Monday, September 22, 2014

The Benefits of a Homeschool ID Card for Parents and Students

Are you a homeschooler? Yes? Do you have a Teacher's Card?

If you answered "yes" again, then way to go!

But if you answered "no" then let me convince you to print your own - tonight.

Why Teacher ID Cards are Important for Homeschoolers

If you are a homeschooling parent, then you are an educator, and as such, you should have some form of documentation that identifies you as one for several reasons:

  1. You may be entitled to special discounts for entrance to - or classes at - certain museums and other field trip locations. 
  2. You can also enjoy additional discounts at may of your local stores.
  3. If you are ever questioned by a law enforcement officer as to why your child is not in school, you can prove that you are a homeschooling family. (This is really not likely, but it depends on your state and how serious officers are about such a policy.)
There are so many stores at which you probably shop where you could be saving money. Gift Card Granny (don't laugh!) has done an amazing job of compiling a Complete List of 80 Teacher Discounts. The ones that I frequent the most are Michaels and JoAnn's (we go through a LOT of art supplies around here). I absolutely love that in addition to using my store coupons, I can also whip out my teacher's ID card and get an additional 15% off my purchases. 

Homeschoolers Qualify for Teacher Discounts at Target

Target offers teachers coupons and discounts throughout the year. This benefit is also available to homeschoolers who register via their website/app. Registering is super easy. Watch this video to see how:

How to Get Your Own Homeschool ID Card

It is so easy. 

Some states will mail you a card when you register your homeschool (or you can ask them for one). But if they don't, then you can use one of several places online or create your own using Picmonkey or Canva.

Homeschool Teacher ID Card Templates 

I found that using Canva made creating my own teacher ID cards super easy. I just modified some of their templates with the basic information that most stores require when applying for teacher discounts. 

If you'd like some help creating yours, you can use my homeschool teacher ID card templates. They come with six designs: 3 for the free version of Canva and 3 for the pro version. You choose what works best for you.

I went ahead and printed my own card on some heavy photo paper, then laminated it using Scotch Self-Sealing Laminating Pouches (affiliate link). Overall, it took me about 10 minutes. I think it turned out very well and it's easy to just whip it out whenever I walk up to the register at Michaels. (You get a special card at JoAnn's after showing them your teacher's ID.)

So if you are a homeschooling mami or papá, this is one free resource of which you should definitely take advantage!

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