A lot of people say homeschooling is expensive – and it can be. If you’re thinking about homeschooling it can seem like just another expense you need to budget for.
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There are so many choices for curriculum, field trips, books, stationery, laptops, printers…
All these choices can leave you feeling confused and disheartened, not to mention headachy and in need of a lie-down!
(On the bright side, at least you don’t have to buy uniforms or bus passes).
But, homeschooling doesn’t have to be exhausting or expensive.
1. Free Stuff
The internet is a wonderful place full of free curriculum – you just need to know where to look.
- Homeschool Helper Online – free printables, unit studies, lapbooks, notebooking pages, worksheets
- Ezy Math Tutoring – practice worksheets for grades 3 to 12
- Math Salamanders – times tables worksheets
- Teachers Pay Teachers – free and low-cost printables, worksheets, lapbooks, unit studies, for pre K to 12.
- Khan Academy – math, science, arts, humanities, economics
- Free French Printables for High School Students– links to various free sites for practicing French including, pdf’s, crosswords, word documents, etc.
- Education.com – free worksheets, games, and printables from preschool to year 5.
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2. Free Trials/Paid Curriculum
Most complete education programs and single subject programs offer a free trial period so you can make sure it is right for your child/ren before paying for a yearly subscription. Some offer 6 monthly and monthly payment options as well which are good if you think you might change your mind or you find after a few months that the program is not a good fit.
- Skwirk – math, English, science, geography, commerce and history for K to year 10. Price is $99 per child or if you have more than 2 children go for the home educator option which is $200 per year for up to 5 children.
- Maths Online – a math program where your child/ren work at their own pace through the curriculum. One child is $197 for 12 months ($127 for 6 months, 26.95 per month). Two or more children is $297 per year ($197 for 6 months, 39.95 per month).
- Teaching Treasures – many different programs covering various subjects such as learn to read, literacy and numeracy, etc. Each program has a different cost associated with it.
- Mango Languages – online language learning program: Spanish, French, English, Italian, Icelandic, Arabic, and over 70 more… A free two-week trial followed by $19.99 per month.
- Education.com Premium – 30,000 printable and digital resources, step by step guided lessons for math, reading, writing, unlimited access to over 15,000 worksheets. After trying the free version, upgrade at Premium for $6.50 per month, $60 for one year or $149 for a lifetime membership.
- Complete Education – first week free then between $160 and $190 per term for K to year 8. Year 9 and 10 coming soon. Includes free subscriptions to Mathletics, Literacy Planet and Skwirk.
If you don’t want to purchase a complete curriculum or feel it won’t be suitable for all your children, one option is to use a combination of free resources and physical workbooks. There are many places you can purchase these, some are listed below.
- Pascal Press – most subjects can be found and range in price from $20 to $40.
- Pearson Homeschool – pre K to 12, textbooks, workbooks, curriculums, for all subjects.
(More Brain Quest Workbooks can be found on our Brain Quest page)
4. Make Your Own
If all else fails, it is fairly easy to make your own curriculum.
There are many websites that have information on all school subjects. A quick search and you will find all the information you need to prepare worksheets, workbooks, etc. on any given subject.
Evey if you don’t have access to a computer and printer you can still homeschool without breaking your budget. Libraries are a wonderful source of information and have computers you can use and print from. Most librarians are more than willing to assist homeschoolers as well. Some libraries will even help with advertising for group meet-ups and search for curriculum ideas.
There are many homeschool facebook groups you can join. Some even have free downloadable worksheets, information sheets, and workbooks. A simple Facebook search will give you more than enough.
- Home Education/Schooling Worldwide
- Homeschool Printables For Free
- Home Schooling Australia
- Hmmmschooling Hangout
- Rock Your Homeschool
Homeschooling doesn’t have to cost a fortune. A little imagination and ingenuity and you will have more than enough information to create your own curriculum. A few dollars spent here and there and even the tough days will be filled with learning.
Our homeschool uses a combination of free, paid, and homemade curriculum. What do you use in your homeschool?
We have done some trials of complete curriculums but decided they weren’t for us. A mixture means all three children are learning at their own pace in the way that best suits them.
Whatever you choose to use, remember you can always change it if you need to. And remember…
Enjoy the Journey,
Author: Lara Galea
Lara is a freelance writer, blogger, photographer and homeschooler. When not helping others with their journey, she is either reading, binge-watching Netflix or creating havoc in the kitchen.