I love our style of homeschooling. I love the hands-on lessons, I love our ability to travel. I love the time I spend with my kids.
But there are costs and downsides to homeschooling. I know it’s a question I get from time to time.
How much does it really cost to homeschool?
I’m going to leave out the opportunity costs, things we can’t do because we homeschool, but focus on the actual cost of what I buy. I’m sure there are many posts that can tell you about that.
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- Exploring Creation With Astronomy$30
- Astronomy Notebooking Journal for Exploring Creation with Astronomy$20 x3
- Christian Kids Explore Earth and Space $40
- Mystery of History 2 (and the 2 items below) $50
- Mystery of History 2 super supplemental pack $60
- Mystery of History 2 reproducible pack $20
- Mystery of History 2 audio $50
- Illuminations year 2 $125
- Math U See Delta $44 and $30 (instruction and student packs)
- Applied Grammar $44 (out of business)
- Writing Ideas Tiles $70 (currently, I might buy the rest of the set)
As you can see that adds up to a lot of money, and that’s not the random chapter books and art supplies I buy throughout the year.
But, that’s not truly the cost, that’s just the market price. I plan my school years out years in advance.
So when I went to GHC in April I knew what I wanted to buy, and I got the MOH audiobooks for $30, and my science was $22 for the text and $15 for the notebooks. I buy the Bright Ideas stuff when they’re on sale. That’s why I let you guys know when they have sales because I know that’s when I want to shop. I bought the MOH2 textbook over 3 years ago before we completed US history.
So, in reality, I probably spent about $500. But, let’s break it down further.
$400 of that was a one-time purchase I will use over multiple years
I’m going to use ALL of the MOH2 materials at least one more time. I’m going to use Illuminations 2 at least one more time. And I know I’ll be using the grammar and writing for several more years. SEVERAL.
I plan to let my kids organize their own science for middle school and review all we covered during elementary, so both of those science books will be used again.
That gets me down to $100 or so of non-reusable stuff just for this year.
Let’s talk art supplies and chapter books now.
I easily spend $200 a year on art supplies, peg dolls, paints, colored pencils, glue, you name it.
You know what?
I’d spend that if the kids were homeschooled or in public school. I want my kids to have access to those materials. I’d spend it because I want to use those items.
Books? Oh, don’t get me started on books. I visited with a college roommate this past week, and her biggest memory of me from college looks like this:
So, I don’t really think I’d save ANY money on books if they were in public school. If our personal library is any indication….
But here’s what I gain because of homeschooling, yes it costs money, but here’s what I can’t buy.
The memories, and who they have become because of homeschooling and our parenting choices.