Homeschooling can be so expensive! In this post we share tips on how you can homeschool for free or at the very least save money on homeschooling.
If not well checked, homeschooling can create a considerable drain on your bank account. There’s no shortage of resources to buy, books, crafts, planners and ever-changing curriculums. For homeschooling moms, this might make you not want to homeschool at all. But don’t give up just yet. You can find a way to either homeschool for free or at least save some money while homeschooling using the seven tips offered below!
7 Ways to Homeschool for Free
Here are seven specific ways to homeschool for free, or at the very least save some money on your homeschooling. Scroll down for 30+ links to some of our favorite free resources.
1. Find a free curriculum
Homeschooling curriculums are plentiful and it could be a challenge trying to learn which one gives you value for your money. I know – I feel like we’ve tried them all! Before you spend any money on a curriculum, consider taking a look at the curriculums made available for free online. You will be pleasantly surprised to learn that many of these free curriculums are not only certified but contain content that is perfectly suited for what your kids are supposed to learn. Make sure you check to see if they meet the requirements of your province or state.
2. Find free books and magazines online
There is no shortage of books, magazines and other learning material online that you can use at your convenience. Find free Kindle books on Amazon and download books from other places online too. These books can be extremely valuable. Find ones that are age-appropriate and suited to your style of teaching. These can sometimes replace textbooks, but are often a great addition to them as well.
3. Use the Internet as a free resource
You can find information on almost anything on earth online. Go online and find videos, articles and even teaching aids that are offered completely free by other people. Use a blog (such as this one) to find information on homeschooling, challenges homeschooling families face, their successes and tips on how you too can homeschool successfully. Follow what others have done in the past and you could stumble on something important that will enable you to school for free or on a limited budget.
4. Do not buy new, buy old
You can save quite a lot of money if you decide to buy used resources, instead of buying new resources all the time. Find flea markets, garage sales and thrift shops where you can source crafts, used books and other material to help with your homeschooling. There are also often local or regional homeschooling fairs where you can find used homeschooling curriculums for sale or to trade too.
5. Use the local library
This may seem outdated to those of us of the internet generation, but the local library has a lot of books and material that could enable you homeschool for free. Our local library, for example, has a program and app called Mango which teaches all kinds of different languages! Make a visit to the library and see if you can locate these types of materials for yourself.
6. Use the community around you
There’s a wealth of experience and wisdom among the members of your community. Engage them sometimes when you want your kids to learn from others. You can also plan a quick visit to the fire station, or police station and ask them for a tour. Most people will be glad to be of assistance. The kids will be able to go on a field trip without the need to spend money. Plus, there are local homeschool groups and co-ops. Our kids have had the opportunity to play sports, learn band instruments, take dance lessons and drama classes simply because the parents traded teaching what they each knew.
7. Use the TV and radio programs
Search out the TV and radio programs that are designed specifically to teach the kids about a number of things around them. Some of these stations are specifically dedicated to learning and they could be a great free resource for your kids. A lot of the time, they’d be learning from experts in a field too, so the learning would be extremely pertinent.
30+ Free Homeschool Resource Links
Again, it’s hard sometimes to find what you need with so much out there on the internet. So that’s why we’ve taken the time to compile a list of some of our favorite free resources that will help you with homeschool. See our list below and check them out for yourself, but don’t stop there. You can spend some time researching and finding even more resources to work for your needs.
You should also get creative with it and think of resources that may not fall directly under “homeschooling” but can still be used as such. For example, do you homeschool a study who likes to code? There are many great resources for coding online. Do you have a budding artist? You can look for tutorials on YouTube. This list is just the beginning.
- Build (LEGOS) with Chrome Online
- Elementary Printable Library Organization System
- Spring Number Activities Printable Set
- Homeschool Tracker
- Butterfly Study Worksheet Packet
- Donna Young – Lesson Plans
- Homeschool Scheduling with Printables
- 7 Step Planner
- Kids Art Zone
- Timeline of Art History
- Art Projects for Kids
- Video Art Lessons from Deep Space Sparkle
- Art Prints
- Printable, grade level art lessons from Concordia University
- Classics for Kids
- Music Theory Web
- Mini Literature Study on Favorite Greek Myths
- Hoffman Academy
- Just for Kids French
- Japanese 1 with Video Lessons
- Headventure Land
Online Reading Assessments for Homeschoolers.
- Salsa Spanish
- Kids Health in the Classroom
- Harcourt Health and Fitness
- Parts of Speech and Sentences Cheat Sheet for Grades 4-9
- Color Words Printable Worksheets Pack
- Plant Life Cycle Notebook Printables
- Free Resources for Frog Life Cycle
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Notebooking Printables
- Printable Resource Pack for Teaching Kids to Spell
- Free Famous Composers Study Resources
- The Ultimate Guide to Playing the Piano
- Free Spanish Resources
With this list you can build your own curriculum – or supplement a paid one.
At one time or another throughout our homeschooling years (thirteen of them so far!), we’ve used many of these methods and resources to help us save money on our homeschooling.
What methods have you employed to help you save money on homeschooling or to homeschool for free?