How to Homeschool on a BudgetHomeschooling in a creative way doesn't have to cost a lot of money. We have been on a very limited budget for four years now and yet still manage to homeschool our daughter. I find you just have to be creative with how you homeschool.
Here is my biggest tip:
All you need to homeschool is a library card! Yep just a library card will do the trick.
Field Trips to museums, art galleries, musical programs or lectures, we are really fortunate enough to live in a community that has all of this accessible. Not to mention the live theatre we can view very inexpensively. I do realize not everyone has these kind of resources but if they are in your community please take advantage of them.
Homeschooling Groups are a great way to connect with other homeschoolers. Last year we started a homeschool group in our community and within in the group we would meet weekly. The parents would take turns with planning crafts and various activities for the children to do. As well as planning field trips to local businesses and attractions.
Television can be used as a homeschooling tool when used properly. PBS has a teachers site which offers thousands of lessons and activities to go along with their TV specials and current events.
Organize a book swap to swap books with other families to find some true gems your family will fall in love with. There are very few books that we actually keep in our home library. We do have limited space so even though I love books a lot I have to be very careful in what I keep.
Here is something that is important to remember it is not the curriculum you learn from that makes your child smart. A child can learn from anything put in front of them. The passion to learn is something we were born with and you just have to keep nurturing that in your child.
Next week I plan on writing a post on free resources online for homeschooling your child or children.
Other homeschooling articles I have written:
Reflecting on why I homeschool
What my homeschooling daughter gets to do while others are in school