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March 2, 2016 Edition 
Homeschooling on a Budget (Discounted Programs and Curriculum)
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I have known moms who have spent very little money on their homeschool curriculum, and I have met families who spent thousands of dollars on their homeschooling. No matter what budget you have, even if nothing, homeschooling is possible (just google homeschooling free, homeschooling on the cheap, or thrifty homeschooling). A Bible, a library card, and a computer, and you are set--and you don't even have to have a computer, as most libraries have them available. But what about the average homeschool--how much is spent?
Dr. Brian Ray, president of the National Home Education Research Institute (, surveyed nearly 12,000 homeschooling families and found that the average expenditure was about $400-$599 per home educated student.  That is exponentially less than a private school education, and if you factor in the lunches, clothes, shoes, transportation, fundraisers, and babysitting costs, it is even cheaper than a public school education.
Unlike the public school system, you don't need to pour more money into education to achieve a better outcome. In fact, it matters little how much money is spent on a homeschooler's education. From the very least to the most money spent, homeschoolers succeed academically, because it's not the amount of money spent, it's the environment of home education that makes it successful: parents investing their time, talents, and treasures into their own children.
Okay, so now is a good time to start making your lists of books and supplies for the next school year. For your own budget, it helps to decide what is necessary and what is extra. Make a list of the core subjects you have decided for each child. Don't purchase anything extra until you've gotten the core subjects covered. Next, start going on treasure hunts for the best prices, or have your older children do the research. You may, like me, even find used homeschool books and curricula at thrift stores for pennies on the dollar. Start putting aside a little extra money here and there for next year's field trips or extracurricular activities.
Pray over each child, and ask God what they need. He is a good provider; I have heard countless stories of God's provision for the homeschool journey.
No matter what the cost, home discipleship will be the best investment you've ever made. If you are still deciding what to do with your children this next year, don't worry about the expense--worry about your children, and bring them Home Where They Belong.
"Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding" (Proverbs 4:7).
"Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates" (Deuteronomy 6:4-9).

For further help, here are three articles from our archives on the subject:

Demme Learning 

Raising Real Men    

We were delighted to hear the topic for this week's Homeschool Minute:  Low Cost Curriculum. To those of us that have been homeschooling awhile, it seems like a lot of people think they have to spend tons of money to homeschool. Not true!

You really don't have to spend much money to homeschool. You can, of course. You can sign up for lots of expensive classes, and order the newest editions of the priciest programs, but that doesn't mean you'll necessarily be giving your children any more than someone who spends less.

Some of the very best curricula out there can be gotten very cheaply used. Honestly, middle school math or elementary grammar hasn't changed much. Why not get an older edition from eBay, Amazon, or a used curriculum sale or store? We're still using some of the books we bought twenty years ago for our first. Often, they're just as good as the new stuff and a whole lot cheaper.

You can also use free resources. Let's say you want to put something together for elementary school science for your kids, and they're interested in birds. Do some initial research on the Internet, and think through what you want to cover. Head to the library, and grab some books on every level (picture books, easy readers, children's, youth, and adult books) on the subject. Bring them home, and start reading. Get directions on the Internet to build a bird feeder. Identify the birds that come to your feeder with guides from the library or the Internet. Call your local extension agent and ask if you can borrow an incubator and hatch eggs. They usually provide everything you need, including fertile eggs, and you take the chicks back when you're done. Schedule a field trip with a local bird or raptor rescue center. At the end, you'll have a terrific learning experience for the cost of some gas and bird seed.

It looks a little different for high schoolers, but even at the highest levels, it can still be done very cheaply. Let's say you want to do a Great Books course to study literature and history. Choose a time period, and look online for Classic book lists. An older college level text can usually be gotten for less than $10 used online. Use the online lists and texts to structure your study. Most college texts are very readable by homeschooled high schoolers. If you were studying early American History, all the primary source documents you can imagine are free online. Get them reading them and writing about them. Your high schooler can have a better, more thorough course than they would at nearly any school in the country.  You can call it a college level course on their transcript, and it costs less than taking the family to eat from the dollar hamburger menu!

In case you're wondering what to do with all the money you'll save, we've recently realized that to actually produce some of the resources folks keep asking for--and that we think are very important--we need some help. Several people suggested Patreon, and so we set up an account. If you want to be a part of what we're doing, head over here:  Regardless of whether you can help or not, we appreciate you!


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The Familyman 
Fact: My wife is the budget gal and I'm the non-budget guy. It works out good for me, because she makes sure to divide up all the money into little piles, so we have the money for a certain thing when we need it. She's amazing.

Here's the rub: Since I'm the non-budget guy, sometimes I go off budget, and it throws off the piles. It feels fun and flexible to me, but what it does is cause stress for my wife.

Truth is, I don't have any "Homeschooling on a Budget" ideas (My wife could probably give you a dozen.). But I will say that if you are married to a budget guy, and you don't stick to the budget, you stress him out, and it's hard for him to be happy about homeschooling and you.

Go ahead and talk to your budget guy, figure out a number for homeschool supplies & curriculum, and then stick to it. I'm convinced if you need more, God will fill in the blanks.

Have a great week ... spring is coming!!!!

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Patriotic Penmanship, Grade 1, by Mary Ellen Tedrow from Laurelwood Books, is a single workbook to help teach manuscript writing on the first grade level. The book consists of sixty-five pages. This book can be used alone but is also in a series of higher grade levels if you wish to continue. This book uses scripture, hymns, and words from patriots to teach handwriting skills. It is set up in thirty lessons that start with a short sentence followed by letter practice.  Next you have number practice, keywords, word pairs, and then the full quote. There are tracing words then room to write on your own. The price of the book is $12.95. ( . . .)
There are several pros of this book. One it is Christian based so that always earns a point in my book. However this book also uses quotes from famous patriots as well. I really enjoyed that because it actually gave us some starting points to expand our learning into other areas such as history. My daughter thought it was neat to see the quotes, and to be able to look them up to learn a little more about the speaker. Also I like how each lesson is set up, instead of just opening a book with A-Z learning, you have actual lessons to work on. This helped break it up for my daughter so she knew what to expect. She is dyslexic and never ending pages overwhelm her. Most of the wording was simple and fairly easy to sound out. The work also progresses through the book to show improvement in word and sentence writing, and not just copying letters. This is a great book for Christian homeschoolers.
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