I'm sitting here catching up on one of my favorite homeschool forums, The Well-Trained Mind Hive. I'm basically blown away by the amount of money being spent on homeschool books and supplies. Wow! I wish I had it like that! I see long lists of workbooks and kits and these are from families who have been homeschooling for years. I don't get it. I don't know if its because I just make or create a lot of the things we need, but the longer I homeschool, the less I find I need to buy. We are also blessed with a really good public library system which we use heavily. Our biggest purchase is usually our Math U See curriculum for the year, everything else is minimal. Or maybe it's because I'm the queen of free? I'm sure as high school approaches, the expenses will mount, but 100s of dollars for 3rd and 4th grade? Homeschool moms, am I missing something? How much do you spend of homeschool stuff?
With that said, some of the most profound teaching advice I've ever read was the best way to teach a subject is by doing it. To teach reading, read. To teach writing, write. Teaching science, experiment; math, work the problems, but be creative and make it fun. I just don't think it takes a lot of money to do that.