What is the Real Cost of Homeschooling Your Children?

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Homeschooling a child can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars, but free online resources can help

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Taking a hands-on approach with a child’s education at home comes at a cost.

Luckily, there are many online resources available that provide families information for homeschooling success.

“The good news about homeschooling is that it doesn’t have to be expensive, and you don’t have to compromise on educational quality to cut costs,” Varsity Tutors’ Chief Academic Officer Brian Galvin told FOX Business.

“Some of the world’s leading institutions – NASA, Stanford University, the Smithsonian, and much more – are home collectively to thousands of free, effective, and engaging grade-level and standards-driven lesson plans,” he went on. “And there are a great many services where teachers and other homeschool parents share their lesson plans, projects, and even entire units–often using inexpensive household items for hands-on projects and experiments, or at least providing hacks to obtain necessary materials inexpensively and easily.”

When free resources aren’t enough to cover homeschooling, the cost of a formal curriculum could range between $350 and $750 for a single child, according to average estimates shared by Time4Learning – an interactive homeschooling curriculum.

Factoring in potential costs for homeschool materials, field trips and extracurricular activities could raise the total annual price range anywhere from $700 to $1,800, Time4Learning reports.

Experts at the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) believe homeschooling can be done at a variety of budgets depending on how much work and time parents are willing to put into their child’s education.

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