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Homeschooling High School – Part 2 – The CHEAP Stuff

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MOST of the stuff we use in homeschooling I get on the cheap. 😉 I love used book stores, thrift shops and PaperBackSwap for finding cheap books, especially since we use mostly living books. I have also been known to use eBay and Amazon.

Now, having said that, Deanna actually likes Abeka for science. Thankfully I have found all the books from 4th grade up to chemistry for at most $4 a piece.

I am going to give you a list of some of my favorite cheap curriculum and they can almost all be found at the same place, Currclick.



Hands of a Child – Lapbooks and Notepacks – can also be found at their own site (usually cheaper). The older kids have grown out of their love of lapbooks but still do a lot of notebooking.


Simple Schooling – Tons of prepared units for science and history. These go on sale quite often and at certain times of the year they can even be found for free.


Homeschool Learning Network – Tons of prepared units for science and history. They can also be found on Amazon for Kindle.


Brandenburg Studies – Units for almost all subjects.


History Scribe – History Notebooking Pages


The Christian Homeschool Hub Download Club – ALL SUBJECTS!! Seriously, just about anything you could think of. It’s a flat fee for a whole year and you can download as much as you like.


Now, those are just my favorite. There are many, many more cheap resources out there.

Just remember, homeschooling does NOT have to cost a fortune!! Even if you prefer text books, you can find them cheap at PaperBackSwap, Amazon or eBay. 😉






Christmas Crafts for Kids

Christmas Crafts for Kids




We have been very busy the past 2 weeks with lots of Christmas crafts! SO MUCH FUN!!! We actually had more than I am going to show you but someone THREW THEM AWAY!!!!! ARGH!!!!!!!!


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These are ornaments made from toilet paper rolls. Cailey used a little glitter glue to decorate her blue one. Unfortunately it didn’t show up very well in the picture.



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Here are their Santa faces. They used a pencil to curl his beard.



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They free painted Christmas trees and dabbed on the ornaments with their fingers.



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Here are their winter scenes, done in white paint on black construction paper.



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We’re calling these  mixed media works. 😉 White paint, blue, black, yellow and orange construction paper, cotton balls, and white crayons.



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Here are their construction paper poinsettias!


We are doing more and more Christmas crafts every day and as soon as I have another big grouping I’ll be sharing them with you!






My SUPER Cheap Homeschool Planner

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Wanna know how much I paid for my homeschool planner??? Well, I’m about to tell you….. 17 cents. Yes, you read correctly. 17 cents.

You’re thinking, but I can get one online for free! BUT if you want to put it in the hands of your teens you’ll have to print it alllll out and THAT will cost you more than 17 cents. 😉

But, you say, my teens can access it from the computer. BUT, I say, how much easier would it be for them to have a hard copy in their hands?? MUCH easier. 😉

Here is how I turn a cheap notebook into a planner.

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You simple take a ruler (or a book edge if you can’t find said ruler) and draw in the boxes. 5 across for the days and however many down you need for the subjects.

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Over on the side you can write in the subjects.

Easy peasy and SUPER cheap!!!!

I used to buy planners for about $5 each for the older 3 kids. One year the planners I always used were discontinued. I didn’t want to print alllll of that out. What a PAIN!! So, I decided to make my own and have ever since! 😀

We always personalize for each kid. That usually means printing out pictures of favorite bands, movies, games, books, etc and gluing them to the front! LOL But you know what else would work? I bet you could make a fabric cover for them, too. You could probably even use my book cover tutorial to help with that! LOL Then there’s tying ribbons to the spiral section like I listed in my back to school sewing round up. SO MANY IDEAS!!!! And they would all still be cheaper than the fancy shmancy planners. 😉

With the younger 2 kids, I use a composition book and just keep a running list of themes. Then I use that same composition book to write out the units. Next, I write the units on here for everyone to use.



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