Really Free Homeschooling - is it possible?
I would love to start homeschooling my four kids, ages 5 to 11, however, we are very dependent on the daily free hot lunches the children currently receive at their public school as well as all the materials provided to them by the school (paper, paint, etc.) as well as field trips.
It seems like there are alot of free homeschooling resources available, but I'd still needs a certain financial level to afford all the crafts and outings with the kids or am I missing other ways of doing it?
You are right. Even free homeschooling does need a certain level of finance to even just afford the extra food needed. You may also need to budget for extra heating during the winter, and some homeschooling materials. If you are determined to homeschool it will take a lot of creativity on your part to make your budget stretch.
First you would need a way to feed your family for less. There are lots of sites with frugal recipes that may give you some ideas. And I also think that food boxes are popular - they are a great way to get top quality food at a discount. You can find out more about them here
Craft materials often don't come cheap. Why not see if your local thrift store stocks the kind of things you need. And do check out freecycle
- it is an excellent way to get things for free. If you put out the word on the type of things you need, then I am sure you will get a response. Also see if you can find a scrap store in your area. This is the type of thing I mean. You may well find that they can supply your needs.
With regards to free field trips
then again, be creative. Nature walks don't cost anything and work well even in the city. Ask in your local library for a list of free events and exhibitions in your area. And there are lots of virtual field trips available on the internet. More IdeasFree HomeschoolingFree Homeschooling ResourcesCheap Homeschooling
My (non-homeschooling) friend has a frugal website with lots of other activity ideas - Fun Frugal Mom
.So. Can it be done?
I think so, with a lot of creativity and determination. Why not give homeschooling a try over the summer vacation and see whether it can be affordable for you?
best wishes, Julie.
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