I would ask and answer the question: what do you want? What you want for your student and what you consider “homeschooling” will affect your budget. If you want to add supplemental courses or art, music, sports, and activities, the price can certainly go up for homeschooling proper.

Even with those extracurriculars, homeschooling still provides a shoestring opportunity. Lots of homeschoolers are respectful and appreciative of homeschooling, because it saves them a lot of money. They’re not fighting a financial battle in private or public schools. There are all kinds of expenses at private and public schools: clothing, competition expectations, presence, and a variety of things that just make the whole endeavor expensive because of the social dynamics involved.

I would say this: a reasonable budget that you ought to be able to follow very safely would be about 1/3 of what a private school costs. That might even be extravagant in some ways. Check in your area and figure out what private schools cost, and use 1/3 of that as a budget. I think you’re going to find that to be a pretty nice focusing strategy for you. It makes your budget reasonable, but keeps it efficient.

-Dr. Fred Ray Lybrand

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Dr. Lybrand and his wife (Jody) of 40 years homeschooled their 5 children from birth to college, where they all excelled in academics and community (University of Texas & Abilene Christian). Dr. & Mrs. Lybrand have combined degrees of 2 BA's, 2 Masters, and 1 Doctorate), Fred and Jody have stuck with their faith and their obsession with practical learning. As a result, the overall theme of "Teaching Them to Learn How to Learn" invades everything they offer. Dr. Lybrand pastored for 25 years and currently coaches, consults, and trains leaders in businesses, churches, and non-profits. Among his client list are the U.S. Air Force, CRU, Be Broken, Continental Resources, State Farm Insurance, and Pioneer Natural Resources. Of course, one of his favorite interests is helping homeschoolers excel, and he does so with the 10 Courses of The Independent Homeschooer Curriculum & directly mentoring parents who belong to the tribe. Dr. Fred Ray Lybrand Jr. www.fredraylybrand.com

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