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Most families that choose to keep one parent home to homeschool feel the squeeze financially.
As costs spiral, it pays to remind yourself of the educational resources available free to homeschoolers. By using the free stuff, you can achieve more affordable homeschooling.
Take some time to look through this list of ideas and see which of these freebies could help your homeschooling budget.Make use of the Internet
Make use of Television and Radio Programs
Many educational programs appear on TV - both for children and adults. The key to taking advantage of this is to plan ahead. Check your TV and Radio Guides for educational programs you think your children may enjoy - and record them in advance. Look out especially for school broadcasts. They might have just the resource you were looking for! We often download radio programs or free educational podcasts from the internet, and listen to them in the car.Get Out and About
Libraries, Museums and Art Galleries are probably the first community resource you think of. But also check your local newspaper or library bulletin board for free lectures and talks in your area. Many cities and towns provide walk-in exhibitions and recitals.Make Use of Your Community
Try these ideas for free field trips.
Often just taking a walk can unearth opportunities for homeschooling. Make a Nature Table from your finds, or try a Photographic Treasure Hunt.
Your community holds a wealth of knowledge and most people are keen to pass on their skills. Ask around if you are looking for something (or someone) in particular!Make use of Free Materials
When my children were particularly interested in insects we met an entomologist who got great pleasure from encouraging them - and bringing them unusual caterpillars and bugs to look at. Our local kayaking group holds a free family taster session every summer. The local observatory have kindly said we can take our children to a 'members only' evening to look through telescopes and chat to members about what they are seeing. Social groups and guilds (such as knitting or quilting groups) are usually very friendly and welcoming to someone looking to try their craft.
Volunteering is also a great way to get involved in your community and get to know people - as well as being a a great way to get some free homeschooling!
Travel Agents are a homeschoolers friend! Travel brochures are great for geography based projects like this one. Pick up paint chip cards and wallpaper samples from DIY stores for craft activities. And sign up for free magazines or newsletters when you see them offered - it may spark something with the children - and at the very least is good for paper mache!
Keep your eyes open for things other people discard. Shops often discard boxes or wooden pallets they no longer require. Offices discard paper when they change their letterheads. Upholsterers may have old fabric sample books. By asking around you will be able to unearth all sorts of treasures.
Another great resource for getting things other people don't want anymore is Freecycle. Some schemes even let you ask for things you require - and failing that you could try advertising in your local paper. A friend of mine got an old fishtank this way. It leaked, so wasn't suitable for fish - but made a great bug house!!
I hope you find these ideas for free homeschooling helpful - and you can see that it is possible to homeschool your child for free. Be imaginative - and you will find help and resources right where you need them.
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