If you think you can’t afford to homeschool, think again. There are several options that allow you to teach your children at home… for FREE!*
First of all, you have excellent free homeschool curriculums like Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool and Ambleside Online. These sites, which gives you everything you need (except books you can get from the library and basic supplies), are definitely the most convenient to use. If you’d rather improvise your own curriculum, though, the Internet is full of free homeschooling resources, like these tremendously helpful lists from Only Passionate Curiosity and How to Homeschool for Free.
If you’re okay working with a public school to teach your child at home, there are even more options. These programs aren’t officially recognized as homeschooling because it’s actually online, at-home public schooling. This means that the school system provides all the materials and helpful support services while you do the teaching at home.
One of the largest providers of online public schools is K12.com. As the name implies, they serve all students between Kindergarten and 12th grade.
With K12, all you need is an internet connection! You log in every day and complete the assignments that are listed in your day’s tasks. Some tasks instruct you to use offline materials. Many are completely online. Students are expected to work 5-6 hours per day completing online assignments, offline worksheets, projects and other activities.
Everything you need for the offline activities is shipped directly to your home. When I signed my son up for first grade, we received four big boxes of supplies… all the books and materials we would need for the entire year. There were handwriting workbooks, math shapes, counting cubes, a scale and so much more. It was awesome – and he was so excited to dig in and start learning!
Since they are a public school, they participate in all state standards, assessments and requirements. Students graduate the online school with a high school diploma.
Schools can use K12 in different ways. Some are complete virtual academies, and others are blended schools. To find out what K12 schools are available to you, click here.
Of course, K12 isn’t the only public-school-at-home provider. I have a friend who absolutely loves using Columbia Virtual Academy’s Moving Beyond the Page curriculum for her two boys. You can follow her blog here to learn more about CVA and Moving Beyond the Page. I’ve never used it but it sounds great!
Depending on where you’re located, you may also have access to one of these public schools:
Of course, every family is different. Fortunately, there are school options for everyone. If you’re looking to teach your kids at home, there is a homeschool or school-at-home program that will meet your family’s unique needs. If you have any questions or suggestions, please leave them in the comments! 🙂
*For the purposes of this article, I am not including missed income.
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