It can be confusing and overwhelming to look over all of the homeschool curriculum offered by so many websites and publishers. How do you know what is the best match for you?
You KNOW can homeschool for free. But how does that work and how do you get started?
It can often be really hard to figure out what resources or what curriculum is going to work for YOUR kids, because kids are just so different. Some curriculum seems like it would be a great fit but when you actually get started with it you can see that it just doesn’t click with your child.
Sometimes all you can do is make your best guess, and be prepared to ditch it and move on if it doesn’t work out. It’s a lot easier to do that if you didn’t invest a lot of money in the materials you bought.
Then there are some homeschool resources that are just classics, and while you don’t need them because you can always find free things, you really ought to check them out and see what you think. Some of these you can count on finding at your local library or being sold used by other homeschoolers online, so you don’t have to spend to buy them new unless you really want to. What kind of resources am I talking about? Well, I’d say Joy Hakim’s History of Us is a good example of that. If you plan on teaching US history at any point, I would suggest that you ask your librarian if they have that one on the shelves. I like it so much that I have been buying the individual volumes one at a time on Ebay.
There are a lot of wonderful free homeschool resources out there, between the vintage textbooks that are now out of copyright and all of the open source educational material being created all over the world. It’s a wonderful time to be a homeschooler.
Isn’t this house beautiful? I don’t know whose house it is, but I would love to have a house like that to homeschool in. It looks so pretty and old-fashioned. Sorry for the random pics, LOL!
Okay, back to homeschooling. You can choose free resources for one subject, or mix and match different free resources or even a few free resources and a few paid resources for a full curriculum customized to your preferences. It’s your choice. You aren’t limited by grade levels either. And if you don’t like it, ditch it and try something else without feeling like you wasted your money.
You can also choose to supplement your favorite homeschool curriculum with some great free or low-cost finds. It’s not uncommon to find something amazing at your local thrift store!
Here is one of the few affiliate links you will find here on this website. I like Educents. If you are interested please click over there and rummage around. But it’s okay if you don’t.
Don’t forget to check out your local dollar store for deals on maps, posters, small whiteboards, and notebooks. Saving money on the basics like pencils means more money available to invest in the other things you know you are going to want to get to make your homeschooling experience more fun. Like glitter. No, seriously, you NEED glitter. Don’t let anyone tell you that you don’t. Everything is better with glitter.