When you first hear someone tell you that they are planning to homeschool, the initial question hovers around the cost. The cost of giving up your job to be at home and teaching your kids. The cost of the curriculum involved in keeping up with their education. Home education can be expensive, but it’s really going to depend on you and what you want to do with your child’s education. Let’s be honest, here, ANYTHING to do with parenting can be expensive. Public school can be expensive. Private schools even more so. The clothes on their backs aren’t going to be cheap, either, given how fast they grow. You have to weigh the cost of their education with whether that cost is worth it, and the answer to that will always be a resounding YES.
Some parents really scramble to apply for a loan online to afford the initial outlay for homeschool materials. Do you want to know something, though? Home education is about learning at the pace of your child and what they’re interested in. You don’t have to follow the exact curriculum in the way that a school would be a successful home educator. I’ll say it again for the people at the back: you do not have to follow a curriculum. You see, the beauty of home education is learning with your child and going at a pace that is comfortable, not racing ahead and barely touching on topics in the same way a school might. The best thing about home education is that most of your material is the world around you, libraries and community programs, which means that most of it is free.
A child who is interested in a topic isn’t going to necessarily want to sit and learn for six hours. They’ll want to touch and play and engage with the topic itself in a way that keeps them engaged. It doesn’t cost anything to lay on the grass in the backyard at midnight just to map the stars and talk about constellations. It doesn’t cost anything to go to the local park and hunt for various types of soils and tree types. You see, education is more than just six hours of book learning, and that’s what home education embraces. Local colleges and universities are always holding events for people in the public to attend, and you can join plenty of homeschool groups on social media to get to know local families and learn together.
When it comes to materials, sales are your friend. You can really rinse the back to school sales for paper, pens, and folders while at the same time enjoying the sales for clothing. Home education is more hands-on than at school, so you can expect some messes that sales clothes will be needed for. Home education is about as expensive as you want it to be, so check out what you can afford and move forward with your plans from there.