Creative Curriculum on a Creative Budget

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When we made the decision last February to homeschool (has it really been almost a year?), I knew one of the things I’d have to deal with was little to no budget for buying curriculum and supplies.  Our children were in Kindergarten and Pre-K and had been in public school for the first part of the year.  Our son, the oldest had attended Pre-K at the same school the year before.  I had been thinking about homeschooling for awhile, but it wasn’t until February last year that we finally made the decision to do it.  And as with most things, I jumped in feet first.

I had already been doing some checking online and had bookmarked a lot of websites that offered FREE resources.  I had also been checking out books at Dollar Tree, and even found some at Wal-Mart, so I knew I could at least get us started for a small amount of money.

Blogs like Confessions of a Homeschooler are a great place to find lots of free worksheets and printables.  If you have a small budget, you can also purchase her curriculum for $10!  TLS Books.com is another great resource for worksheets, and HandwritingWorksheets.com lets you choose what you want to put on the page for your young learner to practice writing.   Letter of the Week provides a weekly curriculum for your young learners.

Mrs. Perkins is literally over-flowing with words lists to work on with your students.

And don’t forget Pinterest!  Do a search for homeschool and your head will literally explode with all the resources that pop up.

If you’re looking for a complete curriculum, check out Easy Peasy Homeschool.  The work she has put in to putting this curriculum together for others to use at no charge is not only amazing, but a blessing!

If you have a small budget, you can check out SchoolhouseTeachers.com, TeachersPayTeachers.com and TeachersNotebook.com

You can find writing paper, bulletin board decorations, construction paper, crayons, markers, pencils, erasers, flash cards and more at Dollar Tree.  During certain times of the year, you can find workbooks for $1.00 in the dollar section at Target.  There are multiple groups on Facebook for homeschoolers to trade, buy and sell curriculum.

You can also search for online only things for your kids to work on, Spelling City.com is full of spelling lists; Starfall is great for learning to read.

And don’t forget to connect with homeschool moms you may know in your area.  They’re a great resource and may even have items they’d be willing to pass on to you!

With a little time and patience, you can put together a curriculum that will help to get you started on your homeschooling  journey!

alicia2Alicia lives with her husband, Lester and children, Aidan and Rori, in Oklahoma.  When she’s not homeschooling, Alicia enjoys quilting, baking, crafting, reading and scrapbooking.  You can follow their adventures in homeschooling, and life in general, at Walking In Faith.

 

 

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