The typical homeschooler pays for supplies, books, curriculum, any extra supplies for labs, art or music classes, travel expenses for field trips and all food. Basically the homeschooler pays for it all, and is not reimbursed or given a tax credit for any of these expenses.
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While the costs of schooling your students yourself may seem daunting, most thrifty homeschooling families find ways to afford it and - in the end - find the process very worthwhile.
Home School Curriculum -
As a thrifty homeschooler you may wonder what curriculum to use for your budding student(s).
Begin by finding out the curriculum regulations in your area. Check with your school district.
Next check with local Homeschooling groups to see what curriculum they use. You don't have to use what they are using
but it will give you a direction.
Visit worldbooks.com for a comprensive list by age of suggested curriculum. This list is helpful even for the seasoned thrifty home school family.
Occasionally the curriculum you choose doesn't work once you start using it. That is one of the many advantages of homeschooling - you can be flexible. You can abandon anything that isn't working and adopt something that is.
However, once you have chosen a curriculum, try to stick to it if you can. If you change your mind often, you will spend a fortune and have your student going in too many directions.
Classes In Public -
Many areas offer classes to homeschoolers for subjects that may be difficult to set up at home.
Some charge a small fee, some are taught by other parents of homeschoolers, some are offered through the public school system, and some are offered by local colleges.
Don't overlook these classes. They are often very worthwhile, especially the classes with labs (such as science) or art, music
or physical education classes.
Public schools also will generally allow home schooled students to join the school sports teams. Another good way
to expand your students experiences.
Classes On Line -
The internet is a valuable tool in homeschooling for students and parents.
The following link gives a comprehensive course for parents on the ins and outs of homeschooling. This course is perfect for the family just beginning homeschooling as well as the seasoned vetrans. Homeschool Coaching Online Course
Home School Books -
For some thrifty books visit any of the following sites;
These two sites offer a way to trade books with other homeschoolers - www.BookMooch.com
Homeschooling the High School Student -
When a homeschooled student enters the high school years many parents begin to wonder if they will
be able to adequately teach them some of the high school subjects. Use your resources. Get involved in a homeschooling group. They can help you find curriculum, classes or tutors to get your student through high school.