i am looking at curriculum for next year. I don't have much money to spend. I need a curriculum plan for 3 kids ages 13, 10, and 7. The thing is I am a person who needs lesson plans already written out for me. I was considering my father's world but it only seems to have geography and a little science. I need one that also has science and math and language arts in it. I was looking at eBay which seems to be cheaper. Can anyone who has multiple kids tell me how they taught multiple children for not much money? Or is that possible?
by OFIHMarch 30, 2013 at 9:19 AM
There is a book, your library might have it, called "Homeschool Your Child for Free" (Amazon link) . It might have some good resources for you. I have it and really like it. You might not use it to help with your entire curruculum need, but it might help cut some costs.
Craigslist is a good place to put a "searching for" type post and to search locally (which saves you money) for items you want used.
Many homeschool conventions and homeschool co-ops have a used book sale at the end of the year. You can actually go and see, touch, look through everything offered.
Yahoo groups has some used homeschool curriculum groups where parents sell their items.
I know this doesn't help give you ideas on actual curriculum, but maybe it will help you save some money.
by romacoxMarch 30, 2013 at 9:24 AM
I don't know if I can be much help to you. I do use some curriculum, but also write many of my own lesson plans...very inexpensive that way.. However I do teach multiple ages at the same time. The following article explains what I do, and how I do it. How To Become More Effective As An Educator
I hope it will give you some options
by KrissyKCMarch 30, 2013 at 10:16 AM
There is a curriculum called Weaver program... it teaches multiple kids, but I never looked into it myself. It's actually supposed to teach from preK up to high school...
If you are buying curriculum new, Rod & Staff is affordable. However, I don't like their Math Curriculum it's just too dry for my kids to enjoy.
What is your budget? Because I would do the following if I had the money and had three kids:
My Father's World (approx $340 if you buy the deluxe set)
Math U See... (approx. $100 per child so $300)
and Rod and Staff English... (approx. $60 per child)
Then I'd use the library tons and do extra reports and reading. Plus free online educational games at least for the younger one and start working with the older ones on doing their own projects like maybe creating web pages, cooking and creating new recipes, learning to budget and earn an income, etc...
For my three (not teaching baby yet)... my budget each year is about $1200 that I use from the tax money. Yes, we claim less on our taxes so that we can get it at just the right time of year to buy next year's curriculum. I also budget $800 more for field trips, camps, etc... However, their regular tuitions like $25 we pay monthly to their choir group doesn't come out of that. DH manages to swing it out of his income.
This lady has made up curriculum for free:
click on the easy peasy:all in one home school http://www.livebinders.com/play/play_or_edit?id=9506
For a free science curriculum, you will have to print the curriculum off though.
Make your own math work sheets, I love this site!
Make a word search:
Book adventure: this has books listed for each grade. I love this site.
Sites that have some free stuff but also has a subscription:
enchantedlearning.com this site is 20 bucks a year. well worth it for k-3
abcteach.com this site is 40 bucks a year, it has some nice work sheets
Hi luvcats. :) Here is a link that shows some free curriculums that you might be interested in....
by lucschMarch 30, 2013 at 4:22 PM
On a budget, it may be hard to find what you want. You can just buy teacher manuals and use the library. Buying used helps, too.
I buy our HOD curriculum used, collecting it over several years.
by luvcats406March 30, 2013 at 8:21 PM
Thanks so much everyone! You really helped a lot!
March 31, 2013 at 12:06 PM
I am on a budget myself, but i allot for $1200( for two not teaching my almost 2 year old as she is nto able to interact yet) and about total $200 or i find free things to do with freinds forthe field trips.
by hipmomto3March 31, 2013 at 6:24 PMSonlight. Costs a bunch but you can buy used. I don't think math should be taught as a group to that range of ages. But we do all other subjects, more or less, together.
by oredebApril 1, 2013 at 9:49 AM
well you could find everyone there own math books and english books and then the other subjects make unit studies for? lots of free ones online