Have you got a small homeschool budget?
When I first thought about homeschooling, I wanted a perfect program to walk me through, step by step. I wanted boxes to check off, and I wanted to know I wasn’t missing anything. I hounded all my homeschooling friends for the details. “What do you use? Do you like it? What is your advice?” I was terrified of homeschooling. The one thing that everyone told me was, “You will want to buy a box set your first year, but do not do it! You will be wasting a ton of money.” I used Cathy Duffy’s top picks to narrow it down, but the cost was still freaking me out. I wasn’t even convinced we would succeed at homeschooling, nor was I certain any of these products would be the right fit. With Special needs kids, there can be so many different age ranges anyone kid can fall into. Their strengths and weaknesses can be all over the map, so where you go from there?
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We ended up holding our breath and trusting God to provide the way and the resources. We found plenty of free resources and many inexpensive resources. I’m going to share them with you here!
Teachers Pay Teachers
- Military families
- Home Life Academy members
- HSLDA members
- Homeschool Benefits Association
A great place to find free and inexpensive crafts and resources that will compliment your current areas of study. Check out the Autism Homeschool Mama boards here.
Other Useful Sites
- Math-aids– Everything you could need as far as math worksheets go, free.
- Time For Learning– I have never used this site, it’s a little pricey for me personally. I did want to include it though since I know so many people who have raved about it. If you use it as your sole material or only have one student, the cost is relatively low. I’m thinking I may be trying it out next year.
- Khan Academy– We use this to touch base in math and make sure we are learning all we need. They have a great bank of instructional videos and they also have a computer programming course. They are free, but also accept donations.
- Read Works– Free access to tons of reading comprehension passages for all skill levels!
- Epic-This app is $4.99 a month and switches out books (It’s “the Netflix of books”) monthly. They also have audio books and “read to me” books for struggling/not yet independent readers.
- Brave Writer– My son was a very reluctant writer, but following the brave writer lifestyle has been a huge change for us!
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