homeschoolers--where to buy curriculum?

Discussion in 'Budget Board' started by mrsbornkuntry, May 22, 2007.

  1. mrsbornkuntry

    mrsbornkuntry <font color=FF6666>I'm worried about raccoons<br><

    Jul 8, 2004
    I am starting homeschooling my kids this year and buying curriculum for 4 of them is $$$$! Where is a good place to look for a good deal? So far I am looking at Horizons for Math, I haven't decided for other subjects yet. Is ebay okay? I'm a pretty seasoned buyer/seller so I know to compare retail prices versus what sellers are charging and I've found some okay deals on there.
  2. rhiansmom

    rhiansmom DIS Veteran

    Jan 27, 2004
    While I don't have an answer for the OP I'm hoping to catch the HS crowd and ask another question. Does anyone know a good bridge program for 1st graders going into 2nd grade? I quit my job (today is my last day :cool1: ) to stay home with my DD and I have a scheudle and part of that is school each day.
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  4. threecrazykids

    threecrazykids DIS Veteran

    Feb 6, 2007
    I'm not sure about this, but I have a friend who homeschools and gets her stuff through the public school (they actually go TO the school once a week as part of her program)...but she then only has to pay for the "disposables" I think she called them...which are the workbooks and stuff that can't be reused.

    Maybe call the school and see if they offer anything...???
  5. Cuddlemama

    Cuddlemama Mouseketeer

    Feb 6, 2003
    I've purchased quite a bit of my curriculum used from I've also used ebay, but I get better deals from the lists, since you can actually barter or bargin with the sellers.

    There is also's swap forum and many, many yahoo groups for curriculum sales and trading. Most large curriculums have support groups that also include sale of used books and IG's.

  6. Chelley00

    Chelley00 DIS Veteran

    Aug 21, 2005

    We used vegsource and another site I have bookmarked at home (I'm at work and will have to post it later) If you google used homeschool curriculum or something along those lines, it will bring up quite a few sites. I'd avoid ebay, only because I found a lot of their books (especially Abeka) tend to run almost what you pay for them brand new. You can do much better if you find someone selling from a site direct.
  7. FanofDisney4ever

    FanofDisney4ever Earning My Ears

    May 21, 2007
    I was going to mention the site also. They have the swap forum and there is a ton of information to be found on the site. is a little $$$$ however, a lot of what they have can be used for different age groups at one time. I haven't used this yet, but am very much considering it for my two for the animal worlds (science). You can check them out and if you like what they have, you can check your local library to see if they carry any of the books they have (mine doesn't).

    I also read on the review site about some full curriculum books that can be used. I will try to see if I can find out the name and post it (if I find it).

    Good Luck!
    Lori Ann

    I cannot add links, but add the "www" to the begging of this to get the whole discussion on 'almost free homeschooling'

    Here is the curriculum info I mentioned (I just copied part of the posters information):
    "... Anyway I found a really wonderful book at Barnes and Noble and maybe you've used something like it. It's called "Complete Curriculum" and its published by Harcourt, but it's 6 Steck-Vaughn workbooks all put together. it has something like 800 pages, and is seperated into subjects- math, spelling (with 32 spelling lists!), reading, writing, language doesn't include phonics so I'd have to add that. And of course just reading library books could cover everything else...."
  8. Belle5

    Belle5 DIS Veteran

    Nov 10, 1999
    5,136 is another good option.
  9. mrsbornkuntry

    mrsbornkuntry <font color=FF6666>I'm worried about raccoons<br><

    Jul 8, 2004
    Thank-you, I hadn't seen any of these yet, I'll definitely be checking them out today :thumbsup2 .
  10. Slyboots

    Slyboots Earning My Ears

    Mar 29, 2007
    Price is a factor for me. I purchase mostly used materials, however, they are in great condition. I use Amazon marketplace and ebay for most of my curriculum. I decide what books I want to use and then I search on Amazon and ebay using the ISBN number. I've never used these but, other auction sites that have homeschooling books are:

    Places to buy curriculum...stores not auctions: (I think there is a special link on this page for military orders if anyone is interested.)

    Hope this helps.
  11. KarenW

    KarenW Mouseketeer

    Jul 8, 2005
    490 is the best I have found for buying new curriculum. They have great prices, a huge selection and free shipping for any orders over $150.00 (which we easily do each year!). The only curriculum I have found that they do not sell are those that do not use a middle man to sell, such as Abeka, Sonlight etc.
  12. gillenkl

    gillenkl DIS Veteran

    Feb 22, 2006
    I use Abeka for workbooks/seatwork, but I supplement with 2 online programs: (which is free) ($20 a month)
  13. schatz5k

    schatz5k Mouseketeer

    Mar 6, 2004
    I use K12. If you are in a state that has virtual academy's this might be a good way for you to go.
  14. minnierocks

    minnierocks DIS Veteran

    Sep 23, 2006
    When I homeschooled...I bought a lot of my stuff on ebay. I researched what I wanted to use and then went to ebay. What I couldn't get there, I bought from or the publisher's site.

    One way to save $$ with four children would be to teach "units" for Science and Social Studies. Use the same material for all four and teach them together. You can tailor assignments based on their ages.

    I loved Horizons Math for the primary grades and switched to Saxon when they got older. Also, Spelling Power is a $50 book, but it is all the spelling that you will need for all four of your children.

    Another tip, would be to check out local homeschool fairs. They usually have used book sales and you might pick up some of the things you need for relatively little money.

    Good luck! Enjoy your children...they grow up way too fast! :goodvibes
  15. becky1960

    becky1960 DIS Veteran

    Jan 27, 2001
    We use SOS Switched on Schoolhouse, its computer based and the entire school, teacher and student is set up for you. You can find them on Ebay, both used and new systems for about every grade.
  16. meandtheguys2

    meandtheguys2 <font color=red>Did not need to resort to hissy fi

    Jun 18, 2004
    I love this catalog. I keep one here, and at our farm. Just understand that all of it looks fun! I'd spend the summer with it, and hook up with a local group. See if they are having a curriculum sale. Also, check to see if there is a convention near you. Then you can touch the books! Even better!:thumbsup2
  17. pixiepower1971

    pixiepower1971 DIS Veteran

    Apr 22, 2005
    As a PP mentioned ,I order a lot from Rainbow Resource. Order their is HUGE. It looks like a phone book for a large city. They have always been helpful and polite on the phone and my orders always arrive correct. Shipping can be a little slow but when it is free I don't complain!

    I also use time4learning and spelling time for my DDs. They are great to help supplement and time4learning can be used for a fairly complete curriculum.

    I used to use a lot of ABEKA but I have moved away from them the last couple of years. They are very easy to order from and not that expensive.
  18. hsmamato2

    hsmamato2 <font color=magenta>Tink in Training-Good Girl,Bad

    Mar 28, 2005
    subscribing,for some good ideas!:cool1:
    Also,Mrsbornkuntry...some advice- when just begininng,try not to spend a lot of $$$ on any packaged curriculum,at least not till you can possibly visit a homeschool fair or conference,or perhaps join a local group,and try to get a real time 'feel' for what you're buying.
    Mainly b/c starting out,you usually have different ideas of how you'd like to continue- so if you buy 4 seperate,pricey boxed curriculums, and decide you don't like a particluar approach,it can feel like a waste of money.
    The best advice I can give someone starting fresh,is congratulations, and ease in..... pick and choose a few,hopefully inexpensive things you'd like to try,and then if you like it,you can buy more,but if you don't like,you can easily switch,and find something that suits your family.
    There are lots of good books at the library on different approaches to homeschooling,and some good ways to start buying books, your library may even carry some curriculum that is popular,I know mine has various math,english and teaching books and texts available to try out.
  19. 84disney

    84disney Mouseketeer

    Jul 31, 2005
    I have homeschooled for 18 years and I used Saxon math starting in 4th grade. I used the text only through Alg1, and then bought the answer keys and solutions manuals for upper level classes. I really have liked Saxon, but it does have mistakes throughout the levels. I switched to SOS from another curriculum for science in 8th- HS. A PP mentioned it, and it is awesome for Science, and can be set up each year for your next child. I have used Sonlight for many years now, and it is awesome. It can be used in different ways for multi ages. I had my 9th and 5th grader reading the same books one year, and they both loved them. It was World History, so as the older was doing a History text from Bob Jones, he read the readers from Sonlight to enhance and for Literature purposes. The 5th grader just read as assigned by Sonlight. Some of the curriculums I have mentioned are high at first, but can be used many times over. I am "fixin to" use Sing, Spell, Read, and Write for the sixth time :goodvibes . It has not been used for years, as the baby just turned 5, and his next sibling is 13.
    Anyway, wishing you the very BEST :goodvibes !
  20. Goshen Girl

    Goshen Girl Earning My Ears

    Mar 15, 2007
    I too use Horizons for my youngest who is 8. And then my 17 yr. old uses Switched on Schoolhouse.

    I get online discount codes through Learning Things. Plus most of the time they do free or discounted shipping.
    I have used Ebay successfully along with local Homeschool fairs.

    If you are just starting out maybe think about joining a online (local) homeschool group. Most areas have something available for local homeschoolers. You could just google your area and make sure that you have 'Homeschool' in there. This is a good resource in that people swap and sell alot. Plus, you get a good support network.
  21. dopeysgirl

    dopeysgirl Mouseketeer

    Jul 28, 2006
    another fellow homeschooler here...although i just started this past year, but we finished kindergarten and he can read!:banana:

    i used horizons math- LOVED IT! but i think it only goes to 4th grade or so, and then we plan to switch to saxxon or bob jones. i also used horizons reading (goes to 2nd grade) and loved it too.

    as far as where to purchase, do you have any local homeschool stores? we have a few in our area and they often have cirriculum on consignment. my girlfriend (homeschools 3 kids) always tries to buy consigned and consigns her stuff to try and defer some cost. someone also once told me that barnes and noble carried some homeschool cirriculum. not sure what youre looking for and if they would carry and religious homeschool materials.

    good luck!

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