Free Homeschool Material
There are lots of places to find free homeschool material. You just have to keep your eyes open and know where to look.
When trying to find free materials, you will need to keep in mind that sometimes you will need to spend some time in order to save money. This is not always the case, but is quite often what you will need to do.
The first obvious choice for finding free homeschool material is the Internet. There are so many informational pages on the Internet, it can make your head spin. All you have to do is type any phrase into google and you will come up with a whole host of sites with the information you want.
If you don't have time or energy to search the Internet yourself, you can use a guide that has been compiled with a list of sites specifically chosen for homeschoolers. Internet Resources for Homeschooling can give you over 300 sites where you can go for any subject or grade level from preschool through college all organized by subject.
Another way to get free homeschool material is to use the free resources available to us as citizens of the United States. Almost every city has a library. There are government freebies, and many free museums across the country. Many museums offer free brochures and materials to teachers when they come to the museum. You can also get lots of free information from the tour guides. They love sharing what they know about their exhibit.
You can trade resources with a friend. Sometimes you can trade just a book and sometimes a complete curriculum. Many people have children 2 years apart, so they have a gap of at least a year before the next child will need to use the material.
Realize that maybe you don't need a curriculum. Young children can use picture books for History and Science learning. I have learned much more from picture books than I ever learned from textbooks. Picture books can also teach Language, Bible, Health, Math and others. You'll be amazed at the questions children ask you when you are reading through picture books.
Asking for resources as Birthday and Christmas gifts can be another way to get free homeschool material. What child doesn't like getting a new box of crayons, a special pad of paper, a new picture book, his own ruler and pencils, science experiment kit, or any other cool educational toys that the toy makers have invented. You have to buy your children gifts for these occasions, so you might as well get them something they can really use. Sometimes these gifts are even more appreciated than toys or some of the useless things kids get for gifts.For even more ideas check Homeschool Christmas.
Unit studies can be a much cheaper way to homeschool than using expensive textbooks. You can use books from the library, compile notebooks, use costumes, write letters, and use the resources in your community that relate to what you are studying. Sometimes children retain what they are learning through unit studies better than they do by using textbooks or workbooks anyways.
Check thrift stores and garage sales for more free homeschool materials. You will be amazed at what you can find that others no longer need. We have found crayons, markers, science kits, building kits, pads of paper, notebooks, woodworking kits, puzzles, and much more.
Ask other homeschoolers who are done with their materials if they would be willing to donate some or all of their resources to your family. Another place to find this type of help is on freecycle.com. They help connect people in the same area who want to get rid of items with people who need those items. You post what you need or post what you want to get rid of. All items are picked up by the recipient and are free with the understanding that they will not be sold.
I hope these ideas have helped you think of ways to get what you need for homeschooling. Let me know if you have any other ideas to share.
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