It seems when a family embarks on the adventure of homeschooling the first tell-tale sign are the homeschool curriculum catalogs on the coffee table and all the homeschool vendors bookmarked on the computer. This is where it gets fun, but if you're not careful it can also get very expensive. Here are a few ways many homeschooling family create a quality curriculum for their children and stay within a budget.
Every week I plan on Wednesdays and go online and put holds on books, videos, and audio tapes. By Saturday or Sunday my pile of educational goodies is usually all waiting for me behind the checkout desk so I just drop by and pick it up! You can also usually find lists of award winning books and if you have a children's librarian she can help you find lists of grade level books.
You can also buy used curriculum off of curriculum boards. The best one I've found is Homeschool Classifieds at http://homeschoolclassifieds.com. You can post an ad there in 30 seconds and there are so many ads (over 1400 at this writing) that you can find just about anything. There is also the Curriculum Swap at http://theswap.comwhich is another posting board. It is probably the next biggest and has plenty of variety. Whenever I'm looking at curriculum boards I tend to look for organizational features like a search button. I am usually not looking to browse but for specific items. I also usually need to hurry because supper's boiling over and I have allotted myself exactly three minutes to find a certain textbook. (The life of a homeschool mom-uncensored)
If you frequent internet vendors then look for phrases like "Web Specials" and "Internet Specials". Many of the sites will feature one book a month to keep their internet customers ordering. Another good place to check are the large toy store sites. Most of these sites have a giant clearance during the summer months and you can find microscopes, telescopes, science kits, arts and crafts, books and videos for up to 50% off. This is timed perfectly if you're planning for a new school year. If you know your child has to study magnets this year you can buy magnet kit for $19.95 in April or maybe just $9.95 on sale in July. Take your choice!
You can also find listing for books, stickers, lesson plans, posters and much, much more. If you go over to PBS (www.pbs.org) you'll find lesson plans to correlate with Arthur and that's just the tip of the iceberg. The more you look the more you'll find sites for kids to play games and learn.
Now you're ready with some oldtimer wisdom under your belt. You can homeschool and for less than you thought!
Teresa Higginbotham writes articles about frugal living as Tightwad Tess.
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