Homeschooling 5 children completely FREE this year!!!part 1

ID-100302886I have been homeschooling for a long time.  My oldest was in 2nd grade when we decided to begin our homeschooling adventure.  She is in her final year of college getting her Bachelor’s degree.  That makes me old.  But I tend to look at it and say that it makes me experienced.

I used to anticipate getting all of the homeschooling curriculum magazines and I would pour over them to view all of the new products that they had to offer each year.  I would circle each that I wanted, and start writing out my long list of items.  Things looked promising, I had high hopes of filling up an entire day of doing schooling.

Things were good till about halfway in to the year.  We grew tired of doing some of the work.  We realized that a lot of it was repetitive, especially going from year to year.  There were so many “extras” that consumed much of my time as a mom.  By the end of the year, I had started reselling my items on vegsource.com and went looking for the next best thing.

This cycle repeated itself every year.

Then it happened, my husband was laid off of work and it was time to begin a new year.  I had 4 children that I had to do schooling with and no money to do it.  Meanwhile I had 4 little ones under 5 years old to tend to during the day.  What was I going to do?   I wasn’t an internet person at all.  Had never even heard of a blog!!!  But I started looking for cheap ways to homeschool my children.  I was amazed at all of the FREE resources that were out there if you were willing to take the time to look.  I had my printer full of ink and started printing worksheets.  That was our first year of FREE.

The next year rolled around and I had the opportunity to buy curriculum and I did.  After spending $500 to get  complete programs for all of the children, I was a little disappointed in myself, but went with it.  We had a good year, but all the while, I thought that I could have saved our family a huge chunk of cash for some time searching.  I vowed to do it the next year.

That is what I did.  But I also started a blog.  So I did online schooling for my children and put it on my blog for others to use.  This was all great for us and it helped out many others but, I realized that the internet is changing so much, and so many people are using advertisements on their blogs now and that can lead to children viewing inappropriate things.  What was a good alternative?

Offering a completely FREE printable curriculum so that you would have no need for internet access each day.  This was perfect for our family.  We have 5 doing school this year and there would NOT be enough laptops to go around. It was going to be the answer.

But it took some time to do.   I spent about a month writing entire years worth of curriculum based on the scope and sequence for each grade level.  I know it works because we have recently moved to a state where you have to test your children and my children have all passed their grade levels by doing the curriculum that we offer.

It takes some time to print everything off and then some time punching holes, but well worth it.  We spent hours, punching holes and putting them into folders for the year.  I made a folder for each month and put all of the papers that they were going to do in order and hooked them in. I made my own homemade workbooks just like the ones we spent $500 on in previous years.

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Here is one of the first grade folder sets.  I made one for each month and wrote the months on the front.  IMG_20150712_201456

For first grade, I didn’t punch holes in the pages because I didn’t know how many pages my child would complete each day. IMG_20150712_201518 The first couple months are easy, only doing a few pages each day.

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I have on the printable pages, how many you are supposed to do for each day.  That way you know which days your pages start and end.IMG_20150712_201628

As the year progresses, worksheets increase.  This way if your child cannot get them all done in one day, you can do them over multiple days.  IMG_20150712_201647I wrote inside each folder, how many days per week and how many weeks per month to work.  Helps a busy Momma keep track.

IMG_20150712_201734_editHere is Autumn who will be doing her first grade folders.

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This is what my living room looked like as we were putting the pages in order.  Lots of paper dots everywhere.  My children enjoyed playing with the “snow.”  IMG_20150712_114556

I put each month in order and handed them to a different girl.  Brooklyn put all of hers in her folder.IMG_20150712_114559Jadyn did her’s too.  We were tired.  We did 50 folders that day!!!  Our backs were sore!!

Click here to view all of our FREE schooling resources. Keep reading for step by step instructions on how we did schooling completely free for 5 children this year.

 

Up next……….step by step instuction

 

**I must disclose, I did have to pay for paper, ink, and folders.  I bought a case of paper at SAMS club for $12 and ink cost me $10 by buying them online,  and the folders were like 12 cents or something ridiculously cheap!!  So technically it wasn’t FREE you have to pay for those items, but $28 divided by 5 children is like $5 each.  I think it is safe to say its FREE. Most of us will spend $5 on a Starbucks that lasts for a few moments.  This will last for 180 days worth of schooling—-definitely a deal!

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

 

9 responses to “Homeschooling 5 children completely FREE this year!!!part 1

  1. Thank You Amy
    Your hard work is truly appreciated.
    Can you tell us what type of printer you have?
    Since there is so much to print, it must be very economical, and since ours just died, I am in DESPERATE need, as it is school planning time!
    Blessings

    • Chris—-I am all about old school. LOL. We had a nice printer that we bought new and it died within a year, plus the ink was ridiculously expensive. My advice, hit goodwill or craigslist and get an old one. We have a Brother All in One MFC 420 and it has worked for about 10 years. Ink costs me like $2 a cartridge online. I had a problem with it once, googled it and I just had to reset the software. It was set to not print after so many pages, like years and years, so I cleared it out and it worked flawlessly. I love it and will NEVER buy a new one again. hope that helps

    • Ashley Pickrell

      Ours died at the beginning of this year as well and we needed a new one FAST. After lots of research we ended up buying a Brother DCPL2540DW Wireless Compact Laser Printer, found on Amazon. I love it. It prints in black and white but it scans in color. Ink is reasonably priced and long lasting. It prints fast, great for all those worksheets and booklets. Plus it’s wireless and with the apps on our phones and tablets we can print from any device anywhere in the house. A great investment!

  2. Your system is also cool because of how you can customize to each child.

    • Yes, that is what my plans are. I should get a video in this week of what our plans are going to be, more in depth. Just need to find the time:)

  3. Ashley Pickrell

    Just wanted to stop by and say thank you from the bottom of my heart!! I am a 1st generation, 1st time homeschooling mama who knows no one else in my area who homeschools. Over my head in all aspects! This is such a blessing to my overwhelmed heart and mind. I really really appreciate all the hard work you have done and then putting it all online for free. Thanks again!

    • Thank you Ashley, I want to help. It seems years ago, there was so much out there free like this and then recently, it seems it is harder and harder to find completely free things without having to “jump through hoops to get it:)” I wanted to do what those other people did for me. I just wasn’t up on the internet at the time to remember where I got them from. I pray that I can always continue to do this and help others who can benefit. Glad you are able to use it. Be blessed. Amy

  4. Wow! That’s awesome that out of your need you were able to be so rescourseful! Though I love the curriculum we use I don’t depend on it fully. There are so many lessons and life skills they can learn as we go about our days if we look for the opportunity to teach them! Linking up with you at graced simplicity:)

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