A lot of people who decide to homeschool start off by purchasing a packaged curriculum, but once they gain some confidence they start making their own curriculum. This is not as difficult to do, as it may seem because if children are given a rich environment they can teach themselves a lot.
By using materials that you already have around the house, you can save a lot of money. In fact, a young child’s curriculum can mainly consist of crayons, construction paper, glue, scissors, old magazines, play doh, clay and the computer.
There are also a lot of dollar stores who have cheap materials that you can use. They have a lot of interesting and fun things within these stores. Such things as hard plastic farm and wild animals can be something that your children will enjoy playing with for several years. Other things that you can find there include maps, puzzles and clocks.
Another great place where you can purchase curriculum is at yard sales. It is truly amazing what you can find there. In order to find good things you are going to have to go to yard sales on a regular basis. Spend as many Saturday mornings at yard sales as you possibly can. If you only go once in a while you are not going to find everything that you need for a year but if you go on a regular basis you can get the majority of your curriculum there.
Of course, there are a lot of other ways in which you can save money by getting your materials for very cheap, if not free. Some of the other places that you should check are used bookstores, thrift shops and flea markets. Your local newspaper may be willing to give you the ends of their rolls of newsprint. This can come in handy for a lot of different projects. By simply using your creativity you will find that there is no end to the places where you can find ideas to save money.
Something that you should keep in mind is that you do not need a particular item right this minute. Take some time to look around before you purchase something so that you have time to decide if you really need or want it. By waiting you may find that someone in your local homeschool support group is getting rid of the item that you were looking for. So, make sure that you ask around before you purchase something new. You may even be able to barter or trade for lessons and classes that you cannot otherwise afford. There are also a lot of homeschool co-ops in which you can get together to share human resources.
One last great resource is your public library. Make sure that you use it. It is surprising how little some homeschoolers actually use their libraries. These libraries really do have enough materials to put together a unit study for almost any topic that you want to study. If they do not already have what you want or need you can always get it through an interlibrary loan. So, be sure that you go to the library at least once a week.
While the amount each family will spend on materials for their children will vary from one family to the next, by using these ideas you will be able to create a lot of great homeschool experiences while spending very little money.