airforcefamily Posted September 18, 2012 Share Posted September 18, 2012 I've asked a lot of people this question and I'm always fascinated with the responses. Some people say "we homeschool all the kids on $100 a year" then they give a laundry list of all the things they don't count. Others claim to need $2000 per year per child but they count the cost of the computer they would have anyway, internet service, heat for the house during the day when the mom would still stay home if the kids were in school, gas to drive to the grocery store because they were learning about vegetables while shopping, etc. Our family is somewhere in the middle. What I don't count: books for leisure reading (we don't have a good library) basic art supplies like crayons that are not part of our art curriculum computers, printer, internet service the cost of 'field trips' that we would have gone on anyway extra utility costs, we would be at home all day anyway the cost of non curriculum science experiments, we did them back when the kids were in school just for fun gas unless we're taking a long trip that I know we wouldn't have gone on otherwise What I do count: school supplies (pencils, paper, etc.) curriculum art and science supplies curriculum and related books reference books educational software math and other manipulatives craft supplies related to our curriculum the difference between a single trip and a membership when we otherwise would have only gone once a year Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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