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Top Five Sites for Homeschooling on a Shoestring Budget


I have yet to meet a homeschooling family that isn’t pinching a few pennies. For our family, to make this work we have foregone some of the extras others indulge in normally. To fill in the gaps, we rely upon community resources quite heavily. Here are a few of our favs.

1. I love Goodwill. We just picked up an UNUSED Discovery kids volcano science kit from a nearby location today. For, get this…$2.02 AFTER TAX! Since we’ve been meaning to create one together as a connection to our Ancient Rome (Pompeii) unit, this was a Godsend.

2. The library system in our county is amazing. The activities, including yoga, are free and are often presented by community businesses.

3. The parks and rec department is also an outstanding resource. The varied green spaces and playscapes provide ample opportunities for learning and play.

4. YMCA – a monthly membership to the Y provides additional recreation activities indoors. This going to be most helpful as temps dip.

5. The homeschool education associations have a plethora of tips and resources. In the beginning, they were most helpful as we sought a co-op to join. The state association has a page for field trip information that alerted us to the GA Aquarium’s homeschool days. Tickets for tree would normally exceed $90. We picked up tickets for a total of $26!

***Bonus #1: Pinterest has been a great help in drilling down resources and activities. A quick search leads to numerous activities. The teachers and moms/dads on the site have fun, inventive activities.

***Bonus #2: http://www.homeschoolshare.com has free unit studies for a wide range of topics. It was a really helpful when we began the lap booking journey.


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