3 Affordable Homeschool Curriculum Bundles

Are you thinking about your homeschool curriculum for the coming school year?

Now is definitely the time to begin planning and preparing - so that you can relax a bit this summer and give yourself a break. (Who wants to be rushed at the beginning of their school year?)

If you’ve been following Homegrown Learners for any amount of time, you know I am PICKY about the resources I use - and recommend to readers. I’ve been watching the Build Your Bundle Homeschool sale for a couple of years now and have always been intrigued. I’m happy to be partnering with them this year to spread the word about excellent curriculum savings across all areas, disciplines, and age levels.

No matter the age of your child or your homeschooling style, you will be able to find something suited for you - and if you can’t - you can build it yourself!

Each year, a little company out of Colorado works diligently to source some of the most popular and effective resources on the market, bundle them together, and make them available to homeschoolers at incredibly low prices for one week only. Their purpose is to make homeschooling affordable and attainable for parents who feel this is the best educational route for their children. 

These bundles preserve time, energy, sanity, and save a ton of money on homeschooling resources.

I don’t need to tell you how time-consuming and expensive planning for an upcoming school year can be. Many folks still spend upwards of $1000 for a single child! 

It really doesn’t have to be that way.

Seriously, finding homeschool curriculum at low prices is doable and many parents have already caught on. They know the Build Your Bundle sale can save folks up to 92%. So, they eliminate stress, save money, and wait until the sale begins and get their full year’s curriculum all at once, which frees up the rest of the year to focus on the most important aspect of homeschooling–their kids. 

The sale kicked off on May 15th at 9:00 CST and lasts through May 22nd at 11:59 PM.

There are over 20 online courses and memberships, numerous selections for business-minded students, 22 Cathy Duffy approved products, a multitude of resources for STEM studies, Charlotte Mason inspired materials, and curriculum ranging from preschool through high school, and much, much more!

It’s truly one of the best homeschooling online events I’ve come across! It differs from some of the others out there because products are offered in both pre-built and build-your-own formats. Their goal is to provide access to high-quality and affordable curriculum for homeschooling families and offer the freedom to choose exactly what you want, rather that be the ease of grabbing proven pre-built bundles endorsed by some of the top homeschooling names or picking and choosing according to the learning style that works for your children. 

There are a ton of bundles and individual products to choose from, so when I was asked to pick my 3 favorite, I had a really difficult time. I narrowed it down, though, and wanted to share with you.

I am thankful to Build Your Bundle for providing a $5 discount for my readers to put toward any purchase of $25 or more!

(Click here to claim your discount)

3 Homeschooling Bundles That Will Save You Time & Money in the 2019/2020 School Year

Charlotte Mason Inspired Bundle

The Charlotte Mason Inspired bundle has always been a favorite and this year will not disappoint. In true Charlotte Mason flair the bundle offers a selection of nature study materials, music study, and history. This is a truly spectacular bundle and you will get all of these great resources for just $29.95.

Your children will enjoy learning from popular publishers such as Mystery of History, How Great Thou Art, Trivium Pursuit, and more. If you are new to the Charlotte Mason method or just want to add a Charlotte Mason flair to your children’s studies this is the bundle for your homeschool.

Cathy Duffy Endorsed Language Arts Bundle

If your homeschool centers on literature or you are unsure how to provide the best instruction in the subject, the Cathy Duffy Language Arts Bundle is definitely worth considering, especially at the price of $29.95.

Each product in this bundle was carefully selected and endorsed by homeschool guru, Cathy Duffy. Her book, How to Choose Homeschool Curriculum, was even included! Your children’s experience will be enriched by literature guides about The Courage of Sarah Noble, The Scarlet Letter, and Johnny Tremain.

Families will enjoy learning about music together with Beethoven Who. If your have children who love to read, then they can even join an online book club focusing on Mary Poppins.

Build Your Own Bundle 

Pre-built bundles are definitely nice because they eliminate any sort of resource research from the curriculum-sourcing equation, which is great for busy homeschooling parents.

That said, I have to say, I am obsessed with the Build Your Own option because it gives me the flexibility to choose exactly the products I want. Plus, I can add as few or as many to the bundle as my heart desires (and the more I add, the more I save). With children of different ages, stages, and learning styles, it is a perfect option.

It really is an inventive model—and one that no other companies are doing! So, whether you have a preschooler, a high schooler, or any combination of ages & stages between, Build Your Own might just be the right option for you!

Don’t forget to claim your coupon to get $5 off the already low-priced bundles!

I’m excited for homeschool families in this day and age - beautiful resources are literally available to us at the click of a button.

(Now that we are nearing the end of our homeschool journey I’m thinking I need some more children to homeschool! Who wants to send some over? )

Get your homeschool bundle now!

On May 22nd at 11:59 PM CST, the event will end and these bundles will be gone for at least a  year. So don’t miss out!

When Family Criticizes Your Decision to Homeschool

Homeschooling is a very natural, normal way of life for our family. The idea of entrusting my children’s education to the government (or other traditional school authority) is foreign to me. We’ve been on this homeschool road for so long; I can’t imagine educating my children any other way.

It makes sense. We know homeschooling WORKS.

This isn’t the case for everyone. How do you respond to homeschool criticism - especially when that criticism comes from family?

How do you react to a mother-in-law who is convinced her grandchildren aren’t learning as much as they should be? What about your sibling whose children always seem to be on the honor roll? Or maybe it is your own parent who just can’t figure out why you are homeschooling their grandchildren (public school was good enough for you, wasn’t it?).

In my 47 year old head it is easy to dismiss these criticisms because I know the bigger picture. I have amassed a support system. The skeptics have witnessed my children thrive.

I remember, however, being the young mom who was a bit flustered by the doubts and criticism.

How do we respond to these critics?

How do we defend our decision to homeschool?

When Family Criticizes Your Decision to #Homeschool

Guess what?

There is no need for a defense. You did not solicit the opinion, criticism, or question. Therefore, there is no need for a response.

Take a deep breath and remember Paul’s words in his epistle to the Colossians:

Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. ~ Colossians 3:12

People criticize what they do not know about or what scares them. Keep that in mind as you deal with the critics.

Be Prepared With Gracious Responses

Saying absolutely nothing when confronted with these questions or criticisms may not be realistic, so it’s helpful to be armed with a few gracious responses.

  • “My husband and I feel called to homeschool. I’m thankful to have this opportunity to spend so much time with my children.”

  • “I am excited to develop an individualized learning plan for each of my children!”

  • “We can’t wait to see the wonder and creativity that will develop when our kids are just allowed to be KIDS.”

After a while people would regret criticizing homeschooling when they were around me because I would talk their EAR off about why I loved homeschooling so much. Problem solved.

Additionally, many public school advocates (especially grandparents) are defensive about their careers and the way they schooled their own children. Public school was good enough for them - why not their grandchildren?

Again, be gracious and compassionate.

Season your speech with grace and gentleness. You may be thinking a lot of not so nice things in your head, but those shouldn’t come out of your mouth!

Don’t Criticize Other’s School Choices

Remember the Golden Rule.

Resist the temptation to criticize public and private schools. Everyone makes their own choices.

In fact, if you are supportive of other family member’s decisions, you will be setting a good example.

Never say never has been a great mantra for me during our homeschooling tenure. Maybe my child will go to traditional school one day. Maybe we will homeschool all the way through. Anything is possible because all children are different and circumstances are always changing.

Don’t put yourself in a position where you will need to eat your words a few years down the road.

You Cannot Homeschool to Please Others

Homeschooling will always have its critics. You are NOT homeschooling to receive a pat on the back or a word of affirmation from others.

And while we don’t homeschool to please others, it sure does feel good to have support and approval.

(This was SO very hard for me. I wanted my own parents to be pleased with our choice to homeschool and I wanted their support. In the beginning they were skeptics and I felt very alone.)

Pray for grace and patience, and the ability to shut out the criticisms the world has to offer. This can be especially hard when your family is the one doing the criticizing. Always show unwavering love for others and your children. Homeschool with excellence. It’s hard to argue with that.

Homeschooling is just one life choice you will make that is outside the box… once you homeschool you begin to see that living outside the box feels good. You will start making other decisions that are counter cultural. Get used to doing unpopular things.

Involve Your Extended Family in Homeschooling

Can you ask a grandparent to share a special skill with your children? (I remember asking my father-in-law to help us with a family tree project. He loved doing this and we have fond memories of that time with him.)

When we were using the Five in a Row curriculum we would have book dinners after we finished one of the selections. Not only had we studied the book all week, but we also planned out a dinner (where my kids did the cooking) and presented on the book during dinner.

I believe it is sometimes a matter of changing your family’s notions about homeschooling - and educating them about its benefits.

If involving your extended family causes too much stress and further criticism, draw a boundary and protect your heart.

Be Patient. Let Homeschooling Speak for Itself.

Over the years I’ve seen many homeschool critics soften to the idea of homeschooling.

It may take several years, but your family will come to see the benefits of homeschooling :

  • children who are personable and well-adjusted

  • children who speak well and have a variety of interests

  • children who can “socialize” with all ages and types of people

  • children who don’t rely on the artificial “rewards” the world has to offer, but rather enjoy learning for learning’s sake

  • children who have a strong bond with their parents and siblings because of so many rich shared experiences

And, if you haven’t won over your extended family to homeschooling, that’s ok, too. You have done what is best for your own family, and that is what matters. (Keep in mind the critics might never say they agree with homeschooling - sometimes it is hard to admit we were wrong.)

When Your Family is Critical of #Homeschool

As I reflect on our homeschooling experience, I am so thankful I did my best to shut out the voices of the critics (even within my own family) so I could honor God’s call on our lives. We have beautiful memories of learning and living together - memories I am fairly certain could never have been created were it not for homeschool.

Nothing compares to sharing the tender moments when we read Charlotte’s Web or Robin Hood together. I remember mornings curled up on the couch reading through every Winnie the Pooh book. We took hikes and pretended to be Lewis & Clark and spent afternoons watching ducks preen themselves by the lake.

We picked apples and learned how to make apple pie. We took an obsession with LEGOS and turned it into YEARS of learning. We learned how to play the piano, guitar, ukulele and harmonica. We took up knitting and hand lettering.

We served at the soup kitchen and mobile food pantry.

Each time we visited the zoo we chose a favorite animal and researched it in depth. We got hermit crabs, Beta fish, butterflies, and ladybugs.

We struggled over Algebra and Latin, Chemistry and Shakespeare - sometimes getting frustrated, but many times sharing in the joy of learning a difficult concept.

If you have littles and are facing criticism about homeschooling, stay the course. Seek voices and community that lift you up and support your efforts. Surround yourself with like-minded families who understand the challenges you face each day.

The following books have been helpful to me:

Whatever you do there will always be critics.

Be strong, mama - it’s all worth it!

Have you faced criticism from your family regarding homeschooling?

Share it with me in the comments below!

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