The following post is by staff writer Melissa Batai
When I was young, there was a family a few houses down from my friend who homeschooled. I thought, “Well, that’s weird.” I’m sad to say, even a year ago when I heard that one of my son’s classmates was going to get homeschooled, I thought, “Well, that’s different.”
Different, and definitely not something I wanted to do.
But, sometimes Life has different plans. This fall, I’ll start homeschooling my kids for the first time. Why? Well, simply put, my child had some bullying issues at school, and the administration did not address it the way I would have liked. My husband and I decided, at least for the time being, that it’s best to homeschool our children.
Will Homeschooling Save You Money?
If your child is attending private schools now, yes, homeschooling will likely save you money strictly in the cost of educating your child. If your child is now in public schools, homeschooling will likely cost you much more.
Financial Implications of Homeschooling
If both parents work outside the home, making the decision to homeschool will likely mean sacrificing one income. I’ve heard of couples who both continue to work outside the home by splitting shifts. One spouse works during the night, for instance, and the other spouse works during the day. Then there is always someone home with the kids. This likely wouldn’t be easy to do, but it is possible.
If one parent is already home with the children, the financial implications are likely less serious. I’m a freelance writer who already cares for our two younger children at home. Deciding to homeschool just meant that I would have a little more on my plate every day. Our income will remain the same.
Keep in mind, public school is much cheaper than homeschooling. However, for some (like us) public school wasn’t even an option because the schools in the area are so inadequate. Our only option was private school; homeschooling will be much cheaper than that.
Like Everything Else, You Get What You Pay For
If you’re considering homeschooling, let me tell you, there is so much available! You can find everything from free materials on the web to $1,000 curriculums.
There are sites entirely devoted to finding and using free homeschool materials. Personally, I think patchworking together lessons from free materials would be difficult, but there are definitely people who do this.
Instead, I decided to go with a moderately priced curriculum. I got all the lesson plans and materials shipped to my house. This ensures that my child will get a well rounded education and that I won’t have to devote all my time to chasing down freebies and creating lesson plans. I can continue to use my “free” time on the weekends and evenings to do my freelance writing work.
Our homeschool year starts in just a few weeks, and I’m both nervous and excited, as is my child. While we are saving money compared to paying for a private education, our main focus now is quality of education and making sure our child maintains and grows his abilities.
My Questions for You
Are you like me? Did you initially think homeschooling is “different”? Would you consider homeschooling your children? What would the financial implications be for your family?