6 Steps to Ensure Your Homeschool Can Survive A Financial Crisis

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Would a financial crisis in your family jeapordize your homeschool?

If you weren’t able to allocate any funds to homeschool curriculum or resources what would you do? Could you continue to homeschool?

Personally I’ve worked very hard to ensure that I could be at home with my children, even though it requires me to work from home. But we still have faced interesting financial times. A couple years ago, I realized that I needed a curriculum backup plan.

While I believed that I could homeschool with just an internet connection and a library card, I needed to know that  my kids could continue to be homeschooled even if I couldn’t invest another dollar into curriculum or resources.

Now I’m electic in my resources, and am homeschooling four kids from a kindergartener to a high schooler. So, what works for me may be different than what works for you, but here are some of the strategies I used in creating my homeschool backup plan:

1. Identify your needs for core basic curriculum – Reading, Writing, and Math.

Afterall,if they can read and write they can learn anything. And Math is well… just plain necessary to do much of anything in life. Identify where your children are and where they are going. 

2. Identify which resources you think you need to buy.

Make a list of what you think you’ll need, if the world is perfect. I’m not talking about buying full curriculum packages for all twelve years – that’s not within most people’s budgets AND not flexible enough for adapting your homeschooling  to your child’s changing needs or interests.  But having a list of what you think you need becomes your starting point to begin the next step.  

3. Look for free, nearly free, or low cost alternatives to those things you think you need to buy. Can you use alternatives? 

 For example, I really like Sonlight’s literature based curriculum, but buying twelve years is just not possible for us. So I identified which materials we already had, and found some interesting alternative literature-based programs for a lot less.  

To help save you some time, over the next few weeks I’ll share some of the resources I found with you.

4. For those curriculum or resources items you absolutely must buy, purchase them.

Some things just have to be purchased. Identify what those are for you and begin budgeting for them and purchasing them.  For us, this included another copy of Mastering Mathematics (elementary math), a few volumes of Life of Fred (middle and high school math), a used microscope, the Robinson Curriculum, and a refurbished duplex, laser printer.

5. Create a list of basic core curriculum tools or resources you may use, just so you have it on hand when the time comes.

It’s really tempting to save your favorite resources and links on the computer, but computers fail. By writing out or printing off a list of the resources you’ve identified and storing it a binder or a safe place, you’ll know that you have the information at your finger tips, even if your computer has died.

6. For Science, History, and electives, identify what resources you can tap into for free or nearly free.

There are so many resources available for science, history, and electives it can make your head spin. There’s fabulous materials out there, thanks to the generosity and effort of others. In the coming weeks I’ll share some of my favorites. But I encourage to make a list of those that you really like so you can find them later if you need them.

Homeschooling is a fun journey. Work, yes. But fun and amazing. It’s worth putting the effort in to ensure you can continue, even if you can’t invest any more money into it. Our greatest investment is in our children. To me it’s worth taking the time and effort to safegaurd that investment and the investment we are making into their education.



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  4. Tonya says:

    Hi Shannon, Thanks for sharing this! I’d never heard of the Life of Fred, but was intrigued. Ended up placing an order and the kids love it! Love your blog- I gave you a blog award at my blog. Blessings, Tonya

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