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June 9, 2015

What does homeschooling cost?

Often over the years I see people say things like "I can't afford to homeschool" or "I'm using public school at home option, because it's the only way I can afford it."  I realize many of us spend more and may spend on things like homeschool co-op/groups, sports, dance, gymnastics, other activities that many, including myself, would consider the cost of homeschooling.

However, lets take a moment and just discuss the basics. What do you spend PER child, PER year on your primary curriculum? Mind you primary curriculum doesn't' have to be text books, after all there are many methods and many resources. I'm just interested in showing people what is "needed" for the very basics.

As you look at this keep in mind a couple of things:
  1. This is the cost just for the primary curriculum/resources the family uses per child; per year. It's an average; an estimation.
  2. This does not included the cost of sports, scouting, dance, or any other extra curricular the family may or may not use.
  3. A family may not spend all of this at one time. Some families actually spread out the cost and buy things as needed. Like math materials this month and science next. Or they use an all-in-one program and make monthly payments.
  4. If you are using one of the free programs (ambleside, old fashion, etc) please estimate what you spend on ink, paper, or whatever else you need to implement and use your curriculum.
  5. All other basic supplies like pens, pencils, crayons, markets, writing paper is assumed to be on hand or the cost minimal and that does not need to be counted towards basic cost.

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  1. I have been looking at Easy Peasy homeschool. It's free and not connected to public school. I won't be using it this year since I had already ordered our curriculum, but from what I saw it looks pretty good.

  2. Many like Easy Peasy, but I won't use it because of it's connections to CCS (common core standards). I know the owner of EP (Easy Peasy) opposes CCS. I know she does not agree with CCS. However, that doesn't change the fact that many of the sites she links to are aligned to CCS. It's because some of the links are aligned I will not use EP. To learn more about CCS and which homeschool curriculum options are aligned, correlated, coincidentally connected (that's what EP is), or independent check out: http://www.hsroadmap.org/

    There are other free/low cost options that are CCS-free too. Example of them would be Old Fashion Education, Ambleside, Puritian's homeschool, and Mater Amablis.

    Mater Amablis being the only Catholic option on the list (that I am aware of).


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