1. You do not have to buy an entire curriculum or the entire year all at once. You can assess and purchase as needed (maybe ask around--someone might have something they can sell or give you.)
2. Some subjects can be taught "together" from the same resource--just evaluation is different (such as science and history and literature).
3. For the prek child, don't worry too much about academics: imaginatory play, reading to him (which siblings can participate in), physical play, and art should take up most of the curriculum.
4. Books on about any subject can be obtained from the library.
5. In most cases, with worktexts (workbooks and textbooks in one) it is actually MORE cost-effective to buy two copies than to buy one copy and photocopy or tear out and place into page protectors for future use.
6. However, you could have them each write their answers in a regular notebook and re-use the same book for the two older kids at the same time or one after the other.
7. Look at "What my X grader needs to know." (or a something similar regarding scope and sequence)
8. Hit up back to school sales for supplies; free online resources; library
9. There WILL be gaps in your child's education, no matter what method of schooling. The most important thing is that the children gain the skills to learn HOW to learn and find information. There are just not enough hours in the day to teach everything the child might need. Choose what you think is most important and concentrate on that.
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