommendation AND for all the great time-saving and money-saving homeschooling tips. I love that you record everything, and use everyday activities as a learning experience for your children. Blessings, Heather :)