At the beginning of the 2020-21 academic school year, there has been an increase of 11.1% of homeschooling households in Pennsylvania, and through out the Nation. This increase can be largely attributed to the Pandemic COVID-19. Homeschooling may not be the best choice for all families, but it is for many. It is important to understand the costs involved and how you can afford it before you decide if homeschooling is right for your child.
1. Estimated Costs Of Homeschooling
There are many costs involved in homeschooling your children. The following are some of the most common costs that homeschooling families might have to pay:
♢ Curriculum and learning materials
♢ School supplies include pencils, notebooks and other school supplies.
♢ Field trips
♢ Extracurricular activities, such as sports, art lessons and music lessons
♢ Families who are members of a co-operative homeschool need to pay cooperative fees
♢ Testing fees, if state homeschooling guidelines mandate regular testing
It easily adds up to an average cost of $700 to $1800 per student per year. A family of four with two school-aged kids could pay anywhere from $1,400 up to $3,600 annually for homeschooling.
It is important to remember that homeschooling can result in higher costs, or at least less apparent when budgeting for the household.
Curriculum: Some families prefer to buy a homeschool curriculum. A single prepackaged curriculum can cost up to $1,000, which can add up quickly for families with children of different grades.
Transportation: Homeschooling does not mean that families stay at home all day. It is possible to take field trips, sign up for art classes or join a co-op that includes other homeschool families. This can help foster social interaction and expand your learning horizons. It can also lead to increased monthly gas and transportation costs.
Supplies: Homeschool supplies can include more than pencils, markers, and notebooks. For example, a microscope or any other equipment may be required by families to conduct science labs. They may also need to purchase arts-and crafts supplies in order to do hands-on projects. These costs can all add up to homeschooling.
Food: Children who attend public schools may be eligible to receive a reduced or free lunch, depending on the state’s guidelines. If you have children at home, it could increase grocery spending.
2. How To Homeschool On A Budget
Homeschooling can quickly add up, especially if you have multiple children. It can be difficult to set a budget and stick to it. But it’s possible!
1. Combine subjects
You don’t need to buy each child a science or history curriculum. You can save money by combining subjects. Although you might have to change the curriculum from year-to-year, it is possible to combine subjects so that you only purchase one set of curriculum for each child.
2. Save a few dollars from each paycheck
Each week, take a small amount of money to help homeschooling. You can either put this money in a separate account or in a budget category. It will be so helpful to have money available for when you are in need.
3. Get advantage of sales
You can find yard sales and library book sales as well as homeschool group book sales. This will be a huge help in your budget.
4. Medical expenses
The bacteria and viruses that can make their way through classrooms each winter are not passed on to homeschooled children. This makes it easier to avoid the flu or other infections. This saves money on medication and doctor visits as well as lost time at school or work.
You can also save money on your family vacations by homeschooling. You can have flexible hours when you homeschool. Vacations can be taken off-season, which means you get to enjoy drastically reduced prices on airfare, hotels, and entertainment tickets.
3. How To Cut Homeschooling Costs
While we all want to reduce our homeschooling costs, especially in today’s economy, few people want to sacrifice the education of their children. These are few effective ways to reduce homeschooling costs without sacrificing quality education.
Use what you have
Trade textbooks for live books and workbooks for notebooks . Teach your children how to learn by tutoring them. There are Living books for all areas of study. Your child will enjoy a rich, challenging, rewarding education by adding narration to writing and courses.
You can find free samples, classes, and sales from many homeschool companies. Many companies offer free trials before purchasing their complete product.
You may feel more at ease using a pre-prepared math program. However, you can always buy a used copy from a bookseller who specializes in used books, or at an online auction.
Many families were forced to purchase extra devices for homeschooling their children. These devices, along with their chargers, are sometimes provided by school districts for household use. This extra technology, and the increased use of outlets in the house, can dramatically increase your PECO bills. Using smart products and taking care of the unnecessary device plugging can be helpful. One way to reduce your Philadelphia electricity will be to use as much natural light as possible.
One of the most significant benefits of homeschooling is that it’s so flexible. You can spend as much or as little as you want. And there are plenty of ways to give your kids a comprehensive education without breaking the bank.