Save Money on Homeschool Curriculum
People who homeschool their children understand that everything that you buy for your child's education is not tax deductible and it is usually very expensive. Going through the home school experience ourselves, we have found some fantastic ways to save a lot of money on homeschool curriculum and homeschool software. With some of these methods you have to be creative, and with some you have to just have a frugal mindset. All in all I think it will help people who are homeschooling save some of their hard earned money.
I will get into paper curriculums in a moment, but the first thing I want to cover is the computer software curriculums. Namely the most famous and well known is the Alpha Omega's Switched on Schoolhouse series. This software comes with a hefty price tag of nearly $350 for a single grade level.
Now the nice thing about this software is that you can keep it and use it for all of your children. However, you'll still need paper for handwriting etc. This will teach them the "book smart" lessons, but not the skills of handwriting. It's a fantastic software suite that I highly suggest, but it does cost a lot of money.
If you would like to save money on the Switched on Schoolhouse suite, buy it used always. Even though a lot of times these software companies sell you on the "latest features" keep in mind that the features of 2 years ago are probably still good & highly polished. Buying used original software is a fantastic way to cut the price of this curriculum in half and save you a virtual fortune through your child's (or children's) school years.
The next thing I want to discuss is the paper curriculums. There are many of them out there. People often don't understand that paper curriculums are not always what they are advertised to be. Often the student workbooks are as thick as 4 quarters stacked up and printed on thick paper. I have found that it is far better to search the internet for free printable work sheets.
You can select grade levels and print these work sheets on your home printer. This is a much cheaper and easier way to educate your child and undoubtedly will save you a lot of money. As for printing the curriculum, I also suggest that you use a laser printer and never an inkjet. Inkjet ink is incredibly expensive and the most common cause of failure is the ink drying out.
If people would make the small investment up front and shell out for a laser printer, which toner never dries out, they'll save a vast fortune on the price of ink. 40,000 homeschool pages printed for 5 children on the same printer that I've had for 8 years. I've changed the toner 1 time. You can save so much money while homeschooling simply by printing off a laser printer.
Always keep a frugal mindset when purchasing any homeschool curriculum. Remember used is always best, the library is your free friend, and that curriculum often customized for your child usually works best and is cheaper.
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