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What It Costs To Homeschool Your Child

Feb 15, 2008
The cost of homeschooling your child can vary greatly with each family. It all depends on what method you choose to use, what grade level your child is at, and how much information you can provide on your own when it comes to the lesson plans.

Homeschooling requires teaching materials like textbooks, workbooks, and during the science years, lab materials (not to mention project materials, too).

Investing in a curriculum is a good idea if you don't feel confident in developing your own. A good choise is one that includes a daily teacher's lesson plan.

Buying lesson plans can cost a lot. A cheaper way is to discover what you need for the curriculum and then to borrow textbooks from your local public library

Or you can always handover your hard-earned cash and buy new books. But before you do you might want to see if there's another home schooling family who'll see you their textbooks they no longer need.

Another great resource is the Internet. Why not search for some daily lesson plans and project ideas and print them out.

Network with other homeschooling families. Lots of homeschooling families sell or give curriculums to families that need them. You'll probably want to personalize it for your child but used materials can save you hundreds of dollars.

Sometimes lessons don't have to be taught at home. A trip to a museum or zoo can be turned into a learning experience.

Nature walks at local parks can teach your child a lot about their environment and makes learning fun. Would you rather be stuck indoors or out in nature? Your child will love to walk, run, and play and they'll be learning too.

Join or start a homeschooling community. Networking with a bunch of like-minded people is a good way to get ideas for raising funds for equipment like chalkboard and textbooks.

Check garage sales, local thrift stores and flea markets for equipment to use. You may be able to find chalkboards or notebooks at a discount price. If you belong to a group of homeschoolers, then you might consider buying materials in bulk for a cut in the costs.

It's been said that some families spend around $3,000 on homeschooling. But there's lots of smart ways to save money and work it into your budget.
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