One of the things that made me nervous about homeschooling was the cost of materials! I remember looking at a popular learn to read program for my then kindergartener and being horrified by the price! I just couldn’t justify it, even if I would be able to reuse it with youngest. I did find some cheaper alternatives and they worked well for us. We used EasyPeasy some this year and I’ve used Saxon Math. I also pull a lot of stuff from various websites.
Recently a church school near me had to close (a sad story) and they had an everything must go sale. I was able to pick up some barely used curriculum for $1/book! Some of it I won’t be able to use for a couple years, but most of it is for this coming year. My middle child is less than thrilled and my youngest has no clue, but me – I can’t wait! I think I’ll be glad to have most of the lessons planned out for me.
This past year we talked about astronomy and my middle child loved it. When he found these books at the sale, he had to have them. Just don’t tell him that they’re educational.
The school used A Beka and while I’ve never used it, I figured for that price, I could give it a try! They didn’t have any student books left for the Language book, but it gives me a good plan for the year. I was happy to find a nice dictionary for my kids. They are not fans of our (affiliate link just in case you don’t know how big this dictionary is) Webster’s Encyclopedic Dictionary of the English Language.