Where to Get Cheap Homeschooling Resources.
© Beverley Paine, April 2009
It is easy to spend a small fortune when we begin teaching our children at home but it isn't necessary. There are many ways we can source free and inexpensive resources, or find appropriate substitutes. If this doesn't come naturally to you join a local homeschooling group - you'll soon catch the bug and begin to see the educational potential of just about anything!
If you can't find a local support group definitely make contact with any individual contacts in your area, or even go further afield. The Home Education Association has a comprehensive list of support contacts on this page on their website: http://hea.asn.au/resources/default.asp?type=3 . Click on the state in which you live, and then 'metropolitan' or 'region'.
Online support groups are fantastic as the members regularly share information about educational places to visit, free or inexpensive subscription internet resources, tips on how to teach or learn different skills or subjects, etc. I belong to half a dozen different yahoo groups and forums. Check out my list of online support groups on my Homeschool Australia Directory page: http://australian-home-education.com/groups.html .
There are a few homeschooling forums that specialize in trading resources. These three seem to be popular - each one has its own 'flavour' and some may be busier than others, but it is worth pinning a 'wanted' notice on any online support group or forum if you are looking for something in particular.
Interested in recycling curriculum and used goods among homeschoolers? You might like to check out http://groups.yahoo.com/group/OZHSRecycle/
Homeschool social networking sites, such as http://www.rockpoolhomeschool.org/ and http://groups.yahoo.com/group/education_resources/ have lists of 'freebies', and my Australian Home Education Curriculum pages are full of great ideas for developing your own curriculum, learning programs, unit studies and educational experiences and materials.
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