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A blog about one family's adventure in homeschooling on a budget

Is Free Education Too Cheap?

Newcomers to home education may ask themselves if it is ok to spend less on education. When it comes to our children we feel we should give them the best in essential provisions. If we care enough to be sure they get fresh fruits and home cooked foods then shouldn't we be equally concerned with educational quality? You get what you pay for after all.

This does not necessarily hold true for education even though the notion of free education usually goes in hand with a collection of outdated books and things that do not flow together leaving huge gaps in knowledge. Cheap does not have to mean old and better thrown in the trash in this day and age.

The best things can be frugal!

-Know your curriculum. If you choose a curriculum, become familiar with the editions you will need for the upcoming year. You can hunt for discounted books or second hand ones with confidence that you can rule out any that are no longer in use.

-Select a method that allows for natural learning and real books. Real books can be a great source of information and often have more in depth coverage of topics than a textbook that offers a condensed view on a broad range of study.

-Use the internet. The internet can be a great resource for educational tools like printable flashcards, games, virtual tours, photographs and printable activity sheets. There are now options for entire curriculum options online for low or no cost.

-Use your local library. Many branches now offer a large variety of educational books, movies, kits and even books from curriculum publishers. You don't have to stop at just getting novels or fictional books for the kids to read.

-Check second hand and discounted books carefully. If you find some low priced materials, look it over carefully to be sure the material is still relevant. With homeschooling becoming more common, the availability of quality books has risen but there are still many old books that are better left on the shelf out there.

The most important thing is to be familiar with your educational plan and follow it when you are looking for materials if you want to be sure your children are getting a good education. Just like any good deal, it's only good if you can really use it and need it.




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September 24, 2010 6:35 AM

Caron Smith said:

We rely heavily on the internet and library. Also, I belong to a home schooling club, so often we borrow materials from each other. Our local library has an annual home school curriculum fair, where families can buy and sell sued materials. I once picked up an old typing book for 25 cents, and taught my son keyboarding. (Sometimes out-of-date is OK.) Conversely, some things are well worth the price. My 16-year old wanted to learn German, which I know very little about. He's doing very well with Rosetta Stone. We belong to the homeschool buyers co-op, so we can get group discount rates on Rosetta Stone and other materials. We may pay more, but we're still paying less than some families around here who have to pay some hefty "registration fees" at the public schools.

September 24, 2010 9:57 AM

Mo joe said:

Like she said...

September 24, 2010 7:27 PM

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