Friday, July 12, 2013
Affording to Home School
With money being tight, it seems I may not be able to purchase the curriculum I would like to for home schooling. It caused me a little anxiety at first when I realized we may not be able to "afford" home schooling this year. How in the world can we home school if we don't have a curriculum? I live in a state with some fairly strict home schooling laws. Unschooling in my state is difficult, if not impossible, at least for me.
Anyhow, as I sighed and lamented my lack of all those cute workbooks and lesson plans I see in all those home schooling catalogs flooding my mailbox, I realized something. Yes, a blessing. Yes, a call to work. Yes, creativity.
A few years ago, my neighbor invited me over to the one room schoolhouse on his property to take whatever schoolbooks out of the enclosed bookcase I wanted. This grades 1-8 schoolhouse closed in the 1950's or 1960's, but left almost everything in it. Over the years, my neighbor has cleaned it out for use for storage and critters have damaged a lot of things, but I have schoolbooks. Lots of them! Classical schoolbooks!
It's going to take a LOT of work on my part to put my own curriculum together, but it sounds fun! Imagine reporting my curriculum to the school district. Yes, superintendent, I am using the school district curriculum....from 50 to 100 years ago!!!!!
If finances improve, I will probably still order from the catalogs, but for now, it is nice to know that we won't have to go without.
I was also told about EasyPeasy homeschooling.