One of the major concerns of those struggling with the decision as to whether or not to homeschool their child, is that of expense. Many people believe that homeschooling must be a very expensive endeavor, seeing as how an education requires textbooks, workbooks, supplies, and materials. Those considering homeschooling understandably wonder if they will be able to afford homeschooling. The idea that homeschooling must be very expensive, however, is a myth. Most, if not all, homeschooling families know that homeschooling can be as expensive as you want it to be, or as inexpensive as you want it to be. It all depends on how much of the footwork you are willing to do yourself.
Many people who have not yet begun to homeschool believe that curriculum materials must be quite costly. And, this may be true when it comes to pre-packaged curriculum programs. Pre-packaged curriculum programs, however, are not always a best bet. Many homeschooling families find that elements of a packaged curriculum work well for them, while others are not suitable for their family at all. This leads to unused materials, and essentially, wasted money.
Curriculum materials can be gathered from a variety of sources. The public library, the Internet, and local bookstores are all great places to locate curriculum materials. Most major bookstore chains carry very useful, and very reasonably priced, workbooks that are great for homeschoolers. And although we homeschoolers usually really love to meander through teacher supply stores, these businesses are usually seriously overpriced. Your best bet is to decide what you want, and then see if you can’t get it online for a better price. Chances are, you can.
When it comes to art supplies, pencils, paper, glue, crayons, and other everyday supplies needed for homeschooling, stock up on these items during back-to-school sales at your local discount stores like Target. You’ll get them for pennies on the dollar as opposed to other times during the year. For example, at back-to-school time you’ll find 24 packs of Crayola crayons for about a quarter. The rest of the year, they’ll cost over a dollar.
Even homeschooling field trips can be managed at affordable prices. For instance, rather than pay for several trips to the zoo during the year, consider a family annual pass. It will likely cost you less, about $50, and then you can visit the zoo an unlimited amount of times. Many museums and science centers also offer annual passes, and sometimes, a city will even offer a combined pass for sale, which will include unlimited admission to several venues.
So when you are considering homeschooling as an educational option for your family, don’t let the cost be a deterrent. A very thorough and balanced home education can certainly be provided at minimal expense.