Homeschool curriculum can be very expensive when you are living on a strict budget.
For the last two years, I have tried to get by with as little expense as possible. I would skip buying the teacher’s guide or look for free resources online to supplement what I had purchased instead of buying the recommended materials. I was writing lesson plans myself and trying to pull resources together from all over.
The problem… I was burning out.
Planning was taking weeks and weeks and I was still falling behind. My frustration was spilling over into our school time because by the time I was teaching a lesson, I was tired of it.
I think it is completely possible to homeschool for free and I know that many people are successful at it, but for me, it was incredibly stressful and not worth the money I was saving. Plus, once I considered how much I was paying for paper and ink to make print materials and the amount of time I sacrificed, I don’t think I saved that much.
So, this year I am changing my mindset. As I review homeschool curriculum and consider the resources available, I am viewing our purchases as an investment.
Purchasing homeschool curriculum is an investment in our children.
Why did Bill and I decide that homeschooling was the best option for our family? In part, the answer is that we wanted what was best for our children. If I think about that statement in its entirety, how can I suddenly decide that they are not worth the money necessary to purchase the materials I need to educate them?
Now, I have no plans on going crazy and purchasing a lot of stuff unnecessarily. I can still shop smart and make wise choices, but instead of doing so with the intention of barely getting the things we need, I will be a good steward of not just our finances but also my time.
Purchasing homeschool curriculum is an investment in me.
As a mother, I sacrifice almost constantly. (I love it.) However, a part of being a mother is knowing how to delegate so that you can achieve a little more balance. (You never achieve a perfect balance… If you have, please tell me your secrets.) In order to keep my sanity secure and to give me a little more time in the day to tackle more pressing matters, I am leaving the curriculum planning to the fabulous companies who get paid to pull it all together.
Again, I cannot stress enough that homeschooling for free works for some families. The parents are amazing at pulling everything together and presenting it in a very educational way. It just didn’t work for me.
What about you? What is your opinion about purchasing homeschool curriculum?
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