Monday, March 14, 2016

12 Budget-Friendly Homeschool Resources

homeschool resources for a budget

Part of the challenge of being a homeschool mom is finding materials that are educational, fun, AND affordable. I don't have a huge budget to spend on an expensive curriculum, so I have to do my research to find products that don't bust my wallet.

The good thing is that with an estimated 2 million families homeschooling in the U.S. alone, companies are coming out with new materials specifically for homeschoolers. And many of these products have been created by homeschooling families who have discovered new ways to make learning easier and more fun.

One of my favorite sites for finding good deals on great products is Educents. It's like Zulily for educators with a focus on educational products available for a great discount.

Here's a list of the best affordable homeschool resources - all available for $20 or less on Educents.

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Helpful Resources 

Homeschool Planner - This planner includes dated journal pages, practical forms, motivational quotes, and teaching aides to make your homeschool planning effortless and enjoyable.

Do-a-Dot Mega Bundle - 17 different activities that cover fine motor skills, numbers, letters, sight words, word families, shapes, colors, patterns, and early addition. All of these items are designed for us with do-a-dot markers, but they also come with a variety of suggestions for alternative uses.

Photography Lessons for Kids - Add some fun to your homeschool! Whether your kids have a point and shoot or a DSLR camera, the fundamental rules of photography can still be taught.

Math Resources 

Tegu Geometric Blocks - Here's a hands-on way to learn geometric shapes. These blocks come in many shapes and colors.

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Times Tales DVD - Kids can learn their times tables in a snap! Most homeschoolers say this DVD only takes about an hour to teach kids the upper times tables. There's also a downloadable version available.

Life of Fred Math Stories - After reading the Fred books, kids will never say "math is boring" ever again. These fictional stories weave in math concepts with real world examples. Start with the Apples book for early math, and follow Fred all the way to calculus lessons!

Tegu Geometric Blocks - Here's a hands-on way to learn geometric shapes. These blocks come in many shapes and colors.

Science Activities

Slimy Squishy Polymer Bucket - Learn, create, and play with your student. These polymers can help teach measurements, chemical reactions, and following directions.

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One Minute Science Mysteries - Each story, just one minute long, challenges students' knowledge in earth, space, life, physical, chemical, and general science. 

Language Arts Games & Lessons

uKloo Early Riddle Edition Treasure Hunt Game -Disguised as a treasure hunt, this literacy game gets kids physically active as they strengthen reading comprehension skills while solving clues to find a surprise.

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Let's Get Reading Bundle - Play detective with this printable packet investigating CVC words, phonics, word families and more! Kids can even print & wear spy gear!

Cursive Writing Worksheets - Make handwriting practice more fun with these superhero-themed printable worksheets.

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