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Homeschooling on a Shoestring
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!
Great Sites for Free Resources
- Free resources from Teacher Created Materials
Search over 400 lesson plans for every and any subject!
- The Homeschool Mom
The HomeSchool Mom is home to thousands of quality, hand-picked resources including homeschooling lesson plans, unit studies, software, webquests, websites and more.
- Homeschool Share
Homeschool Share is a on-line cooperative effort of several homeschooling moms to provide free but quality literature-based unit studies and resources.
Ambleside Online is a curriculum guide and booklist designed to follow Charlotte Mason's method of homeschooling. Each year/grade has a list of books to lay out what resources will need to be collected or purchased, and an optional weekly schedule ba
- Free Educational Podcasts
Homeschool with your Ipod! Lots of science, some history and even some math podcasts are all available for FREE.
- Easy Fun School
EasyFunSchool.com has over 1,500 pages of free unit studies, science projects, recipe and craft ideas, history activities & many other resources to make homeschooling more enjoyable for both child and parent!
- Storyline Online
Watch video and hear favorite children's books read aloud for free. Stories are read by actors from the Screen Actors Guild. All stories have lesson ideas and activities to go with them. It's all FREE!
- Simply Charlotte Mason
This site is dedicated to helping you homeschool your children using the Charlotte Mason method and wonderful philosophy of education. Whether you're looking for great living books, a free Book of Centuries, ideas for narration, the CM Organizer - a
- Free Language Lessons Online from Live Mocha!
You want your children to learn another language? Here is a great place to start. Live Mocha has free online lessons in many different languages. My kids do the Spanish version and they are really learning!
Charlotte Mason Resources
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...
Everything you need to know throughout your child's homeschool journey.