I am in full planning mode for the new school year. There are many costs when it comes to homeschooling. Here is the break down of mine. I’ll share how much I spend on curriculum, school supplies and co-op expenses.
Reading: All About Reading Level 2. – I already have the teacher’s manual for this, so I only need to purchase the student pages. $29.95 I was also gifted the Bob Jones first grade readers, so we will be using those as well for reinforcement.
Phonics: Explode the Code book 3 – Christian book has this for $4.99.
Handwriting: A Reason for Handwriting A – $13.99 at christianbook.com
Math: Horizons Math 1 – $22.00 christianbook.com – I decided to purchase book 1 and see if I need to purchase book 2. It takes most of the school year to get through book 1.
Language Arts: Learning Language Arts Through Literature the orange book– $38.00 at christianbook.com – This curriculum includes reading, spelling, handwriting, vocabulary and writing.
Phonics: Explode the Code level 7 – $4.99 at christianbook.com
Math: Horizons Math 3 – $22.00 at christianbook.com. I am just purchasing book 1 for now and see how far into the school year she finishes.
Typing: Free online program
History: The Story of the World level 2 – I purchased both level 1 and level 2 with the student materials and cd for $30.00 from a buy/trade curriculum facebook group last year. So, I do not need to purchase this.
Science: Sonlight Science C – I purchased this entire science curriculum from another facebook buy/sell curriculum group for $15.00 What a deal! I only need to purchase 2 books and I found them on amazon for less than 10 dollars a piece. This set from Sonlight is priced at over $200.
Curriculum Total: $160.90
School Supplies and School Room
This year we went to Meijer and bought Crayola markers ($1.00 a pack), Crayola Crayons ( .50 a pack), paint, glue sticks (.50 a pack), colored pencils(1.oo a pack) and water colors(2.50 a pack). I really stocked up so I wouldn’t have to buy any more this year. We also upgraded the school room with shelves from Ikea and a new dry-erase board.
Supplies Total: $44.00
School Room: $220
We are a part of our local Christian Schools homeschool program. This program offers a lot of different things. My kids have a school day 2 Fridays a month where I drop them off at 9:30 and pick them up at 2:30. They plan field trips, have a homeschool library where I can check items and manipulatives out, have yearbooks, class pictures, can participate in speech, spelling bees, and sports. They can also take on-campus electives. This isn’t a cheap program, but my kids really enjoy it. It is around $2,000 a year for both kids.
Co-op Total: $2,000
This is my expenses break down. Homeschooling can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. It just depends on what you are involved in and what kinds of curriculum you purchase. This is what my year looks like. What about you? Share with me in the comments. I would love to hear from you!