“One aspect of home schooling that parents might not consider at first is the cost. The home schooling curriculums can be quite expensive to purchase, especially if there is more than one child in the household. The accredited home school curriculums are the most expensive since they have been certified by the government to contain the material that students need to know for a particular grade level. Thus, there is usually an abundance of materials and teachers guides to use which makes these curriculums easy for the parents to utilize and modify with their children. Sometimes, these home school curriculums can be bought used. Parents will sometimes choose to home school their children through a certain age and then send them to the public or private schools. Thus, they have a set of text books that are not being used anymore that they want to get rid of. If parents buy these used curriculums, it is a good idea to find out how old the curriculum is and whether all of the materials are still with the set.
There are also some free home school curriculums that can be utilized today. There are a wealth of resources that can be found through different organizations on the internet as well as by contacting certain organizations and asking for their materials. The National Endowment for Humanities offers many free home school curriculum materials that can be used either as a supplement to other curriculums or as the core of a particular curriculum. Many of these free home school curriculums will need to be used with other versions on a particular subject because the curriculums are not accredited and do not necessarily offer a comprehensive look at a particular subject, especially if used from one grade level to the next.
Becoming a part of a home schooling group is another way to gain some free home schooling curriculum materials since each parent usually uses something a little different with their children. By going to these groups, the parents and children are able to interact with each other and share ideas and curriculum materials with each other, thus reducing the cost for all. Parents will often have children of an age on one side or the other of other parents and can thus start passing down curriculum materials as they are finished with them. Thus, although the materials are not free to begin with, as time goes on, the home school curriculum becomes free for those with younger children.”