Homeschool on a Budget: Deals for the Whole Family

Are you considering homeschooling? Would you like to homeschool on a budget?

Many people are considering homeschooling and would love to educate their kids without breaking the bank! I’m all about school choice, so I support anyone who thinks they might like to try a different approach to educating their children.

One of the things I hear most from new homeschool parents is, “I don’t know where to start. I’m not sure what to teach. I don’t even know if we can afford to homeschool.”

I was in the same boat. I knew public school wasn’t working for my kids, but I didn’t know where to start, what to teach, and I was definitely concerned about the added financial load from homeschooling.

Over the years I’ve found my way around the homeschool arena, and I’m going to share my latest discovery when homeschooling on a budget.

Here’s the method I’m using to homeschool the whole family for under $200 this year:

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What I’m Doing to Homeschool on a Budget

I’ve tried a variety of different homeschool curriculum over the years. We’ve used a free online curriculum, ordered from the homeschool catalogs, and piecemealed curriculum together as well.

The free curriculum worked well, but there wasn’t enough variety to keep my kids engaged on a long-term basis. Homeschool catalogs are easy, but they’re just so expensive. Piecemealing is what I’ve ended up doing for the past two years, but it takes a lot of extra time.

This year, I was browsing through social media and an ad popped up for Schoolhouseteachers.com. I had followed this site for a while because I enjoyed reading their articles and encouraging posts.

What caught my attention was the sale they’re currently running on their curriculum. I browsed the site, saw that there is a ton of variety in classes, and best of all, there is no piecing curriculum together.

It’s all laid out. They show you how to adapt the schedule they’ve designed for each course to work around your actual schedule. Did I mention the options?! Holy Moly, the options!

How Much Money Am I Spending to Homeschool on a Budget?

Before we dive into money, let’s get the heavy stuff out of the way first…

Note: I will try to keep this post updated as much as I can, as sales (and other things) change on a website regularly. However, this is only meant to represent my experience thus far with this company. These are my actual opinions of the product. For any questions regarding their products or policies, please be sure to contact Schoolhouseteachers.com. Do your own research before purchasing any product. I am not liable in any way for your experience with this product or company. Thank you!

Shew…now, we can get back to the good stuff!

When you sign on for this program, you get one family log-in. Once logged in you can set up separate classes for each child.

The classes are easy to browse by grade or category. This gives you an idea of what each child’s options are per grade level.

However, if your child is more advanced or needs a little extra practice, you can choose different classes to accommodate.

They have resources for:

It’s amazing all the resources available to you.

You also get a quarterly subscription to their magazine, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine

Basically, there’s loads of help to those who are new to homeschooling, or even for seasoned homeschoolers, who may need help navigating curriculum or homeschooling in general.

So let’s get down to the dollars and cents. How much does this cost?

This is what got me hooked. Usually this curriculum is approximately $225 per year. Yes, you can actually homeschool your entire family for $225 FOR THE YEAR!

But this year, it was even better. I got in at their current sale price of only $139. Again, yes, I’m homeschooling my children for $139 this year!

What I’m Loving About Trying to Homeschool on a Budget . . . And More

Let me break down why I’m already loving this curriculum. There’s a lot to it, and I know how hard choosing curriculum can be.

I want to share with you the things I’m loving about this curriculum and also a few things you should be aware of before deciding if this is the right curriculum for your family.

Here’s what you need to know about the School House Teachers curriculum:

1. Oh, The Options For My Homeschool on a Budget

I know I’ve mentioned this already, but this site has so many different options to choose from with classes.

The curriculum is for Pre-K through 12th grade. It has all the basics of reading, writing, math, science, and social studies.

But it also includes the arts and electives. Therefore, your children can take a variety of:

·       Art classes

·       Music classes

·       Drama classes

·       Architecture courses

·       Accounting courses

·       Courses on entrepreneurship and much more!

If your kids have a variety of interests, the options are vast with this curriculum.

2. Scope and Sequences Are Helpful to Homeschool on a Budget

Some states are extremely strict on their homeschooling guidelines. If you must keep a portfolio with a scope and sequence for each child and course, this site has you covered.

There’s a detailed scope and sequence for each course. You simply print it out and file it away. This saves a ton of time.

3. Lesson Plans Are a Priority to Homeschool on a Budget

This is my biggest hurdle. I try to lesson plan a year in advance so I’m not scurrying each week to figure out what we’ll do the next week.

However, this takes a lot of time. Things can also change throughout the year which can undo all the work that was put in over the summer months towards planning.

This is another reason I’m loving this curriculum. All the lesson plans are done and in printable form. You simply print them off each week, fill in the dates, and your kids are ready to roll.

If you need to prolong their plans, just add different dates next to the assignments. It’s flexible and easy.

4. Opportunities Are Available to Homeschool on a Budget

I know I’ve mentioned the variety of classes available in this curriculum, but it gives your kids so many opportunities they may not have otherwise had available to them.

I’ll be honest, my kids don’t always get to do all the elective courses I know they’d enjoy because I can’t afford to spend hundreds of dollars on elective curriculum each year.

We no longer have this problem. My kids will be taking art classes, architecture courses, PE courses, computer classes, and so much more!

There are so many classes that piqued their interest. I had to pace them because they wanted to take them all.

My middle child is interested in online jobs so when he learned there were courses available for podcasting and running online businesses, he was all over it.

There are even career readiness courses. This is important for older kids who need to know what jobs are out in the real world to help them map out their future steps.

5. Different Course Lengths Still Matter When You Try to Homeschool on a Budget

My children get bored easily. They like variety in what they’re learning which is why I love that some courses through Schoolhouseteachers.com last for 30+ weeks while others last for less time.

Some courses are 18 weeks, some only 8 weeks, and a variety of schedule options in between. This allows my kids to stagger out the courses they take.

Plus, the courses tell you how many days a week they’re supposed to be studied. For instance, my youngest son’s architecture course lasts for approximately 20 weeks, but we only do it one day per week.

But this leaves room for him to take Spanish and art on other days because they’re only taught 1-2 days each week.

This is the case with core classes as well. In Language Arts, my children will get variety because some courses last for less than 30 weeks. Therefore, we’ll cover literature kits for a portion of the year and take a writing workshop at another point in the year.

To ensure they get everything they need, there is daily grammar, spelling, and basic Language Arts practice provided as well.

You can take as many or few courses as you deem necessary for your children.  The staggered scheduling allows your kids to get what they need without working through a redundant curriculum all year.

6. Downloads Are Helpful to Homeschool on a Budget

When I was telling one of my mom-friends what a great deal I’d found, her first question was, “Yeah, but how many books do you have to buy to go along with it?”

That’s a great question, and I was pleased to find that you don’t have to buy any.

There are some classes which do require books, but they come with a downloadable option. You can pay less than $100 and have access to lifetime downloads through the site the class provides.

 I’ll be honest, I wasn’t looking to pay anymore than what I did to sign-up, so I picked a different course which didn’t require extra books and skipped the need for downloads.

I’ve only found this on one course so far, but there are ways around having to download things.

We’re doing a literature kit course this year which I’ll need some of the books, but again, there are ways around having to purchase books.

You could sign-up with Audiobooks.com. You pay a monthly membership and can download a certain number of books per month.

But I prefer using the library (both in person and digital options) or using the free app, Best of Audiobooks. It has over 150 free audiobooks available.

If you’d prefer having books permanently on hand, you could always buy them on Amazon.com. Again, most classes give you the materials you need in a PDF form.

7. Attendance, Grades, Transcripts

With the sign-up option I chose, I got access to AppleCore. This is a wonderful site that allows me to digitally keep up with my children’s grades, attendance, and even create an on-going transcript.

Considering I have a high schooler this year, this saves me a ton of time.

Don’t get discouraged at the sound of having to keep records. It all depends upon what your state requires.

In my state, we’re only required to keep attendance, vaccine records, and take a yearly standardized test.

Most grades don’t really count until your kids get to high school, and you’ll only need a transcript once they’re in high school. This may vary by state so do your homework on these requirements.

If your state requires more, Applecore could simplify things for you.  

8. Not Solely Online

Some people may be turned off instantly by this curriculum, assuming it’s all done online. It is not. You’ll need:

You can do many of the assignments offline by printing the information. This also makes it easier for the kids to submit their work to you.

9. Variety of Ways to Learn

I love how this curriculum gives your children a variety of ways to learn. They can learn online with assignments that are graded by the computer. Your children can learn offline if you prefer. There are also options for curriculum that is video based.

Students need a variety of different ways to learn. I love that this site provides this opportunity to homeschooled children.

There’s a key at the top of the site that lets you know how each course is offered. Follow the key to decide which course options may be best for your children and their learning style.

10. Faith Based

This is a faith-based site. When I started homeschooling my kids this was a requirement for any curriculum I chose.

I don’t shy away from secular topics, but I make sure my children have the opportunity to learn the Biblical perspective to things as well.

Schoolhouseteachers.com provides a Biblical perspective to each subject, and they offer a variety of Bible curriculum based on age or grade level.

In my opinion, this is important to the spiritual growth of our children which is why it’s incorporated into our homeschool every year.

11. Lots of Helpful Options

If all of this sounds great but also overwhelming, welcome to the club! I was amazed to log-in to the site and see how many videos, online chat options, and written resources were available to help parents navigate the site.

It made getting our school year planned a piece of cake. If you hit a hiccup, there’s someone there to help! Having the right support makes homeschooling a lot easier.

12. An Afternoon of Planning

I’m happy to say that I was able to get our entire homeschool year planned out (for both of my kids) in a couple of hours.

I went through the classes, decided the ones we would use, bookmarked them to our dashboard, and figured out our calendar for the school year.

I was able to:

·       Figure out our class schedule (including the classes that don’t last all year)

·       Which subjects would be covered on a daily basis and which wouldn’t

·       Which days of the week we’d cover which subjects

·       I made a note of which classes had book requirements, so I’d know to make sure I had those books available when they were needed (i.e. the literature kit course)

Beyond that, our year was planned, and we’re ready to roll into the next school year!

13. Affordable

Affordability turns many people away from homeschooling because curriculum is expensive even if you buy it secondhand.

Schoolhouseteachers.com is currently having a sale on their curriculum. If you take this option, there are no refunds. You can also sign-up for monthly payments.

Your account will be set-up to auto renew every year, but you can cancel at any time.

They make things easy and affordable. Homeschool families need more of this in their lives!

14. Make a Commission

Our final stop on the “Things I Love” tour, is the affiliate program Schoolhouseteachers.com offers. If you try their product and love it, you’d pass on the information anyway, right?

Well, thanks to their affiliate program, you can make a commission for each person you sign-up. Think about that. You can help your friends save money, their kids get a quality education, simplify homeschooling for people who think, “I can’t homeschool”, and make a 25% commission.

This is just one final thing to love about this curriculum choice.

Conclusion

I realize this is a ton of information, but I had to share this good news with other homeschoolers. Homeschool curriculum weighs on me every year between the financial investment and the amount of time invested in planning.

This was truly a Godsend when this ad came across my social media account. I took a few days to view the site before I made the jump, but I’m so glad I did.

We’re excited about our upcoming homeschool year, and I’m ready for it after one afternoon! I still can’t believe it.

I hope this information will help you on your homeschool journey. Good luck to you in your upcoming school year!

If you’re worrying about missing the current sale, don’t! There’s a new one starting soon. Here are the details: