Back To School Shopping?

What’s on your shopping list for back to school?  My list is pretty short.  It’s so nice to skip the Back-to-School shopping frenzy that I see all around me.  All the stores are filled with parents frantically checking each list from which they must purchase. I’ve been that mom before, and I really didn’t enjoy it.  So much of it is a waste of money, too. One thing I love about homeschooling is the freedom we have to design our own plan and schedule.  We have the ability to plan according to our children’s specific needs, our family budget, and our own timetable.  If our children haven’t outgrown their clothes, we don’t have any pressure to spend money on a wardrobe.  If we have our own stash of notebooks and supplies, we don’t need to make any purchases.  If our crayons are broken, but plentiful, that’s fine.  We don’t have to make the same purchases each year for each child.  Sharing is great, isn’t it! I love the freedom to schedule lessons to fit our unique needs, and the flexibility to change our minds.  A custom education is the best, and can also be what is affordable.  Borrowing/trading books with friends, doing projects with other families, using what you have, utilizing the public library or co-op supplies……the list goes on and on.  Homeschooling works!  Get what you need for your children’s education, but do it in the way that works for you. So, my back-to-school shopping list is very short.  We need some notebook paper and books.  That’s it.  I love it. 

I’m looking forward to the changing leaves

@2013, copyright Lisa Ehrman

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