What can you do when there’s no money for homeschool curriculum? Here are three things that you can do NOW!
It is curriculum shopping season, and chances are you have been inundated with homeschool catalogs, internet ads, and homeschool curriculum fairs. For many, it is THE season! The one they have been looking forward to all year. But, for others, it is a season of sadness, a season of want, and a season of not being content.
When there’s no money for homeschool curriculum it seems logical to feel unsatisfied, envious, and even perturbed. You want new books for your children, and you want to be able to purchase items necessary for your homeschool. But, if left unchecked these feelings can lead to resentment in your heart and discord in your home.
So, what can you do when there’s no money for homeschool curriculum?
Just about every homeschool group has a “curriculum queen”, see if it is possible for you to look at, or borrow curriculum. Our homeschool group has a curriculum swap and share every year and often times there is a table FULL of free curriculum that moms no longer want. Also, if you are close enough with a few members, make it known that you are in need of a few items to get you through this tough time.
Check Out Free Homeschool Sites
There are tons of free curriculum sites out there! Here are just a few:
Homeschool Programs for Families in Need
Some curriculum companies offer financial assistance for families who cannot afford to buy curriculum. If there is a company you have purchased from before, but cannot afford to go through now, this option may be worth looking into.
Many homeschool support groups offer scholarship programs for families who have fallen upon tough times. Depending on what your needs this may be beneficial to look into.
One program that strives to help homeschool families with financial needs is the Homeschool Foundation. This organization offers financial support for purchasing curriculum to families with certain needs. Some of these needs include single parents, military families, and families with children who have special needs.
Find a Way to Make Extra Money
There are tons of work at home options out there for moms. Consider taking on a babysitting job, look into a newspaper route, a freelancing job, or working as a virtual assistant.
If you are not interested in working from home, look into other ways to make some extra money. Clear out your closets and have a yard sale. Look into selling some items on eBay or Craig’s List, consider collecting and scrapping cans.
Moms, I encourage you as you go through this lean season to remember the big picture. Many families have been where you are and are on the other side. This season will pass.
If you are facing financial difficulties right now, and have no money for homeschool curriculum, I hope this has helped you realize that homeschooling is not impossible! No money for homeschool curriculum does NOT mean you can’t homeschool 🙂
How have you homeschooled when there was no money for homeschool curriculum?
For more information about working from home, check out my book Schooling at Home, While Working at Home.