Question about homeschooling?
So here is my question:
Is there a good homeschooling program out there with reasonable prices? I have one daughter who is going into 9th grade, and a son who is going into 5th.
Many thanks in advance,
I have never spent that much money – nor do I plan to.
I start by going to the local bookstore. They have a decent variety of curriculums for under $30. You can then supplement that with specific requirements that you feel you need to meet.
You can look in your local yellow pages (www.realpages.com) for educational stores.
Some school districts open up their book depositories to homeschoolers for their used textbooks for reasonable prices.
You can also check amazon.com for used textbooks.
You can also look into online schooling through your district if you feel more comfortable with that.
As far as traveling while homeschooling – that is a more valuable life experience than a textbook would ever offer. Why not study the local language and ways? Study history first hand where you are.
If you are going to maintain the same home address then you should be fine with getting them evaluated when you return. However I would be sure to provide the district with your overseas contact information so that they can reach you by mail if need be.
If you are Catholic or willing to use a Catholic program www. chcweb.com has quite a few free lesson plans and very cheap books.
Or you could buy Usborne books for science and social studies and buy an actual math book like Saxon – which isn’t colorful or entertaining but the child is able to teach himself, or Horizon – which is very colorful and cute but requires more time from the parent. These 2 choices cost about $70 new from the company’s web sites or MUCH CHEAPER through ebay. I got entire sets including teachers answer keys and student workbooks for $30 brand new still in shrink wrap. I prefer Horizon for the younger kids and Saxon for the older.
Reading, just go to the library, check out books and if you want you can read them and type up your own questions for them. I really think math is the only one a home school book is necessary to own. The other subjects can be checked out.
A Beka also has a DVD option where a teacher gives the lessons on DVD and they send all of the materials necessary. Even that is less than 2 or 3 thousand dollars a month…MUCH less.
I know many people who successfully homeschool their children without using a formal curriculum-they either unschool or create their own curriculum (with little to no cost involved).
Keep searching, you will find the right material for your children.
Use the free resources around you. If you do some searches on google you are guaranteed to find some good stuff out there to use- you really have to take the time and put in the right keyword to find the stuff. Use the library. Go on fieldtrips. They will learn from everyday life. Use learning DVD’s.
I am making up my own daughter’s curiculumn from a list of skills she will need to know someday to go to college.
The basics are a love for reading, spelling and writing, math skills, and some history and science is important, but the three R’s are the most important.
http://www.amblesideonline.com is a free online curriculum based on Charlotte Mason’s works – you will have to do some work!
You can google Free unit studies, http://www.homeschooloasis.com has good highschool ideas, forms, etc
http://www.timberdoodle.com has good recommendations,etc.
You will have to spend some money most likely, although you can utilize your library, free unit studies,etc. But it doesn’t HAVE to be thousands of dollars.
If you simply must have a “program”, see if your state has a virtual academy. Technically, these are a branch of the public school, but it is free and you may have some options as to how you implement it in your home and what classes the kids take.
There are also several universities that offer “distance learning” programs for K-12 (I know Texas Tech offers one, and you don’t have to live in Texas, either). Through these programs, you pay per child, per course, per semester. It looks like the elem. program runs $95 per semester per course (x 4 courses) plus the text. High school courses are $125 per course per semester (x 6 courses) plus any required texts. Looks like this may cost just as much as some of those programs you’ve looked at (at least at the high school level). Of course, the great thing is that this program is accredited.
PEople here talk of $200, $300, $400
It will TAKE an investment. If you can’t invest, stick with public schools!
Work books and text books are only like $20 or $25 dollars each at places like Barnes and Noble of Amzon.
You can find USED books at THRIFT STORES, LIBRARIES who sell off their old books.
If you want to beat the school system you have to invest
A small microscope
A $100 telescope
That will teach MORE astronomy first hand than ANY highschool course!
A $100 telescope is a $2,000 education investment in realative terms.
If YOU aren’t smart or you can’t invest, you shouldn’t be homeschooling. IT’s that simple
My mother paid $1,200 to send me to private electornics school and learn television
She bought me a $100 telescope
She bought me a $200 tape recorder
She bought me a $200 video camera
And I turned that stuff into a Career
In Los Angeles the SHOPS (plastics, metal, electronics, fibre glass) each have $2,000 bench drills, not some $50 Skill or Black and Decker drill
The Photo Labs have Bessler Color Enlargers, Elapse timers that cost $100, trays that cost $40 each.
If you can’t invest, you can’t teach.
Go back to Middle or High school which has the resources or get a second job and INVEST
Or let them FALL by the way side
We use library resources. We can search on line from home and reserve video, audio, CD Roms, and books on any subject that is our current interest.
This way takes more time and effort but it is our only choice.
We live in a state that does not dictate the curriculum for home schoolers. We concentrate on reading, writing and math. Science, History, Geography, current events, computer applications, and other areas of interests are what we consider as ‘student directed’ learning.
Home schooling, for us, is very cheap, dollar wise. It takes time but it is time well spent and enjoyable.
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