Homeschooling doesn't have to break the bank. Here are some of my favorite money-saving teacher tools!
Free Pre-School Curriculum:
- Brightly Beaming Resources - Letter of the Week Pre-school Curriculum
- First School - Preschool materials, themes, activities & crafts
- No Time for Flash Cards - another letter of the week curriculum, with hands-on activities & crafts.
- For Kindergarten, check out Kindergarten Lessons - great hands-on, fun ideas for each subject.
Free K-12 Curriculum:
Free Curriculum for Specific Courses:
- Free Ed - free online home school courses and self-study programs for anyone and everyone. They even have test-prep for AP, CLEP, ACT, SAT, and GED, and college-level courses.
- my Teacher's Tools page & go down to the list of subjects. Find more freebies & resources on their own subject pages.
- utilizes the unit study approach based on outstanding children's literature. It is a literature-based approach, as in the Charlotte Mason method, incorporating every subject's teaching to a classic book. As their introduction states, "good books have always been the doorway to learning."The curriculum is very flexible. Just bring home one of the books on the book list and locate the corresponding lesson plan in the teacher's guide. Each day, for five days, you read the entire story then use it to teach a different subject. There are more exercises then you can use in a week, so you just choose the ones you want to, based on the needs of your student. Each day you re-read the story, pulling out different elements, the child builds on what he learned from it already. You then launch in to your daily lesson, connecting it to your story.
Making Your Own Curriculum or Supplements:
And as long as you're trying to save money...
- You know that the military receives discounts at various places, but did you know that so do teachers? It's kind of hit-and-miss as far as knowing where you'll get a discount but it never hurts to ask! I've gotten a discount at office stores, clothing stores, and movie theaters. (You'll want to have a Teacher-ID made up and laminated. Be sure to include your photo, name, address, school name, school year (as in 2013-2014), and the word "TEACHER" prominently. If you're a member of HSLDA you can put their logo on your card as well. )