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How to Homeschool on a Budget

One of the most daunting aspects to homeschooling our boys is the cost, especially with the expense of Montessori materials. One place I have found amazing “materials” is at consignment shops.

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The items people don’t want or need anymore will pleasantly surprise you. It always surprises me when I find the most gorgeous wooden toy or ceramic bowl for as little at $1. Plus many consignments, at least in our neighborhood, donate a portion if not most of their proceeds to a cause. One additional great part of the excursion to the shop is to explain the store to a child. Everything from the “second hand” impact and the environment to the philanthropic aspects.

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I was thrilled when my eyes landed on a beautiful set of Russian nesting dolls also known as Matryoshkas. Not only are these dolls beautiful but they tell a story and are fabulous for fine motor skill and early math development. What a great way to integrate learning. My son and I checked out Russia on our map and then we listened to one of our favorite tales Peter & the Wolf.

Both my boys fell in love. If you are a homeschooler {or thinking about it} but are, like me, completely daunted by the potential cost, take a trip to your local goodwill or second-hand shop. You will be inspired by the items offered very inexpensively. Think creatively and move forward.

Thanks for visiting today.
Marnie

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