Once upon a time I believed that homeschooling, done well, required a significant financial investment. Private schools and the amount spent by the government on each public school student certainly suggest that education comes at a high price.
After a couple of years, however, I began to notice that my kids needed less and less in order to learn. A library card, favorite book titles purchased for our home collection, a stack of blank paper, and a few well-chosen resources here and there have done the job quite nicely thus far.
Have you made the same discovery? If you’re interested in saving your pennies while still helping those little minds grow, here are a few free and inexpensive educational resources you might not have heard of.
CurrClick was started by two homeschooling moms who thought ebooks and downloads would make for easy and affordable homeschooling. The website has over 800 free downloads available–including ebooks, games, and clubs.
Once you click on the “free” section, you can narrow your search by age range and subject to locate a resource on a specific topic. CurrClick also offers other inexpensive ebooks as well as live classes.
Educents is a recently launched daily deals site offering discounts of up to 90% off popular educational products. Founded by a family of educators and homeschoolers with a passion to make education more affordable, the staff at Educents feature high-quality, well-chosen deals.
Sign up here to receive their deals newsletter for free AND you’ll receive a $5 gift card to be used toward any purchase–even shipping! (The gift card will be emailed to you within 24 hours. Offer expires June 15th.)
The more users that sign up, the bigger the discounts the company is able to negotiate! Recent deals have included products from Green Kid Crafts, Houghton Mifflin, Reading Kingdom, and more.
Free Homeschool Deals
Homeschooling mom of six Jamerrill Stewart began Free Homeschool Deals as she was navigating her own way through homeschooling on a strict budget.
Each day she features homeschooling freebies from around the web: printables, Kindle ebooks, coupons and codes, and lapbooks. Jamerrill has also written a free ebook available for download: Homeschooling for free & frugal.
I love Khan Academy’s mission: a free world-class education for anyone anywhere. They currently have over 4,000 videos posted in topics including math, biology, chemistry, physics, finance, and art history. It even has an SAT prep category.
Each video is a digestible chunk, approximately 10 minutes long, and especially designed for viewing on a computer.
I imagine that as time goes by more and more inexpensive educational resources will come online, allowing us to invest our money wisely and take a vacation with the rest!
Is there a free educational resource you enjoy? Check out my Facebook thread to find more suggestions from other readers.
This post is sponsored by Educents.com.