Low Cost Homeschooling



For many who have chosen to homeschool, money can be non-existent. Living on one income in a two income society can be difficult. We have found ourselves many times scanning ebay to save a few dollars on quality curriculum, because let’s face it, while not as expensive as private school, most of the time it is still more expensive than public school. Although, once you factor in the gifts for the teacher, special snacks and parties, decent clothes and specific shoes for gym, it may tend to equal out! One year we found ourselves in a very tight financial situation . That year I ended up homeschooling 4 kids for $300 dollars total. That is $85 dollars per child! You can cut the cost even further! Here are some ways you can cut costs in your homeschooling.

Decide what your purpose is for homeschooling. It is much easier if both you and your spouse agree on your purpose of homeschooling. For instance, do you desire for them to know the classics? Do you want to instill in them a love of learning? Do you desire for them to view everything from a Biblical world view? Pray, pray, pray about this decision! This is vital to shaping your child’s character in his or her life. It may be one or many or none of these, but it is important for you to know! This will shape your curriculum choices.

One of the first places I looked was the library. We live in an amazing state where many of the libraries are connected online, so all I had to do was look up books that I could see the outline of them then look up my library catalog on my computer and place holds on books throughout the year. We chose to do this with the Life of Fred books this year, which have been an invaluable resource in our homeschooling! We have also looked up Literature, Geography and Science books, and Languages!

The next place we looked was online. Easy Peasy All In One Homeschool has been a great FREE complete resource for us. I have found the math to be very complete and cohesive for my 1st, 2nd ,4th and 5th grader. They link to many online sites that are also great for education. I love the fact that I don’t have to sign up for anything, just the use of the internet was enough. Another resource that was great for teaching math facts as well as fast recall was xtramath.org. It really helped most of my children learn their math facts.

I have also seen that there are some scholarships around that may help you. Some people are also comfortable with the online public schools while others are not. The online public schools do seem to provide you with the necessities to home school, but you do not get a say in curriculum, so some people are not comfortable with it.

So don’t lose hope because money is tight! Good homeschooling can be done with very little expense. We have so many resources at our fingertips, that cost does not have to be an option. Pray, talk it over, decide what your purpose is, then go and use your resources to make it work for you!

(Check out some other free resources for homeschooling here~Jenny)

Janelle is a homeschooling mom to 4 of her 7 kids. She loves encouraging other moms in the overwhelming world of parenting and homeschooling! Her kids make her laugh and shake her head in horror on a daily basis! She uses her Norwex business to help them clean up the messes they leave behind!

 

Unicorn Slime

Many young girls today just love unicorns. My daughter is one of them. These beautiful fun creatures tend to leave these young girls hopeful. This unicorn craze has opened many doorways too for young girls craft: from unicorn poop icing to unicorn cupcakes and more.

My daughter tends to watch YouTube videos of various crafts from baking, to art, to hands on diy type things. She recently found a few different unicorn slime videos, and we decided to look into some of them for her upcoming birthday party as gifts to give out to guests. The one that really stood out to us that she truly wants to do is the one we are going to share with you. It is fluffy unicorn slime.

You will need the following items to make this:

Borax (1 tsp)

Warm water (1 c)

White glue (1/2 c)

Shaving cream (2 c)

Eye drops (1 tsp)

Food coloring

Glitter

How do you make it? It’s simple. First, you’ll dissolve the borax in the warm water. Then, in a mixing bowl you’ll take the white glue and shaving cream and mix them together. Next, you’ll add some food coloring to desired color and glitter (optional). Mix it together. Then, add the borax solution 1 tsp at a time until the mixture comes away from the sides of bowl. Then, add the eye drops and knead until it becomes slime.

You want it to be smooth, stretchy, and fluffy. Make sure it’s not sticky. It’s a fun craft for the kids that’ll give them something to play with for a week or two as long as you keep it in an air tight container when not in use. Now your little girl can enjoy unicorn slime too!

Misty is a mama of 2 special needs kids, one of which she virtual schools.  She is a wahm (you can check out one of her sites HERE) who enjoys being involved in her kids’ lives both in and out of school. She enjoyed writing and crafting, being outdoors but especially being at home snugging her babies.

Valley of Vision-Meeting God

I absolutely LOVE using the Valley of Vision prayers in my time with the Lord.  I commend it to you greatly.  Here is the one titled “Meeting God.”

Great God, In public and private in sanctuary and home,
may my life be steeped in prayer,
filled with the spirit of grace and supplication,
each prayer perfumed with the incense of atoning blood.
Help me, defend me, until from praying ground I pass to the realm of unceasing praise.
Urged by my need,
invited by thy promises,
called by thy Spirit,
I enter thy presence,
worshipping thee with godly fear,
awed by thy majesty, greatness, glory,
but encouraged by thy love.
I am all poverty as well as all guilt,
having nothing of my own with which to repay thee,
But I bring Jesus to thee in arms of faith,
pleading his righteousness to offset my iniquities,
rejoicing that he will weigh down the scales for me,
and satisfy thy justice.
I bless thee that great sin draws out great grace,
that although the least sin deserves infinite punishment because done against an infinite God. Yet there is mercy for me, for where guilt is most terrible there thy mercy in Christ is most free and deep.
Bless me by revealing to me more of his saving merits, by causing they goodness to pass before me, by seeking peace to my contrite heart.
Strengthen me to give thee no rest until Christ shall reign supreme within me, in every thought, word and deed. In a faith that purifies the heart, overcomes the world, world by love, fastens me to thee, and ever clings to the cross.

May this bless your mediation today, Mamas!

~Jenny