Homeschooling on a Budget

Non-Fiction - Parenting
186 Pages
Reviewed on 08/03/2022
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Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite

I am reviewing Homeschooling on a Budget by Jessica Marie Baumgartner as a parent who decided to continue homeschooling my children from the time the Covid-19 crisis hit the world, and I must say that it is more than a sheer treasure. It is a book that provides the help, tools, and advice required to bring the education of children back home. This is a book that powerfully asserts that every parent, regardless of their income, can provide quality education to their children, and the author writes beautifully about how to make this a reality without having to spend a fortune. For parents who are unable to send their children to private schools or those already disappointed by the loopholes in the public education system, this guide provides a fascinating option - homeschooling.

Jessica Marie Baumgartner compares the costs of homeschooling versus public school, how to make use of libraries and the World Wide Web, the physical materials to consider for homeschooling - books, workbooks, and kits - the art of organizing field trips, sports, and other extra-curricular activities. The author examines the place of homeschooling groups and conventions and a lot of other interesting topics that equip parents with the knowledge they need to provide home education to their kids from an early age until graduation and college. Although I have been homeschooling my kids for the past year, this wonderful book just opened my eyes to information I haven’t yet considered.

This is a practical guide to successful homeschooling, a book that is written with a passionate voice and in prose that is both enjoyable and accessible. Homeschooling on a Budget is the book for every parent who is looking for an option other than public education for their kids, or anyone who finds the cost of educating their children too high. This book is a compelling endorsement for homeschooling, a book that details its benefits and teaches readers about cutting educational costs. It is written by an expert educator.

Jennie More

Homeschooling on a Budget by Jessica Marie Baumgartner details the challenges of the public school system and how to overcome them through affordable solutions. Baumgartner destigmatizes and clarifies homeschooling, giving the reader a preview into the homes of homeschooled children. Some vital issues covered include teaching materials, selecting a curriculum, socializing, sports or physical activities, and the resources available to homeschool educators. Homeschooling on a Budget proves that homeschooling is affordable and effective at preparing well-rounded children who can succeed at whatever they choose to do as adults. Baumgartner debunks many of the myths related to homeschooling and details the unique benefits, where parents can tailor curriculums to their children's unique strengths.

Homeschooling on a Budget by Jessica Marie Baumgartner is a remarkable, fascinating, and awe-inspiring book that has made me look at homeschooling in an entirely new light. My most significant criticism of homeschooling has been that children won't learn to socialize, but this book has wholly debunked that uninformed opinion. Baumgartner has covered parents' most critical concerns and addresses them with multiple solutions. Her passion and love for her children and learning come through strongly in this book, making it inspiring to read. I especially love how she includes lesson activities unique to her children's personalities, whether introverted or extroverted and adapts lessons to activities they enjoy - this is one aspect I think is missing in public school systems. Her views are candid and bold, backed by her experiences of homeschooling her four children. Homeschooling on a Budget is delightful, elevating, well-written, and an exceptional read.

Emily-Jane Hills Orford

“Life is a constant learning experience and lessons don’t start and stop in a classroom.” Public education is undergoing massive changes and many of these changes are not for the good of students or teaching staff. With the pandemic and the growing concerns about large class sizes, more parents are opting for homeschooling to keep their children safe and ensure that they have a sound, well-rounded educational experience. With more students being set up with classroom learning within the home, parents are addressing multiple concerns, first and foremost being the cost of homeschooling. However, the basics offered in the public education system really don’t merit the big price tag set on each student in the system. There are ways to circumnavigate the need to purchase too many teaching materials, or any at all for that matter.

Jessica Marie Baumgartner’s book, Homeschooling on a Budget, is a great resource for those thinking about homeschooling their children, as well as those already veterans in teaching at home. With a concise and thorough introduction and conclusion and well-detailed and organized chapters on various ways to provide adequate and inexpensive education at home, the author (a homeschool mom herself) even shares some of her ideas to accommodate different child needs, including examples of working with her own children. The text is clear, easy to read, and engaging as well as packed full of valuable information and sites to find resources. I particularly applaud the author’s recognition of the public library system as a valuable tool for providing inexpensive education. At the end of the book is a detailed list of sites she uses (but one must be aware of the flaw of the internet and how quickly a good site one day might be sold and used as an unsuitable site the next day), as well as other resources. Well documented and a handy, quick resource to have on hand.