There are many free homeschool resources. Homeschooling does not have to cost you and your family a fortune. There will always be those companies out there that will market their curriculum in a way that will make you feel like you are not giving your child enough of anything if you don’t spend all of your money on one method of curriculum. This is not true, do not buy into that way of thinking.
For those that want to use boxed curriculum or expensive programs that is fine. It just isn’t possible for a lot of people. We realize that and hopefully we will give you a few ideas of how to help create or supplement your homeschool curriculum for little or no cost.
- Library – use the library to the fullest extent possible. There are so many wonderful resources including text books to be found here. Also, it teaches children to keep track of books, to respect property and to know how to find answers and solutions to just about anything. The library is such a valuable tool and it is so under utilized by all of us.
- Internet – while you have to be discerning and cautious, the internet is a wonderful tool that makes homeschool very easy. There are free worksheets, free theme units, science project instructions, course outlines, state standards, art projects and more available. There are also virtual museums to visit as well as other arts available at our fingertips. Just be sure to use parental controls, keep the computer in a high traffic living area. Make sure you talk to your children about the internet and internet safety issues.
- Public schools – you may be pleasantly surprised what these schools may offer you. Some of them don’t mind if you bring your children to assemblies, or school plays. Some will even let you come along on field trips or at least go in your own car (for insurance purposes).
Between the three free homeschool resources mentioned above you can basically put together the basics of a homeschool program. There will always be incidental costs, nothing in life is truly free. However, there are so many great things to be had and so few people really take advantage of them. It just takes some creativity and a willingness to seek out the opportunities.