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So we are on a big time budget at the moment and I need help with finding good curriculum on a budget. My main concern is for my 1st grader. I was going to buy MFW 1st grade complete program which I still may do but wanted to see if I could find a way to save money.
So what would you use for a 1st grader if you were on a tight budget? I looked into Lifepacs but they are not really any cheaper for what all I need. The 1st grade mfw is $139 plus tax and shipping. So trying to find something that would slash that price.
I also have a 4th grader and we are using MFW because we already have it. Just need to get her a math and writing. Writing is cheap but math isnt. I was going to use MUS but just cant afford it. We used Saxon last year and can get a used set for $50 so will probably just do that. She struggles in math a bit.
I have looked into buying used and it normally not a whole lot cheaper. Thanks for the great ideas. I will look into the free stuff and see about it.
Does anyone know if Explode the Code is complete enough to use as a phonics program? That one is pretty cheap. I do have an Abeka phonics and reading but it is for 2nd grade. I wonder if I could just use it?
I used ETC with Ben and LOVED it!! I'll use it again for Daniel. It's wonderful for phonics, and yes, complete if you go through the whole series. It's not designed to teach comprehension or reading fluidly or anything like that. It's just phonics (and although not made for spelling, it's great for spelling, too).
Good luck Brandi! we are in the same PR! I'm schooling a 1st grader this year too. I bought Abeka for Reading, Bible, Science and SS ($65 used) and plant to get Saxon Math for Grade 1 (hoping for a deal So that should be around the same or less than the price you were talking about. I'm trying to keep it under $100. I have some teaching materials left from teaching public school, but have also found some really cool free websites for learning fun!
Oh Hey Amanda!!! I didnt realize you were homeschooling. That is awesome. We are going on our 3rd yr. I did use Abeka for 2nd grade with my other daughter. I still have that but wasnt sure about using it with my 1st grader. I do like Abeka but its a lot and I didnt like how its set up for a classroom. I still use the readers for my older dd. Love the readers. I didnt like there writing program. It is just to much. Phonics was pretty good though. I never did 1st grade with it though. Just kinda wanted something more suited for an individual child instead of a classroom although you can alter it to fit your needs of course. My favorite is MFW. I did the K program and love it. I just really need to cut our cost. LOL I like that MFW is a complete curriculum for 1st graders. It really isnt a bad price.
I totally understand where you are coming from. My dh has been unemployed for over 2 years. We are still homeschooling. God has always provided for us. Last year, I spent about $700 for both of my kids. This year, I will be spending $400. I have cut as much as I could. I switched to cheaper books,etc..... I have about half of my books right now. I have faith that God will provide the other $200 for me to purchase my other books. I have bought some used in the past month, but I prefer new as I have to use them for 3 kids.
BTW- $139 is a great price for a whole curriculum set. IMO
stay at home, homeschooling momma to Jacob(12), Alisha(10), Andrew (5)
Jaime, Thanks. Yes God will provide. He is so good!!!
Do you like Horizons? I am trying to figure out if we should go with that this year. My dd does struggle a bit in math. We used Saxon last yr. If I do decide not to use Horizons I do have a 4th grade workbook 2 if you are still needing it. Let me decide which I am going to use though. Just not sure.