How Much Does it Cost to Homeschool ? This post lays out the average cost of homeschooling from the perspective of an experienced homeschool mom.
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How Much Does it Cost to Homeschool?
We are very money conscience when it comes to… well… just about everything.
We budget for our groceries, bills, and savings as well as our homeschool curriuclum.
No endless budget for homeschool supplies and curriculum here.
I understand where people might become a little afraid to homeschool when they are thinking of purchasing curriculum for their kids.
The truth of the matter is, homeschooling can cost anywhere from $0 all the way to thousands of dollars.
Below I’m going to lay out how to homeschool within a specific budget, supplies you need, other costs, and more.
Related Post: How to homeschool for free using the Charlotte Mason method
Homeschooling for Free
It may seem like this is a gimmick. How can you homeschool for free? Will your child even learn anything? How is that even a legitamate option.
Well, yes, it is, and you can.
There is one specific program that comes to mind when people mention homeschooling for free. That’s Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool.
Easy Peasy is a very solid choice for homeschoolers. It’s all online with a scheduling program on their website.
The creator, Lee Giles, has spent so much time, and put so much thought into this program. You can really see how she poured herself into this.
Easy Peasy covers grades Preschool through Highschool & every subject you’ll need.
How much does it cost to homeschool? More Free options!
Ambleside Online is a curriculum guide for Charlotte Mason homeschoolers. Completely free using living books. However, there are a few books that may cost $.
In order to avoid this, you can look for those titles at your library.
Khan Academy covers most subjects up through 12th grade.It’s a completely online based program.
Right now Wildwood covers up through age 14. There’s booklists that may contain paid books, but again, you can check most of them out at your local library.
Old Fashioned Education
Old Fashioned Education is another completely free program. It has schedules and plans already made out for you.
Piecing together your own curriculum through various free printable & online resources.
You can always go to your local state board of education website to find out what subjects are required for each grade level.
Then scour Pinterest and Google for free printable resources that you can use to cover each subject.
There are so many great resources. Full curriculums and unit studies.
Check out our free printables and resources page. You can also use the search bar below to search for other freebies that may not be one the resource page.
We have several homeschool planners that are free to choose from.
Homeschooling for $1-$200
Spending $1-$200 total for homeschooling is completely possible as well.
Here’s a few curriculum packages that will keep you under that mark:
A basic 5th grade curriculum set can cost you about $182. The Kindergarten program is about $60.
Rainbow Resource Starter Packs
Rainbow Resource has starter homeschool packs for under $200.
Piecing together your own
Using different programs to piece together your own curriculum is a great way to make sure you stick under a $200 budget. Plus it helps you to tailor each subject to your child’s learning style.
A Gentle Feast
A Gentle Feast can be a super cost effective Charlotte Mason curriculum if you use your library and free public domain books. But, I decided to slip it into this category in case you were to purchase all the books required for the year.
Even then, you can expect to be on the lower end of the spectrum here.
Memoria Press for Younger Grades
My Father’s World K- Middle School
Gather Round Homeschool
You can get this unit study style curriculum for just under $500. But, I chose to put it in this category because of printing costs.
My suggestion for this curriculum would be to buy an Epson Ecotank. It will save you a ton of money on printing.
Gather Round Homeschool will cover grades Preschool-12. They can all be taught out of the one purchase, and it can be reused in later years which makes it super cost effective in the long run.
When you purchase the curriculum for just one student it’s under the $500 mark, but for a family it’s over. That’s why I put Monarch in this section.
My Father’s World High School
Memoria Press for Upper Grades
Homeschooling for over $1000
When you choose something like distance learning or combine several of the packages above for multiple children, things add up quickly.
So, yes, depending on the curriculum you use, you can find yourself way over $1000.
Supplies You Need to Homeschool
- Printer, Ink, & Paper
A printer is definitely something I consider as a must-have homeschool item.
My favorite and most cost effective printer is the Epson Ecotank. It’s the best purchase I have ever made for my homeschool.
- Notebooks & Paper
- Organization and Storage
- Pens, Pencils, Markers, Colored Pencils, Crayons
- Various Kinds of Paint
Suggested read: 10 Homeschool Supplies Every Homeschooler Needs
Other Homeschool Costs
These are a few things that may cost extra money if you decide to incorporated them into your homeschool.
- Field Trips
- Other Extracurricular Activities
Keep this in mind when wondering “How Much Does it Cost to Homeschool?…
I’ve barely scratched the surface of homeschool curriculum. There are a million and one things to choose from.
Don’t let that freak you out.
Here’s a post that you may find helpful: How to Start Homeschooling: A Complete Step-by-Step Guide