Hey! My name is Amy Milcic. I am a homeschool soccer mom to 5 boys ages 2, 5, 7, 11, and 13. B.B. (before boys), I was a mental health therapist for individual, group, and family therapy (I always say it prepared me well for my crazy bunch!). My passion is to bring positive and creative support to all families.
Many thanks to Crystal for sharing her amazing site! I hope that these suggestions bless your family and help you (frugally) rock your homeschool.
With a large family with boys who are active in a variety of extracurricular activities, it is vital that I strive to find frugal ways to make homeschooling fun. Our busy schedule requires me to be creative in coming up with ways to engage and educate my boys especially on the go!
Over the years, I have learned to let go of a lot of my Type A tendencies with our homeschool. I have found a more relaxed, eclectic approach works best for my crew. There is a freedom in letting go that allows us to greater explore our interests and, surprisingly, save money.
7 Frugal Ways To Make Homeschooling Fun
One of my favorite aspects of homeschooling is its flexibility. After a few years of public school for my two oldest, I can honestly say that I love our ability to sleep in, do school in pajamas, and snuggle up on the couch for a read aloud. Also, I love that we can include these 7 ways to frugally make homeschooling fun.
My boys and I love to throw on some tunes and dance away stress, anger, and anything else disrupting our homeschool adventures. We have daily dance parties with free songs from our Amazon Prime account. Each boy has a playlist and we crank up the tunes and boogie away our cares!
Our homeschool loves to read aloud time. To save mommy's voice and include a bit of dramatic influence, the boys and I use many audiobooks from our local library (and interlibrary loan) for free. There is something magical in gathering together to listen to the words of a great book being read.
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3. Learning Apps
I have a love/hate relationship with technology. One of the things that I love about technology is the availability of free or affordable learning apps. My boys love learning with apps like DuoLingo, StarFall, Learn With Homer, and TinyCards. Super easy to use and the price is right!
You can use games to liven up your homeschool. Do a search through your board games. Numerous skills are learned and developed during play of board games like counting, adding, subtracting, cooperation, and taking turns. Patience and positive communication are also important life skills that can be learned.
You don't even need board games or cards! Take a step back and time and think about all the games you played with friends and family. Hopscotch, hangman, hide-and-seek, and hokey pokey teach body awareness, cooperation, problem-solving and counting.
Have you tried this fun and affordable activity in your homeschool? My boys love creating lap books to demonstrate their knowledge of a subject. (And our homeschool evaluators love looking through them for portfolios-just saying…)
I recently discovered A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks and I instantly got hooked! So affordable and such a variety of topics covered, including lap books for curriculum like Apologia, Classical Conversations, and Jay Wile. Hands-on learning fun for different ages and stages is a definite way to rock your homeschool!
Head outside and enjoy Mother Nature! Take a nature walk. Use a fantastic and affordable resources like Exploring Nature With Children to give you ideas and tips on nature study with kids.
Use rocks, sticks, or other hands-on nature materials for math manipulatives. Grab some chalk and practice math facts, sight words, and spelling. Read a book or two under the shade of a tree.
7. Field Trips
Look for free or reasonably priced field trip opportunities in your area. Many areas have free museum admission (or ask for a discounted rate!). Call local farms, doctor offices, and grocery stores about tours. Police and fire stations also may provide educational tours.
What tips do you have for frugal homeschool fun? Let's share and help each other save money and have fun home educating our kids!