The fact is, you can actually design a homeschool program for it to come free. By ‘free,’ we mean that you won’t be spending an extra buck aside from the regular crayons and pieces of paper that a regular school kid would need at the start of a school year.
The key to getting homeschooling ‘free’ is taking advantage of the resources around you.
The most obvious obstacle in the beginning to homeschool your child is the need to create your own homeschooling curriculum. You may opt to purchase your own books to go over the possible material, hire a professional to assist you in creating this curriculum, or better yet, go online and find a suitable free homeschooling curriculum. Online homeschooling support sites actually have various options for homeschooling curriculum for you to choose from. Because these are all online, you are not likely to spend on transportation, professional fees, and even the purchase of books you may not use when you decide you don’t want them in your curriculum.
Carrying on with homeschools does not have to be expensive either. If you prefer buying books, you can contact local book dealers. Dealers of book sets have various discounts for homeschooling parents like you. The benefits of getting your own book set include the convenience of having these books in the comfort of your home. The costs of purchasing the books will be well worth it because your succeeding children can use these same books when they reach the same educational level.
Otherwise, you can opt to take advantage of something closer to home—your town or city library. Your library will likely carry a huge wealth of books (some may no longer be sold in your regular bookstores!) that you can borrow when you need them.
Your regular school field trip can easily be replaced with a fraction of the cost. You can opt to see sites within the proximity of your home. Your city and your state may offer you a rich array of cultural and historical sites to visit. You can also opt to tie in education with whatever family trips and vacations you’d be making. Taking a trip to Lourdes? Build a lesson around the family trip so that you can use this time and the money you spend in homeschooling your child as well.
With some careful thought and innovativeness, you can easily make homeschooling free—both financially and effort-wise. Don’t be afraid to ask around and look for ideas online from other homeschooling parents.