Buying and Selling Used Homeschool Curriculum

If the idea of using used homeschool curriculum for your kids seems tacky, then you need to re-think the matter. Used curriculum is often in excellent quality, the information is the same as in new books, and it can save you an enormous amount of money.

As you begin your homeschool, you’ll quickly find that the biggest expense will be the curriculum. This is true for every homeschool family. Thus, each year, every parent finds themselves asking the same question: How can we make the curriculum fit in with our budgets. The good news is that this does not have to break you, thanks to affordable curriculum alternatives.

The best option: Find some place that sells used curriculum materials in good condition. By doing so, you can save more than half of your brand-new curriculum costs. What’s more, at the end of the school year, you can round up all of that year’s materials and re-sell them, thus recovering even more of the money you spent. If you choose to go the used routes, here are some suggestions that might help you in your quest to buy and sell used homeschool curriculum:

1) Keep an eye on auction websites. The bigger ones have an enormous amount of almost everything, and this includes homeschool material. You can often score quite the bargain here–as well as sell your old stuff at a decent price.

2) Likewise, the big-named booksellers have textbook and workbook materials for your homeschool. And the biggest names let you buy either new or used.

3) Don’t forget to visit your local library. Most are chock full of school texts and workbooks, which you can use at no charge whatsoever!

4) Here’s our suggested process when you get ready to buy and sell curriculum materials. First, look through the catalog from which you normally order your curriculum. Find all of the items you’ll need for the next term for all classes. Then examine last year’s curriculum, nothing everything that you can get rid of. Now make a list of all of the things that you don’t need that you think others might want to buy. Then make a price list, giving a price to everything on your list of items. Finally, go to the major auction and classified-ad sites to sell your used items.

There is one other option that many people forget when discussing buying and selling curriculum. Most homeschool families know other homeschool families. Why not create an exchange that includes all of the homeschool families you know? This way, everyone in the exchange can make use of curriculum materials that other members no longer need. You can include other supplies in the exchange, too: chalkboards, erasers, pencils, markers, swab boards and swab, plus many other items.

The benefit of buying used homeschool curriculum is the advantage of spending little money on what are perfectly fine school materials. Keep in mind that the important thing in a textbook is the information it contains. And information stays just as beneficial and valuable, no matter how used the pages are. Buying used is smart, not tacky.

Abeka Homeschool Curriculum – Things to Know

More and more children are being homeschooled these days. Because of this, there is an abundance of resources for homeschooling. There are several types of homeschooling, including Classical, Montessori and Eclectic. You may also have heard of Abeka homeschool. Actually, Abeka is not a type of homeschooling but a curriculum package that parents of homeschooled children can use.

The Abeka homeschool curriculum is one of the most popular Christian homeschooling curriculums. It is a complete learning system that includes a teacher’s guide, suggested lesson plans, templates for testing, and textbooks. The Abeka curriculum is known to be challenging; it is typically one grade level ahead of regular public schools. Thus, a first grade Abeka curriculum is equivalent to second grade public school curriculum.

The Abeka homeschool curriculum covers homeschooling from kindergarten to 12th grade. It is an accredited, faith-based home schooling program used by many Christian schools. Like any curriculum, it has its pros and cons that you must consider before you decide to use it in a homeschooling program for your kids.

Pros

The curriculum includes lesson plans and schedules similar to that used in public schools. New homeschooling families will find it extremely helpful. The materials are advanced and may be used for gifted students.

You can purchase Abeka learning materials individually, or as part of grade-level kits. This way, home schooling families can buy only the specific materials that they want. In addition, Abeka curriculum materials have a high resale value. Many homeschooling parents prefer to buy used Abeka curriculum to save money.

Cons

The homeschooling packages of Abeka are quite expensive and much more costly than public schooling. Abeka also changes their textbooks and curriculum materials frequently, making it difficult to find the right workbooks if you use the same textbooks for your younger children.

Abeka homeschool relies heavily on textbooks and workbooks. It is more time-consuming than other curriculums for homeschooling. Thus, it may not be the ideal curriculum for parents who prefer a more relaxed approach. Also, average students may find the accelerated curriculum too challenging, leading to higher burnout rate.

Abeka homeschooling offers an accredited program for kindergarten up to grade 12 where report cards and transcripts are maintained by Abeka. The program is offered with a video option or traditional parent-directed option. It is a faith-based, accelerated curriculum and it is up to you to decide if Abeka homeschool is suitable for your child.

Choosing the Right Homeschool Curriculum For Your Family

Any first time homeschooler can recount the details of their first homeschool convention. Some may have wonderful experiences, but the many that I have come into contact with, come away feeling hopelessly overwhelmed and confused by the availability of choices. The families who go to homeschool conventions and come away with the right fit or mix of curriculum normally have a well thought out plan.

Perhaps you are the type of homeschooling parent who does not attend homeschool conventions. Possibly you prefer to order your homeschool curriculum from various catalogues that you request by telephone, mail or over the internet. Here you are selectively contacting those curriculum providers that you feel will best suit your needs.

You could possibly be part of a third group – the homeschooler who enjoys surfing the web and sifting through the maze of homeschool curriculum advertised on line. This was where I found myself about 10 years ago. Not being in a country where annual homeschool conventions were the norm all those years ago, I needed a strategy to survive the curriculum hunt.

Here are my top 8 tips for choosing the right curriculum for your family, whether online, via catalogue or at a homeschool convention.

Tip no 1 – Know your children well.

Here I am not talking about learning styles. This is knowing their particular bent – their interests, their heart, their hopes and dreams.

Tip no 2 – Family focus

Here you consider what you as a family are about. Are you a missionary family? Are you a family with special needs children? Perhaps you want to travel more. All these issues need to be taken into account.

Tip no 3 – Learning styles

Knowing your children’s learning styles (and your teaching styles) is an important consideration but it should not be the only thing that you consider when purchasing curriculum.

Tip no 4 – Long term goals

What are your long term goals for your family? What are your children’s goals for their own lives? The answer to this question may only become clearer as your children get older. But if you desire that your children are self employed then you would look for curriculum and resources that aid you in this goal.

Tip no 5 – Cost

This is an important factor. While there are many homeschooling families who feel alright with photocopying and borrowing material, I have never thought it fair to “rob” others of their income. This does not mean that buying a homeschool curriculum need to bankrupt you, but planning in advance can make all the difference if you know what your budget is.

Tip no 6 – Philosophy

Research what homeschool philosophy appeals to you. There are a large number of differing schools of thought. Briefly they are: Literature Based, Unit Study, Textbook, Unschooling, Accelerated, Catholic, Classical, Delight Directed and Charlotte Mason.

Tip no 7 – Time available to mom

This is an important factor to take into consideration. Do you have lots of children? Perhaps you work part time? Do your children pursue lots of activities and have other co-op classes? These need to be thought through as you prepare to purchase any curriculum.

Tip no 8 – Know your child’s preferences and weaknesses

Part of choosing curriculum is finding the right tools to build up your children in their weaknesses so that they achieve an acceptable standard. It is also good to have a general knowledge of all scholarly disciplines, but this is not necessarily the only goal. Make sure you also choose things in which your child can delight in.

Finally before starting out to the homeschool convention, surfing the net or sending out catalogue request, be sure that you have prayed about your choices, sought your husbands counsel and that you have your guidelines in place. Happy curriculum hunting.