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    Default I just did the math.

    Ok, homeschool can be expensive. I know it! We spent a fair amount this spring to get some simple basics in the house.

    We made some decisions for the fall. Even with going with an online academy for two of the girls with it's higher registration. Here is how it lays out:

    IF in school

    • registration fees for 3 - 1640 (that is with bussing at THIS years rate.)
    • field trips: $300

    For homeschool:

    • tuition for 2: 200
    • textbook rentals for 2: 320
    • consumables: 194
    • various fieldtrips: 100(or less)

    Total for 2 girls: 814

    Cost for the 3rd:

    • tuition: 0
    • textbook rentals: 0
    • consumables: 300(high estimate. We have most of what we started for her this spring that will carry over, most were 2 year)
    • library building materials: 150 (again, a high reference, but we need a few child friendly encyclopedia's I'm hoping to find used, so it might only be $50)

    Total for third: $450

    Grand total: 1264

    Savings $676.

    Here is the clincher..... Our provincial governments gives funding to families who homeschool, since it costs them way less if we homeschool than if they were in school. What the school gets vs. what we get is maybe 1/15th

    So true cost to our family:
    $0.
    Priceless: no waiting for school bus, no calls from teachers, no bullying.

    The funding will also pay for swimming lessons, music lessons, skating lessons, art classes, opera or theatre, other consumables, etc. After all the payouts in my calculation above, I have a healthy account to use this year to get any extra curricula, or field trips that we want to take. While not infinite or truly all that much, as a frugal mom, it will allow me to provide them with a pretty fantastic homeschool experience.

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    WOW! That's really awesome I'm so glad the homeschooling worked for your family.

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    It worked so well a 3rd child is coming home

    We are VERY lucky that our province supports the homeschoolers as they do. It allows for some that wouldn't be able to afford otherwise to homeschool.

    WE were lucky when the situation arose that I am a stay at home mom and we were able to do so.

    I am lucky that my girls were so receptive!

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    I am glad everything worked out so good for you!!!!

    When we figured it out for our family we were actually further ahead money wise with me being a sahm mom and homeschooling than we were when the kids were in public school and I was working. Then you take into acct how much better the kids are actually doing academically and attitude wise just because they have moms attention and you can't even compare.

    I am also very grateful that we live somewhere that is so supportive of homeschooling.

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