Supplies, Materials, Books for The Family School – Year 1
FAMILY SCHOOL SUPPLIES, MATERIALS, AND READINGS:
We have categorized the supplies, materials, and books needed for The Family School into three categories–General, Subject Specific, and Lesson Specific. Be creative and use all your available resources (library, internet, neighbors, family, schools, etc.) to obtain the materials, supplies, and books needed.
You will want to gather as many of the needed supplies, materials, and books as possible before your school year begins. Doing so will save money and prep-time each day/week. We have created lists according to the categories above for each subject and for your Foundations Week lesson plans. If you have questions and need help, you can ask us or anyone on the Network.
Student Notebook Dividers
Timeline (Courtesy of Shalae Tippetts)
Here is a personal note from Jane Mack, one of our writers.
Many of the items you purchase this year will be used for many, many years to come. You need to remember that these are one-time costs–investments in your family school. Most of the additional material needed is also available for free via digital download. Although these items are very effective and time-saving in hard copy, you can get by initially by showing flashcards from a computer or tablet device, or by making your own handouts, or by renting books from the library, etc. I homeschooled my children for 22 years on a very tight budget. I did not have access to this type of curriculum. When I learned about the methods used at American Heritage School, I had a significant desire to implement them into my homeschool. I had to make up every one of my lessons which was exciting, but not an easy task and extremely time consuming. I would have given anything to have this curriculum at my fingertips and to know that it could be used over and over again throughout my years of homeschooling children. Thankfully, I can still use it as I am now teaching my grandchildren!
As we looked at the average family expense of homeschooling, we knew we could keep the cost of the Family School Curriculum much lower since it is a curriculum for the entire family. Here some additional ideas for keeping expenses low.
- Whenever you don’t have what is the “perfect” thing, see if there might be something you can replace it with.
- If you can’t afford slip covers, then don’t feel like you have to have them.
- Put your children’s work in one notebook until you need to split it out and use dividers for each subject.
- Make your own dividers
- Use maps from encyclopedias or find ones on your computer to show the children if you can’t afford a larger one for the wall.
- Buy your books on Amazon, or go to the thrift store or library.
- If necessary, review all the flash cards on the computer this year instead of printing them off.
- We prayed to find things and were given tender mercies in finding them at low or no cost.
- Ask for some of the items for birthdays or Christmas.
- Remember that the money I might have spent on new school clothes for the children, I can now spend on materials that will enrich our home.
- If you can’t afford to buy a book for each child, then just buy one and pass it around or read it to the children
- Simply use your best judgement when you are considering what you will purchase and use during the year. Do not trap yourself into thinking that you have to have everything on the list or your children’s homeschooling experience will be diminished.
All of these tips I used for myself during the 22 years of home schooling. Honestly, if you felt inspired to do this, the Lord will help you. He is good at providing all that we need and he is a great economist. Sometimes, as with this project in my case, we get all excited, but then we come off the pink cloud and have to work really hard to make it happen. I promise your work will pay off.