Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Getting the Most Bang for your Buck

There are so many things out there a homeschool parent could buy, and I have certainly wasted my share of dollars on the unnecessary. So, here is a list of the products I have purchased that I consider to have long term value. These are the things I find myself using frequently, and feel confident we will not outgrow.


Uncle Josh's Outline Maps - what else do you need for geography? (besides some fabulous living books of course!)

Educational Fontware - I wanted this years ago, but never bought it. I finally purchased it this year, and I will never buy another handwriting or copywork book!

Story of the World CD's- this is something my kids return to year after year, they love listening to them in the car, while playing, at lunch, anytime :)

Living Memory - a wonderful resource for memory work in all subjects - recitation at your fingertips

Practical Arithmetics - can't beat the price for no nonsense math books, similar to Ray's, only covers a few topics Ray's does not

6 comments:

Gretchen Joanna said...

Educational Fontware is a great idea! Ah, what we homeschoolers of yesteryear were missing... Thanks for sharing your proven finds.

Susan Sophia said...

Thanks for sharing.

DebD said...

I remember using Educational Fontware years ago! Or something like it. Needless to say, it has long since been lost. Thanks! All these are great ideas and resources.

Erin said...

I'm glad to hear you like Story of the World CD's because we might add them to our collectiom, even though we haven't been using SOTW. What about Jim Weiss? Have you ever tried his historical/literary CDs? My kids absolutely love them and listen to them over and over.

Also, I like the Educational Fontware idea, and I've been debating shelling out the money for several months. In the meantime, I've found several very nice freeware fonts here:
http://desktoppub.about.com/od/fonts/a/writefonts.htm

And we've been very happy with them.

she who must be obeyed said...

Erin - thanks for the link - I have to say it took me a long time to spend the money on fontware, but it has been great. And yes, we love the Weiss CD's - we have several of the Shakespeare ones and they love them (taming of the shrew is too funny!)

Erin said...

OK, I just looked again and realized that the Educational Fontware includes a Cyrillic cursive. Now, I'm probably off to buy it! That will come in handy for my students at home and at the university, so now it's probably worth it . . .