I firmly believe there are four things that affect the cost to homeschool.
- The grade of the child.
- The time a mother has to prepare and plan.
- Buying new vs. used.
- Obviously the number of children impacts the total cost.
Spending time researching, planning and printing can keep the cost to homeschool down to time spent and printer ink.
Even a well organized school budget runs into problems. I have blown the homeschool budget three months into the school year and was faced with buying a very expensive math program or hiring a tutor. In the long run, the $300 was worth it but at the time I thought I had lost my sanity.
In the early years I did a lot of planning and workbooks from Goodwill. Then factor in multiple learning styles, part-time work and high school credits and I found I needed a more structured curriculum. [Read more...]