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Money $aving Tips for Homeschoolers

MONEY SAVING TIPS FOR HOMESCHOOLERS

Homeschooling doesn’t have to be expensive.  There are so many wonderful free (or almost free) resources to take advantage of.  Here are some helpful freebies I’ve found:

ART:

  • Grades K- 3: Skip buying an art curriculum and check out one or more of the following books from the library.  Each book contains approximately 8 lesson plans.  They’re wonderful and easy for young children to follow.  Drawing and Learning about Bugs, Drawing and Learning about Cars, Drawing and Learning about Cats, …. Dinosaurs, Dogs, Faces, Fashion, Fish, etc.
  • Grades K – 6: http://www.miniclip.com/sketch-star/en/create/  This site is a fun way to teach kids about animation.  Kids have the opportunity to create images online on several frames.  The program then runs the images quickly across the screen and the child can see his creation moving!
  •  Grades 4 – 6: Skip buying an art curriculum and take a trip to your local library.  Check out one or more of the following books from these two series.  The first series, Start With Art, has 4 titles:  Start With Art: Still Life, Start With Art: Landscapes, Start With Art: Animals, and Start With Art: People.  Each book contains approximately 12 lesson plans.  Kids view work done by a famous artist, learn a bit about the artist and his style, and then use the same technique in art work of their own.  Wonderful!   The second series, Come Look With Me, has at least 8 titles: Exploring Landscape Art with Children, Animals in Art, Exploring Modern Art, American Indian Art, etc.  Each book contains approximately 12 lesson plans.  Kids view work done by a famous artist, learn a bit about the artist and his style, answer questions about the famous piece they are viewing, and then can try a similar technique in their own work.
  • Grades 7 – 12: These You-Tube instruction videos by professionals are excellent and a wonderful supplement to your art curriculum.  Some of my favorites are the following: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQOQucZQiqs&feature=relmfu  (teaches students how to draw faces), http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfQzHDcvSBQ (how to paint a tree in acrylics), http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkZfzz_z6NY (how to paint a mountain scene), and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rriZ2WssTCI (how to paint an evergreen tree).  There are so many free online classes to choose from!

MUSIC:

  • Grades 4 – 6: Check out this book from your local library: Lives of the Musicians, Good Times, Bad Times (and What the Neighbors Thought).  The book explores the lives of approximately 19 famous composers, offering some humorous information about their private lives.
  • Grades K – 6: http://www.classicsforkids.com/   This website is wonderful.  It gives brief biographies of famous composers and gives kids the opportunity to push a button and listen to some of the composers’ most famous pieces.
  • Grades K – 6: http://www.makingmusicfun.net/  Another fantastic website.  It also gives brief biographies of famous composers.  Free word search worksheets can be printed based on  each composer’s biography.  Parents can also print free sheet music and free manuscript paper.

SPELLING:

  • Grades K – 8: http://www.bigiqkids.com/SpellingVocabulary/Lessons/wordlistVocabularyEighthGrade.shtml  Skip buying a spelling curriculum.  Get your child a good notebook and use the spelling/vocabulary words listed for your child’s grade from this list.  There are 40 weeks of word lists provided for each grade.  Have your kids practice writing their spelling words in their notebooks everyday, and have them practice writing sentences with their spelling/vocabulary words.
  • Grades K – 8: http://www.aaaspell.com/grade1.htm  Similar to website above.  There are 30 weeks of word lists provided for each grade.  Have your kids practice writing their spelling words in their notebooks everyday, and have them practice writing sentences with their spelling/vocabulary words.

HISTORY/GEOGRAPHY:

SCIENCE:

MATH:

LITERATURE:

  • Grades 4 – 12: http://www.nt.net/~torino/novels3.html  This site has free literature discussion questions for each chapter of many award-winning novels.  Click on the name of the novel you are interested in, and the discussion questions will come up.

CREATIVE WRITING:

TYPING: http://www.freetypinggame.net/  This site has free typing games and free typing lessons.  The games help your child build speed and accuracy.

PRE K – KINDERGARTEN:

Hope these tips/sites are helpful to you!

Posted by Gwen Fredette on June 12, 2012.

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12 thoughts on “Money $aving Tips for Homeschoolers

  1. Wow! Loved reading all your suggestions, and I will most likely be implementing some of them this upcoming year 🙂 So, Thanks! I’m always in awe of people who can organize and create helpful tips and ideas for others and put them “out there” for people to actually see and read and use! I love this blog… it is such a wonderful place to land in the “internet world”! Thanks for all the great encouragement – Blessings! It was SO awesome to re-connect with you the other day at SEARCH! Hoping to see you soon!

    1. Hi Kristine! It was so great seeing you at SEARCH as well! I couldn’t wait to tell Jon all about it when I got home. We’re hoping to see you and your family soon as well. I’ll email/call you in a week or so with dates we have free. (We’re in the midst of trying to iron out plans for the summer.) Tell Steve we said Hi! I’m glad you like the blog! – Gwen

  2. This is a great post, and one that I want to put in my keeping place for all such good things, but I can’t because it doesn’t have a picture. I use Pinterest to jog my memory on things I want to remember. Could you add a picture so I can capture it for future reference?

    1. Hi Bethany, Unfortunately, I haven’t been as proactive with my camera as I should be. Someone else was mentioning pinterest to me as well. I’ll have to pray about that for future posts. Thanks for the tip! – Gwen

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