I know that some of you may be considering homeschooling for the first time this year, due to uncertainty with how school will operate in the coming year. I also know that being thrust into something you’ve not prepared for can be terrifying. So I’d like to do what I can to help.
This first post is probably one that is on a lot of minds: how to homeschool inexpensively.
Now, this isn’t an exhaustive list. There are many free or very inexpensive curriculums or tools out there. These are just ones that we’ve used in the past or are using currently.
Before we begin, I do want to give a shout out to local public libraries. Not being in the States right now and with no access to a library where the titles are in my primary language, I do mourn the loss of a library with physical books in it that I can check out. We’ve been fortunate to be able to check out many books in e-reader format, but it’s just not the same. So please, please, consider your local library as you look into how you can educate your child or supplement their education from home. Another resource for potentially “checking out” a book is archive.org . This is how we’re doing the majority of our supplemental readings this year, although I much prefer holding a hard copy of a book, especially picture books for younger readers.
AmblesideOnline We used this curriculum for five years and will use it with modifications for our two first-graders this year (although will not be using it with our oldest two.) I cannot recommend everything that the curriculum suggests, but it is a very good place to start for “crisis schooling,” as many of the texts are in the public domain or found easily on kindle for under $5. If you have questions on how to use AmblesideOnline or how to find the curriculum for your child’s grade, message me or comment below, and I’ll do my best to help.
Hoffman Academy (we no longer use)
X-tra Math (A supplemental “flash-card” style app. This does not substitute as a primary means of math instruction.)
ULAT: 3 years of French and Spanish instruction for an entire family, and I have a link for you to go to so that you’d get it for $45 instead of the usual $60. We’ve found it well worth it (and we didn’t even have the discount!) He always also has the first 15 lessons for free, so you should at least give it a try!
DuoLingo is also a free app, but it is much more suited to adult users or older kids who can spell, as points are given for proper spelling, and this has been a deterrent to my kids as they learn the language.
Again, this is not an exhaustive list. I will probably add more to it, as I try to remember what we’ve used in years past. Last year and this coming year have been extremely limited due to where we live. But there are tradeoffs, and we just have to be flexible.
For books that curriculums suggest, I’ve had a lot of luck in the past at thrift stores, library sales, and used bookstores online. BetterWorldBooks often has sales on “clearance” or “bargain bin” books. AbeBooks is a good website to source out of print books.