Homeschool Curriculum Planning
One of the most frequently asked questions that homeschoolers get is “Where do you get your curriculum from?” As a single mother that question is often amended with “How do you afford it?” I am here to answer both of those questions in one post. The simple answer may surprise you. Homeschool Curriculum planning is actually not a difficult process.
When I begin planning my curriculum I have a process I go through:
Using this process saves money. I am able to find the majority of the books at half the cost of a new book.
For example, on the A Beka website the 3rd grade kit comes with a book called Doors to Discovery. At the time of writing, this book sells for $14.50 on their website. I was able to find the exact same book for nearly half the price on Amazon.
I also shop at our local used homeschool book sales. I am able to fully preview the material that I am buying and decide upfront whether it will be a good fit for my family or not.
I then save and reuse the books for each of my children. I do this by not writing directly in the workbooks. Instead, we use notepaper. Sometimes, I am able to find the previous version for a much lower cost.
When the children were younger I would take the pages out of the books and place them inside plastic sheet protectors. This allowed them to use dry erase markers to write on the sheet protectors and save the pages. They were able to re-do any worksheet they may have needed extra help with. This was incredibly useful when they were learning to write their name or trace shapes. Instead of using one piece of paper each time, they could simply erase the writing on the plastic protector and re-do it.