Welcome to our website, Budget Homeschooling! We homeschool on a budget.
Our goal here is to provide lessons plans and curriculum plans that help you homeschool for either free or on a super tight budget. As we know, not everyone can get financial assistance with their homeschool materials. There are laws to follow, that vary from state to state, which must be followed. Our state is Texas, which is pretty lenient on homeschoolers, I admit, but I try to provide you with information and curriculum that will help you. If you need something I have not yet provided here, by all means, let me know! I just may not have published it.
You might say, budget homeschooling? Is that possible? Yes, actually, it is! If you didn’t know this, or you feel overwhelmed with homeschool planning, stick around, because this is the place to find help.
I am a single parent with two sons, one grandson, one daughter-in-law, three dogs and a goat. Don’t ask about the goat. 😉 We have homeschooled for 14 years and probably look like it too.
I actually did not start my oldest son in homeschool until he reached the third grade. He had begged me for years, and I was working full time, but when my special needs son was born, I launched in. So, obviously, my special needs son has always been homeschooled, and I am working on that grandson of mine.
My special needs son is the only one homeschooling right now. He was born with a rare disorder, Prader-Willi Syndrome, and he is on the autism spectrum. Grade-level wise, he is at the middle school level, but curriculum wise, he is on a much lower level. I use several different curriculum guides to guide his school work. He struggles to do many things, academically, but I always focus on success and fun in his homeschooling.
With my oldest son, I used more classical curriculum, but again, I was on a budget, so I used inexpensive materials, which I supplemented. He was a voracious reader, so I always took him to the library. He completed history and science projects. He wrote me stories and nonfiction essays. We used notebooking pages for projects, and we read the Bible. He participated in chess club, Reader’s Theater, and Odyssey of the Mind. He even designed and built a chicken coop for our chickens.
The Homeschool Curriculum we use.
Here is the shocker. I rarely buy homeschool textbooks. You can get many different worksheets, creative projects and even books online, many times for free. Knowing your curriculum plan or having a scope and sequence will help you plan your children’s lessons inexpensively. Finding books at the library, or even scouring Amazon for free Kindle books, or even .99 books to read with your children, saves tons of money.
I do like to at least have a scope and sequence to direct me with where my son needs to learn. I really like the ABeka curriculum guide, but as I said, I don’t buy their school books. They are far too pricey, and honestly, too mature for my special needs son. I use a variety of downloadable lessons and activities, I either make, find for free, or purchase on Teachers Pay Teachers.
We regularly check out books at the library, download books from Amazon, and watch free YouTube educational videos my son likes. If I buy something, I scour Amazon for used or inexpensive resources. I buy art and school supplies from Dollar Tree, but watch for the Crayola markers to go on sale for $1 every year before school starts. There are some things that you just can’t let go of…
When my oldest son was in high school, I could not get around buying textbooks and paying for some classes. You can save money by looking for used books, or even buying access to the books online. But, as the kids approach graduation they will cost money. I used textbooks, online courses, co-op classes, and dual credit college courses (at the community college) to get my oldest through high school. It cost money, but I used the resources that we had.
Homeschool was not always my life. I taught in the public schools for fourteen years, in everything from special needs, middle school and elementary. My last two years of public school teaching were in third grade, and I co-wrote the science curriculum guide for our third grade. Organizing curriculum is my strength. I spent the first 8 years of teaching (before the test) without a curriculum, so it just prepared me to start homeschooling and write my own science curriculum!
You can ask me most anything, and I would know how to direct you!
Outside of teaching, I have been blogging and writing online for nearly 7 years.
Welcome to a part of our homeschool world.
We are so glad you are here. Come back frequently as I add updates. You will find a Back to School Planner and monthly lesson plans. Print them off and use them in your documentation. Once I get my science curriculum plan completed, I will add that too.
Most things on here will be free, along with some links to Amazon, which may help me earn money, so that I can support my own family. But, my goal here is to help you homeschool on a budget—your budget—and still educate your children well.