Homeschooling can get very expensive, but there are ways to do it cheaper. There are online resources that many of us have used, such as: Kahn Academy, Ambleside Online, or Easy Peasy. These have full curriculum, but it’s also fun to use a varied collection of lessons from all over the place. Using books from the library with online or printable lessons can allow you to customize the lesson plans based on the child’s interest or even specific holidays or seasons.
If you love collecting unit studies, lap book plans, or random special occasion lessons, it can get really hard to keep track of them. Maybe you found a free printable on a homeschool blog that would be perfect for you to use with your children on Independence Day. But, when July comes you totally forget that you have it. So, it’s easy to miss out on good lesson opportunities if you’re not very organized.
If these are digital products, then it’s just common sense that you should store and organize them in a digital format. If you print these out and file them in a filing cabinet, it would take up so much room. It also doesn’t allow for the fact of needing multiple copies of some of the pages if you have more than one child.
My favorite way to organize files is to use Google Drive. It’s very easy to add files and folders. You can organize them very easily. If you have quite a few resources, you could have folders marked by the month. So, April’s folder might contain Easter printouts, April Fool’s activities, or Spring lessons. Or, you could organize files by grade level or: Elementary, Middle-School, Junior-High, and High School folders.
Dropbox is another good way to organize and store homeschool digital products. They also let you upload files and share them. But, in order to store very much, you will need to pay for the account. I also don’t find it as easy to use as Google Drive. And, Google Drive is free.
Trello is a wonderful file organizational website. With Trello, you create a team and that can be your family. You can store homeschool lessons and other digital files. These can be organized any way that you like. Sharing them with your “team” can allow you all to share things back and forth, digitally. There is a free version and a paid version, where you will get more features.
Each year, when curriculum planning begins, just take a little time to browse through the folders to see what you have. This will help you to then plan for what you need and this will save time and money. I wish that I had a laptop with digital resources when I started homeschooling in the 80’s.
Many bloggers offer free and low-cost homeschool resources that can be downloaded right to your computer. Make sure and take advantage of these great offers. It will make your life easier and your lessons more interesting. Everyone gets tired of textbooks every single day.
We previously had a Teaser Bag and Pre-Bag sale for the Celebrate It! Grab Bag here at The Frugal Grandmom. If you love homeschool digital products, you’ll want to check out the January Grab Bag that is coming soon. Watch for my emails to let you know when it happens.
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