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.


Laura Lane said...


I understand how you feel. We have had hard times for the last 9 years. Somehow, some way, I've schooled my children. Lots and lots of library books! My dollars go first to math. I cannot make that up on my own. I've heard of a curriculum called Ambleside that is on-line and free. It's Charlotte Mason style. You might Google it and see if it's of help to you.

Blessings to you!
Homeschooler since 1995
Harvest Lane Cottage

lexie robinson said...

This is a great story. When you are meant to do something it will happen and you are meant to homeschool this year. Great work!