Answer on "Curriculum on a Budget"
TGIF everyone! Hope you are geared up for a fun summer weekend! On Friday's I like to share freebies! Recently, a mother in a group I belong to, asked about "Curriculum on a Budget". Many ideas are flowing in from Mother's around our state! Have you joined any online groups? These are a great way to share and be shared to! Anyway, I gave a few ideas off the top of my head and thought I would share them with you as well. Many more are to come as I search weekly to share with you on Friday's. Also, as I mention in the below letter, be sure and sign up for The Old Schoolhouse Magazine's Weekly Newsletter titled "Freebie Friday's"! With all the resources available there are plenty ways to meet the educational needs of our children, even in difficult times! Don't despair!
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I agree with others who mentioned really using the county library system and searching the Internet for Free Resources. I will share with you a few I have found: For reading skills: Check out starfall.com!
Homeschool Share(www.homeschoolshare.com ) offers free units and lapbook templates based on "Five In A Row". You could print the free units and access the library for the books. For more about the method of using "living books" instead of textbooks search the Internet. I have found many free articles on this subject. Amanda Bennett has affordable Unit Studies for all grade levels. She has free articles on her page about using the Unit Study method to teach many grade levels. Mr.Donn.org has several free lesson plans for various grade levels, free powerpoint presentations too. Cindy Downes offers many resources.
Take time to read blogs from other Homeschool Families. The Homeschool Crew lists over 100 blogs you can access. You can read reviews, tips and some even give downloads and giveaway's!
I have used Tapestry of Grace in the past. When my husband lost his jobs(plural)a few years ago, I had to get creative. I continued to use the scope and sequence from TOG and access their free links to create my own studies on the weeks topic. I then began to connect with many fabulous resources that are readily available, you just have to make time to search. Once you find ones you like, be sure and save them under a "curriculum" folder in your favorites! Then, you'll always have the resources right at your fingertips!
One last one, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine has many free newsletters including one called "Freebie Friday's"! They also have affordable E-Books and We-E books that may help in the choices you have ahead. Hope this sparks you and maybe a few others. Best wishes as you find what is best for you and your family!