Question 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?
Answer Hi Sera. 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 or here.
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.
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