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Homeschooling on a Shoestring

Updated on November 15, 2014

Save money on Homeschooling Resources

Have you ever wanted to homeschool your children, but thought you just couldn't afford it?  There are so many whole, expensive curriculums out there.  Many of them are excellent, but they were certainly out of my price range.  I am here to tell you that you too, can homeschool on a shoestring.  I am a homeschooling mom of seven kids, and we live on one modest income.  But there are so many free resources for us.  One of the easiest places to start is your public library.  Use great books, "living books" for almost every subject and read, read, read to and with your kids.  Then check out some free websites like Homeschool Share and Teacher Created Materials (links below) to get lesson plans and ideas for preschool to high school in every and any subject.  Sign up for homeschooling newsletters and support groups and share your ideas with other homeschooling families. 

Become your librarian's best friend

The library has great free books and more!

You can find wonderful teaching resources at your library. Our library allows 100 books checked out at a time per card, and I am almost always up to my limit. The library has wonderful educational DVDs, CDs, books, resource materials. You name it, it's there. Why buy those books? Borrow them from your library!

Charlotte Mason Resources

A Charlotte Mason Companion: Personal Reflections on The Gentle Art of Learning(TM)
A Charlotte Mason Companion: Personal Reflections on The Gentle Art of Learning(TM)

Charlotte Mason believed that children should learn naturally. The Charlotte Mason method uses living books, with an emphasis on quality rather than quantity. Many homeschoolers employ her methods today. Here's how you can get started.

 

You don't need a special room to homeschool. We use our kitchen table!

The Homeschool Family

Tim Hawkins is an amazing comedian! Here's a fun take on homeschooling...

Home Learning Year by Year: How to Design a Homeschool Curriculum from Preschool Through High School
Home Learning Year by Year: How to Design a Homeschool Curriculum from Preschool Through High School

Everything you need to know throughout your child's homeschool journey.

 

So What do you think?

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    • Trudy Hanley profile image

      Trudy 

      4 years ago

      Great Information!! This is the help that anyone thinking about home schooling can use to get them started. Thanks.

    • Spiderlily321 profile image

      Spiderlily321 

      6 years ago

      Very good lens. I am currently homeschooling my 3 yr old and he is learning so much! I love homeschool and I think that more parents should consider doing it, if they are able to. Thank you for sharing. I wrote a lens about some of the tools I use to homeschool too

    • Spiderlily321 profile image

      Spiderlily321 

      6 years ago

      Very good lens. I am currently homeschooling my 3 yr old and he is learning so much! I love homeschool and I think that more parents should consider doing it, if they are able to. Thank you for sharing. I wrote a lens about some of the tools I use to homeschool too

    • TapIn2U profile image

      TapIn2U 

      7 years ago

      Homeschool can be fun plus you get to spend more time with your children. Yes, it helps save a lot of money, too. I enjoyed the video! Fantastic lens! Sundae ;-)

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      I homeschooled my two youngest kids, and I sure am glad that I did. Its true that we can save a lot of money by homeschooling. I would do it again.

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      miaponzo 

      7 years ago

      I think homeschooling is wonderful.. and thanks for all the resources!

    • Philippians468 profile image

      Philippians468 

      7 years ago

      homeschooling might not be for everyone, but boy is it a lovely way to impart precious values and lessons to our children while spending quality time with time! cheers

    • darciefrench lm profile image

      darciefrench lm 

      7 years ago

      Seems we're moving to homeschooling so I've been looking at the different options, I'll be back to check out more of how you do it -:)

    • JanieceTobey profile image

      JanieceTobey 

      7 years ago

      The Tim Hawkins youtube was great! My family homeschools as well, and love it!

    • Eighteen18 profile image

      Eighteen18 

      7 years ago

      lots of great links

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      Heather Burns 

      7 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      What a fantastic resource for homeschooling families! sharing with my daughter.

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      marsha32 

      7 years ago

      I came back to lensroll this with all of my homeschool related lenses and to give you a Squidoo Angel blessing as well. Have a great day.

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      kellenmadagan 

      7 years ago

      I'm homeschooled.

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      brmadagan 

      7 years ago

      I'm glad I'm homeschooled too!

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      awesomeamber 

      7 years ago

      same:)

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      Annamadagan 

      8 years ago

      I am so glad I am homeschooled!

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      SnoopyGirl1 

      8 years ago

      What a great lens! And the Tim Hawkins video is a hoot! I am posting it on FB! As far as tips on affordability, I find Spectrum products to be a great value at very little cost. My daughter loves them.

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      marsha32 

      8 years ago

      I will lensroll to my first homeschool lens that I built

      I've always been poor, but that hasn't stopped me from homeschooling since 1998

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      Donnette Davis 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      Hi there, have lensrolled this to my St Aiden's Homeschool lens http://www.squidoo.com/st-aiden-s-homeschool - great lens, 5 star rated - thank you

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      Jeanette 

      8 years ago from Australia

      You have collected some great resources here for homeschoolers. Thanks :-)

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      Lee Hansen 

      8 years ago from Vermont

      Lots of homeschool resources here ... saving for my daughter.

    • JoyfulPamela2 profile image

      JoyfulPamela2 

      8 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Hi Carol ~ I added this page as a featured lens on my "Best of Homeschool on Twitter" page. Tweet, tweet!

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      JoyfulPamela2 

      8 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      What do I think? I think you did a great job with listing some resources which will help people homeschool less expensively! I see you added the CurrClick ad - awesome! I lensrolled you to 3 lenses that I thought would coordinate with yours.

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