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The School Room: Education at Home

A blog about one family's adventure in homeschooling on a budget
  • School Supply Sales July 23- 28 2012

    It's back to school shopping time! Don't miss out on the deals you can use all year for a frugal homeschool!

    Walgreens

    • .12 pronged two pocket folder
    • .49 Elmer's school glue
    • .69 loose leaf paper
    • .99 binders
    • .99 Crayola colored pencils
    • .79 Bic highlighters
    • .79 three subject notebook
    • .49 Papermate mechanical pencils
    • .39 five tab dividers, 10 pk sheet protectors, sticky notes, jumbo glue stick
    • .99 kids scissors
    • .29 erasers

    Office Depot

    • .10- rulers
       
       
    Walmart
     

    Staples

    .50 highlighters
    $1 multipurpose paper

    Kmart

    Target

    CVS

    Please note that prices or availability may differ in your area. Check your local stores to confirm products and prices.
  • Why Do People Homeschool?

    If you have decided to homeschool and are planning now, that is fantastic! You have plenty of time to build routines, research options and file before beginning. If you are still considering this educational option, I hope I can help you to make a decision.

    So why do people homeschool?

    I remember when we began homeschooling. Our friends and family thought we were doing something crazy and new. Education at home predates the American school system as it is known today. It is an ancient concept that has changed over the years and risen or dropped in popularity as a common method of education. It did not suddenly appear in the 1970s as some believed back in the 80s.

    In the 80s and 90s, it was common to homeschool for religious reasons or because we believed our children could recieve a more advanced education. Today, we homeschool for many reasons. There is one reason that we all share and that is we believe that home education is the best choice for our family.

    For my family, homeschooling is part of a whole life, whole family lifestyle. We live, play, learn and even work together as a family. My husband and I are able to see our children taught with the methods we believe in and can teach them the things we believe are important. Our children have a say in their own lives since we are open to hearing their opinions and strive to do what is right for each of them.


    Homeschooling; it's an experience in living and learning.

    Read more about homeschooling at The School Room:

    Benefits of Home Education http://community.stretcher.com/blogs/homeschool/archive/2010/02/17/the-benefits-of-home-education.aspx

    An Education Just For You http://community.stretcher.com/blogs/homeschool/archive/2010/02/20/an-education-just-for-you.aspx

    The Sick School http://community.stretcher.com/blogs/homeschool/archive/2008/12/07/the-sick-school.aspx


    Come and Discuss teaching the important things in The Dollar Stretcher http://community.stretcher.com/forums/t/26678.aspx

  • School Supply Sales Aug 21 - 27

    There are still sales so get you school and office supplies while prices are low!

     

    Walgreens

    • .99- composition notebook
    • 2/$1- Penway color pencils
    • .39 - indexd cards
    • .39 - tape
    • .39 - pencil sharpeners
    • .39- tape
    • $2.99- multipurpose paper
    • .39 - Penway pencils

     

    Office Depot

    • .01- one subject notebook
    • .50- binders
    • .50- multipurpose copy paper

     

    Walmart

    Staples

    Kmart

    Target

    CVS

     
     
     
     
     Please note that prices or availability may differ in your area. Check your local stores to confirm products and prices.
  • School Supply Sales August 14th- 20th

    Check your stores for the best prices on back to schol items!

     

    Walgreens

    • .79 - looseleaf paper
    • .79- highlighters
    • $1.99- 2 Pilot G2 pens
    • .29 - 24 ct. Penway crayons
    • .99 - 24 ct. Crayola crayons
    • .99 - Crayola markers
    • .99 - construction paper
    • $1.19 - five subject notebooks
    • $3.99- 8 pack Sharpie markers
    • .49 - scissors
    • .99 - 8 pk Ben pens
    • .49- one subject notebook

     

     
    Office Depot
     
    • .25- composition notebook
     

     

    Walmart
     
    • .75 looseleaf paper
    • .99 - Crayola crayons, markers and color pencils
    • .25- Crazy Art crayons
    • .20 - one subject notebooks
    • .40 - composition notebooks
     
     
     
     

    Staples

    •  .50- copy paper
    • .01 - looseleaf paper

     

    Kmart
     
    •   .25 - 24 ct Crayola crayons

     

     
    Target

     

    CVS
     
     
     
     
     Please note that prices or availability may differ in your area. Check your local stores to confirm products and prices.
  • School Supply Sales- August 7th - 13th

    Check your stores for the best prices on back to schol items!

     

    Walgreens

    • .99 - Expo markers
    • .39 - pencil sharpener
    • 6/$1- pronged folders
     
    Office Depot
     
    • .01 - Scholastic school glue
    • $1- multipurpose paper

     

    Walmart
     
     
     

    Staples

    •  .25 - binders
    • .25- 2 pk Sharpies
    • .50- jumbo paper clips
    • .01- 1 subject notebooks
    • .50 - pencil boxes
    • .50 - copy plus paper

     

    Kmart
     
    •   .25 - 24 ct Crayola crayons

     

     
    Target
    • .50- Rose Art marker
    • .20- pencil sharpener
    • .20- Rose Art glue
     
    CVS
     
     
     
     
     Please note that prices or availability may differ in your area. Check your local stores to confirm products and prices.
  • School Supply Sale July 24th - 31

    Check your stores for the best prices on back to schol items!

     

    Walgreens

    • .99 - Easy Touch pens
    • .99 - Crayola Colored Pencils
    • .39 -pencil sharpener
    • .69 - Papermate Profile pens

     

     
    Office Depot
     
    • .01 - pencil sharpener
    • .50 - Scholastic glue sticks
    • $1 - multipurpose paper
     
     
     
    Walmart
     
     
     

    Staples

    •  .10 - pink cap erasers
    • .01 - pocket folder
    • .50 - mulipurpose paper
    • $1 - Rose art markers

     

    Kmart
     
    •   .25 - 24 ct Rose Art crayons
    • .33 - 70 ct notebook
     
     
    Target
    • .99 - Crayola colored pencils
     
     
    CVS
     
     
     
     
     Please note that prices or availability may differ in your area. Check your local stores to confirm products and prices.
  • School Supply Sale July 10th-16th

    It's time to begin shopping for school already! Load up on everything you need at the lowest prices.

     

    Walgreens

    • .79- Penway colored pencilsor number 2 pencils
    • .99- Gluesticks
    • .39- Legal pad, index cards
    • 2/$1- Loose leaf paper
    • 8/$1- Folders with prongs

     

     
    Office Depot
     
     
    Walmart
     
     

    Staples

     

    Kmart
     
     
    Target
     
     
    CVS
     
     
     
     Please note that prices or availability may differ in your area. Check your local stores to confirm products and prices.
  • How to Homeschool in California


    The California gold rush brought many people to California. Now the homeschool rush brings many to a new way of living there.

    I have collected some nuggets of information to help you to give your children a golden opportunity in education.

     

    Homeschool laws and official sites:


        * How to Homeschool from California Homeschool Network


    Support Groups


        * California Homeschool Network
        * Homeschool Association of California 
     

    Curriculum and Material Supply Sources


        * CM School Supply 
        * Lakeshore 
     



    (Please be aware that I do not operate a homeschool in the state of California.  This information was researched to the best of my ability in an effort to gather resources to assist beginning homeschoolers. It does not and should not replace official information from the state of California. Please use your own best judgment and continue researching the homeschool options in your area)

  • 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.

     

  • Book Review on Homeschooling from Opposing Viewpoints Series

    Homeschooling is one of the books in the Opposing Viewpoints Series published by Greenhaven Press. Noah Berlatsky was the editor for Homeschooling.

    The creators of this series feel that looking at an issue from both sides is necessary to understanding it. I can agree that this is a sound approach.

    I can not say that this book has great merit to homeschoolers. Many of us have already weighed the pros and cons of educating our children at home. Some of us may not consider the cons as negatives to homeschooling. Dealing with people who ask questions and offer comments about home education usually gives homeschoolers enough real experience with opposing view points. Sometimes we get more than we ever really want.

    Don’t expect to find answers or tips in this book. It was not written to support or enlighten home educators. If you are looking to read about educational issues and see arguments for both public and homeschool options then this book offers 180 pages of interesting reading.

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