An Honest Look at How Much Homeschooling Costs
Today I’m joining with my friends from the iHomeschool Network, to take a look at How Much Homeschooling Actually Costs. We are all digging into our finances a bit, to share with you an honest look at how much we are spending on homeschool.
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Breaking Down the Homeschool Cost
- Bible – Bible Study Guide for All Ages (I use 3 sets of lessons $6 each, $18 total).
- American History – Notgrass America the Beautiful, a one year American history, geography and literature course ($99).
- – The companion books that go along with the Notgrass America the Beautiful history course ($60).
- State History – Ohio State History ($28) from State History From a Christian Perspective by Joy Dean, Master Plan book ($8) and the State Notebook Journal from Abeka ($5) ($41 total)
- Science– This fall we will be finishing up Apologia’s Swimming Creatures of the 5th Day (30) which I purchased last year along with the companion notebooking journal ($20). Mid-year we will be doing Land Animals of the 6th Day ($30) along with the companion notebooking journal ($20). ($50 for a Year’s curriculum).
- Math – We use Khan Academy’s Math, this a complete math curriculum that covers math from elementary to advanced highschool mathematics (FREE, but an awesome value) Click here: Khan Academy to learn more.
- Language Arts – Each year, I use Designing Your Own Language Arts Curriculum (*$3.79 value) as my overall guide, then I pull resources from a variety of workbooks, online freebies, and old English books from when I was in school. I also use workbooks from Evan Moor such as Daily Paragraph Editingn($30) and Writing Fabulous Sentences ($12). I’ll be using Write Shop Level C which I won in a free download at a Twitter party. (
- Foreign Language – German Course from Middlebury Interactive (*$120 Value)..
- Art – We use the Simple Start in Chalk Pastels, series from Hodgepodge. This year we will be using the Fall (*$5 value) and the Spring (*$8 value) eBooks. Prisma Chalk Pastels ($18-32 depending on quantity).
- Music – SQUILT a music appreciation, downloadable ebook (* $9.99 value). Piano Lesson ($20 a month). Voice Lesson ($20 a month). Little Man does both Piano and voice lessons for 9 months out of the year, each month he does 2 piano and 2 voice lessons, for a total cost of $360.
- Gym – We are blessed to live in an area where we can choose which gym class we want Little Man to be a part of. We choose The Homeschool Gym, and the cost is $45 per quarter, with 4 quarters per year. ($180 per year).
- Chess Club – $50 for 6 months worth of an instructional chess club. ($100 per year.)
- Field Trips & Enhancement Classes– This is an ever changing cost, because it is determined by what is available with various groups each year and what we choose to participate in. I would estimate that we spend about $120 – $150 per year on field trips, meet ups, or enhancement classes.
- Miscellaneous Expenses – With homeschooling comes miscellaneous expenses, school supplies, art supplies, gas to various activities, printing costs, and even internet service are all costs which factor in to home education expenses. These expenses can be difficult to narrow down, because what you find is you simply factor them into your household living expenses. You would have to be extremely diligent with your accounting to separate out what the educational expenses are. My estimated miscellaneous costs per year are about $300.
Ideas for Keeping Costs Low
- You can keep your costs low by purchasing gently used materials, re-using text books from older siblings, finding sales, and exchanging with friends.
- Utilize your local library, government websites, your church resources, and other free resources.
- Collaborate with friends to provide opportunities at lower costs.
- Using unit studies can also keep your costs low because they allow you to teach all of your children one lesson and then they work at their own level. Try Homeschool Share for free unit studies and lapbooks.
- There are also free resources available through companies like Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool.
- Consider to work in trade for classes if you have a friend who teaches piano, art or other offer to trade lessons for something you can provide.
It’s your turn. About how much do you spend on average in a homeschool year? Share your costs in comments.