Asalaamu alaikum waramatulahi wabarakatahu ladies I have a Money saver tip for you.
Are you looking for study curricula? I’ve already shared one of my free secret weapons, The library but another WONDERFUL free/and very cheap tip is the Internet.
Check out the numerous unit studies sites online, where you can find free, printable units on a variety of subjects, from Space exploration to family travel. To view a general list of links, begin by searching “Unit studies” and “homeschooling.”
If you are contemplating homeschooling but don’t work, only work part-time or even work full-time but you are the sole financial provider, do NOT get dismayed you CAN still homeschool!!
Many of the items, resources, links and tips I post are generally completely FREE of charge or Cheap! Before I re-married I was a single outside the home part-time working, barely an income to survive having home educator.
It CAN be done it just requires self-restraint and NOT purchasing everything out there, it requires planning, practice, and asking other parents, using the library and taking advantage of the Library.
These same tips can be used for parents of multiple children or big households who need money-saving tips.
Use the Library and Internet for hundreds of freebies!
Try reading the book “Miserly Moms: living on One Income in a Two-Income economy, 3rd Edition
Author Jonni McGoy
Another thing you need to get hip to is garage sales, thrift stores, the library old/discontinued books shelves; and school end of year/beginning of year clean ups.
I have my WHOLE 3rd grade “curriculum” (Composed of different text and workbooks and publishers) for next year InshaAllah that I’ve accumulated over the last yr and a half at various garage sales, other moms who don’t need them no more, thrift stores and sales that I found them at one by one I accumulated the books that I just saved up.
Some Public and even islamic schools throw out or sell for coins their old, discontinued, tattered or written in books. All they need is to unfold the pages, clean them off, erase or white out markings. This simple tip can save you literally hundreds of dollars and you do a good deed as a Muslim and human being by not being wasteful, re-use and recycle and save BIG $$$
InshaAllah we are all having a great day and week so far and if we’re not STOP Everything now, take a break and start over!
For a homeschool mom it is easy to fall into the trap of trying to be perfect and do it all neglecting yourself. Trying to be a mom, a home educator, a wife….trying to be everything to everyone. Balancing a clean happy home and well-educated children is challenging. Trying to do the lesson plan, Islamic learning, or curriculum along with cleaning and Teaching is a lot!
It can be a challenge to find the time to sit quietly and read a book or get our hair done in the midst of grading a spelling test, folding laundry, making dinner, and setting up a science lab. until finally it burns us out and we fall behind on everything and we feel overwhelmed and don’t even know when to begin.
If this describes you then I want to challenge you with this:
What good are you when you are grumpy, burned out, tired and trying to teach?
Are you actually teaching, or are you robotically repeating the material, neither parenting, nor teaching nor being fun?
What example are you setting for your children when you neglect yourself?
How can learning be enjoyable when the nerves are frayed?
Who will take care of your family if you run yourself ragged and cannot function?
Are you praising Allah and asking of Him to help you? Or are you too burned out to focus on prayer?
If you’ve answered that yes, you are; indeed having issues in this area it’s time to take a mental health break. You CAN do it, it’s the beauty of homeschooling!
Take 1- 3 days off and re-evaluate WHY you are doing this.
Ask yourself the questions here and start with one thing at a time and work your way up. We are home educating, NOT reenacting a school classroom. Start small and see how and what is working and slowly add to it little by little until your day flows into each other.