We have been homeschooling for almost six years now. In that time I have answered many questions. However, one question always comes up from moms considering homeschooling. “What does it cost to homeschool?” Today I am going to take a few minutes and answer that question the best way I know how.
The reality is the cost of homeschooling will hugely depend on the approach you take. I am going to list a few things to consider when deciding what homeschooling will cost for you.
Many homeschoolers use homeschool printables as a way to cut cost on workbooks or curriculum. There are also online courses with a printable component. The price on this can vary greatly depending on the printer you use and the cost of ink for that printer.
I chose the HP Envy 5660 which is part of the HP Instant Ink program. I pay 4.99 a month and get 100 pages per month. If you know you will be printing more, there are programs at a higher price point that will save you a great deal on ink.
For other homeschool families a boxed curriculum can be the best answer. You can get small work books that offer a complete curriculum in the under twenty dollar range. On the other end of things you can buy complete curriculum sets for every subject and spend hundreds. Your cost here will really depend on which curriculum you choose.
If you choose to educate using Classical Conversations or groups like it you may end up paying a group rate or fees associated with being a a part of this group. For some of these all curriculum will not be provided and you will have to buy certain supplemental curriculum.
Pieced together Method
This is me. I have a different curriculum option for every single subject and even for each child. Because of this a boxed curriculum or a group wouldn’t work for me. My costs will vary based on what curriculum I use and where I choose to buy. If you are going to piece together your curriculum based on your child what you will spend will depend on three factors: where you buy, what you buy, and whether you use coupons/deals.
Do you intend to join homeschool groups for support and encouragement? If you do, many of these come with annual fees that are paid to join. Prices can range from ten dollars up to over a hundred depending on your group and what they offer.
There are some great free field trips that you can enjoy. However, some of the field trips you may consider for your homeschool are going to cost you money. The price on these will vary based on where you are going and whether you go alone or with a group.
Not all curriculum comes with everything you need to teach it. You may find yourself buying counting bears, microscopes, or owl pellets to go with your lessons. These items can range from a few dollars to hundreds of dollars depending on what you buy.
If you have a child who struggles you may find yourself paying for tutoring. While you may be able to barter with friends for this, the costs could add up depending on what is needed.
Therapy for Learning related Issues
There are some districts that will let homeschoolers get speech and learning related therapies through their district. If your district does not offer this you may find yourself paying for these items. This can add up quickly depending on the service your child needs and the level of coverage your insurance offers.
Every state has different standards for record keeping and evaluations for homeschool families. It’s important to look at the costs of your annual evaluations or record keeping. Prices really depend on who you go to and what kind of evaluation you choose to have done.
This can look overwhelming if you are considering homeschooling. I want you to be encouraged though. While this looks like a lot, it’s spread over the course of a year and there are many ways to cut costs.
Did I forget something? Comment and I will add it to the list.