Tip #5 Tap into the used Curriculum market
Save money by borrowing, buying, or selling second-hand materials and swapping with other homeschoolers in your local support group, at regional/state book fairs, or through used curriculum vendors.

Tip #6 Choose a place to do school
In the kitchen? Living room? In a school room? Each family finds solutions that work for them. For some creative ideas for streamlining and maximizing your space, check out these books:

Tip #7 Be creative with field trips
Start with nearby chambers of commerce, tourism offices, historical societies, town halls, craft guilds, fire/rescue companies, other support groups, and yellow pages. Next, try your local library or book store for family travel guides for the region in which you are interested . . . and then use your imagination!


Many parents have faced and overcome the same obstacles you may encounter in your homeschooling journey. In addition to asking homeschooling veterans for their advice, consider some of the following suggestions:

Tip #8 Winning over friends & relatives
If you have some skeptical relatives or friends, you’re not alone. Many homeschooling families have won the respect, and even changed the opinions of nearby critics through simply providing positive social interaction and allowing their children’s educational success to speak for itself. You can make a difference by explaining why you are homeschooling, having your child put together a scrapbook or portfolio showing samples of his best work for the year, reporting standardized test scores, having your child write articulate letters, or encouraging him to perform some voluntary service demonstrating strong language, math, and/or social skills.

Tip #9 Tackling the "hard" subjects like calculus or latin
Maybe you could trade calculus for French lessons! Many homeschooling parents have found they can round out their children’s education by trading teaching time in their areas of expertise—usually referred to as co-oping. Other options include private tutors (could be a friend or coworker) and community college classes.

  • The Complete Guide to Successful Co-oping for Homeschooling Families by Linda Koeser and Lori Marse.

Tip #10 Making a transcript
The key here is not waiting until just before college. Help your student start planning his transcript as he's getting ready to enter the high school years.