Homeschool Resources - They're All Around Us
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By Beverly S. Krueger
When I first began homeschooling there were so many things
to get that often our budget for homeschool supplies ran short
before our wish list ended. I've put together a short list of
readily available, inexpensive substitutes I've discovered over
the years. Often they were actually far better than an expensive
|| When teaching
time to your children, get one of those "We'll be Back
at" clocks available at most office supply stores.
You don't need a big teaching clock like you'll find at
an educational supply store. The version I have is about
4 inches square which is the perfect size for one on one
|| Counters - almost
anything can be used as counters for counting and sorting.
Lego blocks work really well because the come in different
colors and sizes. Milk jug lids, dried beans, M&Ms---are
a few other suggestions.
|| Wal-Mart, Target
and other similar department stores often have an annual
dollar days sale where they offer an assortment of different
products like measuring cups, spatulas, scrubbing pads and
the like. These sale items are cheap which makes them perfect
for beginning science equipment. Rather than use the utensils
you cook with, you can have an entire set of science measuring
cups, mixing bowls and spoons.
|| Hand lens. Sold
at most office supply stores, a magnifying glass won't replace
a microscope, but when funds don't allow the purchase of
a microscope a hand lens can still provide a lot of scientific
|| Classic literature
can be found in paperback format for as little as $.50 a
copy if you keep your eyes open. In the past I've purchased
classics like Robert Louis Stevenson's Kidnapped at Wal-Mart
in special editions published especially for Wal-Mart and
sold for 2 for $1.
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