I receive lots of emails and messages that mainly revolve around one topic – the cost of home education. Contrary to popular belief, home education doesn’t have to cost an entire life’s savings. Quite honestly, you can get by with it costing very little.
The truth of the matter is the amount you want to spend on your children’s home education is totally up to you. Regardless of what you choose, there are several must-have’s that I highly recommend.
You’ll see most, if not all, of these suggestions in my videos and posts because I use them almost every. day. And yes, this is an exhausted list with links for easy clicking, viewing, and purchasing (if you so choose).
My favorite (and must-have) supplies are:
- Magnetic dry-erase board
- Dry-erase markers
- Magnetic letters
- Spiral notebooks
- Laminator (and sheets)
- Hole puncher
- Pens and pencils
- Storage bins and caddies
- Storage cart
These items can all be purchased relatively inexpensively and pay for themselves tenfold!
Resources that can be used multiple ways, multiple times, and with multiples kiddos is a must if you are looking to maximize your investment:
- Write & wipe activity books
- Workbooks for multiples ages/grades
- Downloadable packs
- Online classes with family-rate options
- Online COOP program
- Online Book Clubs
- Biblically accurate resources
- Flash cards
- Self-paced eCourses for kids
- Subject/Topic-specific books
EXTRAS TO KEEP ON HAND
The “extras” I keep on hand are part of my quick go-to stash. I’m talking about those things that are great for everything from independent play to a good ole messy time:
- Sensory play materials (sand, rocks, beans, buttons, straws, etc.)
- Life-like toys
HOW TO INVEST
When looking at a list like the one above, it can seem overwhelming and downright expensive. The biggest misconception is that you need to get everything all at once.
This is simply not true.
Here are some ways you can truly maximize your investment in home education:
- Set a spending budget.
- Make a list of supplies, resources, and extras that you’d like to purchase.
- Prioritize your list according to most (to least) importance.
- Shop around for the best deals.
- Ensure that you are investing in things that will last.
The kicker is to not be afraid to spend a little. Our children’s education is worth it, wouldn’t you agree?
CHIME IN WITH YOUR TWO CENTS: (no pun intended) 🙂 What are your must-have’s? Share in the comments below!
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