Monday, October 26, 2009

Thrifty Homeschooling

I frequently shop at the local thrift stores for my recycled apparel sewing projects, but I never realized how many homeschooling supplies could be found there too!

I got these awesome posters for only $2!
And these story writing posters came in the same bag with the items above:

Of course there are always books:
And, how about this sweet find for $1??
I don't feel like homeschooling should break the bank. People have been schooling their own children for thousands of years, and they have done it with few other resources besides their own experience. I am trying to follow that example and demonstrate to my son that opportunities for learning are all around us. But, sometimes posters, books, and child-friendly clocks are fun to have. Especially when they only cost a few dollars. :)

Friday, October 16, 2009


This week we took homeschooling on the road since we planned a visit to my in-laws out of state. I thought that the quiet "backwoods" haven of his grandparent's house would be a tranquil environment conducive to uninterrupted lessons. It didn't occur to me that grandma's house is a "rule-free-zone." After cereal for dinner, a shower of new toys, and hours upon hours of puppet play with grandma, I realized that my plans for scheduled lessons were deluded. So, instead of being the mean mom that taints the few days a year that my son gets to see his paternal grandparents, I just wrote the whole week off as a homeschool wash. We did get through one lesson early in the week, but his heart wasn't really in it and I doubt he even retained anything.

I plan to start fresh next week, and I even bought a Chemistry Curriculum via E-book from Pandia Press to inspire the boy. He loves to do experiments, and this lesson package is fabulous. I didn't expect to buy any pre-made curriculums for this homeschooling endeavor, but he is so interested in chemistry that I felt it would be worth the investment. Plus, it was only 30-some-odd dollars, so it's not as if I'm cashing in any bonds to provide this for my son. I definitely want to encourage his passions, and I'm confident this will add another level of excitement to our current activities.

I just hope that the trip to Grandma's isn't going to make lessons harder to focus on next week. He's always a little wonky after we get back from vacation. I guess I will just have to plow through the poutiness and woo him with new material. :)