Buying and Selling Used Homeschool Curriculum

If the idea of using used homeschool curriculum for your kids seems tacky, then you need to re-think the matter. Used curriculum is often in excellent quality, the information is the same as in new books, and it can save you an enormous amount of money.

As you begin your homeschool, you’ll quickly find that the biggest expense will be the curriculum. This is true for every homeschool family. Thus, each year, every parent finds themselves asking the same question: How can we make the curriculum fit in with our budgets. The good news is that this does not have to break you, thanks to affordable curriculum alternatives.

The best option: Find some place that sells used curriculum materials in good condition. By doing so, you can save more than half of your brand-new curriculum costs. What’s more, at the end of the school year, you can round up all of that year’s materials and re-sell them, thus recovering even more of the money you spent. If you choose to go the used routes, here are some suggestions that might help you in your quest to buy and sell used homeschool curriculum:

1) Keep an eye on auction websites. The bigger ones have an enormous amount of almost everything, and this includes homeschool material. You can often score quite the bargain here–as well as sell your old stuff at a decent price.

2) Likewise, the big-named booksellers have textbook and workbook materials for your homeschool. And the biggest names let you buy either new or used.

3) Don’t forget to visit your local library. Most are chock full of school texts and workbooks, which you can use at no charge whatsoever!

4) Here’s our suggested process when you get ready to buy and sell curriculum materials. First, look through the catalog from which you normally order your curriculum. Find all of the items you’ll need for the next term for all classes. Then examine last year’s curriculum, nothing everything that you can get rid of. Now make a list of all of the things that you don’t need that you think others might want to buy. Then make a price list, giving a price to everything on your list of items. Finally, go to the major auction and classified-ad sites to sell your used items.

There is one other option that many people forget when discussing buying and selling curriculum. Most homeschool families know other homeschool families. Why not create an exchange that includes all of the homeschool families you know? This way, everyone in the exchange can make use of curriculum materials that other members no longer need. You can include other supplies in the exchange, too: chalkboards, erasers, pencils, markers, swab boards and swab, plus many other items.

The benefit of buying used homeschool curriculum is the advantage of spending little money on what are perfectly fine school materials. Keep in mind that the important thing in a textbook is the information it contains. And information stays just as beneficial and valuable, no matter how used the pages are. Buying used is smart, not tacky.

5 Easy Tips for Selecting Homeschool Curriculum

Since there are so many options it can be a really tough decision when trying to choose which homeschool curriculum to use with your child. I have been told that a long, long time ago there were only a few options because publishers were unwilling to sell their educational materials to homeschoolers. But, those days are long gone!

Have you ever attended a Homeschool Convention and observed all the resources offered? It’s like taking your children to Toys ‘R Us and expecting them to pick out what they NEED instead of what they WANT! Not very easy to do, is it?

Our Choices

Now, we have to select among traditional workbooks, computer software, and even online courses as we consider what materials to use to educate our children at home. Remember, though, that more is not always better and everyone understands the adage to “just keep it simple.”

Things to Consider

As you try to figure out what is best, I would like to suggest a few tips that I have learned:

• Do not feel that you have to use exactly what everyone else around you is using

• Browse catalogs and websites to get reviews and testimonials about different curriculums

• Look at your prospective books and inspect materials “in person” whenever possible

• Examine books without your children so they don’t sway your judgment (later on they can be included in the decision-making process)

• Make your best choice and if it does not work for you or your child, simply switch to another and don’t feel like you’re bound to a product that isn’t working

Find the Best Fit

There are different types of curriculum which appeal to different teaching and learning styles. Some will require more preparation on your part than others, some are geared for independent study, and some are more hands-on and interactive. Keep this in mind as you look at each resource.

Make Use of Great Resources

Use reference books or the Internet to learn about the various types of homeschool curriculums. Then, try to narrow your options down to just a few which you think will work for you and your child. Finally, go to a book fair or store to see the items before making your purchase.

Do not go overboard in choosing too much material. A basic plan could consist of resources to teach English/phonics, math, science, history, Bible or character education in the beginning. Later, you can add additional materials to cover other topics, if needed. Visit my page at to read about some of my favorite curriculum choices.