For those who
have not had the pleasure
of meeting or dealing with her,
Donna is my
"Right Hand (wo)Man"
on the Sr. High Form+U+la
List, but she also helps
me handle many of the emails I
receive. Here's what you might
from her if I need to
forward an email to her:
My name's Donna Heck and I'm Barb Shelton's online secretary, list
shepherdess, student, and best of all, friend. In
the past Barb was able to personally respond to
everyone who contacted her, but the number of
homeschoolers wanting her
personal attention has become so large that she has found there is not enough time in the day
for her to keep up with the requests for her time and attend
to her family's
needs which includes continuing to
homeschool her youngest daughter. She regrets that she is no
longer able to be as available as she was. This situation finally led her to create her wonderful web site, "The
Homeschool Oasis." Nearly every question you have will probably be
answered there so I suggest that you spend a lot of time at the site
And now to begin this article,
here is one
such email that I forwarded on
I loved your web site! I would love to homeschool my children. But
feel like it would cost too much. My husband makes an average of only
$32,000 a year. How costly is it?
And here is Donna's response...
You asked about the cost of homeschooling. Wow! That is a loaded
question! Ask ten people and you'll get ten different answers! I feel a
better question is "what will it cost my family if we DON'T homeschool"?
to begin with the financial aspect... If you feel that the Lord is leading you to homeschool, shouldn't you also
believe that he will provide the means to do it? I believe this firmly!
It has been proven over and over through the homeschooling families I
talk with daily.
My married daughter is homeschooling her daughter. Her husband makes less than
$25,000 a year.
I know of single moms who work for low wages and still
homeschool. There are
now sooooo many resources available for free or very low cost that money should not be a deciding factor, in my opinion. The
internet is a wonderful resource if you know how to use and control it.
Homeschooling by incorporating a lifestyle of learning like Barb Shelton
and Marilyn Howshall (and others) live is so totally different from what
you are probably used to that it may take a while to fully grasp the
concept. Once you do, you'll say "this is so easy, so natural, why did I
ever think public school was an option!?" (For a good intro to Lifestyle of
Learning, click here.)
All that said, let me back up and talk a minute (or more
traditional school methods ~ and what they will cost you... When you think of school you most likely
think: teachers, classrooms, textbooks, over-crowding. Right? There are
homeschoolers who choose to "do school at home" but that's not what a
lifestyle of learning is all about. If you choose to homeschool that way ~
merely doing "school at home" ~ then, yes, money is definitely going to be a big
factor. Especially as you get into the high school years and need more
and more equipment to meet the "requirements" as set by each state.
Textbooks are very expensive. However, there IS a less expensive way!
Barb suggests a season of re-education for you before you begin
homeschooling so that you can come to understand these things. You need the time
to learn that the education system in America is NOT the final word on
is it always (or usually, in my humble opinion) the BEST answer!
Click here to start reading about it. (Item number 15
page deals with
finances.) Barb's course will lead you to books that will
reveal a whole new and different way of thinking!
She has also written a Jumpstart Navigator for you use to get your
children going in studies while you are re-educating yourself if you want
to go that route. Resources can be borrowed from your library or church.
Barb sells many through her catalog,
and you can find used
items in the many swaps available now on the internet.
I hope you will spend some more time at Barb's web site
and learn more about the Lifestyle of Learning method before you jump into
an expensive form of homeschooling, or decide against homeschooling at
all because you think it will be too expensive. I don't think there
are many things I've done in my life that have been more rewarding to me
personally or to my family than choosing to homeschool!
May you hear and follow God's leading in whatever you choose to do.