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I am homeschooling my kids, any good free/cheap resources?

My kids are 8,7,5 and almost 2 years old. My husband and I decided to homeschool which is fine but I'm at a loss as to a curriculum. I don't have the budget to spend money on a school like Calvert for 3 children so I've been scouring Google for sites that offer free or cheap information. Anyone have any success with anything specific? I'm focusing on math for the older 2 since they can read now and reading for the 5 year old.

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momofour09

Asked by momofour09 at 10:58 AM on May. 29, 2011 in

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  • layh41407

    Answer by layh41407 at 11:02 AM on May. 29, 2011

  • Wow! Thanks :)
    momofour09

    Comment by momofour09 (original poster) at 11:05 AM on May. 29, 2011

  • http://www.superteacherworksheets.com/ is one I always recommend, it's free and has a lot of variety
    http://www.learningpage.com/ is awesome - theme units for prek-3rd grade, printable books and membership is free
    http://www.homeschoolshare.com/ is great for finding lapbook templates
    http://dynamic2moms.webs.com/ has a lot of lapbooking ideas based on themes, a lot of great history projects (c:
    http://www.homeschoolfreebie.wholesomechildhood.com/ this site has a new freebie every day, lots of great ebooks

    scout_mom

    Answer by scout_mom at 11:27 AM on May. 29, 2011

  • http://www.thesimplehomeschool.com/ has awesome interactive unit studies - we joined about 18 months ago and I love it - this week you can save 30% on your subscription too
    http://www.enchantedlearning.com/Home.html is another site we have a subscription to - lots of different age level books printables
    http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/teach.jsp has lots of resources
    http://www.pbs.org/teachers/ is great, epecially if you use PBS programs in your homeschooling
    http://www.funbrain.com/ has a lot of great games and is free

    scout_mom

    Answer by scout_mom at 11:32 AM on May. 29, 2011

  • Along with all the great sites listed check with your state home schooling association. They will probably have tons of resources.

    What i did with my son was to take the required subjects and do my own research and print out the information. For instance, 8th grade here (NC) it is required to have a class on the state ... historical data and the like ... so I made my own text book in a fun format instead of the dry texts that I had while in school.

    Oh ... check with your local school system and see what resources they may be able to offer.
    SpiritedWitch

    Answer by SpiritedWitch at 11:39 AM on May. 29, 2011

  • http://motherofallboyz.blogspot.com MY LINKS TO THE RIGHT SIDE
    MommaClark3

    Answer by MommaClark3 at 11:49 AM on May. 29, 2011

  • Oh, and join your local groups on Yahoo Groups... and meetup.com... and various other recourses!!! Locals are awesome in gaining new ideas, problems you are currently facing, and so forth
    MommaClark3

    Answer by MommaClark3 at 11:52 AM on May. 29, 2011

  • One tip I have in addition to what the other ladies have offered, is if you find a textbook you want, look the ISBN up on AbeBooks.com or other similar sites to see if you can get it for less. There have been many times that I have found workbooks or textbooks for a dollar or so.
    Mom-2-3-Girlz

    Answer by Mom-2-3-Girlz at 12:23 PM on May. 29, 2011

  • You might be able to access you school district's curriculum and use it. I know that my district has it on-line. It would make it easier if you ever decided to send your kids to public school. The public library is also a great resource. Teacher supply stores like Beckers carry workbooks that could be very helpful too. Abebooks.com has great prices on all sorts of books although I haven't checked what they might have to help you.

    JSD24

    Answer by JSD24 at 12:43 PM on May. 29, 2011

  • They also have Independent Study courses available through the county. This is what I do. You meet with a teacher once a week.
    PrdMilWife

    Answer by PrdMilWife at 12:46 PM on May. 29, 2011

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