How much does home schooling cost in the UK?
How much does home schooling cost?
So, how much does home schooling cost? This is a question I have been asked quite a lot and the truth is, you can spend as much or as little on home educating as you want. Even for FREE!
You can home educate on any budget, whether you have a large, medium or small budget, it is possible! There are also lot’s of things you can do with accessing free resources.
I personally didn’t think of costs when I decided to home educate. So when I first started, I was thinking, we could do this and this and this, then had a reality check on how much the activities I wanted to do with Roman, just didn’t fit our budget.
This is because I was thinking of field trips, such as climbing, trampolining, swimming- which obviously isn’t free. BUT! However, there are plenty of resources that you can use for free to home educate.
Free resources for home schooling
There are so many free resources available out there, which is amazing, especially if you are on a tight budget. You just need to know how and where to find them. I am still finding new resources now and I am 6 years in! In fact, I came across a great site today, with some fantastic free pintable’s available, which I will share with you below in the online resources section.
There are also many other free resources available outside of the online world too!
Some ideas for you to do, is to contact your local police and fire station to organise a visit, they don’t usually charge for these. Library is another great place for free resources and if it is a good one, they have organised event, activities, Lego clubs, language lessons and competitions-all free!
Museums are another great free resource, where you can organise home education visits, where you have someone teach about a certain subject, just as they do for school trips.
They also have free print outs that you can use to go around the museum, Cardiff museum also rents out kindles, where you can point to say a dinosaur and you can see it in its full living being on the kindle. Check out your local museum and see what they have on offer, as they do offer quite a lot and vary throughout the year.
How much does home schooling cost? – Online resources
You can find a wide range of free downloadable activity sheets to tie in with all of your favourite book characters, videos from authors, teaching resources, colouring and drawing activities, puzzles and dot to dots, quizzes, games and more, all free to download.
The blog I came across today, is called Basement workshop This is more for ages 8+ and a fantastic site for downloads and video’s for Science. Today, we downloaded a PDF on the brain hemisphere, which you make into a hat! A great way to learn and have fun.
This is another newly found FREE resource for us and we thoroughly enjoyed the first video lesson we watched, all about the brain, which is also where Basement workshop was recommended by. It is hosted by an Award-winning teacher/actor streaming free science shows and lessons via Facebook, she has such great energy and her passion really shines through in her work, so go take a look if you haven’t already found her.
Crash course is a Youtube channel that post weekly videos. The Crash Course team has produced more than 32 courses on a wide variety of subjects, including organic chemistry, literature, world history, biology, philosophy, theatre, ecology, and many more!
This is another Youtube channel, which I think is fairly new as it doesn’t have many video’s on there as yet but what are on there, are worth a watch if your child is into animals. Once a month, hosts Hank Green and Sarah Suta introduce you to a new bizarre beast and explore the many answers to this question.
Roman enjoyed watching these video’s and learnt a lot from them. Peekaboo is a cheerful and colourful animation for Children! Specially designed for kids as they explore the World of Kids Educational Videos, Classic English songs, Phonics Songs, Lullabies and more! This channel is aimed for the younger children, although I have to say I enjoyed them too!
I know I have mentioned Twinkl in another post, but I want to repeat, as I have used them for a few years and continue to do so. There are free downloadable PDF’s and also a paid subscription available too. There are 3 subscriptions levels available: Core, Extra and Ultimate. We have the Ultimate package, which costs us £9.99 per month and gives us unlimited access to all resources.
These are just a few online resources available. Take a look at my post Top 100 online resources, for a large list of what is available out there, for a variety of ages.